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Iceland Full Circle in Luxury-Winter

(10 days / 9 nights)

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When only the best will do…

Looking to upgrade your Icelandic experience? This is the deluxe winter version of our best-selling self drive tour in Iceland. By day, explore unique natural and cultural attractions at your own pace including access to the Blue Lagoon‘s exclusive lounge, and by night, enjoy the comfortable amenities of Iceland’s best available accommodations. Private airport transfers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and entrance to a geothermal spa are also included for maximum enjoyment.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 591314 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2003/1242 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO THE CAPITAL CITY

    On arrival, you will be greeted by your driver at Keflavík International Airport and transported to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will find a welcome gift of champagne and chocolate from Iceland´s finest confectioner.

    If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its many shops and cosy cafes. And in the evening, there are many fine restaurants in the downtown area where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: WONDERS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water  and steam every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the implosion crater of Kerið. 

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle/Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls & Volcanic Beaches

    Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves. You can even take part in an optional guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier today! 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 4: Vatnajökull Glacier & Floating Icebergs

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Here you’ll find many interesting hiking trails, including a short path leading to the Svartifoss waterfall and its unique basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. Then head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the view of floating icebergs under the glow of the setting sun.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

     

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  • Day 5: FISHING VILLAGES ALONG THE FJORDS

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. Other notable sights on the route today include Búlandstindur mountain and the Lagarfljót river, which according to folklore is inhabited by a Loch Ness-like monster.

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir area.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 160 mi.

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  • Day 6: LAKE MÝVATN & MOONLIKE SURROUNDINGS

    Continue north to today’s destination: the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. If you’re up for seeing more natural wonders today, make an optional detour (weather and road conditions permitting) to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the northern lights.*

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 263 km / 163 mi.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 7: AKUREYRI & THE TROLL PENINSULA

    Spend a leisurely morning in the Mývatn area. Once you begin your drive west to your next destination, we recommend a visit to Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) and a break to walk around the charming town centre of Akureyri, where you will find interesting shops and museums.

    From Akureyri, you have the choice to either head straight to Skagafjörður or take a detour on the way to Tröllaskagi (Peninsula of the Trolls), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 8: JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE WEST

    Drive to the historical Borgarfjörður region of west Iceland today. For those interested in the history of Iceland, a visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre in the town of Borgarnes is recommended, or perhaps a stop at nearby Reykholt, the medieval home to the renowned Icelandic historian, poet and chieftain Snorri Sturluson. Other worthwhile natural sights in the region include the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls that tumble over a lava field and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður/Húsafell area

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi

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  • Day 9: THE SPECTACULAR SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    Today you have the option of driving the Snæfellsnes peninsula where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Snæfellsjökull National Park—named after the glacier-topped volcano that stands prominently at the end of the peninsula. Highlights of your driving route today include the Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages. And if you think you have what it takes to be an Icelandic fisherman, you can test your strength with the “lifting stones” on beach at Djúpalónssandur, just like fishermen did in the old days. Return to Reykjavik for the evening.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.

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  • Day 10: BLUE LAGOON EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE, IN-WATER MASSAGE & DEPARTURE

    Before heading to the airport, you will have a chance to experience Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its mineral-rich waters surrounded by a moon-like lava field. It was voted the best medical/thermal spa in 2009 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller.

    Here, you will enjoy about 2.5 hours in the Exclusive Lounge with complimentary towels, a bathrobe, pair of slippers and light refreshments as well as a deep, relaxing half-hour massage in the warm water of the lagoon. After this wonderful last experience of Iceland, the driver will take you to the airport.

    Note: If your flight is in the morning, we can change your travel itinerary accordingly. We are also happy to customise your holiday with additional day tours or extra nights in Reykjavik or other locations that are not listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for details.

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Iceland holiday

Nordic Visitor was the only travel agency that really took the time to understand what I was looking for instead of merely sending me pre-fixed packages. Jelena was my travel adviser and she was very efficient and helpful. Can really recommend their work.

Very Helpful

I booked my trip to Iceland with this company. They were extremely pleasant to work with. Lars was my main guy, and he was very helpful throughout my trip, from preplanning to bumps along the way. One unique feature here that I did not have in all my world travels is the company gives you a local cell phone to use during your trip! This really came in handy when winter weather delayed a transfer out of the capitol, and Lars rebooked me at the Hotel Fron.
 
Really nice professional people!

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Luxury

Deluxe rooms or junior suites in the very best hotels at the time of booking: in junior suites at four-star hotels in Reykjavik, a..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 591314 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2017
2018

Optional activities

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Tour Information

Booking
  • We recommend booking tour packages at least four weeks prior to departure.
  • Please note that the best hotels can fill up quickly, so we recommend booking well in advance.
  • In the event that the Exclusive Lounge at the Blue Lagoon is fully booked, we will instead offer the standard entrance (with loan of towel, bathrobe and slippers) and refund the difference.
  • This package can be customised to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. contact us for details.
  • Driving during the winter in Iceland can be challenging as the weather can be unpredictable. If you do not have experience driving in winter conditions, with snow, icy roads and high winds, a self-drive tour during winter would not be recommended. However, we offer a number of guided small group tours as well as partially-guided city breaks and private guided tours.
Other
 
Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holidays, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April.
 
Children
Please contact us for children‘s prices.

Note
The age limit for the Exclusive Lounge at the Blue Lagoon is 16, so we can book only standard entrance for children under that age. Children under the age of 2 are not permitted in the lagoon.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

 

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