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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

1. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun, traveling by 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, 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. Then, 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. Experience one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe, and indeed the world! 

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

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 for an hour. 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.

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From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

Experience the natural wonders of Iceland as you glide over snowfields on a snowmobile and soak in the hot springs. Drive through the Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Then, head straight toward Langjökull Glacier for a snowmobile tour across Europe’s second-largest glacier. Finally, stop near the small village of Flúðir. Ease into a secret outdoor lagoon, a natural hot spring, for a luxurious bath to soothe all your cares away.

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From Gullfoss: Langjökull Ice Cave and Snowmobile Tour

4. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Ice Cave and Snowmobile Tour

Park your car at Gullfoss Café amongst the monster trucks and super jeeps. Meet your driver and begin your journey to Iceland's glacial highlands, from Gullfoss to Langjökull glacier. Enjoy the scenery on the way. Watch the massive machinery eats through the impassable road. Upon arriving, step into the glacier hut to collect snowsuits and other accessories for warmth during the snowmobile ride. The guide will explain how to operate the snowmobile, which is easy to navigate. After the introduction, choose your snowmobile and wait for the guide to signal to go.  Ride along the glacier with good visibility to emerge surrounded by lava-formed rock mountains. A total whiteout is always a possibility, and often more fun. The ride will take you to the newly discovered ice cave with a custom-built entrance for ease of access all winter long.  Building access to this mysterious world of ice creates a safe environment and highlights the natural beauty of the ice cap from within. Explore every corner of the cave with your guide. Head back to the glacier hut and take the monster truck for a return ride through the snowy terrain to Gullfoss.

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Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

5. Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

Begin your tour at Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland‘s most significant historical sites. It‘s the home of the country's first parliament which was founded in 930 AD and is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world. From Thingvellir, head inland towards the highly active Geysir hot spring area, with it's boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Continue on to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls. Located on the Hvítá river, the waterfall is fed by the Langjökull glacier and plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon. Top your day off with a drive towards Langjökull glacier, where you will drive a snowmobile and dash across the snowfields while gazing at the peaks and ice surrounding you. 

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Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

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

Travel the country at your own pace on this luxurious private Jeep tour. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want. This tour is perfect for any free-spirited adventurers that wish to travel in style and comfort. This tour will not only provide you with a large 4x4 Super Jeep, specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain, but also a personal guide that will spend a full day taking you across this marvelous country.  You can go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. You will also have the chance to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands, all the while keeping your base in Reykjavík. With this tour, whatever is possible to do within 12 hours will become a reality. The spacious Super Jeep will pick you up in the morning, at which point the day is yours. Your luxurious vehicle’s capabilities when it comes to alternative terrains means you have the option to see more sights than on the standard bus. There are also no other guests to delay or rush you, outside of those that you choose to bring along.  If you are not sure where you want to go, your expert guide can help you make up an itinerary to the most popular places or take you away from the crowds to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Just tell them your wishes, and they will plan accordingly. You'll be surprised just how much of this island you can see in a day.

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From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

7. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Meet your guide by the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall for the start of a snowmobile tour of Langjökull Glacier, available for individuals and groups alike. Transfer to the base camp on the east side of the glacier to equip yourself with a snowmobile and experience the landscape from a different perspective. The adventure is an ideal choice for those with their own transportation, but want to top off a Golden Circle adventure with something special. Professional guides will take you into the Icelandic highlands to give you the most amazing views of the majestic glacier and its surroundings. Grab some lunch at the Gullfoss Café before you transfer to the base camp by monster truck. Travel through scenery that is relatively new compared to much of the rest of the world’s terrain. Look at a sparsely settled countryside with only a few signs of commercial activity. Upon arrival at the base camp, receive the appropriate equipment such as helmets, overalls, overshoes, gloves and a hat. Get detailed instructions from the friendly, fun-loving guides, and learn how to operate the snowmobile before you ride off into the winter wonderland.

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

Travel the Golden Circle of Iceland by Jeep and see some of the nation’s most spectacular phenomenon. Depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament was situated. Hike through the area to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge, before heading eastbound on the mountain road to Lyngdalsheiði. Your reward will be sublime views of the lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn. As you drive to Haukadalur, look out for the famous Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, spewing boiling water into the air to heights of 80 to 100 feet (25 to 30 meters). Explore the hot springs, before heading up to the magnificent cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, plummeting into the white Hvita River along with glacial water. Drive to the start of the Kjölur mountain road. You will be approaching Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, where you can take optional activities, such as snowmobile rides, depending on weather conditions and the time of year. In the afternoon, make your way through the agricultural headland of southwest Iceland, through small settlements. Visit the hot springs town of Hveragerði if there’s time, before reaching Hellisheiði Plateau, one final wonder of Mother Nature on the way back to Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Langjökull Glacier on a Jeep

9. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Langjökull Glacier on a Jeep

Your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. Here you can see how the earth is slowly drifting apart along the border of two tectonic plates. Afterwards visit the geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur where you can see geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every 5 minutes. The final stop of the Golden Circle takes you to Gullfoss waterfall, which many consider to be the queen of Icelandic. Take a break and enjoy lunch at Gullfoss Café, before heading off road in jeep. The ride will take you to the highlands, rough terrain and glacier area of Langjökull (long glacier), known to be the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2).  After an off-road ride, visit Faxi, a small but beautiful waterfall before driving back to Reykjavik.

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Afternoon Trip

10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Afternoon Trip

Greet your new friends as your driver and guide welcome you on board the SuperJeep. Pick-up can be arranged at your hotel or accommodations in Iceland at 13:00. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland’s ancient parliament. You'll spend about 20 minutes walking through the park to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge where the 9000-year old lava field splits apart. This is a natural phenomenon demonstrating the continental drift between North America and EuroAsia. You'll have the opportunity to view more lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn as you head east on the mountain road Lyngdalsheiði. Approaching the home of the great Strokkur geyser in the geothermal area of Haukadalur, you’ll likely be able to see an eruption every 5 to 7 minutes. Spouting boiling hot water into the air at heights of approximately 25 to 30 meters, you'll stop here to enjoy one of nature’s greatest shows while exploring the hot springs. You will also pause at the epic Gullfoss waterfall: a two-tiered drop into the white Hvita river, flowing with glacial-waters. Then you'll be navigating the famous Kjölur interior mountain road, a part of Iceland since its earliest settlements and often a major role in Icelandic sagas. It’s also the second longest route through the Highlands. You will come to see the second largest glacier in the country, Langjökull. In the summer, you'll drive onto the glacier. After a very busy afternoon, you will stop for a lobster feast ( or something else if you don't like lobster ) in the seaside town of Stokkseyri, on the south coast. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the grand finale: the Northern Lights dancing in the sky, one of the world’s most incredible shows! You'll stop to drink in the performance before going home. Heading towards Reykjavík after dinner you'll drive through the mountain plateau area of Hellisheiði. Ascending to the Hellisheiði plateau, you will see the beautiful glow of Hveragerði’s geothermal greenhouses.

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What people are saying about Highlands of Iceland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 483 reviews

It was amazing! It was snowing and cold but that ultimately added to the experience. We got to stop at all the places, though more time to see each would have been better, but they had to be brief so we could fit it all in! The snowmobiling was brilliant, could not recommend more.

We loved the tour. The tour guide was excellent. The Nick name he gave us to use was Thor. Very nice person and super knowledgeable. The snow mobiles were also great loved it. No cave on the tour but they explained the cave has collapsed.

Spectacular experience, super organised trip. The snowmobile experience was indescribable, the staff was so helpful and nice that made our day splendid

At first the snowmobile tour was canceled but confirmed in the bus to Flück! The best thing I've ever done on vacation, perfect

The tour guide was very informative and friendly. Each stop was better than the last. Well worth it