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5 Day Adventure Summer Package

Great value, great fun, great adventures and incredible memories!

ATV Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Horse-Riding Hot-Spring Ice-Climbing Rafting Snorkeling
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The most incredible activities make this the king of adventure travel tours. Our best selling activities and day tours will give you the most crazily amazing five days. From sea kayaking in deep Icelandic fjords to riding an Icelandic horse and hot spring river bathing. Your nights are spent in Reykjavík, giving you the chance to explore the city – each day we pick you up for another exciting tour!

  • Availability
    May 15th - September 15th
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    14 years
  • Ratio
    1:8-16
  • Price from
    113.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir
Golden Circle
Blue Lagoon
Included
All transfers with pick up from Reykjavík
All activities
Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon

This tour package is a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavík. More information about each day and all activities can be seen in the itinerary.

Golden Circle
The famous Golden Circle has three outstanding natural attractions: Geysir, home to the famous hot spring which gave us the English word ‘Geyser’, see torrents of boiling water being erupted 25 m high! The geologically amazing, Þingvellir National Park, has a dramatic cliff running through it where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been moving apart. Iceland´s historic parliament, Alþingi, the oldest still existing parliament in the world, was founded here in 930 CE. Þingvellir is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Finally, Gullfoss waterfall, (the Golden Falls), see the golden hued spray and feel the power as the roaring water crashes through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages.

River Rafting
Drumboddstaðir, our comfortable river rafting base is the start point for your exhilarating river rafting trip on the Hvítá (the White River). This river has a perfect blend of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline inducing rapids and white water rafting. You will pass through Brúarhlöð, a magnificent canyon where we give you the option of jumping from the cliff into the river. Safety kayakers accompany us and we provide you with a wetsuit, life vest, helmet and a paddle. Our facilities include a sauna, hot showers, refreshments and a bar.

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing
You get to go glacier hiking and try ice climbing on the magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. We equip you with ice crampons, ice axes, helmets and all of the ice climbing equipment you need for your glacier adventure. Your glacier guide will show you how to use these tools then you are off hiking across the rugged, raw and constantly changing ice wonderland. Learn all about the dramatic sink holes, crevasses and really jagged ice ridges which pepper the glacier, then try your hand at ice climbing.

Snorkeling in Silfra
The unrivaled visibility of Silfra fissure, its unique geological situation and exceptional underwater scenery, has made this a world top 10 dive. The crystal clear glacial water has flowed 50 km through lava all the way from Langjökull glacier. Silfra is actually in the ravine between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. There is nowhere else in the world where you can dive between two continents! We provide a quality drysuit to keep you comfortable in the cool glacial water – one of the most amazing experiences in Iceland.

Lava Caving
Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Those eruptions have formed huge lava fields over the centuries, and sometimes incredible lava tube caves.  Your caving guide will explain the extraordinary and sometimes surprisingly colorful lava structures which were formed when high volumes of fluid lava flowed under lava which was already hardening. Lava tubing will show you a different side of Iceland. Stand in the speleologist’s shoes to explore the magnificent formations nature has left for us to enjoy.

Hot Spring Hunt
An exciting hot spring hunt will take you on a trail through the Reykjadalur Valley at Hveragerði. Hiking through spectacular mountain vistas, the steam wafting from multiple hot springs will give the landscapes a dreamy quality. Along the way you will see every type of hot spring that Iceland has to offer, your hiking guide will tell you all about them. You will come to a natural hot spring river where you can bathe surrounded by the peace of nature.

The Icelandic horse
Riding the unique Icelandic horse is an Iceland experience no one should miss. The Icelandic horse is world famous for its unique five gaits, especially the smooth gait, tölt. The breed has been pure for over a thousand years making it one of the purest breeds in the world. These horses were brought to Iceland when the country was settled in the 9th century, it was the only means of transport across the rugged Icelandic terrain. Horseback riding in Iceland is unique and special!

Blue Lagoon
The iconic Blue Lagoon is one of the first places which comes to mind when people think about Iceland. Being located so perfectly, in the middle of a lava field in between the airport and the capital, it kind of is a must-see for anyone traveling to Iceland. The Blue Lagoon’s water is natural, pumped up through the ground where it has been heated by the hot lava flowing underneath the surface. It is rich in minerals like silica, which will leave your skin smooth and soft and is actually known to have healing powers for psoriasis and eczema. Doctors in Iceland write prescriptions for people to go to the lagoon. Soak in this magical lagoon in the most amazing Icelandic lava scenery. You will not be disappointed.

Pick up & drop off times:
Day 1: 8:00 AM, back approx. 7:00 PM
Day 2: 8:30 AM, back approx. 7:00 PM
Day 3: 9:00 AM, back approx. 5:00 PM
Day 4: 8:00 AM, back approx. 6:00 PM
Day 5: 9:00 AM, back optional
(multiple departures from the blue lagoon)

Vouchers
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 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
ATV’s

Please note

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

Pick up at 8:00 from your accommodation or a nearby location in Reykjavík. Please note: the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:00.

The Reykjavík adventure package begins with the amazing Golden Circle wonders, your first day is then crowned with a really exciting river rafting trip.

Your travel through the farmlands of South Iceland to see magnificent Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), on the Hvítá (the White River) which flows all the way from Langjökull glacier. Witness the extraordinary power as the water is forced through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages, pivoting dramatically as it does so. You will be rafting on Hvítá later on! At Geysir, you will see Strokkur, the most active geyser nowadays, erupting huge volumes of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes. Next is Þingvellir National Park, the amazing site of Iceland´s first parliament, Alþingi, which was founded in 930 AD. This amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only the place where the Alþingi was founded, it is one of the greatest geological wonders in the world. You will see how the tectonic plates have moved apart creating this rugged rift valley.

Your tour will then take you to Drumboddstaðir, our comfortable river rafting base a little higher up the Hvítá river from Gullfoss. The river offers exhilarating adrenaline raising white water rapids and quieter more serene areas with outstanding scenery. At Brúarhlöð, a magnificent rugged canyon where the river flows more peacefully, you will have the opportunity to leap from the cliff into the river. We provide everything you need for your kayaking trip including a wetsuit, helmet, life vest and a paddle. Our safety kayakers accompany the rafts at all times. Refreshments may be purchased from the Drumbó restaurant and bar. You are welcome to relax in the sauna and/or to take a shower after your rafting trip (included).

This day tour has it all: exciting rafting, amazing Viking history, unique geological wonders and sensational scenery.

Remember to bring: Warm undergarments (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit and a towel for river rafting. Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, gloves, headwear and hiking shoes for the Golden Circle.

 

Day Highlights
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Thingvellir National Park
Hvítá (Hvita River)
River Rafting
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Minibus guided tour
Golden Circle highlights
Drumbó Base Camp facilities
River rafting equipment
Certificated rafting guides & safety kayakers

Day 2: Glacier hike and Ice Climbing

Pick up at 8:30 from your accommodation or a nearby location in Reykjavík. Please note: the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:30.

Here is your chance to hike and climb on an immeasurably majestic Glacier! This tour will take you onto the amazing frozen world of Sólheimajökull glacier, a rugged, raw and constantly changing glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. With a professional glacier guide, who will provide you with all of the necessary glacier equipment, you will explore Sólheimajökull. Your guide will explain the extraordinary ice formations of this crevasse riddled outlet glacier, you will see sink holes and jagged toothed ice ridges. Those who want to can then test our ice climbing skills on the glacier using ice axes, crampons and safety lines. This glacier experience of a lifetime will leave you with unforgettable memories.

On the way back to Reykjavík we even stop at Skógafoss, a beautiful waterfall!

Remember to bring: Warm layers (not cotton), headwear, scarf, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots are essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons onto any other footwear.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
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.

Day Highlights
Solheimajokull Glacier
Glacier Hike
Optional Ice Climbing
Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
Pick up from Reykjavík
Guided Glacier Hike
Opportunity to try ice climbing
Certified Glacier Guide
Glacier and ice climbing equipment

Day 3: Snorkeling and Caving

Pick up at 9:00 from your accommodation or a nearby location in Reykjavík. Please note: the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 09:00.

This caving and snorkeling tour will give you some fabulous new angles on Iceland!

We head out to a lava tube cave not far from Reykjavík. We go either to Leiðarendi Cave or Gjábakkahellir, both caves are typical lava tubes, formed when streams of hot lava flowed beneath lava which was already cooling. Accompanied by a qualified and experienced caving guide, who will kit you out with a helmet and headlamp, you will learn how some incredible lava formations were created in this stunning and surprisingly colorful underground world. Sometimes the cave is amazingly spacious and high, other times you need to travel on all fours.

After we surface there is time for a quick lunch before you dive into Silfra.

Your certified snorkeling guide will equip you with everything you need and you are ready to go. You will be stunned by supernaturally brilliant shades of blue, as the exceptional visibility reveals incredible rock formations within this amazing sub-aquatic chasm. Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, which is simply unrivaled. Comfortably warm in an insulated drysuit you will be free to enjoy feelings of weightlessness and supreme serenity as you drift along with the lazy current, simply awe-stricken at the spectacular sights in the depths beneath you! 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. Silfra has frequently been rated as one of the world’s top ten dives. There is nowhere else in the world where you can dive in a fissure between two tectonic plates! Are you up for a really special and totally unique experience?

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) for snorkeling. Warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, headwear, scarf and good hiking shoes for caving.

Day Highlights
Lava Field
Lava Tube Caving
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided Caving tour
Certified and experienced caving guide
All caving equipment
Snorkeling tour with certified guide
All snorkeling equipment

Day 4: Hot springs and Horses

Pick up at 8:00 from your accommodation or a nearby location in Reykjavík. Please note: the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:00.

This classic hike starts from the outskirts of Hveragerði, the town of hot springs and flowers. With a professional hiking guide you will explore the magnificent hot spring valley of Reykjadalur, following a trail through magical mountain scenery. You are heading for the hot spring river, often called ‘Steam Valley’, hot water flows down and blends with a cool water source in the river, giving a perfect temperature for bathing. As you hike through the valley you will see every kind of hot spring which can be discovered in Iceland, your guide will share some fascinating hot spring and local information with you. A 7 km hike and hot spring bathing! Do remember to bring your bathing suit and towel.

You get the chance to grab a quick lunch before you mount an Icelandic horse!

Your horse riding guide will equip you with everything you need and provide some horse riding instructions. Try out the unique fifth gait of the Icelandic horse, tölt, as you ride through stunning scenery. You will see some farms and get an idea of how farming and horse breeding have developed over the last few decades. After your horse riding adventure you are invited into the farmhouse for coffee and some authentic Icelandic home baked goods!

Remember to bring: Good hiking shoes, warm layers, headwear, gloves, scarves, waterproof jacket and pants.

Day Highlights
Reykjadalur Valley
Hiking
Hot spring river bathing
Icelandic horse riding
Included
Pick up in Reykjavik
Guided hike to the hot spring river
Guided horseback riding tour
Horse riding equipment

Day 5: ATV and Blue Lagoon

On your last day you actually get to do two tours, an adrenaline raising ATV tour and a relaxing and serene trip to the Blue Lagoon! There is some flexibility with the timings so pick up and return times will be confirmed when you book your tours.

You are picked up in Reykjavík for your ATV Quad Bike tour. ATV driving will be sure to to get your adrenaline really flowing as you roar off to the top of Mount Hafrafell! On a clear day, the views are mind-blowing, Mount Úlfarsfell, Hafravatn, a picturesque lake in the valley behind Mosfellsbær, Mount Esja, the whole of Reykjavík and the Reykjanes peninsula will stretch out before you. This really is the most exciting and speediest way to explore the wondrous landscapes ‘hiding’ behind the mountains!

After that adrenaline rush you will be ready for some relaxation! Your final tour will take you to the perfect location to capture some chilled Icelandic bliss. We pick you up from Reykjavík and drive you across Reykjanes to the Blue Lagoon,  a world famous spa. Make the most of the opportunity to bathe in the milky, silky smooth and skin soothing waters and to totally relax in the lunar landscape. Facilities include a shop, cafeteria, the Lava Restaurant and a bar offering an impressive cocktail menu.

Remember to bring: Bathing suit and towel (these may be hired from the Blue Lagoon).

 

 

Day Highlights
ATV ride
Mount Úlfarsfell
Blue Lagoon
Included
Pick up in Reykjavík (both tours)
Guided ATV tour with experienced guide
All ATV equipment
Entrance to Blue Lagoon
What equipment do you provide for the lave tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

For how long are you inside the lava tube cave?

You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.

What should I wear on a lava caving tour in Iceland?

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.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

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.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

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).

Do you take photos on the snorkeling tours?

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.

Can I wear glasses on a snorkeling tour in Silfra?

Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

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.

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?

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.

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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