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Golden Circle, Snowmobiling & 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! Your guide will also take free photographs of you so you can keep the memory alive!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    ~ 16 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • 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
Super Truck Experience
Included
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

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 at the same location you were picked up 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 21:30.

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.


Pick-up Information

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.


Practical Information

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.

Please note

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.

How long is the tour?

Approximately 16 hours in total. 1 hour is spent on the snowmobile.

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

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

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 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, 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 activity. 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.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

If I have never driven a snowmobile before, can I still participate?

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.

Can you go on a snowmobiling tour in the summertime in Iceland?

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.

Are there any weight restrictions for the snowmobiling tours?

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 3XL. 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.

Are their any places to use the toilet at the glacier snowmobiling base camp?

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.

What clothing is provided for the snowmobile ride on Langjokull glacier?

We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, gloves and a helmet. This Equipment is all included in the price of the tour.

What do I need to bring for my snowmobiling ride on Langjokull glacier?

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.

I am traveling by myself, do I need to pay the single ride supplement?

Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra.

Is there an age limit to go snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier?

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.

I'm pregnant, am I able to participate in one of your snowmobile tours?

Due to safety reasons, we do not recommend women that are already 3 months pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours.

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 that 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. View Golden Circle Tours.

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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