This majestic tour is ideal for adventure lovers, featuring a plethora of exciting, fun and incredible activities. From rafting down Gullfoss Canyon, to riding Viking horses and bathing in nature’s finest spa, you name it and this tour has it. Unique expreinces that are only possible in Iceland, including snorkeling between two tectonic plates. Explore all the wonders that the land of fire and ice has to offer directly from Reykjavik.
Duration: 5 days
Age limit: 14 years
- Discounted Package
- Golden Circle Attractions
- Gullfoss Canyon
- River Rafting
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Thingvellir National Park
- Hvítá River
- Glacier Hiking
- Ice Climbing
- Solheimajokull Glacier
- South Iceland
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates
- Lava Caving
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Spring Hiking
- Reykjadalur Valley
- ATV / Quad Tour
- The Blue Lagoon
Below you can find a rough itinerary, however, the order of the tours can vary. We always send the final confirmation of the tour itinerary by email shortly after you book the tour and all the activities detailed below will be included in the final itinerary.
You will be picked up and returned to Reykjavik each day, where you can enjoy your evening in the capital city. Please keep in mind that accommodation is not included in the package so you will need to arrange this yourself.
It is possible to upgrade to a solo ATV bike for the ATV tour. The price of the ATV part of the tour is for two persons sharing an ATV. Please note that when booking in odd numbers an extra fee will have to be paid on location 4.000 ISK extra per person).
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The Golden Circle tour encompasses some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, including Geysir, where seething hot springs, throw boiling jets of water up to 25 meters into the air! The magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park, which combines stunning natural beauty and geological and historical significance. Thingvellir has the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, running through its center, meaning it literally straddles the continents of Europe and North America, also home to Althingi, the original site of the world’s oldest Parliament! Finally, there is the majestic Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall), whose majestic scenery and golden waters have enchanted people for centuries.
This incredible river rafting experience begins at Drumboddstaðir, from where we will glide along the pulsating rapids of Hvítá (the White River). It is the ideal combination of serene canyons surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, along with adrenaline-pumping white-crested rapids. At the Brúarhlöð Canyon, you will have the chance to leap from the cliff into the seething river below, an exhilarating experience for adventurous souls. We will be accompanied by safety experts throughout the entire trip and provide all the equipment that you will need for this magical experience.
Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing
Hiking and ice climbing on the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier is an experience that combines stunning natural scenery, with adrenaline-pumping fun. There are a host of incredible sights on show in this crevice-dotted wilderness, which your friendly guide will tell you all about. Then, around halfway through the tour, we will pause and try out the pulsating sport of ice-climbing (we provide all the necessary equipment), before we explore the ever-evolving glacier some more. It is ideal for anyone who wants a unique experience in a frozen wonderland.
Snorkeling in Silfra
Silfra is a magical, alien world, which is completely bathed in blue. It is located in the gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, meaning that you will be swimming in the gap between two continents. This combined with the incredible underwater visibility that the site provides, thanks to its icy-blue glacial water, makes it one of the finest diving sites in the entire world.
Crafted by volcanic activity many millennia ago, lava tube caves are one of the world’s most fascinating underground phenomena. They are formed by the flash-cooling of molten rock, when an area becomes less volcanically active and are normally home to fascinating rock formations, vivid colors and much, much more. This tour will take you to one of these underground delights, alongside a friendly guide who will tell you all about the wonders contained within them.
Hot Spring Hunt
We will make the scenic journey to the Reykjadalur Valley at Hveragerði, which combines a spectacular natural backdrop, with a plethora of hot springs, both large and small. Once we reach the valley, we will bathe in the hot spring river that bisects it, a wonderful experience, surrounded by rolling hills and wispy plumes of smoke, rising into the air.
The Icelandic horse
Icelandic horses are totally unique, thanks to the isolation of the species, meaning that you will be riding the same horse as the Vikings did. They are famous for their unique gait, known as the tolt, which means that they always have one hoof on the ground. Icelandic horses are the ideal way to explore the rugged Icelandic wilderness, experiencing the incredible natural scenery, in a fun and enjoyable way: riding in Iceland is an experience that you won’t want to miss!
Day one begins bright and early, at 8:00 am with collection from your Reykjavik accommodation. (Please note that pick up can last up to thirty minutes depending on your location). From there, we will travel to the famous Golden Circle, which is home to a host of incredible wonders, which are the defining features of the land of fire and ice.
The tour begins at the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls), where water cascades across a number of lava steps, down to the luscious green canyon below. On a summer’s day a combination of the light and the rocks beneath the water, causes it to have a golden hue, which gives the falls their name, while glorious rainbows are also commonplace. It is the perfect place to gain a new perspective on the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, a profoundly beautiful place, which will remain with you for the rest of your life.
From there we will travel to the Geysir geothermal area, which hosts Strokkur, a violent geyser, which propels bubbling, jets of molten hot water into the air. You will also see the now dormant, Great Geysir, which gives all geysers their name and was the first geyser to be named in Western literature.
Then we will move on to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that hosts Althingi, site of Iceland’s first parliament in 930 AD, which makes it the world’s oldest still operational national parliament. It is also steeped in geological significance, housing the gap between the North American and European continents, along with a host of stunning natural features, including turquoise lagoons, spectacular rock formations and a whole lot more.
The final stop of the tour is Drumboddstaðir, our river rafting base on the Hvita River (White River). Hvita offers a combination of adrenaline-pumping, hair-raising, whitewater rapids, alongside quieter areas that offer a tranquil place, with exceptional natural beauty. Gliding down the waters of Hvita is a sublime experience: an adventure, which is set to a majestic natural backdrop. When we reach Brúarhlöð, you will have the opportunity to cast yourself from the side of the cliff into the frothing waters below, an adrenaline pumping experience, that any adventurous person is sure to enjoy. We provide all the equipment that you need for the trip, including a wetsuit, a helmet, a life vest and a paddle, as well as an experienced guide that will be with you the whole time. When we return back to our base camp, we warm up in the sauna (optional) and take a quick shower before heading back to Reykjavik after an exhilarating and adventurous day, filled with Viking history, geological wonders and gorgeous scenery, we will return to Reykjavik, tired and sated.
Please remember to bring: Warm undergarments (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, and a change of clothing, along with a bathing suit and a towel for river rafting.
Day 2 begins bright and early, at 8:30 am with collection from your Reykjavik accommodation. (Please note that this process can take up to 30 minutes depending on your location). From there we will travel to the incredible Sólheimajökull glacier, an ancient, constantly evolving glacier, which extends like a tongue out of Myrdalsjokull ice cap in the South of Iceland. This tour has been one of our best seller tours for a long time as well as being a long time favorite of participants.
Once we arrive at Sólheimajökull for your glacier hike, you will instantly be struck, by its rugged and raw terrain: riddled with icy ledged, craggy rock crevices and a whole lot more, standing on it is almost otherworldly. Our professional glacier guides will take you across this alien landscape, while also giving you an insight into how glaciers have helped shape our planet. It is an experience, which engages all your senses: the pristine white snow, the freshness of the air and the creaking of the ice underfoot all serve to make it an incredible experience, which will remain with you for the rest of your life. There is also the opportunity to try ice-climbing for more adventurous visitors, with our friendly glacier guides providing all the equipment that you need, including ice axes, crampons, and safety lines.
Then on our return journey to Reykjavik, we will make a stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is known as the one you can walk behind, admiring its beauty from every angle. Skogfoss is a roaring stream of icy blue glacial water that crashes into a pool 60 meters below. There are 527 steps, which meander their way to the top of the cliff and offer spectacular vistas across the waterfall and surrounding area. It is a sensual feast that will send shivers down your spine and give you a new perspective on all the magic that our world has to offer.
Please remember to wear warm layers (not cotton), headwear, a scarf, gloves, a waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots are essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons onto any other footwear.
Day 3 begins bright and early, at 9:00, when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation or a nearby location in Reykjavík. (Please note that this process can last up to 30 minutes, depending on where you are situated). From there we will take the scenic journey to a lava tube cave in the Reykjavik area. We normally visit either Leiðarendi Cave or Gjábakkahellir, depending on the season and the prevailing weather conditions. Both are typical examples of lava tube caves, meaning that you will have an exceptional time, whichever one we go to.
Lava tube caves are ancient channels, through which molten lava used to travel beneath the Earth’s surface, eventually, as the area becomes less volcanically active, the lava begins to cool and forms a long round tube, which is totally unique. These tubes of petrified lava, normally contain spectacular rock formations, along with a unique geological history, which will excite and delight in equal measure. We will traverse this fascinating natural phenomenon, alongside expert guides who will ensure your safety, provide you with all the equipment that you need, like a flashlight and a helmet, while also educating you about volcanos, lava tubes and a host of other interesting things. The lava tubes have a varying character, sometimes colorful, sometimes dark and foreboding, making it a fabulous journey that is unlike anything that you have done before.
Then, after a quick lunch, we will travel to a world that is anathema to the dark, rocky lava tube caves: the stunning underwater world of the Silfra Fissure. Silfra is a magical place that is bathed in incredible shades of turquoise, sapphire and dark blue. The gap between the North American and European tectonic plates, it is one of the most beautiful, geologically significant and awe-inspiring places that you will ever see. This alongside the stunning clarity of its glacial waters, (which offer more than 100 meters of visibility), means that it is consistently rated as one of the finest diving sites in the entire world.
When we reach Silfra, your qualified snorkeling guide will equip you with everything that you need for the underwater adventure, including an insulated drysuit to keep you warm, before we dive down into this underwater paradise. As soon as you pierce the surface, you will be struck by the stunning water clarity of the chasm, which allows you to see up to 100 meters, the furthest of any dive site in the world. This means that you won’t miss a thing: the emerald green plants, the stunning rock formations and a whole host of other wonders. There are four distinct sections, including the deep Silfra Crack, the magnificent Silfra Hall, the awe-inspiring blue world of Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon which offers the best visibility. It is an unforgettable diving experience, where you will traverse the no man’s land between two continents, amidst glorious blue waters, from an ancient glacier.
Please remember that you will not be able to wear glasses while snorkeling, meaning that unless you have specialized prescription goggles, you will have to wear contact lenses. English skills are a prerequisite for diving at Silfra and there are some health and safety requirements, please inquire about them when you book the trip.
Please remember to bring: warm long underwear (nor made of cotton), warm woolen socks, and a change of clothes (as a precaution. Warm layers, a waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, headwear, a scarf and good hiking shoes are also necessary.
Day 4 begins bright and early, at 8:00 am, with collection from your Reykjavik accommodation, or a nearby location. (Please note that this process can last up to 30 minutes depending on where you are situated). From there we will make the scenic journey to the town of Hveragerði, an idyllic place, which is famous for its geothermal area full of steamy grounds and hot springs.
There we will meet a professionally qualified hiking guide, who will take us on the picturesque journey, through gorgeous mountain scenery, to the spectacular hot spring valley of Reykjadalur, whose name literally translates as the steam valley. You will see why, as soon as we arrive, with plumes of steam rising from the various pools and rivers, which populate it. Our destination will be the river, which crosses through the heart of the valley, where cool and hot water blend together, endowing it with the perfect temperature for bathing. Swimming in this warm natural bath is a relaxing and enjoyable experience: the perfect reward for the 7 km hike. Your expert guide will also share various educational facts about hot springs, the valley and local culture, ensuring that it is the complete experience.
Dont'f forget to bring your bathing suit and a towel!
After drying off and enjoying a quick lunch, we will travel to some stables in the local area, where you will have the opportunity to mount the famous Icelandic horse.
Before the ride begins, your expert horse riding guide will provide you with all the equipment that you need, along with some quick tips. Then as we traverse the beautiful countryside, you will get the chance to experience the unique gait of the Icelandic horse, known as, tölt, which means that the horse always has at least one hoof on the ground. The Icelandic horse is known for being quite small and almost pony like. We will be riding through the agrarian part of Iceland, offering stunning natural beauty, along with a perspective on how farming and horse breeding have developed over the past century. Then after our horse ride, we will head back to the farmhouse for some piping hot coffee and authentic baked Icelandic treats.
Please remember to bring: Good hiking shoes, warm layers, headwear, gloves, a scarf, a waterproof jacket and pants.
The final day combines two tours, which are polar opposites of each other: a heart pumping, adrenaline-fuelled ATV tour, followed by a relaxing trip to the tranquil Blue Lagoon, one of nature’s finest spas.
The exciting ATV Quad Bike adventure begins in Reykjavik, from where we will collect you and take you to the ATV base. Then after some brief safety instructions, we will head towards the very summit of Mount Hafrafell, which offers spectacular views across the entire of Iceland. On a clear day it will reward you with awe-inspiring views of the imposing Mount Úlfarsfell, the idyllic Hafravatn Lake in the valley behind Mosfellsbær, Mount Esja and the whole of Reykjavík. This means that it is the perfect blend of adrenaline pumping excitement and gorgeous natural scenery: a spectacular end to your exciting five days in the land of fire and ice.
Following this heart-pumping adventure, we will head to the Blue Lagoon, chosen as one of the 25 Wonders of the World and an iconic naturally occurring spa with geothermal waters, which is located approximately 40-50 minutes from Reykjavik. It combines nutrient-rich, milky turquoise waters, with black moss-covered rocks, to create a visual feast. While the temperate, warm waters will relax and rejuvenate your body, set to a stunning backdrop. It is possibly the world’s finest naturally occurring spa, and a must visit for anyone who visits Iceland. The ultimate end to your summer adventure in Iceland!
Please remember to bring: a bathing suit and towel (although they may also be hired from the Blue Lagoon).