5 days in Iceland including all of its greatest adventure tours in our bestselling holiday package to Reykjavík.
This is the ultimate adventure holiday to the land of Fire and Ice! The trip is built around many of the greatest activity tours while highlighting all of the must see’s that South-Iceland has to offer. This tour also incorporates spare time for guests to explore and experience Reykjavík city on their own. From sea kayaking in deep Nordic fjords to riding the Viking Horse to bathing in a natural hot spring river, this trip of various activities is sure to leave guests with a great long lasting impression of Iceland.
May 15th - September 15th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Sea kayaking in Hvalfjörður fjord and whale watching
- Snorkeling and caving at Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir).
- Hiking to the hot springs
- Horse riding
- Reykjavik city
- Blue Lagoon
- The Golden Circle
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Rafting on Hvítá river
- Transfers with pick up from Reykjavík
- Expert guiding service
- All specialized equipment for activities
- Entrance fee for the Blue Lagoon
This tour is put together of different day tours from Reykjavík, the order of the tours can vary between departures. We will send you the final itinerary once your tour is booked.
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.
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.
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.
Hot spring hunt
We will visit our famous Hot Spring Hunt trail to Reykjadalur Valley in Hveragerði. This easy hike starts only 40 minutes out of Reykjavík and offers a rare secluded look at every type of hot spring Iceland has to offer. At the end of the valley lies a big naturally hot river for you to enjoy.
The Icelandic horse
Riding the unique Icelandic horse is an Iceland experience no one should miss. The Icelandic horse is world famous for it’s five gaits and especially the smooth gait tölt. The Icelandic horse breed has been pure for over a thousand years making it one of the purest breeds in the world. The horse was brought to Iceland when the country was settled in the 9th century and it was the only means of transportation in the rugged Icelandic nature. Today people ride the Icelandic horse for pleasure, traveling and competition and there is a high demand for these friendly and strong horses all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
Pick up & drop off times:
Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching: 9 am, back approx. 8 pm
Snorkeling and caving: 9 am, back approx. 5 pm
Hot springs and horses: 8 am, back approx. 5 pm
Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik: Optional
Golden Circle and rafting: 8 am, back approx. 7 pm
For a longer adventure; add glacial hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier on the sixth day!
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, warm undergarment (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, bathing suit, a 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:
Snorkeling and caving
Hot spring hunt and Horseback riding
Golden Circle and Rafting
There is no food included in this tour.
This tour package is a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavik.
Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching
The tour starts with a Sea Kayaking adventure on the spectacular Hvalfjordur fjord or the Þingvellir lake (depending on weather). The kayaking is a stoic and relaxing trip in guided by certified BCU 4star guides, expertly trained for Icelandic conditions. In the afternoon, we continue our exploration of the open sea with a Whale Watching excursion from Reykjavik downtown harbour.
- Hvalfjordur fjord or the Þingvellir lake (depending on weather)
- Sea Kayaking
- Whale Watching
- Reykjavik Harbour
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- BCU 4star Kayaking Guides
- All necessary Kayaking equipment
- Guided Whale Watching excursion on sea
Snorkeling and Caving
We explore the hidden world of the lava field between Þingvellir and Laugarvatn on a guided lava cave tour. Walking into the cave, discovering the marvels that the volcanic activity has created. The second adventure of the day is a surreal and breathtaking snorkeling tour in the Silfra ravine in the heart of Þingvellir National Park. The Silfra is located on the boundary between America and Europe and offers crystal clear underwater views of the lava fissure. Silfra is one of the top ten dive sites in the world and it’s even better for snorkeling.
- Lava Caving
- Thingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling in Silfra
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Experienced Caving guide
- Necessary Caving equipment
- Certified Snorkeling guide
- Necessary Snorkeling equipment
Hot Springs and Horses
We start with a hike to the amazing hot spring area of Reykjadalur valley where we take a relaxing bath in a hot river… a fairly easy but rewarding trek into mountains filled with hot springs of every shape and size. After our hiking tour, we will go to the Eldhestar horse farm and have lunch, followed by a horse riding tour around the farm. A great chance to experience the unique Icelandic Viking horse with its five gaits and wonderful character.
- Reykjadalur Valley
- Bathe in hot river
- Icelandic Horses
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided hike to Hot spring
- Light Lunch
- Guided Horse back riding tour
- All necessary horse riding equipment
Blue lagoon and Reykjavik
This is a day to relax and rest up for your last adventure day! Shopping and explore Reykjavik by your own and end the day with a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon.
- Explore Reykjavik on you own
- Blue Lagoon
- Pick up form Reykjavik
- Entrance to Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle and Rafting
In the morning, we head out for an amazing excursion of to the Golden Circle starting with a river rafting tour down the beautiful and exciting Hvítá river. Afterwards, you can relax in the hot tubs or sauna and we dine at Drumbo base camp before heading for the Geysir hot spring area, the Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park.
- River Rafting
- Hvita River
- Hot tubs or Sauna
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir geothermal area
- Thingvellir National park
- Pick up from Rekjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- River Rafting on Hvita river
- Certified Rafting guides & Safety Kayakers
- Lunch at Rafting base
- Visit to all highlights of Golden Circle
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.
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.
We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example a fleece or wool sweater and pants, change of clothing and swimwear.
No prior kayaking experience is required for the tours as our professional guides will teach the technique on location.
Our kayaking tours are all listed at a level easy or moderate so most people should be able to do the tour. Just keep in mind that the activity is an outdoor nature activity so some physical strength is needed.
All our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4 star BCU sea kayak guides.
We use top of the line plastic sea kayaks.
Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.
Yes, they can tip over, although they are very stable and it happens rarely. If they tip over the guide has the necessary equipment and ability to quickly tip them over again.
If the kayaks tip over participants don’t have to worry too much, all participants get life jackets and neoprene suits so they will stay warm even if they fall in.
You can take things in the kayaks (e.g. waterproof camera would be a good idea). Not recommended to take too much in the day trip (as there is really no need for it).
Although you don’t need to “swim” while sea kayaking, we recommend that you can. People that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.
Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.
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.
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.
Yes, we provide life jackets for everyone.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.
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.
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 108.990 ISK per person.
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