This 5-day holiday package offers a broad selection of great adventure highlights - glacier hiking, Ice climbing, snorkeling, sight seeing, blue lagoon and more.
This is the king of package tours for those who want to experience all of the spectacular adventures that Iceland can deliver: snorkeling in Silfra, lava caving, an amazing ice climb, glacier hiking, horseback riding and more. This tour offers an amazing opportunity to truly know this land of fire and ice. An adventurer by day, each night you return to Reykjavík with its exciting restaurants and nightlife.
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Blue Lagoon
- Horseback riding
- Silfra Fissure
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Leiðarendi (Leidarendi Cave)
- ATV's - Quad biking
- Ice Climbing
- Glacier Hiking
- Pick up from Reykjavík
- Highlights of the Golden Circle
- All activities from highlights
- Certified Guides for each activity
- Required equipment for each activity
- Blue Lagoon entrance fee
This Reykjavík package tour is the very best of winter adventure packages. Full details about each day´s activities are shown in the itinerary.
The Icelandic horse
Riding an Icelandic horse is a unique experience which no visitor to Iceland should miss out on, these horses have a unique fifth gait, tölt. The Icelandic horse was brought to Iceland in the 9th century, and the breed has been kept pure. Small but incredibly strong, these horses are perfectly suited to the rough Icelandic terrain. You just have to ride an Icelandic horse!
Snorkeling in Silfra
The unrivaled visibility of Silfra fissure, unique geological situation and the kind of underwater scenery usually only seen in the tropics, has made this a world top 10 dive. Silfra fissure is actually within the ravine in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, these have been slowly moving apart at Þingvellir National Park. Diving between the tectonic plates is totally unique, you cannot do this anywhere else in the world! One of the best winter experiences in Iceland – our quality drysuit will keep you comfortable in the crystal clear glacial water.
There are three components to the famous 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. The amazing history and geology of Þingvellir have placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Finally, Gullfoss, (the Golden Waterfall), 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.
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. Like the speleologist who discovered this lava cave you will get the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of Iceland. 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. Delving beneath the surface you will see an amazing side of Iceland!
Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing
Two totally magical glacier experiences! You get to hike and go ice climbing on magnificent Sólheimajökull, a majestic glacier tongue of the great Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Equipped with ice crampons, ice axes, helmets and all of the other glacier hiking and ice climbing equipment you need for your great ice adventure. Your guide will explain ice climbing techniques and how to use these tools then you are off to hike and climb on this rugged, raw and constantly changing frozen wonderland. You will see and learn all about the dramatic sink holes, crevasses and really jagged ice ridges which are part of this glacial world. Overall this combination tour is classed as easy. Ice climbing is classified as a moderate activity. This means it is suitable for those with no glacier experience who are in a reasonable physical condition.
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:
ATV & Horses: 09:00 am – duration about 9 hours.
Snorkeling in Silfra: 09:00 am – duration about 4 hours with the transfer.
Golden Circle & Lava Caving: 09:00 am – duration around 8 hours
Blue Ice Glacier hiking and climbing: Pick up starts at 08:00 am – duration 10 hours with the transfer.
Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík: Pick up can vary depending on when you want to visit the Blue Lagoon.
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.
Remember to bring: For this package tour you will need to have warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, hiking trousers, fleece or wool tops, hiking shoes, warm undergarments (fleece/wool sweater and pants), bathing suit, sunglasses (it can be very bright on the glacier) and a towel. Do not forget your camera!
If you don’t want to do the whole package all of the activities can also be done separately:
ATV and Horseback riding
Snorkeling in Silfra
Golden Circle and Lava caving
Glacier hiking and ice climbing
Flights, lunch, dinner, and accommodation are not included in this tour.
Day 1: ATV and Horses
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.
We drive out of the city to Íshestar, a horse farm set in spectacular surroundings close to the Bláfjöll Mountains. We will saddle up ready for our Icelandic horseback adventure which will take us through the lava fields close to, Helgafell, a fabulous mountain volcano. This is a classic horse riding tour through stunning and dramatic scenery, the lunar vistas of the lava field will leave you in no doubt at all that you are in Iceland!
You will ride through vast lava fields and across beautiful hillsides to Hvaleyrarvatn, a stunning and charming lake just south of Hafnarfjörður. This area around this beautiful and picturesque lake is much-prized as a recreation area by local people. Icelandic horses are well-behaved and the riding paths here are safe giving you the chance to really appreciate the superb scenery, with the beautiful Bláfjöll Mountains (the Blue Mountains) framing the horizon.
You are then brought back to Reykjavík where you get a short break before being picked up for your ATV ride. At the ATV base near Mossfellsbær a powerful and rugged 650 cc CanAm Outlander Max Quad Bike will be waiting for you. Some simple instructions and you are ready to ride! Your adventure starts with a journey to Hafravatn, a stunning lake beneath steep mountains, with some lovely wooded areas. This is a very popular fishing and picnicking spot with Icelanders, a few of whom are lucky enough to have summer houses with views of the lake.
Now to get the adrenaline really flowing! Roaring off to the top of Mount Hafrafell will certainly do that! From the top the views, on a clear day, are mind-blowing, Mount Úlfarsfell, the valleys behind Mosfellsbær, the whole of the bay around Reykjavík and the Reykjanes peninsula will stretch out before you. This really is the most magical way to explore the mountains on the outskirts of the city!
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, sturdy shoes, headwear and gloves.
- Icelandic Horses
- Lake Hvaleyrarvatn
- ATV ride
- Lake Hafravatn
- Mountain, country and lava views
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Horseback riding tour with experienced guide
- All necessary horse riding equipment
- ATV ride with all necessary equipment
Day 2: Snorkeling in Silfra
Pick up at 9:00 from your accommodation or a nearby pickup location in Reykjavík. Please note: the pickup process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 09:00.
The Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s glittering jewels and one of the most desirable snorkeling locations in the world. From the surface, this narrow channel of blue water meanders through a chasm in the lava field very close to the site of the oldest still existing parliament in the world, Iceland´s Alþingi. Silfra actually sits within the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates at Þingvellir where the plates have been slowly edging apart. Exploring the fissure from beneath the surface, a magical world, with amazing scene after amazing scene opening out before your eyes will unfold.
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.
- Thingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Certified Snorkeling Guide
- All snorkeling equipment
Day 3: Golden Circle and Lava Caving
Pick up at 9:00 from your accommodation or a nearby pick up 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.
We start with a visit to a fascinating lava tube cave beneath the lava field at Bláfjöll (the Blue Mountains), not far from Reykjavík. Your qualified and experienced caving guide will get you kitted out with a helmet and a torchlight before escorting you down into the lava cave tube. You will learn how the incredible lava formations were created in this stunning and surprisingly colorful world. Sometimes the cave is amazingly spacious and high, in other parts you will need to travel on all fours.
You then travel to the Golden Circle: Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), Geysir, to see Strokkur erupting huge volumes of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes and then Þingvellir National Park. Here you will see the amazing site of Iceland´s first parliament, Alþingi, which was founded in 930 AD. This amazing place is the site of the oldest continuous parliament in the world and one of the greatest geological wonders. It can clearly be seen here how the tectonic plates have moved apart creating the magnificent and rugged rift valley.
This day tour has it all: stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders and a great caving adventure!
- Lava fields in Blue Mountains
- Lava Caving
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal area
- Thingvellir national Park
- Guided Lava Cave tour
- Experienced Caving guide
- All necessary Caving equipment
- Minibus Golden Circle tour
Day 4: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing
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.
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!
- Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull Glacier)
- Glacier Hike
- Optional Ice Climbing
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Pick up form Reykjavik
- Glacier hike with certified guide
- Opportunity to try Ice climbing
- All necessary Glacier & Ice Climbing equipment
Day 5: Reykjavik & Blue lagoon
Pick up: Today you can sleep in a little if you want or take more time to explore Reykjavík on your own! There are several departures each day to the Blue Lagoon so you just need to book the option which suits you best according to availability.
The Blue Lagoon is now 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.
Enjoy the final day of your cream of adventure tours experience!
- Explore Reykjavik on your own
- Blue Lagoon
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- 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.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.
For 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 takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water. You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos can not be guaranteed. Our customers safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore it can happen that the guide have to focus on helping the snorkelers in the water instead of taking photos.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
Some snorkeling 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 wont be in the water exactly at the same time
The minimum height/weight is 150cm&45 kg. The maximum height weight is 200cm&120 kg.
You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.
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 of snorkeling, 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.
The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It can be good to know that where is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. 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 undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
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.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
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. 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:
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.