Explore the Golden Circle and fire up your wanderlust with a spine-tingling snowmobile ride and Aurora hunt!
If you’re heavy on ambition but short on time, jump on this quick day tour for a perfect introduction to Iceland’s classic highlights. See the breathtaking Golden Circle attractions and get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile ride on the mighty Langjökull Glacier. We’ll round out the trip by adding a thrilling hunt for the Northern Lights just below the Arctic Circle!
Your guide will take free photographs of you and the Aurora, so you can keep the memories alive!
Sept. - Apr.
~ 16 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Golden Circle Tour
- Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir)
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Snowmobiling on Langjökull
- Glacier Northern Lights guided minibus tour
- Super Truck Experience
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Visits to Golden Circle highlights
- Guided Minibus Tours
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Stop at a local Cafe (the chance to purchase lunch)
- Experienced Snowmobile
- Guided Snowmobile Ride
- All Required Snowmobiling Equipment
- 2 People Share a Snowmobile
- Northern Lights Hunting tour
- Northern Lights Photos
- Northern Lights Expert Guide
- Super Truck Experience
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Golden Circle & Snowmobile Adventure
Once we pick everyone up in our minibus, we’ll drive through the charming countryside to our first stop on the Golden Circle, Þingvellir National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical and geological significance. The Icelanders founded their first Parliament, Althing—the oldest national parliament in the world—at the site in 930 c.e. The craggy cliff of the Almannagjá Gorge runs about 8 km (5 mi) through Thingvellir, and marks the edge of the rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The geology and landscapes here are awe-inspiring but also incredibly unusual!
Our next stop is Geysir Geothermal Area, home to the Great Geysir, the most famous spouting hot spring in Iceland. While the famed geyser is no longer active, the geothermal area around still bubbles and boils, every so often shook by fierce eruptions of neighboring Strokkur. You’ll only need to wait a max of 10 minutes to see Strokkur hurl hot water up 40 m (131 ft) into the air. Get your camera ready! The final Golden Circle stop is Gullfoss, an iconic waterfall in Iceland on the Hvítá River. Watch the huge torrent plummet down 32 meters (150 ft) into the canyon. Afterward the Golden Circle tour, you’ll have the opportunity to buy lunch at a local café (not included in the price) and rest up for a moment for our next big adventure.
Next, we’ll head to Langjokull Glacier (the Long Glacier), the second largest ice cap in Iceland. Get ready to change gears a little! Our expert snowmobile guide will fill you in on the safety instructions. Once you stick your helmet on, you’ll be ready for an exhilarating adventure on the ice. The one-hour ride will give you a unique chance to explore Langjökull’s white wonderland.
Afterward, we drive you back to Reykjavík and drop you off between 18:00 (6:00 p.m.) and 19:00 (7:00 p.m.). You’ll have some time to fresh up and grab some dinner (not included). Our Northern Lights guide will pick you up where we dropped you off at 20:30 (8:30 p.m.).
Aurora Borealis Hunt
Back on our minibus, we’ll drive away from the city’s light pollution in search of the mystical Northern Lights. Depending on the weather forecast, we might go to Hvalfjörður, Thingvellir, Reykjanes or elsewhere to see the lights dance across the dark sky. The Aurora is a natural phenomenon that appears when charged particles from the Sun enter Earth’s magnetic field and start to collide with gaseous particles in our atmosphere. Waiting for this once-in-a-lifetime moment can be a real heart-pounder! The shimmering draperies of the aurora might appear in subtly or suddenly, bursting into dramatic swirls. The lights emerge green, yellow, blue, purple, and sometimes even red, with shades of coral pink and orange. Don’t miss your chance to catch the amazing Aurora displays on this unforgettable small-group adventure!
Since the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, we can’t guarantee that you will definitely see them during the tour, but we always do our very best.
The tour returns to Reykjavik after midnight, around 00:30. You’ll be dropped off where we picked you up.
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.
What to bring: Warm outdoor layers, thermal underwear, waterproof jacket and trousers, headwear, gloves, scarves and strong hiking shoes. A valid Driving License is required for all snowmobile drivers.
We recommend that you bring a packed lunch along as well.
If you wish to have a solo snowmobile, but don’t have a valid Driver’s License, then you can book an extra guide to operate your snowmobile for an additional 40.000 ISK. Please contact our sales desk for further information and booking.
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.
If you wish to have a solo snowmobile but do not have a valid Driving License then you can book an extra guide to operate your snowmobile for an additional 40.000 ISK. Please contact our sales desk for further information and booking.
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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).
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.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle & Local Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving