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3 Day Snaefellsnes, Northern Lights & Golden Circle

Follow the Trail of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones characters

Follow in the footsteps of HBO’s award-winning series Game of Thrones as you explore the most stunning Icelandic sights!

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WINTER DESTINATION OF 2019

Winter in Iceland shouldn’t hinder your spirit of adventure. On this exciting 3-day tour, you’ll get to explore the classic sights of Iceland along with some off-the-beaten-track locations. Swing by the epic Golden Circle and discover the alluring seaside cliffs and waterfalls of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Make the most of your days in Iceland and reflect on the universe under the dancing Northern Lights!

West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    69.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Northern Lights Hunt
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar Waterfall
Barnafoss Waterfall
Gerðuberg Basalt Columns
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Vatnshellir Cave
Djúpalónssandur Beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Krauma Geothermal Baths
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
English Speaking Tour Guide
Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 2 nights
Private Room
Breakfast in Hotel
Visit to all the Highlights
Minibus Transport
Guided tour in a Minibus
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

The Golden Circle

We pick you up around 12:00 p.m., and begin with a scenic drive into the beautiful landscape toward Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the location of Iceland’s first parliament founded in 930 c.e., the Alþingi. Thingvellir is also a popular filming location for the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, serving as the road to the Eyrie and as the battleground between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound.

Next up, you’ll visit Geysir Geothermal Area in Haukadalur Valley. The English word geyser derived from the name of this particular spout. Though old Geysir stopped erupting way back in 2000, neighbor Strokkur puts up quite the show every 4-10 minutes, spouting into the sky like a rocket!

Last stop on the Golden Circle is the famous and powerful Gullfoss Waterfall or Golden Falls. Its source, the Hvítá river, originates from the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. It’s known for its golden mist, seen on a sunlight day all over the breathtaking canyon. This is a magical sight and one not to be missed, no matter the season!

Northern Lights

In the evening, you’ll meet up again with your guide for the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. The lights are a natural phenomenon, so though we can’t guarantee sightings, we do our utmost!

Our expert guides keep a close eye on the aurora and weather forecasts, so rest assured that you’re in the best hands possible. They’ll drive you out to secret spots so we have the absolute best chance of catching a glimpse of these legendary lights. The Northern Lights can appear in many colors and even though green is the most common, Iceland is the best place to see rarer hues, such as red or violet, as well.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula – The West of Iceland

After a night at your hotel in Reykjavik, we’ll continue the trip to the beautiful sea cliffs and mountain peaks of West Iceland. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the perfect place to get in rhythm with the Icelandic nature and tranquility.

In the morning, we drive out from Reykjavík, past Mount Esja and into picturesque Borgarfjörður. We’ll stop by historic Reykholt, once home to medieval historian Snorri Sturluson. We’ll also drop by Deildartunguhver, the largest volume hot spring in all of Europe. Next are two of Iceland’s picturesque waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar.

Next up, we head out to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where we’ll first check out the amazing basalt cliffs at Gerðuberg. These symmetrical columns formed eons ago, when flowing hot lava collided with the ice cold sea.

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers amazingly diverse vistas, with Snæfellsjökull glacier mountain as its crowning glory. The peak put Iceland on the map more than a century ago, made famous by Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. In the novel, the characters use the mountain as an entry point into the Earth’s core, which aligns perfectly with our next activity!

At this point, you can join your guide on a spelunking adventure through the Vatnshellir lava tube (optional, for an extra fee). The cave dates back around 8,000 years–a real journey back in time!

As we continue our trip, we’ll make a stop at everyone’s favorite mountain and waterfall, the photogenic Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfossar. Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland and has appeared as the arrow-shaped peak in season seven of Game of Thrones.

Djúpalónssandur, the black pebble beach, is the last stop of our journey. This alluring beach is surrounded by wildly shaped cliff formations and glossy black pearls. It’s been a local favorite for centuries and you’ll quickly see why when you visit.


Return Time

Arrival in Reykjavík is expected between 19:00 – 20:00 pm. The Icelandic weather can sometimes influence schedule a little in winter.


Pick-up Information

Pick-up: Pick up starts at 12:00 pm. You will be picked up from your selected pick-up location 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

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor layers (wool, fleece or synthetic are best, not cotton), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

 

Please note

This is a combination tour which means that you will participate in three different tours. This also means that you, together with other participants on three-day day tour, will have three guides that specialize in different areas for each tour, an experienced Golden Circle guide, expert Northern Lights guide and knowledgeable Snæfellsnes guide.

Day 1: Golden Circle

Hraunfossar-Snaefellnes-Iceland

You’ll be picked up at 12:00 p.m., making this the perfect tour for those arriving on the day or just like to sleep in. Thingvellir National Park is first on the list. Þingvellir is an amazing site and home to Iceland’s historic parliament, Alþingi, one of the oldest parliaments still existing in the world.

This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the great geological wonders of the world, located in a continental valley where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates meet. Þingvellir National Park also appeared in the hit TV show Game of Thrones a few times. Once, as the pathway to the Eyrie, the principal stronghold of House Arryn. It also appeared in a later season as the site where Arya and the Hound traveled when riding through Westeros.

“Who would pass the Bloody Gate?” – Game of Thrones, season 4 episode 8.

Next up, we’ll swing by the famous Geysir Geothermal Area in Haukadalur Valley. The Great Geysir is no longer active, but neighboring Strokkur shoots huge jets of superheated water every eight to ten minutes. This water spectacle shoots up to 25 meters, and sometimes even up to 40 meters. Watching a geyser erupt is one for the books!

For the third stop on the itinerary, you’ll visit the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls). The source of the falls, the river Hvita, originates from the second largest glacier of Langjökull. It roars through the hills and drops 32 meters at Gullfoss. A golden-hued spray surrounds the falls as the vapor catches the sunlight. This is the time to don a raincoat and make a wish if you spot a rainbow!

Afterward, you’ll be dropped off in downtown Reykjavik to grab dinner and some warm layers for our next adventure. You’ll be picked up around 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) at the City Hall for a Northern Lights Tour.

Our guides will drive you out to the ultimate aurora-spotting locations for the evening. They carefully monitor weather and aurora conditions before heading out–so rest assured, you’re in the best possible hands. On your hunt, the guides will tell you stories of these extraordinary natural phenomena. After a long night of glittering lights in the sky, we’ll return to the hotel around midnight.

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Small group experience
Included
Reykjavik pick-up
Hotel Accommodation - 1 Night
Minibus transport
Visit to all highlights of the day
Certified Guide
Accommodation
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
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Day 2: Exploring the West of Iceland

Hraunfossar-Snaefellnes-Iceland

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel after a hearty breakfast buffet. Your guide will drive you along the scenic west coast of Iceland, imparting stories, fun facts, and legends about the surroundings and sights you’ll see along the way.

Our first stop of the day is in the beautiful Borgarfjöður Valley at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The hot spring provides 180 L/sec of 100°C hot water, used to heat all the neighboring towns. Witness the powerful nature of Iceland up close.

Next up, we visit the historic site of Reykholt, Icelandic for ‘smoky hill,’ — which should give you an idea of the geothermal activity in the area. The estate is famous as the home of Iceland’s most famous writer and historian, Snorri Sturluson, author of the Prose Edda.

The photogenic waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are next on our itinerary. Hraunfossar means “lava falls,” and is an elegant shower of rivulets that stream out from the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Learn the tragic legend of the cloudy waters at Barnafoss.

Now we leave the beautiful Borgarfjörður area behind and continue to Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Before we reach our hotel for the night, we’ll stop at the basalt columns at Gerðuberg. These were formed eons ago when hot lava collided against the ice cold ocean. In the evening, if weather prevails, we’ll hunt for the Northern Lights.

Day Highlights
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Historic site of Reykholt
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Borgarfjörður area
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Basalt columns Gerðuberg
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Hotel Accommodation - 1 Night
Breakfast in hotel
Visit to all highlights of the day
Guided tour in minibus
Accommodation
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
Hotel Rjukandi
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Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula

Hraunfossar-Snaefellnes-Iceland

After breakfast at our charming farm, we drive west along the coastline of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The first stop of the day is the little fishing village of Arnarstapi.

From there, we head to the lava fields, where you have the option (at an extra cost) to venture deep into Vatnshellir Cave. The lava tube cave is around 8,000 years old. If you are not joining the caving part, then the guide will take you walking around the area.

Next, we have a stop at Hellnar for lunch, before we continue to the beautiful Djúpalónssandur Beach. Here we’ll have a short hike on the pebblestone beach and explore the remains of the ship wreckage. On the beach, test your strength by lifting the same stones as the fishermen used to in the old days.

From Djúpalónssandur, we continue our journey around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite for photographers. The iconic mountain is also well-known among fans of Game of Thrones. It first appeared as the birthplace of the first White Walker, and later as the arrow-shaped peak beyond the Wall.

“That’s what I saw in the fire. A mountain like an arrowhead.” – Game of Thrones, season 7 episode 6

On our way back to Reykjavík, well try to spot some Northern Lights before we arrive at Reykjavík in the evening. If our luck prevails, it’ll be the perfect ending to cap off our two adventurous days in Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Day Highlights
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
Vatnshellir cave (optional)
Snæefellsnes National Park
Djúpalónssandur beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Breakfast in hotel
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to all highlights of the day
Lunch break at Hellnar
Drop off in Reykjavik
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 the 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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