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5 Day Winter Package

Iceland Winter Holiday

This 5-day winter trip offers a broad selection of Iceland's 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 tour for those that want to experience ALL the Iceland has to offer in winter: snorkeling in Silfra, Lava caving, Glacier hiking, horseback riding and more. Great day tours every day and chance to explore Reykjavik during the night.

This tour is the ultimate winter trip of the island of Fire and Ice!

  • Availability
    All year
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Level
    Easy
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    16
  • Ratio
    1:8-16
  • Price
    96.990 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
Ice climbing
Glacier hiking
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Visit to all highlights of Golden Circle
All activities from highlights
Certified and experienced guides to each activity
All necessary equipment for each activity
Entrance fee to Blue Lagoon

This tour package is a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavík. See more information about each day in Itinerary

The Icelandic horse
Riding the unique Icelandic horse is an Iceland experience no one should miss. The Icelandic horse is world famous for it’s five gaits and especially the smooth gait tölt. The Icelandic horse breed has been pure for over a thousand years making it one of the purest breeds in the world. The horse was brought to Iceland when the country was settled in the 9th century and it was the only means of transportation in the rugged Icelandic nature. Today people ride the Icelandic horse for pleasure, traveling and competition and there is a high demand for these friendly and strong horses all over the world.

Snorkeling in Silfra
The visibility wonderland of Silfra fissure is now world famous amongst divers and for a good reason. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet at Þingvellir national park and then drift apart. Glacier water filters through lava from Langjökull glacier 50 km away and fills up the crack. The water is so clear that divers and snorkelers have almost exactly the same views. Silfra is the only place in the world where you can snorkel in between the tectonic plates.
It is hands down one of the coolest experiences you can do in Iceland, literally. But no worries, we provide an excellent drysuit so you stay warm.

Golden Circle
The famous Golden Circle route contains three outstanding natural phenomena. First, there is the geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting “geyser” and his little brother Strokkur. Catch the sight of superheated water bursting from the ground up to 25 meters high. Next, there is Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss, “the Golden Waterfall”, is an amazing sight. The water flows 32 meters down three steps of lava rocks with breathtaking power and grandeur. Last but not least, is the Þingvellir National Park. Here lies the biggest natural lake in Iceland. Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the birthplace of Alþingi, the oldest existing parliament in the world founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Þingvellir is also a place of many geological wonders as it lies in the tectonic rift valley between America and Europe. It is completely surrounded by beautiful volcanoes created from the ongoing tectonic drift.

Lava caving
Iceland is often talked about as the land of Ice and fire due to its glaciers and volcanic activity. Iceland has a lot of volcanic activity, with dozens of earthquakes everyday. Much of Iceland is covered by huge lava fields as a consequence of numerous volcanic eruptions through the years. The lava tube caves that you will visit on our caving tours are formed when liquid lava flowed in high volume beneath a hardening surface. When the eruption came to an end and the lava cooled down we were left with these incredible tubes beneath the surface that are perfect for exploring. Lava tubing is a great way to see a different side of Iceland and put yourself into the speleologist’s shoes while exploring the magnificent formations nature has made for us to enjoy.

Glacier Hike
This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue called Sólheimajökull. It is a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water- truly a phenomenon. On this tour, we will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, it is truly an unforgettable experience. We will walk along the beautiful glacier and also test our ice climbing skills. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines.

Blue lagoon
The iconic Blue lagoon is the first things that come to mind for a lot of people when they think about Iceland. Being located so perfectly, in the middle of a lava field in between the airport and the capital, it’s kind of a must for anyone traveling to Iceland. Blue lagoon’s water is all natural, pumped up from the ground where it’s heated by the hot lava that flows underneath the surface. It’s rich with minerals that leave your skin smooth and soft and is actually known to have healing powers for psoriasis and eczema. Doctors in Iceland actually believe that strongly in the power of the water that they write prescriptions to go to the lagoon. Soak in this magical lagoon in the most charming Icelandic location. You will not be disappointed.

Pick up & drop off times:
Day 1: 8:30 am back approx. 4:30 pm
Day 2: 9:30 am, back approx. 2:00 pm
Day 3: 9 am, back approx. 5 pm
Day 4: 8:30 am, back approx. 6:30 pm
Day 5: Optional (multiple departures to and from the blue lagoon)
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, hiking shoes, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), bathing suit, a towel and a change of clothing.

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:

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

We start the day at Íshestar farm where we saddle up and go for a classic horseback riding adventure. We will explore the lava surrounding Mt. Helgafell volcano while riding through vast lava fields and across beautiful hillsides to Lake Hvaleyrarvatn. As we ride through this stunning scenery you will have the chance to see all of the different formations in the rough lava. The horses stroll along perfectly safe riding paths with the beautiful Bláfjöll Mountains towering above on the horizon. After the horse riding portion of the day, we will head for our ATV adventure.

Day Highlights
Icelandic Horses
Lake Hvaleyrarvatn
ATV ride
Included
Pick up form Reykjavik
Horseback riding tour with experienced guide
All necessary horse riding equipment
ATV ride with all necessary equipment

Day 2: Snorkeling in Silfra

The Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. On the surface, this narrow channel of blue water meanders through a giant lava field, beneath active volcanoes and sprawling glaciers, next to the founding site of the world’s oldest existing parliament. Below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic chasm. From the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit, enjoy the feeling of ultimate serenity and weightlessness as you drift peacefully along with the lazy current, awe-stricken at the spectacle in the depths below! Frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, the Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is located on top of the separation between Europe and America!
Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment unlike anything else you have ever seen.

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Certified Snorkeling Guides
All necessary snorkeling equipment

Day 3: Golden Circle and lava caving

We start with a visit to the world under the great lava field in the Blue Mountains where you get the chance to witness how the volcanoes created Iceland. This is an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. After the hike, we drive onwards to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is truly a great sight with water rushing down three steps of lava layers exhibiting breathtaking power and grandeur. After a short lunch stop, we head to the geothermal area of Geysir, home of the erupting hot spring. Here, you will get the chance to watch the heated water gurgle, bubble, and escape the ground with enormous force up to 25 meters high. Our last stop will be the famous Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. It is a beautiful park that is also the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet with a clearly visible 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
Visit tour in minibus to all highlights of Golden Circle

Day 4: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing

Here is your chance to hike an immeasurably magnificent Glacier. This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue called Sólheimajökull. It is a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water- truly a phenomenon. On this tour, we will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes, and jagged ridges, it is truly an unforgettable experience. We will walk along the beautiful glacier and also test our ice climbing skills. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines. On our return journey to Reykjavik, we will stop at the beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss. On this trip, you will be enriched with a unique experience along the ICE-landic glacier.

Day Highlights
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

Sleep in and explore Reykjavik on your own followed by a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon.

Day Highlights
Explore Reykjavik on your own
Blue Lagoon
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
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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