Golden Circle and Snowmobiling Small Group

PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU

The one and only Golden Circle topped off with a snowmobile ride on a glacier. Visit the crown jewels of Iceland: The Geysir area, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park and then enjoy the exhilarating experience of speeding on a snowmobile over the Langjökull Glacier.

The Golden Circle is something you simply can’t miss when you visit Iceland. The three locations are very different yet equally stunning. Þingvellir national park is both historically important and geologically magnificent. The second spot is the highly geothermally active Geysir area, with its hot springs, boiling mud pools and geysers. Then there’s the huge and powerful Gullfoss waterfall. In this tour you get to see all of this and then add another unique activity – snowmobiling on the second largest glacier in Iceland. This makes the tour simply an unforgettable experience.

If this combination sounds appealing to you, but you’d rather do the Golden Circle on your own, you can also book a tour that is just snowmobiling, leaving from Gullfoss parking lot. You can also do this tour as a super jeep tour.



About

About this tour

Your tour starts when you’ll be picked up at your preferred pickup location in Reykjavík and you will head right to Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir has a rich history, since the Icelandic parliament was founded there around the year 930. And what a location for a parliament. In Þingvellir you can clearly see how the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are drifting apart, leaving a large canyon and smaller rifts in the area. One of the fissures is filled with crystal clear glacial water. At Þingvellir you also find the beautiful Þingvallavatn, the largest (natural) lake in Iceland.

The second spot to hit is the Geysir area. You probably wont see Geysir erupt – the geyser, who gave its name to other geysers around the world, has been mostly dormant for many years now – but its brother Strokkur will definitely impress you, spouting hot water every 6-10 minutes 15-20 meters high up in the air. The third stop is no less impressive than the first two, the powerful and spectacular Gullfoss waterfall.

The water in Gullfoss originates in Langjökull glacier – which appropriately is the final destination of the tour. At the glacier base camp you will be provided with the necessary snowmobile gear and your certified glacier guide will show you how to safely operate a snowmobile. Then your adventure begins as you get to ride the snowmobile over the endless white surface. The sensation is exhilarating and the hour you spend speeding on the glacier will pass quickly.

You have to have a valid drivers license to drive the snowmobile. However, anyone eight years or older can ride as a passenger.

Note that the price of the tour is based on two people sharing a snowmobile. If you are travelling solo you need to buy the single ride extra. The same goes if you are a group of an odd number, then one person must buy the single ride extra.

What to bring

On this tour you will spend quite a lot of time outside in the constantly changing Icelandic weather, and part of that on a glacier. For the snowmobile part you will get the necessary equipment on location: an overall, gloves, warm head wear and a helmet. It’s however a good idea to wear something warm underneath (thermals and a warm sweater) and really important to wear hiking or winter boots, since you can easily get cold and wet feet on the glacier. Sunglasses are also recommended due to how the sun reflects from the ice on the glacier.

Before you go to the glacier, you’ll also spend some time outside at each of the location of the Golden Circle, so you need to be dressed according to the weather. Waterproof jacket and pants, good shoes like we mentioned above and warm clothes are highly recommended. However, it’s also a good idea to be wearing layers, so that you can take some of them off while you are sitting inside the minibus.

Bringing snacks is a good idea since this is a long tour. Lunch is not included in the tour, but there will be a lunch brake at Gullfoss. There, you can buy a lunch at Gullfoss Café.

Pick up

Included in this tour is a pick up in Reykjavík. Please refer to the second step of the booking process to choose the most convenient pick up location.

Cancellations

Cancellations

  • Cancellation received more than 48 hours prior to departure: 90% refund.
  • Cancellation received less than 48 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.

A minimum of 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is required for a 90% refund. If cancellation is made after these time limits pass no refund is given. 10% of the price of your trip is non-refundable, this percentage reflects the cost of booking and preparing your trip.

Disclaimer

General:

All snowmobile trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. The tour operator does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking the trip stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

A few words about the weather and conditions:

All adventure trips and outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent and the operator reserves the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. Please keep in mind that Iceland is and will always be Iceland, the weather changes fast here in the north and with it conditions change. Our guides are specially trained to deal with changing conditions and their number one priority is to make decisions with your safety in mind. Please be aware of this and respect your guides authority to do so. This is especially valid for winter travel in Iceland.

Alcohol and drugs:

We reserve the right to refuse participation to clients we believe are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in such circumstances no refunds will be made. Our guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any customer whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offense, upset or put other passengers in danger.

Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.

Moderate

Suitable for those in good condition who are able to walk for about 4 hours at a low or moderate pace. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.

Challenging

For someone in good hiking condition and with experience of hiking. Trails generally in fair conditions but some parts of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel can be on uneven ground with challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 12km a day on rugged trails and snow.

Demanding

For someone in very good hiking condition. Trails generally in fair conditions but large sections of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel on uneven ground with some challenging sections.
Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 20km a day on uneven trails and snow. A significant increase in elevation and some technical difficulty should be expected.

Partner Tours

This tour is a Partner Tour

What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.

We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.



Comments from previous guests

“Adrenaline rush”

We booked the Golden Circle small group with the snowmobiling. We were picked up near our hotel in the Super Jeep which we did not sign up for, but it was a nice added touch. It was just my husband and myself and a family of 4 so it was intimate and we could talk to our guide and ask questions. Our guide was adorable and charming and told us stories about growing up in Iceland which I loved. I can't remember her name but it began with an M 🙂 We toured the golden circle and had about an hour at each site. Then we drove to the glacier to get fitted for snowmobiling get up. It was really cold outside by the glacier and the wind was intense. But with that head to toe outfit on we were not cold at all. Because it is summer the glacier is fairly icy and wet with water running through it and not at all what I expected a glacier to be. Once we got further into the glacier it got more snow covered.( In the winter that is how it would be everywhere) Riding the snowmobiles was exhilarating but it was definitely a little scary for me too ( I sat in back and my husband drove) My husband wasn't scared at all but he did say riding it took more skill than he anticipated. Anyone that likes speed and adventure and anything thrilling would love it! (If you are very fearful normally, this may not be for you) Value wise I'd say this was the most reasonable tour we signed up for in our week in Iceland. It was 10 hours and semi-private so I think it was a deal. I highly recommend.
Melissa L L
Westchester / New York
“Golden Circle & Snowmobiling: Amazing!”

Our tour of the Golden Circle & Snowmobiling was the highlight of our trip to Iceland. Our guide Asi was informative and engaging with all the passengers, which was useful as there was a lot of driving to get through during the day. The pickup experience was also brilliant, far better than some other tour companies that we had come across. Our tour was done in reverse apparently - snowmbiling first then the Golden Circle sights - which was perfect for this time of year as it meant we saw a lot of the sights in twilight. We were also fortunate that we had clear conditions which ensured we could see a lot during the drive and made the snowmobiling all the more memorable. If doubling on the snowmobile like we did take a second pair of socks. All gear is available at the site but if you're on the back of the snowmobile for an hour with your feet exposed it can get quite cold. I would recommend this tour with a minimum 5 hours of sunlight - any less and it will be dark when you're trying to see some of the sights. I would also recommend doing it in the winter or spring when there is snow on the glacier. If you get the chance and are up for a bit of adventure on the snowmobile then this is the tour to do.
Kent F

We were picked up from our hotel by our guide for the day Joe. The super jeep was amazing and we had it to ourselves just the two of us with Joe. On route round the golden circle Joe gave us excellent commentary and pointed out things to see and explained them all. At the stops he took the time to point out the best sights and showed us round personally before giving us as much time as we wanted to explore on our own (we had friends on a coach tour with another provider and they were rushed about at each point). The snowmobiling was a fantastic experience and staff were very friendly and helpful. We were kitted out with everything we needed and given instructions how to drive them. It was really safe and lots of fun. On the way back Joe showed us more sights and explained the history iceland and seemed to know the name of every mountain or feature and had an interesting story behind each. He explained alot also about Icelandic culture and gave useful tips about things to see and do by ourselves in reykjavik. This trip is a must if you go to Iceland. It is a bit more expensive than some of the other similar trips but this is more than made up for by how good it was and the feeling of a personal and professional experience. Trip was made all the better by Joe so big thanks to him.
brunomaisie123

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