(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Reykjavik, Borgarfjordur region & Langjokull Glacier, Golden Circle, South Iceland, Oslo, Bergen, Sognefjord (Aurlandsfjord & Naeroyfjord)
This private tour combines the best of Norway—including Oslo, Bergen and the beautiful Norwegian fjords—with the spectacular landscapes of Iceland.
Enjoy insider touring of the highlights of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Tour cultural highlights such as the National Museum of Iceland or Reykjavik Art Museum to gain further insight into Iceland's history and contemporary culture. See the iconic architecture of Hallgrimskirkja Church. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Harpa, the concert hall designed in conjunction with renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. Also explore the colorful backstreets of the town, and walk along the harbor. If desired, browse top boutiques for Icelandic crafts such as hand-knit sweaters and blankets. Other options include visiting the Arbaer Open Air Museum, Viking Village or the Imagine Peace Tower. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange tickets to performances and reservations at top restaurants, including Perlan, which has incredible views over the city.
One day, enjoy the "Into the Glacier" tour of Langjokull Glacier, including venturing into a tunnel in the blue ice. During private touring, also see Hraunfossar Waterfall, which streams through a lava field, Deildartunguhver geothermal spring and Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord).
Another day, enjoy a private excursion to Iceland's most important and impressive natural features in the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Althing (Icelandic assembly) met for over 850 years in a spectacular rift valley formed by drifting tectonic plates. Also, visit a family farm where produce is grown year-round in greenhouses heated by geothermal energy. If desired, opt to take a dip in the Secret Lagoon, a unique natural hot spring. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange ATV excursions in the region. In Geysir, watch as Strokkur Geyser erupts, and see Gullfoss, a waterfall that plunges into a gorge.
Also take a private excursion to beautiful South Iceland. See the amazing waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, and perhaps tour Skogar Museum, a folk museum featuring model turf houses and various ephemera from the region such as puffin-hunting nets and ice skates made from bone. With a private expert guide, enjoy an exhilarating walk on Solheimajokull Glacier, where you can explore ice caves and other natural formations. Also see additional highlights in the region such as Reynisfjara black sand beach and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
En route to or from the airport, if desired, relax or get a spa treatment while learning about Iceland's vast geothermal resources at the famed Blue Lagoon.
Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as ATV rides, whale watching or puffin excursions (season permitting), horseback riding, luxury camping, Icelandic cooking classes, meeting with Icelandic designers, hiking, mountain biking, an excursion into a volcano and tours of noted architecture sites.
Continue to Oslo, the attractive seaside capital of Norway. During flexible private touring, learn about Viking customs at the Viking Ship Museum, marvel at the remarkable sculptures in Vigeland Park, see fascinating murals describing Norwegian history and customs inside City Hall, take in panoramic views of the harbor from the historic Akershus Fortress, walk on the roof of the iconic Opera House, and peruse masterpieces by Edvard Munch and other Norwegian artists at the National Gallery. Other options include visiting the Nobel Peace Center, learning about rural traditions at the Norwegian Folk Museum, touring the Royal Palace or Oscarshall, delving into the life of one of Norway's most renowned playwrights at the Ibsen Museum, seeing Norwegian modernist architecture at Villa Stenersen, learning about the World War II history of Norway at the Holocaust Museum or Resistance Museum, visiting Holmenkollen ski jump and the Ski Museum, and biking along the Akerselva River. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange tickets to performances at the Oslo Opera House and other venues around the city.
Next, fly to Bergen, a historic port city and the gateway to Fjord Norway. During private touring, explore the picturesque Bryggen wharf district, a former Hanseatic trading post that's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the bustling fish market, and tour the Hanseatic Museum and Schotstuene to learn about life in medieval Bergen. Walk through the pretty backstreets of the town, and venture up the Floibanen funicular for panoramic views of Bergen and the harbor from the top of Mount Floyen. Other options include delving deeper into the city's history at Rosenkrantz Tower and the Bryggens Museum. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange optional excursions to Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg's home), Old Bergen or the Bergen Aquarium.
One day, enjoy a full-day excursion with your private guide through some of Norway's most spectacular mountain and fjord scenery. Ride the renowned Flamsbana train on one of the world's most scenic rail journeys through a glacier-carved valley past small farms, tumbling waterfalls and high peaks. Cruise the most dramatic sections of beautiful Sognefjord, including impressive Aurlandsfjord and breathtaking Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Return to Bergen for a final night to shop for local handicrafts, dine at top restaurants or explore other attractions independently. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange tickets to performances at Grieg Hall and other venues around Bergen.
Private arrival transfer to Reykjavik hotel for 4 nights. Afternoon private city tour, including private behind-the-scenes tour of Harpa
||Reykjavik, Borgarfjordur region & Langjokull Glacier
Full-day excursion including "Into the Glacier" and private touring of Hraunfossar Waterfall, Deildartunguhver geothermal spring and Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord)
||Reykjavik & Golden Circle
Private touring of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, private greenhouse visit including lunch and visit to Secret Lagoon for a geothermal hot bath experience
||Reykjavik & South Iceland
Full-day private excursion including Reynisfjara black sand beach, Reynisdrangar sea stacks, Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls, and private glacier hike on Solheimajokull
||Reykjavik – Oslo, Norway
Private transfer to airport, with VIP access at the Blue Lagoon en route. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Morning private walking tour. Afternoon private tour with private guide and driver
||Oslo – Bergen
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bergen. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private touring of Bergen
||Bergen, Flamsbana & Sognefjord (Aurlandsfjord & Naeroyfjord)
Full-day privately guided excursion on Flamsbana train and cruise on Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord
Private transfer to airport
Hotel Borg or Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
||Hotel Continental or Grand Hotel
||Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
||Per person (double occupancy)