See Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir hot spring, followed by an adventurous snowmobile ride on Langjokull glacier. Top the day off with a hunt for the magical Northern Lights. Explore what Iceland has to offer in style and comfort provided by a Super Jeep!
This magical tour will take you on an epic odyssey through some of the most incredible places that the land of fire and ice has to offer. It begins with the famous Golden Circle route featuring – gold tinted waterfalls, bubbling geysers, craggy seismic fissures between continents, areas steeped in history and much, much more. Then we will head to Iceland’s second largest glacier for a heart-pounding snowmobiling experience that combines exhilarating fun and majestic natural scenery. The tour ends in search of the legendary Northern Lights, whose flickering colors are as close to the supernatural as it is possible to be. If you want to maximize your time in Iceland and see everything that the land of fire and ice has to offer, then this day-long tour is perfect for you.
Sept. - Apr.
~ 16 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Super Jeep
- Golden Circle
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Spring
- Thingvellir National Park
- Glacier Snowmobiling
- Langjokull Glacier
- Northern Lights
- Guided Super Jeep Adventure
- Visit to the Golden Circle Highlights
- Glacier Snowmobile Adventure
- Experienced Snowmobile Guide
- Snowmobile Gear
- Experienced Northern Lights Guide
- Northern Lights Photos
- Hot Chocolate & Biscuits
- Free WiFi
The Golden Circle
Your adventure begins with Super Jeep pickup service from our designated collection points in the Reykjavik area. Once everybody has been picked up we make the scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park – the start of the famous Golden Circle Route.
Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is part of the geological and historic fabric of Iceland. It plays host to Althingi – where a gathering of Viking nobles convened the first Icelandic Parliament in 930 AD. Icelandic parliaments met there annually from then on and Iceland’s modern parliament still bears the same name – making Althingi one of the oldest continually running democratic institutions in the world. Thingvellir also straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which bisects the continents of North America and Europe – offering visitors the unique opportunity to gaze across the craggy seismic fissure that divides two continents. This alongside a host of fascinating rock formations, dramatic glacial waterfalls and much, much more makes Thingvellir an absolute must for anyone visiting the land of fire and ice.
Our next stop will be the iconic Geysir geothermal area – famed for the violent geysers that have become synonymous with Iceland. The most famous is the, now dormant, Great Geysir – the first to appear in the English language and the one that gives all geysers their name. We will also see the very much active Strokkur, which fires molten streams of water up to 25 meters into the air every 4-8 minutes. There is nothing quite like seeing this miraculous natural phenomenon in the flesh and it will give you a profound perspective on the vicious power of mother nature.
The final stop on the Golden Circle Route is Gullfoss (the golden falls) – a majestic glacial waterfall that crashes over three dramatic lava steps into a verdant valley below. It gets its name from the golden hue its water takes as it cascades over the volcanically crafted rock. Rainbows regularly form above the falls on sunny days – creating a magical and very photogenic scene that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
Glacier Snowmobiling on Langjokull
We will then pause for lunch in the impressive Gullfoss Café – where we can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine to a truly incredible backdrop.
After lunch, we will head to our basecamp at the foot of the Langjokull Glacier for an adrenaline-pumping snowmobiling experience on an icy natural wonder. The adventure begins when we meet up with our friendly guide, who will provide us with all the gear that we need and teach us how to ride a snowmobile safely. Then, once everyone is ready, we will head out onto the vast untouched glacial wilderness for a few hours of exhilarating fun and majestic natural scenery.
Langjokull (The Long Glacier) is a unique place – a sprawling expanse of untouched white snow that is crisscrossed by stunning icy crevices and glorious ice sculptures. There are several dramatic volcanic craters hidden beneath the ice that provide a fascinating insight into the powerful natural forces that have crafted the land of fire and ice. Langjokull is surrounded by towering volcanoes and mighty mountains – ensuring that we will enjoy spectacular vistas from the back of our snowmobiles. Snowmobiling across this unforgettable landscape is an exhilarating and awe-inspiring experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
We will then head back to Reykjavik and drop you at one of our designated collection points, so you can enjoy a quick dinner before we head back out into the Icelandic wilderness in search of the heavenly light show known as the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Hunt
The flickering colors of the Northern Lights have enchanted sky gazers for millennia – as the dark night sky is illuminated by dancing shades of green, purple, pink and red. It is a truly unique experience that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure. We use specially designed super jeeps that are capable of leaving the well-trodden path and traveling to places that are untouched by light pollution, ensuring that we can enjoy this spine-tingling natural wonder in all of its glory. One of the things that makes the Northern Lights so magical is there elusive nature and it is impossible for us to guarantee that you will see them on any particular night. However, our expert guides will use a combination of the aurora forecast, prevailing local knowledge, and the weather conditions to maximize our chances to see this natural miracle. If we are lucky enough to see the sky illuminated by the Aurora’s flickering colors – then we will be in for a bucket list experience that is the perfect end to a magical day.
Pick up is at 08:30 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
The price of the tour is for one person when sharing a two-person snowmobile. For solo or odd number of bookings, you must book a solo snowmobile for 6.000 ISK extra.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.
Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.
Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length
A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.
When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.
In that case, your options will be to:
1. Reschedule for another day.
2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
3. Get fully refunded.
Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.
If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.
The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.
If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.
You do not need previous snowmobile driving experience. Your guide will provide easy to follow operating instructions.
However, you do need a valid Driving License if you intend to drive. If there are two of you, only one of you needs to bring a Driving License but if you both bring one, each of you can take a turn at driving.
Yes, you can. The plus side to being a cold country is that our glaciers are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.
We don’t exactly have a weight restriction but participants need to be able to fit in our winter overalls. The largest size we have is 5XL. As for the physical level, the tour is listed at the level moderate and anyone in average physical condition should be able to complete the tour without any trouble.
Yes, we have toilets at the base camp where the tour starts that you are more than welcome to use before and after. Unfortunately we cannot offer any bathroom breaks during the tour itself.
We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, goggles, gloves and a helmet. This Equipment is all included in the price of the tour.
First and foremost warm clothing.
Upper body: Thermal shirt and a fleece or a thick sweater over.
Lower body: Warm pants.
If you get easily cold, also thermals.
Shoes: It’s best to wear boots as it’s pretty cold on the glacier and they can get wet.
NOTE: You need to bring a lunch or some snacks. Lunch is not included in the tour.
Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra.
Yes, there is, safety is always our number one priority and after looking closely into this the age limit was set to 8 years, of course in company with a guardian.
Due to safety reasons, we do not recommend women that are already 3 months pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours.