Nordic Visitor is moving!

We’re moving! New head office in Iceland

After adding many new faces to the Nordic Visitor team in recent years, we’re moving our headquarters in Iceland to Bíldshöfði 20, 110 Reykjavík.


The big move is taking place on the afternoon of Friday the 2nd of December. 

During that time our main phone number and 24-hour emergency hotline will be available as always to our travellers, although email replies will take a bit longer than usual. Then at 9:00 AM (GMT) on Monday the 5th of December we will be up and running at our new headquarters at Bíldshöfði 20.

– Find out how to contact Nordic Visitor

The new space will not only allow a little extra breathing room for our staff, but it will also allow us to serve our clients better with additional resources and more meeting rooms. Our new headquarters is located about a 15-minute drive from the Reykjavik city centre.

– See online map of Bíldshöfði 20, 110 Reykjavik

new Nordic Visitor headquarters

After 2nd December, Nordic Visitor will be located at Bíldshöfði 20 in Reykjavik. (The logo marks the spot on this map!) We are moving from Bríetartún 13 in Reykjavik, where we had been since late 2012.

Bíldshöfði 20, 110 Reykjavik

Trying to find our new office at Bíldshöfði 20? This is what to look for! We’ll be on the top (4th) floor but don’t worry, if you’re not up for taking the stairs there is an elevator.

We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our new digs after the 5th of December!

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A little something about Christmas in the Nordics

The Nordics are the homeland of Santa Claus, where we have delicious glögg to sip after hearty smorgasbords and colourful twinkling lights all over—even up in the sky! So it should come as no surprise that we really get into the Christmas spirit up here.

In case you want in on the Yuletide fun here in the Nordics, read up on what to expect… Continue reading…

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Friday Photo Roundup – Icelandic Horses

For this week’s Friday Photo Roundup we’re corralling Icelandic horses on Instagram.

The Icelandic horse is more than just a pretty face; this animal commands a lot respect. It’s been around since the first settlers arrived to Iceland from Norway about 1,100 years ago, long enough that the Icelandic language now contains over 100 words for its various coat colours, markings and patterns. And due to Iceland’s long-standing geographical isolation and strict import/export regulations on horses, the breed has remained unique in the world. It’s fair to say this horse is a living piece of Icelandic history.

It seems we’re not the only ones singing the praises of the Icelandic horse! Below we’ve rounded up some of the best recent equine snaps from #nordicvisitor travellers for your viewing pleasure… Continue reading…

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Photo of the Month: Iceland, A Dream Destination

Iceland is often referred to as a dream destination for every photographer. The diverse landscape, beautiful natural wonders and the ever-changing light is something that sets Iceland apart. As Iceland’s brief autumn comes to an end, the temperatures get colder and colours more muted as the island segues into its long winter. But, the beauty remains.

This month’s Nordic Photo of the Month winner, Swapnil Deshpande, captures Iceland’s unique and vast landscape from towering waterfalls to haunting black sand beaches. Swapnil travelled from India on Nordic Visitor’s Iceland Grand Tour, a 17-day self-drive journey following the 828-mile (1,332 km) Ring Road, the nickname given to the major highway that loops the whole island. This route includes regions such as the famous Golden Circle, popular South Coast, dramatic East Fjords, gems of the North and the rugged West Fjords.

The tour includes a detour around South Iceland and the village of Vík, where Swapnil captured his winning photo of northern lights dancing above a church and posted it on Instagram tagged with #nordicvisitor.

We caught up with Swapnil to chat about his photographic interest in Iceland. Take a look below for his expert tips and more photos! Continue reading…

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Mythical Scotland: Exploring the Legends

Scotland: a land steeped in legends, superstitions and folklore.

Imagine a time before scientific reasoning could explain the sudden shifts in Scotland’s fickle weather, the strange land formations like the Old Man of Storr, the numerous hardships that gripped inhabitants of a harsh climate, and you’ll start to understand how Scotland’s numerous myths emerged. Coupled with the Scots’ famous knack for storytelling, the legends have been carried down through generations and live on for visitors to experience today.

Dun Beag, Isle of Skye, Scotland

People have lived in Scotland and amassed legends since prehistoric times. (Pictured: Dun Beag iron-age broch on Isle of Skye)

To journey through Scotland’s magical, storybook landscapes is to believe in the supernatural yourself. Below are just a few examples of the mythical creatures you might hear about (or encounter, perhaps) on your journey. Continue reading…