Highlands of Iceland
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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

1. 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 Gullfoss: Langjökull Ice Cave and Snowmobile Tour

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

3. 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 Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Afternoon Trip

4. 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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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

Travel through the famed Golden Circle route on this tour from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and the lake at the Kerid volcanic crater. Uncover the natural beauty of Iceland with some unexpected stops along the way.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation and sit back and relax as you take in the stunning serenity of the Icelandic countryside on the the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Thingvellir National Park. Discover the historical l importance of this park. After seeing some of the crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains in Thingvellir. Continue to the Geyser geothermal Area in the Haukadalur valley to see one of the oldest geysers in the world.  Head to Gullfoss waterfall which flows from Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in the country. Capture pictures of waterfall from a viewpoint before driving to the Kerid volcanic crater lake. Admire the contrast of the blue lake with the dark lava rocks around it.  Take a walk along the crater before returning to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Highlands of Iceland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 155 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.

The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. Spent a lot of time on the bus but the wait was worth it.

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

Amazing ! Well worth the money. Snowmobiling out of this world .

To do absolutely !!!! Top organization and magnificent site !!!