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When is the best time to visit Iceland

When is the best time to visit Iceland? The North Atlantic island is getting ever more popular and more tourists are coming each year.

We often get questions like this, what time of year is the best to see the Northern lights, the Dynjandi Waterfall or experience the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.

Sometimes these are easy to answer, but often it is hard to find the perfect time to experience all the natural attractions and phenomenons people wish to see.

So, basically there’s not a good simple answer to this question, because it relies on what you wish to see in Iceland.

So, there is no best time to visit Iceland?

Oh, but there is. However, it is of course relative, and the answer we give here is based on our preferences.

So, in our opinion the best time to visit Iceland is in the autumn, late August, September and early October.

Why the Autumn?

First of all, Iceland is getting ever more popular and more tourists come each year. This means that during the high seasons, the summer and around Christmas, it can get hard to book the perfect hotel room.

Not to mention that most of the popular natural attractions, such the Golden Circle, is crowded from dawn til dusk. If you wish to steer clear of the crowds, you need to visit during the lower seasons.

But wait, there’s more…

In the Autumn you still enjoy decent weather, temperatures above 0°C during the day and most roads are still open. The nature is dressed in vibrant colors and if you are into photography, this the TIME to be in Iceland.

Also, there’s a good chance you’ll experience the Northern Lights as well, because the nights are dark and often we have clear night skies during this season.

Did we mention the colors? Just imagine walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, while the Northern Lights dance across the starlit sky. This alone makes the Autumn such a great season in Iceland.

We can help you plan the perfect visit to Iceland

Feel free to reach out to us. We are more than willing to help you plan the perfect visit to Iceland. We are a small family run tour and car service operator.

We offer many great luxurious private tours with local expert guides. We only offer high-end Mercedes Benz vehicles.

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Exploring power plants in Iceland

There are many great power plants in Iceland. Exploring them is something anyone interested in engineering should do.

Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that rely almost solely on renewable energy. We generate electricity by harnessing the power of our rivers and the geothermal hot spots all around the country.

In fact, there are a few power plants near or around Reykjavik, which are open to public and make a nice addition to any tour, especially for those who are interested in energy or engineering.

Here are our top choices. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to see these power plants while exploring Iceland.

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

Hellisheidi power plant is one of the most recent power plants in Iceland. It is only a short distance from Reykjavik, making it an idea stop.

The exhibition offers a unique and state-of-the-art insight into geothermal energy and energy consumption in Iceland.

Experienced guides are on-hand to provide informative presentations backed by multimedia shows about sustainable green energy as a global energy resource, since geothermal resources can be found worldwide.

The feature on the origin of geothermal energy is available in Icelandic, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese!

Ljosafossvirkjun Power Station

Ljosafossvirkjun is a hydro-electric Power Station in the river Sogid, in South Iceland. The river’s source is Thingvallavatn Lake, the largest lake in Iceland.

This Power Station is the oldest one along Sogid river, there are three. Ljosafossvirkjun was built in the 1930’s and started producing electricity in 1937.

At the station is a nice exhibition about hydro-electricity , where the fundamentals of electricity are explained through simple, entertaining and amazing experiments. Some of these historically led to the many significant steps man has taken in successfully harnessing this energy source.

Svartsengi Power Plant

A little north of Grindavik, a small fishing town in Reykjanes peninsula, is the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant. The Power Plant was built in 1976.

What makes a visit to Svartsengi exhibition interesting is the fact that it is the Power Plant that inadvertently created the Blue Lagoon.

You can also learn the exhibition about the first renewable methanol plant, Carbon Recycling International, which is a by-product of the power plant.

Exploring Power Plants in Iceland

If you wish to explore the power plants in Iceland or near Reykjavik, just let us now. We are more than happy to help. We offer superb luxurious private tours with local expert driver guides.

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A Private Tour in Iceland

Iceland is a unique country, with unspoiled nature and serene landscapes. Going on a private tour in Iceland is the best possible way to explore this majestic country.

We often get questions from our customers; where should we go, what are the best places to see and what can we expect? Of course, we are as always happy to help.

But visiting the natural attractions and seeing them is one thing and only half the experience. There is so much more to each attraction than just the visual stimulation it offers.

There are myths, stories, geological information and so much more that will enhance your experience, make it richer and completely unforgettable.

Why go on a Private Tour in Iceland

It is one thing to see, and another thing to experience. On a private tour you have your own local expert driver guide. All our driver guides are more than just familiar with the best natural attractions.

You will hear information about each attraction, each sight and hear stories about Iceland and the area you are passing through. All our vehicles are luxurious and spacious, fit to suit your style of transport, making the ride enjoyable and nice.

When only the best is good enough, you choose a private tour in Iceland.

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Tailored to suit your needs

We offer a selection of private tours, but most of our customers prefer to have their Private Tour tailor-made, to suit their needs and interests.

At Reykjavik Private Cars, we make sure that your private tour in Iceland is unforgettable and meets your every need.

Whether you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon, see the Golden Circle or explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula, we can help you and make sure you travel in the style and comfort you are used to.

Reach out and we will answer promptly.

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Luxury Private Car Service

We at Reykjavik Private Cars offer luxury private car service with professional drivers. Only the best is good enough.

Reykjavik Private Cars is a small family run company and take pride in offer only superb service, tailored to meet your needs. We are discreet and offer only certified professional drivers.

We only offer personal service. Every luxury car service is tailored to suit the needs of our customers. Our goal is make sure that your stay in Iceland is in every way as good as possible.

Luxury Private Car Service instead of a Taxi

When only the best is good enough, booking a luxury private car service is what you need. You are in total control and our team are on a mission creating your perfect Iceland encounter. Your private driver-guide and vehicle will be chosen to be suitable for your agenda.

You can always have a driver on standby to bring you to the Blue Lagoon or to see the stunning Geysir geothermal area. Just book through our website and enjoy Iceland in the utmost comfort.

Safety first

Safety is very important to us and we always know where our vehicles are at all times. You won’t be disappointed when using our services, the best alternative to a taxi in the Reykjavik.

When traveling with family, you want to be sure that safety comes first. Therefore we offer all sizes of children car seats. Just let us know beforehand and we will make sure that your car is fitted with the right car seat for our most precious passengers.

Our team of carefully selected chauffeurs is experienced and has been trained and is continuously trained by us to ensure that you get a comfortable, safe, convenient and expeditious ride. Each of our chauffeurs is a true professional who has undergone a background and sex offender check.

Keflavik Airport

We can pick you up at Keflavik airport. We are there when you land and we can drop you off at the airport when you leave. If you leave your flight number with us, we make sure that your chauffeur is available from the moment you touch down.

Reach out and get a quote for Luxury Private Car Service

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When to see the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are one of the most popular natural attraction in Iceland. However, you can only see them during the winter time and they are quite elusive.

Very many people come to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, to experience seeing the auroras dancing across the night sky. However, choosing the right time to see the lights is paramount, especially since the auroras are quite elusive.

You need darkness, my friend!

First of all, during summer the nights are bright as day in Iceland. This is due to the northerly position of the island and the tilt of Earth’s axis. In fact, many tourists who are used to dark nights often find it hard to fall asleep in Iceland in that season.

The Auroras can only be seen at nights, since they are invisible in the sunlit sky. Therefore it is better to plan your visit after the fall equinox and before the spring equinox.

You also need cold!

Ok, now it is getting tricky. The colder it is, the likelier it is that the skies are clear. It is nigh impossible to see the Northern Lights when the sky is overcast. Here in Iceland, if the temperature falls beneath 0°C very often it means that the nights are still and clear.

Therefore, the optimal season to see the auroras around Reykjavik is late September – early December and late January – early March.

Though the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in December and January are good, the weather conditions can be a trouble, especially if you need to leave the city to find the opportune place for spotting the Northern Lights.

We can help you see the Northern Lights!

Many of our driver guides are experienced Aurora hunters and know myriad of places and locations where you can spot the Northern Lights. They are, however, a natural phenomenon and sightings can therefore never be guaranteed. You greatly increase your chances, however, with a local expert driver-guide on a private Northern Lights tour.

Feel free to reach out to us, we are glad to help.

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Delux Iceland

Iceland is a unique place, where you find breathtaking vistas of natural beauty, serene fjords, pristine glaciers and soaring volcanoes. And it is easy to witness it all, while still enjoying style and luxury. Here’s our guide to delux Iceland.

Iceland is one of a kind. The North-Atlantic island is by many considered a must-see due to the remoteness, untouched nature and the fact that it is still one of the few places where you can enjoy breathtaking scenes of incredible natural forces at play and beautiful attraction, without feeling crowded.

Despite its remoteness, Iceland has many luxury hotels, retreats and restaurants, where you can enjoy not only the serene beauty of the island, the Northern Lights or the midnight sun, but also the finer things in life.

Delux hotels

If luxury and style is what you are aiming for there are many hotels to choose from in Iceland. There are however a few that we recommend.

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon is an absolute must! This one of a kind hotel is situated by the Blue Lagoon and not only will you experience world class dining, overwhelming service and hospitality, but you will also have your own private Blue Lagoon spa.

If you are staying in Reykjavik we recommend two hotels. The first one is Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel. It is a smallish, friendly hotel in a great location, in an old building that once served as the Swedish consulate. If you are looking for an apartment hotel, we recommend that you choose the Black Pearl. Situated in central Reykjavik, the hotel is within walking distance of many landmarks, museums, shops and restaurants. The Black Pearl offers superb and fully equipped suites.

We are happy to help you make reservations.

Delux tours

We offer many great private, luxury tours, with local, expert driver guides. All our drivers are all certified, professional drivers who are ready and eager to take you through this beautiful city in one of our vehicles. We are discrete and offer personal service.

We only offer high quality luxury cars and we can easily tailor-make your perfect private luxury tour in Iceland. 

Click here to get a quote.

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5 great places to propose

Asking someone to marry you is a big of a deal and many wish to make that moment as special and memorable as possible. Finding the right time and the right place is monumental and Iceland offers many great locations to pop the big question. Here are 5 great places to propose.

There are many great places and attractions in Iceland where you can propose to your partner and we have helped many people find the right spot at the right time. Here’s a short list of 5 superb and unique places where you can pop the big question.

Hraunfossar waterfalls

Hraunfossar waterfalls are one of kind waterfalls. Aptly named Hraunfossar or Lava waterfalls, the water sprouts forth from beneath the lava, with moss and birch creating a pristine and wonderful backdrop. These falls are spectacular and unique, making them a perfect setting for a romantic proposal.

The Sun Voyager

This beautiful, gleaming steel sculpture in Reykjavik is one of the most popular landmark in Reykjavik. On still summer evenings the sun colours the sea water and casts wonderful shadows dancing over the bay. The sculpture was essentially envisaged as an ode to the sun, symbolising light and hope. What could be a more fitting setting to a proposal?

The Diamond Beach

What a fitting name for a place to slip a diamond ring on your future partner’s finger! Not far from the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, you will find a black sand beach where there are hundreds of beached icebergs. The sea water has washed them, making the look like diamonds in the sand.

Thingvellir National Park

There are perhaps few places in Iceland that are as popular as Thingvellir National Park. And no wonder, this place is not only a geological wonder, but also a place ripe with history. It also offers many places with a great view, which make the perfect backdrop for the proposal.

Beneath the Northern Lights

We saves the best for last. Proposing beneath the Northern Lights is perhaps the single most popular setting for a proposal and we’ve have helped so many couples find the right spot and the opportune moment to pop the big question.

We are happy to help you find the right place and the right time for your proposal. Click here to get a quote.