Fill your 4 days in Iceland with all our best activities. This is how you should spend 4 days in Iceland!
Make the most of your 4 days in Iceland exploring the ultimate highlights of Reykjavík, South and South-West of Iceland. Every morning we pick you up from your Reykjavík accommodation and guide you to an exciting, beautiful and truly unforgettable experience. One day your are snowmobiling on Iceland’s second largest glacier and the next you are snorkeling in the water from the same glacier 50 km away, going in between the tectonic plates, where the visibility of the water is over 100 meters. Let us take you on a journey of endless adventures
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Golden Circle; Thingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir
- Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
- Snowmobiling on a glacier
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Glacier walk
- Secret Lagoon
- Pick-up from Reykjavik, activities and admission to Secret Lagoon
- All activates
- Admission to Secret Lagoon
- A knowledge guide
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.
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.
Snorkeling in Silfra
The visibility wonderland of Silfra fissure is now world famous amongst divers and for a good reason. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet at Þingvellir national park and then drift apart. Glacier water filters through lava from Langjökull glacier 50 km away and fills up the crack. The water is so clear that divers and snorkelers have almost exactly the same views. Silfra is the only place in the world where you can snorkel in between the tectonic plates.
It is hands down one of the coolest experiences you can do in Iceland, literally. But no worries, we provide an excellent drysuit so you stay warm.
Snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier
If you are looking for an exciting way to experience Iceland, snowmobiling on a glacier is your answer. The tour takes you to explore the second largest glacier in Iceland called Langjökull or the Long Glacier. The drive up there is an adventure on its own as we use huge super jeeps to reach this remote location. There is no feeling like gushing through fresh snow on a glacier in an island in the middle of nowhere. If you are looking for a good story to tell when you get home, here is your start.
South Coast Iceland
The south coast of Iceland is every travelers 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.
Iceland has bubbling hot lava flowing underneath its surface, which makes for a lot of natural hot water. Geothermal energy is our main power source and we have hot pools everywhere. They say that a town only needs a population of 150 people to have a swimming pool. The Secret Lagoon or Gamla laugin like we call it in Icelandic is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. It’s located in the geothermal paradise of Flúðir where fruits and vegetables are grown in green houses all year around. The area is packed with smoke and hot springs adding a certain unique charm to the place. There is no better way to experience Iceland than to bath in its springs. Jump in!
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.
Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon
We start the day once you are picked up in the morning by driving towards the famous Golden Circle. The first stop of the day is at Þingvellir National Park, which 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 continue onward to the geothermal area of Geysir, home of the erupting hot springs. 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.
After a short lunch stop, we head 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 an exciting day on the Golden Circle, we will find our way to the Secret Lagoon. The locals call this the “Secret lagoon” because it was known only to them for a long time. Now you have a chance to bathe in this outstanding pool in magical surroundings. After a nice hot bath, we head back to Reykjavik over the Hellisheiði pass. You can expect to be at your accommodation place at 7 PM.
- Þingvellir national park (e. Thingvellir)
- Strokkur, Geysir hot spring
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Bathing in the Secret Lagoon, Iceland's oldest swimming pool
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- A knowledgable guide in history and geology
- Admission to the Secret Lagoon
Glacier hike & South Coast
Our first stop of the day is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall one of Iceland’s greatest attractions. Here you have the opportunity to walk behind the magnificent wall of water and feel the power generated by the fall. Seljalandsfoss is an excellent place for a memorable photo shoot. Next step on our journey is a giant step for those that have never set foot on a glacier. Hear the ancient ice crack as you safely enjoy your hike on the glacier tongue with our certified glacier guide. After the thrill of the glacier, we head for Reynisfjara where you can leisurely stroll along the black sand beach known for its famous basalt columns and caverns. Witness the Reynisdrangar cliffs and basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea which Icelandic legends say are mischievous trolls turned into rock by the rising sun. We end this great day tour with a stop at majestic Skógafoss waterfall. Here you can walk right up to the 60-meter high thundering waterfall and feel the spray on your face. You can even walk up the 527 steps to gain a bird’s eye view of the cascading water and rainbows.
Experience all those incredible places as we pass through the fertile farming lands and small villages of south Iceland, an area rich of Viking history and heritage, watched over by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. On clear days, you will have an excellent view of these renown volcanoes along with the Westman Islands rising steeply from the ocean just off the coast.
You will be picked up in a bus by Iceland Excursions and will have an Arctic Adventures glacier guide during the tour.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Sólheimajökull glacier hike
- Reynisdrangar basalt columns
- Reynisfjara black beach
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Volcano views
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- Knowledgable guides
- Glacier hiking, guided tour
Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier
You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík in the morning, we’ll drive you to our base on the 2nd largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull glacier. Once we reach our base camp we go over the safety instructions and gear up for our ride. When everyone is ready we head out to the ice cap for a fantastic adventure and amazing scenery. After an hour on the snowmobiles. We’ll head back to Reykjavík and we should be back around 6 pm.
- Scenic drive to Iceland's second largest glacier
- Snowmobiling ride
- Being on a glacier
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- Super Jeep ride
- Overalls, cloves, balaclava and helmet
- 1 hour snowmobiling
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
We’ll pick you up in the morning from your accommodation and head to Thingvellir National Park to the snorkeling site. The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s most known snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir national park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise. Enjoy a great snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit accompanied by our highly skilled guides. This tour is available throughout the year and is a great choice in winter as well as summer. Silfra, frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. With up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site, not to be missed by any snorkeler, experienced or not. After the tour we will drop you off at your accommodation in Reykjavík.
- Snorkeling in glacier waters
- The visibility
- Going in between the tectonic plates
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- All snorkeling gear
- Expert guides
You can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined. We recommend a waterproof camera. You can hire a waterproof digital camera or buy a waterproof disposable camera from us.
If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. Make sure it’s the Information center NOT the Visitor Center.
For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Yes we offer the option, you basically have these two options regarding photos on tours:
For the first option, the snorkel guide has a camera and will take photos of Silfra and of the snorkelers, provided that everyone is comfortable. Safety if the most important thing. Customers can view the photos and if they like they can purchase them. We charge 3,900 ISK for all the photos from the tour. Customers can pay cash or card once they are back in Reykjavik, the guide will upload the photos to a dropbox account and send an invite to the customer.
The second option is to rent an underwater camera from us. We supply and prepare the camera for you so the you can take as many photos as you like. Then at the end of the tour we give you the SD card, included into the cost.
The cost is 4,990 ISK, but it must be booked at least one day before the tour so the guide knows to prepare the camera.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
Basically, yes. All you need to do is book separate tours for the same time. You will spend most of the day together in the water. But you will have separate guides. You will both take the same route in Silfra and see the same places.
The general rule is if someone is greater than 2m tall or weighs over 140kg, then they would struggle to get into a suit. But it’s difficult to tell until someone tries on the suit because someone can weigh a lot because they have a lot of muscle. But this is the best rule of thumb we can give.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Golden Circle and Caving
Golden Circle and Rafting
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.
Price from 79.990 ISK per person.
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