Midnight Sun Private Tour: West & South Iceland with Highlands

Duration

8 Days

Availability

May - Sep???

Difficulty

Easy

Minimum Age

None

Overview

Discover South & West Iceland’s most iconic sites, including Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, and Vatnajökull National Park, with this 8-day Privately Guided Tour. It’s not just a trip, but a journey curated exclusively for you. 

Personalize your journey, make unforgettable memories, and discover the magic of Iceland today. Don’t wait – this unforgettable adventure is just a click away.

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info in accommodation tab)
  • Private Driver-Guide on a 4×4 Luxury Super-Jeep (day 2 to 7)
  • Private Airport Transfers (Arrival and departure)
  • Meet and greet with your guide on day 1
  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history, and culture of Iceland
  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals & drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any services not listed as “Included”

Itinerary

Swan at Tjornin Lake, Reykjavik, Iceland,

Day 1 – Arriving in Reykjavík

Your driver will be waiting for you as your plane lands at Keflavík Airport. From there, it is only a short drive through lava landscapes to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Once there, you’ll meet your private guide and review the itinerary for the next few days. Afterward, you’ll have the evening to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavík.

Highlights:

  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Reykjavík
  • Meet and greet with your guide
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, and 1st drink of your choice.
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.
Colorful sunrise at Mt Kirkjufell on Iceland's Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Day 2 – The Snæfellsnes Peninsula

In the morning, your private guide will arrive, ready to navigate you away from the city’s familiar sights and towards the bewitching beauty of the West-Iceland countryside. Today’s focus is the breathtaking Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area filled with stunning beaches, silvery waterfalls, charming towns, and majestic glaciers. You’ll spend the night in West Iceland’s Borgarfjörður region.

Highlights:

  • Gerðuberg Cliffs
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Pebble Beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Whale Watching Tour: Two of the ocean’s top predators, sperm whales and orcas (also known as killer whales), make the waters around Snæfellsnes Peninsula their home. That means this is your best chance to spot them while in Iceland. Dress warmly and bring a hat, scarf, and gloves.
Water flowing from a lava field and into a blue river, forming Hraunfossar Waterfall in Iceland.

Day 3 – West Iceland

On the third day, you’ll delve even deeper into the heart of Iceland’s West. It’s a region known for its dramatic landscapes and rich history, and today, you’ll get to experience them fully. Your guide will help bring the country’s vibrant history and culture to life before returning you to your comfortable accommodations in the Borgarnes area at the end of the day. 

Highlights:

  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Reykholt Farm
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Viðgelmir Lava Cave: One of the largest caves in Iceland. The tour includes an English-speaking guide and the use of caving equipment such as a helmet and headlamp. No age limit.
  • Krauma Spa: Unwind while enjoying the beautiful views of West Iceland’s landscapes. Krauma Spa takes water from the nearby Deildartunguhver hot spring and cools it down with water from a glacier to create the perfect bathing experience. Bring a bathing suit and towel, but you can also rent those onsite. No age limit.
Eruption of the Geysir geyser. Valley Haukadalur, Iceland. Golden Ring Tourist Attraction. Sunny day with clear blue sky. Amazing nature

Day 4 – The Golden Circle

Today, the famed Golden Circle route awaits your exploration. This legendary route is known for encompassing some of the most iconic sights in Iceland, with each stop revealing another layer of this nation’s rich natural tapestry. After an exciting day of exploring, you’ll be guided to cozy accommodations in South Iceland.

Highlights:

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Snorkeling in Silfra: Snorkeling between continents in crystal-clear water. Includes a tour with a certified PADI divemaster, all necessary snorkeling gear, Silfra admission fee, and hot chocolate to warm up after the dive. Minimum age 12 years.
  • Snowmobiling on Langjökull: An exhilarating tour on top of a glacier, no previous riding experience needed. Included is a one-hour snowmobile ride with a guide and use of overalls. Two people share a snowmobile, and the driver needs to bring their driving license. The age limit for passengers is 8 years.
  • 2-Hour Horse Riding Tour: Meet the friendly Icelandic Horse. Includes 1-1.5 hour guided horseback ride with a specially trained guide. Use of riding helmets, boots & rainwear. Minimum age is 8 years.
An aerial view of Landmannalaugar mountain landscape covered by snow and geothermal steam, Iceland.

Day 5 – The Icelandic Highlands

Day five of your journey invites you to discover Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland’s true gems deep within the rugged Icelandic Highlands. Awaiting you is an exhilarating super jeep tour, an adventure that promises to elevate your Icelandic journey from memorable to unforgettable. After an action-packed day, you’ll return to the comfort of your accommodations in South Iceland.

Highlights:

  • Hiking in the Icelandic Highlands
  • Mt Hekla
  • Landmannalaugar Region
  • There are no optional activities for this day.
Piece of an iceberg on the Diamond Beach at Jokulsarlon lagoon during sunset.

Day 6 – South Iceland

Today, the focus shifts from the Highlands to the mesmerizing coastline and its striking landscapes, culminating in the majestic Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll spend the night. Along the way, you’ll explore glittering waterfalls, jet-black beaches, and stunning glacier lagoons.

Highlights:

  • Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Katla Ice Cave: Visit an authentic ice cave in a glacier that covers an active volcano! Don’t worry; all volcanoes in Iceland are monitored, so this is perfectly safe. Includes a tour with a certified glacier guide and use of all necessary glacier gear, such as crampons and helmets. Minimum age is 6 years.
  • Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier: A fun and easy glacier hike. No previous experience is needed. The tour includes an English-speaking glacier guide, the use of a helmet, crampons, an ice axe, and other necessary safety equipment. Minimum age is 8 years.
  • Black Sand Beach & Plane Wreck ATV Tour: Hop aboard an ATV and explore the black sand beaches of South Iceland and stop at the hauntingly beautiful DC plane. En route, you’ll cross rivers and get magnificent views of the nearby glaciers. An English-speaking guide will provide you with a helmet, insulated coveralls, and baklavas, but bring with you good shoes. The minimum age for passengers is 8, but drivers need to be at least 17 and hold a valid driver’s license.
Seljalandfoss waterfall. Beautiful summer sunny day. Iceland Europe

Day 7 – South Iceland In-Depth

As day seven dawns, a sense of familiarity greets you. It’s time to head back to Reykjavík, retracing your steps along the picturesque South Coast. But this day is far from a mere repeat of yesterday’s journey. Today, you have the opportunity to see the unforgettable sites you’ve visited in a new light or to uncover new locations, with each choice enriching your Icelandic experience.

Highlights:

  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Dyrhólaey Promenade
  • Hjörleifshöfði Cave
  • Jökulsárlón Amphibian Boat Tour: Sail amongst the enormous icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This tour is especially suited for families with young children as well as photographers looking for a great shot of the ice. Included is a guided tour in English and the use of lifejackets. No age limit.
  • Jökulsárlón Zodiac Boat Tour: Get a front-row seat to see the giant icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The small Zodiac boat can get closer to the icebergs than the larger amphibian boat, providing you with a unique perspective over the bergs. Includes the use of floatation overalls and lifejackets. The minimum age is 10, and children must also be taller than 130 cm (4’3”).
  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell: Easy glacier hike, suitable for most people. No previous experience is needed. The tour includes an English-speaking glacier guide, the use of a helmet, crampons, an ice axe, and other necessary safety equipment. Minimum age is 8 years.
back view of young woman relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Day 8 – Departure

Day eight marks the final chapter of your extraordinary Icelandic journey. Depending on your flight’s departure time, you may have some extra moments to steal away and immerse yourself once more in the charming city of Reykjavík. When the time comes to bid farewell to this land of fire and ice, a driver will take you back to Keflavík Airport in time for your flight.

Highlights:

  • Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Harpa Concert Hall
  • Laugavegur Shopping Street
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, and 1st drink of your choice.
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.

Accommodation

You’ll have a choice of three accommodation levels. See details about each one in the boxes below. All accommodations for this tour have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.

Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies between regions and that not all locations offer quality-level accommodations

Budget

Nice and comfortable rooms with shared bathroom facilities and shower located in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, in good locations with breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Kex Hostel. 

Comfort

Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Fosshotel Rauðará. 

Quality

Rooms in four-star hotels or superior rooms in quality three-star hotels at fantastic locations near popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast is included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Icelandair Hotel Marina. 

Transportation

Personalize your Icelandic adventure by selecting from our three transportation options: a minivan, a large SUV, or a rugged super jeep. See details for each option in the boxes below. These choices represent the most common vehicles used on privately guided tours. If you have special requests or specific needs, we’re here to cater to them, ensuring your journey is uniquely tailored to you.

Mini Van

For around 7-9 passengers, ideal for small groups and families. The comfortable minivans provide a smooth and intimate ride as you discover Iceland's wonders together.

Large 4WD

For 4-5 passengers seeking a spacious and versatile option. The large SUVs are equipped to handle diverse terrains while ensuring ample room for both passengers and gear.

Super-Jeep

For up to 19 passengers. Take your adventure to the next level with a rugged super jeep. Designed to conquer Iceland's challenging landscapes, these powerful vehicles provide an exhilarating ride for the more adventurous traveler.

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Good to know

  • Note that the itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
  • The itinerary is dependent upon road and weather conditions, so it may be altered if conditions are not favorable. This includes optional activities as well. If extreme weather affects your travel plans, you will be notified, and we will do our best to assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when applicable.
  • Some optional activities may need a valid driving license, or you may need to send additional information to your travel agent. For snorkeling, you will need to know how to swim and fill out an online medical document.
  • The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, even in the summertime. Make sure to be prepared and bring both warm and waterproof clothing.

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Good walking/hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera
  • More information on what to pack HERE
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