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Landmannalaugar Northern Lights Winter Paradise 3 Days

Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, Northern Lights, Snowmobile, Hiking & Hot Spring

Go off the beaten track to explore the geothermally shaped wonders of the Icelandic Highlands at Landmannalaugar in the season of the Northern Lights!

Geysir Hot-Spring Northern-Lights Super-Jeep
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Spend three days in winter exploring Iceland on this exciting tour! Leave the city far behind and take an epic journey into the Highlands of Iceland with our experienced guides in a super jeep. In winter this place is really off the beaten track! Bathe in a stunning natural hot spring pool beneath a lava field, snowmobile into geothermally fashioned mountains, hunt for the northern lights, hike in magical settings and see the Golden Circle highlights. We want you to do things in Iceland that most people never dare to dream about. This is the trip you will tell your grandchildren about!

  • Availability

    Nov - April

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    140.000 ISK

Tour highlights
Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir (Thingvellir)
Landmannalaugar
Hot Spring Pool Bathing
Highland Hiking
Snowmobile Riding
Northern Lights (Depending on conditions)
Included
Hotel Pick up
Transportation in a super jeep
English speaking guide
Accommodation (mountain hut with shared facilities and Highland guesthouse)
Sleeping bags
Breakfast x2, dinner x2, lunch x1
Snowmobile riding when conditions allow
Snowmobiling helmets and equipment
Free Wi-Fi in the vehicles

This tour is the ultimate winter adventure in Iceland. Challenge yourself on a three-day expedition into the stunning rural landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands. Inspired by local activities, this tour is the perfect way to do something incredible and totally out of the ordinary in Iceland, giving you a completely different dimension of winter traveling. Professional guides and participants work together to make our time spent snowmobiling, hiking the colorful Rhyolite mountains and bathing in the hot spring pool the most exciting and memorable trip ever.

Riding a snowmobile you will feel your spine tingling with excitement as you take off on a stunning visual journey, up and down the mountains, through epic landscapes with one-of-a-kind glacier and lake views. Prepare to feel goosebumps rise as your adrenaline fires up on an exciting chase across this great winter wonderland, as stunning vista, after vista opens out before your eyes. Of course, you will also get plenty of moments to be still in the peace of nature!

Hiking in Landmannalaugar is a well-known summer activity but not very many know that this is the perfect winter hiking area too. In winter you will really be able to treasure the rugged remoteness of this place, when just a few nature enthusiasts and adventure activity lovers have it totally to themselves. By day you will be way out in the raw Icelandic nature, at night the velvety blackness of the sky will surround you, enhancing the colors of the northern lights. Of course, we can never promise the northern lights will swirl their brilliant colors but, hopefully, our northern lights luck will be good!

When you return tired from your exhilarating day-time activities, warm and cozy accommodation and a nourishing, comforting meal will await you. When you are ready to chill out beneath the night sky, the steaming hot spring pool will be ready to welcome you – Zen moments and sheer bliss. Thrilling activities exploring the wilderness by day and relaxing in a hot spring pool surrounded by mountain peaks in the peace of evening, it cannot get more Icelandic than this!

On this tour the atmosphere is relaxed and there is a wonderful cabin mood in the comfortable mountain hut, as like-minded souls come together to enjoy a great adventure with good food, great winter wilderness activities, fabulous Icelandic nature. Your guide organizes the meals at the hut but assistance from participants is welcomed – be part of the friendly team.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note

Please try and keep your luggage as compact as possible (we offer free luggage storage)

Day 1

On this tour our expert guides and participants work together to create a fabulous three-day adventure. The expedition will take you on a journey into unforeseen adventures and invigorating challenges which will share together, with everyone taking an active part in all of the exciting things ahead. The adventure begins the moment we pick you up and head from the soft countryside of the south into the majestic Þjórsárdalur valley. On a clear day there will be fabulous views of the notorious volcano, Hekla, in the middle ages many Europeans said Hekla volcano was the gateway to hell. Today, this is one of Iceland´s most active volcanoes, it last erupted in the year 2000. This famous cone-shaped volcano is characterized by a series of ridges. 

Winter driving, particularly in the highlands, is often challenging, with our experienced driver/guides, well equipped Super Jeeps and the help of our participants we will make it through to Landmannalaugar – it may take a while, though – we get there when we get there! We warm up our well-equipped rustic mountain hut and prepare dinner together, getting to know one another better and sharing life stories. Your guide will organize everything but this is a friendly trip and everyone gets involved with preparation or clearing up. Then it is on with evening!

Landmannalaugar means ‘the People’s Pools’, and the natural hot spring, where people bathed in ancient times, is just outside! Relaxing in the warm waters, as surreal mountain peaks surround you, with steam softly wafting from the surface of the water is a blissful and mystical experience. Maybe, the northern lights will embellish the sky with their scintillating ripples? That is in nature´s hands – we have to wait and see!

Day Highlights
Super Jeep transport
Landmannalaugar
Hekla volcano views*
Included
Transportation
English speaking guide
Accommodation at Mountain Hut
Dinner

Day 2

Many people like to start their day with bathing in the alluring Landmannalaugar hot spring pool, this is located just under the historic Laugahraun lava field, giving rise to amazing scenery.

We prepare and enjoy breakfast together in the charming mountain hut and begin to plan our day. Careful consideration is given to snow conditions and the weather, and, of course, your preferences. The options are snowmobiling, hiking, exploring by Super Jeep or more hot spring bathing.

The mountains around Landmannalaugar are comprised of colorful rhyolite, formed from the sour magma which erupted from the magma chamber of a volcano situated south of Landmannalaugar, close to the nearby Torfajökull glacier. The area around the Torfajökull glacier is the second most extensive high-temperature geothermal area in Iceland, the largest is Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull glacier. The scenery and possible hikes on offer in this region are stunning, Bláhjúkur (the Blue Peak) and Mount Brennisteinsalda, said by many to be the most colorful mountain in Iceland, are in the hills around Landmannalaugar. 

After enjoying a full day of adventures we leave Landmannalaugar and head to the beautiful area around Hrauneyjar. It is here that we will spend the night at a cozy and welcoming country hotel with excellent views, a spacious restaurant, and comfortable facilities. Hopefully, after a relaxing and nourishing dinner together we will catch sight of the majestic northern lights. Whatever, the aurora and cloud forecasts you can be sure we will enjoy the deep peace of one of the remotest places in the South Icelandic Highlands.   

Day Highlights
Adventures in Landmannalaugar
Torfajökull Glacier
Hot spring bathing
Included
Accommodation at Country Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
English speaking guide

Day 3

We enjoy a nourishing breakfast together and pack up. During the morning we will head up to the Hrauneyjar Dam for some more highland sightseeing. We will stop to enjoy lunch in this area before journeying back to the lowlands, our drive will take us through the stunningly beautiful valley of Þjórsárdalur on our way to the attractions of the famous Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Þingvellir.

The Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden Falls) plunges dramatically in two stages, roaring in two stages through drops of 11 m and 21 m, pivoting spectacularly along the way. The mighty Hvítá river (the White River) originating at Langjökull, Iceland´s second largest glacier flows through these falls. The force of this river as it powers through the rugged canyon is absolutely breath-taking. You will feel the spray in the air and see the golden-hued mist which is cast around the falls.

Your next stop will be at the very active geothermal area in the valley of Haukadalur, home to Great Geysir, the erupting hot spring which gave us the English word ´geyser’.  There are quite a few scalding hot springs and geysers here, Strokkur, the most active hot spring nowadays, can be relied on to erupt every 4 to 10 minutes.

We then make our way through the picturesque lakeside village of Laugarvatn village on our way to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Þingvellir is the place where the Icelanders founded their historic parliament in 930 CE/AD, this is the oldest still existing parliament in the world. It is also at Þingvellir that two great tectonic plates have been slowly edging apart, creating a dramatic cliff and rift valley. You actually get the chance to walk a pathway between the North American and the Eurasian plates – walking between two continents, how special is that?

Weather circumstances, snow and the road conditions all play quite a big part in this tour, so the traveling time back to Reykjavík can vary quite a lot. It is estimated that arrival in the city will be around dinner time, early in the evening.

Day Highlights
Hrauneyjar
Super Jeep transport
Gullfoss Waterfall
Strokkur & Geysir
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Included
Super Jeep transport
English speaking guide
Breakfast
Where do you offer pick up’s from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

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

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

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

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, 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 particular trip. 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.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Can you go on a snowmobiling tour in the summertime in Iceland?

Yes, you can. The plus side to being a cold country is that our glacier are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.

What time are we dropped back to Gullfoss cafe from the Glacier Snowmobiling from Gullfoss if we are collected at 12:30?

You will be returning back around 16:30, but this can vary depending on the conditions (+/- 60 minutes).

Are there any weight restrictions for the snowmobiling tours?

We don’t exactly have a weight restriction but participants need to be able to fit in our winter overalls. The largest size we have is 3XL. As for the physical level, the tour is listed at a the level moderate and anyone in average physical condition should be able to complete the tour without any trouble.

Are their any place to use the toilet at the glacier snowmobiling base camp?

Yes, we have toilets at the base camp where the tour starts that you are more than welcome to use before and after. Unfortunately we cannot offer any bathroom breaks during the tour itself.

What clothing is provided for the snowmobile ride on Langjokull glacier?

We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, gloves and a helmet.

This is all included in the price of the tour.

What do I need to bring for my snowmobiling ride on Langjokull glacier?

First and foremost warm clothing.

Upper body: Thermal shirt and a fleece or a thick sweater over.

Lower body: Warm pants.
If you get easily cold, also thermals.

Shoes: It’s best to wear boots as it’s pretty cold on the glacier and they can get wet.

NOTE: You need to bring a lunch or some snacks. Lunch is not included in the tour.

I am traveling by myself, do I need to pay the single ride supplement?

Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra.

Is there an age limit to go snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier?

Yes there is, safety is always our number one priority and after looking closely into this the age limit was set to 8 years, of course in company with a guardian.

Can I still go on the tour if I can't drive a snowmobile?

You do not need previous snowmobile driving experience. Your guide will provide easy to follow operating instructions.

However, you do need a valid Driving License if you intend to drive. If there are two of you, only one of you needs to bring a Driving License but if you both bring one, each of you can take a turn at driving.

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour this is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

Should I bring mosquito repellant when traveling to Iceland?

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

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.

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

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

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but 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.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

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

When booking with Arctic Adventures you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.

Hotel breakfast is included!

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a day 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 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.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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