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3 day Golden Circle, Kerlingarfjöll Highlands Adventure & Secret Lagoon Tour

Snowmobiling, hot pool bathing, northern lights & more

See the famous Golden Circle attractions and a winter adventure in the remote highland mountains - Snowmobiling, hiking and snowshoeing

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Explore geological wonders at historic Þingvellir, watch an erupting geyser and feel the power of Gullfoss Waterfall. Your highland guide will drive you to Kerlingarfjöll, journeying through the really rugged outback, way off the beaten path in a super jeep. Nature and the weather play a big role.
Snowmobiling, mountain hiking, snowshoeing, hot pool bathing and northern lights watching are all on the agenda. Your return to civilization is crowned by a visit to the Secret Lagoon!

Want to add a south coast adventure instead? – Please have a look at this exciting tour – 3 Day Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon, South Coast, Ice Cave & Jökulsárlón

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    3 days (2 nights)

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    129.990 ISK

Tour highlights
The Golden Circle: (Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir)
Super Jeep Remote Highlands Adventure Tour
Snowmobile Riding
Mountain Hiking
Snowshoeing
Hot Spring Pool Bathing
Northern Lights Watching
Minibus Tour to the Secret Lagoon
Included
Hotel Room with Private Bathroom - 2 Nights
All Meals Included
Pick-up & drop off in Reykjavík
Golden Circle Tour
Highlands Super Jeep Adventure Tour
Snowmobile Riding (Helmet and Suit)
Snowshoes
Minibus Tour to the Secret Lagoon

Golden Circle

Þingvellir National Park

Your first Golden Circle attraction is Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. This is the place where Iceland melded together as a nation, when Alþing, the historic Icelandic Parliament was founded here in the year 930. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to move part, you will see the cliff of the Almannagjá gorge.

Geysir

Your next stop is at the Geysir hot spring site in the Haukadalur Valley. This area is filled with steam and bubbling otherworldly hot springs. You only have to wait 4 – 10 minutes to watch Strokkur erupt, projecting massive torrents of scalding water and steam 20/25 m high.

Gullfoss Waterfall

A short drive brings us to Gullfoss, a favorite waterfall of the Icelanders since Viking times, now it is your turn to watch the thundering torrent drop 32 m through the canyon in two stages. You have the opportunity to buy yourself lunch at Gullfoss Café before your highland wilderness adventure gets underway.

 

Kerlingarfjöll Mountains and the Icelandic Highlands

A specialist highland guide will drive you in a super jeep way up into the remote highlands, into the real outback of Iceland. The drive to your comfortable highland hotel will take you through some really harsh and challenging terrain. Mount Kerlingarfjöll is very beautiful but this is real outback country – the journey takes as long as it takes – don´t worry the skill of your driver will ensure you arrive in good time for your three course welcome dinner!

Your cozy hotel room has a private bathroom, there is a restaurant, bar and a steaming outdoor hot tub. You are in a fabulous place to watch out for the Northern Lights if the forecast is good!

Highland Activities

Day 2 continues with a guided hike will take you exploring this sensational wilderness area.The hiking route is selected with the weather in mind, if the conditions allow we hike on snowshoes – the hike usually lasts between 4-6 hours. Sometimes there is a stop at a natural bathing pool with 35°C hot water. We enjoy snowmobile riding to explore the pristine Ásgarður Valley, snowshoes, hiking poles and all necessary snowmobiling gear are provided. Dinner and the welcoming bar await you back at the hotel! In the evening you can enjoy the hot tub and watch out for the glittering swirls of the northern lights, in the depths of the countryside they are at their most vibrant – of course, you need a clear sky and a little aurora luck!

On the morning of day three we go with the flow, maybe a little more snowshoeing, snowmobile riding or hiking. Before noon your guide will, once again, drive you through the rugged mountains back to Gullfoss Waterfall ready for your minibus tour to the Secret Lagoon.

The Secret Lagoon  

Our minibus will whisk you from Gullfoss to the Secret Lagoon, a wonderful hot spring pool in the picturesque geothermal region of Flúðir. This charming bathing pool is surrounded by beautiful nature with pathways leading around hot springs and gurgling geysers.

Return Time
After three days and two nights your tour returns to Reykjavík around 18:00 in the evening.

Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 9:00 AM from our available Reykjavik pick-up points. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is much appreciated.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


What to bring: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are essential. (Spikes which fit on your boots to provide extra grip on the ice are useful.) Don’t forget your bathing suit, towel, slippers to wear at the hotel, nightwear and anything else you need.


 

Please note

The accommodation is in twin rooms.

Day 1 - The Golden Circle-Mount Kerlingarfjöll

You are picked up in Reykjavík at 9:00, picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your tour begins with Golden Circle sightseeing, your first stop is at Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), the place where it could be said that Iceland came together as nation. The Icelandic Parliament, established in 930 AD/CE is the oldest still existing Parliament in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is recognized for its unique geological, historical and cultural importance. The unique geology where two great tectonic plates have moved apart has produced some extraordinary scenery, you will see the rift valley and the magnificent Þingvallavatn Lake.

Gullfoss waterfall

Geysir is your next Golden Circle attraction, the famous Great Geysir is no longer active, its nearby brother, Strokkur, reliably spouts superheated water skywards every 4 to 10 minutes – make sure you are ready with your camera to capture the moment! Just a short drive away we come to Gullfoss Waterfall, the ‘Golden Waterfall’ on the River Hvítá, this crashing torrent is close to the heart of every Icelander. Feel the spray in the air as the water thunders through drops of 21 m and 11 m. You get the chance to buy lunch at Gullfoss Café.

Your highlands guide will meet you at Gullfoss Waterfall ready for your exciting super jeep journey into the highlands. You will be heading for Mount Kerlingarfjöll, a cluster of mountains close to the center of Iceland between the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull Glaciers. It does not get more remote than this – the all terrain features of the super jeep will be well tried and tested! Your expert guide/driver will adapt to the conditions and take the best route through the outback to the comfortable hotel which will be your base for the next couple of days. You are right out in the wilderness but you have a room with private facilities, a restaurant serving an excellent three course dinner, a bar, an outdoor hot tub and just outside the door the most amazing nature imaginable. If your northern lights luck is good magical aurora could even paint the sky! Often, so far from sources of artificial light, these show up as great swirling curtains unfolding across the sky. Each time is different, sometimes they do not show at all, other times they are magnificent.

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir
Gullfoss Waterfall
Super Jeep trip to Mount Kerlingarfjöll
Included
Pick-up in Reykjavík
Hotel room with private bathroom
Three course dinner
Guided Golden Circle minibus tour
Visits to Golden Circle highlights
Adventure tour to the remote Highlands (Kerlingarfjöll)
Hot tub bathing
The Northern Lights (in the right conditions)

Day 2 - Mount Kerlingarfjöll Adventures - Snowmobile & hiking

Today is all about wilderness exploring and adventures. After a nourishing breakfast we set off for our first adventure of the day, a snowmobile riding, guided hiking and snowshoeing are all part of the action, when conditions allow we often hike to a hot spring bathing pool with 35°C hot water. Bring your bathing suit and towel.

The Kerlingarfjöll mountains were created by repeated volcanic eruptions, they are very colorful and are characterized by their un-eroded shapes. The hotel by Kerlingarfjöll is situated within the Ásgarður Valley. At the northern edge of this cluster of mountains, a hydro-power plant is part of the sustainable infrastructure in this area. This has been constructed with great respect for the stunning mountain scenery, it is a really great example of what can be achieved without spoiling nature.

winter riding

After a day of outdoor adventures and mountain exploring a warm welcome and a delicious 3 course dinner awaits you at the hotel. There is the bar and the hot tub to enjoy, will the northern lights display their brilliant colors? We have to wait and see! One thing is for sure you, well away from artificial light, you will be in an excellent location to get a grandstand view if they show up.

Day Highlights
Snowmobile riding
Guided hiking
Snowshoeing (in the right conditions)
Hot spring pool bathing (possibly)
Hot tub bathing
Included
Hotel room with private bathroom
Breakfast Buffet
Lunch
Three Course Dinner
All snowmobile gear
Hiking poles
Snowshoes
Hot tub bathing
The Northern Lights (in the right conditions)

Day 3 - Kerlingarfjöll-Gullfoss-The Secret Lagoon-Reykjavík

We enjoy a nourishing breakfast and plan the morning. There is time for an adventure activity before we leave this wild mountain paradise. We consider the conditions, any preferences and choose our final highland highlight! Snowmobile riding, snowshoeing or hiking – what will it be? One thing is for sure, we really make the most of our final hours in the highlands. Just before noon our Super Jeep will transfer you back to Gullfoss – we adapt to the conditions and take our time – this is slow travel at its best!  

Secret Lagoon

At Gullfoss Waterfall our minibus will be waiting to whisk you away to the Secret Lagoon. This is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, its Icelandic name is Gamla Lónið, which literally means the ‘Old Pool’. It came to be known as the Secret Lagoon because so few people knew about it, hidden away in an idyllic landscape, by the trees at Flúðir, a very active geothermal area. There are hot springs all around the area, poolside pathways take your around them and bubbling geyser springs. Enjoy a coffee or drink in the refreshment area – we will get you back to Reykjavík around 18:00 after three extremely varied and action packed days!

Day Highlights
Snowmobile riding
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Super Jeep drive back to Gullfoss
Bathing at the Secret Lagoon
Included
Breakfast Buffet
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Snowmobiling
Super Jeep transport to Gullfoss
Minibus tour from from Gullfoss to Secret Lagoon
Entrance to the Secret Lagoon
Drop off in Reykjavík
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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