Golden Circle and Snowmobiling Small Group Tour
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.
YOU HAVE TO
Have a valid driver’s licence to drive the snowmobile or be 8 years or older to ride in the back of the snowmobile.
Around 10 hours
Good hiking or winter boots.
Warm outdoor clothing.
Golden Circle sightseeing.
One hour snowmobile ride.
Pickup in Reykjavík.
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 won’t see Geysir erupt – the geyser, which 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 driver’s license to drive the snowmobile. However, anyone eight years or older can ride as a passenger.
If you don’t want to share your snowmobile with anyone else and you want to have all the fun of driving it you can pay an extra fee for a single ride (by choosing participants – solo on a snowmobile).
Please note that If you are traveling solo you must book as a single rider. The same goes if you are a group of an odd number (3,5,7 etc), one person must book as a single rider.
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: overalls, gloves, warm headwear and a helmet. However, it’s 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 break at Gullfoss. There, you can buy lunch at Gullfoss Café.
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.
The Fine Print
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.