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5 Day Iceland Short Break - Itinerary Package

Multi-day tour packed with activities

This 5-day holiday package offers a broad selection of great adventure highlights - glacier hiking, Ice climbing, snorkeling, sight seeing, blue lagoon and more.

ATV Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Horse-Riding Ice-Climbing Snorkeling
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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.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    14 years

  • Ratio

    1:8-16

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    95.824 ISK

Tour highlights
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Skógafoss Waterfall
Blue Lagoon
Horseback riding
Silfra Fissure
Snorkeling
Sólheimajökull Glacier 
Leiðarendi (Leidarendi Cave)
ATV's - Quad biking
Ice Climbing
Glacier Hiking
Included
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.

Golden Circle
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.

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.  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.

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:
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.

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.

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

Please note

Flights, lunch, dinner, and accommodation are not included in this tour.

Day 1: ATV and Horses

ATV river playing in Iceland

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.

Day Highlights
Icelandic Horses
Lake Hvaleyrarvatn
ATV ride
Lake Hafravatn
Mountain, country and lava views
Included
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

Silfra Snorkeling tour

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.

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Included
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!

Day Highlights
Lava fields in Blue Mountains
Lava Caving
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal area
Thingvellir national Park
Included
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 09:00 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.

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 Myrdalsjokull ice cap. 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 sinkholes 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!

Day Highlights
Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull Glacier)
Glacier Hike
Optional Ice Climbing
Skogafoss Waterfall
Included
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

Blue-lagoon-Iceland

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!

Day Highlights
Explore Reykjavik on your own
Blue Lagoon
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Entrance to Blue Lagoon
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What equipment do you provide for the lave tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

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

Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. 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.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend that it is waterproof.

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

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

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 cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and taking photo’s when everyone is comfortable.

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 wearing contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, it is snorkelling that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?
The minimum height is:
  • 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
  • 45 kg (99 lbs)

The maximum height is:
  • 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
  • 120 kg (265 lbs)
Do I need to know how to swim in order to participate in the tour?

You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

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.

Do I need any previous 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.

What clothing should I wear?

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.

Will I stay dry in the water?

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 is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. 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.

What equipment do you provide?

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.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful 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 dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

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 reflecting 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.

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 and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your 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. 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 every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

What if it is raining?

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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 part of the tour, 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.

How far is Drumbo Base Camp from Reykjavik?

Drumbó is located about 98 kilometres from Reykjaík. See map for directions.

What are the facilities like at Drumbo Base Camp?

The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, sitting area inside and out, showers and a sauna. It’s pretty much the perfect rafting base, or at least we think so…

What should I bring/wear on a river rafting tour at Hvita?

For lower body: Swimming wear (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna and warm woollen socks.

For the upper body: Bring a warm fleece or a wool sweater to wear under your rafting jacket (it will get wet), any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and a towel to dry off after your trip. Everything else we will provide.

Can I combine River Rafting with other activities in a one day tour?

Yes and we even have many options for you. We offer river rafting combined with other activities such as –
Beer Tasting
Whale Watching
Horse Riding
ATV’s
Golden Circle

Do I need to bring an extra set of clothes?

It is recommended that you bring a spare set of clothes as you will get wet when participating in Rafting. It will mean that you are able to change into nice dry clothes when the activity is finished.

Do you offer a tour that 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. View Golden Circle Tours.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 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 windbreaker. 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 from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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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