Three epic days in Iceland, see the legendary Golden Circle sights of Þingvellir, see an erupting Geyser and Gullfoss Waterfall then go off on an exciting highland adventure by rugged super jeep to the mountains at Kerlingarfjöll way out in the central Icelandic Highlands. Hike with your highlands guide, snowshoe, bask in a hot pot and keep watch for the mystical northern lights. Enjoy a visit to the Secret Lagoon before you return to Reykjavík.
- The Golden Circle
- The Highlands of Iceland
- Geothermal areas
- Northern Lights searching
- Super Jeep action
- Highland hotel
- Kerlingarfjoll Mountain Range
- The Secret Lagoon Geothermal Pool
- Snowshoeing (if conditions allow)
- Hot spring pool bathing (possibly)
*Drop-off information: We drop you off at your selected location in Reykjavik sometime between 18:00 - 20:00 on day three, depending on road and weather conditions.
Included: Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík, Golden Circle tour, Highlands Super Jeep Adventure tour, hotel room with private facilities - 2 nights, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch, snowmobile riding, helmet and suit, snowshoes/hiking poles, minibus tour to the Secret Lagoon and entrance to the Secret Lagoon.
Bring with you: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on ice are good to bring. Pajamas are also good to have. Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel.
Note: You will not have the same guide all the time. We have a Golden Circle expert driving the minibus, and then a super jeep expert driving in the highlands.
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If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
3 Day Golden Circle, Kerlingarfjöll & Secret Lagoon Winter Tour
Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
You are picked up between 09:00 and 09:30 from your hotel or a nearby Reykjavík meeting point. On this tour we want to give you a fabulous snapshot of the best winter experiences Iceland can offer - everything from Golden Circle sightseeing, to really rugged and remote mountains, the real outback in the center of the country, to bathing at one of the most charming hot spring fed outdoor pools in Iceland
First, some culture, history and extraordinary geology at Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), where the historic Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament, was formed in 930. Did you know this is the oldest still existing parliament in the world? You will see a stunning geyser hot spring erupting at Geysir and also get to visit Gullfoss, the most popular waterfall in Iceland. You have the chance to buy lunch at Gullfoss Café, then you are off into the wild interior of Iceland with your highland guide. The super jeep journey will take you on rough mountain roads deep into the highlands, the exact route your guide takes will depend on the weather and conditions. The terrain around Mount Kerlingarfjöll is harsh but very beautiful - don´t be surprised if the journey takes a while.
The comforts of your hotel await you, including a 3 course restaurant dinner, outdoor hot tub and bar. You will get to enjoy the area with a guided hike, the route and other activities are chosen with the weather in mind. Usually, we hike for 4 to 6 hours but there are other ways to enjoy this amazing wilderness area. Maybe, we will go to a hot bathing pool with 35°C water, or take a snowmobile ride in the beautiful Ásgarður Valley, or a snowshoe trek. In the evenings, hopefully conditions will be suitable for a northern lights watch, so far away from artificial lights they can be magnificent - as always we have to wait and see!
On your final morning there is time for us to enjoy a little hiking, snowshoeing or snowmobile riding. We look at the conditions and decide. You are driven back to Gullfoss Waterfall to board the minibus to the Secret Lagoon, in the hot spring village of Flúðir, here you have an opportunity to bathe. Your tour returns to Reykjavík on day 3 at around 18:00 in the evening.
Day 1: REYKJAVÍK-THE GOLDEN CIRCLE-MOUNT KERLINGARFJÖLL
Your first Golden Circle attraction is Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is very important in the heart of all Icelanders. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been moving apart creating some unique geology and stunning scenery. You will see the cliff of the rift valley adding great drama to the area where the Icelandic Parliament was formed.
At Geysir geothermal area you will see Strokkur erupting massive torrents of scalding water every 4 to 10 minutes, these spouts can easily rise to 25 m! A few minutes drive will bring you to Gullfoss Waterfall, on the Hvítá river, feel the force as the river thunders through drops of 11 m and 21 m, vanishing into a crevasse. There is time to buy lunch at Gullfoss Café.
You meet your highland guide at Gullfoss, traveling by sturdy super jeep you head off on an exciting journey towards the center of Iceland and Mount Kerlingarfjöll, nestling between the Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull Glaciers, real mountain wilderness country. You will take whichever road is best in the conditions to get to your comfortable hotel in the unspoiled Ásgarður valley. There is a three course dinner, a bar, a hot tub and, if you are lucky, the northern lights will dance their vibrant colors across the night sky. The remotest Icelandic nature is just outside!
Day 2: KERLINGARFJÖLL ADVENTURES
Let´s go exploring! We enjoy breakfast then plan our day, the weather varies and no two days are quite the same. There is a 4 to 6 hour guided hike through the most amazing mountain scenery, we also make the most of the conditions to go snowshoeing and snowmobile riding. Sometimes we hike to a hot spring pool, bathing in 35°C hot water in the middle of nowhere in winter is so special. Be sure to pack your towel and bathing suit.
Your hotel is at Ásgarður, a valley surrounded by the colorful Kerlingarfjöll cluster of mountains, formed by many volcanic eruptions, they have characteristic un-eroded shapes. On a clear day you will be surrounded by mind-blowing scenery, on this tour you really get to spend time in places which very few people will ever visit.
Back at the hotel you can relax in the hot tub, enjoy the bar and a 3 course dinner or just allow the glorious memories of the day to permeate more deeply. This is slow travel at its best. Maybe the northern lights will fan out in an inspiring light show? As always, we have to wait and see!
Day 3: KERLINGARFJÖLL-GULLFOSS WATERFALL-SECRET LAGOON-REYKJAVÍK
We plan our final few hours in the highlands! We have time for one more activity before we leave the wild Kerlingarfjöll mountains behind us. What is chosen depends on the weather, conditions and also preferences. More hiking, snowshoeing, or snowmobile riding are all possible options. Before noon our hardy super jeep will begin the return journey to Gullfoss Waterfall, where the final leg of your tour awaits you! Traveling through the highland mountains is always an adventure, in clear visibility the scenery will be sensational, so make sure you keep your camera in a handy place!
At Gullfoss Waterfall you transfer to a minibus for your guided tour to the Secret Lagoon, a hot spring bathing pool at Flúðir. This village is now very well known for its hot springs and the top quality tomatoes and other produce grown in its geothermally heated glass houses. The Secret Lagoon is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, it was always known as Gamla Lóníð (meaning ‘The Old Pool’). However, the pool was, for very many years, only really known by local people, thus, it came to be known as the Secret Lagoon! The landscapes around it are beautiful, it is a little hidden away in the midst of nature, making it a perfect place to enjoy hot spring bathing. We will return to the city around 18:00, you will be dropped off where we picked you up.
The following tours are great in combination with this tour, if you have more days to spare:
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