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5 Day - Highlights of Iceland Tour

Golden Circle, South Coast, Secret Lagoon, Snaefellsnes & Landmannalaugar

This breathtaking journey will set you up for an adventure through Iceland, making it the perfect way to explore some of Iceland' best locations directly from Reykjavik.

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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, Iceland’s iconic South Coast and the glorious Landmannalaugar area. 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.

West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

  • Availability

    Jun. - Oct.

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


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  • Price from

    164.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
The Golden Circle Tour (Thingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir)
Natural Ice Cave
Super Jeep Ride
The South Coast
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss Waterfall
Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Geothermal Bathing
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Vik Village
4-night Accommodation
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
All Required Safety Equipment
Pick up & Drop Off in Reykjavik
Admission to The Secret Lagoon
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

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.

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.

Practical Information

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes(available to rent), swimsuit & towel


Please note

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.

Day 1 - South Coast of Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

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 Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Northern Lights
All Activities
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
  • Hof Adventure Hotel in the South Coast of Iceland
Adventure Hotel Hof
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Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Natural Ice Cave

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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 Highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Natural Ice Cave
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Vatnajökull Glacier
All Activities
  • 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
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Day 3: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon


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.

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Secret Lagoon
All Activities
  • 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
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Day 4: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kirkjufell Mountain

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.

Day Highlights
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Ytri Tunga beach
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Kirkjufell Mountain
Berserkjahraun Lava Field
All Activities
  • 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
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Day 5: Landmannalaugar Safari (super Jeep).

Landmannalaugar Geothermal Paradise

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.

Day Highlights
Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
Þjórsárdalur valley
Hjálparfoss waterfall
The Geothermal Pool
All Activities
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.


How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.


The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

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 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.

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.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refund procedure work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with your card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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