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Highlands of Iceland National parks

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

1. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

Discover the rugged beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle aboard a climate-controlled bus with this tour from Reykjavik. Visit sights like Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Feel the thrill of riding a snowmobile over the Langjökull glacier.   Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity. Take control of a snowmobile or travel as a passenger to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull. Stay warm protective clothing during your trip. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Day Trip with Snowmobile Adventure

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Day Trip with Snowmobile Adventure

Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and enjoy the scenic route with stops at Þingvellir National Park. Explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Stop at the most beautiful waterfall in the country Gullfoss - the Golden falls. Tackle the next part of your trip in a modified super-truck that can handle the rough terrain with ease. After arriving at the glacier base camp, put on the provided snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet for your snowmobile ride. Be shown by your guide how to safely operate a snowmobile before your one-hour excursion officially starts. Climb on the snowmobile with the second rider. Explore Langjökull glacier which is home to several enormous ice-filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Expereince the views from the flanks of Langjökull which are quite incredible. Gaze off into the distance where Eiríksjökull glacier looms, the highest mountain in west Iceland. Admire the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier and the Kerlingafjöll Mountain range. Return to your accommodation and take home memories home from your exhilarating adventure.

From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

4. From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel on the first day of your tour, head to the geothermal area and see the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. While traveling along the Golden Circle, you will also visit a traditional farm in Hraðastaðir, where you will meet and pet local Icelandic animals such as rabbits, horses, goats, and sheep. On the second and third day, explore the famous South Coast. Along the shore, visit the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and a stunning glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, in Vatnajökull National Park. Here, explore Europe’s largest glacier and enter the crystal caves, a true masterpiece of nature. If nature allows, you may even get to witness the magnificent Northern Lights. On the fourth day, travel through beautiful Western Iceland. Here, explore the hidden gem of the West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a nutshell”. Visit several magnificent and picturesque sites here: glacier-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, and coastal cliffs. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and try the best tomato soup in the country at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm to learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

6. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and try their delicious tomato soup. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Monster Truck Ride

7. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Monster Truck Ride

Step away from the city crowds and surround yourself with nature on this scenic tour of Iceland's Golden Circle. Climb aboard a sturdy truck and travel through diverse sceneries with dramatic views. Gaze at breathtaking hot springs, as well as a beautiful waterfall and glacier. Meet your guide in Reykjavik and drive out of the city. Start by enjoying the views over Thingvellir National Park, then continue your journey to the world-famous geyser of Geysir and the smaller Strokkur geyser, which erupts columns of water every 4 to 8 minutes. Move on to the picturesque Gullfoss Waterfall, an iconic 3-step waterfall. Marvel at its majesty and snap amazing photos of it. Move on to Langjökull Glacier and head to the top with the help of a monster truck. Admire the clear blue glacial ice before driving back to Reykjavik.

Golden Circle and ATV: Full-Day Combo Tour from Reykjavík

8. Golden Circle and ATV: Full-Day Combo Tour from Reykjavík

Your full day of activity begins at a quad base just a few minutes from the Reykjavík city center. Experience the freedom of driving an ATV up to the top of Mount Hafrafell before hopping on a coach to discover Iceland's' most famous sights on this tour. This tour is the most popular sightseeing tour in Iceland and a must-see for any first-time visitor to the country. You’ll see Þingvellir National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Þingvellir is the national shrine of Iceland, the birthplace of the nation, and the country’s top historical attraction. It is the only place in the world where tectonic plates can be seen above sea level. Next, you’ll visit the Geysir hot spring area. The entire area is on top of a vast, geothermal field dotted with bubbling, multicolored mud pools, hissing steam vents, hot and cold springs, warm streams, and primitive plants. This is where you’ll see the original geyser, after which all others were named. Geysir is dormant most of the time but its successor, Strokkur, erupts every 10 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach heights of 20-30 meters. A few minutes’ drive away is the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) Waterfall. Marvel at the white water thundering down a 32-meter drop into an impressive canyon. On a sunny day, you’ll be able to see a rainbow through the drizzle, and in winter, the scene is even more spectacular, as part of Gullfoss freezes over!

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

9. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

10. From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

Experience some highlights of the Golden Circle on this day tour and Sky Lagoon transfer leaving from Reykjavik. Go on a geothermal journey through volcanic landscapes and unique natural wonders. Visit the famous Friðheimar Tomato Farm to stop for lunch. Start the tour in Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and be immersed in the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the park. Admire the surrounding mountains and the landscape covered with moss. See the Silfra Fissure and the Oxararfoss Waterfall. Walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, visit the Geyser in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, and witness impressive geyser activity up to 30 meters in the air every few minutes and see fumaroles and clay pots. Stop at the Golden Falls or Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls, originating from the Langjökull glacier that pours into a deep fissure created by tectonic pressure. Make another stop for a meal at the Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Choose between world-famous tomato soup, ravioli pasta, or a grilled tortilla pizza, and enjoy all you can eat of delicious homemade bread, with included water, tea, and coffee. Meet and greet the Icelandic horses on your way out, as they love attention. Finish the tour and head back to the city, and stop for some photo opportunities along the way if you have time before being dropped off at the incredible Sky Lagoon. Enjoy the included 7-step ritual and a towel at the lagoon. Spend as much time as you like at the lagoon, it is recommended to spend at least two hours. Catch a taxi or a bus back to downtown Reykjavik in time for dinner.

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based on 234 reviews

100% one of the best experiences of my life. Pickup was seamless from the bus stop outside our hotel. It was dark when at the Natural Park but got some incredible photos of the rifts. Seeing the geysers in real life was special! We then went to Gullfoss Waterfall which was spectacular. The absolute star of the tour was the snowmobiling. What an unbelievable experience. We were incredibly incredibly lucky to be in perfect conditions. I can’t put into words how beautiful the view was going up the glazier and at the top. It was literally like a dream. Only downside to the tour was the length of the trip home as the people on the snowmobiling tour were given a different bus back than our original tour and we had to pick up a different tour in another town adding onto our journey length home. However the guide was super nice and told us loads of Icelandic folklore stories which way more than made up for it. Dropped us straight back to our hotel after a 13 hour day which was so ideal.

I really enjoyed this activity. In the beginning I thought it's too expensive but during the activity I felt it is worthy to do. Therefore all the staffs are very kind and helpful. I highly recommend snowmobile activity.

This was an amazing activity. 100 percent recommend to anyone. Especially if you catch the sunset while snowmobiling.

A great trip and day out, the guide was fantastic, very informative and enjoyable to have as a guide!

Great views and experience would be good if we had more stops but overall really nice experience