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We’ll kick off the adventure from Reykjavik with a drive past fjords and bays on our way up North. We pay our respects to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Then it’s time to head back to the Golden Circle and neighbor waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. On the fourth day, we drive eastward to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and go spelunking in an ice cave. The whirlwind expedition wraps up with a glacier hike with a certified glacier guide!
We’ll collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9:00 am and make the picturesque drive to Iceland’s scenic West Coast. Our first stop of the day will be Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It pumps a remarkable 47.5 gal...)
We’ll collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9:00 am and make the picturesque drive to Iceland’s scenic West Coast.
Our first stop of the day will be Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It pumps a remarkable 47.5 gallons of superheated water every second – creating vast plumes of steam and an impressive thundering roar.
This spring provides hot water to several towns in the surrounding area, along with the Krauma Geothermal Baths, which can be added as an optional extra to the tour. If you don’t fancy a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs, then we will head to nearby stables and pet some traditional Icelandic horses.
From there we’ll head to the historic Reykholt – once home to Snorri Sturluson, a renowned poet and politician who played a massive role in the writing of the Icelandic sagas. Snorri’s importance to the preservation of Norse culture cannot be underestimated and he is without doubt the ‘Icelandic Homer’. We’ll also see his famous bathing pool - Snorralaug, where he went to relax and be inspired amidst stunning natural scenery.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
From there we proceed on to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar (“the Lava Waterfalls”) is made up of a myriad of smaller cascades pouring through the cracks of a vast lava field. Whereas Barnafoss (the Children’s waterfall) is associated with a tragic urban legend, where two children unfortunately perished in its waters.
Both are set in a spectacular landscape, carrying waters that flow all the way from Langjokull Glacier. We’ll finish the day with a visit to Gerðuberg, a collection of basalt columns that were created by lava that was instantly cooled by seawater.
We’ll stay in a comfortable countryside hotel and venture out in search of the Northern Lights if the conditions are right.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change – we may sometimes begin with a South Coast Iceland Tour and then the West Coast Tour etc.
We’ll eat a delicious Icelandic breakfast and then continue on towards the western part of Snæfellsnes. Along the way alpine scenery will unfold before your eyes and mountains, glaciers and volcanoes will dominate the horizon. The fishing village of ...)
We’ll eat a delicious Icelandic breakfast and then continue on towards the western part of Snæfellsnes. Along the way alpine scenery will unfold before your eyes and mountains, glaciers and volcanoes will dominate the horizon. The fishing village of Arnarstapi is nestled amongst this magnificent landscape – an ideal spot to hop out of the tour bus and explore the surrounding area.
Our journey will continue on to the Vatnshellir Cave – a majestic subterranean wonder that is made of lava that is around eight-millennia old. Your expert guide will tell you all about how this amazing cave was formed and show you the incredible minerals that color its walls.
Hellnar + Djúpalónssandur
We’ll stop at the charming village of Hellnar for a bite to eat and then visit the beautiful black pebble beach. The beach is framed by tall, craggy cliffs that gaze across the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to take a photo of the white-tipped waves as they thunder against the coal black pebbles on the shore!
Keep an eye out for the wreck of the British trawler Epine that ran aground there in 1948. At the end of the beach, you’ll find the famous lifting stones, which were used to test the strength of potential fisherman in days gone by. Do you think you would be strong enough to lift them?
We’ll top the day off by seeing one of the most photogenic mountains in the world – Kirkjufell rises like an emerald pyramid over the surrounding area, a truly majestic scene that you will never forget. Your friendly guide will show you the best spot to snap a photo of it and if we’re really lucky, the Northern Lights might flicker above it!
We’ll spend the evening in a cozy countryside hotel and head out on a Northern Lights tour if the conditions are good.
We’ll spend day three on the world-famous Golden Circle Route – the most popular tourist trail in Iceland. Thingvellir National Park: We’ll begin at Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that combines geology, history and natur...)
We’ll spend day three on the world-famous Golden Circle Route – the most popular tourist trail in Iceland.
Thingvellir National Park: We’ll begin at Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that combines geology, history and nature into the perfect package. You’ll see Althingi – the founding site of the world’s first parliament in 930 c.e. The seismic rift valley, which marks the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Be sure to check out Thingvallavatn – the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Geysir: We’ll continue on towards Haukadalur Valley – a geothermal wonderland filled with a host of hot springs and erupting geysers. We’ll see the famous Great Geysir that gives all geysers their names, along with Strokkur, which throws boiling water up to 25 meters into the air every few minutes. All of Geysir is truly incredible and the perfect place to see one of nature’s greatest shows.
Gullfoss: Our final stop will be the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls), whose golden hued cascade originates at Langjokull Glacier and flows down the Hvita River all the way down to Gullfoss. It’s constantly rated as one of the best waterfalls in the world and a fabulous photo opportunity that you won’t want to miss!
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss: We’ll continue along the Ring Road and pass the notorious Hekla Volcano on our way to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Famed for its breathtaking cylindrical cascade and the hidden cave that allows you to see it from a totally different angle. On a sunny day you might be able to snap a photo of one of the many magnificent rainbows that appear above it.
Another waterfall, Skogafoss, lies around thirty minutes up the road. It’s larger than Seljalandsfoss – dropping more than 60 meters down into a valley below. We’ll walk up the winding path that runs alongside it to see some fabulous views over the surrounding area. Keep an eye out for the hidden treasure that, Thrasi, one of the first Viking settlers is supposed to have been buried there.
Our final stop will be Reynisfjara – a magnificent black sand beach that is home to some of the most beautiful rock structures in Iceland. We’ll stroll along it and see the beauty of the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean thunder on the coal-black sands; appreciate the series of basalt columns that rise up the cliff near the beach; and see the Reynisdrangar basalt peaks, which are supposedly trolls who were petrified by the sun.
We’ll spend the evening at the charming coastal town of Vik and go on a Northern Lights hunt if the conditions are right.
We’ll kick things off with a hearty breakfast and then drive eastwards through a series of beautiful lava fields. Our destination will be the Vatnajökull National Park – which sits in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier and is home to a plethora o...)
We’ll kick things off with a hearty breakfast and then drive eastwards through a series of beautiful lava fields. Our destination will be the Vatnajökull National Park – which sits in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier and is home to a plethora of glacially formed natural wonders.
Ice Cave: You’ll meet up with your friendly glacier guide, who’ll make sure that you are aware of any relevant safety information. Then we’ll head straight in to the ice cave for a memorable experience in the heart of an icy natural wonder. We’ll wander through the ice cave and see the incredible shades of blue and wonderful ice patterns. Your expert guide will tell you all about how these ever-changing beauties are formed and take you to the best places to snap some photos.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon: Our final stop of the day will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. They sit in the shadow of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, which crafts their mesmeric landscape. Icebergs snap away from the main body of the glacier and glide across Jökulsárlón on their way to the open ocean.
The magnificent colours of the icebergs and the friendly seals bobbing in and out of them make for a truly stunning photo opportunity. Many of the icebergs wash ashore on the Diamond Beach – resting like glistening jewels amidst the coal-black sand. If we’re really lucky then the Northern Lights might dance above our heads – capping off an incredible day.
We’ll eat a hearty breakfast and head to Skaftafell or Solheimajokull (depending on the season) to meet our certified glacier guide. It's time for an unforgettable glacier hike! We can’t tell you exactly which glacier we will visit, because it depe...)
We’ll eat a hearty breakfast and head to Skaftafell or Solheimajokull (depending on the season) to meet our certified glacier guide. It's time for an unforgettable glacier hike!
We can’t tell you exactly which glacier we will visit, because it depends on the time and the season, but we guarantee that it will be an incredible experience. Your guide will provide all the equipment that you need and ensure your safety throughout. Hiking on a glacier is truly incredible and we guarantee that you’ll be impressed by its size and many wonderful features. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience!
After our glacier hiking adventure, we’ll head back to Reykjavik and stop off at some more incredible attractions along the way. We’ll arrive back at Reykjavik between 20:00 and 23:00, depending on the weather conditions and mood of the group. We hope you enjoy your adventure in Iceland and can’t wait to be a part of the next one!
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that you will see them during the tour. However, the tour takes place during the winter months, giving you an excellent chance of seeing them. We cannot tell you which glacier we...)
Shortened Tour due to Weather
Reviewed on April 28, 2019 by Susie Piggott From our post-trip system
Unfortunately our flight got cancelled & rescheduled twice, so we missed the first 2 days of our tour. However, I was able to coordinate over the phone and via e-mail so that we could meet up at the start of the 3 day part of the tour in Reykjavik. We arrived extremely early that morning & Hotel Cabin had an open room, so we were able to check in around 6 am for the following night. We did join up with our tour group for the Southern Coast, Ice Cave, Glacier Hike part of the tour and loved it despite a lot of rainy weather. Our tour guide was great - fun, knowledgeable and always joking. He also gave us choices during some of our flex time in what we wanted to see. We even got to check out a "secret" ice lagoon after Jokulasaron did not have many icebergs. Although we are still sorting out our refund (hopefully) with the airline, we really enjoyed our Arctic Adventures tour and would recommend and/or do another one ourselves.
Reviewed on April 18, 2019 by shalaka desai From our post-trip system
I would highly recommend this tour. You get to see the best of Iceland in these 5 days. The trip is not fast paced and gave us ample of time to explore the place. This trip was split into 2 tours - one was a 2 day trip to the Snaefellsnes plateau and the other one was the 3 day tour to the South of Iceland with the northern lights. Both the tours were very organized and the stay at the designated hotels was very comfortable too. Our guides, Pascal and Aaron, were very knowledgeable, patient and made everything very easy and simple. They made a big effort to show us around even when the weather was little unstable, on a few occasions. We had an amazing time. A big thank you to Artic adventures team for these beautiful memories !
Reviewed on April 07, 2019 by Jon From our post-trip system
Our guide Olli was amazing, and managed to mix up the activities across the days to ensure the weather was a minimal factor. This was the first time for me to be in Iceland in the winter and it did not disappoint! Of course there were some sketchy days of cold, wind, snow, rain, and sun. If you don't like the weather right now, just wait 15 minutes! Would definitely be interested in going back after these amazing five days.
Reviewed on April 05, 2019 by Edward and Ellen Nadeau From our post-trip system
My husband and I toured Iceland in March 2019. I recently read the United Nation’s World Happiness list and Iceland was number 4. Not a surprise. Where do I begin? The incredible beauty and natural wonders, the food and native people. We were so delighted with the staff members of Artic Tours who were so well informed about the history, geology and the culture of the Icelandic people. Your group size limit of 18 is a winning strategy and the Mercedes Touring van is a good vehicle choice. Not only did that make for a manageable group of people to be “guided” through our adventures but, but our travel mates were from all the parts of the world and we immediately bonded with many of them and enjoyed the beautiful journey along the way. While Artic Adventures could not promise us that we would see the Northern lights – we did! We would like to return someday to Iceland and bring along our friends and family and we know they will be just as impressed as we were. Give our best to our guide THOR! He made our journey most memorable. Ellen & Ed
Reviewed on March 10, 2019 by Nicole Miranda From our post-trip system
The 5th day tour was a great experience, it is super complete, allows you to go to different places in Island. Each place has a magic combination, all of them are worth it. And Artic Tours make everything perfect!!
Fantastic Tour- beautiful country!
Reviewed on February 27, 2019 by Lesley From our post-trip system
We had a brilliant 5 day tour around this beautiful country. Our guides were friendly, efficient and very knowledgable. They were also very good drivers and we felt very safe even in some very harsh weather. The hotels outside Rejkavic were lovely and we saw so much. Thoroughly recommend this company- booking and communications were excellent.
Reviewed on February 24, 2019 by Morgan Leger From our post-trip system
Palmi, our tour guide, was absolutely wonderful! All the sites we stopped to visit were beautiful, and well chosen. My only complaint is that I wish I could have spent even longer at each site (this is not meant as true criticism - given how much we saw each day, I don't think we could've stayed longer and had time for everything else). Getting a more exact itinerary of our trip once the tour had started would have been welcome.
Reviewed on February 08, 2019 by Jessica From our post-trip system
This is an amazing trip. We had the best tour guide, Siggi, who knows so much and made this a very pleasant experience. We were lucky and got to see the Northern Lights, while they are not a guarantee, we had the perfect combination and we saw the most beautiful show. Every place we went was magnificent and the activities are definitely worth it.
Reviewed on February 01, 2019 by Lisa From our post-trip system
This was an incredible experience! Our guide, Hilmar, was amazing. By the end of the tour we all felt like family. I would definitely recommend this tour. So if you're thinking about it - do it!! And ask for Hilmar. He's great!!
Reviewed on January 16, 2019 by Janet innamorato From our post-trip system
Our guide was warm charming and friendly he added significantly to our enjoyment of the trip. Loved the stories the geysers the glaciers the ocean the lagoon and the waterfalls. Thank you Palli.
A great trip and a great guide
Reviewed on January 08, 2019 by Stacy Wallace From our post-trip system
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our 5 day tour. Biggie kept us entertained during the drive with interesting Icelandic stories, facts, and traditions. Even with the minimal daylight hours, Biggie ensured that we made it to all of the attractions and even some nice little out of the way places. Thank you for a great vacation!
5 Day Tour - Highly Recommended
Reviewed on December 30, 2018 by Andrew G From our post-trip system
I highly recommend this tour and this company to anyone. We opted for the 5 day tour and it was absolutely amazing. The driver, the vehicle used, and the hotels we stayed at were great and I have no complaints. When we return to Iceland we will definitely be using Arctic Adventure again.