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Golden Circle, Snowmobiling and Northern Lights

Thingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Snowmobiling & Northern Lights

See Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and an spouting Geysir at Geysir geothermal area. Add a spine-tingling snowmobile ride on Langjökull Glacier… and a magical Northern Lights tour!

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This tour is a blend of our sensational Golden Circle and snowmobile and Magical Aurora tours for a winning combination. See the stunning Golden Circle attractions, add an adrenaline-raising snowmobile ride on Langjökull Glacier and hunt for the jewel-bright colors of the Northern Lights for the best winter in Iceland experience ever!

  • Availability

    September - April

  • Duration

    16 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

  • Price from

    35.990 ISK

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
Included
Visits to Golden Circle highlights
Guided minibus tours
Stop at a local Cafe (the chance to purchase lunch)
Experienced Snowmobile
Guide 1 hour snowmobile ride and all required equipment
2 people share a snowmobile
Northern Lights Hunting tour
Northern Lights Expert Guide

Pick up is at 08:30 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.

Join us for the adventures of a lifetime. The fabulous Golden Circle sights, a thrilling and totally unforgettable snowmobile ride on Langjökull Glacier and the excitement of hunting for the Northern Lights – it doesn´t get any better than this!

We drive you through beautiful countryside to the first Circle attraction, Thingvellir National Park. We Icelanders spell it “Þingvellir”. This is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, due to its exceptional cultural, geological and historical value. The Icelanders founded their first Parliament here in the year 930, often said to be the oldest national parliament in the world, it is certainly the world´s oldest still existing parliament. The craggy cliff of the Almannagjá Gorge runs through Þingvellir. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have been moving apart, creating a widening rift valley which is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The geology and landscapes here are sensational but also incredibly unusual!

Your next Golden Circle attraction is Strokkur, a spouting hot spring at the Geysir geothermal area, home to the now inactive Great Geysir. You never have to wait long to see Strokkur spout superheated water high in the air, just 5 to 10 minutes. Get ready with your camera! The final Golden Circle stop is at the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall on the Hvítá River. Watch the huge torrent rocketing its way through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. You will have the opportunity to buy lunch at a local café (not included).

We head up from Gullfoss to Langjökull Glacier (the Long Glacier). So get ready to change gear a little! First, you put on the balaclava, helmet and suit ready for some fun action on the ice. Our experienced snowmobile guide will give you some instructions then you are ready to ride, skimming off for an hour of excitement as you explore Langjökull´s white wonderland.   

We drive you back to Reykjavík, dropping you off by City Hall on Vonarstræti between 18:00 and 19:00. You get time to buy supper from a local café or restaurant. Our expert Northern Lights guide will then pick you up where we dropped you off at 20:30.

We follow the best Aurora and cloud forecast available to optimize your chance of seeing the Northern Lights dancing their vibrant colors across the night sky. We could go to Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, Reykjanes or somewhere else away from the city lights. Hunting for Aurora is really exciting as you wait for the moment they begin to show. Sometimes they begin in a subtle way, other times they build really quickly into dramatic swirls which burst out like a kaleidoscope of color. You could even just look up and see majestic swirls of color! Green Northern Lights occur most often, however, rare really red auroras are more likely to be seen in Iceland than anywhere else in the world. The lights are formed when particles from the sun collide with gas particles in the earth’s atmosphere, the kind of gas and the height determines which color(s) will appear. Blues, greens, yellows, pinks, purples, violets, red and silvery white can all show up. We can never promise the Northern Lights will show but we always do our very best.

The tour returns to Reykjavík between after midnight, around 00:30 – you will be dropped off where we picked you up.

Our guides take photos every time the northern lights are spotted, so you can get your picture taken with the Aurora. See photos from previous tours here.  

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.

Please note

A standard booking is for 2 people sharing 1 snowmobile.

If you wish to have a solo snowmobile or your group is an odd number please choose the number of solo participants with the option "participants - solo on a snowmobile" when making your booking. The upgrade fee is 6,000 ISK.

A valid Driving License is required to operate a snowmobile.

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.

The Northern Lights are a phenomenon of nature, we do our best but we cannot guarantee you will see them. We offer a free second tour but you will have to contact our sales team, quoting your original booking reference in the email. Places on a second tour are subject to availability. Note: You need to contact us at info@adventures.is to re-book.

Northern lights tours only operate when the weather and aurora forecasts are suitable, so sometimes we unfortunately have to cancel these tours. Your tour may be canceled up to 18:15 on the day of departure. When this happens the part of your payment is refunded.

Where do you offer pick up’s from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.

Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 favorite 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

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 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

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 light

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour gets cancelled?

If we cancel the tour it’s because in our opinion there is no chance of seeing the lights and we don’t want to bring you out for nothing.

Then your options are:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  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.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , 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 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

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour this is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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