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8 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour

Ring Road, Golden Circle, Myvatn, Hot Springs, Waterfalls & Glacier Lagoon

This very special tour package will give you a full tour of Iceland with a night in Reykjavík before and after your 6 days Around Iceland Adventure.

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We put together this amazing eight-day tour for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland and enjoy Reykjavík. Visit a shimmering glacier, spouting geysers, awesome volcanoes, stunning waterfalls and whale watch in the north. Enjoy the Nature Baths at Myvatn and stray off the beaten track building unforgettable memories. Your first and last nights are spent in Reykjavík, giving you the chance to explore this amazing city on your own.

We also offer this tour without accommodation in Reykjavík. Please have look at our 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure

  • Availability

    Feb. - Nov.

  • Duration

    8 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    219.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Reykjavík Sightseeing (not guided)
Ring Road
Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
Vatnajökull Glacier
South coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
Skaftafell National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier lLagoon
Whale watching in Dalvík
Mývatn (Myvatn)
Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls
Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar Waterfall
The Diamond Beach
Included
Hotel Room with Private Bathroom - 7 Nights
Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
Guided Minibus Tour
Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull
Hengifoss Waterfall Hike
Whale Watching in Dalvík
Free Wi-Fi Onboard Our Bus

Before and after your 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure, you will spend a night in Reykjavík, the Capital of Iceland, giving you the opportunity to explore by yourself.

Day 1: First day in Reykjavík: Your comfortable accommodation will be located in the capital area making it easy for you to reach all of the attractions. Visiting museums and galleries, exploring the quirky Laugavegur shopping street, swimming in a thermal pool, chilling in a café or sampling the theater and nightlife are a few options. More things to do in Reykjavík here.

Day 2: You will be picked up at your accommodation before heading to the Golden Circle, see Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir (Þingvellir), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on the journey to your accommodation in the Vík area.

Day 3: Visit Reynisfjara black sand beach and see the incredible Reynisdrangar basalt formations, then enjoy a glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. See the mystical iceberg-filled glacier lagoon at Jókulsárlón, and more glittering icebergs at the The Diamond Beach. Your hotel is at Höfn.

Day 4: We stop at Djúpivogur, a remote fishing village, before a 3-hour hike to the picturesque Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss waterfalls. You spend the night at a country hotel in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 5: We stop at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, before heading to the glorious Goðafoss waterfall. We enjoy Mývatn Nature Baths and Akureyri, your accommodation will be in this area.

Day 6: Take a look at Akureyri then head to Dalvík for whale watching and the chance to try sea angling on Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. Visit Siglufjörður, a town with an amazing fishing history, before traveling on to your hotel at Bifröst.

Day 7: A short hike to the top of the Grábrók volcano crater, stops are made at Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall, the Hraunfossar cascade and the historic site of Reykholt. In the evening you are dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavík.

Day 8: Final day in Reykjavík: You enjoy breakfast at your hotel and make the most of your second chance to enjoy vibrant Reykjavík, the capital on the edge of the Arctic.          

These spellbinding attractions form the central core of the itinerary. On this tour we like to make the most of the opportunities Iceland offers in different seasons:

From late summer to April there can be a chance to see the Northern Lights painting the sky with vivid swirls of color. In winter we can include an ice cave visit as well as a glacier hike. We might spot some reindeer in East Iceland, in September we sometimes fit in a sheep round-up in the countryside. Huge numbers of puffins nest along the coast in summer and the midnight sun extends its magical rays, so we enjoy these.

Here you can find a detailed list of information containing everything you need to know about your tour around Iceland: 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended. See the 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide for more information.

What if I don’t own all of the necessary clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.


Pick-up Information

Pick-up is at 08:00 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.


 

Please note

Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful.

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Reykjavík City Sightseeing

City of Reykjavik-Hallgrimskirkja
Building your own exciting itinerary from the possibilities on offer in the City of Reykjavík is easy!

Walking Laugavegur and Skólavorðustígur is a great way to capture the essence of Reykjavík, both are amazing shopping streets. Browse in shops, often the tiniest places sell the more unusual items, relax in a charming café then wander some more. You will come across local crafts, the iconic tall white Hallgrímskirkja church, its design is inspired by Svartifoss waterfall at Skaftafell. For a grandstand view over the city go to the top of the tower, it is well worth it!

There are a few fabulous museums, covering everything from history and the building of the Icelandic nation at the National Museum to photography at the Reyjavík Museum of Photography, or Icelandic culture at the Culture House. If you love art, there are quite a few galleries including the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum and Kjarvalstaðir.    

Rekjavík’s thermal swimming pools are open early and into the evening. The largest open air pool, Laugardalslaug, has great hot tubs where you can relax with the locals and tourists. All year round outdoor bathing is very big in Iceland! There are a few other pools close to the city center, all have hot tubs.

Your comfortable hotel or guest house will be within easy reach of the attractions in the city. All districts are served by a regular bus service to the city center. Local buses are operated by Strætó, timetables and information in English can be found here.    
More ideas for making the most a short time in Reykjavík, including money saving tips, can be found here, more information about things to do is available here.

If you want a guided tour around the city, please check out our Reykjavik City Walking tour

Day Highlights
The delights of Reykjavík
Today you pick your own highlights!
Included
One night accommodation in Reykavík
Private bathroom
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: Golden Circle and South Coast

Gullfoss Waterfall
Your first day is mostly focused on visiting the fabulous and very famous Golden Circle attractions.

We visit Þingvellir National Park, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with huge geological, historical and cultural significance. The historic Icelandic Parliament was founded here in 930 CE/AD, called the Alþing, this is the oldest still existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to move apart, runs right through Þingvellir. You will see the rugged plate-edge of the gorge, this must have been a really dramatic backdrop to the ancient parliamentary sessions! Your next stop is at the Geysir geothermally active area, home to Great Geysir, the famous spouting hot spring which gave us the English word ‘geyser’. You will witness Strokkur, the most active hot spring in recent times, blasting powerful torrents of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. Steaming fumaroles and hot springs can also be seen around the area. The final Golden Circle attraction before we head along the south coast is the thundering Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss means ‘Golden Falls’, you will see golden-toned mists rising around the waterfall as the mighty Hvítá river crashes through two drops of 11 m and 21 m. Hvítá means ‘White River’, this raging glacial torrent originates at Langjökull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland.

On our way to your country hotel, situated near the village of Vík, we will stop to enjoy two legendary and very beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both are around 60 m high, they are, otherwise, very different. Skógafoss waterfall cascades gracefully from the former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss is sometimes referred to as “the unusual waterfall”, a pathway leads behind the curtain of falling water, offering you a unique experience and views.

You will be picked up in Reykjavík at 8:00. Picking everyone up takes up to 30 minutes, depending where your accommodation is located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes, your patience is much appreciated.

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot springs
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
Breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavík
Hotel with private bathroom close to Vík
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
Visit the most famous South Coast waterfalls
Accommodation
  • hotel dyrholaey
Hotel Dyrholaey
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Day 3: Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Our first stop today is at Reynisfjara black sand beach. A walk along the beach will bring you to the extremely impressive and unusual basalt column cave. You will also see the troll-like and atmospheric Reynisdrangar peaks rising just off-shore. Now to the glaciers!

We travel through some extraordinary landscapes and other-worldly scenery on the way to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. You will see views of the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to one of the most feared volcanoes of all, the notorious Katla. You will also see another great fire maestro, Eyjafjalljökull. Our journey will take us over the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis in the midst of black volcanic sand areas. Skaftafell is quite sheltered with flourishing vegetation and birch forests.  

Our specialist glacier guide will lead you on a three-hour glacier hike, giving you the opportunity to explore a stunning glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. You will learn all about this sensational blue/white ice world.

Bird swimming in Jokulsarlon

We continue with the theme of ice, onwards to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, action scenes from James Bond and other movies have made this the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Feast your eyes on the jaw-droppingly beautiful iceberg filled lagoon and visit the fabulous Diamond Beach. This coal-black beach glitters with shimmering blue/white icebergs washed ashore by the tide, these opalescent forms are extraordinary shapes. You will feel as though you have stepped through a magic doorway into a mystical ice realm with magic landscapes. Your accommodation will be in the Höfn area, a charming town known as ‘the lobster capital of Iceland’.

Day Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
Included
Breakfast at Hotel close to Vík
Visit to Reynisfjara
Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
Certified Glacier Guide
Specialized glacier gear
Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
One night accommodation in Höfn
Private bathroom
Accommodation
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
  • Höfn-Inn Hotel, Iceland
Hofn-Inn Hotel
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Day 4: East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir

Hengifoss Waterfall
Today we head to Iceland´s sensational East Fjords. You will travel the narrow roads which thread their way between the mountains and the ocean, passing through the very remote peninsular of Hvalnes. Continuing onwards you will see the really dramatic and contrasting scenery around Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides and Álftafjarðar, a really beautiful fjord.      

Eggs of Djupivogur

A stop is made at Djúpivogur, a still traditional small fishing village, this friendly community is well known for its eco-conscious and welcoming ways. We recommend you take a look at Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a splendid outdoor sculpture. At our next stop we will enjoy an exhilarating three-hour hike to Hengifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland (128 m). There are more beautiful falls to discover on this hike, the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall is framed by incredible giant hexagonal basalt columns. You will pass a sensational gorge where the ash layers left by ancient volcanic eruptions can clearly be seen, the colorful rock makes these all the more impressive. Following our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in this area.

Day Highlights
Djúpivogur Fishing Village
Hengifoss Waterfall
Litlanesfoss Waterfall
The town of Egilsstaðir
Included
Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
Guided hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir
Private bathroom
Accommodation
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
Hotel Valaskjalf
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Day 5: Dettifoss - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri

Dettifoss-Waterfall-North-Iceland
Today we will explore North Iceland. Our journey from Egilsstaðir will take us through the wilderness area around Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in Iceland at 469 m, this farming community is now host to the highest coffee house in the land. Our first destination is Dettifoss waterfall, these falls have the most powerful flow rate in Europe. Believe us, this roaring torrent is truly awesome – you really will feel humbled by the power of Icelandic nature. Your next attraction, the mystical landscapes around Lake Mývatn, has an altogether different character. The scenery will keep getting more surreal! We are heading to the steaming lunar landscapes and bubbling technicolor mud pots at the Námaskarð geothermal area. The steaming fumaroles and sizzling hot springs waft clouds of steam across these other-worldly vistas. There are more extraordinary scenes to come when we take you to see the Hverfjall crater and the unbelievable Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the Dark Castles!

Myvatn Baths

Now for some relaxation!  Mývatn Nature Baths, the Icelandic name for these baths is Jarðbóðin – unsurprisingly, the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Bathe in the mineral-rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be paid when booking or on site. Bathing is an optional extra activity but we highly recommend you book it beforehand to reserve your spot! Otherwise, you could take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful views and take a break in the cafeteria. Goðafoss, a dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall, is our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, rimmed by high mountains. Your accommodation will be at a country hotel.

Day Highlights
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Lake
Námaskarð geothermal area
Hverfjall Crater
Dimmuborgir formations
Goðafoss Waterfall
Included
Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
Guided visit to all the highlights
Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
One night at a hotel close to Akureyri
Private bathroom
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
  • Hotel Dalvik, Iceland
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Day 6: Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst

whale watching Iceland

Sometimes we can fit in a short stop at the Capital of the North, Akureyri. Our journey will always take us through this beautiful little town in the midst of the mountains close to the apex of the mesmerizing Eyjafjörður Fjord (the Island Fjord). We are heading for the absolutely charming and still traditional fishing town of Dalvík, with its busy working harbor and fabulous views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. The dramatic high mountains, home to some of the best ski slopes in Iceland will be at your back. Your three-hour whale watching boat trip starts at Dalvík harbor. You will skim over Eyjafjörður, going in whichever direction is best to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and occasionally even blue whales. These tours are really successful when it comes to spotting whales, they are seen on 98% of tours. You are surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of Eyjafjörður, the longest Fjord in Iceland, every view is totally spectacular. You will get the opportunity to try sea angling, as soon as we come ashore that fish is cooked and you can taste the most amazingly fresh fish.

whale watching tour

Next on the agenda is a drive to Siglufjörður, a beautiful fishing village with an incredible history. This town was overtaken by a Klondike-like gold rush atmosphere in the early 20th century, when the tiny and isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Traveling around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) you will see stunning ocean scenery and incredibly steep mountains. Your visit to Siglufjörður will give you a fabulous insight into how life was lived in tiny and isolated Icelandic villages. On the way to your hotel for the night you will pass through the farming heartland of Iceland, this is also a big horse farming area. Your small hotel will be at Bifröst, a small university centered community.

Day Highlights
Akureyri - Capital of the North
Whale Watching from Dalvík
Siglufjörður Fishing Village
Included
Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
Opportunity to try out sea angling
Visit to Siglufjörður
One night at a hotel in Bifröst
Private bathroom
Accommodation
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
Hotel Laugarbakki
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Day 7: Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík

Deildartunguhver hot spring

The final day of your 6 day trip around Iceland will be focused on the delights of West IcelandLonely Planet voted this area as one of their best destinations in 2016. Your first stop of the day is at Grábrók, a volcano crater surrounded by lunar-like lava. Your guide will lead you on a short hike to view the crater from the top – there are magnificent views over the whole area. We will enjoy the fabulous and extremely diverse sights of Borgarfjörður today. Stops are made at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, you will also see the incredible Hraunfossar cascade, these wide falls are composed of thousands of tiny rivulets which tumble out of the lava field – a truly incredible sight! Then there is Barnafoss waterfall, the name means ‘the Children´s Falls’ a rather tragic folklore tale is associated with the naming of this particular waterfall.

Barnafoss-Snaefellsnes-tour-West-Iceland

Now for some history and the gentle landscapes around Reykholt, home to the famous Icelandic saga writer, historian, lawyer, and poet, Snorri Sturluson. You will see the pool where Snorri is reputed to have bathed, Snorralaug. Nowadays, this pool is still filled with naturally warm water. Our drive back to Reykjavík will take us around, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), a really scenic fjord. We should arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm. You are dropped off at the closest authorized pick up point to your accommodation, maybe even at your hotel.

Day Highlights
Borgarfjörður
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Barnafoss Waterfall
Hraunfossar cascade
Reykholt
Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
Included
Breakfast at hotel in Bifröst
Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
Drop off in Reykjavík
One night at a hotel in Reykjavík
Private bathroom
Accommodation
  • Borgarnes
Hotel Borgarnes
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Day 8 - Final Day - Reykjavik

Reykjavik-Iceland
You have another day to make the most of being in Reykjavík, the stunning capital of Iceland. Check off a few more things on your Reykjavík bucket list – there are plenty more options. Maybe, explore the network of cycling and walking paths which thread around the coast and cross-cross the city. The coastal scenery is spellbinding from places such as Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær, both are easily reached by Strætó buses, although it is easy to walk to Seltjarnarness. Grasagarðurinn, the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens, are well worth a visit. See the area where the women of Reykjavík used to do their laundry in the hot spring pools. These beautiful gardens are situated next to Laugardalslaug, the largest swimming pool in Iceland. Shop and browse some more, laze in coffee shops or restaurants, visit another museum or gallery, or squeeze in one last amazing adventure activity tour – the choice is for you to make!

Day Highlights
Reykjavík delights - your choice!
Included
Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík
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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).

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.

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.

Taxi

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.

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.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

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

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 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.

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!

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.

 

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 type of safety can be expected on our tour?

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.

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.

Useful numbers and services

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 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 they 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 refunding procedures 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 you 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 our 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.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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