See volcanoes, geothermal wonders, photogenic mountains and more on this incredible tour!
This magical 4-day combo tour will take you on a journey of exploration through northern Iceland, encompassing beautiful lava fields, a host of volcanic craters, peaceful lakes, photogenic mountains and more.
Choose from a few optional activities, such as bathing in the Myvatn Nature baths or caving at Vatnshellir Cave. If you want to see all the magic that North Iceland has to offer, then this is the ideal tour for you.
Meet on location
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- Tour highlights
- North Iceland
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Lake Mývatn
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Northern Lights (in winter)
- Kaldi Microbrewery Tour
- Pick up & drop off from Reykjavik
- 3 Nights’ Accommodation with private bathroom
- Whale Watching
- Guided tour in minibus
- English-speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Free WiFi
- Beer Tasting
- Please pack suitable clothes for the activities that we will do on the tour.
- You may need extra warm clothes for activities such as whale watching.
- As a general rule, we recommend taking lots of layers, which allows you to adjust to the different conditions.
- You may need to bring other things, such as hiking boots or a bathing suit if you’re planning to do some of the optional extra activities.
What if I don’t own all of the necessary clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. We don’t rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.
- We’ll collect you from one of our designated pick-up points in Reykjavik at 9:00.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
- This process can last up to 30 minutes and we thank you for your patience in advance.
- We’ll drop you back in the same place on day 4, once the tour has finished.
You’ll return to Reykjavik around 8 p.m.
We don’t provide lunch or dinner but will make plenty of food stops throughout the tour. Not included: Mývatn Nature Baths (optional extra) and Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra)
Day 1: North Iceland & Microbrewery Beer Tasting
Your four-day adventure begins at 9:00 am when we collect you from one of our designated Reykjavik pick-up points. The one-and-a-half-hour drive on the Ring Road will take you past dramatic mountains and rolling volcanic hills, as we make our way to a massive volcanic crater called Grábrók. created by a massive volcanic eruption 3000 years ago, this rock formation is the ideal spot to start our 4-day adventure.
The easy hike up Grábrók rewards hikers with stunning views over the 7 sq km lava field. What better way to start our adventure, than with a scenic hike up one of Iceland’s most beautiful former volcanoes?
We’ll drive towards the coast, passing a series of beautiful fjords on our way to the iconic Hvítserkur rock formation. This gigantic 49ft basalt stack stands above a gorgeous fjord-like a dragon drinking from the sea.
Next, we’ll quench our thirst at a local microbrewery to taste some delicious Icelandic craft beer. This traditional pub serves an incredible variety of refreshing Icelandic beer, which you can sample during the hour-long tasting session. The owners will also take us on a guided tour around the facility, giving you an insight into the beer-making process. You’ll also get to keep a beer glass as a memento of your time there!
Our accommodation for the evening will be in the charming fishing village of Dalvik. In winter, we will keep an eye on the Northern Lights forecast, in case we’re lucky enough to see nature’s greatest show illuminate the Arctic sky!
- Beer Tasting
- Guided brewery tour
- Hotel Dalvik or Similar
Day 2: North Iceland & Lake Myvatn
The first stop on day two is the historic and beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall (the waterfall of the gods). Goðafoss is famous for its part in the Christianization of Iceland. In 1000 c.e., a Viking chieftain cast his pagan statues into its thundering cascade and became Christian. Water plunges down 39 feet in a symmetrical crescent shape.
The road continues to Iceland’s Lake Myvatn region, a 36.5 km2 volcanic wonderland, dominated by a gorgeous crater lake dotted with pretty little islands. It’s one of Iceland’s most important nature reserves and has a wide spectrum of flora and fauna.
One of the lake’s fascinating highlights is the Skútustaðagigar pseudocraters. These remarkable volcanic creations were formed by boiling hot lava trapped beneath the water, leading to violent steam eruptions in and around the lake. The pseudocraters left behind are now covered in grass and pretty wildflowers, making it an excellent place to hike.
The road continues to Dimmuborgir lava field, a glorious volcanic wasteland dotted with lava rock sculptures, huge rock pillars, caves, caverns, tunnels, and lava bridges. Past Icelanders believed that the site was the remnants of some kind of incredible ancient civilization.
Further along the road is the famous Viti Crater lake, which according to lore was the entrance to hell. The 300-meter wide crater is a result of one eruption from Krafla Volcano that lasted 5 years! There is a sapphire crater lake at its center, which offers a stark contrast to the blood-red walls of the crater.
From there we’ll head to the lifeless Námaskarð lava field, famed for its bubbling hot springs, seething mud pots and smoking fumaroles. The smell of sulfur hangs in the air and the soil is so poisonous that no life can survive there. However, it’s also blessed with some of the most vividly colored mineral deposits in the world, which makes up for the smell!
The last stop of the day is optional, but highly recommended. We’ll stop by the iconic Myvatn Nature Baths for a soak in the “Blue Lagoon of the North.” These geothermally heated pools are renowned for their skin-healing properties and offers stunning views over the tranquil Lake Myvatn.
You can enjoy a relaxing soak in one of these incredible geothermal spas for an extra fee or simply wander around Lake Myvatn and enjoy the view.
We’ll head back to Dalvik and stay overnight in the same hotel.
- Lake Myvatn
- Goðafoss Waterfal
- Mývatn Nature Baths (optional extra)
Day 3: Whale Watching, the Glaumbær Turf Farm, and Borgarnes
Day three is often the most-anticipated part of the tour. As we head to Dalvik harbor, board a traditional Icelandic fishing boat and head out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of the whales that haunt Iceland’s waters. Dalvik is renowned for having the highest whale watching success rate in Iceland, which is more than 99% in summer!
The most common whales in Dalvik are humpbacks, famed for being the best whale to watch in the wild. They’re very playful and often enact incredible acrobatic displays, leaping out of the water and frolicking in the swell. We’ll also see other species such as white-beaked dolphins, harbor purposes, and minke whales, while there is a small chance that you might also see a killer whale or a blue whale.
We’ll go sea angling out in the ocean on our sail back to shore. Then enjoy a delicious fresh fish barbeque once we’re back on dry land! The perfect setting to discuss the amazing whales that we have seen!
We’ll then head south, passing many spectacular sights as we drive back down the Ring Road. It’s quite a long drive, but we’ll break it up with a stop at the rustic Glaumbær Turf Farm.
Glaumbær is comprised of 13 historic farm buildings, which each have a turf-covered roof in a herringbone pattern. The original farm was built in 900 AD, and then was gradually restored and repaired over the years. The oldest building at Glaumbær was built in the 18th century.
We should arrive at Borgarnes at about 8:00 pm, where we will stay at a comfortable countryside hotel on our final night.
- Whale watching from Dalvik
- Glaumbær Turf Farm
- Accommodation at a hotel in Borgarnes
Day 4 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula
We’ll collect you from the hotel at 9:30 and head straight for the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Our destination is the legendary Kirkjufell Mountain, famous for being one of the most photographed mountains in the world. It rises 463 meters above a picturesque fishing village. Our guide will take you to a secret spot close to Kirkjufoss Waterfall, where you can capture an epic shot of the two natural wonders together.
Our next stop is the picturesque village of Olafsvik, where we’ll grab a quick bite to eat. From there we’ll continue on to the stunning Djúpalónssandur black sand beach to hear tales of the many tragic shipwrecks that have occurred there over the years. We’ll also make a brief stop at the charming village of Arnarstapi, to take a brief walk along the picturesque coastline.
By then we’ll be nearing the Vatnshellir Lava cave (optional extra), which is located in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Here you’ll find many stalagmites and stalactites, along with some of the most vividly colored mineral deposits in the world. For a small fee, we can add a guided tour of Vatnshellir to explore the magical subterranean world of a lava tube cave!
By then our four-day adventure will be coming to a close. On our way back to Reykjavik, we’ll pass the iconic Gerðuberg basalt columns. We’ll aso have enough time to stop at Ytri Tunga Beach to see a curious colony of seals.
Finally, we’ll drop you back in Reykjavik after a four-day adventure filled with plenty of excitement.
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Djúpalónssandur black sand beach
- Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra)
- Ytri Tunga
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.
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.
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 favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
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.
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.
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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.
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.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.