Go off the beaten track to explore the geothermally shaped wonders of the Icelandic Highlands at Landmannalaugar in the season of the Northern Lights!
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!
November - April
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir (Thingvellir)
- Hot Spring Pool Bathing
- Highland Hiking
- Snowmobile Riding
- Northern Lights (Depending on conditions)
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Transportation in a Super Jeep
- English Speaking Tour 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 WiFi on Board Your Vehicle
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.
Pick up is at 09:00 am 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.
Please try and keep your luggage as compact as possible (we offer free luggage storage)
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!
- Super Jeep transport
- Hekla volcano views*
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation at Mountain Hut
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.
- Adventures in Landmannalaugar
- Torfajökull Glacier
- Hot spring bathing
- Accommodation at Country Hotel
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- English speaking guide
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.
- Super Jeep transport
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Strokkur & Geysir
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Super Jeep transport
- English speaking guide
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.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
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.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a 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 are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
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.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, gloves and a helmet.
This is all included in the price of the tour.
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.
Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra.
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.
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.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
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.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
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.
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.
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.
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travelers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
For further information about rental gear:
Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
- 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.
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.