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3 day Golden Circle, Kerlingarfjöll Highlands adventure and Secret Lagoon tour

Golden Circle, remote Highlands winter adventure and the Secret Lagoon

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. 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!

  • Availability

    October - April

  • Duration

    3 days (2 nights)

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • 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 (when conditions allow)
Minibus tour to the Secret Lagoon
Included
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
Golden Circle tour
Highlands Super Jeep adventure tour
Hotel room with private facilities - 2 nights
2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch
Snowmobile riding (helmet and suit)
Snowshoes
Minibus tour to the Secret Lagoon

The first attractions are on the Golden Circle beginning with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. This is the place where Iceland melded together as a nation, when Alþingi, 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 Almannagja gorge. We give you time to absorb the history, atmosphere and geology before continuing to 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. 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. 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 hot tub for you to enjoy. 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 mid-day your guide will, once again, drive you through the rugged mountains back to Gullfoss Waterfall where you board our minibus for a tour 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.

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

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.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We don’t rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

Please note

A valid driving license is required for all snowmobile drivers

Accommodation is in twin rooms

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot promise you will see them, this depends upon the atmospheric and cloud conditions

In the remote highlands the itinerary is always influenced by the weather, we make the most of the opportunities which nature offers

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. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

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
Guided Golden Circle minibus tour
Visits to Golden Circle highlights
Adventure tour to the remote Highlands (Kerlingarfjöll)
Hotel room with private bathroom
Three course dinner
Hot tub bathing
The Northern Lights (in the right conditions)

Day 2 - Mount Kerlingarfjöll Adventures

Today is all about wilderness exploring and adventures. After a nourishing breakfast we set the agenda for the day, in this part of the country, particularly in winter, the weather will always have a say. This is always exciting, really exciting, we make the best of the opportunities on offer to schedule our activities, no two days are exactly the same. 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.

Kerlingarfjöll

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.

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
Lunch
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
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
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

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 glacier are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.

What time are we dropped back to Gullfoss cafe from the Glacier Snowmobiling from Gullfoss if we are collected at 12:30?

You will be returning back around 16:30, but this can vary depending on the conditions (+/- 60 minutes).

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 a the level moderate and anyone in average physical condition should be able to complete the tour without any trouble.

Are their any place 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 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.

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

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

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

The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms.

Breakfast is included.

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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