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4 Days | Highlights of Iceland Luxury Private Tour

This luxury private tour offers you a trip to the most popular sightseeing attractions combined with some of the must-do activities in Iceland.

Reykjavík
All Year Around
4 days
Easy

Starting at 179.000 ISK

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During this luxury private tour, you will be able to explore some of the most important sights and enjoy some of the must-do activities in Iceland.

Let us begin our journey at Reykjanes, the "smoking peninsula". This area is rich in geothermal energy, which is quite visible on the surface as well. We will take you to Seltún, which has many mud pots and fumaroles, to Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff (only accessible from April - October), which provides an excellent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and to Gunnuhver an area filled with hot springs. Later on, you will be able to walk from the European continent to the North American one at the bridge between the continents. Since it is important to relax as well, you will visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon and enjoy your premium package there. The day is concluded with a lava cave called Raufarhólshellir.

We will be starting the next day by visiting the beloved Golden Circle which is an essential part of every Icelandic holiday. The Golden Circle leg of the tour starts at the Þingvellir National Park, where the first parliament in Iceland took place in the year 930. We will also show you the mother of all geysers, Geysir, and the wonderful Gullfoss waterfall as well. If the weather conditions are ideal, we will be able to see the Langjökull glacier, on our way to the hotel, we will end our day at the Secret Lagoon, a swimming pool opened in 1981 and powered by the local geothermal activity.

On the third day, you will be visiting two popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, where, if the conditions are ideal, you will be taken behind the waterfall's curtain and Skogafoss, the famous neighbor, that you might remember from the popular "Game of Thrones" show. Did you know, that one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world is in this area as well? It is called the Reynisfjara black sand beach and we will be going there next. Apart from the majestic view, this sight is a natural wonder as well, during the summer season countless puffin families call it home. On the way to the overnight accommodation, we will be passing Iceland's biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, making a stop at Laki lava fields, which came into existence in 1783/1784 after a disastrous eruption took place. 

We left some rather picturesque and exciting activities for the last day as well.

During the winter months (November - March) we take you on an ice cave tour. During summer (April - October) an exciting glacier walk is waiting for us. The ice cave tour will commence on the glacier, which we will reach with a 4x4 Super Jeep. As for the glacier hike, we will meet at the Falljökull glacier and take you to the Vatnajökull ice cap. After the safety training, the stage will be all yours and you will have a chance to discover this icy wonderland through guided excursions. If you prefer a more private approach let us know, this option is available during the booking process for both glacier tours.

The day is not over yet, we will be heading to the beloved Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which is something, you clearly do not see every day. Due to a natural process, smaller icebergs break apart, float to the ocean and eventually return to the shore, resting on the black sand beach, hence the name, Diamond Beach. After this enchanted area, it is time for a bit of history, so we will be stopping at Hofskirkja, a turf roof church, only six of these are left in the whole country. The last stop before returning to the capital is at Fjaðrárgljúfur, a magnificent canyon that formed over two million years ago.

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What's included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Private Guide and Car
  • Admission to the Blue Lagoon (premium package)
  • Admission to the Lava tunnel
  • Admission to the Secret Lagoon
  • Ice cave or glacier hike tour in small group (can be booked as a private experience)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights (End of Day 2 and Day 3) in a Boutique Hotel
  • Breakfast

Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner

What do I need to bring?

  • Please dress according to the weather
  • Good hiking boots are required for the glacier hike (minimum size EU 36 / US 5,5 / UK 3,5)
  • Bring your camera
  • We will have stops during the tour where you can purchase food and snacks

Know before you go

  • Your safety is of the utmost importance. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes tours have to be canceled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded or unsafe to enter. If this happens we will always do our best to offer an alternative such as a glacier hike if weather conditions allow. However, if this is not suitable for you we will always offer a full refund for the activity.
  • As we said before, safety is really important to us. The weather situation can change really fast in Iceland. Stormy weather or heavy rainfall can make the glacier inaccessible. In case we can't operate the glacier hike on Sólheimajökull, we have several other outlet glaciers as a Plan B.
  • Fjaðrargljúfur canyon is sometimes closed by the Icelandic government because of flooding or nature protection. In case we can't visit the canyon, we will add other stops. There are plenty of beautiful places we can explore on the South Coast.
  • This tour is created for groups of up to 8 people. In case your group exceeds that number, you can always send us an email to info@reykjaviktourist.is to get a quote for a bigger group.

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon

The Reykjanes Peninsula is an intriguing part of Iceland. There is a lot to discover, from geothermal areas, stunning bird cliffs, and a lot of Icelandic folklore. After your pick-up, our first stop will be at Seltun. Seltun is an important high-temperature geothermal area. A boardwalk leads through the area. Seltún has many mud pots and fumaroles, and minerals deposited from geothermal solutions provide colorful sediments. We can find it next to Kleifarvatn lake and on top of an active volcano. Next up is Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff (only accessible from April - October). The cliffs are known for their rich birdlife and the fantastic view over the Atlantic ocean. Reykjanes is a highly active area, so no wonder our next stop will be another powerful geothermal area called Gunnuhver hot spring. The hot spring got its name from one troublesome ghost called Gunna and your guide will tell you the interesting story behind it. After a short drive, we will reach the bridge between the continents. As the name says, the bridge is connecting the European and the North American continent (geologically speaking).

After our sightseeing part, it is time to relax a little bit. We drop you off at the Blue Lagoon and you get some time to enjoy your premium package there. Beautiful lava fields surround the lagoon, and the water is known to have a positive impact on your skin.

Our day is not over yet. We drive straight to a Lava cave called Raufarhólshellir. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5 200 years ago.

Day 2: Golden Circle

It's time to head on the road. Today we explore the Golden Circle. Our first stop is at Þingvellir, the place of the first Icelandic parliament. The first parliament was established there in 930 AD and it is, therefore, the oldest one in Europe. Besides all the history you can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the split of the tectonic plates that divides Europe from North America. After that, we stop at Geysir. This "water puddle" gives its name to all the other Geysers in the world. It erupts every 5-8min and it is truly a big spectacle. After a short ride, we arrive at Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. In the summertime, up to 130 000 liters per second are running down this powerful waterfall. In good weather conditions, we are also able to see Langjökull glacier. Before we drive to our hotel, we end the day with a visit to the Secret Lagoon. It was formed in 1891 and is still a popular place for all the locals in the area. It is therefore the oldest swimming pool in the country with a constant temperature of 38/40 °C, thanks to the hot waters from surrounding geothermal activity.

Day 3: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas

Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall lays underneath the well-known Eyfjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. If conditions allow, we take a walk behind the waterfall’s curtain before paying a visit to its nearby cousin Gljúfrabúi, found hidden from view in the mountainside. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull. Your guide will also make a stop next to the lava fields that were created during an eruption of the Volcano Laki in 1783/84. The eruption was so severe, that around 25% of the Icelandic population died.

Day 4: Glacier Lagoon and Glacier hike / Ice cave tour

After breakfast, it is time for some action. During the winter months (November - March) we take you on an ice cave tour. During summer (April - October) an exciting glacier walk is waiting for us.

Ice Cave Tour: We hop onto a 4x4 Super Jeep and drive up the glacier. We put on our safety gear and off we go to explore one of the beautiful ice caves on the glacier. The caves are naturally formed during the summer and they can change very quickly. It is truly an experience of a lifetime since the cave could be gone after the next summer.

Glacier hike: We will start with a short drive from our meeting point to Falljökull glacier, which is a neighboring outlet glacier descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. After a quick walk to the edge of the glacier, you will learn to put on crampons and have a small safety briefing. With an ice pick in hand, we will then embark on a guided excursion of the glacier.

Both glacier tours can be booked as a private experience. Just select the private option during the booking process.

After our glacier tour, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the main glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. Now it is time to head back in the direction of Reykjavik. On the way back, Our next stop is at Hofskirkja, an old church with a roof covered with turf. It's one of six turf churches that are left in the country. A great place to learn more about Iceland's history. Next up will be the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur (please note: the canyon is only accessible from April to October). The canyon is about 2km long and the cliffs can be high as 100m. Definitely, the perfect place to witness the power of mother nature.

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