4 days in Iceland filled with our best ever activities. The most exciting and spectacularly amazing way to spend 4 days in Iceland!
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Explore the ultimate highlights of Reykjavík and South Iceland on this incredible 4 day adventure tour from Reykjavik. Each morning you are picked up from Reykjavík and whisked away to see unforgettable sights and experience amazing one-of-a-kind activities. From snowmobiling on Iceland’s second-largest glacier to snorkeling between the tectonic plates at Silfra and glacier hiking. Join us for a journey of endless adventures!
Please note: If you’re traveling with a party of 2 or more, be sure to book everyone under a single reservation. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee you will all be on the same tour activity.
This itinerary does not include hotel stays. For multi-day trips with accommodation, check out our Multi-Day Tours.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Golden Circle - Thingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir
- Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
- Secret Lagoon
- Glacier Snowmobiling
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
- Glacier Walk
- Transport to/from Reykjavik
- All Activities
- Admission to the Secret Lagoon
- All Required Safety Equipment
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
This adventure package tour offers you Iceland adventure travel at its best combining our most popular activity day tours. Each day we pick you up for amazing sightseeing and action activities. You are returned to the city to enjoy the best of Reykjavík´s evening attractions. For full details of daily schedules and activities please see the itinerary.
South Coast Sightseeing and Glacier Hiking
On the way to Sólheimajökull glacier you will travel along the scenic south coast with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and mountains, glaciers and breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls on the other. You will see Seljalandsfoss, the incredible waterfall where you can walk behind the tumbling cascade. You will visit the stunning black beach, Reynisfjara, famous for its amazing black basalt cliff formations, and Skógafoss, a very beautiful waterfall.
Your certified glacier guide will equip you with ice crampons then escort you onto Sólheimajökull, a majestic outlet glacier of the mighty Vatnajökull. Discovering this rugged, raw and constantly evolving frozen wonderland, you will see and learn all about the dramatic sink holes, crevasses and really jagged ice ridges which make this glacier such an exciting and vibrant place. Hiking on the glacier will leave you with memories to treasure forever.
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
There are three parts to the Golden Circle: Geysir, home to the famous hot spring which gave us the English word ‘Geyser’, see torrents of boiling water being erupted 25 m or higher! The geologically amazing, Þingvellir National Park, has the Mid-Atlantic Ridge running through it, right where Iceland´s historic parliament, Alþingi, one of the oldest parliaments in the world, was founded in 930 CE. Þingvellir is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Finally, Gullfoss waterfall, (the Golden Falls), feel the spray in the air and the sheer power of nature as the roaring water forces its way through the rugged falls, dropping 32 m in two stages.
The Secret Lagoon
This geothermal bathing pool is situated in the picturesque area of Flúðir, a hot spring geothermal paradise. The lagoon is in wonderful surroundings and it is a perfect temperature for bathing. There are seating areas, walking paths and a geyser in the area around the pool. This is the perfect place to enjoy hot spring bathing out in unspoiled Icelandic nature. Showers, comfortable changing rooms and a bar offering drinks and snacks are available.
Snorkeling in Silfra
The exceptionally clear water within the Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park is just one reason why this is a world famous dive. You will actually be diving in the fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates with the most incredible and varied underwater scenery. Silfra at Þingvellir is the only place in the world where you can do this. Our good quality drysuit will keep you warm! Difficulty level: Moderate, everything else on this package tour is easy.
Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier
Snowmobiling on a glacier is one of the most exhilarating and glorious experiences to be had in Iceland. You are driven in an all terrain Super Jeep to our Langjökull snow mobile base, get your snowmobiling gear, a few driving instructions and you are off skimming over the great white world of Landjökull (the Long Glacier). A magical hour on the ice – there is nothing more special than snowmobiling through fresh snow – you will feel as though you are gliding across the roof of the world!
Pick up & Drop off times:
– South Coast Sightseeing & Glacier Hiking: 8:00 am – Duration ~11 hours
– Snorkeling in Silfra: 8:30 am – Duration ~6 hours
– Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon: 09:00 am – Duration ~9 hours
– Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier: 12:30 pm – Duration ~10 hours
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 outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, packed lunch, towel and a change of clothing. Sturdy hiking shoes are essential for glacier hiking because it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other footwear. Those who intend to drive a snowmobile must bring a Driving License.
Day 1: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon
Pick up is at 09:00 am in winter, and 8:00 am in summer, from your accommodation or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. This process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at the time stated on your emailed itinerary.
You travel through beautiful scenery to magnificent Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), on the Hvítá (the White River), which flows all the way from Langjökull glacier. Feel the extraordinary power as the water is forced through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages, pivoting spectacularly as it does so. At Geysir, you will see Strokkur, the most active geyser nowadays, erupting vast volumes of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. Þingvellir National Park is next, the amazing site of Iceland´s first parliament, Alþingi, which was founded in 930 AD. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only the place where the Alþingi was founded, it is also a great geological wonder of the world. The rugged cliff, created by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates slowly moving apart, runs right through Þingvellir. Walking a pathway between two continents offers some incredible photo opportunities!
You will travel through the beautiful village of Flúðir, a highly geothermally active area on your way to the Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. The Icelandic name is Gamla Laugin, meaning the old pool. The hot spring bathing pool is situated in a very beautiful area next to a forest, the pool is absolutely blissful and the nature around it is totally idyllic, there are places to sit and relax, walking paths and a geyser. Showers, comfortable changing rooms and a bar offering drinks and snacks are all available.
We expect to return to Reykjavík at around 17:00.
Remember to bring: warm layers, gloves and headwear, weatherproof top layer, good hiking shoes and your camera. You will also need your bathing suit and towel for the Secret Lagoon.
- Guided small group Golden Circle Tour
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Strokkur hot spring at Geysir
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Secret Lagoon hot spring bathing
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- Knowledgeable Guide
- Admission to the Secret Lagoon
Day 2: Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes & Waterfalls - South Coast Adventure
Pick up is at 08:00 am from your accommodation or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. This process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:00.
Your tour will take you through farming areas, small towns and villages on the way to Seljalandsfoss, a really rare waterfall. You can actually walk behind the cascade, leaving you with a great appreciation of the power of these elegant falls, as well as some unique photo possibilities. Our next attraction is a giant step for those who have never set foot on a glacier! Walking safely on ice crampons, accompanied by a certified glacier guide you will even be astounded by the sounds in this magical place, the ancient ice cracks and groans as it moves! See Sólheimajökull‘s spellbinding ice features including great steep-ridged crevasses. Most visitors are surprised to discover that glaciers are continually evolving. Your knowledgeable guide will really bring this world alive for you!
From white ice to the coal black beach at Reynisfjara. Witness the white-tipped wild Atlantic waves and the starkly beautiful black basalt columns and caverns. See the Reynisdrangar cliffs and basalt rock stacks which rise from the sea, the Icelandic legends say these are mischievous trolls who were turned to rock by the rising sun! Our final stop is at Skógafoss, a 60 m high thundering waterfall, you can get close enough to feel the spray on your face! Or climb the 527 steps to get amazing views from the top, a pathway from here leads all the way up to Fimmvörðuháls, between two great volcano mountains, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Return to Reykjavík is around 18:00, the Icelandic weather can be somewhat in charge of timescales.
- The South Coast of Iceland
- The black beach at Reynisfjara
- Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
- Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Reynisdrangar basalt columns
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- South shore sightseeing tour
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Professional guiding throughout
Day 3: Glacier Snowmobiling from Reykjavik
Pick up information:
From 1. November – 31. May: Pick up starts at 12:00.
From 1. June – 31. October: Pick up starts at 07:30.
Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
You are taken through the picturesque scenery of South Iceland up way beyond Gullfoss waterfall onto the majestic frost-kingdom of Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. This really is a once in a lifetime adventure, the glacier covers a vast area of 953 m2 and soars to a height of 14,500 m, surrounded by high mountain peaks. Our all terrain vehicle will deliver you to our remote snowmobiling base.
Your specialist glacier/snowmobile guide will give you your gear, a few, brief snowmobile driving instructions and you are ready, setting off for an hour on the ice. A rip-roaring ride which will really get the adrenaline racing through your veins! As you skim effortlessly across the pristine icy world of Langjökull you will feel as though you are sailing across a magical high plateau, a real-life fairy tale on a real-life and stupendous glacier. This is one of the most exciting and glorious experiences which anyone can have in Iceland – there really is nothing more special. Why settle for the ordinary when you can experience the extraordinary?
The snowmobile base is warm and cozy, with fabulous views. Restrooms and hot drinks are available.
You return to Reykjavík about 18:00 but the weather in Iceland can sometimes cause delays.
Remember to bring: Your Driving License, two people share a snowmobile, each person who wishes to drive must bring their Driving License. Warm clothing to wear under the snowmobile suits we provide and good hiking shoes.
When booking a solo ride snowmobile, an additional fee of 6000 ISK is charged.
- Scenic drive to Langjökull Glacier
- Snowmobiling adventure
- Langjökull Glacier
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- Super Jeep transport onto Langjökull
- Overalls, gloves, balaclava and helmet
- 1 hour snowmobiling
- Glacier/Snowmobiling Guide
Day 4: Into the Blue from Reykjavik - Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
Pick up starts at 9 am from authorized pick up points in Reykjavík. The pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready at the stated time.
We drive you to Silfra Fissure, at Þingvellir National Park. Your certified snorkeling guide will equip you with everything you need, give you a few simple instructions and you are ready to dive. Be prepared to be stunned by the beauty which surrounds you! You will see supernaturally brilliant shades of blue, as the exceptional visibility reveals the most amazing rock formations. Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, which is simply unrivalled. There are four sections, each with a different character: the deep Silfra Crack, the majestic Silfra Hall, the expansive and rich blue world of Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon which has the most incredible visibility. Our insulated drysuit you will keep you comfortable as you enjoy the sensation of weightlessness and great serenity, drifting with the lazy current and witnessing the spectacular sights unfolding in the depths beneath you! Silfra is usually rated as a world top 10 dive. This is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates!
Please note: You will not be able to wear glasses whilst snorkeling, so unless you bring prescription goggles you will need to wear contact lenses. It is also important that you are able to clearly understand instructions given in English. There are some health and fitness requirements for snorkeling, together with size restrictions (drysuit sizes available), please ask about these when you book your tour.
Remember to bring: Warm long underwear, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm wool socks and a change of clothes (just in case).
- Silfra Fissure
- Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
- Exceptional underwater visibility and scenery
- Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
- All snorkeling equipment
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- Guided snorkeling tour
- Silfra admission fee
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but we recommend to have a waterproof one if you want to have it in the water with you.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.
GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W
Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.
We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.
Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually, take photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go into the water.
You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 2990 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and will be taking photos when everyone is comfortable.
No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.
You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.
Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.
Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.
You need to be more than 12 years old. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
You need to know how to swim independently. Because of the dry suit sizes, there are height-weight limitations. The minimum height is 150 cm, and the minimum weight is 45 kg. The maximum height is 200 cm, and the maximum weight is 120 kg.
All participants must have read and followed directions in the Snorkeling in Silfra Handbook
The minimum height is:
- 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
- 45 kg (99 lbs)
The maximum height is:
- 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
- 120 kg (265 lbs)
Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.
When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.
No, you don’t need any previous experience to snorkel, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.
Please wear or bring some long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.
We provide dry suits so that your body stays dry, and you will also wear undergarments to keep you warm. We use high-quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three. But it is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous but can feel a little cold, so we recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.
We provide an undergarment and neoprene dry suit from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide a neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!
We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.
Yes, there are 2 toilet facilities at Silfra. However, we don’t recommend that you use them for changing, as it can result in long queues.
Sometimes fish venture into Silfra from Þingvallavatn lake, but they will quickly swim back, as they don’t like chilly glacier waters. However, there is plenty of colorful seaweed, including a bright green variety known as “troll hair”, which makes the fissure unlike anything on the surface.
The cave systems in Silfra can be up to 60 m deep. However, your dive in Silfra will be from about 7 to 12 m, and the maximum diving depth that is permitted is 18 m.
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 multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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