This magical tour will take you on an exhilarating adventure-filled ride through the land of fire and ice. From our base in Reykjavik, we will spend five wonderful days exploring a plethora of amazing sights, including the famous Golden Circle Route, which encompasses Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal area, and the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall. This coupled with the wonders of Iceland's iconic South Coast, where we will find gushing waterfalls, coal-black beaches and crystalline glacier lagoons and the glorious Landmannalaugar area, a renowned geothermal paradise, replete with rainbow-colored mountains, imperious volcanoes and teeming hot springs. We will also visit the mesmerizing Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which more than earns its nickname of ‘Iceland in a Nutshell’ and plays host to the mighty Snæfellsjökull Glacier, foreboding volcanic beaches, rustic fishing villages and the awe-inspiring Mount Kirkjufell. This incredible tour is the ideal way to see Iceland’s most famous sights and will create a series of unforgettable memories that you are bound to treasure for the rest of your life.
We return to Reykjavik at around 09:00 p.m. and will drop you off at your selected drop off location.
The first day of your adventure will take you on a scenic journey through rolling meadows and agrarian countryside to Iceland’s iconic South Coast, where we will find the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which will be our first stop of the day. ...)
The first day of your adventure will take you on a scenic journey through rolling meadows and agrarian countryside to Iceland’s iconic South Coast, where we will find the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which will be our first stop of the day. It is renowned for its cylindrical torrent of frothy white water that vaults 60 meters from the top of a steep cliff face into a small pool below. Our friendly guide will take us to the hidden cave that lies behind its powerful cascade, offering the opportunity to view this natural wonder from a completely different angle. We recommend that you bring waterproof clothing because the crashing water produces quite a large spray.
From there we will travel to the nearby Skogafoss, another waterfall, which has a wider cascade than Seljalandsfoss that crashes down 60 meters into a volcanically crafted gorge below. There is a meandering path that winds up the hill beside it allowing us to hike to its summit and be rewarded with a panoramic view over the entire area. On our way up, we will see a pair of fascinating rock formations, which local legend claims are trolls who were so enchanted by the beauty of Skogafoss that they forgot about the sun and were turned to stone.
We will then descend to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, where the white-tipped waves of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean provide a stark contrast to the dark volcanic sands. There are a series of incredible basalt columns that climb the cliff face beside it, which are Iceland’s version of the Giant’s Causeway. It truly is a magical and photogenic place that everyone is bound to enjoy. We will then pause for lunch at the picturesque town of Vik, where we can enjoy panoramic views over the beach and deep blue Atlantic Ocean.
We will then continue to pick our way down the coast, taking in a series of glorious landscapes that were crafted by volcanic activity over the millennia, before we arrive at our accommodation in the heart of the Icelandic countryside in Hof. If you are doing the tour in winter (September onwards) then we may be lucky to see the flickering colors of the Northern Lights, illuminate the night sky above us, a truly profound experience which is considered to be supernatural or divine by all who see it.
Day two’s adventure will begin at the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is unquestionably one of the most beautiful locations in the entire of Iceland. It is renowned for the shimmering icebergs that glide across its icy-blue surface, cre...)
Day two’s adventure will begin at the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is unquestionably one of the most beautiful locations in the entire of Iceland. It is renowned for the shimmering icebergs that glide across its icy-blue surface, creating a stunning scene that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure. If you visit during the summer, then you can book a boat trip that weaves its way through the lagoon and allow you to get up close and personal to this sublime and surreal place. Around one kilometer from the lagoon is the equally beautiful Diamond Beach, where the glaciers come to rest on jet-black volcanic sands. This creates a profoundly beautiful effect, where the icebergs shimmer and glimmer like diamonds in the rough. Both places are incredibly photogenic and will help you to create memories that will last a lifetime.
After we have taken in the glories of the ice cave, we will make our way towards our next activity, visiting a natural ice cave. This is a great opportunity for photographers to take photos of the stunning blue light that comes through the glacial ice. After enjoying the wonders of the ice cave, we will travel back to Reykjavik, a vibrant and modern city where you can enjoy it bustling café culture and fun nightlife. We will arrive back there at around 21:00 where we drop you off at your accommodation.
Day three will take you to Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle Route, which is the most visited route on Iceland’s tourist trail. It begins at the famous Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is steeped in both historical and geolog...)
Day three will take you to Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle Route, which is the most visited route on Iceland’s tourist trail.
It begins at the famous Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is steeped in both historical and geological significance. It was the original location of Althingi, the Icelandic National Parliament, which was first convened by a group of Viking nobles in 930 AD, making it one of the oldest continuously running democratic institutions on the planet. It also straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, meaning that you can gaze across the craggy gap between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This combined with a series of glacial waterfalls, incredible rock formations and much, much more makes Thingvellir one of the most impressive locations in all of Iceland.
From there we will travel to the Geysir Geothermal Area, renowned for the bubbling geysers that have become totemic of Iceland. The entire area is named after the now dormant ‘Great Geysir’, which is the oldest in the area and is where the English word geyser comes from. You can also see its younger brother Strokkur, which fires boiling streams of water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes. There is no better place to explore the power and majesty of nature than these geothermal wonders and you are bound to treasure this unforgettable experience for the rest of your life.
The final stop on the Golden Circle Route is the Gullfoss Waterfall (the golden falls), so named due to the golden color that its water takes as it crashes over the volcanic rocks. Its powerful cascade originates at the Langjokull Glacier and crashes down three lava steps into an idyllic emerald valley. On sunny days a glorious rainbow forms above the falls, making for a breathtakingly beautiful and very photogenic scene. We will then proceed to the smaller, but no less beautiful Faxi, where you will find gorgeous flora and fauna and a mesmerizing picture that you are bound to appreciate.
Our final stop of the day will be the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot pool located in a gorgeous geothermal area in the picturesque village of Fludir. The wispy plumes of steam and the spectacular nature that surrounds it makes the Secret Lagoon a truly unique place to have a replenishing soak amidst gorgeous scenery. In the area, you can find a small geyser that erupt. We will then head back to Reykjavik where we will take you to your accommodation, where you can enjoy Iceland’s vibrant capital or simply relax at your accommodation.
On this day, we will take you on an epic journey through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a majestic landscape that is populated by mighty glaciers and imperious volcanoes. Our adventure begins at the gorgeous Ytri Tunga beach, which plays host to a colony...)
On this day, we will take you on an epic journey through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a majestic landscape that is populated by mighty glaciers and imperious volcanoes.
Our adventure begins at the gorgeous Ytri Tunga beach, which plays host to a colony of friendly seals, who bask on the rocks and are very comfortable around humans, making it the perfect place to get up close and personal with some wonderful wildlife. From there we will travel to the charming village of Arnarstapi, famed for its beautiful harbor and imposing cliffs where many local birds nest. We will stop off for lunch here and enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view of the surrounding area.
We will then travel to Snæfellsjökull National Park, which is located in the shadow of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the spot where Jules Verne used as the gateway to the Centre of the Earth in his famous book of the same name. We will also find the famous subterranean world of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave (optional extra): a magical underground place which was created by flash cooling of lava many years ago. In it we will find a myriad of colorful rock formations, dangling stalactites and stalagmites and unique rock sculptures. As we reach the very furthest depths of the cave, our guide will turn off all the lights and plunge us into total darkness a unique and eerie experience that is bound to leave a mark.
Once we are back above ground, we will head to the black pebbled beach at Djúpalónssandur, which offers magnificent views of the sea and has a rich history of shipwrecks and adventures that your guide will tell you all about. The road will then take us to the picturesque town of Grundarfjörður, which is encircled by many frothing waterfalls, craggy cliffs, and gorgeous beaches. It is also located close to the majestic Kirkjufell Mountain, which rises like an upside-down emerald pyramid 463 meters into the sky above. The Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall sits just in its shadow, making for a gorgeous and photogenic scene that is profoundly beautiful.
The road will then take us past the spectacular Berserkjahraun Lava Field, famed in Viking legend for being the place where two Swedish ‘berserkers’ built Iceland’s first road. Our guide will tell us all about this incredible location and its rich history before we move onto the National Heritage Site of Gerðuberg: a unique place where a series of rectangular basalt columns rise into the sky. We will then return to Reykjavik, allowing you to enjoy one final night in Iceland’s vibrant capital city.
Your final day will be spent in the legendary Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve, which is nestled in Iceland’s Highland Wilderness and is a part of one of the twenty best hiking trails in the world. We will visit it in one of our unique super jeeps tha...)
Your final day will be spent in the legendary Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve, which is nestled in Iceland’s Highland Wilderness and is a part of one of the twenty best hiking trails in the world. We will visit it in one of our unique super jeeps that have been specially modified to traverse the difficult Icelandic conditions. This means that we will be able to visit all the amazing places that this otherworldly landscape has to offer.
The scenic journey from Reykjavik takes us past the Þjórsárdalur valley, which hosts the stunning Hjálparfoss waterfall (helping falls) a name that originates from historical times when weary travelers would pause in this natural oasis to allow their horses to graze and rest before continuing with their journey. We will then proceed through more rolling farmlands until we cross into Iceland’s magnificent highlands.
Our first stop will be the ironically named crater lake known as Ljótipollur (ugly puddle), whose turquoise waters and blood red sides mean that it is the exact opposite of its name. It was created by a massive volcanic eruption in 1477 and it a sensationally beautiful sight that all visitors are bound to enjoy. We will also stop off at the idyllic lake Frostastaðavatn before we arrive at Landmannalaugar itself.
Landmannalaugar is a spectacular geothermal paradise famed for its rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains that have been dyed various shades of ruby, amber, and sapphire, along with a plethora of other vibrant shades that make it an alluring and enchanting area. We will pause there for a delicious lunch amidst absolutely majestic scenery. We will then take a short hike through yet more incredible scenery until we reach a valley, where wispy plumes of steam rise from the air and we will bathe in a relaxing and temperate geothermally heated pool. We will spend around an hour here and you can enjoy the opportunity to bathe or explore the magic of the surrounding area.
Our journey back to Reykjavik will take us along the Dómadalur route, which bisects unique lava fields, mighty mountains and an absolutely gorgeous landscape that has been around since the time of the Vikings. They used it as a venue for public execution and would drown thieves there by binding their hands and feet together and casting them off a high cliff.
If the conditions are good then we will stop at the capricious Hekla, Iceland’s most active, which was nicknamed ‘the Gateway to Hell in the Middle Ages and is surrounded by fascinating lava fields that generate an alien landscape.
The Geothermal Pool
We highly recommend that you bring a bathing suit and towel to the Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve, as you will find a geothermal hot pool there. Relaxing amidst this awe-inspiring backdrop, surrounded by multi-colored mountains and lava fields, is the perfect way to end your time in Iceland and we guarantee that it will provide memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
We return to Reykjavik at around 9 p.m. and will drop you off at your selected drop off location.
Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 09:00 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.)
Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 09:00 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.
The main ice cave we visit is the Crystal Ice Cave. When inaccessible, we'll visit another ice cave.During the summer months (April-October), we'll visit The Ice Cave Under the Volcano ice cave. In the unfortunate cases, when the cave is not accessib...)
The main ice cave we visit is the Crystal Ice Cave. When inaccessible, we'll visit another ice cave.
During the summer months (April-October), we'll visit The Ice Cave Under the Volcano ice cave. In the unfortunate cases, when the cave is not accessible, we'll go glacier hiking instead.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.
Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)
On our multiday tours, 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.
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.
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!