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3 Day Summer Package

The ultimate adventure getaway: glacier hiking, whitewater rafting, hot springs, waterfalls, sightseeing, and more!

Glacier-Hiking Geysir Ice-Climbing Rafting waterfall Whale-Watching
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This is the ultimate adventure getaway: glacier hiking, whitewater rafting, golden circle, hot springs, waterfalls, sightseeing, and more. If you are looking to truly do it all in Iceland, this trip is for you. Leave the hassle of planning to us and book this great value!

  • Availability
    May 5th - September 15th
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    14 years
  • Ratio
    1:16
  • Price
    58.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Rafting
Glacier hiking 
Ice climbing
Whale watching
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
Blue Lagoon
Skógafoss waterfall
Included
Transfers with pick-up from Reykjavík
All Activities in highlights
All necessary equipment for each activity
Experienced guides for each activity
Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon

Glacier Hike
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.

Golden Circle
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.

Rafting
Our rafting base camp, located at Drumboddstaðir, is the meet point for our rafting tours in Gullfoss canyon and Hvítá river. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. During the raft, you will pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð canyon where you will have the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. We will provide you with all equipment you need, a wetsuit, life vest, helmet and a paddle. Next to the rafting boat you will find our safety kayakers.  Afterward, we offer a nice hot shower and sauna.

Whale Watching
The animals most frequently seen on tours are the Minke whales, Humpback whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. Our qualified guides do an excellent job providing you with information and giving you the best opportunities to see and learn all about the wildlife. Learn all about the sea life while coasting through Faxaflói bay. Please understand that weather and sea conditions play a big role in how much we actually see. However, each experience is unique and well worth booking! No two whale watching trips are ever the same. Due to unreliable impending forecasts and such, we take sea conditions and weather into account when booking the trips. We will put you in the best situation possible.

We rarely have to go further than 15 km from the harbor. For your comfort and warmth, we offer special suits on board. We do advise that you wear your warmest clothes – hats, scarves, gloves etc – as it can get very cold (even on the warmest days) when the boat is in motion. We also offer hot drinks and soup in our onboard café. Our boats are built so that you have the option to watch the whales from inside as well. With the large windows and inside warmth, you can enjoy the animals of the North Atlantic from a very comfortable view. Each trip takes about 2.5 – 3.5 hours.

Pick up & drop off times:
Day one: 8:30 am, back approx. 6:30 pm
Day two: 8 am, back approx. 7:00 pm
Day three: Meet at the harbor at 8:45 am, back from Blue Lagoon approx. 6 pm

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.


If you don’t want to do the whole package all of the activities can also be done separately:

Glacier hiking and ice climbing
Whale Watching from Reykjavík
Golden Circle and River Rafting

Please note

Flights, food, and accommodation are not included in this tour.

Day 1 : Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing

Pick up starts at 8:30 am from your Reykjavík accommodation. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On the first day, we head along the South Coast towards the glaciers. Arriving at Sólheimjökull glacier we, gear up for a glacier hike. Sólheimajökull is a crawling glacier and is, therefore, rugged, cracked and utterly breathtaking. After about an hour of glacier hiking, we stop at some of the many ice walls. There you can, under the supervision of experts, try your hand at climbing the ice. We will then hike down  the glacier and on the way back to Reykjavík we make a short stop at the Skógafoss waterfall.

Day 2: Golden Circle and River Rafting

Pick up starts at 8 am from your Reykjavík accommodation. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On day two, we head out for an amazing visit to the Golden Circle. There we will see the Geysir hot spring area, the Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park. We will make sure that you get time to stop enjoy the view and take some photos before we head off to next stop. We will dine at Drumbo base camp before we raft the beautiful and exciting Hvítá river. We will get dressed and ready for the raft, the team will help you find equipment in right sizes. After the raft, you can relax in the showers and sauna before heading back to Reykjavik.

Day 3: Whale Watching and the Blue Lagoon

On the third day, we will meet 8:45 am at Reykjavík downtown Harbor.

We start our last morning with an exploration of the open sea with a whale watching adventure. In the afternoon, we head on to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing afternoon. A perfect end to a great weekend!

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. 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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

Do I have to know how to swim to go on river rafting with Arctic Adventures?

Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.

What is the minimum age for a participant on a river rafting tour with Arctic Adventures?

On the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting the minimum age is 11 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Wonderful West the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Beast of the East the minimum age is 18 years.
On the 3 Day River Rush the minimum age is 18 years.

Can I bring my camera with me on the raft?

Yes, you can bring your camera if you like, but if it is not waterproof then it will 100% get ruined.

At Drumbó your options are bringing a waterproof camera, renting a GOpro from us or buying a disposable waterproof camera.

At Hafgrímsstaðir your options are bringing a waterproof camera or getting a copy of the photo/photos one of the guides takes during the tour. A photographer/guides is not a guaranteed thing though so should you wish to arrange photos in advance, please let us know and we will make sure to have a photographer along on the trip.

Is there a guide in each river rafting boat?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.

How does the river grading system work?

GRADE 1: EASY

Fast moving water with very small waves and without obstructions. Passages are obvious and easily navigated. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

GRADE 2: NOVICE

Simple rapids with regular small waves, easy eddies, and gradual bends. Wide, clear channels make navigating easy without scouting. Little manoeuvering is required, and rocks and obstructions are easily avoidable. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class II+.

GRADE 3: INTERMEDIATE

Rapids with strong currents, large waves, powerful hydraulics, and obstructions that may be difficult to avoid. Controlled manoeuvres are often required to navigate, although passages are simple and have relatively little objective danger. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 3- and Grade 3+ respectively.

Grade 4: ADVANCED

Difficult yet predictable rapids with large, irregular waves, boiling eddies, powerful hydraulics, steeper gradient, and some unavoidable obstructions. Passages are often difficult to recognize, and require precise boat control and skillful manoeuvering to navigate. Scouting is likely necessary for safe passage, and self-rescue is difficult. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 4- and Grade 4+ respectively.

GRADE 5: EXPERT

Long, powerful, obstructed, and unpredictable rapids that expose paddlers to significant danger. Rapids are steep with large, unavoidable waves and major hydraulics, congested chutes, and many obstructions. Complex, demanding routes require precise boat control, “must make” moves, and a high level of mental and physical fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, and difficult to reach. Scouting is necessary but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.

GRADE 6: EXTREME

All previous difficulties increased to the absolute limit of practicability, suitable for teams of specially prepared experts only. Runs of this classification are rarely attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible.

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

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.

Do you offer a tour this is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

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

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