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The only word to describe this trip is magical. Our guide Hjalti was fantastic. He made sure we were safe and made sure we saw everything possible. From beautiful waterfalls to glaciers and diamonds in black sand I was awe struck at each turn. At the end of each day I thought it could not get any better but yet it did. Each day brought a new experience with unbelievable sights to see. I can not recommend this tour and this guide enough. Hjalti made our trip a trip of a lifetime. Thank you!
Reviewed by Nannette
"Life is meant for good friends and great adventures."
This around Iceland tour will give you the best possible experience.
Iceland has something amazing to offer at any time of year. Here are these tour's seasonal extras:
From late August until April, search for the magical Northern Lights as dance across the sky. In winter from November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a thrilling journey through the Crystal Ice Cave.
In summer the Arctic midnight sun reigns supreme and puffins are often spotted along the coastline, so we make time to enjoy these. In the East, we could be lucky enough to cross paths with reindeer. In September there is often time to go to a sheep round-up somewhere in the countryside - learn how real farming people do things. This is when small group Iceland guided tours have a huge advantage, we can make the most of the opportunities which come up!
Here you can find a detailed list of information about everything you need to know about this tour:
6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide
Please be ready at your pick-up location in Reykjavík at 08:00 am. The pick up process takes up to 30 minutes, so depending on where you are located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes. The first day of this round trip is mostly focused o...)
Please be ready at your pick-up location in Reykjavík at 08:00 am. The pick up process takes up to 30 minutes, so depending on where you are located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes. The first day of this round trip is mostly focused on exploring the attractions of the famous Golden Circle.
We visit Þingvellir National Park which is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its geological and historical significance. It was here that the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament in 930 CE, Alþingið, one of the first democratic governments in the world. The Law Speaker had one of the most dramatic ‘platforms’ in the world from which to proclaim the law, the cliff of the mighty rift valley stood at his back. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to edge apart, slowly widening the rift valley. The Geysir hot spring area will be our next destination.
Geysir is the spouting hot spring which gave its name to this phenomenon when the English word ‘geyser’ was adopted. Watch the Strokkur hot spring erupt great jets of hot water and steam every few minutes and see the bubbling fumaroles. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is the final Golden Circle attracted. See the dreamy golden-hued mist rising from the spray as the Hvítá (the White River) pours down from Langjökull (the Long Glacier) roaring through the rugged canyon. Gullfoss drops 32 m in two stages.
On the way to our accommodation at a country hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we will visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because it is possible to walk behind the cascade, giving a unique vantage point.
After you stop at your hotel for the night, from September through April you can go out searching for the Northern Lights with the help of your guide.
We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave. Then it is over to the glaciers! We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared v...)
We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave. Then it is over to the glaciers!
We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared volcanoes beneath its ice, the capricious Katla. In good visibility, you will get a glimpse of the great fire maestro! Witness the results of previous volcanic eruptions as we drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis, with green birch forests and lush vegetation, a verdant jewel in the midst of the rough black sand desert.
We will take a three-hour glacier hike, guided by our specialist glacier guide, on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a magical journey through the Crystal Ice Cave.
Next on the agenda is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Gaze in wonder at the magical iceberg-filled lagoon and see the famous Diamond Beach, its coal-black sands peppered with the glittering crystal, blue/white icebergs which have been washed ashore. You will feel you are in a film scene, and in a way you will be - footage of James Bond and other movies has been shot here.
Our accommodation for the night will be at a guesthouse in the Höfn area, known as the lobster capital of Iceland. From September to April, slip away from the guesthouse at night to chase the Northern Lights.
Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns an...)
Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar.
We will stop at Djúpivogur, a traditional small fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). There is then an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128 m), we will also see the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall, the cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns. The hike takes about three hours in total. You will see a beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times can be seen in the colorful rock face.
Today we are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss...)
Today we are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the voluminous flow is truly awesome!
We then explore the mystical landscapes around the lake at Mývatn – from here it just gets more surreal – we head to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. See boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. The wonders continue when we visit the Hverfjall crater and the amazing Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles!
The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths, in Icelandic these are called Jarðbóðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Mývatn Nature Baths, giving you the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools. Bathing is an optional extra activity but we highly recommend you book it beforehand to reserve your spot! Here you can bathe in the mineral-rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those do not wish to bathe, there is the option to stroll around and enjoy the exceptional views or relax in the cafeteria, there is a sun terrace for fine days! The wide and dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop of the day before we journey to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains.
Our accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in Akureyri. You will also have a chance to explore the fishing town in the north. From November to March, your guide will help you find Northern Lights viewing areas near the hotel.
Occasionally there is time to make a short stop at Akureyri, the Capital of the North. We always drive through this charming town, passing through the really mesmeric scenery along Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) on the way to the little fishing town ...)
Occasionally there is time to make a short stop at Akureyri, the Capital of the North. We always drive through this charming town, passing through the really mesmeric scenery along Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) on the way to the little fishing town of Dalvík.
Your whale watching boat trip departs from the traditional working harbor. During the 3-hour boat trip, you can expect to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even a majestic blue whale showing up in the bay. If you are lucky, you might see one!
When we step ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village with a rich history, in the early 20th century there was a gold rush atmosphere when the remote community became the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Your journey around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) will show you some of the best ocean scenery and skiing areas in Iceland. The characterful small villages on this peninsula will really give you a good insight into how life was/is lived in the remote Icelandic villages. Our drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Laugarbakki.
Your accommodation for the night will be at a small hotel in Laugarbakki. Chase the Northern Lights on winter evenings (September-April).
On this, our final day, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Your day will begin with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. On a clear day, there are fabulous view...)
On this, our final day, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Your day will begin with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. On a clear day, there are fabulous views over the lava field and the whole area. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights and we will focus on these today. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade, the atmospheric very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field.
Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed! We will drive around the scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), on our way to back Reykjavík. We expect to arrive in the city around 5 – 6 pm.
Solo travelers are required to choose the single room supplement when booking if they want a guaranteed private room. If the single room fee is not paid, they might be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender. Sometimes we may need to ch...)
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.)
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.
Great tour in a strange land
Reviewed on January 07, 2022 by Razzel Review from TripAdvisor
Truly the best way to experience Iceland :)
Reviewed on January 06, 2022 by Kim and Mike Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was fantastic! Our guide
Hjalti Björnsson was full of all sorts of knowledge about the island, but what really stood out was his ability to fit everything in despite multiple weather disruptions. On Day 3, we faced gale force winds that made the roads nigh impassable, but Hjalti expertly drove us through the blizzard.
The highlights were easily the Glacier lagoon and Ice Cave, as well as the Diamond Beach. We were even lucky enough to see the Northern Lights too! Aside from that you will see so many beautiful sights across the countryside and get to relax in a lovely hot spring bath
I'd highly recommended letting the guide know what things you are interested in. We asked about Game of Thrones so Hjalti made sure he pointed out all the filming locations. Others mentioned about the Icelandic horses and so on the last day we went to a lovely family-owned stable and got to meet all the beautiful Icelandic horses there
P.S. Hjalti, if you're reading this, you're the greatest!!
If you like an adventure, then this tour is for you.
Reviewed on January 06, 2022 by Claireyk2 Review from TripAdvisor
I joined the 6 day Ring Road Tour led by our very own Viking, Hjalti. He was a fountain of knowledge and had many great stories on the history of Iceland, and intriguing facts on the Geography and Geology of the island.
It’s a cliche, but our group became a family by the end of the trip, with Hjalti taking care of us all throughout. We experienced many hilarious excursions together travelling around the island, which we will remember for years to come. A few were: Northern Lights, Whales, Icelandic horses, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and the hot springs. It’s a fun trip for solo travellers (like me), families, couples and friendship groups of all ages, and has a great mix of activities to cater for all.
I’ll be back in the summer no doubt for another Arctic Adventure.
Reviewed on December 22, 2021 by YoungIrish Review from TripAdvisor
Just back from an incredible 6-day trip around Iceland with Hjalti Bjórsson as our tour guide. With very little daylight at this time of the year Hjalti made sure we still managed to squeeze in all the main attractions along the route along with throwing in a few of his own - a special visit to a horse farm (as we had mentioned we would like to stop on the side of the road to get a closer look at the Icelandic horses!) and a few of his favourite viewpoints throughout the country. As a native, Hjalti told us all about Iceland and the different folklore of different parts of the country. He kept us all engaged by educating us on the way of life of the Icelandic people and was very receptive to answering our many questions! Hjalti even brought us out at night to chase the Northern lights during our tour which we very much appreciated. I would highly recommend this tour and hopefully will be back soon for a summer hike through Iceland with Hjalti and Artic Adventures! Best wishes from Ireland! Skál!!
Amazing 6 day adventure around the coast of Iceland.
Reviewed on December 11, 2021 by Xiao J Review from TripAdvisor
We just completed a 6 day tour with Biggi along the ring road around Iceland. It was an amazing adventure all the way through yet made that much better by the myriad of folklore, anecdotes, and local flavor that Biggi peppered throughout. Biggi's deep knowledge of Icelandic history and his own interesting backstory added so much to our trip.
Though there are long stretches of driving (up to 2 hours+ on a couple occasions) the scenery of Iceland and the variety of landscapes made the 6 days feel too short. We were lucky to be part of a small group on this 6 day tour so we often were ahead of schedule. This allowed our guide to add in extra stops some of which (Icelandic horse ranch!) turned out to be highlights.
Though we had planned for inclement weather we were instead greeted pleasantly with multiple sunny days and twice got a chance to see the Northern Lights. Here, again, our guide Biggi stepped up by braving the cold evening to be our Northern Lights lookout and even had his own camera gear set up to help us capture awesome pictures.
All in all, the 6 day tour was a wonderful tasting plate of the wonders of Iceland. It left us wanting more (especially during the summer time) and we are already making plans to come back. A huge thank you to Biggi for giving us the best of Iceland!
Reviewed on December 10, 2021 by Magda Melena Review from TripAdvisor
Simply wow!!! Iceland is beautiful! I just finished my 6-day around Iceland and all I can say is just: phenomenal. We were able to see almost everything in the Itinerary with the exception of 2 waterfalls considering the crazy weather and icy conditions. Our tour guide Biggi was amazing!! He was always looking out for us, gave so much background and history and detailed information about recommendations; even thought us a couple of stories and Icelandic phrases. It was such a wonderful experience. Biggi is an amazing, kind, and genuine person!! He even made up our last day and stoped at an unplanned horse farm. We were also able to see the Northern Light!s!! Biggi stayed up and took pictures of us.
The best experience. Thank you so much Biggi and Artic Adventures! Definitely coming back.
Reviewed on December 07, 2021 by Victor Review from TripAdvisor
It was truly amazing. Our guide made sure to maximize the small amount of daylight in order for us to get the best Icelandic experience
Amazing Arctic Adventures Trip
Reviewed on November 30, 2021 by SpottingTLV Review from TripAdvisor
We had an amazing experience around Iceland! Hjalti was an amazing guide and driver. He made sure we were safe and was really nice. We came in the winter so he also made sure we had crampons which none of us had so he stopped at a store to help us buy some good ones (which I would definitely recommend if you come in the winter like us). Even though there was a lot of ice on the road and we drove slowly and safely we got to see all that was planned + a little extra we had a small group of 6 people which was nice.The bus was clean quiet and comfortable. The hotels we stayed at on the way were also great.I would most definitely recommend going on a tour with Arctic Adventures as the guides are very friendly and the places are amazing.
Awesome experience !
Reviewed on November 08, 2021 by Fearless792211 Review from TripAdvisor
We just finished the 6 day Ring Road tour and I highly recommend it for anyone coming to see Iceland. Our tour guide Biggi mixed entertaining stories as well as information about all the places we went to see and tried to teach us some Icelandic phrases. We had a great group and Biggi was able to tune our stops perfectly so that we had enough time at each place, but still got everything in before dark,(which is challenging in the winter) including a perfectly timed sunset visit to the Black Sand beach. This is an active tour which is exactly how I like things, without a lot of down time other than the bus ride where we enjoyed the scenery. I was super glad to have someone else driving when we hit the highlands and the icy, snowy roads. Biggi took some amazing pictures of us with the Northern Llights too. Thanks for a great tour!!
So many “bucket list” boxes checked:)
Reviewed on August 14, 2021 by pineconepops Review from TripAdvisor
Every day of this 6-day tour had the group seeing and doing things that I’ve never done before. First and foremost, our driver and guide Solle did such a fantastic job. He is a native Icelander who speaks 4 languages, and was a pleasure to get to know. In order for us to see the volcano while still actively erupting, Solle reversed our itinerary, driving the ring road clockwise, and making the hike to the volcano the first day, and not the last. We then had a picture-perfect weather day to see lava. The next day, the volcano went dormant for 3 days. Reversing our itinerary involved changing hotel AND activity reservations for 20 people. All to make sure we had the best experience possible. This was our first group tour, and we’ll never do a self-drive tour again. The 17 other passengers came from all around the world, and were a great mix of ages, nationalities, and personalities. It included 4 solo travelers (3 female) who bonded with the rest of the group. We laughed together, ate together (with Solle), learned from each other, and all found it hard to say goodbye at the end of the tour. Solle adjusted the schedule as necessary to fit in some unplanned stops that were always worthwhile and appreciated.
6 day tour - Arctic Adventures
Reviewed on August 12, 2021 by 428irenef Review from TripAdvisor
Fantastic trip. Gisli made it a very memorable vacation. We were with Arctic Adventures. Definitely try and request Gisli! His wit made some of the long stretches enjoyable. He was also encouraging on some of the "easy hikes. " We are so happy to have gotten him....we had other tour guides for other tours, but by far he was the best in Iceland. The tour showed us everything we could possibly want to see!
Best Bucket List Experience! Don't Hesitate to Book It!
Reviewed on August 01, 2021 by takemeaway11 Review from TripAdvisor
I strongly suggest this tour as a fantastic way to see Iceland. The van was comfortable and the WiFi onboard was 100% reliable. The driver (also the guide) was excellent, and I was totally at ease with his driving. The itinerary made sense, and was flexible for necessary adjustments. So many things are memorable, but the scenery and natural features of Iceland are the stars, and this tour is a great way to see everything while someone else does all the planning. Just show up!
I can only speak to the weather in the first week of July, and it was beautiful during the day, mostly high 50s. We had a lot more sunshine than I imagined, and the fact that the daylight is almost endless allows for the tour to end late each day with many in the group opting for a nice, late dinner together. It's so bright in the evening that everyday I felt like it was 5pm when it was 9pm. Our group of 15 included ages 8 to 70, and gracefully accommodated the needs of those needing to sit near the front of the comfortable van/bus. Right away we saw amazing scenery and sites. The necessary time on the bus was broken up with ample bathroom and food breaks, which had been a needless worry for me. We had time to relax during meals, too. I appreciated that breakfast was always included. Our guide Solle is an Iceland native and was able to give us a great understanding of Icelandic culture. I loved hearing the stories describing growing up in Iceland, and I appreciated the concern and education regarding the environmental issues as well as history of the island. Solle had wonderful suggestions for dinner, and I think it is nice he ate with us, as we all enjoyed conversing with him.
I think the following info might be useful:
--We were picked up at Bus Stop #1 at 8:40, so just a bit later than the 8:00-8:30 timeline presented. I was about to call when the van arrived. It was all good, we were just the last ones picked up.
--The distance from the parking lot to the area where the glacier hike begins is substantial. It's a difficult walk, the hardest of the tour I believe, and that should be known before opting in for that excursion.
--Boots with proper ankle support are really needed, and can be worn literally everywhere you go in Iceland, so buy a pair and break them in beforehand!
--Take a comfortable sleep mask if visiting during the midnight sun months. Blackout curtains still let in some light, and there's a need to trick the brain.
--Water in Iceland is delicious from any tap! I took a foldable, flexible water bottle and liked it better than plastic disposable ones.
--Take a hat and/or sunglasses. They were necessary and worn by all.
--Plan to arrive at least 2 days before the tour begins and stay in Reykjavik. It's time well spent, and considers possible travel problems. One of our tour members missed the first day because of a flight problem and the airline lost her luggage. The taxi was several hundred dollars to catch up with us, and it was another day until her luggage caught up.
Well worth it to cover much ground in Iceland with an informed guide
Reviewed on July 14, 2021 by Smk Review from TripAdvisor
For my first post covid holiday, I decided to go to Iceland and chose Arctic Adventures based on the high rating. My expectations were surpassed. At a time when the tourism sector was just starting to pick up, our guide Sintri made sure everything went well. Informed, chatty, knowledgeable and well connected - any hiccups that occurred over the 6 days were promptly dealt with. Through this guided tour, most of Iceland was covered from the Golden Circle to the Glacial Lagoon and Akureyri. Expect a vigorous 6 days full of beautiful hikes, stunning sites and discovery. Bear in mind that the hotel offering listed on the website states ‘or similar’ so you might not end up staying in the hotels listed. All in all this was the best tour I have ever been on.
A fantastic 6 days in Iceland
Reviewed on June 13, 2021 by ADaniAlbuquerque Review from TripAdvisor
We had an amazing week in Iceland. A fantastic tour brilliantly led by our guide Biggi who was excellent throughout. His knowledge and passion for Iceland really enhanced our experience whilst he also managed to fit in a trip to the amazing 'Puffin Island'. Would recommend the trip to anyone considering.
6 Day tour - best Iceland overview!!
Reviewed on June 01, 2021 by DocBot Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was fantastic in every way. 6 days to circumnavigate the entire country and get to see and experience so much of what Iceland has to offer. The itinerary proceeds at a comfortable pace, with a few longer stretches of driving punctuated by stops at points of interest. The accommodations were varied and very comfortable - from Arctic Adventure hotels, to B&B style, to full-on commercial hotel accommodations, with reliable wifi in all but one. Restaurant reservations were outstanding and convenient. The mini-bus was comfortable.
Our guide, Diddy (Sigurdur Magnusson) was amazing - he was knowledgeable, personable, and (most importantly), flexible. He recognized the needs of our group and made adjustments as needed. He clearly knows and loves his country, and I was very, very impressed with his vast knowledge of history, culture, geology, geography, botany, and ecology. It is tough to find that all in one person, and his experience was prominently on display every day.
Overall, however, this was just the kind of tour needed to experience an overview of Iceland and leave me wanting to come back to experience it more in-depth.
A magical and memorable week in Iceland!
Reviewed on July 22, 2020 by Lauren C Review from TripAdvisor
We'd chosen to use Arctic Adventures as they had been recommended to us and they did not let us down. We wanted to see as much as we could when we were out there and so booked on to the 6 day tour, but I can honestly say that it just wasn't long enough for what this beautiful country had to offer and I wish we'd booked the 8 day! In fact everyone on our tour did extend their stay which is total credit to this company.
We'd never been on a tour holiday before but from start to finish I was extremely impressed with Arctic Adventures and in particular our tour guide Biggi. He was INCREDIBLE, so friendly and knowledgeable (sharing countless information and personal stories) and went out of his way to make sure that we got the most of our time there. He organised group meals to help the us all get to know each other, and sat with us all for dinner, gave advice for the best restaurants to eat at, bought the group traditional sweets to try and the cherry on the top was helping us to find the Northern Lights (even using his own camera to make sure we all got photos taken with them).
Unfortunately on our first day of the tour there was a big snow storm due in and so we were told that we would need to miss the Golden Circle to safely drive to the second day's sites. I was very impressed that straight away Arctic Adventures offered to either refund us for this part of the tour, or book us on to a Golden Circle Tour after our 6 days were finished. We did have a lot of snowfall during our week there and I must say that we felt extremely safe with Biggi's driving.
So, getting on to the tour itself... I was a little worried that there would be a lot of driving involved but that time went very quick and was worth it to see everything that we did. The minibus was extremely comfortable, with access to Wifi throughout journeys. And the hotels were lovely, always very comfortable, clean and served wonderful food.
There was a good mix of waterfalls, geothermal areas, walks through lava fields, ice caving, whale watching, sea fishing, volcano treks, Icelandic horse centre, visits to traditional Icelandic centres, villages. I would recommend paying the additional fee and doing the Myvatn Nature Baths, so lovely relaxing in the hot pools and it wasn't very busy (opposite to what I've heard about the Blue Lagoon!).
We would love to go back to Iceland again and if we do then there would be no other company that I would use but Arctic Adventures. Thank you for such a memorable week.
Reviewed on June 07, 2020 by Shan_invan Review from TripAdvisor
I have experienced two amazing Icelandic adventures with Arctic Adventures. Did a summer visit, then had to come back for a winter experience and see the Northern Lights. Arctic is an outstanding tour operator and I’d recommend them to anyone looking for carefully curated, thoughtfully planned and brilliantly executed tours. Our guide, Jonas, was outstanding.
Iceland has been a tourism darling for a while now but it is truly an astonishing place. From geysers to waterfalls to glaciers, the nature and natural beauty of this place is a must see.
Reviewed on March 17, 2020 by Anne From our post-trip system
We had a fantastic Iceland tour. The tour was well organised, the places we went were amazing and our guide Vignir was fantastic - he made the tour so enjoyable.
6 days around iceland
Reviewed on March 09, 2020 by Gomathi From our post-trip system
Had a lovely time with Vig as our guide cun driver. He is very experienced and considerate. He keeps us informed all the time. Never had a quiet moment in the bus. His decision to change route ought to be respected. He knows very well when the weather conditions does not allow him to proceed into some places. Kept us entertained too. A good group of 16 enjoyed the tour. Thank you Vig and Adrian (at ice cave)
Arctic Adventures 6 Day Tour
Reviewed on March 02, 2020 by Anastasiya Romanska From our post-trip system
This was the most amazing tour I've ever been on. Our tour guide, Biggy, made the whole trip so fun. He was knowledgable on every subject, extremely kind and made us feel safe the whole time. This is one of those trips that I will remember for the rest of my life. 12/10 recommend to anyone thinking about seeing Iceland in the winter!
6 Days Artic Adventure
Reviewed on February 29, 2020 by Winnie Sze From our post-trip system
Our tour guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable & patient. He was calm driving in the snow blizzard when we were really nervous. We loved all the sites we visited. The only complaint was certain hotels have no elevator, & we have to carry our heavy luggage up one or two flights of stairs, which was pretty difficult. However, there maybe no other hotel choices with elevator in these areas we visited.
Amazing trip i will cherish for the rest of my life
Reviewed on February 27, 2020 by Andrea From our post-trip system
We did the "6 Day - Around Iceland Adventure" tour and it was fantastic! The winter scenery blew my mind. We went to so many attractions and then some. Our guide, Linus (idk if i'm spelling it right), was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was very conscious about bathroom/coffee breaks when we had long drives, and he was very patient with all of us. The hotels were great and clean with a decent breakfast. Shout out to Guilli, ice cave tour guide, he was funny and helpful. Out of all the trips i am lucky to make i give this tour a 10 out of 10. I never felt rushed like other tours and i truly enjoyed my time in Iceland. Thank you for making this trip a very memorable one!
6 DAYS AROUND ICELAND ADVENTURE
Reviewed on February 09, 2020 by carlyp966 Review from TripAdvisor
Just finished the 6 DAYS AROUND ICELAND ADVENTURE with Hjalti. It was such an amazing experience and couldn't say anything negative at all about it. Hjalti was such an amazing guide, very friendly and knowledgable and made the whole experience so memorable. At first I thought this tour was quite expensive, but for the things you see and activities included over the 6 days, it is definitely worth it! Highlight was definitely seeing the northern lights and watching the sunset over the lagoon ! So many beautiful sights all around Iceland and could not recommend this tour more! Thanks Hjalti for such an amazing 6 days and for helping us explore beautiful Iceland :)
6 Day - Around Iceland Adventure
Reviewed on January 27, 2020 by DreaStephanie Review from TripAdvisor
We did the "6 Day - Around Iceland Adventure" tour and it was fantastic! The winter scenery blew my mind. We went to so many attractions and then some. Our guide, Linus (idk if i'm spelling it right), was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was very conscious about bathroom/coffee breaks when we had long drives, and he was very patient with all of us. The hotels were great and clean with a decent breakfast. Shout out to Guilli, ice cave tour guide, he was funny and helpful. Out of all the trips i am lucky to make i give this tour a 10 out of 10. I never felt rushed like other tours and i truly enjoyed my time in Iceland. Thank you for making this trip a very memorable one!
Reviewed on December 18, 2019 by Kathleen W Review from TripAdvisor
This is absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and I’m so glad I chose this company to do the tour with. We saw glaciers and waterfalls, lava fields, hot springs, an ice cave, whales, and so much more. In the middle of the trip there was a blizzard and our guide Hjalti went out of his way to make sure we were safe, driving an extra 3.5 hours at night to keep us ahead of the storm. The accomodation was always great and the bus was comfortable. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and the itinerary was amazing. If you’re going to Iceland, you must do this tour!
Reviewed on November 22, 2019 by Annabelle C Review from TripAdvisor
This tour is definitely not for those who want to take it easy as you are living out of a suitcase every night. You make many stops on the way come rain or shine and you need to consider this as Icelandic weather is unpredictable. The tour is as advertised and they do a great job of having alternative activity if the weather makes it too dangerous to continue. Ey our driver and tour guide was amazing at all times ensuring the well-being of all the travellers and even helping with their suitcases every night. Our coach included from the very young students to some elderly ladies and covered many of the Icelandic tourist sites and some of the beaten track. The trip does include a lot of driving as it covers a lot of sightseeing areas but Icelandic scenery is so amazing one can't help but be amazed by it. Our driver/guide kept us entertained during the long drives with information on Iceland, folklore stories and history of this amazing country. The hike to the ice caves was amazing and maybe the highlight of the whole trip for me although in Iceland all the sites are spectacular. The tour was as advertised and the accommodation although basic was clean and comfortable and all had breakfast included which is great. Hotels where usually situated on the outskirt of towns and we usually had dinner on arriving. The restaurants that Ey our guide took us where very good quality, and although nothing is cheap about food in Iceland, you generally get very good quality wherever we went. All the accommodation had a kettle with tea, coffee and herbal teas available which was ideal when arriving at the hotel after a long day of sightseeing. Iceland is more than just the Northern lights this is a country of contrast and extreme weather and you can't help feeling awed at the raw beauty of every contrasting landscape you pass. Although this tour is hectic and maybe we felt at times we would have done with a little more time it covers so much. I do have to mention that whale watching was great and we got a beautiful day to be out at sea, and absolutely enjoyed the angling with my husband catching one of the fishes we later had on the barbecue. My husband and I decided on an organized tour as this was the easiest option and allowed us to visit lots of areas around the ring road in a short space of time. We loved the trip and tour and I think it is one of those unforgettable moments in a person's life. Thank you Arctic Adventures for a fantastic time!
Amazing small group tour of Iceland
Reviewed on November 19, 2019 by mvalwa Review from TripAdvisor
This was the first time my husband and I have ever completed a group tour. I chose Arctic Adventures after doing a lot of research and reading many reviews. We had an incredible trip which far exceeded our expectations. Our tour leader, Thor, was just amazing. He is an expert driver, knowledgeable, and a really nice person. We would never have been able to see everything we did had we tried to drive the ring road on our own in November. When we encountered winter road conditions, I was so glad Thor was doing the driving. We came prepared for winter weather. Dressed in layers with rain pants and good hiking boots. The tour itself is very well organized. We loved every experience, except, perhaps the whale watching (in November). It wasn’t terrible, just not something we would have chosen on our own, but that’s to be expected on a group tour. All the waterfalls, diamond beach, glacier lagoon, the ice cave, the Myvatn nature bath were definite highlights. The accommodations varied and a couple hotels were a bit basic, but they were always clean and comfortable. We knew food can be pricey in Iceland, and we appreciated the stops at supermarkets or gas stations for lunch or snacks. Dinners at the hotels or elsewhere were always very good. Our group was 15 people, 5 couples and 5 solo travellers. A variety of ages, nationalities and backgrounds. All interesting, wonderful people. By the end of the tour they felt like friends and we were sad to say goodbye. Iceland is a beautiful country. We highly recommend this tour.
Reviewed on November 13, 2019 by Saby_chic_24 Review from TripAdvisor
This trip was amazing! i highly recommend it. I went early September and the weather was a little cold but perfect to see the waterfalls.
Well organized road trip!
Reviewed on November 12, 2019 by Anita_Barton Review from TripAdvisor
I booked this road trip by the Tourradar travel agency.
The road trip was well organized. The driver/tour guide called Jóhann. He is great! :) During the trip he mentioned many information about Iceland. He was very helpful, kind and very funny. :D
The trip was breathtaking, we stopped everywhere what was in the itinerary. We had enough time to explore everything by ourselves.
The small van was very comfortable, free WIFI on board.
I highly recommend this trip if you would like to do a road trip in Iceland.
All the best bits of Iceland, great for a first visit
Reviewed on November 12, 2019 by rebeccavenchers Review from TripAdvisor
This trip is great for a first visit to Iceland and to see a little bit of everything. The trip was just as advertised. Pick up on the first day was on time and went smoothly. Accommodation each night was simple but comfortable with a nice breakfast. We had plenty of time at each location, and the drives between sites were never too long. The glacier hike was excellent with great instruction from the guides and plenty of opportunities for photos. The whale watching in Dalvík on the rhib boat was worth the upgrade and the guides were brilliant. The Sturlureykir Horse Farm was a lovely stop on the last day.
The restaurants we went to had lots of variety and our guide Arnar always made sure we were well looked after. The highlights were the Pakkhús Restaurant in Höfn (langoustines) and a cute bar in Dalvík called Gísli, Eiríkur, Helgi – Kaffihús Bakkabræðra, which had amazing fish soup and hot drinks – perfect after the whale watching.
Arnar, our guide, was excellent – super professional and everything was really well organised. He was always willing to have a chat and answer questions we might have had about the country, the history, and things to do. He's full of great knowledge and stories. He went out of his way to make sure we got to see the Northern Lights on our last night, which was another highlight.
Without a doubt, though, the best part of the trip was the group. There were 19 in total, and the experience was made even better by travelling with people who were respectful of each other by keeping to time, being willing to get to know everyone else, and have a laugh.
I booked through Tour Radar, which was a really straightforward process.
Thanks for the great experience! I hope to visit again!
An awesome trip around Iceland
Reviewed on November 09, 2019 by Snarfangel Review from TripAdvisor
We were extremely lucky with the weather -- it really wasn't bad at any point, and it was beautiful several days -- but it was our guide Eagle (Arnar) who made it special. He was very fun to travel with, and by the end of the trip we all agreed that Flatlanders were WEAK! 😂
More seriously, this was a lovely trip with good food available at our stops (including very good breakfasts), and we got to see more than my wife and I expected. If I had to pick out a few high points, the ice caves, gorgeous waterfalls, and whale watching were amazing.
Thank you, Eagle, for an amazing journey around your beautiful country!
Reviewed on November 05, 2019 by Richard M Review from TripAdvisor
Incredible tour. So glad we did it. Eagle was an awesome tour guide. A real Viking rich with history and details. Kept us informed and entertained. Took us to the best restaurants the food was great. Mink Whale is my new love over Ahi Tuna. Yum Yum. I'd do it again.
Absolutely Amazing Iceland Tour
Reviewed on October 30, 2019 by Scharff From our post-trip system
I can't recommend Arctic Adventures highly enough. I recently completed the 6 DAYS AROUND ICELAND ADVENTURE. While is was quite a distance to be covered in a relatively short time, it felt like a good pace and a great overview of the country. We had a chance to visit a lot of diverse locations, see amazing sites and develop some good friendships along the way. I went as a solo traveler, and our group was 10 in total. Everyone got along great and we all enjoyed each others company. Beyond the general sites of Iceland, the best part of the tour was our amazing guide - Sigurður 'Diddy' Magnússon. Diddy was an amazing host for our journey through Iceland. He has an incredible depth of knowlesge about the country, covering everything from detailed history, geography, flora & fauna, politics and more. He was also incredibly friend and fun, and was truly part of the family as we traveled. Thanks for a great adventure Diddy and the Arctic Adventures team!
Excellent tour. Dont miss it.
Reviewed on October 08, 2019 by Rowena Review from TripAdvisor
Depends on what kind of experience you're after
Reviewed on October 07, 2019 by craigkl Review from TripAdvisor
First, as to the basics, the sights visited on the trip were as advertised, and some of them were quite spectacular. Icelandic scenery is unique, with all the effects of vulcanism and ice. Our guide was friendly and helpful. The weather didn't always cooperate, but that has to be expected.
But whether to see these sights on a tour is a question that everyone should think about *very carefully* for themselves. To begin with, you will probably be with about 20 other people on a small bus, where you will be spending a lot of time. If you're uncomfortable flying coach, then this is going to be somewhat like six days on an airplane. We didn't consider this aspect seriously enough.
Also, think about the mix of sightseeing and leisure you want on a trip. Our days on this tour generally began with breakfast at around 7 or 7:30, with the bus being on the road by 8. We stopped at perhaps a half dozen spots per day, rain or shine, and the day usually didn't end until 6 or 7 (9 in one case.) We must have stopped at 6 or 8 different waterfalls, some of them not very interesting, which seemed like overkill. At times, it seemed more like boot camp than relaxed travel.
Finally, be aware that tour accomodations are generally on the level of Motel 6 or below, with smaller rooms. (One, Hotel Dalvik -- see separate review -- was a real dump, where we were put in the very cheapest rooms.) Most rooms have twin beds, which may be crammed against a wall on one side, and a nightstand on the other. Only one place had chairs in the room for sitting. With all the tours going on in Iceland, a lot of minimalist hotels have been built to provide mass housing for tours, and these are the kinds of places where you will be staying. Often they are outside of towns, so that you are also a captive of the restaurant on the premisses.
The roads in Iceland are in good shape, and there is usually very little traffic. I've driven on four different continents, and Iceland looks like it might be one of the easiest places to drive that I've ever encountered. Conditions might be tricky during the cold dark winter, but for six months of the year at least, it would be very pleasant. I was under the impression that conditions would be more difficult and extreme, and that was a serious mistake. So if you enjoy driving, doing your own tour would be a very realistic option. Iceland is a very civilized country, just the kind of place where relying on TripAdvisor for lodging and restaurant advice would work well.
To sum up: if your image of enjoyable vacation travel involves things like starting the day when you feel like it, stopping (or not stopping) at attractions depending on the weather and what you're interested in, picking interesting-looking restaurants, stopping for the day in time to relax for a bit and go out for a stroll around charming little towns, etc, etc, seriously consider whether a tour like this will meet your expectations. For some people, it may. Arctic Adventures was not misleading about the sightseeing experience (though it was misleadingly silent about the quality and location of accomodations), but it was not a kind of travel that we would choose to do again.
Great Experience Seeing Iceland Up Close
Reviewed on October 06, 2019 by Huckle54 Review from TripAdvisor
Highly recommend the 6 day small group tour around Iceland with Arctic Adventures. We saw beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, did the glacier walk and went whale watching just to name some of the things on the tour. This tour does require a lot of walking so make sure you are up for that. Free wi-fi on the bus and beautiful scenery made the time on the tour bus enjoyable. Lots of unexpected stops added to the scheduled stops so I felt like we saw Iceland up close - there really is no place like it. If you go, you will not be disappointed. Overnight accommodations were very good and local food delicious. Our guide, Iggy, was very knowledgeable which added to the enjoyment of the trip.
Reviewed on October 06, 2019 by CharlieBoy Review from TripAdvisor
Our guide was AWESOME!!! Artnar consistently went above and beyond the entire 6 day trip to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. He was very knowledgable and informative, well spoken and polite, had a great sense of humor which kept the group smiling and joking throughout the trip. Excellent service provided and I highly recommend requesting “Eagle King” as a guide for a fantastic vacation! We loved all the activities, site seeing, and restaurants he arranged for us. The upgrade for whale watching is a definite must do! And the nature baths were a fun experience. The hotels we stayed at were minimal but clean and comfortable, certainly just a place to shower and sleep because you aren’t there for long before it’s time to go again. It’s called an adventure tour for a reason so be ready for an adventure. Overall our group agrees “we give it a TEN!”
Iceland is gorgeous . The tour was well planned and executed
Reviewed on September 18, 2019 by Bobby Review from TripAdvisor
Trip of a Lifetime
Reviewed on September 11, 2019 by nannette Review from TripAdvisor
Our family of five (my husband, myself, 2 adult sons + 1 girlfriend) had the most wonderful experience on our 6-day Arctic Adventures tour with Vignir as our guide. We've never done a group tour before—we normally like to plan our own adventures—but decided to give the group thing a try for our trip to Iceland. It couldn't have been more perfect. The 6-day tour packs a lot of adventure into each day which is exactly the way we like to vacation. What's more, our tour guide Vignir added some spontaneous outings which made the tour even more fun. Vignir was an excellent guide. He told us a lot of stories about growing up in Iceland along with background of each of the sites we visited. His stories and charming personality made the trip even more special. It was nice to be able to sit back and relax on the bus between stops. The hotels were very clean and high-quality (with the exception of one which was more basic but still very clean). We loved seeing all the natural beauty of Iceland. Driving around the entire island you get to see the many different landscapes throughout the country. It's hard to choose our favorites but we especially enjoyed the whale-watching tour, Skogafoss & Barnafoss waterfalls, the Icelandic horse farm, the small fishing villages on the east and north coasts, the Namafjall geothermal area with its fumaroles and bubbling mud pots, and the Myvatn nature baths. We loved drinking the water straight out of the stream while hiking to waterfalls. So many small moments of just stopping to soak up the surrounding beauty and breathe the fresh air. A couple of the hikes we would rate "moderate" rather than "easy." We like to hike on our vacations and we are all in good shape yet we did find the glacier hike and the hike up to Hengifoss waterfall a little more challenging than expected. It was all very do-able and enjoyable but if there's someone in your group who's not in good shape, unsure of their footing, or afraid of heights, they would not enjoy a couple of the hikes. We had so many spectacular meals on our trip. The breakfasts included with each hotel were nothing fancy but very good and excellent fuel for an active day. All of our dinners throughout Iceland were outstanding. We spent a night in Reykjavik before the tour and two nights in Reykjavik after the tour which was a perfect amount of time to explore the city. On our last day we went to the Museum of Icelandic Art which is walking distance from downtown and a real gem. Thanks to Vignir for helping us create memories that will last a lifetime.
p.s. TripAdvisor please add a generic "family" category. I had to choose Family (teens) even though we were with our adult children who are all in their 20s.
Iceland in 6 days with Hjalti as a tour guide (Arctic Adventures)
Reviewed on September 10, 2019 by 716alimak Review from TripAdvisor
Best tour, best guide, beautyful nature and Aurora Borealis - are highlights if this September
Reviewed on September 10, 2019 by Dan J Review from TripAdvisor
Best Tour Company in Iceland
Reviewed on September 08, 2019 by Susan J Review from TripAdvisor
This 6 day tour was excellent. Our guide was arnar Ingi he was the best. We left Reykjavík towards the South Coast with 17 people in all. I like small groups. Great WiFi in the van. We saw all the most beautiful waterfalls ever, rainbows, glacier hiking, glacier lagoon, Vik, beaches, cute quaint towns, horse farm, thermal baths, the Geyser, and my favorite was whale watching on the speed boat in Dalvik. The speed boat goes further out and closer to the whales we saw 11. It’s a must. The slower larger boat had to many people and maneuvers slower. Our guide would go out of his way to get us the best spots in parking it viewing. This company is highly recommended. The hotels were good also. Breakfast was better in some spots than others but no big deal. Also we had great weather until rain on the last day so that was a plus.
ICELAND THE FANTASTIC VOLCANO COUNTRY WITH THE WATERFALLS AND.....
Reviewed on September 03, 2019 by Vasilis L Review from TripAdvisor
Iiceland is a spectacular country totally different of Mediteranian countries.
Vasilis & susan 21-8-19
We spend 6 days touring the fantastic waterfalls, the volcanos, the springs, the geysirs, the fiorths, the villages, whale watching and fishing. The tour was fantastic.
We stayed in nice clean hotels, ate traditional food which was tastefull in beautiful tavernas.
the hole tour was very well organised by The Arctic Adventures company in Reykjavic and our guide Arnar Ingi was great.. He was friendly, helpful and always trying to reply to all our questions.
Best way to experience Iceland
Reviewed on September 02, 2019 by Chad D Review from TripAdvisor
All around incredible trip
Reviewed on August 31, 2019 by Iararl Review from TripAdvisor
My mom and I took the 5-day tour of Iceland with Arctic Adventures, which was recommended by our travel agent. We weren’t sure what to expect and are sometimes wary of tour groups, but it seemed like this was the best way for us to really see the entire country. Our doubts were quickly erased when we joined our tour group in Reykjavik. We had a group of 19 (intimate but still large enough for variety) and loaded into a van headed by our incredible Icelandic guide, Hjalti. We were astounded by Iceland’s natural beauty, and we learned a great deal about Iceland’s interesting history from Hjalti. Yes, there was a lot of driving, so would not recommend to anyone with motion sickness, but we covered a lot of ground and this meant we got to see the huge variety in Iceland’s landscape. Not only did we see the main tourist attractions (waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers), we also got some insider tips from Hjalti, who took us to his favorite spots, including a fabulous restaurant in a seaside village, a quaint farmhouse with turf homes, the workshop of a craftsman who was knowledgable about paganism (Iceland’s native religion), and a farm that raises and trains Icelandic horses for competition. We also were very impressed with the accommodations— other than one night in a lower quality hotel (most likely because we were in a rural area), we found the hotels very comfortable, and a few even luxurious! Hjalti, with his warmth, dry sense of humor, and vast knowledge, really bonded our group and made our trip amazing. We would highly recommend this tour!
Summer 6 day adventure
Reviewed on August 31, 2019 by K F Review from TripAdvisor
Iceland - Very Cool!
Reviewed on August 31, 2019 by Nat W Review from TripAdvisor
We booked a 6 days small group tour around Iceland with Arctic Adventure. We were greeted with some treacherously wet weather on arrival and the holiday seemed doomed for mediocrity. Fortunately for us the wether improved and Sindri G, the Tour Guide who picked us up made the following 6 days thoroughly enjoyable with his excellent driving, guiding and funny sense of humour. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting a great holiday with fantastic sights. If you are lucky enough, Sindri might be driving you!
A Fantastic Way to Experience Iceland
Reviewed on August 31, 2019 by Roadrunner32 Review from TripAdvisor
It's Iceland - the sun shined on us for at least an hour for 2 of the tour's 5 days. Otherwise, it was cloudy, windy, and often rainy. It rained while we were on a glacier, and while we were bouncing around on a speed boat searching for whales, and while we were at the continental divide. And when it didn't rain, I was getting sprayed by walking in front of (or behind) waterfalls.
In other words, we experienced the real Iceland - and we enjoyed it thoroughly (although once or twice mostly in retrospect).
Our guide -pronounced YEL-tee - spelled way different, was extremely knowledgeable, patient with our diverse and sometimes challenging group, and went above and beyond on multiple occasions - return the nature baths to retrieve a wayward passport, a long side trip to see thousands of puffins, a late night extra to see Elephant Rock, and more.
Iceland is a magnificent country - we saw so much more of it than on our previous 4-day visit, and came away with so much more information about its people, language, culture, geology, wildlife, history, food...
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all with a spirit of adventure and a love of nature and "something different"
Best way to see all the different parts of Iceland!
Reviewed on August 25, 2019 by Caludia2014 Review from TripAdvisor
Our family of 6 (2 adults, kids ages 20, 20, 18 and 15) decided to go on this trip (6 day small group adventure tour) since we wanted to see as much as possible of Iceland in a short time without having to worry about directions, driving on unknown terrain and picking out places to stay. This trip fulfilled all our requirements and more! Our guide Hjalti was very knowledgeable and shared tons of interesting information and fun stories about his homeland. Although we covered a lot of ground (I think we drove 2200 km), it never felt like we were in the bus that long. Hjalti knew all the many beautiful waterfalls, vulcanoes, geysers, glaciers, lagoons, nature baths and lakes Iceland has to offer. The hikes were fun and doable. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who would like explore Iceland but doesn't have that much time!
Cheers to Johann for this wonderful trip
Reviewed on August 20, 2019 by Vincent T Review from TripAdvisor
The tour itself allowed me to explore Iceland as a whole, rather than just the attractions around reykjavik. From glacier hiking to whale watching, the activities were incredibly exciting. We also had the opportunities to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls.
Our guide Johann made this trip exceptional. He explained everything thoroughly to us and made us feel like family. Together, with the crew, dinners were always enjoyable. I joined this tour as a solo traveller, but left with many new friends. Thanks all for an amazing trip.
Definitely highlight hitter feat. Johann
Reviewed on August 15, 2019 by AWholeNewWorld Review from TripAdvisor
I joined this tour as a solo traveller but left with many new friends and adopted families! Our tour guide Johann made sure of this... and made sure that we were all enjoying ourselves. Can’t recommend him highly enough!
Iceland itself is absolutely stunning and speaks for itself, but this tour made sure that we got around safely, saw and experienced a range of things, and connected together as a group and with our guide (do expect some sarcasm and Dad jokes).
Thanks Johann and crew.
Excellent tour and Driver/Guide Hjalti Bjornsson!
Reviewed on August 12, 2019 by Excursion786231 Review from TripAdvisor
I just returned from the fabulous five night/six day Golden Circle itinerary. It was beautifully planned by Arctic Adventures and masterfully led by our driver/ guide Hjalti Bjornsson. Hjalti is totally professional, personable and a superb driver on Iceland's narrow roads. An excellent tour. Great job all around!
Fun time in Iceland
Reviewed on August 08, 2019 by Bill S Review from TripAdvisor
Top tour: 6 Day Around Iceland Adventure
Reviewed on August 06, 2019 by Bernhild Review from TripAdvisor
When planning my trip to Iceland (travelling on my own), I was looking for a local operator offering guided tours in small groups. With this tour my expectations were met in full. It was well organized and Arni, our 5*-guide, did a fantastic job. Depending on the circumstances (weather, sheep or cows passing the roads or wishes of the group) he managed to offer us just a perfect journey. Thanks for letting us know more about your stunning country and its people. In short: Fully recommendable!
Reviewed on August 04, 2019 by Chloemum Review from TripAdvisor
Our 6 day tour around Iceland was awesome! We saw so many beautiful sites and got to experience many of the highlights from each part of the country, from thundering waterfalls, to glacier hiking, to catching and eating local fish from the sea! Our tour guide Thor is born and bred Icelandic and was fantastic and efficient, telling us stories about each unique town with a sense of humor. The hotels ranged from basic to quite nice, but all clean, comfortable, and with good wifi and breakfasts. The tour bus had a layout of 2-aisle-1, and each seat had usb ports, lights, and vents. The typical full day started with breakfast then leaving at 8, ending at 6. We saw many sights, ranging from a quick 15 min photo op at a pretty sight off the road, to 45 min excursions to hike up a waterfall, to 1.5 hr allowances for a exploration and lunch. The times were sufficient and there were enough stops for stretching the legs and bathroom breaks. Highly recommended tour to get to know the real Iceland. We are so happy to not have to drive ourselves (especially through some dense fog!) so we could really see the country from an insider’s perspective.
Best way to tour Iceland
Reviewed on July 29, 2019 by 82t2014 Review from TripAdvisor
We took this 6 day tour and booked through Viator. The operating company was Arctic Adventures and our guide was Gisli. Our family of 4 went on this tour for our summer vacation (Me, my husband and boys aged 14 and 12). The 6 day tour was the perfect amount of time. We were able to see everything we wanted to see at a comfortable pace. There is a lot of driving in the 6 days but there is enough activity mixed in that it did not just feel like a driving tour.I had my phone with me and it said we averaged about 7 - 16 km of walking per day but I also did every hike or walk available. It is also an economical way to do everything. I feel like we learned and saw way more taking the tour than if we were to do this on our own. I highly recommend the tour. Before our vacation I was considering a longer tour but after doing this tour I think this tour is the perfect amount of time.
Our tour guide Gisli was amazing and taught us so much not only about the sites on the tour but the history of Iceland and its people. He went above and beyond during the tour to ensure everyone was happy. He even went out of the way to see a few sites that were not listed.
The hotel accommodations were pretty good. They were clean and usually had 2 twin beds and a bathroom. Some hotels were nicer and more comfortable than others.
The van was fairly comfortable. It had a few mechanical issues but Gisli was able to fix them promptly. By the end of the tour it was a little warm and slightly stinky. We had someone eating dried fish at the back of the bus which can be quite smelly in an enclosed space but other than that I have no complaints.
I was worried about the weather before we went but the weather was actually quite pleasant. The temperature was about 16 - 20 degrees celcius. It would usually rain briefly each day. Apparently we had an unusual amount of sun which I was happy about. A couple days it was quite rainy, cold and windy. I was happy to have waterproof shoes, and an outer layer of waterproof clothing, especially when hiking the glacier. You can feel every type of weather within minutes. Dress in layers with a base layer, layer for warmth and an outer water proof Gortex.
Reviewed on July 20, 2019 by 268alan Review from TripAdvisor
Fantastic "Magic Mystery Tour" Around Ring Road
Reviewed on July 16, 2019 by Q956XHkathyh Review from TripAdvisor
Memories to last a lifetime!
Reviewed on July 06, 2019 by flyingwfg Review from TripAdvisor
A tour for all nature lovers
Reviewed on June 26, 2019 by Cristina N Review from TripAdvisor
The 6-day tour of Iceland with Hodei as our guide was one of the best experiences ever. My son and I travelled to 26 countries and we consider ourselves a bit of a "world traveler". Each of the 26 countries we went to was unique and we have amazing memories about all of those trips, but this excursion to Iceland marked the rest of our lives. Everything was perfect!
The daily planning of all the sites that we visited, all the activities, the hotel accommodations, meals and entertainment were flawless. We loved everything we saw: waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, geysers, glacier lagoon, lava fields, hot springs with geothermal water, the small farms with horses, sheep and lambs….. the entire Icelandic scenery was just breathtaking!
We were so fortunate to have Hodei as our guide and driver! He is very knowledgeable and he drove us to a lot of sights and explained the different aspects of Iceland’s geography, history, culture and traditions. He very nicely handled a bus full of very diverse visitors.
Artic Adventures also did a great job answering our questions prior our departure to Iceland.
We highly recommend this tour and our guide Hodei.
Nature compasate everything
Reviewed on June 25, 2019 by Alovaddin Review from TripAdvisor
Well it was a good experience overall. We had a very good guide - Hauker. But I had a better expectation from back office service.
First, there was a problem with my flight connection caused by the bankruptcy of WOW Air. When i sent them an urgent request they replied me after 4 days.
The title of the tour is Small group while there were 19 passengers while in the description it is written 14 max.
There were some misleading instruction by the mountain guide on glacier hiking.
Anyway, amazing nature of Iceland compensates everything :)
Breathtaking and exciting
Reviewed on June 22, 2019 by Michael Review from TripAdvisor
We had a 6 day tour around Iceland in May. Our guide/driver (vik) was excellent, knew his history of places and was caring of a group of visitors that was 50% over 50s. Our glacier climb was split into active and less active teams but was manageable even for us over 50s( very). Our whale watch boat trip into the sub arctic sea was wonderful, even to catching large cod on the return trip to shore when we filleted the fish, then grilled them and ate- could not get a fresher meal! All sights were memorable and exciting .
Waterfalls and rainbows
Reviewed on June 18, 2019 by SWRWC Review from TripAdvisor
Amazing with Hjalti!
Reviewed on June 06, 2019 by Cristina I Review from TripAdvisor
We joined the 6 multi tour trip around Iceland with the guide Hjalti Björnsson.
We feel that we have lived this Iceland experience at the fullest thanks to Hjalti.
We are super happy and grateful to have Had him as a guide. He enabled us to discover the wonders and beauty of Iceland. He is funny, enthusiastic and passionate about his country and what he does. Very resourceful and experienced guide. The best in Iceland! We will definitely book another tour with him if we come back for the winter tour.
Small improvements for Artic Adventures to suggest :
1. we would have liked to Know the list of hotels we where going to stay in advance. We have liked to be able to have double bed (we had 2 single beds the whole week despite of indicating double bed when booking as we are a couple).
2. The bath in myvatn is not worth it. The skin becomes very very dry. You should go to blue lagoon.
3. The price of the trip when booking doesn’t show the tax so is about an extra £200 once you purchase it to pay it . We don’t think is a nice thing to do as it can be misleading.
4. Paying the extra money to go on the riboat ( speedboat) is not worthy it. The standard excursion includes fishing your own fish and you can see the whales pretty well ( maybe better than in the riboat)..
P.S. We wish Hjalti good luck in the 60km race 💪🏼!
Cristina & Henry ( the Spanish and French team) .
Had a great trip with Artic Adventures
Reviewed on June 04, 2019 by juwitatjahjadi Review from TripAdvisor
Best tour ever!
Reviewed on June 04, 2019 by Juan Q Review from TripAdvisor
My wife and I went to Iceland and this tour was the best option to see Iceland in a nutshell. It was a outstanding idea, we saw nature in pure state; lakes, falls, geysers, fjords and did a lot of activities such as hiking in the glacier, hiking close to waterfalls, whale watching actually we saw the humpback whale!
We were lucky to have the best tour guide I ever had: Hjalti Bjornsson he was very knowledgeable, excellent driver, kind and did more stops than expected because he wanted to and because the gruop were punctual and we had more spare time,
Hjalti took us to see puffins and seagulls, we saw sheeps and lambs, he took us to see Icelandic horses, in the glacier lagoon we saw seals. He gave us best options to eat and a lot of tips. Hjalti encouraged us to know each other in the group and we had a pleasant time with the group.
Reviewed on May 31, 2019 by Travel Gypsy Review from TripAdvisor
Best way to see iceland if you don't wanna drive!
Reviewed on May 28, 2019 by RexieT. Review from TripAdvisor
Did this tour May 23-28. Im a female solo traveller and didnt wanna drive, so for me, this was the best way to see iceland. There were 15 people total in our group (10 from the US, 4 Australians, & 1 from NZ). The shuttle bus was fairly new and can probably fit 20 people. It had a trailer where we stored our luggages, wifi that worked in most areas, and usb charging outlets. Our guide was Oli / Olafur, who did his best in showing us his beautiful country. He brought us to a place where we were able to see the puffins (which was not in the itinerary) and brought us to a horse farm! Oli made sure that everyone is enjoying, added some quick stops (he calls them selfie stops) that are not in the itinerary, and he was a great historian. He knew his culture very well and told us so many stories about icelandic sagas, myths, politics, and current affairs in iceland. Some of the activities involved hiking and there were people in our group in their late 60-70s who were not able to participate (like the glacier hiking) due to health conditions, and Oli made sure that we are always safe. The hotels that we stayed were all nice and clean, all had hair dryer and wifi, and breakfast were included. Everyday was jam-packed with activities, but we stopped every couple of hours for bathroom breaks and snacks. If you wanna see the best of iceland for a week, do this tour! I also did the silfra snorkelling and snaefellsnes peninsula tour with arctic adventures and enjoyed both as well! Definitely a great tour company and highly recommended!
Arctic Adventures contributed to a great Birthday Gift to Myself!
Reviewed on May 24, 2019 by Donna H. Review from TripAdvisor
Arctic Adventures you exceeded my expectations! I took the 6 day Iceland Adventure tour on May 12, 2019 and the daily itinerary provided, fit to a T! I truly enjoyed being chauffeured to every location around the Ring Road of Iceland! Every location we stopped at was absolutely beautiful and unique in its own way! The time at each location was very well spent and it was the right amount of allocated time. The maximum number of people (18) designed by Arctic Adventures for this type of tour is a big plus, and we had a great group of 13 that fit together smoothly! Every hotel we stayed at was nice and clean!! All the places we ate for dinner (which includes some hotels) had great food! Shout out to Christian our guide for the glacier hike, thank you so much for showing me how to hike a glacier properly and safely! Who can say they hiked a glacier in Iceland of all places? For me, I’d like to keep it that way. Speaking of safety, that is very much the top of your list. Arctic Adventures does make sure safety is number one with all of their guests; I for one appreciate that very much. Again, this touring company provides great touring services and I highly recommend Arctic Adventures to anyone looking to enjoy their first time in Iceland that will allow you to have a wonderful time in this gorgeous country! Saving the best for last, our 6 day tour guide Palmi, made this adventure the absolute best! He most definitely represented Arctic Adventures very well! He shared so much knowledge of his native country, drove us safely every single day to each location, answered every question honestly, and asked our input if we wanted to do something else extra (time and weather permitting of course). He made this trip unforgettable for me with his great sense of humor and laid back sense of style. And thank you again for retrieving my hotel key card before a Puffin snatched away… [grin]! You Rock! Thank you Arctic Adventures for making this years’ birthday gift to myself, the best!!
6 days tour around Iceland - one of the best ways to explore !
Reviewed on May 02, 2019 by tusharb137 Review from TripAdvisor
Recently took a 6 day tour around Iceland via Arctic Adventures.
It was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Our guide - Johan was the master of the route and made sure that the long rides were as interesting as the scenery.
The tour included mostly everything with stops on all important points, hikes to waterfalls, glacier hiking, whale watching (you can even catch fishes on fly hook).
I will highly recommend this tour for anyone who want to discover Iceland and not have to worry about where to park or which route to take.
Fell in love with Iceland!
Reviewed on May 02, 2019 by Elise B Review from TripAdvisor
This 6 day tour is amazing! It is well organized and all the sites were beautiful. We got to see a lot thanks to our tour guide being so knowledgeable about how much time we needed at each place so that we could move onto the next and even get in some extra stops. Lots of opportunities to do things on our own as well. All the hotels were nice with a great breakfast. The bus was nice and we made plenty of stops along the way for restrooms and food.
I recommend this tour cause you get to experience the entire country. Once you get away from Reykjavík there are less tourists and some beautiful sights. The north was my personal favorite (Dalvík and Siglufjörður to be exact).
Last but not least, our tour guide, Arnar aka Eagle made the experience truly amazing. Very knowledgeable about Iceland’s history, geography, and people, is very passionate about it, and always kept us laughing! A true pleasure to have as our tour guide! I would do that tour again in a heartbeat with him as the guide!
Highly recommend this tour, even if you don’t get the pleasure of having Eagle as your guide!
Fantastic Trip with an Awesome Tour Guide
Reviewed on May 02, 2019 by Kierston B Review from TripAdvisor
I usually shy away from tours, but I could not be happier with this experience. I traveled with 4 friends and this small bus was perfect for us. Just a few other groups and a few solo travelers in the bus around 16 people total. Most of the stops were very relaxed and allowed for everyone to move at their own pace. The absolute best part of this trip was our tour guide. Arnar (Eagle) was extremely proud of his country, told the best stories, and had me laughing so hard I was crying on Day 1 and continued to keep us laughing every day after that. He remembered everyone's special site seeing requests (animals, rainbows, waterfalls) and did his best to accommodate. I even asked for a chance to go for a run, and he figured that out as well without inconveniencing any of the other people on the trip and he didn't just drop me off at a track, but thought through the best place and it had amazing views! I really enjoyed staying in his hometown Dalvik and really appreciated the personal touches he brought to the tour. I cannot recommend this tour enough!
An Exhaustive and Thrilling Look of All that Iceland has to Offer
Reviewed on May 02, 2019 by Marco D. Machado Review from TripAdvisor
As much as this review would be about the amazing six-day tour of the entire country of Iceland, of the travels to see majestic waterfalls, of the climb up a glacier and relaxing in hot springs, of seeing puffins and killer whales up close, of the stunning rock formations and black sand beaches, of exciting hikes and powerful geysers, and of all the remarkable things you get to see between drives all around the country, I want to make sure I highlight something in particular.
My tour group was driven and guided around Iceland by Hodei, who was an incredibly friendly, thoughtful, and informative leader throughout. Between the many pearls of wisdom he would share about the locations we would see in the country, from sagas and mythology to fun facts and suggested eats (ALWAYS accept his suggestions on restaurants for some mouth-watering food!), he always made sure to accommodate everyone in our group by staying with some of the older visitors that didn't want to go all the way on hikes, letting us know about bathroom stops and when and where to get snacks, and even fulfilled the request of one of the people in our group by taking us all to see puffins for this person's birthday (not to mention getting the cooking staff at the spot where we had lunch to make some extra cake to celebrate the birthday person!). Among my many travels around the world, Hodei came across as among the very best guides out there, and I highly recommend anyone who would like to go on this tour to do what they can to book a trip when he is around to guide your tour. In fact, I can't wait to go back to Iceland again for another trip he is guiding ^_^
Excellent trip & tour guide!
Reviewed on April 26, 2019 by BRENDA Review from TripAdvisor
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Hodei. The guide and tour was extremely good, very flexible (appreciate this!) and for that he deserves a special thanks. Especially thankful for surprising me on my birthday with cake and the opportunity to see PUFFINS!
Hodei is such a great personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). He is very knowledgeable in the history of Iceland and always answered our questions.
All my respect for Hodei who does a excellent job; a true example of an excellent tour guide!
I had the time of my life!
6 days around Iceland
Reviewed on April 22, 2019 by FMY Review from TripAdvisor
The tour was a wonderful way to explore the island in a relatively short time. We made quite a lot of stops over the 6 days, but never felt rushed at all. Some of the sites did require a bit of hiking/waking, but nothing extreme. And the views at the end were always worth it. We did spend a good chunk of time on the road, but with the surrounding landscape it was never boring. The coach was also comfortable, with wifi and usb charging ports. There were 14 of us, and we could all fit comfortably.
Our guide Biggie was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to answer our questions. Given the unpredictable weather and road conditions, we were all glad that we didn't have to drive ourselves.
Our glacier guide Adam was also really great. He was super passionate about the glaciers, and took really great care of our group.
Overall, I really recommend this tour and this company. As a bonus, you'll also get to meet other awesome travelers from around the world.
The best way to see the best of Iceland
Reviewed on April 19, 2019 by alison450 Review from TripAdvisor
Iceland itself provides the sights but this tour is the best way to see those sights. We got to see the best the country has to offer in an easy and comfortable way. Our guide was excellent - imparting just the right amount of information and looking after us all the way through. The hotels were fine - comfortable, quiet and clean. The restaurants that were recommended were varied in terms of decor and food and not once did we have a bad meal. I would recommend this tour to anyone
Good way to see Iceland
Reviewed on April 08, 2019 by ging466 Review from TripAdvisor
Did the 6 day round trip of Iceland. We had a group of 14 from Australia plus 4 Asian women. The weather was very good to us, not super cold and snowing lightly. This trip goes to some remote spots in Eastern Iceland and the hotel accommodation, whilst expensive, does not reflect the money paid. We saw some great scenery and managed to see the Northern Lights in Vik. Breakfast is included but nothing else. My only complaint was the bus wasn't comfortable for the amount of people, especially those with long legs.
Reviewed on April 02, 2019 by missy v Review from TripAdvisor
A great way to see Iceland!
Reviewed on March 15, 2019 by Vicki C Review from TripAdvisor
I booked this tour for my mother and I - was not sure if my mother could participate in everything but knew she would speak up if she couldn’t. She attempted everything and turned away maybe 2 things because of the steepness and/ or the ice. The guide Hafsteinn was wonderful ( grew up in Iceland and knew so much about the different parts we visited. The numerous waterfalls we went to were incredible, each different in their own way. One we couldn’t get to as the road was closed ( Dettifoss). Every experience - walking through the ice cave, walking on the glacier, whale watching and fishing, soaking in the sulphuric bath, exploring waterfalls, walking by the lava fields and curators - was incredible. Hafsteinn always made sure our group of 15 was okay and loved the excitement we had for exploring his country. Each hotel was very clean and had what we needed. A couple of the rooms were on the small side, but some of the stops were in very small remote towns, so what do you expect. You’re tired Anyway from a full day of events. Most of the hotels had restaurants in which you can pay for dinner if you chose. Breakfast was always provided by each hotel with a decent spread of options. The guide would stop at a supermarket for any snacks and water needed for the day.
6 day Ring Road tour of Iceland with Hjalti
Reviewed on February 19, 2019 by anpham Review from TripAdvisor
Driving past all the cars stuck in snow awaiting assistance made me happy that we had made the right decision. There was no way my friend and I were going to be driving on ice and through snow storms. We wanted to see as much of Iceland as we could and found and booked this tour via Tourradar. Winter in Iceland was better for us given the possibility of Northern Lights, less tourists, and GOT landscape.
We did not see the NL whilst on this tour but we did see them the night before and after. At this time the cloud cover was much worse in north east Iceland; we experienced snow storms and Reykjavic was relatively cloudless on those days and thus had better sightings- I suggest a few nights extra to chase them.
Iceland is spectacular. Highlights were the ice cave, diamond beach, climbing a crater during sunrise. We did not see any whales and it was very windy and cold and I'm not sure the extra money to go in the smaller boat would have been possible at the time. All activities are subject to weather conditions just like with the NL. Accommodation was clean and comfortable (Stracta, Hofn Inn, Valaskjalf, Dalvik, Laugarbakki). Laugarbakki was very nice and more isolated. Had we seen the lights on that night in that setting that would have been the icing on the cake. Reading previous reviews yes the bus was small but we were a group of 13 people in a 18-19p capacity bus so it was comfortable. Cramp ons were provided and I was very dependent on these given the amount of ice that was on the paths most places we went.
We really lucked out on our tour guide. We had an awesome diverse group with an awesome guide who also was our geology/history teacher, driver, baggage handler, photo taker, person who knocks on your door after you snooze in case the lights appear and saviour in a snow storm. Due to unexpected road closures we had to change a few plans including changes in itinerary (no Dettifoss :( ), accommodation and were almost going to make it to our next destination on one night but Hjalti got us out in that small window of open road. There were quite a few memorable extras he provided like more waterfalls, Sturlureykir Horse Farm, Brynya icecream, sunset in Akrenes fishing village and of course Grjotagja cave on request- important for GOT fans. So essentially we had an amazing time, amazing guide and would consider coming back to Iceland because of this experience.
What an experience!
Reviewed on February 17, 2019 by BlackCoookie Review from TripAdvisor
Our guide, Hjalti, has got to be one of the most experienced guide you'll meet. Due to bad weather, instead of sticking to plan, he discussed with the group, based on his personal take on the various attractions, what are the possible choices we have to make. That included a major detour back to a site we missed which he thinks was essential for any Iceland's visitor. I'm glad we took his advice and went back. Best decision ever!
Hjalti also always ensures the group's safety and would always check in on us when we're on even the most simplest hikes. Much appreciated.
On a separate note, since we visited in winter, we were hoping that chasing Northern Lights could be part of the package even if it means sacrificing some planned activities. We had a couple of days of bad weather but last day had good readings and clear skies. Most of the group remained hopeful but we didn't have the transport means to go further nor professional readings on the potential locations. Hence, we didn't get to see any lights on the tour. Understand that it's a natural phenomenon and it's not anyone fault. Just hoping we can include some type of additional service to chase the lights on clear days with good readings.
Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Also, special thanks to our ice cave guide who brought us to see more than we bargained for. All the activities were suitable for all ages but yet, there's still so much to do. Mighty pleased.
It was a great lifetime experience around Iceland!!
Reviewed on February 14, 2019 by Rana Khojah Review from TripAdvisor
Special thanks to Hjalti Björnsson from arctic adventures (our guide)🇮🇸 we weren’t so lucky with the weather but we’ve seen alot of Icelandic beauty. We made it to the Ice cave and diamond beach which were the highlights of the trip im my opinion 😍 overall I would recommend this tour further 👍
Safe & enjoyable tour
Reviewed on January 23, 2019 by travelholic99 Review from TripAdvisor
We were a group of 4, joined the 6 days tour in late September 2018. Our tour had only 13 people, so the coach was very comfortable for all of us. There was a serious snow storm during our tour. Some of our itinerary and activities were cancelled because of road blocks. The tour operator and our tour guide Olafur had tried their best to make sure all of us were safe and happy despite poor weather. Most of the arranged hotels & restaurants were good. We were glad we joined this tour as in winter it is not safe for us to drive on our own under extreme weather. We highly recommend this tour. Very pleasant experience!!!
Overall a very good experience
Reviewed on December 22, 2018 by Bill L Review from TripAdvisor
Overall it was a very good adventure with a good group of 19 people and a wonderful Icelander driver/guide Oli who knew a great deal about Iceland’s history and culture. For older or less mobile people, be aware that there is a significant amount of walking on some 30+ degree inclines as well as rocky uneven paths that get very slippery in snowy weather. You’ll also be on European meal times and the daily ‘motel’ accommodations are very nice but not as robust as what some spoiled Americans may be used to. BTW, the tap water was great.
Since the morning pickup makes several stops and may not be at your hotel (ours was a few blocks away from the hotel and 45 minutes late) you need to dress for the weather and shelter that’s available at your pick up point. Find out what morning pick up number you’ll be so you can avoid standing in the weather. Depending on the time of year it’s advisable to bring waterproof everything (pants, coats, hats, gloves, shoes…)
The first day’s stops were the Golden Circle. The Geysir Geothermal Area was an easy paved walk and the geysirs went off frequently for some good pics. The food court had a nice selection of different foods including nice hot soups. The Gullfoss Waterfall was an easy walk with good areas for pics.
Thingvellir National Park was an easy walk with some platforms for viewing the parliament area and the minor grade down through the crevice where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. A nice small gift shop with some cafeteria type foods. The Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls were very nice and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the peaks were awesome with crashing waves that occasionally came way up on shore.
Second day’s stops were Skaftafell where we took a relatively strenuous walk up to the glacier and used crampons to walk on the glacier. People with health/mobility problems or the inability to walk a mile at a 12% grade should be wary of the physical requirements. The narrow switchback paths to get to the glacier over loose dirt and rocks along with the need to stomp the crampons into the ice can be problematic for people with leg and/or back issues. The very experienced staff ensured that the young strong folks made their way as far up the glacier as possible while the older or less fit folks took more rest stops not going as far up. Of the three hours, about 40 minutes were spent actually on the ice and the rest of the time is spent getting to/from the ice. You definitely need to take care on this one and pay attention to your guide to be safe. Glacier lagoon was beautiful with small icebergs and crashing waves, just a short walk to the water, there’s a small gift shop and cafeteria there along with plenty of parking.
Third day’s stops were Oli introduced us to the docks around Hofn and told us about the rich fishing history. A drive to a bay where large white swans were sheltering and a stop on the coastline to see the beaches and jagged shoreline. Hengifoss was a long walk up a relatively steep incline much of the way to a picturesque falls running through a gorge with clear blue water.
Fourth day’s stops were Dettifoss waterfall in the moderate snow and wind. The path to the falls was rugged and very slippery in spots without any hand rails. The falls was larger with paths you could take to get some different angles. The Namaskard mud pools were an easy walk in warm steam, sulfur smelly and you were advised strongly to stay out of the mud because it was very sticky and hard to clean. The Myvatn Nature Baths were very nice and relaxing, they had lifeguard/assistants to help people with mobility problems and a good amount of seating with large windows for observation and pics. There was a nice cafeteria with some traditional foods and hot soups. The walk through Dimmuborgir was semi rugged, some walking over natural rock to get to the higher places where the troll caves were. Akureyri is a nice little town with a good selection of restaurants.
Fifth day’s stops were exploring Akureyri’s shops and then whale watching and angling. There bay was relatively calm with a strong wind. There were several whales we tracked and one spotting of dolphins. We did see whales most of the time and when not visible the mountainous walls of the bay were beautiful. The staff was very helpful as you were outfitted with warm full body weather proof suits. The wind was cold so gloves are also needed as well as head covering. There was also the chance to upgrade to a speed boat that was more nimble in catching up with the sea life. We did just about 30 minutes of angling near the end and caught some fish with relative ease. They had enough rods for almost everyone. The staff cleaned the fish we caught and grilled it for us, very tasty. Use the bathroom before leaving on the boat as the boat’s facilities are very basic and it can be difficult and cold to remove the suit to use the facilities. Everything seemed clean and in good repair. The last stop was a visit to the traditional rock/sod homes in Glaumbaer, an interesting site with information on the traditional Icelandic home construction.
Sixth day’s stops were Barnafoss waterfall and Hraunfossar falls that flow out from under a lava field and a local Icelandic horse breeding and training ranch where the owner graciously gave us a tour of their ranch where we learned much about the very special Icelandic horse and tasted some dark bread steam cooked in geothermal vents as well as some history on the use of geothermal for heating. Some chose to stay and ride the horses while we went on to Reykholt a small neighborhood that was the home of Iceland’s famous historian Snorri Sturluson that featured a visitor’s center, several churches, a library and gift shop as well as guided tours. While we wandered around Oli picked up the horse riders and brought them to us.
The final stop was back in Rekjavik where we were dropped off close to our hotel.
Our driver/guide Oli was very pleasant and knowledgeable about Iceland providing a great cultural experience introducing us to many interesting things about Iceland. While there were some minor mechanical issues, Oli took very good care of us.
Some considerations for older and less fit. You will be going from 8am to at least 7pm each day (the final stop is dinner) this is not a leisurely tour it is an adventure. Iceland is mountainous with very rough terrain so you will be walking a few miles up/down hill each day to get to viewing sites at times over rough terrain which can be very slippery in snowy weather. Generally the hotels were clean and in good repair but had smaller spaces and a few did not have some of the usual amenities like TV. Our bus was cramped with little storage space for clothing or camera gear and did not have the advertised Wi-Fi. The biggest issue for us was no bus Wi-Fi or time at the end of the day to communicate with people back home.
5 Star Adventure!
Reviewed on December 08, 2018 by Pietro R Review from TripAdvisor
We started our 6 Day tour from Reykjavik without having met anyone or heard anything from the tour. It didn't take long for us to form friendships and fall in love with this country!
Within the first day our guide/driver Sindri had us up to speed on Icelandic geology and history as we visited some amazing sites. Over the next 5 nights Sindri did an excellent job getting us around to Iceland's most iconic sights and experiences.
The bus was comfortable, with Wi-Fi and charging ports, and all the hotels we stayed in were great. Most hotels were in small towns where the local people loved having us hang out in their pubs, bars, and restaurants. We also caught the northern lights most nights, but maybe we were just really lucky!
Absolutely worth every dollar we spent on the tour and a huge shout out to Sindri for his cheeky antics and impressive knowledge of all things Iceland!
Best tour ever
Reviewed on November 21, 2018 by VeganChickSingapore Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was above and beyond my expectations. We get to see so much everyday. It would not have been possible if we had chosen to do a self drive tour. Our driver, Adolf who doubled as tour guide was very pleasant, humorous and attentive to our needs. The group size was just nice at 16 people. One of my friends had to cancel from the trip 2 weeks before it started. The 50% refund was handled in a no hassle quick way.
Fantastic Trip Around Iceland
Reviewed on November 15, 2018 by 77Evie Review from TripAdvisor
My husband and I had a fantastic trip on the 6 Day Around Iceland Adventure. Our tour guide, Hjalti, really made Iceland come alive for us. The sights on the trip are beautiful and the activities are a lot of fun. But it was Hjalti who weaved everything together and his affection for Iceland was contagious. The tour packs a lot into six days and there is a good balance between traveling around the island and getting out and hiking to see stuff. Even the sights from the van are outstanding and Hjalti always had interesting stories to tell us while we were traveling. While we did have some high winds, rain and snow on the trip we always had the confidence that the Arctic Adventures staff were keeping a close watch on everyone. (The Arctic Adventures staff were very nimble and when the weather prevented us from doing a scheduled activity, they always came up with an equivalent activity.) Also, Hjalti provided a number of “extras” during the trip – including interesting stops that were not on our itinerary as well as staying up late at night looking for the Northern Lights. We only had two clear nights on our trip, but on the second clear night we were rewarded with views of the Lights.
Outstanding small group tour
Reviewed on November 11, 2018 by Elly Review from TripAdvisor
Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I was able to see so much of this incredible country in a relatively short amount of time.
Very well organised, lovely accommodation, options made available. Our guide and driver, Sindri, was just superb. Clearly a passionate Icelander, Sindri taught us a great deal, keeping a steady commentary on our circuit around the ring road. He was personable, very witty and a pleasure to listen to.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking of visiting Iceland.
Great guide with great company!
Reviewed on November 10, 2018 by Winston Lim Review from TripAdvisor
Our guide,Hjalti, was very knowledgeable and shared with us lots of interesting stories along our journey. He even made a stop to the stable(which was not on our itinerary) for us to look at the Icelandic horse! Really enjoy the trip with our awesome group and guide! Highly recommend artic adventure and Hjalti to anyone who's coming to Iceland! A definite must!:)
Unforgettable 6-day ring road tour of Iceland.
Reviewed on November 09, 2018 by jenks77218 Review from TripAdvisor
The best way to see the real Iceland is to leave Reykjavik, the Golden Circle crowds to
travel the ring road with a small group of like-minded tourists in a mini-van. Our guide Vignir was friendly, very informative, a great driver who kept us entertained with Icelandic folklore and history. The accommodation was very good, the food plentiful and varied. Iceland is a land of waterfalls, volcanoes, craters, black lava beaches, miles of moss-covered lava rocks (felt like another planet), icebergs, geysers and hot springs. We had the opportunity to experience a glacier hike, whale-watching, cod fishing (and eating the catch), a visit to a horse farm where the owner had baked us bread in the steam from the geyser on her farm - delicious. Truly a memorable
experience. Thank you Arctic Adventures.
Amazing 6-day ring road tour of Iceland
Reviewed on November 02, 2018 by Tamaratravelsforfun Review from TripAdvisor
My husband and I just returned from an amazing experience traveling the ring road around Iceland in late October. Sindri Gunnarsson was our tour guide – he was fun, engaging, humorous, experienced, capable, and incredibly knowledgeable about all things Iceland (the culture, the history, the natural phenomenon)! We don’t usually do tours because you don’t have the freedom to choose how long you explore any given experience, and you are stuck with your fellow travelers, for better or worse. However, we chose to do the tour because we wanted to see more of Iceland and knew that the weather could be sudden and dangerous. We are SO glad we made this decision – we had snow and ice on two of the days and would have not wanted to navigate curving, climbing roads on our own, especially when you go long stretches without seeing evidence of another person! The van was comfortable, had 4-wheel drive, and Sindri was obviously a very experienced winter driver. And we got lucky; we were traveling with a lovely group of people who were easy to be around and stuck to our schedule.
This tour is a sampler of Iceland – you get to see a little bit of everything – volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, mountains, hot springs, black sand beaches, and LOTS of waterfalls. It is a breathtaking country, and there is something amazing at every turn of the road. Sindri took us to almost everything on the tour and added a few things that were some of his favorites. He brought the right mix of time-consciousness and flexibility, and was both professional and accessible throughout the tour.
The pros of this trip are that you show up and everything is taken care of – you get to relax and enjoy the ride, scenery and experiences. There is no way that we could have covered this territory and visited all of the places we visited if we had been on our own. Having an experienced guide, both for navigation/transportation and for knowledge/information was invaluable for us. All of the hotels on the trip were very comfortable with surprisingly good restaurants for dinner (you have to pay) and breakfasts (included in tour). With the exception of one day of longer travel, there is a nice mix of riding and viewing and getting out and exploring/walking/hiking.
The cons are true of any tour – you are not in charge, so you might have 30 minutes at one stop when you would love to linger and explore for two hours. For us, this was worth the trade off to be able to see so many parts of Iceland. You are also at the mercy of Iceland weather, so sometimes it was cloudy and snowing, and the view just wasn’t available! However, the snow was fun too, and the white expanses offered their own experience. As you will probably find in your research, the food is expensive in Iceland – the average lunch for 2 people was $30-40 US, and the average dinner was $50+.
Tips: They suggest bringing waterproof pants, coat and shoes (or you can rent these from the company), and we found all 3 of those items to be indispensable for the rain and snow. When there’s wind (and there often is), you will also be happy to have good neck and face cover (a scarf, neck gaiter, or balaclava). We managed with our phone cameras, but we had people on our trip with nicer cameras. Regardless of your preference, you will want a camera! The walks/hikes are of varying strenuousness, but you can choose to participate or not. Our guide took a few people from our group on alternate, milder experiences when we did our glacier hike and another self-guided hike up a mountainside to view several waterfalls. Most of the stops did not require strenuous activity to be able to see and explore the sites.
In summary, the tour was outstanding, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice of tour or with our guide.
Fantastic 6-day round Iceland tour plus 1-day tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula!
Reviewed on October 28, 2018 by Dan401 Review from TripAdvisor
Our 2 tours with Arctic Adventures between the 8th and 15th October were booked through Iceland Unlimited. I have also posted a review on the Iceland Unlimited page.
Our guide on our 6-day round-Iceland-trip was Hilmar whom I cannot praise enough. He was excellent, friendly, helpful, very informative, drove really well and took care of everything for the whole group. He shared many stories from the Icelandic sagas with us along the way and was patient and attentive to all our needs. A true gentleman! This tour ticked many of the highlights that we wanted to see, such as Thingvellir, Strokkur, Gullfoss, Seljalandfoss, Reynisfjara, Jokulsarlon, Dettifoss, Namaskard, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss, Akureyri and Hraunfossar, amongst others. Included in the tour were also a glacier trek (an amazing experience!), whale watching from Dalvik (exciting!), entrance to the hot baths at Lake Myvatn and a visit to an Icelandic horse raising farm. The landscape is very scenic and it’s amazing that such a variety can be found in one place. We saw lava fields, volcanic craters, waterfalls, icebergs, glaciers, hot baths, mud pots, fumaroles, basalt columns, black beaches, geysers, hot springs, fjords, and a number of picturesque villages and towns. We also saw the ice plains in the north where NASA had trained its astronauts for the Apollo missions to the moon in the 60s.
At the end of the tour we were dropped off at Borganes, the location where scenes from the Ben Stiller movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” were filmed, and spent the night there. The next day we were picked up for our 1-day tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, also with Arctic Adventures, a truly interesting place with a volcano that features in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. Our guide was Norris and he was very informative, entertaining, friendly, and attentive to our needs and drove very well. We very much enjoyed our day with him! We had a lava cave tour included and the shapes and forms inside the cave were truly unique. We visited the black church at Budir, Arnarstapi beach and hole in the wall, Delldartunguhver (Europe’s most powerful hot spring) and Kirkjufell, the mountain peninsula, amongst others. We then returned to Fosshotel Rejkjavik for our last night in Iceland. The excellent service with Iceland Unlimited and tours with Arctic Adventures have helped to give us a fantastic holiday experience and unforgettable memories of Iceland!
Way beyond my expectations! Excellent!
Reviewed on October 22, 2018 by wgmiller Review from TripAdvisor
First off, I didn't know what to expect. However, the 6 day tour was simply superb. Our veteran tour guide, Hjalti, was fabulous mixing great narration, historical facts and witty Icelandic humor. I didn't think it'd be possible to cover as much of the island as he did. The breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel venues were great. i will mention to my friends who are going to Iceland to use Arctic Adventures. At the end of the day, this was one adventure that I'll never forget.
journey ot lifetime
Reviewed on October 20, 2018 by vard999 Review from TripAdvisor
Overall a great experience...
Reviewed on October 15, 2018 by srif365 Review from TripAdvisor
We took the Ring Road Around Iceland - Minibus Tour and overall it was a great experience. As expected the schedule was pretty tight and I'll definitely need to visit Iceland again in the future and spend more time at some attractions. But if you never been to Iceland and want to get a taste of the entire country the Ring Road is the way to go!
Our tour guide was Ragnar and at first it is quite a shocking experience to meet him (he is very energetic!), but after spending 6 days on his tour I found ourselves extremely lucky to have him as our guide, he is very entreating, passioned about his work and his country. Thanks to him for knocking on our hotel door, screaming like "crazy" at 11pm we finally got to see the Northern Lights on our last day.
As for Extreme Iceland they were very professional and although the whale watching tour was cancelled because of weather I got the refund a few days later.
Iceland is an extremely expensive country and Ragnar knowing that planed almost daily stops on local supermarkets so we could shop for dinner and snacks before heading to the hotel at the end of the day, this was a really nice touch since I'd expected the tour guide to have some kind of "secret agreement" with the hotel to force the tourists to eat there. I really appreciate his honesty.
All the way from Australia for this - WORTH IT!
Reviewed on October 12, 2018 by BossWombat Review from TripAdvisor
We planned this holiday 10 months in advance and selected Arctic Adventures after a lot of research. My family of four (Mum, Dad, Son 14yo, Son 12yo) were looking forward to this trip and we were not let down in any way.
From touchdown in Iceland, using the FlyBus to get to our hotel, through the tour and back out to the airport, Arctic Adventures was the right choice.
To start with, they had so much information on their website and it was very clear and easy to read. The booking process was smooth and accurate. The help desk team responded in a timely manner to all of our queries and helped us understand anything we queried.
Our collection from our hotel by our guide was on-time and very friendly.
Our guide Olafur, was awesome 24x7. He ensured the whole group had a fantastic time. He kept us safe, moving, warm, entertained, informed, fed and very happy. Olafur showed genuine care and concern for his guests. He made us all feel very welcome in Iceland.
The tour itself is jam packed with experiences, stunning visuals and opportunities that made some great family memories that will live with all of us forever. Having it snow on top of a mountain, while bathing in a huge natural hot spring, surrounded by my family is a memory I will keep. I think I still have the smile on my face.
Not even a flat tire dimmed our happiness. Olafur took it in his stride, kept us amused and sorted everything out smoothly.
Thank you Olafur and thank you Arctic Adventures.
BEST WAY TO SEE ICELAND!
Reviewed on September 30, 2018 by Arnaz Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was by far the best effecient and economical way to see the country of Iceland. My tour guide Linas was amazing - he knew his history, lore, myths and made our entire trip very enjoyable. We were never made to feel like we were in a hurry to get to places, we took out time, enjoyed every stop and no request was too much. Iceland is very expensive so we all really appreciated the supermarket stops as well. The hotels were very nice, great beds and we caught the Northern Lights on Day 4! Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get the whole Iceland experience!! Loved it!
Fantastic tour of a stunning country!
Reviewed on September 20, 2018 by Jessica_Ando Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was 6 days full of absolutely amazing sights throughout Iceland. The scenery is breathtaking, and the tour followed a great itinerary including (many) waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields, hot springs and whale watching. The glacier hike and glacier lagoon were definite highlights for me... amazing!
Our guide, Johann, was fantastic! He was organised, informative, knowledgeable, friendly and FUN. He went out of his way to ensure the experience was a great one for everyone in the group (including getting up in the night to help us try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!) The love he has for his country was obvious and his enthusiasm was definitely infectious!
I joined this tour as a solo traveler and had a fantastic time with the group! The small group set up was great - we had lovely people from around the world and a wide range of ages. Johann made sure everyone was included, bringing us closer together as a group. I found both the accommodation and food great.
Can’t recommend this tour enough - a very special 6 days in a beautiful country!
Ask for Johann!
Reviewed on September 20, 2018 by amyseery Review from TripAdvisor
This tour is hands down the best way to see an absolutely amazing country!
Background: I holiday abroad about 3 times a year but this was my first trip to Iceland. I do solo trips, self-guided, and tour group trips depending on my mood, and I'm used to scuzzy hostels all the way up to luxury hotels. I'm in my 30's and moderately active.
The 6-day tour was perfect as we got to see the entire country, avoided most of the crowds, had back to back mini-adventures every single day, and experienced more the real Icelandic culture- while maintaining a decent pace. Our minibus had 18 folks from all over the world and we all have become legit friends thanks to our excellent tour guide- Johann. Arctic Adventures has guides from all over the world, and I'm sure they're great too, but having an actual Icelander lead our group really enhanced the experience. We were half below 40 and half above 60. Only two folks were overwhelmed by the hiking.
-Everyone on the tour gets to do the Whale Watching. Only upgrade if you really, really like speed boats!
-The glacier hike- it will be the same temperature on the glacier as at the base camp, unless there is a dramatic weather shift. Don't over do it on the clothing layers.
-Several of the hikes require a certain level of fitness. If you can't climb a 20-story staircase in 30-40 minutes you may want to opt out on the two-hour hike and crater hike.
-Try the reindeer meatballs
-No cash needed. If you feel you must, get less than $100 worth from the ATM at the airport beside Baggage Claim.
-Sign up for the Flybus airport transfer a few days in advance, otherwise the taxi ride is about 100x more expensive.
- "rainy" in Iceland usually is just a light drizzle, not a heavy downpour
- Chill out about the Northern Lights, either you'll get to see them or you won't.
-Everything is in English, everything
High CP index tour, best way to see the beautiful Iceland!
Reviewed on September 17, 2018 by Angela713 Review from TripAdvisor
The tour is very good performance! As you know, the hotel of Iceland is very expensive, but we can live in 3 star hotel and comfortable country hotel which provide the good dinner with cheaper price, the host of country hotel will call us the time of northern light. Our guide/driver, Holly is a pretty girl and good driver, the mini bus is safe and tidy, she also tell us the history of Iceland and the places of interest.
She will have dinner with us and search the aurora forecast and the time.
Although we didn't see the aurora as cloudy weather, but she always said never give up, she is so lovely and always smile.
When we are on the way, we found many Arctic Adventures tours, so I think he is popular tour company.
An amazing adventure which exceeded all expectations on every level!
Reviewed on September 16, 2018 by Merry A Review from TripAdvisor
A fantastic experience that will stay with us for ever!
Our guide/driver, Johann Palsson, went above and beyond his call of duty to ensure our Iceland experience was well organised, relaxed, informative and fantastic fun. His depth of knowledge of the history, geography and culture of Iceland was impressive, and his genuine love for his country was contagious. We will not forget his warm personality and wonderful sense of humour. Thank you Johann for making our 6 days so special.
We are a senior couple and easily managed all the walks and activities. The range of natural environments and the raw beauty of the countryside is breathtaking. The itinerary is interesting, pretty full on, but still relaxing. Our accommodation was comfortable and the food was very good. Great friendships were formed. We can thoroughly recommend this tour.
Tour of a lifetime
Reviewed on September 11, 2018 by tjkatya Review from TripAdvisor
My husband and I took this tour on the Ring Road around Iceland. We had a fabulous time. Our guide Norris was very well informed and he regaled us with stories- myths, legends, interesting anecdotes...He was mindful throughout of the varied requirements of people of different ages,interests and backgrounds in the tour group... we also met a group of extremely interesting people and formed a great bond with each other.
This tour packed in most of the main attractions which we enjoyed on foot or from the convenience of our bus. We especially enjoyed the glacier lagoons, glacier walks, breathtaking waterfalls and whale watching. This tour was very well planned out and we were happy with the accommodation at which we were put up. Iceland is an amazing country and this tour did it justice considering the short time we had to explore it. Two thumbs up to Arctic Adventures..it was a trip of a lifetime and we had a 'whale' of a time...
Reviewed on September 11, 2018 by Claremontcott Review from TripAdvisor
We had a fantastic trip made even better by our guide Norris and our luck with the weather. This trip does entail quite a bit of driving which was brightened by Norris recounting many of the Icelandic sagas. We consider ourselves quite well travelled and I have to say that Norris is the best tour guide we have encountered.
David & Vanessa
Amazing trip around Iceland with the best guide
Reviewed on September 09, 2018 by SAust Review from TripAdvisor
Arctic Adventures pulls together a fantastic six day tour around Iceland on the ring road. They get all the easy things right, like a small group (so you get to know your fellow travelers), include all the major and scenic attractions and provide comfortable accomodation.
Our guide, Arnar (aka Eagle the Guide), also did an outstanding job at the more difficult aspects, like making sure that individual interests were drawn out on the first few days and additional observations or stops included to feed that interest. In addition to touring us around the sights and attractions, Arnar really made us feel like we were being hosted in Iceland, offering us interesting stories about life in Iceland and the additional excitement of staying in his home town in the North.
You can’t control the weather in Iceland, but if you choose Arctic Adventures and you are lucky enough to have Arnar as your guide, then you will have a fantastic, hilarious, scenic and entertaining tour of Iceland guaranteed.
Personal highlights included the glacier hike, sensational waterfalls, Myvatn baths and delicious range of meals.
6 Day Tour of Iceland-Ring Road
Reviewed on September 05, 2018 by rbs8859 Review from TripAdvisor
My friend and I went on the 6 day tour of Iceland. I felt like the trip exceeded my expectations. The views were spectacular, and I was awestruck by the beauty of the country. I am so glad that I expanded my tour instead of just seeing the main sites at the Golden Circle. Our guide, Arnar, was funny and knowledgeable. I felt like he personalized the trip, and had great stories to tell. He talked about his own personal experiences and about the history of his country. If I could do the trip again I would in a heart beat. Now I would like to come back in the winter. Hope to visit again soon.
Incredible Country, Amazing Guide
Reviewed on August 29, 2018 by Travis S Review from TripAdvisor
This was, by far, the best vacation I have ever experienced. There was not a single thing I would change. Our tour guide, Holly, was of Scotish decent, but she was actively trying to learn Icelandic and immerse herself in the culture. She studied geology at a university level, and she was able to explain the beautiful scenery in great detail. We had a fantastic group of travellers on our tour. The age ranged from 20 to almost 80 years old, and we enjoyed each others company. There were single travelers, friends, family, and couples--all strangers at first but friends at the end. There were roughly 20 of us on the tour, and we all fit comfortably on the bus.
I was with my two sisters (under 30), and my mom (56 y/o). This vacation is for people of all ages who are able to complete moderate hikes (3 km max, moderate elevation); however, it is still doable if that may be too demanding.
As someone who has never been to Iceland, this tour helped me realize that, had I planned this on my own, I would have missed much of the beauty this country has to offer. The hotels are great, the tour guide was amazing, and the sights were unparalleled. If you can afford it, this tour must be on your bucket list.
Iceland Ring Road 2018
Reviewed on August 24, 2018 by stacydh2015 Review from TripAdvisor
There are three components to a great trip: 1) outstanding itinerary; 2) great travel companions; 3) and excellent guide. the Arctic Adventures Iceland Ring Road trip contained all of these components.'
1) The Ring Road tour has it all: Geysers (beginning at Geysir), Waterfalls (name your favorite Foss), lava beaches and fields, Glacier's, Lagoons, and Whale watching.
2) We enjoyed the company of a diverse group of traveling companions from North America (US and Canada); Europe (Switzerland, Germany and Romania); Australia, and the Middle East (Bahrain). Half the fun was making new friends who shared our wander lust.
3) Srindi was the most knowledgeable and accommodating guide I have ever met. He shared his knowledge of the history, literature, economics, linguistics, and yes even where to find the best chocolate of his native Iceland. He was the glue that kept our group on the go and entertained.
There are three important things to keep in mind: 1) you will be in rural Iceland. The accommodations and food are going to reflect this. That said, after a full day of travel and exploration what you really need is a warm shower and a comfortable bed. There is no Mandarin Oriental in Vik or Akureyri; 2) Food is expensive and dining options aren't extensive outside of Reykjavik. On the other hand, how often do you get to try Langoustine Pizza? 3) Weather is quite unpredictable. Bring layers and anticipate rain.
I finished this trip wanting to return to explore more of Iceland and even Greenland.
Beautiful Country - Awful bus
Reviewed on August 21, 2018 by jack s Review from TripAdvisor
We took this 6 day tour with Artic Adentures in August 2018 and were blessed with great weather
The Iceland sites were amazing, the transport less so. We were sent out in a bus that should be retired. Amoung other problems, the gauges did not not work causing delays on two days, one when we ran out of gas and one when the driver concerned of overheating. Additionally the ovehead rack was duck taped, three of the seats would not stay stay up and dust leaked into the baggage area causing our suitcases to be a dusty mess.
The driver/guide was was well informed but his driving style created unnecessary tension. An effort was not made to keep the bus or windows clean, a shame as the sights were amazing
I saw heaven
Reviewed on August 11, 2018 by CAL345 Review from TripAdvisor
Our tour guide, Hjalti Bjordsson, was the best. He made the adventure so personal, educational and fun. We had a 'family' for a week and it was a joyous time.
The 6 day tour was just the right amount of time. I am not a big hiker, but with his encouragement, I made the most of my trip. Thank you Hjalti for changing my life. Arctic Adventures took care of everything, so all we had to do was learn, hike and soak in the beauty of Iceland.
Absolutely wonderful! Loved our trip!
Reviewed on August 06, 2018 by stzv2579 Review from TripAdvisor
I understand why the 6 day tour around Iceland got such great reviews. My husband, our two teenage children, and I just got back from our trip to Iceland. We spent a couple of days in Reykjavik and then did the 6 day tour. Visiting Reykjavik alone does not give an accurate view of this wonderful country, so I would encourage everyone to take advantage of tours that extend outside the main areas, especially this one. It was incredible and well worth the price. Our guide, Ricky, truly loves his country - beautiful Iceland - and shared great information and stories as we were traveling. He was organized and always gave us updates on our schedules and the day's plans. He was friendly and a great driver too! We had a nice group of people from all over the world on our trip too - super nice spending time with them.
Our van was a little worn on the inside but was overall comfortable. The windows were large enough to see the beautiful land and take pictures as well. We had many stops to see specific tourist points that are listed on the itinerary and also beautiful beaches and countryside visits including a horse farm (Visiting HorseFarm in Reykholt - awesome/highly recommend). Sometimes the schedule varied slightly due to weather and trail conditions but there was always something interesting to do. Glacier hiking was so much fun but not really "easy" - a little more moderate I would say as far as skill/abilities go. We upgraded to the speedboat for whale watching which I would highly recommend. The people who went on the regular boat said they had a good time, but the speedboat was great fun and not overcrowded. We felt so close to the whales and sped up to the nearby cliffs to catch some puffins as well. The fresh fish caught on the boat was cooked after they returned for all to try and it was delicious!. They give everyone very warm full body suits to go on the whale watch with big pockets for cameras, phones, other materials. I would recommend a hat or ear warmer headband as well as gloves to have for the whale watch as well. They Myvatn baths were very relaxing. You must shower before going into the baths in Iceland - whichever bath you visit.
Like all the info says, layers are key - we were always changing between just tshirts, added fleece, rain jackets, etc depending on where we were. Waterproof pants were great to have when walking behind and under some of the waterfalls as well if you are going on a hike on a very rainy day. A rain jacket is a definite must. We were fortunate to have mostly great weather each day, but it does change fast sometimes. Sunglasses also very useful.
The hotels on the trip are basic hotels but clean and charming overall and friendly staff/owners. Most but not all have soap for the shower. Some did not have shampoo and conditioner. Bring a water bottle - Iceland water is wonderful. We would fill up at the hotel every morning for the day.
Almost everything can be paid for by credit card. I recommend having a relatively small amount of Icelandic currency for the trip just in case, but it is probably possible to go without having any icelandic currency and just paying by card. Wifi is almost everywhere including the tour bus.
This trip was truly a wonderful experience - thank you Ricky and Arctic Adventures!
Amazing 6 days
Reviewed on July 31, 2018 by Emma H Review from TripAdvisor
6 DAY TOUR FULL OF AMAZING MEMORIES!!
Reviewed on July 10, 2018 by Jeffrey M Review from TripAdvisor
This tour was amazing. I exceeded my expectations and I got to see so much of Iceland and it's hard to believe that there is still so much more to see in Iceland. Our tour guide Hjalti Björnsson was a great guide. He was very informative and very sociable with our group. He shared so much information about the sites we visited and also shared personal experiences. I would definitely request him again if I did another tour in Iceland.
I went on this trip alone I was part of a group of 17 (including me). For future travelers, just keep in mind that you will be traveling with these travelers for 6 days and they are from all over the world. You will be exposed to different families, cultures/customs and its something you will have to be open-minded when traveling. I was able to meet new people and develop friendships through this tour.
Another reason I recommend this tour is because you get to go around all of Iceland. So many ppl only get to tour part of it, but with this tour I saw all the main attractions and more. So its definitely worth the price but more importantly worth the experience!!
Reviewed on July 09, 2018 by yangsmgo Review from TripAdvisor
I just finished this trail one week ago, this is a must-do-in -life thing. the landscape is so different with BC Canada. I joined a tour with a fantastic guide named Jono, he is very experienced and knowledgeable, and plus , a very good cooker.
6 Day Around Iceland Adventure - WOW!!!
Reviewed on July 09, 2018 by Keeptalkinn USA Review from TripAdvisor
We just had a lifetime adventure trip with Artic Adventures. Our family group of 12, ranging from 14 to 81 years was treated to a tour that will go down as one of the best. Our guide, Hodei, was incredible and was the main reason the trip was sooo fantastic.
Our 6 day ring road adventure could not have been such a great experience if not for Hodei. He was patient, caring, knowledgeable, great guide, excellent driver, and an all-round nice guy. Our group consisted of our 12, plus various others making a total tour size of 19. The van was comfortable and the itinerary was loaded. That was a good thing because we travelled over 2300 kilometers. Hodei added stops along the way which were not on the itinerary, including making a long trek to find us Puffins. I cannot say enough about this trip and our guide, Hodei. Both were awesome.
Add this adventure to your bucket list, you will be glad you did.
Reviewed on June 26, 2018 by meearly Review from TripAdvisor
Great way to see Iceland without the pain of driving long distances. Every day included a hike of some sort. We saw all the major sites including a glacier which we hiked, volcanos, volcanic rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls, icebergs, and beautiful beaches. The highlight of the tour was the glacier hike followed by whale watching in a zodiac boat with 6 people, a guide and driver (an upgrade from the large boat included in the tour package). Our guide was fabulous -- very professional and helpful. The hikes are moderately difficult not easy as the literature implies. Food is expensive but good if you like seafood and lamb. If you are interested in an active vacation without having to drive yourself, this is one to consider.
6 days - we saw it all and then some... 5 stars plus!
Reviewed on June 03, 2018 by TriTraveler23 Review from TripAdvisor
Waterfalls - check. Glaciers...check. Lava fields as far as the eye can see...check. Breathtaking photo stops... check. Most remote farm...check. Puffins...check. Icelandic art and culture... check. Arctic Fox... check. Ice Cream driving...check. (It's an Icelandic thing). Stories and memories to go home with...check. Plans to return...check. Polar bears...you'll have to ask ;)
This was my second trip to Iceland. I visited almost a year ago to the week. During my last trip, I took several one day tours and one overnight tour that allowed me to see all of the south and then some - all of which are amazing, but I knew I wanted to venture to the north. All of the previous tour guides were good and knowledgeable. That's where it ended. This tour was different. Arctic Adventures hit it out of the park with this tour and its set up... and their MVP was our tour guide Hjalti.
My best friend was a willing participant in my adventure this go round. She is from Colorado and I was from Florida. Vastly different elevations and scenery as that of Iceland. Yes on day one and half of day two of the tour I would see some of the same sights...which to be fair is ok in Iceland... it's all amazing and breathtaking and different from year to year. And it was my way to the north. Plus she hadn't seen it before. Away we went.
Day 1- Our tour guide Hjalti picked us and 13 other of our soon to be friends up for a 6-day adventure none of us will ever forget. We were the second to last to be picked up. At a quick glance, we wondered what we were in for since it is listed as "Adventure tour" and we appeared to be some of the youngest at 40 or so, by a solid 20 years. Believe me when I tell you... the 82-year-old kicked most of our butts when it came to hiking and humor!! And we hiked some steep areas. So there was no lack of adventure. From the get-go, our tour guide and leader Hjalti was aces, top notch. Hjalti was quick to get to know all of us individually; what brought us to Iceland, what we wanted to see o the tour, a bit of what made us tick. We later realized he did this so that he could "customize" our planned 6 day trip to each one of us. It was amazing how he was able to do that. Made every one of us feel like we were on an individual tour.Definitely not something a greener tour guide might think to do. For example, when telling us facts about Iceland when we first started out, he made a point to make some of the info pertain to us and our different lines of work or where we are from. And from the get-go, he told us of a poem from the 18th century about a young boy and an older woman and the love they had for one another. We would only get bits and pieces as they pertained to the area of Iceland we were in. (Come to think of it I never got the full name of the poem lol).
Each stop we made had fun facts about it. Hjalti told us the Icelandic name and a story behind each waterfall or landmark. We had plenty of time to explore and hike the area around each stop. Knowing that the first day and a half were repeats for me, Hjalti made a couple of stops along our travel itinerary to show us all something new and "off the beaten path" of the itinerary without wasting time or rushing us. I for one was thankful for that as were the other members of the tour.
The hiking, including the 3 hr glacier hike was amazing. It's a little more challenging than "easy" but it is definitely manageable and Hjalti made sure we went at a pace everyone could tolerate. We didn't leave anyone behind. He was always mindful of the group's ability and safety. If our 82-year-old tour member can handle it, so can you! The views were amazing. Actually, all the hikes were manageable and the reward at the end of them was always breathtaking. No waterfall or fjord looks the same; They are like snowflakes. I kept saying that Iceland is Rugged and yet romantic in its beauty.
The driving between location stops and photo stops went by very quickly. Between the amazing views out the bus windows to get lost with your thoughts looking at or the quirky stories of Icelandic lore, you were never asking yourself "are we there yet?". Hjalti even made it a point to wash the windows at every stop so we all had a clear view! What a guy.
At our overnight stops, although not mandatory, we generally all ate together like a family - either at the hotel or in the local town. That didn't happen last year even on the overnight, I owe this to Hjalti. All of the food was amazing. Some of us more daring than others...we tried the puffin, the whale, and I believe we all had lamb. Hjalti made sure we were as authentic as possible when trying the delicacies of his native land. I'm still not sure on the one tradition lol
All of the places we stayed were part of the package. We just paid for lunch, snacks, and dinner. Which most of us figured out, either eat loads at breakfast or pack a sandwich from the buffet breakfast in the morning and you were good to go. All hotels were clean, quiet, had blinds to keep out the sun lol, hot water for days (lol), and the owners/ staff were very welcoming. Oh and all had free wifi...just in case you had to be on the grid for 6 days.
At the end of every day, Hjalti did a recap of our day. The places we visited, the lore behind some of them, and the laughs we had. It was always a great recap of the day. He would follow this with a tease of what adventure we had coming up the next day, and what time breakfast was. It was a great refresher and we never had to have a paper copy of what was next with us.
My best friend and I went on the ribbed boat whale watching up north- its worth it. A whale came up 3 feet from our boat to play. Sure you get to fish from the bigger boat, but they missed out on that close-up whale experience, and the secret waterfall and going out into the opening of the fjord. It worked out, we got to eat the freshly caught cod that they cooked right when we got back...win-win! The best part, my friend and I had a little FOMO because Hjalti was going to go on the bigger boat (might miss a story or a joke), but at the last minute, he was able to go with us. He had never been, so it was an amazing experience all around for the three of us. Don't worry, they give you extra warm dry suits for the speedboat- so you stay nice and toasty.
I could seriously go on and on and about this tour and about Hjalti. But you need to take this adventure for yourself. Ask for Hjalti if you can...
I have traveled the world both for work and for pleasure. I have taken many many tours. Arctic Adventures is definitely the way to see the country or even day trips. The buses are clean, all of their staff is beyond courteous - either via email or when you see another tour guide at a stop. The other guide on the same tour ( we would see at certain stops but not at all - was always asking about our trip and what fun we were having. Was nice because we didn't stay at the same spot and if we did, we were separate). Beyond a doubt, I can honestly say that Hjalti has been the best tour guide I have ever had. Nothing is left unseen and for that I can see how the 6 Day tour won European Tour of 2017, but all of the members of our tour ( 5 from the US, 2 from Scottland, 3 from India, and 1 from the UK, 1 from Australia, 1 from Singapore and 2 from Malaysia- I did a poll, with Hjalti at the helm, this 6 day adventure was a World Tour Winner 2018) He made everyone feel like they were individually taking this tour. If there were parts of the group taking in the nature baths and part not, he managed to split his time equally so no one felt as if they were missing out. He brought us all together and we left as friends... dare I say, family, after our 6-day adventure tour. We have made connections to travel together to new lands with new friends, and I for one am already making plans for a third ( with some tour mates) and fourth trip to Iceland, hopefully, we are lucky enough to have Arctic Adventures and Hjalti as a guide again. Five stars all around.
An amazing way to cover many of Iceland's best sights in a week
Reviewed on April 11, 2018 by SNash33 Review from TripAdvisor
This is an incredible 6 day adventure that takes you around the whole of Iceland. Each day was well planned. There is a lot of distance to cover in a week but that was never a concern as the scenery was spectacular throughout, the minibus was comfortable and there were frequent stops, either for sightseeing or rest breaks.
As always with this type of tour, it is very reliant on the quality, experience and knowledge of the guide and in this respect our guide Siggi, was second to none! He took great care of the group throughout the tour and provided an informative commentary that mixed historical fact with very entertaining anecdotes, fables, stories of elves and trolls etc. He also competently dealt with a couple of necessary amendments to the itinerary due to snow. He was a professional in every respect, and a great guy.
All hotels were included in the tour (with excellent breakfasts). A couple of the hotels were in small towns and others were in remote countryside locations but they were generally very decent quality overall. Lunches and evening meals were not included but there was always an opportunity to pick up lunch on the go and every hotel had an evening menu with an adequate choice of good quality food.
As far as sightseeing and experiences are concerned, Iceland is a gem. If you are seeking volcanoes, geysers, geo-thermal vents, lava fields, icebergs, glaciers, hot spring baths, whale watching and just incredible breathtaking scenery, this could well be the tour for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and from our experience, would highly recommend both Arctic Adventures and Siggi as a guide!
Amazing 6 Day Tour of Icelans
Reviewed on April 08, 2018 by bridggsully Review from TripAdvisor
I just finished my 6 day tour with Thor as my guide and it was unbelievably amazing! Having done tours previously with other travelers who are closer to my age (25) I was disappointed at first when I saw that this tour had many families and older couples. However, they were all amazing, friendly, open-minded and generous and I loved spending my trip with them! We were blessed with beautiful weather and clear skies for most of the trip so that made it extra special.
Guide/Driver: Thor was extremely helpful, friendly and most importantly, kept us safe while driving long distances and in tricky conditions every day.
Accommodations: Most accommodations were out in the country (better to see the Aurora) but they were all nice and had fast WiFi! 4/5 had a blow dryer and 2 had a hot tub! I know Arctic Adventures doesn’t use the same hotels for every trip but my favorites were Hotel Laugarbakki and Á Hreindýraslóðum.
Food: Free breakfast was included at every hotel. Fresh fruits, sliced deli meats, bread, cereal and porridge were mainly what was offered. 4/5 hotels offered dinner and it was your only option for dinner unless you brought food with you. Hamburgers and lamb are on almost every menu and all the food was great!
Transportation: the bus we took is a 16 passanger van that was comfortable enough for us all to sleep on during the long drives to make up for the early wake up calls.
Itinerary: every sight we went to and activity we did was breathtaking! My favorite was either the Black Diamond Beach or the Mývatn Nature Baths. Although we didn’t see many whales during the 3 hour whale watching tour, the views were still incredible. I would HIGHLY suggest layering up that day. Although I did AND was given coveralls by the company, we were all still freezing.
Misc.: Going in the beginning on April, there was still a lot of snow and ice on the ground so certain activities would’ve been miserable or impossible without the right shoes (my waterproof hiking boots were fine but if it snowed any more I would’ve needed my snow boots).
Reviewed on April 02, 2018 by rainb0wbright Review from TripAdvisor
I just returned from the 6 Day Around Iceland Adventure tour. At first I contemplated doing this on my own, but now I could not be more reassured that going with Arctic Adventures was the best choice. The days were well planned, the activities and sites were interesting, the accommodations were nice, but the part that I would have missed out on is the plethora of personal and historic information I learned from our guide. Pall Asegeir Asgeirsson or Pali was incredible!! Not only is he a published author on stories of the elves, but he is also an expert in hiking in Iceland. He championed driving though white out snow conditions, to finding things for our group to do when it was 30 degrees with 40 mph winds.
If anyone is debating on whether to drive themselves and plan your own tour around the island or going with a tour company.... after this experience, I would recommend a tour. The sheer amount of driving was intense, the weather conditions varied by the hour, and the invaluable 'insider information' cannot be gathered from reading the kiosk signs at road side stops.
Best part of my three month solo trip
Reviewed on March 08, 2018 by Bridie M Review from TripAdvisor
I do not know where to begin writing this review, after three months solo travelling this was the perfect way to end my trip and the best week of the last three months. I knew going into this tour that February was not ideal the best month to visit Iceland however I went in with an open mind and ready for anything. I was always the skeptic when it came to group tours however this tour has completely changed my mind. Iceland as a country is breath taking and beyond phenomenal, and without gong on a tour I wouldn’t have seen as much as we did. The weather the first few days was not ideal which was to be expected but also meant a few of our activities such as the Glacier Hike and Ice Cave Tour couldn’t go ahead, however our Tour Guide Adolf organised extra activities for us to do including visiting a traditional Icelandic farm with horses and sheep. Adolf was a superb guide, friendly, outgoing and somebody who you could tell really enjoyed their job, even taking us to a lot of “off the beaten track” places and those that only locals tend to frequent. There aren’t enough words or the right words to describe how truly amazing this country is and all it has to offer. Being a solo traveller also I was unsure about the age demographic of the group before it began however I was pleasantly surprised and made some awesome friends from all over the world. The standard of the tour was fantastic, there is not one thing I could fault about it. The accomodation exceeded my expectations - a few had hot tubs where we could chill at night and have a few drinks underneath the Northern Lights. The staff at every place we visited an every hotel was of a high level of customer service and extremely helpful. The people of Iceland are also friendly, approachable and always willing to help. For someone who was so anti-tour this trip has changed my opinion completely and would not hesitate to visit Iceland again one day and tour through this company.
Rating A+, A+, A+. B
Reviewed on February 24, 2018 by SM20142014 Review from TripAdvisor
Everything promised was delivered….everything except a whale, despite our best efforts they just weren’t there the day we went wale watching, but to compensate we did some cod fishing and then had a shore lunch.
Multiple stops each day to explore the scenery….could have spent longer at every stop, but amount of time budgeted per stop seemed right to me, given that we had so much to see. Never felt rushed.
Hotels were a mix. All were clean and comfortable and waiting for us when we arrived. Some were more upscale than others, depending on location. Hotels in east and north were a bit basic.
Food was always good – breakfasts were included and always good – lunches were usually at small restaurants along the road – and dinners were at nice restaurants when we were in towns, or at hotels when we were in the countryside.
Bus held 20 and was almost full, but still lots of room for coats and knapsacks.
People on the tour were great – lots of fun – helped make the trip a success.
“Ragnar the Great” was our tour guide, and he was exceptional. Everything done with a smile. Knowledgeable, informative, full of fun, and went above and beyond. Second night, after a full day of touring, he took those who wanted to go to the local outdoor thermal pool and then on to dinner – neither of which were on the tour. Also arranged a group dinner for our last night together – again, not part of the tour.
Scenery was spectacular. Every turn in the road was another photo op; every stop a gem – waterfalls, glacier hikes, ice caves, mountain views, black sand beaches, glacier lagoons, seals, horses, reindeer, arctic fox….
For winter in Iceland, the weather was good. Cold, windy, snowy, but we didn’t get rained on. On a couple of days I was glad I wasn’t driving – icy conditions with lots of cars off the road. They don’t clear roads, salt or sand well. If you do drive yourself in Iceland in winter, rent a jeep.
After a week in Iceland I fully buy into their saying that there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Layers work. As do the Icelandic sweaters – light weight and incredibly warm. Only thing ever cold were my fingers from taking photos.
Snow on the ground made for some spectacular scenery, but lakes were frozen, and glaziers were snow covered, so at times there was a lot of white on white…would be nice to see it all again when the lakes are ice free and vegetation is in bloom.
Worst part of Iceland in winter is that some of the roads are simply impassible which meant that we didn’t get to see some of the waterfalls, which was a pitty.
If you are thinking about taking a trip to Iceland – do it – it’s fantastic.
And I have no reservations about highly recommending Arctic Adventures.
Iceland Air was good coming and going.
Reykjavik itself probably only needs a couple of days.
Hotel Odinsve is a great boutique hotel in Reykjavik, moderately priced and great location.
Favourite restaurant / bar in Reykjavik is Saeta Svinid (look for the pig); good food, great beer, friendly atmosphere.
Crazy weather did not slow us down!
Reviewed on February 20, 2018 by avelange2018 Review from TripAdvisor
7 days but Weather
Reviewed on December 06, 2017 by Chelsea H Review from TripAdvisor
We started this tour on the 21st of November! Diddi was our guide and he was absolutely hilarious and fun. Very knowledgeable
We did day 1 with no hitches. Day 1: Reykjavík - Thingvellir - South Coast - Vik and managed to get to the hotel as the winds were getting very bad. So strong they pulled the emergency exit open on the roof. Only issue was at the hotel the fire alarm went off at 0230hrs as snow had gotten into the kitchen and frozen it over, they had to defrost it to get it to stop. Was a good laugh
One Day 2 we decided, well Diddi did, to turn the bus around and go the other way. So the tour went in reverse. We did miss out on some things we did want to do on the tour like on day 2 "In Skaftafell, take a 3-hour glacier hike on one of the Vatnajökull outlet glaciers" which my boyfriend (now fiancé) was pretty excited about.
But they did make up for the things we missed. Normally you pay to get into the Mývatn nature baths, they were free. We got snowed in in Akureyri, so another nights accommodation was paid for and dinner at the Lamb Inn. We got to see the Winter Gardens in Akureyri. So everything did balance in the end
So we had a fantastic time overall. Sad we didn't see the lights and that the trip was turned upside down. But it is Iceland. Weather happens and you have to play by her rules and that's what we did. We had a fantastic trip none the less, we were glad it wasn't cancelled like the one that left after us.
Thanks Arctic Adventures for suck a great time!
6 Days around Iceland, once in a lifetime experience
Reviewed on November 27, 2017 by Avril330 Review from TripAdvisor
The trip was beyond my expectations, everything is well organized. Thanks to Francois Dennis( we had the best guide), he is very helpful and knowledgeable. Also our group was terrific- all great folks who we truly enjoyed, they made the trip so much more enjoyable :)
- Had a chance to see northern lights for 2 nights
-Explore Iceland for 6 days with awesome people, those memories I will never forget
-Our guide stopped by some cute coffee shop in Iceland which I think is extra ;)
-I also went to different tours with different companies but will choose Arctic Adventure again if I come back to Iceland.
The only thing - It took a while for the company to reply my email which is a little bit bother me sometimes
A beautifully surreal, other-worldly experience
Reviewed on November 12, 2017 by Anna H Review from TripAdvisor
Arctic Adventures' 6 day tour around Iceland was an experience of a lifetime. The tour itinerary covers the entire perimeter of Iceland within 6 days, including accommodation and breakfast. The scope of the tour was flawless. It covered an enormous breadth of unique Icelandic experiences: the Golden Circle, a glacier hike, a secluded natural thermal lagoon experience that supercedes the blue lagoon by a mile, the northern lights, whale watching, short hikes, meeting Icelandic horses, walking amongst geysers, innumerable majestic waterfalls, haunting landscapes and other-worldly beaches, just to give you an idea.
Our tour guide, Juri, is the most amazing tour guide I have ever met, and certainly made the experience all the more memorable - our tour had some quite unprecedented, unsavoury moments, which were completely outside of the control of Arctic Adventures and our guide, but he handled these incredibly trying situations with utmost compassion, patience and grace. Our tour could have been very easily ruined but he made sure it wasn't the case. He went well above and beyond the expectations of duty for the sake of our group; his efforts are to be commended. We are incredibly grateful, thank you!
Explore Iceland: Nature, Waterfalls, Lava fields and loads of fun and adventure.
Reviewed on November 05, 2017 by aansakura Review from TripAdvisor
Travel period: End of October 2017
Traveler Type: Group of Friends
Tour: 6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik
Tour Guide: François
Value for money: Worth every penny
Overall Rating: Excellent!
Why I chose this tour?
For my first time in Iceland, this tour was the best decision I made. I did a lot of research planning for this once in a lifetime trip. A couple of friends have been to Iceland before in which they rented a car and toured on their own. The roads in Iceland are narrow and as good drivers they were and with GPS they did have some difficulty driving around and controlling the car in certain weather conditions. I’m not the best driver, so I decided on taking a guided tour with my friends and not drive on our own, which has advantages: Learn more about Iceland from an expert, ensure accommodation by the end of the day (it gets really dark and no much lights in peripheral roads, I really did not want to get lost) and get to know new friends.
I was not interested in bathing in natural hot springs nor the “Blue Lagoon”, so when I found this tour it was perfect for me. We did stop by one hot spring on day 4, however we did have the option to bathe or stroll around the area so our group divided and it was still fun.
Booking and pickup:
It was an easy booking process. There was clear communication with the company through the website I booked the tour, answering questions with in 24 hours. We clarified pick up and drop off location from the hotels on the first and last day (they pick you up from the nearest bus-stop). Also, meal options (we asked about Halal meals and were informed that there are no much halal options on the road however there was plenty of seafood and vegetarian options). Before arrival we asked about the hotels we will be staying at during the 5 nights and they sent us the names. We Were supposed to be picked up at 8 am, we waited for 20 minutes with multiple arctic adventure buses passing us. I called the company and they answered immediately. I was informed to wait at least 30 min as they are picking up other people in the tour and they are on their way. It wasn’t long after till our tour bus arrived. That said, it would have been nice if they informed us we needed to wait in the cold morning. It is expected in a group of 12 people for some delay picking them up from there hotels, just let us know in advance our expected waiting time.
It was an amazing 6 days spent across Iceland. The tour had total 12 people including me and my friends. The mini coach bus was warm and specious enough to accommodate all of us with small space to store some stuff above your head and wide windows for excellent view. We left most of our stuff on the bus as we hopped on and off during the tour stops. It was very safe and the bus was locked at all times. Our tour Guide François did a great job informing us about each location we went to; briefing us every day about the stops and locations we were visiting and even sharing some books about Iceland history, myths and other cool stuff. He was very considerate in telling us the washroom stops and how long it will take for our next stop.
You will be visiting a lot of waterfalls and will be walking around near streams and up hills in most of the locations. Do invest in warm and water proof gear with good hiking boots. If you are in a good fit (used to climbing 3 story stairs and regular workout) you will have no problems physically to enjoy each location. I think the 3-hour glacier hike was the most demanding. If you never hiked before or walked on Ice this will be challenging. You will be given instructions and gear to have a safe hike. That said, loads of fun and breathtaking scenes on the glacier, we were lucky and walked into an ice-cave which was cool. Only breakfast is included for your tour other meals were not. We had daily stops at to grab snacks and lunch at decent cafeterias and cute cafés. François made daily reservations for our dinner in reasonable places, after a long day you do crave a warm meal. You should know that food is expensive in Iceland, me and my friends always shared our meals which came in good portions. Vegetarian options, seafood, fresh fish and lamb were delicious. And apparently chicken salad is available everywhere. François gave good food recommendations and you have to try the lobsters also known as langoustine, YUM. Accommodation was in decent clean hotels and guesthouses, I shared my room with a friend. The rest of the group who were traveling solo didn’t need to share their rooms. Basic toiletries were available in most of the places with clean towels. The accommodations are mostly in rural areas so check the Aurora forecast every night before you go to bed. We were lucky one night and got to see the northern lights which was spectacular.
Each day was an amazing experience, Iceland has a breath-taking scenery: Waterfalls, Lava fields, Geysirs and Glacier and my favorite Black beach and Diamond beach. We saw some rainbows on the way too, and the northern lights were the cherry on top.
We were lucky to have a great group in which we were able to bond and become close friends. Our amazing tour guide François made this experience unforgettable and was really smart, socially intelligent and very knowledgeable for our tour.
I do recommend this tour highly for anyone planning to explore Iceland for the first time, personally I will take it again in a heartbeat.
Thank you, Arctic Adventure, for this amazing first-time experience in Iceland. And special thanks to our tour guide François for his great effort and hard work during the tour.
Thank you Artic Adventures
Reviewed on November 04, 2017 by KM6SH Review from TripAdvisor
Overall the tour exceeded my expectations. I had such an amazing experience with memories of a lifetime! Some thoughts:
--Our tour guide, Francois Denis, was knowledgeable, organized, funny, and gracious.
In addition to the spots noted in the tour, he stopped at spots that we would not have discovered if we weren’t on the tour.
--Iceland is very sparsely populated. I live in a big city and am used to quick and easy access to restaurants, public restrooms, gas stations, and public trash cans. In some parts of Iceland, these were not so easy to find, so it was great to have a guide who knew exactly where to go.
--I would not call this a “leisurely” tour. You begin early each morning and are on the go until perhaps 8 to 9pm. We were sometimes eating lunch on the fly to make it to our next destination. To get the most of the tour, I would think one should be in reasonably good health (some hiking, long bus rides – there is no bathroom on the bus, boat ride) with no major dietary restrictions.
--All our accommodations were clean with great wifi, hot showers, soap/shampoo/towels, and hair dryers.
--For a lot of the stops, there is water involved (waterfalls, muddy paths, boat ride, shoreline, etc.) I’m glad that I brought boots and a good coat.
Worth every dollar and every minute
Reviewed on October 31, 2017 by kajun23 Review from TripAdvisor
I was a solo female traveller travelling the end of October with 11 other travellers.
The tour was unbelievably amazing. Our guide, François Denis, was able to answer the most obscure questions about Iceland, was highly organized yet flexible whenever necessary, and bantered back and forth with all of us travellers in the most hilarious way. He went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and safe, and entertained and excited us about everything we got to experience. He also brought us to secret places tourists would not know of, and so the tour was significantly better than driving around Iceland on your own.
Our guide also ensured that our food options were reasonable, and so if there was a more expensive restaurant one night, the following day would have a less expensive one to help balance out cost. He would also recommend various drinks and dishes to try, and was fully engaged with the group at every moment. There were plenty of stops at convenience stores, small bakeries, so lunch and snack meals were budget friendly. Stops in small towns also had less expensive souvenirs.
My only issue with the company was I found that they were slow to answer my emails before the trip, but ultimately provided helpful information.
WEIGHING COST AND ACTIVITIES
Before the trip, I made a spreadsheet of all my options I found online, weighing cost, activities and availability.
- It’s more expensive than other tours.
- There are activities every day, including glacier hiking and whale watching, a stop hot natural bath (this Myvatn bath was an added cost though). The season also had an ice cave included with the glacier walk.
- You may see the Northern Lights (if in the winter). It’s difficult to predict whether you will come across it, but at some of the rural locations you may be able to see them on a clear night. Our guide was helpful in interpreting a website for us on when and where we might be able to see them. We saw them at least twice over the 5 nights.
- The tour starts on one particular day of the week which helped ensure I would be travelling with others.
I decided on this one because other tours had days where you were left on your own. While these options may appear less expensive, you end up having a discount because in reality you are paying for a shorter tour.
Hotels having different supplies: Some of the hotels will not have the same freebies that are at others. One of the hotels for instance did not have body wash or a bar of soap but had hand soap by the sink which I ended up using instead (which was still fine but unexpected). You may also need to ask for a hair dryer as not every room will have one, and you will need to ask the inn owner for it before he goes to bed. Some places you stay at will not have 24-hour reception service, so do check your room for anything you need early on.
WHAT TO BRING
Weather ranged from around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) to 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). First day was rainy and the remainder of days were a mix of sun and cloud.
The company will recommend bringing waterproof jackets, pants and shoes. They are all completely worth obtaining. I brought my own gear to ensure everything fit. Umbrellas are probably not useful due to high winds. I recommend a base layer (long sleeve shirt and pants, made of synthetic fabrics and NOT cotton), an insulating fleece layer or wool layer, and then the waterproof shell lawyer of a waterproof jacket and pants. If you want, you can bring another thicker parka jacket on top, but for this weather it was not really necessary.
Inns and guesthouses do not necessarily have 24-hour reception, so in any emergency situations, you will rely on your guide. So choose wisely. I highly recommend this tour, would take it again in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to anyone I know visiting Iceland.
Reviewed on October 20, 2017 by Jodi T Review from TripAdvisor
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.
For further information about rental gear:
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!