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Northern Comfort - Self Catering

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Slow down and enjoy the calming, peaceful winter landscape

This relaxing, self-guided winter package offers two nights at a guest apartment in Reykjavik and four nights in cosy, self-catering accommodation in the scenic countryside of South Iceland. The daily driving is minimal, so you can explore the sights at your own pace and take time to enjoy optional activities at your leisure. In the peak winter months, the northern lights may also make an appearance during your stay! *sightings cannot be guaranteed

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Northern Lights, Slow Paced

Season

1 Oct - 15 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

730/453 km/mi

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its many museums, cafes and other attractions to suit all interests. Walk along the pond (“Tjörnin”) by City Hall and see the swans, or perhaps visit the Viking wax museum inside The Pearl (“Perlan”), which also offers fantastic views over the city. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Historical Þingvellir & Swimming Between the Continents

    Collect your rental car in the morning and start your journey to the beautiful and historical Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Þingvellir plains are located on the North Atlantic rift that splits the island between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This gives you a unique opportunity to try “swimming between the continents” on a snorkelling or diving tour (optional).

    From the park, you can also visit the nearby volcanic crater of Kerið before continuing towards your accommodation. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the northern lights.*

    Spend the next four nights in South Iceland. 

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

    Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.

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  • Day 3: Erupting Geysers & Golden Falls

    Head to the geothermal area of Haukadalur to visit Geysir—the original geyser—or its ever-reliable counterpart, Strokkur, which spouts water high into the air every few minutes. Here you can also see the amazing variety of bubbling mud pots, boiling pools and other geological phenomena before making the short drive to your next stop, the majestic Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Considered as one of Iceland’s star attractions, this mighty glacial cascade plunges into a 70-metre deep canyon, creating a beautiful cloud of mist and, of course, a spectacular photo spot. 

    Today you also have the opportunity to go snowmobiling on the Langjökull glacier (optional; not included). For a relaxing way to end the day, we recommend visiting the warm pools and sauna at the Fontana Baths by Laugarvatn.

    Driving distance approx. 100 km / 62 mi.

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  • Day 4: South Iceland Leisure & Exploration

    Take it easy today and enjoy the pristine nature and tranquillity that South Iceland has to offer. There are several hiking trails close to your accommodation and you also can head to the nearby swimming pool—a great place to enjoy the company of locals. Another option is a visit to the coastal village of Stokkseyri, where you can explore a Þuríðarbúð—a turf hut in which fishermen lived. More adventurous activities like horse riding, snorkeling and diving can also be arranged.

    This is also a great day to taste gourmet Icelandic cuisine at the seafood restaurant in Eyrarbakki, a charming, tiny village with many well-preserved houses from 1890-1920 and a stunning black beach.

    Driving distance approx. 100 km / 62 mi.

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  • Day 5: More South Coast Sensations

    Start the day with a visit to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-metre high Skógafoss, and the nearby Skógar Folk Museum, where you can explore the old turf farm outside or check out the interesting artefacts inside.

    At the volcanic black sand beach south of Vík, we recommend a stop to enjoy the fantastic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations. You also have the opportunity today to join a guided glacier hike (optional; not included) at the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

    Driving distance approx. 288 km / 179 mi.

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  • Day 6:  Blue Lagoon Relaxation

    Enjoy your last full day in Iceland at the volcanic wonderland of Reykjanes Peninsula. Here you have a chance to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, surrounded by surreal black lava formations. The warm, soothing water is rich in silica and blue-green algae, giving the lagoon its reputed healing powers and radiant milky-blue colour. For extra relaxation, take advantage of the saunas, steam baths and the Blue Lagoon waterfall or book an in-water “floating” massage for yourself (optional; not included).* 

    On return to Reykjavik, drop off the rental car and enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps with a fine Icelandic dinner at one of the city’s diverse restaurants.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    *Skin treatments and massages can be booked at the Blue Lagoon for an additional charge. We recommend booking these services well in advance.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.

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  • Day 7: Departure

    It's time to return home after your wonderful week in Iceland! Transfer by shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavík International Airport in time for your check-in. If your departure flight is in the afternoon, this gives you a great opportunity do some last-minute souvenir shopping or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the city’s many charming cafes or coffee houses.

    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. 

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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.

Martin, Italy

Northern Comfort - Self Catering, November 2014

First time booking an organised package

I am a lifelong independent and pragmatic traveller who is used to arranging and organising all aspects of my trips including rearranging etc. for adverse weather, environmental and political reasons, so I was not surprised for the reason your office called me on the first night (as I already knew there was a huge storm coming), but by the fact they called at all. This was my first time booking an organised package and have been more than pleased with your outstanding service and very happy that I chose you.

Michael, United States

Northern Comfort - Self Catering, November 2013

Never felt alone

This was only my second time out of the United States, the first gong to Indonesia where my sister-in-law lived and provided all guidance. Booking a trip like this was daunting for me but I was blessed to have Larus as my travel consultant. Larus always responded quickly to my questions and inquiries, and provided expert advice which were dead on accurate and helpful. With Larus I never felt I was doing this alone and felt informed. I feel I need to credit Larus with a lot of the success of our trip!
 
What Nordic Visitor provides travelers with is very impressive. It seems that a lot of homework is done to scout out fantastic places to stay and make reservations for. The visitor package they gave us on arrival was appreciated and thoughtful from the traveler’s viewpoint.

Katherine, United States

Northern Comfort - Self Catering, January 2014

Perfect way to spend a honeymoon

I could not have wished for a better experience! This was a perfect way to spend our honeymoon!

Michael, United States

Northern Comfort - Self Catering, November 2013

Didn't feel alone

Booked a trip to Iceland with Larus at Nordic Visitor. I originally felt blind doing this as I did not know much about the hotels and sites but I soon did not feel alone. Larus responded quickly to my every question and inquiry, plus the information Nordic Visitor normally provides made me a knowledgeable traveler. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and our vacation was a huge success!

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Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (in..

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Quality

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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 Focus
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Compact wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga 4x4
or similar

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

Ford Edge 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge 4x4
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

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

Volvo XC90 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 4x4
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

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

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Everything about this tour

We have two categories for accommodation on this tour: Comfort and Quality.
Comfort 
A self-catering facility with a well-equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom. 
Quality
A more deluxe self-catering facility with a fully-equipped kitchen, a living room with TV, a bathroom and bedroom.
 
Regarding the accommodation
Please note: as this is a self-catering holiday, breakfast is NOT INCLUDED during the stay.
 
Booking
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs, including extra nights and activities on request; contact us for details.
  • Please contact us for children prices
 
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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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