See the Golden Circle, geothermal bathing, the best waterfalls on the South Coast, Reynisfjara black beach, the glacier lagoon and the sights of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland.
See the ultimate sights: Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir & bathing at the Secret Lagoon, floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & the Diamond Beach, Skaftafell, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black beach and the jewels of Snæfellsnes peninsula with an optional caving tour. Just too many wonderful places to list!
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Village of Arnarstapi
- Vatnshellir Lava Cave
- Black beach at Djúpalónssandur
- Mount Kirkjufell
- Visit to the Secret Lagoon
- Golden Circle Tour
- Geysir Hot Springs Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- The Diamond Beach
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Village of Vík
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Minibus Tour to Snæfellsnes
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Minibus Tour
- Guided Caving Tour (optional extra)
- Restaurant stop on Snæfellsness where you can buy lunch
- Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
- South Coast, Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón Guided Tour
- Stops at all South Coast Highlights
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsjökull Peninsula Small Group, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.
Pick-up from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik each day is at 08:00 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
You will return to Reykjavík before midnight on your last day.
Please remember to bring: Hiking boots or very sturdy footwear, warm outdoor layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, and scarves.
Accommodation and meals are not included. All tours commence from Reykjavík, so you will need to arrange accommodation in the city. Pick up and drop off is available from various points for each of the day tours. The Vatnshellir lava caving and Jökulsárlón boat tours are extra.
That from October 16th - May 14th we will skip the following activities because of the short daylight: Skógafoss, Skaftafell and Reynisfjara. The tour is operated by our trusted partner during that time period and might be in a bigger bus, and not a minibus.
Day 1 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we head westward! We want you to see the diverse wonders, Snæfellsnes is renowned for. After a stop at a golden beach at Ytri Tunga, where seals often bask, we will go to visit Arnarstapi, an atmospheric and charming village. The nature around Arnarstapi is truly amazing, we will explore the coastal scenery when we enjoy a walk to the nearby little village of Hellnar. You get time to buy yourself lunch and explore before we continue our adventures.
In Snæfellsjökull National Park, surrounded by lava fields, there are great views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the location which Jules Verne chose as the doorway to the center of the earth – we can thank his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, for making this majestic glacier world famous. Your next stop is at Vatnshellir, an ancient lava cave. Our very easy caving tour will show you the wonders which exist beneath the lava, a surprising assortment of impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations will be revealed under the beam of your headlight. This caving tour is short and suitable for everyone (an optional extra but highly recommended).
The black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur has astonishingly shaped cliff formations, a fascinating history and great stories of shipwrecks. You will see the ‘lifting stones,’ used in the olden days to determine if men were strong enough for work on the fishing boats. Today, these lifting stones are very popular with the tourists.
Moving on we travel through glorious landscapes exploring the north side the peninsula, stopping at Grundarfjörður, a lovely little town with a picturesque garden and great sea views. Just a short distance away we stop to enjoy Mount Kirkjufell. Rising 463 m, this is probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland, its iconic image has appeared everywhere. Next, we will travel over the legendary Berserkjahraun lava field. The Viking legend tells us this is the area where, in Pagan times, two Swedish “berserkers“ created the first road in Iceland.
Before we return to Reykjavík we stop at an incredibly cute waterfall where you can walk to an amazing viewing point above it. Finally, we visit Gerðuberg to see the geometric basalt columns, people are amazed by this lava paradise. After a first day imbued with magic, you will be dropped you off in Reyjavík early in the evening.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle & the Secret Lagoon
The Golden Circle is the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, a 300 km loop taking you to three great attractions and through beautiful Icelandic scenery. Your guide will tell you all about the places you are traveling through, and share some fun local stories. Did you know, on a clear day, you get views of the Hekla volcano as you travel the Golden Circle?
At Þingvellir National Park you will visit the most important historical site in Iceland, the place where the Viking settlers founded the Alþing, the oldest continuously existing democratic parliament in the world in the year 930. There is more to this place than great history, you will see the Almannagjá cliff framing the area where this ancient parliament met. Here the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates have been moving apart for around 11,000 years creating Almannagjá and some extraordinary scenery. There has been a lot of volcanic activity here in the past but nowadays those volcanic landscapes are covered with moss. You will get great views of Þingvallavatn, the biggest natural lake in Iceland and the lovely traditional wooden church.
We stop at Geysir, the geothermal area at Haukadalur where we will see Great Geysir, and Strokkur. Great Geysir is the hot spring whose name gave us the English word “geyser”, however, it is now inactive, but Strokkur, a neighboring hot spring is very active! Every few minutes you will see Strokkur spouting impressive jets of scalding water up to 30 m high – always a great moment. Not so far from Geysir we will come to the most popular waterfall in Iceland, the majestic and turbulent Gullfoss. Pathways lead to excellent viewing points, watching the powerful glacial river, Hvítá, force its way through this 70 m high canyon, and dropping 32 m in two stages is magnificent. The mystical grandeur of Gullfoss is enhanced by the golden-toned water vapor which can be seen around the turbulent cascade. Gullfoss translates to ‘Golden Fall’ in English.
We will take you to the Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, which was a secret treasure of the people in this locality for many years. The official Icelandic name is Gamla Lónið, meaning the ‘Old Lagoon’. This pool is idyllic and totally charming, set in the midst of unspoiled Icelandic nature in an area filled with geothermal hot springs. When you bathe here, you can see geothermal hot springs which gurgle cheerfully as you luxuriate in the 38 to 40 C water. There is even a spouting geyser to entertain you! We travel back over the Hellisheiði pass and get back to Reykjavík around 18:00.
Day 3 - South Coast, Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach
Driving to our first stop, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you will get views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Seljalandsfoss is surrounded by lush greenery, and the 60 m high cascade is stunning, this is the famous Icelandic waterfall that you can walk behind! We will show you another great waterfall today, Skógafoss, which drops 60 m from the sea cliffs of the ancient coast line. If you explore the right side of the falls you will see the ‘troll face’ which stares directly at the falls. Perhaps your guide will recite the legend about the troll who, transfixed by the beauty of these falls, forgot the time and was turned to stone by the morning sun!
There is an opportunity to buy lunch when we stop at Vík, this beautiful village has lovely views over the sea and a beautiful church.
Now for the most glittering jewels of all, the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with the Diamond Beach, waiting to be discovered just a short walk away. People from around the world increasingly recognize these vistas! Jókulsárlón Lagoon provided the ice lagoon scenery in Hollywood movies such as James Bond, Batman Begins, and Tomb Raider. You can enjoy an optional boat tour on the lagoon, taking you incredibly close to the sensational icebergs (the boat tour is not included).
We will take you to Skaftafell Nature Reserve which is situated beneath Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. At Skaftafell, surrounded by majestic glacial scenery and mountains, we enjoy an evening meal. Summer in Iceland means bright nights, giving us the opportunity to enjoy Reynisfjara black sand beach on the way home. With its soft black sand and basalt columns this is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Iceland – we will take a stroll, in the evening there are usually few people around.
We then return to Reykjavík arriving before midnight after three days of Icelandic magic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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.
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.
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.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle & Local Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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Pick-up at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. Drop-off at KEF airport. Note you can change the drop-off location to Reykjavik (see confirmation email for details).