Escape to the wintery island of ice and fire and you are guaranteed to discover unforgettable adventures and breathtaking beauty!
Escape to the wintery island of ice and fire and you are guaranteed to discover unforgettable adventures and breathtaking beauty! This is the perfect mini holiday in Iceland, ideal for a short getaway or just as an addition to your stay in Iceland. This package has it all; stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders and glaciers!
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- Lava caving
- Sólheimajökull glacier
- Glacier hiking
- Glacier climbing
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Blue Lagoon
- Reykjavik Pick-up
- Entrance to Blue Lagoon
- Guided Golden Circle tour in minibus
- Caving with experienced Caving guide
- Glacier hike with certified Glacier guide
- Guided tour on the South Coast in minibus
The famous Golden Circle route contains three outstanding natural phenomena. First, there is the geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting “geyser” and his little brother Strokkur. Catch the sight of superheated water bursting from the ground up to 25 meters high. Next, there is Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss, “the Golden Waterfall”, is an amazing sight. The water flows 32 meters down three steps of lava rocks with breathtaking power and grandeur. Last but not least, is the Þingvellir National Park. Here lies the biggest natural lake in Iceland. Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the birthplace of Alþingi, the oldest existing parliament in the world founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Þingvellir is also a place of many geological wonders as it lies in the tectonic rift valley between America and Europe. It is completely surrounded by beautiful volcanoes created from the ongoing tectonic drift.
Iceland is often talked about as the land of Ice and fire due to its glaciers and volcanic activity. Iceland has a lot of volcanic activity, with dozens of earthquakes everyday. Much of Iceland is covered by huge lava fields as a consequence of numerous volcanic eruptions through the years. The lava tube caves that you will visit on our caving tours are formed when liquid lava flowed in high volume beneath a hardening surface. When the eruption came to an end and the lava cooled down we were left with these incredible tubes beneath the surface that are perfect for exploring. Lava tubing is a great way to see a different side of Iceland and put yourself into the speleologist’s shoes while exploring the magnificent formations nature has made for us to enjoy.
Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing
This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue called Sólheimajökull. It is a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water- truly a phenomenon. On this tour, we will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, it is truly an unforgettable experience. We will walk along the beautiful glacier and also test our ice climbing skills. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines.
South Coast Iceland
The south coast of Iceland is every traveler’s dream. On one side there are flat fields of green grass and sand beaches going to the sea and the other glaciers, mountains and breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls. It’s home to some of the most beautiful locations in Iceland including Seljalandsfoss the waterfall you can walk behind, Reynisfjara black volcano sand beach and the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Every mile you drive makes you feel like you have just entered a new country and the views are otherworldly. A real must do.
The iconic Blue lagoon is the first things that come to mind for a lot of people when they think about Iceland. Being located so perfectly, in the middle of a lava field in between the airport and the capital, it’s kind of a must for anyone traveling to Iceland. Blue lagoon’s water is all natural, pumped up from the ground where it’s heated by the hot lava that flows underneath the surface. It’s rich with minerals that leave your skin smooth and soft and is actually known to have healing powers for psoriasis and eczema. Doctors in Iceland actually believe that strongly in the power of the water that they write prescriptions to go to the lagoon. Soak in this magical lagoon in the most charming Icelandic location. You will not be disappointed.
Pick up & drop off times:
Blue Ice Glacier hiking and climbing: Pick up starts at 08:00 am – duration around 10 hours with the transfer.
Golden Circle & Lava Caving: 09:00 am – duration around 8 hours
Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík: Pick up can vary depending on when you want to visit the Blue Lagoon.
Pick up and expected drop off times will be confirmed by our sales team after booking. When you arrange your trip you will initially be sent a voucher as proof of booking. This document will not contain your pick up and drop off details. Our sales team will send you a separate email containing your full itinerary, so please look out for this.
What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, this must be booked in advance.
*Please note that hop on/hop off bus is not included in the price.
Flights, lunch, dinner, and accommodation are not Included in this tour.
Day 1: The Golden Circle and Lava Caving
Pick up starts at 9 am from your Reykjavík pick up location. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
We start with a visit to the world under the great lava field in the Blue Mountains where you get the chance to witness how the volcanoes created Iceland. This is an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. After the hike, we drive onwards to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is truly a great sight with water rushing down three steps of lava layers exhibiting breathtaking power and grandeur. After a short lunch stop, we head to the geothermal area of Geysir, home of the erupting hot spring. Here, you will get the chance to watch the heated water gurgle, bubble, and escape the ground with enormous force up to 25 meters high. Our last stop will be the famous Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. It is a beautiful park that is also the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet with a clearly visible rift valley.
We will then head back to Reykjavik, and arrive around 5 pm.
- Lava field in Blue Mountains
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir geothermal area
- Thingvellir National Park
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- Lava Caving with experienced guide
- All necessary caving equipment
Day 2: Glacier hiking & Ice climbing
Pick up starts at 09:00 AM from your Reykjavík pick up location. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Here is your chance to hike an immeasurably magnificent Glacier. This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue called Sólheimajökull. It is a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water- truly a phenomenon. On this tour, we will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, it is truly an unforgettable experience. We will walk along the beautiful glacier and also test our ice climbing skills. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines. On our return journey to Reykjavik, we will stop at the beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss.
We will then head back to Reykjavik, and arrive around 6:30 pm.
- Solheimajokull Glacier
- Glacier Hike
- Optional Ice Climbing
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Guided Glacier Hike
- Optional Ice Climbing
- Certified Glacier guide
- All necessary glacier equipment
Day 3: Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik
You start your last day with a visit to the one and only Blue lagoon. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and can choose between multiple return times from the lagoon again. So you can choose how long you soak in the magical blue water. Afterward, you have time to explore Reykjavik on your own. You can either choose to stroll through the city center on foot or take a ride with a hop on/hop off bus* to get a broader picture. Maybe sitting in one of the city’s many cafés is more to your liking, whatever you prefer – this is your day.
- Blue Lagoon
- Explore Reykjavik on your own
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Entrance to Blue Lagoon
We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.
You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.
Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. A warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.
Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.
The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.
You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.
Hotel breakfast is included!
- The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
- It’s possible to store your luggage 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.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.