Great value, great fun, great adventures and great memories!
We made this amazing package to make it easy for you to get the most out of your time in Iceland. Five days filled with our most popular day tours, all the activities you should not miss out on while in Iceland. 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. You spend your nights in Reykjavík so you have time to explore the city on your own and then we pick you up for new exciting adventures every day.
May 15th - September 15th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Golden Circle
- Blue Lagoon
- All transfers with pick up from Reykjavík
- Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon
This tour package is a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavík. See more information about each day in Itinerary
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.
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.
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.
Pick up & drop off times:
Day 1: 8:00 AM, back approx. 7:00 PM
Day 2: 8:00 AM, back approx. 7:00 PM
Day 3: 9:00 AM, back approx. 5:00 PM
Day 4: 9:00 AM, back approx. 6:00 PM
Day 5: 9:00 AM, back optional
(multiple departures from the blue lagoon)
What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, hiking shoes, bathing suit, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a towel and
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:
Golden Circle and Rafting
Glacier hiking and ice climbing
Snorkeling and caving
Hot springs and Horses
Flights, food, accommodation are not included in this tour. Solo ATV bike on the last day is possible to upgrade.
Day 1: Golden Circle and Rafting
We start this package trip with an amazing visit to the Golden Circle. There we will see the Geysir hot spring area, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir national park. We dine at Drumbo base camp before we raft the beautiful and exciting Gullfoss canyon. Afterward, you can relax in the hot tubs or sauna.
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal area
- Thingvellir National Park
- Hvita River
- River Rafting
- Pick up form Reykjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to all highlights of Golden Circle
- Lunch at Rafting base camp
- River rafting with all necessary equipment
- Experienced guides & Safety kayakers
Day 2: Glacier hike and ice climbing
This is our glacier day! We will drive along the beautiful South Shore and visit the rugged, breathtaking Sólheimajökul outlet glacier. There we will walk on the ancient ice and learn about how it is created and how it continues to move and change every day. We will also try out ice climbing on one of the glacier walls. On the way back we will stop at the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall.
- Solheimajokull glacier
- Glacier hike
- Optional Ice Climbing
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Guided glacier hike
- Opportunity to try ice climbing
- Certified Glacier guide
- All necessary glacier and ice climb equipment
Day 3: Snorkeling and Caving
On day three, we explore the hidden world of the lava field between Þingvellir and Laugarvatn. 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 visit to the Silfra ravine in the heart of the 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 Fields
- Lava caving
- Thingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling in Silfra
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Guided Caving tour with experienced guide
- Experienced caving guide
- All necessary Caving equipment
- Snorkeling tour with certified guide
- All necessary Snorkeling equipment
Day 4: Hot springs and Horses
In the morning, we head out for 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 riddled with hot springs. After we head to Eldhestar farm for a horse riding trip around the farm. A great chance to experience the unique Icelandic horse and its abilities.
- Reykjadalur Valley
- Bathe in hot river
- Icelandic Horses
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided hike to Hot spring
- Guided Horse back riding tour
- All necessary horse riding equipment
Day 5: ATV and Blue Lagoon
On the last day, we start at 9:00 with an ATV (also called quad bikes) adventure to the top of Úlfarsfell mountain. There we will enjoy a spectacular view over the Reykjavík capital area and Esja mountain. We are back in Reykjavik at 13:00 and after a lunch (not included) you will visit the Blue Lagoon and relax in the famous hot spring. Note that on the ATV tour two persons share one bike if client does not upgrade to solo ride.
- ATV ride
- Ulfarsfell Mountain
- Blue Lagoon
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided ATV tour with experienced guide
- All necessary ATV equipment
- 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.
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.
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 113.990 ISK per person.
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