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Having a hard time picking between the South Coast or the Golden Circle? Hit both attractions on a 3-day tour of Iceland’s most precious highlights including glacier lagoon, ice cave, waterfalls, and more.

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park
  • Svartifoss Waterfall (summer only)
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Ice Cave Visit
  • Reynisfjara - Black Beach & Basalt Columns
  • Hekla - Volcano Views (weather permitting)
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)
  • Eyjafjallajökull - Volcano / Glacier Views (weather permitting)

This small-group, 3-day tour is fabulous for those with limited time to enjoy the best of Iceland. We highlight the most popular adventures: spectacular waterfalls, glacier hikes, and an ice cave at Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier. Your nights are far away from towns and light pollution, giving you the best chance of seeing the glittering Northern Lights during winter time.

Nominated Best Tour of 2019 in Iceland by TourRadar

Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir)
  • Highlights of the South Coast
  • Ice Cave Visit and Glacier Hiking
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Necessary Glacier Equipment
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 2 nights
  • Hotel Breakfasts on Days 2 & 3
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing including layers
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy hiking boots are essential for glacier hiking

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner

Attractions Map

Explore the top attractions of the tour with our interactive map

Itinerary

Information

On this 3-day tour,  you don’t need to choose between the Golden Circle or South Coast. Discover it all!

The Golden Circle 

The Golden Circle’s three outstanding natural attractions are absolute must-sees on any Iceland trip. At Geysir Geothermal Area, home to Strokkur – the most active hot spring in Iceland –  witness torrents of boiling water erupting 25 m high every 5 to 10 minutes!

In Thingvellir National Park, step between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates below a dramatic cliff face. Iceland’s historic parliament was founded in 930 CE, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Þingvellir is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Finally, at Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), watch the golden-hued mist spray on cliffs as roaring water crashes through the rugged canyon.

Then we will drive along the Ring Road to South Coast by visiting Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. You will stay in a country hotel for the night, if the forecast is good, this is a great location to look out for the Northern Lights between September - April months.

Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon and Ice Caving

We stop at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoonone of the most famous glacier lagoons in the world, before heading to Skaftafell Nature Reserve. During the winter (October – April), you will go on a mind-blowing glacier hike with a certified glacier guide.

Learn all about the ever-changing, shifting glacier, and the great labyrinths of crevasses and moulins that lie deep underneath. Your ice caving guide will explain the giant ice tongue’s extraordinary features and how they were formed, and its brilliant colors of white, blue, and black. In summer, we go to Katla Ice Cave near Vik, the only natural ice cave that can be accessed during the summer months.

End your day at a hotel on the South Coast of Iceland, for another great chance to spot the Northern Lights between September - April months.

South Coast Sightseeing

The next day, you’ll get to experience all of the South Coast’s top highlights. If the roads are clear, we’ll start the day off with a quick detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Next, we’ll have the chance to visit the iconic Eldhraun lava field before heading to Reynisfjara black beach. Marvel at its incredible basalt Reynisdrangar sea stacks rising off the coast.

Afterward, we’ll end the tour with a visit to South Iceland’s iconic Skogafoss Waterfall an elegant, 60-m high waterfall on the Skógará (the Forest River), which flows from Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

If the day is clear, we’ll get fabulous views of the volcano mountain, Hekla, on our way to the unique Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. You can walk behind the powerful cascade when the path is clear of ice. 

For details of daily schedules and more information on Iceland’s South coast tour, please see the itinerary. This trip is the cream of South Iceland 3-day guided tours!

Your 3-Day Golden Circle and South Coast tour begins with the famous Golden Circle:  Þingvellir (Thingvellir), Geysir and Gullfoss.  Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the historic location of the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi. Established in 930 c.e., this is the oldest continuously operated Parliament in the world, situated in one of the most geologically fascinating places on the planet.

Thingvellir is home to a rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Stand atop the Law Rock where the Law Speaker, the Parliament’s orator, would make speeches. The cliffs look out over Þingvallavatn, a very beautiful lake set within this incredible landscape.

Next, you’ll visit the geothermal wonder Geysir Geothermal Area. Geysir was once a magnificent geyser that lent its name to the English word geyser. Though now dormant, its neighbor Strokkur always delights. You won’t have to wait more than a few minutes to see Strokkur burst forth scalding water skywards, jumping up to 25 meters high.

Finally, we stop at Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), the most-visited waterfall in Iceland. Witness the powerful Hvita (“White”) River roar down the two-tiered cliffs into the rugged canyon below. The force of the falls and the beauty of the surrounding golden mist are a sight to behold.

After the Golden Circle, we drive southward. On a clear day, we’ll get great views of Mount Hekla on the way to Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. You can walk behind these graceful falls to enjoy the view from both sides.

Your hotel for the night will be close to the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a fantastic base to catch the mesmerizing Northern Lights during September and April months if conditions are right. A little luck is very useful when it comes to auroras!

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir hot spring area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Hekla - Volcano Views (weather permitting)
Included
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Northern Lights Hunting (During September-April in good conditions)
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Hótel Geirland
or similar

In the morning, we head east towards the magnificent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. The lagoon is filled with icebergs of all shapes and sizes, as they glide in a dreamlike procession towards the salty waves of the Atlantic. The multifaceted colors are caused by a combination of factors, including ice compression.

Many of them are washed ashore at the Diamond Beach, where they glitter like diamonds on the black sand. There’s nothing quite like walking on the beach as sunlight illuminates the beach with bright blue tones of the icebergs. Ocean birds are abundant and, if you’re lucky, you might spot a playful seal. Your hotel for the night will be in the Skaftafell area, another great base to test your Northern Lights luck if you are traveling during September - April months!

From Jokulsarlon, we head to Skaftafell Nature Reserve for a new adventure. During the winter, we join our certified glacier guide and step into the mesmerizing world of Vatnajokull Glacier

After taking a beautiful glacier hike, we’ll enter a natural ice cave where you’ll have some time to explore and take photos. Photographers will get the rare chance to capture mysterious blue light passing through glacial ice. During your adventure, an expert guide will explain the process of how these glacial ice formations came to be. During the summer, we go to the only natural ice cave you can visit all year - the Katla Ice Cave tour near Vik.

The ice cave we visit will be chosen based on current conditions. Including both ice cave and glacier hike exploration, we’ll spend roughly 2 hours on the ice. This tour is suitable for people who are able to comfortably walk around 2 hours across easy outdoor terrain.

Ice cave temperatures hover well below freezing, so don’t forget to dress warmly.

Your accommodation for the night will be at the same hotel – Adventure Hotel Geirland.

Day Highlights
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Glacier Hike (winter only)
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Guided ice cave and glacier hike tour
  • Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall (summer only)
  • Northern Lights Hunting (During September-April in good conditions)
  • One night in a hotel
Accommodation
Hótel Geirland
or similar

After a nourishing breakfast, we’ll start our day slowly driving towards Reykjavik and making plenty of stops along the way.  If the roads are clear, we’ll start the day off with a quick detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.

Next, we’ll have the chance to visit the iconic Eldhraun lava field before heading to Reynisfjara black beach. The powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean really show their force here. Watch as these roaring, white-tipped beauties crash onto the black beach. A word of warning – the waves here can be unpredictable! Always follow the advice of your tour guide.

You should pop into the black basalt cave before you leave the beach. Reynisfjara is famous for its basalt columns just off the shore, called the Reynisdrangar. Gazing up at these dramatic black pillars, you’ll get a good idea of where the legends of Icelandic troll folklore sprang from!

After Reynisfjara, our next stop will be a visit to Skógafoss, an impressive waterfall that drops 60 m into a tranquil pool below. There are 527 steps leading to the top, yet the steep climb is worth it for the panorama alone. The famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, lurks high above the waterfall, so if visibility is good you’ll get a glimpse of this magnificent mountain glacier.

After enjoying our final stop at Skógafoss, your 3-Day Iceland’s South Coast tour comes to an end. We’ll return to Reykjavík between 16:00 and 19:00, depending on the weather conditions.

Day Highlights
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Eyjafjallajökull Volcano/Glacier Views (weather permitting)
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavík

Return time: We will return to Reykjavík between 16:00 – 19:00 (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), depending on the conditions.

Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing including layers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves, and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots are essential for glacier hiking since they are the only kind of footwear that fit ice crampons. Hiking boots for the glacier hike can be rented in the booking process or at the Glacier Guides Booking Center in Skaftafell. We recommend renting in advance.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items? Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. Hiking boots, waterproof jacket, and waterproof pants can be rented on location, at the Glacier Guides Booking Center, for the glacier hike. However, if you wish to rent extras for the whole duration of the tour then this must be added to your booking at least 48 hours before your tour starts.

Reviews

4.9
Based on 52 reviews

3 Day South Coast & Golden Circle Tour

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Beautiful and efficient way to see some of Iceland’s many wonders

Reviewed on January 09, 2022 by Neil D Review from TripAdvisor

If you want to see some of the most beautiful parts of Iceland, in the fastest and most efficient way possible, this tour is for you. The bus is modern, and well equipped. Our tour guide (Nick) was an absolute pleasure to be around. He was highly knowledgeable on everything I asked him about (and I asked a LOT of questions). The hotels we stayed in as well were cute, and met all our needs. Every stop we made gave us enough time to fully take in the sights, but also allowed us to keep a schedule where we could see many many wonderful sights, rather than just a few.

Speaking of the sights - waterfalls galore, black sand beaches, the legendary Diamond Beach, glaciers, ice caves, geysers, horses, etc. You name what you want to see in Iceland - you get a chance to see it on this trip and ask questions. We unfortunately did not get to view the Northern Lights while on the trip due to the weather, but even that afforded us an opportunity to learn about what goes into Northern Lights viewing (weather, activity, etc). On our glacier hike, we got to go into a beautiful ice cave that was carved out that summer (there is a new one every year!). Our guide for the glacier hike (Francesco) was a pleasure as well, and quite funny.

Overall this is a fantastic experience and worth every penny. If you have 3 days in Iceland and don’t want to worry about managing your own itinerary and schedule, while still seeing everything you would want to see - this is the trip for you!

Great company to see Iceland

Reviewed on December 30, 2021 by ingrid a Review from TripAdvisor

Can't say enough about Arctic Adventures. This tour company was fantastic. Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, considerate and genuinely cared that we had an amazing experience. This specific three day tour was perfect. It is a great way to see the south part of Iceland. Would highly recommend!

Wonderful 3 day tour!

Reviewed on December 27, 2021 by Isabella T Review from TripAdvisor

We had a wonderful time on our tour. Or guide, Hjalti, was very kind a knowledgeable. He was ready to answer all of our questions ranging from the history of Icelandic people and their language all the way to the geology of the country. Arctic Adventures also made the effort to ensure we still experienced ice caves even though weather did not permit us to go to the original location. The hotel we stayed at for two nights, between Vik and the glacier, was of good quality with tea and coffee facilities in the bedroom. My only constructive feedback is to offer more affordable dinner options or at least a warning of the prices so that you can bring your own alternatives. Overall a fantastic tour with a reliable company.

Houstonians in Iceland

Reviewed on December 10, 2021 by jonnah Review from TripAdvisor

Our tour guide, Vjeran, was very kind and did an excellent customer service. I travelled with my 2 friends and he took care of us. Vjeran made our Iceland experience a memorable one.
It would have been nice if there are 2 persons who will be guiding the tour. To have extra hands just in case accidents or issues arise.
Looking forward for another Iceland adventure.

Phenomenal Icelandic experience!

Reviewed on December 06, 2021 by Deeksha Review from TripAdvisor

We did a 3 day tour starting Dec 01 with Arctic Adventures and it was exceptional!
The tour was very well planned with respect to the time and all the attractions. Thanks to our Guide Vjeran, who took all the extra effort to execute the plan and made sure we had the best time in Iceland !!
Our tour was pepped up by our guide with interesting facts, stories, history and local insights about the people and the places! Vjeran went above and beyond to take us to the sweet spots with spectacular views and capture best moments of us at every location we visited!
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone planning to have a glimpse of Iceland in 3 days !!

Biggi: Excellent showcase of Iceland's winter wonderland and beauty!

Reviewed on December 01, 2021 by AS Review from TripAdvisor

Easily one of the best short tours I have been to. Biggi is a large part of the reason: a walking wiki of iceland's history, folklore, quark and quirks -- and he is so personable that it's like a friend showing you his beloved home country with passion. You can tell Biggi truly wants us to see and experience the best that Iceland offers. I definitely have fallen in love with the magnificent beautiful nature that Biggi managed to show us. Listen to Biggi when he tells you to put those crampons on - he knows what he is talking about and it will save you some sore bumbum or worse. Big shout out to Birgir
if you have a limited time in Iceland, I highly recommend this tour. Even if you are staying longer, this tour is great bite-size iceland that shows you many worthy spots to experience. Itinerary is carefully crafted - we were wahh and wow-ed by the scenery on day1. it only gets better with the highlight of the glacier hike and waterfalls. Accommodation was more than serviceable - I was ready to be in bunkbed but Hotel Klaustur is very comfortable and clean. Loved the experience and looking forward to come back again in summer to see the lushy green Iceland with Biggi!

Amazing 3 day tour with Biggi around the Golden Circle and South Coast!

Reviewed on November 30, 2021 by jaybird135 Review from TripAdvisor

We completed the 3 day Golden Circle/South Coast tour (November 24-26) that was guided by Biggi and it was absolutely wonderful! Biggi was an excellent guide/driver who truly cared for our group of 12, kept us safe, and went above and beyond to make sure we saw all of the best spots at each site. The entire itinerary was well-paced and never felt rushed, even with the limited amount of daylight and the uncertain weather conditions. This is definitely a credit to Biggi's hard work and dedication, for he always seemed to know exactly how long it would take to arrive at our destinations and how long we would want to spend at each location. We saw everything we had hoped to see and even managed to catch a bit of the Northern Lights on the second night. It was really interesting to learn about Iceland's history and culture throughout the tour. And Biggi's Icelandic music playlist is pretty awesome!

If you are a traveler limited on time while in Iceland and want to explore as much as possible, I really recommend this tour. You will have a chance to learn, see, and do so much in 3 days.

This was me and my husband's first time visiting Iceland but we definitely plan to return to explore more of the beautiful country. Arctic Adventures will be our first stop the next time we want to join another tour! We had zero troubles booking online with them and pick up/drop off was seamless.

3 day tour with Saga

Reviewed on November 30, 2021 by Sam G Review from TripAdvisor

This was my 3rd trip to Iceland, and this tour was my favourite so far. The first day we had horrible weather, but Saga the tour guide made it bearable with interesting facts on Iceland and funny jokes. We had great weather for rest of the tour for the stunning views and hikes. Best part of the trip was the glacier hike ( wish it was bit longer) as it started snowing which made it a romantic hike for my partner and I. I wanted to give more praise to Saga our excellent tour guide as she was personable , funny, and interacted with the group everyday. Our guide on the glacier was extremely helpful and friendly as well. I can't remember his name, but he had long hair and glasses. Please send him our praise.

EXCELLENT 3 DAY bite-size tour of iceland. Great guide - no - the best guide. Biggi, you deserve being in the title.

Reviewed on November 30, 2021 by MB Review from TripAdvisor

I guess I'll start with the cons:

None. That was easy.

Pros:
Whoo boy. Where do I even start.

[THE guide]
Biggi. (Birgir Jóhannsson. I believe he mentioned it means "protector" in icelandic?) Protector is absolutely correct in this case. From day 1, he made our little tour group feel safe, welcome and at home. He made sure to tell us how much time we had to nap between stops, was very clear about where to meet, and how much time we had per stop. He told us when the places were slippery or slightly more dangerous. Thankfully he also knew when to talk more, or talk less depending on the situation.

But, as with many things in life, it's the little things worth mentioning: biggi would park the bus in a way to shelter us from the wind. He went out on a windy day in iceland to snag us a Northern lights photo. He always drove us uphill, so we would always walk downhill to meet him. He chose the right order for things on the day of, to avoid crowds and keep safe. He was open and honest with his touring experience, even sharing a sad story at the black sand beaches. Everyone on the bus made fast friends, and Biggi made sure there was plenty of icebreakers.

Biggi, I we hope you're reading this. Your love and passion for your home shows in the work that you do.

We hope to return sometime in the warmer months, and we hope to find you again!
-that Canadian in an orange coat.

[The tour ]
The tour itself was already excellent, doing the must see stuff efficiently and safely, considering the weather.
The included accommodations were MORE than sufficient. (but Birgir tells us that we had a different hotel than the other times; shoutouts to Hotel Klaustur) we left on time and we arrived on time. Bus amenities were great. Tour was well-paced. Pickup and drop-off definitely best in class.

Amazing short trip that filled with wonders!

Reviewed on November 28, 2021 by Angela L Review from TripAdvisor

My husband and I took a short trip to Iceland during the Thanksgiving holiday. Initially, our plan was to get a rental car to tour around Reykjavík ourselves, go visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano, the Blue Lagoon and hoping to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights if we were lucky. A couple weeks before the trip, we checked the volcano website and saw no eruptions. At the last minute, we changed our plan and booked a 3 day tour to the South Coast with Arctic Adventures, which turned out to be one of the best last-minute traveling decisions that we have ever made. Everything worked out perfect including the weather.

We joined the tour straight from the airport. Plenty of time for the connection. If you don’t mind the jet-lag, this is a good way to do it. 3 days feels short, but we did and saw a plenty. With a good tour guide and driver like Biggi, we had an adventure of life time. Biggi is very knowledgeable of the route and knows exactly where to stop to make it most efficient use of our time at every point. At no point we felt being rushed.

I would highly recommend the trip and would definitely want to take another longer trip with Arctic Adventures in a warmer season.

Nice tour of highlights with hikes and views

Reviewed on November 28, 2021 by leblonk Review from TripAdvisor

Good tour with stops and enough of time at each attraction. Our tour leader Biggi explained Iceland well and had many anecdotes and folktales to share. Recommended if you have 3 days.

Great tour. Highly recommend artic adventures

Reviewed on November 28, 2021 by RAFAEL CABRERA CORRÊA Review from TripAdvisor

The tour was just perfect. Everything was on the schedule. The van and the accommodation was very good. The stops for restrooms and fast snacks was very good too.
The places we visit on the tour was out of imagination. The experience was unforgettable. We highly recommend the tour and artic adventures for everyone.
The guide Vjeran was incredible. He was a big knowledge on geology, Vulcans, northern lights, history, culture, music and a lot of things. Extremely polite, fun. For sure he made the experience even better. How can he alway said… “AMAZING STUFF”!! Great guy!
I hope see you again in the next tour on Iceland!

Arctic adventures tour Iceland

Reviewed on November 17, 2021 by Pb1 Review from TripAdvisor

An amazing tour we did everything Iceland!! Our fantastic and super knowledgeable guide Vjeran had us sorted. This guy knew so much about Iceland that we were constantly glued to his narrative. He even had the ability to make the weather improve just as we were leaving the bus!! He went above and beyond and could speak every language of every nationality on our tour. What a guy! We hiked a glacier, saw waterfalls, geysers and the northern lights. A great tour with great accommodation. The only down side- the office never sent us an itinerary and we had to hassle to know where we were staying the 3rd night- but if you adopt the Icelandic laid back attitude it’s not an issue.

Phenomenal tour !!!

Reviewed on March 27, 2020 by Maddy From our post-trip system

Pascal was our tour guide and she was amazing !!! I would take another tour in a heart beat to wherever she was going, I don’t even care where ! Overall the tour was perfect and I would absolutely recommend this to anybody going to Iceland !

Awesome Family Trip with Arctic Adventures

Reviewed on March 09, 2020 by Shannon Jewell From our post-trip system

I did a three day tour with Arctic adventures with my husband and kids (11 and 9). We had an absolute fantastic time. Three days planned and executed by our guide Siggi, took the stress away from us mapping out routes, watching weather reports and trying to decide what highlights to hit. Siggi even altered the original plan to avoid bad weather and good thing he did because the main road closed behind us! The sights were amazing, including the northern lights from our cabinin the woods on the tour. Can't say enough good things!! Highly recommend!!

Perfect way to experience Iceland

Reviewed on March 04, 2020 by Sandra Goodsell From our post-trip system

This was our first experience of an organised trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it, the minibus was extremely comfortable and well equipped with very fast internet too. We were picked up near our hotel and taken to the many amazing sights, with stunning views of the vast countryside. We had enough time at each stop plus time for a coffee etc. What really made the trip was our guide, we learnt so much about the history of Iceland, modern Iceland its nature and thoroughly enjoyed listening to folk takes about people in the rocks and giants. We stayed overnight in a lovely hotel in the middle of nowhere and were amazed at the gourmet quality of the food. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk on a glacier and ice caves, it was extremely well organised and great fun. Can't wait to go back and see another part of Iceland and will definitely book Arctic Adventures again

3 Day - Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave

Reviewed on January 05, 2020 by 499maddiem Review from TripAdvisor

I really recommend this tour! We only had a few days in Iceland at the end of Dec/Early Jan and wanted to do a tour because we had heard driving in winter is risky with the unpredictable conditions. I'm so glad we did not rent a car because especially with the limited daylight it would have been impossible to see all the things we saw on our own.

Our guide was professional, knowledgable, and fun! The group was around 18 people which was also a much better experience than going in a 50+ person van. I highly recommend going with a smaller group this time of year because with a larger group it just takes longer to get everyone on and off a bus with leads to less time to see the sights!

How to do a perfect tour

Reviewed on October 25, 2019 by David Nikiforov Review from TripAdvisor

It was the definition of magical. Ævar provided the group with a tremendously warm welcome into Iceland's overwhelming and breathtaking beauties. The whole adventure was safe and fairytale-like from start to finish. We got to know about the local way of life, the land's history, the legends and the spooky tales, the unbelievable works of nature, we got to visit places that weren't even in the itinerary, but Ævar just thought we'd like it. I've had my fair share of traveling, but I've gotta say - I've never felt more secure and I've never had more fun on a trip. Our guide at the ice cave, Gilli, made a secure passage for us through this amazing piece of nature's force, and our guide at the glacier, Katja, made time for each and everyone so we can have fun and be as safe as humanly possible on the glacier, even for guys like me who barely put their camera down. This tour had everything I absolutely couldn't miss seeing in Iceland and it made for some amazing photos too. In a few words, this is the tour that I have been and will continue to recommend. Thank you!

BEST EVER!!!

Reviewed on October 12, 2019 by UT52emilym Review from TripAdvisor

Our tour was amazing! Not only did we get to see some epically beautiful scenes, but we were taken around by the best tour guide ever!! He helped make our trip super enjoyable, kept us entertained and gave us lots of information about Iceland and it’s people. We plan on coming back to Iceland and when we do we’ll ask for Hjalti Björnsson to guide us because he is the best ever!!! - the 3 sisters

Amazing Exprience

Reviewed on August 18, 2019 by kreative_marketing Review from TripAdvisor

We highly recommend this tour. Perfect tour to see the highlights of Iceland which is an amazing country. My husband and I have traveled all over the world but have never seen so much dramatic landscape in one place. This will soon be a very desired place to visit so go as soon as you can. Arctic Adventures did an amazing job throughout the tour with their knowledge and kept everything seamless.

Only suggestion is if you are staying in Reykjavik for any nights of stay, please make your own hotel arrangements. The hotel in Reykjavik that Arctic Adventures arranged for us in the middle of the tour was terrible. The hotels we stayed in on the front end of the tour and the back end which we arranged was the Canopy by Hilton and it was amazing.

Highly recommend

Reviewed on April 27, 2019 by Angalper Review from TripAdvisor

My 14year old daughter and I had 4 days to explore Iceland therefore 3day trip was ideal for us. All major points were covered with the highlights of the glacier hiking and ice cave exploring. The hotel was at excellent location with great inexpensive food
The only complaint we have - our guide wasn’t talkative and informative, with only concern for us to be punctual We felt like we could be better prepared for the activities(for example,tell us about an opportunity to rent boots and waterproof pants for hiking or warning that we can get wet at the water fall ) and missed a lot of interesting information about the country. Luckily we had an excess to the internet on the bus.

Epic trip

Reviewed on March 19, 2019 by Eva C Review from TripAdvisor

Our tour guide, Sindri was great. I especially liked the historical Icelandic myths and facts he regaled us with. The sites are unforgettable. The ice cave was amazing and Glacier Lagoon looked like something out of a SciFi movie(it was used in one). The glacier hike left us speechless and our guide Louis, was outstanding. I definitely recommend this tour. Prior to our trip I emailed Extreme Iceland/Arctic Adventures several times with questions. My questions were answered within 24 hours. The company was very easy to work with.

Awesome tour!

Reviewed on January 21, 2019 by zeze1982 Review from TripAdvisor

I truly enjoyed all the highlights of south Iceland very safely as a single traveler.
max 15 people in the bus inc me, everyone was nice especially the guide!
I think I made a good choice.

Really amazing tour

Reviewed on January 18, 2019 by nosytraveller Review from TripAdvisor

We took the 3-day trip through the Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon lagoon, the ice caves, and the glacier hike. I normally sort of hate tours, so I was reluctant to go on this. (We wanted to drive but were nervous to do so in January.) I'm so glad we did take this tour though. It was genuinely amazing. It was a nice, small group. The coach was lovely and modern (with WIFI even!). Our guide, Kata, was fantastic. Her humour and stories really made the trip wonderful. Really wonderful!

A great way to see the highlights of Iceland!

Reviewed on January 12, 2019 by Tia C Review from TripAdvisor

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Arctic Adventures. We got to see many highlights on the Golden Circle and the Southern Coast including waterfalls, diamond beach, glaciers etc. The highlight for us was the Ice Cave and the Glacier Hike. Our guide, Hjalti was full of information along the way and happy to answer any questions. As there is only a few hours of daylight and the weather can vary drastically, Hjalti was able to vary the tour to adapt to these conditions and ensure we got the most out of it. He even took us out in the evening to get a better look at the Northern Lights which was much appreciated.

From reading other reviews, some people were unhappy that the tour guide was in fact the bus driver. That is true, there is not a guide that walks around with you at all stops, they stay with the bus. However they give you information about the stop prior to arrival, explains where to go at the stop and give the time and place to meet back again. We prefer this to walking around in a pack with a guide, it gives you more freedom to see what you like at your own pace. You do, however have a separate guide through the Ice Cave and Glacier Hike.

My only feedback is about the online booking process. There is so many tours available through Arctic Adventures and some only have slight differences so it becomes really confusing as to which trip would suit us best. Even now, the trip we booked was called 3 DAY SOUTH COAST - GOLDEN CIRCLE, JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON & ICE CAVE but that isn't an option to review here.

I would highly recommend doing this tour instead of hiring a car and doing it on your own. You get more information with a guide and they can adapt to the varying conditions.

Christmas 2018

Reviewed on December 30, 2018 by Nick B Review from TripAdvisor

A wonderful Christmas trip, packing in as much as time and light allows.
Our leader and guide was Oliver, both friendly and professional, with a comprehensive knowledge of the areas we covered, be it photographing the Northern lights on Christmas day or catching the crystals on Diamond beach.
I cannot speak to highly of him, attempting to capture this part of magical Iceland in the best way possible.

Once in a lifetime experience!

Reviewed on December 29, 2018 by oxxblue1 Review from TripAdvisor

This is the perfect way to get a real Icelandic experience in a short period of time. We saw the awe inspiring views of waterfalls, black sand beaches covered with ice boulders (amazing!!) and several other natural sites that you can only see in Iceland. The ice cave hike and glacier hike were the highlights of the trip! Our guide, Pascale, was very friendly and helpful and it was obvious she had a passion for her job. The inns we stayed at along the way were nice but nothing fancy and the food we had each night was very good and fresh. Don’t miss this experience if you go to Iceland!

Geologist’s Dream

Reviewed on December 21, 2018 by 721Anonymous Review from TripAdvisor

My husband and I booked the Three-Day South Coast - Golden Circle, Ice Cave Tour and were not disappointed. Despite almost nonstop rain and high winds, we visited most of the sites and had a great time. I recommend renting waterproof jackets and pants if you don’t already have them, unless you don’t mind being wet.

Due to the rain on the second day, the ice cave visit was cancelled. But we went to Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon instead. We were told that the canyon visit is not typically included in the winter tour, so it was a special treat to go. It was one of the most breathtaking views we have ever seen. Well worth the effort to push up to the third platform, where we had the best views.

Many folks in the group opted to stay in the bus at one of the glacial lagoon stops because they were wet and it was still raining. Those of us who ventured out despite the weather were delighted to see several harbor seals playing in the water below us.

When we returned to the hotel the second night, we were told that a different ice cave was found for us to visit. The glacier walk was cancelled but that was ok since Arctic Adventures had worked to find us a replacement for the highlight of the trip.

Svenni, our guide, was great. He has a good dry sense of humor and when we were ahead of schedule, would make quick stops at various waterfalls as a treat. It was nice to have an Icelandic guide who could take us on some back roads and tell us more about the local history and people.

We stayed at Hótel Geirland. The food and staff there are fabulous.

We probably could have driven ourselves, but we were happy to not have to drive in the dark, rain, high winds and black ice. Svenni took care of us to make sure we made it to each destination safely. We highly recommend this tour with Arctic Adventures.

AMAZING

Reviewed on November 28, 2018 by steph Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the 3 day golden circle and south coast adventure for the 24th-26th November. We had an amazing time and highly recommend this tour company. Our guide for 3 days, Pascal, was friendly, informative and had a real passion for the country as well as its preservation. The people of Iceland are very helpful and extremely friendly. We packed many sites and adventures into this small time frame, it is a place like no where I have ever travelled. The accommodation was tidy, clean and pleasant, with really good food. Be warned however, Iceland is a very expensive destination. Due to the short days and long distance between areas, there is a lot of travelling in the minibus, but it is very worth while upon the spectacular views. The other tour guides, Steve for the ice caving and Alberto for the glacial walk were also very friendly, welcoming and had heaps of information regarding the country and tour. I will be sure to return to this beautiful country and look forward to exploring more of what Iceland has to offer. Thank you very much for a very memorable trip!

We Are Family!

Reviewed on October 31, 2018 by seeworld62 Review from TripAdvisor

This tour was three days out of a week in Iceland with my daughter. But during this tour our "family" expanded to include the other 16 people on our bus. This was because our guide, Johan, had the insight to mix up our daily seating on the bus so we'd get to know one another. It worked, and we truely miss our travel companions!
Also, Johan treated each of us like family-he worked tirelessly to take care of us, but also to keep us on schedule so as not to miss all the adventures and the beauty of Iceland the tour provides. His concern and sense of humor combined to make us feel at home in Iceland. Thanks Johan, Kudos!

Stop Hesitating and Reading 600 Reviews and BOOK

Reviewed on April 18, 2018 by Brittany E Review from TripAdvisor

My husband and I took a trip to Iceland from Milwaukee, WI for our honeymoon in early March 2018. We took advantage of the 3 Day Jokulsarlon, Golden Circle and Ice Caving Tour and I do not have enough positive things to say about it. First and foremost part of what made the trip so unforgettable was our tour guide, Oliver. He not only told us about the island and things that we were passing or going to see but did things like help us set up our cameras to catch the northern lights so that we could capture them on camera even though it was barely visible to the eye and even took our pictures with them in the background and sent them to us after the trip. Taking a multiday trip was a great way to experience lots of things and not have to go about scheduling everything themselves. I can not express again what a great time we had overall and how fantastic Oliver was. Highly recommended. We ended up having such a great time that we ended up taking a Lava Cave tour later in our trip to take advantage of all of the different things that we could!

Amazing guide, you will see EVERYTHING

Reviewed on April 03, 2018 by pughlm Review from TripAdvisor

My friend and I just returned from Iceland, and we could not be more satisfied with Arctic Adventures. We went on three different trips with them but have to say that by far, the three day south coast tour was out of this world. We were experiencing some crazy weather during the first two days, wind, hail, and rain, had the roads closed at some point during our trip. Although our glacier hike was cancelled, it wasn't even missed that much thanks to our wonderful guide Siggi. We cannot thank you enough for all that you did for our group to ensure that we made it safely to every point of interest that we wanted to see. He also went out of his way to bring us to EXTRA destinations due to our cancelled hike. The hotels we stayed in were great, there was wifi on the van (although not really necessary because you will want to look outside the entire time), and Siggi gave us all of the information and laughs we could ever want. He prioritized our safety over everything, especially in the high winds, but made sure we accomplished everything and more. Thank you for your kindness, determination, and love of Iceland. We loved all of our conversations and time spend with you. I hope this message reaches Siggi!

Extreme Iceland -Arctic Adventures

Reviewed on March 27, 2018 by Steve N Review from TripAdvisor

Brilliant trip.  Quite an easy job for any tour company to make a trip to Iceland amazing as Iceland is top notch, however we were very pleased for booking with arctic adventures because the extreme iceland 3 day tour went to the places we were interested in seeing.  Our tour guide Marcin was great, really enjoyed his company.  He put us at ease from the start, offered lots of interesting facts along the way, brought to life the history and geology of the place making every moment of the tour enjoyable.  Had a really good sense of humor. He had a slightly more difficult task on our tour as it was like herding cats, people getting lost along straight paths, and i guess cultural differences where peoples interpretation of 'be back by this time' was varied.  However he brought the group together and kept the program running well.  We were lucky with weather so managed to make up lost time and Marcin was really generous with his own time, as though he was as keen to do things and take part as we were including driving us out hunting for the lights both nights even after a very long day.  Only dissapointment was that we didnt get to go to the canyon that was on the itinerary.  Not quite sure why, possibly as it was raining on our way past and i trust his judgement but would have been great to have finished a perfect few days with a visit to the canyon as was looking forward to that.  Cant complain though as everything else worked out well and we took a detour to a couple of places off the itinerary instead which were great.

Stop contemplating, and just BOOK IT

Reviewed on March 27, 2018 by Todd S Review from TripAdvisor

Just like you I kept going back and forth between spending the money for the tour or doing a self drive. Regardless of weather, If you do the self drive, you WILL miss a really fun adventure. Sure, you can drive yourself and have the stress of pre-booking all the activities, accommodations, driving if the weather is bad, etc. but what really makes this a great time is the guide and the small group you are traveling with. The guides are there to show you things you would completely miss as a DIY tour. It was obvious that Ragnar (native of Iceland) was proud of his country and explained the rich cultural history of the island. That really helped us enjoy the trip so much. The trip will be as fun as you want it to be as long as you are interactive with your group and guide.
I know you have researched all the attractions and trying to decide which tour to book, do the 3-day tour, is it's worth the extra money for the extra time? DEFINITELY!!!

As for the 1 or 2 star reviews you read, pay attention to why they didn't have a good time...THE WEATHER. These people are whining about the weather and blaming the company for it. IT'S ICELAND, the wind blows, it rains and snows, it not the guides fault. They will do everything they can to help you have a good time and make sure it's the experience of a lifetime and keep you safe. As for the Northern Light, they too are unpredictable, it's not the AA's fault that they didn't appear that night.

I realize there are a lot of tour companies to chose from, AA is the only company we traveled with on this tour and they were fantastic. My best advice, choose wisely, don't cheap out, and have fun with your guides and fellow travelers, that is what makes it fun. Enjoy Iceland!

Experienced and caring guide

Reviewed on March 21, 2018 by rochelle0000 Review from TripAdvisor

I would like to recommend this 3day golden circle tour to everyone who would like to explore Iceland. Special thanks to my guide sindri from arctic adventures. He has extensive guiding experience and knowledge of Iceland. Although the weather has been a bit unpredictable, he somehow managed to complete the all trip. ( for a moment I really thought we would miss the blue ice cave and ice lagoon because of the weather) he modified the trip and tried to get us see as much as possible on a day that has got good weather so when it snowed and stormed the 2nd day, we did not miss much. Also I really appreciated that he tried twice to stop by a chemist for me(trust me, it was almost impossible to find chemist in some small town and I really need some medication at that time)
He not only did the drive but also told us all the story/ history to make the journey interesting and educating.
I can see that he was very enthusiastic of what he did as well, proactively showed us a bit more than what’s in the plan.

"Fantastic trip with Adolf, willing to go the extra mile to make sure we fully experienced Iceland."

Reviewed on March 20, 2018 by AM9595 Review from TripAdvisor

I would say I am on the picky end when it comes to travelling with tour companies - typically I would rent a car in a destination or doing things privately. However, in a place like Iceland, if you want to see things beyond the golden circle, this is very challenging, and many things (like ice caving) are not doable on your own. Given the very dramatic weather changes that occur there, a tour was really the best choice. I was very hesitant and worried at first. But let me say, Arctic adventures did a phenomenal job at taking care of us and they really are the best. The weather during our tour was not cooperative, rain and wind all three days. We heard stories of cars getting pulled off the roads by the wind. Our tour guide was Adolf (not certain on spelling!) - great sense of humour, extremely knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to ensure we did everything (or as much as possible) on the itinerary. Really great guy and any traveller would be lucky to have him show them a taste of Icelandic life. Already missing his interesting stories! I have been on tours in other countries where they don’t even make any effort to take you on things if there is a bit of bad weather. But here, they went the extra mile to ensure we saw pretty much everything listed - the glacier lagoon, black sand beach, diamond beach, etc. We saw a fantastic ice cave on the Katla volcano/glacier - this cave is not as blue as the others apparently however it is the exact same concept and fairly bigger than some of the other ones we were told - so if your tour ends up going here you won’t be disappointed. Even with other ice cave tours being cancelled, our guides made every effort to still go and keep us safe the whole way - the drive to the cave is on these huge monster truck-like vehicles that can get through anything - it’s quite the experience. We did not get to see the northern lights due to the cloud cover - DO NOT BOOK A TRIP TO ICELAND EXPECTING TO SEE THEM! The conditions to see them must be very specific, and believe it or not, you actually have a good chance at seeing them from the airplane if you fly from North America as you are above the clouds where they occur. We saw them from the airplane flying with WOW air. The last thing I will note for this arctic adventures trip is the hotels/accommodations - they are really phenomenal. The places are simple, but exceptionally clean and very new inside. Great food too. I would definitely reccomend this trip to someone else, if you want to have the best chance at seeing everything on the south coast of Iceland. BONUS: our bus had free Wifi that was SUPER fast!

3 Day South Coast with Ice Cave - March 2018

Reviewed on March 17, 2018 by babyorca512 Review from TripAdvisor

I had a wonderful experience on the arctic adventures 3 day south coast tour with ice caving. Our tour guide, Sindri, was very kind, knowledgeable, and funny throughout the entire tour. We were very lucky to have sunny weather and clear nights, so we were able to see the northern lights. Pick-up and drop-off were smooth and on-time. We made all the designated stops and even some secret ones too! What a great experience! Hotels were nice and well-kept, so no issues there. Our guides for the glacier walking and ice cave were very enthusiastic and friendly. I did wish we had a little more time at each stop though. The itinerary was changed slightly due to weather conditions, but fortunately, the activities were re-organized so that we were able to do all of them. Dinner at the hotels are quite expensive ~ $20-50+USD, so if this is out of your budget, I suggest buying food at the various stops or bringing your own.

Thank you again Sindri and to all of the people on my tour. They truly made the experience great.

3 Day Golden Circle trip

Reviewed on March 13, 2018 by Madeleine B Review from TripAdvisor

This was my first time in Iceland and we decided to do an organised tour and chose Artic Adventures and we weren't disappointed! There were 17 of us in our bus and our tour leader Rick was great and so knowledgable and passionate about his home country. The tour was so well organised and we packed a lot in to our days. Sadly on day 3 the winds were too high to do the artic hike along the glacier but they quickly arranged other excursions to fill our day. Both hotels that we stayed at along the trip were great, clean and warm, with breakfast included and dinner available to buy which we did and was tasty.
Will definitely be back to Iceland as it is a magical country, would love to see it in the summer

Awesome trip with a great guide!

Reviewed on March 11, 2018 by grummlinds Review from TripAdvisor

My sister-in-law and I did the 3-day golden circle/ice cave tour during the first week of March. The tour was incredible and provided us with what felt like a pretty comprehensive overview of Iceland. We saw the blank sand beaches, hiked a glacier, were in awe of waterfalls, explored an ice cave, saw the northern lights, looked at the lava fields and had some really great laughs with our group. Johann went the extra mile for us and even provided a wake-up call if the northern lights came out. He had dinner with us, joked around with us, and was overall a really great host. We had a wonderful time in Iceland and attribute much of that to Johann and Artice Adventures!

Excellent trip with a fantastic guide

Reviewed on March 10, 2018 by Ashley G Review from TripAdvisor

My girlfriend and I booked this trip and it certainly exceeded all expectations. Johan was our tour guide and was hands down the best guy for the job. He was very informative of his country and excited to share with everyone the beauty that is Iceland. He ate dinner with us every night on the trip and wasn't afraid to be friendly in every sense of the word. During the trip my girlfriend became ill and wasn't able to make the glacier hike. He made sure to take care of her and showed her around the glacier area. I would recommend this trip and for sure recommend Johan as the guide. I'll never forget the experience and never forget Johan.

Fantastic 3 day trip - totally worth it!!

Reviewed on March 06, 2018 by Lauren S Review from TripAdvisor

We really enjoyed our 3-day trip experience. We were able to see a lot of neat attractions in Iceland in a convenient and comfortable way. I would highly recommend this trip.

The pickup and drop off were very simple. We were picked up near our hotel the first morning, and dropped off near our hotel when we returned. Everyone at the hotel was happy to help us figure it out if we had questions, and the tour guides were used to people not totally understanding which bus to jump on and were happy to help you figure out where you were going.

Our tour guide, Svenni, was awesome! He was extremely friendly and had a plan A, B, ... E when things did not go according to plan. As Iceland's weather can change quickly, making some tours not possible, Svenni knew how to find other stuff for us to do. For example, we were going to go on a glacier hike, but the winds were up to 60miles/hour which created unsafe conditions and the hike was cancelled. Svenni quickly came up with a new plan for us and we still ended up being able to hike on a different glacier with more friendly conditions. He also had a lot of great suggestions of specific places to see that 1) were awesome, 2) had some sort of significance, 3) he also knew the best time of the day to go to various attractions. Finally he has a great personality and had lots of fun stories and ideas for us. Plus we learned about Icelandic musicians!

The trip was really fantastic. There were so many neat things to see and do. I loved learning all about the geologic history in Iceland (as it's so new and varied). I really liked visiting the lava fields, the black sand beaches, and the frozen lagoon. The glacier hike was fantastic, but also gave me a lot of climate change anxiety. We had a really nice group of other folks with us on our tour, so that helped make me really enjoy dinners together, as well as all of the experiences.

If you're a vegetarian, FYI there won't be a ton of varied options for you, so ask your guide if you can stop at a grocery store to get food for a more reasonable price, with more options. If you are coming during the winter, make sure to bring more layers than you expected. We're from Minnesota in the states, and have spent parts of winter in Fargo so we figured we could handle the cold. But those artic winds are icy, and can be pretty intense. Also, make sure you bring good hiking boots if you plan to do a glacier hike. Finally, if you really want to see the northern lights, it's best to plan around the full moon, as the bigger and brighter the moon, the more difficult it will be to see the lights (although we did get really lucky and saw them (and they were super good) with a really bright moon and an activity reading of 2 - so you never know...).

Thanks for an awesome trip! We would love to come back! Maybe when all the plants are growing!

Awesome trip along some of the best places at the south coast of Iceland

Reviewed on February 15, 2018 by Martin Review from TripAdvisor

I did the 3-day South Coast tour with Arctic Adventures. The date that I planned this (10th of February), the south coast of Iceland was tortured with extreme snowstorms which caused most of the operators to cancel their tours. Luckily the 3-day South Coast tour was one of the few that was not cancelled.

Our guide Thor picked me up at the agreed time and place. He explained about the terrible weather forecast and that we might have to skip some parts of the tour.
On the first day we encountered quite some cars that were stuck in the snow. At some point we even had to wait for the snowpatrol to clear the road. But in the end we managed to see almost all of the planned sightings. Unfortunately we could not go to Gullfoss waterfall because of the poor weather conditions. But instead Artic Adventures arranged free entrance to the Secret Lagoon.
Because of all the delays and the bad road conditions we were not able to reach our hotel in Vik, so instead we were checked in in another hotel.

The morning of the second day we heard that the roads to the east had been closed. So we were not sure if we could make it all the way to Vik and further east.
While driving to Seljalandsfoss waterfall our guide received news that the roads were open again. He did not know for how long they would be open, so he suggested to have a short stop at the waterfall and than quickly continue our journey. He also postponed Black Sand Beach and Skógafoss waterfall to the next day.
That turned out to be a good decision because we managed to drive all the way east to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Later we heard that all the roads from Vik to Reykjavik had been closed that day. So we were lucky to have reached our destination.
The last day the weather was better and we did an awesome glacier hike. And on the way back to Reykjavik we visited the Black Sand Beach and Skógafoss waterfall that we had skipped before.
Around 20:30 we were all back safely in Reykjavik.

I really am happy that Arctic Adventures went ahead with the tour. And I really appreciate the way that our guide Thor kept trying hard to get the most out of it. Given the extreme weather circumstances this tour could have been a total disaster. But now it was awesome! I enjoyed every part of it. In the end we missed the Gullfoss waterfall and the ice cave. But instead we got some relaxing time in the Secret Lagoon and some heroic stories about surviving one of the most extreme snow storms in Iceland.

The 3-day tour contains so many fantastic places and activities that, even if you have to skip 1 or 2 of them, it is still an awesome trip.
Weather cannot be controlled. But the flexibility that Arctic Adventures showed by adapting the plan and trying to make the most of the tour, given the terrible weather conditions, makes me highly recommend this company.

All About the Guide!

Reviewed on February 07, 2018 by Patsy Y Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the tour thru Extremely Iceland. First of all so sorry can’t remember the guide’s Iceland name, the pronunciation like English”freemen”. I would say he is excellent. He the guide and also the driver, with only 4hours day light, he managed to visit all places plus additional, gave sufficient time for taking photo, know well about Iceland.

When finished the 1st day, he dropped us at supermarket before going to hotel, we can buy food instead of eating at hotel which we all know very expensive, I am very appreciated him for this initiative.

the tour planned drop off between Reykjavik between 9pm-11pm, he managed to send us back to apartment early by 7pm, so we still could have a dinner.

Top Notch Tour

Reviewed on January 18, 2018 by Nancyclairemuir Review from TripAdvisor

We had the good luck to do the 3-day tour with Erla as our guide. We've traveled around the world and I would say that this tour will rank as one of our favorite experiences. Our guide was organized, competent, and low-key yet very knowledgable. The tour group was fairly small, which allowed us to be efficient. The tour stops were unbelievably interesting with physical features that were mind-blowing (like an ice cave that glowed in the afternoon light in shades of blue and green, hiking on a glacier, finding giant pieces of ice on a black sand beach at dawn). This is a bucket list trip not to be missed.

Great trip and guide!

Reviewed on January 03, 2018 by Dana S Review from TripAdvisor

I recently enjoyed the Jokulsarlon, Golden Circle, Ice Cave 3-day tour, and, in particular, the guide Ricky. After having rented a little car and driven myself around South Iceland for a few days before the tour started (which was super fun, but a little tricky with the winter weather), it was a pleasure to have Ricky take over the driving so that I could just enjoy the beautiful scenery. Not only did he keep us all safe on the road, he was also funny, knowledgeable, and extremely well-organized. Ricky took great care to make sure everyone in the group was happy. He is a terrific guide, and I really enjoyed talking with him. We had ample time to explore all of the sights, which were a little crowded with tourists, but I expect that was due, in part, to the fact it was a holiday week. The waterfalls and glaciers are truly stunning, and well worth a visit. Ricky also helped us spot the Northern Lights, which was just the icing on the cake!

Spectacular sights / Knowledgeable fantastic guide!

Reviewed on December 16, 2017 by Panda L Review from TripAdvisor

This trip packed in so many breathtaking sights---Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon, Diamond Beach, a black sand beach, hiking on a glacier, exploring an ice cave, seeing a geyser spout before our very eyes, a glacier lagoon---we even saw Northern Lights our 1st night!

But what made our trip even more enjoyable was our guide Gummi. This guy is an Icelandic native from generations back and a geologist. His knowledge and love of the land was impressive. We got geology lessons over dinner, as well as engaging stories about the people and life there. He worked hard to make sure everyone had a great time, and took wonderful care of us, even alerting us at 1am that the Northern Lights were happening (we asked to be woken at whatever hour!)

The sights we saw on this trip were certainly spectacular. Add to that the educational and entertaining company of our guide Gummi, and that all made for a truly memorable trip!

Fantastic tour with a great guide

Reviewed on December 06, 2017 by bcw229 Review from TripAdvisor

Overall, the tour was fantastic. On the first day of our tour, Oliver, our guide, told us that there was a storm coming in and we would have to cut the first day short. He was very adamant that what we missed would be made up during the next 2 days. He fulfilled his promise and then some. Oliver is definitely one of the best tour guides that I've ever experienced. He was very accommodating and incredibly knowledgeable of the sites and Iceland in general.

The sites on the tour were awesome to see and visit. We were able to experience the northern lights on our last night. The hotels that we stayed in were great. I would recommend this tour to anybody who is thinking about it.

Small group / accommodation exceeded expectations

Reviewed on November 28, 2017 by RTerlixidou Review from TripAdvisor

Small group. Accommodation exceeded expectations. Flexible itinerary that works around weather conditions. Gilby (the tour guide) although extremely knowledgeable, could have taken the time to ask the group whether the temperature was good / whether he was talking too much (which he was in a very loud manner through the microphone). In any case, irrespective of the driver-specific comments: this is a great 3-day tour to explore the south coast. Do not have expectations to see the northern lights. There is no specific hunt. It is worth booking a separate night tour specific to northern lights.

Amazing time exploring Iceland

Reviewed on November 14, 2017 by Krista L Review from TripAdvisor

We did the 3 day, 2 night south coast and Ice cave tour at the beginning of November. We are usually independent travellers but we booked the tour because we only had a short time in Iceland and we wanted to make the most of our time without having to worry about driving, organizing accommodation etc. We We were extremely lucky to have beautiful sun and clear skies for the duration of our tour. Our tour was only 10 people and it was nice to have a small group. Our guide was Eagle and he was great. Very energetic, funny and easy to speak to. He is extremely passionate about Iceland and its easy to see why! Eagle packed in extra stops for us along the way and was always eager to answer our millions of questions that we had. We had a great time and can't wait to go back to Iceland one day.

Highly Recommended

Reviewed on November 10, 2017 by beedo421 Review from TripAdvisor

This 3 day tour of the Golden Circle was amazing. We experienced a lot of what Iceland is all about. An experience and sights to cherish for a long time. Staying overnight in a couple of quaint places embedded in the landscape was nice. A good way to meet new people in the tour group and time to wind down.
Oliver the tour guide was great. He bent over backwards to accommodate our group. Knowledgeable, humorous, friendly, and got us to all the sights safely. He managed our trip very well considering some of the obstacles he had to face like a big storm.
I highly recommend this for the winter months

Amazing landscape and knowledgeable tour guide

Reviewed on November 02, 2017 by Gin B Review from TripAdvisor

The tour was really great and showed us a lot of highlights. The tour guide Hjelti was fun, patient and friendly. The hotels were fine, even though the first one was a bit noisy and did not have a heating (of course there is one below the ground but you cannot regulate this) but really friendly staff and good breakfast. The second hotel was nice. I thought you would go on a northern lights hunt, but we did not. I think for this price it should be included. I still discovered them but there was a lot of light pollution, so we could have just driven 5 minutes to see them better. The microphone on the bus did not work so it was hard to understand Hjelti. He did play great music though. So all in all I highly recommend this tour.

Excellent introduction to Iceland

Reviewed on October 30, 2017 by Choudharyfam Review from TripAdvisor

Arctic adventures and their outstanding guide Hjalti Steinn made our trip to Iceland memorable. Iceland is a beautiful country with breathtaking landscapes. We felt that we covered a lot of distance in three days without feeling rushed. This is the first time I've done a group tour and had concern that it would take away from our experience. However, we were a small group of 16 and made some great friends and Hjalti, our guide, felt more like a friend showing us his country. The three days of travel, sightseeing and lodging/meals all were well coordinated. I would highly recommend a trip with Hjalti and Arctic Adventures. We hope to return for a guided trip in the future with them!

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FAQ

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.

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 the 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, 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.

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.

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!