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Sales Manual 2011

Rafting

Ice Climbing Snorkeling

Diving

Glacier Hike Canoeing

Hiking

Climbing

Super-Jeep Caving

Horse Riding Sightseeing Snowmobile Whale Watch ATV

Kayaking

Cycling

Surfing

Incentive

Skiing

www.adventures.is | info@adventures.is | +354-562-7000 1


About Us Alli Bong

Alli Ljós

Ásdís

Billi

Carlos

Elísa

Freyja

Garðar

Gummi

Inga Hrund

Ingó

Kristín

Láki

Liisa

Logi

Magga

Maríanna

Míó

Nanna

Ragga

Raggi

Sara Karls

Sigrún

Soffía

Sólveig

Tinna

Valdi

Viktor

Ýja

Þröstur

Jón Heiðar - Owner

Torfi - Owner

Arctic Adventures is an eco-friendly adventure company that originally started life as Arctic Rafting. Founded 14 years ago our roots run even deeper and wider than Arctic Rafting, in fact all the way back to the very first adventure company started in Iceland in 1983, the Boatpeople on Hvítá river. We have been rafting the same river all those years and we are still Iceland’s elite rafting company even though we have added countless numbers of products to our Arctic Adventures catalogue. We have an awesome crew of guides, world travelers and talented leaders with the spark of adventure in their blood. Through the years we have added activities and adventures to our selection in the most natural way, we are all adventurers and outdoor fanatics committed to the mission of mixing business and adventure! It has been a long time since our early days as a rafting operation and we now offer, without a shadow of a doubt, the largest selection of adventure trips in Iceland. From our great rafting trips to snorkeling between the continents, trekking and glacier hikes to self-drive super jeep tours, sea kayaking expeditions and everything in between…and we are only just starting! Last year we introduced Glacier Guides, our Vatnajökull National Park guiding operation in this manual for the first time. The demand exceeded our greatest expectations and the Glacier Guides are definitely here to stay. Like last year our friends at Reykjavik Backpackers, Arctic Heli Skiing and Bergmenn Mountain Guides can all be found in the Partners chapter and they have all added new adventures and services to their selection. This year we are introducing new and exiting options in our Partners chapter for the adventure seeking traveler. Borea Adventures and North Explorers offer tours in Ísafjörður and from the West Fjords, Arctic Surfers offer surf & backcountry snowboarding/skiing tours from Reykjavik and around the country and finally Ride.is who offer mountain biking tours from Reykjavik. In the Trekking chapter we have added six new trips, all operated in collaboration with our friends at Fjallabak, the orginal icelandic trekking operator. On top of all this we keep on adding new and exciting tours to our ever-increasing range of day tours and expeditions... the adventures seem to be endless. In this sales manual you can get information on all of our services, from rafting to cheap accommodation to high mountaineering to exploring the Golden Circle. We have it all and you can be sure that Arctic Adventures and its partners stand for quality services, be it a Reykjavík day trip or a multi day expedition over Vatnajökull!

Torfi G Yngvason Owner

Jón Heiðar Andrésson Owner


Content

Headquarters Map of Iceland Drumbó - Hafgrímsstaðir Arctic Rafting RiverFun

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Incentives & School Trips

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Group Tour with a Race Through Hveragerði, Steel Wire Slide & Swimming

RiverRide

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Sunglacier Express

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The Amazing Incentive Race

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Big Day Out

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River Rally

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Wild Iceland

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Reykjavík on Wheels

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Heiðmörk on Wheels

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Awesome Iceland

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Black & Blue

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The Land of Ice & Fire

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Into the Blue

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Glacier guides

Fjord Serenity

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Iceland´s One & Only Strawbale House

Golden Grand Slam

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Golden Circle Glacier Ride

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Mountain Ride & Mountain Cruiser

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Full Throttle

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U-Drive Golden Circle

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Golden Circle Safari

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U-Drive South Shore

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South Shore Safari

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Rafting & Riding

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Whales & White Water

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Hot Spring Hunt

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Hekla Volcano

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Snæfellsjökull Glacier

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Deep Into the Blue

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Glacier Ride

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River Rafting on Hvítá River, Right Next Door to Geysir & Gullfoss Canoeing on Hvítá River, for Those Who Want More Action than River Rafting

Beast of the East

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Wonderful West

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RiverRush

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Action Packed River Rafting on Austari Jökulsá, “East Glacier River” in North Iceland Family River Rafting on Vestari Jökulsá, “West Glacier River” in North Iceland Three Day Rafting Expedition on Jökulsá Austari, “ The East Glacial River”

Arctic Adventures Summer Blue Ice

Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving in Þingvellir National Park Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure In Þingvellir National Park Sea Kayaking on Hvalfjörður Fjord 30 Minutes from Reykjavík Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Rafting on Hvítá River Combo Trip: Super Jeeps, Golden Circle Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobiling 1 and 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík Combo Trip: ATV/Quad Bike Tour & River Rafting on Hvítá River Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & Horse Riding Combo Trip: Whale Watching & River Rafting on Hvítá River Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley One Day Hike up Hekla Volcano, also Known as the Gateway to Hell One Day Hike up Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano, Jules Verne´s “Center of the Earth” 2 Dives in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park Express 1 Hour Snowmobiling Tour from Reykjavík & Gullfoss

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Landmannalaugar Safari

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Silent Highland

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Combo Trip: Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Hekla Volcano Combo Trip: Super Jeep Tour to Fjallabak Highlands & Hike to Strútslaug Hot Springs

Multi Day Adventures Fire Island Exploration

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Reykjavík Adventure

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Iceland Adventure Weekend

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Behind the Mountains Safari

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South by South East

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Island Hopping

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Langisjór Kayaking Expedition

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Arctic Road Trip

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Southlands & Highlands

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The Island Circle

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Vatnajökull Weekend Adventure

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Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík Multi Trip: 3 Day Weekend Adventure Trip to Reykjavík Multi Trip: 4 Day Super Jeep Safari with Hiking, Hot Springs & Mountain Lakes

An Incentive Day with Teambuilding, Caving & Swimming Teambuilding & River Rafting on the Hvítá River Team Building with Lava Caving, Quad Biking, Super Jeeps & Incentive Games Explore the Capital on Wheels 2 Hours Mountain Biking in the Historic & Beautiful Heiðmörk Nature Reserve

Iceland Elements

Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & 1 Hour Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier on the South Coast

Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South Coast Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South & South East Coast

Skaftafell Base Camp

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Vatnajökull Voyager

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Glacier Grand Slam

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Express Glacier Hiking & Sightseeing Day Tour to Vatnajökull National Park from Reykjavík Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride

Blue Ice & Black Sands

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Glacier Explorer

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Glacier Wonders

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Skaftafell on Wheels

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Wall of Ice

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Vertical Walls

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White Giant

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Alpine Iceland

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Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell, Sightseeing & Wildlife Trip to Ingólfshöfði Cape 5 Hours Glacier Hike from Skaftafell 21/2 Hours Express Glacier Hike from Skaftafell Mountain Bike Ride in Skaftafell National Park Ice Walking & Ice Climbing Tour from Skaftafell Rock Climbing Day Tour from Skaftafell Hike Iceland´s Highest Peak, Hvannadalshnúkur on Vatnajökull Glacier Custom Made Mountain Hiking & Climbing Tours in Vatnajökull National Park

Arctic Adventures winter Blue Ice

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Underworld

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Glacier Cruiser

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Golden Circle Glacier Ride

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Black & Blue

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Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier Half Day Lava Caving Trip in the Blue Mountains Area 2 Hours Snowmobile Adventure on Langjökull Glacier Combo Trip: Super Jeep, Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobile Tour Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area

Over & Under

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Golden Grand Slam

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Into the Blue

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U-Drive Golden

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Combo Trip: 1 Hour ATV/Quad Bike Tour & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park Combo Trip: Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Golden Circle Safari

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U-Drive South

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South Shore Safari

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Hot Spring Hunt

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Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley

Northern Lights Hunt

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Multi Trip: 6 Days of Sea Kayaking, Hiking & Sightseeing on Breiðarfjörður Bay & Snæfellsnes

Mountain Ride & Mountain Cruiser

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Multi Trip: 4 Days of Sea Kayaking on Langisjór Lake, Super Jeep Safari & Sightseeing

Deep Into the Blue

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Winter Kingdom

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Winter Island Exploration

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Winter Action Weekend

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Iceland Winter Excape

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Highland Explorer

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Crossing Langjökull

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Arctic Glacier Camp

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Thorsmörk Action Tour

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Landmannalaugar Highland Paradise

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Multi Trip: 7 Days of South & South East Iceland Adventure Trips

Self Drive Multi Tours for Independent Travelers Multi Trip: 6 Day Self Drive Adventure in South & South East Iceland Multi Trip: 9 Day Self Drive Adventure Around Iceland Multi Trip: 2 Day Glacier Adventure Weekend in Skaftafell, South-East Iceland

TREKS

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Lost Fjords

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In the Footsteps of Elves

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South Coast and Highlands

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Mount Hekla to the Ocean

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Doors of Hell

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6 Days Trek in the Dramatic, Mystic & Remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve 6 Days Hike in Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland & Mývatn Lake in North Iceland 6 Days of South Coast & Highland Discovery

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Southern Volcanic Backcountry from Mt. Hekla to Skógar

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Mt. Hekla to Landmannalaugar

Origin of Earth

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Black Raven Reefs

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Rangá Backcountry

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13 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Great Fjallabak’s Öraefi 6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Rugged Highlands, from Hraftinnusker to Eldgjá

1 & 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík 2 Dives in the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park Full Day Snowmobile Tour on Langjökull Glacier Multi Trip: The Ultimate Icelandic Winter Adventure in 5 Days Multi Trip: 4 Day Action Weekend Multi Trip: 3 Day Adventure Weekend

Highlights of the Highlands

5 Days Jeep Assisted Trek in the Colourful Interior from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk

Evening Super Jeep Tour Including Lava Caving, Lobster Dinner & Northern Lights Chase

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Hrafntinnusker to the Tindfjöll Mountains & the South Coast

Combo Trip: The Ultimate 2 Day Snowmobile Adventure & Glacier Hiking Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition Crossing Langjökull Glacier Combo Trip: An Unforgettable 2 Day Expedition to a Glacier in the Icelandic Highlands Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Tour to the Valley of Thor & Glacier Hiking

Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Glacier Hiking

Partners

Reykjavik Backpackers North Explorers Borea Adventures Bergmenn Mountain Guides Arctic Heli-Skiing Arctic Surfers Ride.is

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Headquarters

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If your clients are staying in one of the many hotels and guesthouses in the city center (post code: 101) then their pick up will be from Laugavegur 11 HQ. Any one staying in #101 will be able to walk there in less then 5 minutes. This is eco friendly and eliminates the wait for the pick up in the hotel lobby.

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Arctic Adventures Head Office We are located on Laugavegur 11 (the main shopping street), Reykjavík city center. We share our office with the Cintamani Center, an Icelandic outdoor clothing and equipment store. Our main tour desk is located in the center of the store so you can´t miss it and the main office is on the floors above.

Clients that are staying outside the city center (any other post code then 101) will be picked up at their accommodation. This applies f.ex for: Hilton Nordica, Radisson SAS Saga, Parkinn Hotel & Grand Hotel. If you are unsure of where the hotel is located, just send us a line!


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Drumbó Rafting Base Camp

Meeting place for glacier trips on Sólheimajökull

Snowmobile Base Camp

Meeting place for Snorkeling in Silfra

Glacier Guides Base Camp

Hafgrímsstaðir Rafting Base Camp

Drumbó Base Camp: Follow road nr. 1 east from Reykjavik (direction Hveragerði) for approx. 40 minutes. Turn left on to road nr. 35 (5 minutes after you pass Hveragerði) and follow for approx. 40 min. Go past the small town of Reykholt and follow the Arctic Rafting signs on you right hand after 5-10 min.

Hafgrímsstaðir Base Camp: Follow road nr. 1 north from Reykjavik (direction Akureyri) for approx. 3,5 hours. Turn right on to road nr. 752 just as you are about to enter the small town Varmahlíð. Keep going for 15 km and the basecamp will be on your left side about 5min after passing Bakkaflöt/Steinsstaðir.

Glacier Guides Base Camp: Follow road nr. 1 east from Reykjavik (direction Hveragerði) for approx. 4 hours. Turn left at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park where you will find our super cool eco-house.

Disclaimer & Cancellation policy: Please advise your guests/clients that all outdoor activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Arctic Adventures or their partners guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All adventure tours and activities carry an inherent risk and Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. With the purchase of their trip they agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for their participation in their tour. Depending on their chosen trip they may be requested by Arctic Adventures or its partners to sign an additional liability release on location prior to certain excursions. For a detailed, up to date disclaimer please refer to our website: www.adventures.is/faq/assumedriskmore/ Please inform all your clients that all outdoor activities are dependant on weather and general conditions such as snow layers etc. We reserve the right to change or cancel any trip with short notice, and evern during trips, with the safety of our clients being our number one priority. For a detailed, up to date information on our cancellation policy please refer to our website: www.adventures.is/faq/cancelationpolicy/ 5


Drumbó & Hafgrímsstaðir Drumbó & Hafgrímsstaðir Activity Centers

Drumboddsstaðir base (Drumbó) is the birthplace of adventure tourism in Iceland and Arctic Rafting´s base of operation for the Hvítá river. Drumbó is located one and a half hour from Reykjavík and only 15 minutes from Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. From there we have daily rafting and canoe trips all summer. Since 1997 adventure travelers have been visiting this cozy countryside boathouse and it now houses the famous DrumBar Restaurant. Base Camp

From Drumbó, Arctic Rafting operates the most popular adventure trips in Iceland, the river rafting trip “River Fun” and the white water canoeing trip ”River Ride”. In addition all combo trips that involve rafting stop here, for example the “Rafting & Riding” tour, the “Full Throttle”, “Whales and White Water” and “Iceland Elements”. The base camp also welcomes many incentive groups and thousands of school kids for rafting and dining. At Drumbó we have great facilities for welcoming visitors. We have good changing rooms, showers as well as a sauna and two hot tubs to unwind in after the fun on the river. Our restaurant serves a great Icelandic summer barbeque and a great value lunch, where sizzling Icelandic lamb and baked potatoes is our specialty. Hafgrímsstaðir is our newest base camp, located in Skagafjörður fjord in North Iceland. We opened this base camp in the summer of 2010 and we are continously improving the facilities there. From Hafgrímsstaðir we run our class 2+ “Wonderful West” family rafting trip , class 4+ rated “Beast of the East” rafting trip and the class 4+ “River Rush” three day rafting expedition. Volcanic BBQ (bestseller) - only available at Drumbó: Flame grilled Icelandic lamb steak, baked potato with garlic butter, flame grilled mushrooms with blue cheese stuffing, fresh salad with feta cheese and soda to drink. Flame grilled bananas with chocolate stuffing and whipped cream, for dessert. -Special arrangements can be made for vegetarians. Price: 2.590 ISK (this BBQ is included in the RiverFun & RiverRide afternoon departures with pick-up from Reykjavík & combo trips that end with rafting in the afternoon). Capacity: 90 pax or 200 pax with a good notice before arrival. Extra costs for big groups are calculated for each occasion. The River Bank Buffet - only available at Drumbó: Flame grilled salmon, sizzling Icelandic lamb and Cajun chicken served with a great variety of side dishes. Baked potato with garlic butter, flame grilled mushrooms with blue cheese stuffing, flame grilled red onions, potato salad, cold slaugh, fresh salad with feta cheese and more. Flame grilled bananas with chocolate stuffing and whipped cream for dessert. Price: 3.890 ISK. Capacity: 90 pax or 200 pax with a good notice before arrival. Extra costs for big groups are calculated for each occasion. Minimum number of participants in BBQ: 10 pax.

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The Starboard Lunch Buffet - only available at Drumbó: Soup of the day, freshly baked bread and a variety of cheeses and hams. Smoked lamb, flatkökur bread and more. Fruit juices and coffee/tea. Lunch is served between 12:00 and 13:45, please book before hand. Price: 1.390 ISK (this lunch is included in the RiverFun & RiverRide morning departures with pick-up from Reykjavík & combo trips that start with rafting in the afternoon).


No previous experience of the activities featured is required take part in the trips in this chapter unless otherwise specified. In this chapter you will find:

RiverFun

River Rafting on Hvítá, Right Next Door to Geysir & Gullfoss

RiverRide

Canoeing on Hvítá River, for Those Who Want More Action than River Rafting

Beast of the East

Action Packed River Rafting on Austari Jökulsá, “East Glacier River” in North Iceland

Wonderful West

Family River Rafting on Vestari Jökulsá, “West Glacier River” in North Iceland

RiverRush

Three Day Rafting Expedition on Austari Jökulsá, “ The East Glacial River”

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Summer Trips Treks Multi Day

Most trips in this chapter are valid from the 15th of May until the 15th of September. We are usually able to offer rafting for groups of minimum 10 persons from the 15th of April until 31st of September (depending on how quickly the season changes), so feel free to contact us if you have requests for trips that are within that range. All trips are depentant on weather and river conditons and we reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that customer safety is compromised.

Incentives

Last year we returned to North Iceland and set up a base camp at the Hafgrímsstaðir farm to raft the legendary East Glacial River (Austari Jökulsá) and the West Glacial River (Jökulsá Vestari). We were the first to raft these amazing rivers back in 1993 but in 2001 we left them with a heavy heart to focus on our South Iceland operation. In the fall of 2009 we teamed up with the Master river guide Anup Gurung, bought the river rafting operation from Activity Tours and finally we are again showing our clients the power and granduer of the East River and the beauty of the West River. However that is not all, we have added a three day rafting expedition on the East River called the River Rush. This incredible trip will take you from the highland wilderness north of Hofsjökull glacier to the lush country side of Skagafjörður.. including of course, some of the most amazing white water in Europe.

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Glacier Guides

In this chapter you will find our all time best-sellers, these are the original adventures to which we measure all others and from which we have developed all others...this is, so to speak, where we come from. We are by far the longest running river rafting company in the county and we have been rafting the Hvítá river from the Drumbó basecamp for 27 years and are still going strong! Our rafting trip RiverFun has been the most popular adventure trip in Iceland for years and is still one of our top choices.

Winter Trips

Arctic Rafting is the heart of the Arctic Adventures Family, a large and unified family of adventure guides and world travelers, who all share the same passion for the great outdoors. All of our raft guides are dedicated to provide you the most fun you can possibly have out in the Icelandic nature. Arctic Rafting started rafting the Eyvindará & Grímsá Rivers from Egilsstaðir in East Iceland in 1997 and in 2002 moved its operation to South Iceland. A few years later Arctic Rafting and the Boatpeople merged to create a strong adventure operator with a rich heritage and wide knowledge of Iceland and its elements.

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ARctic Rafting

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RiverFun

River Rafting on Hvítá River, Right Next Door to Geysir & Gullfoss

Arctic Rafting

27 Years of Rafting Adventures! SW Iceland

Langjökull

Reykjavík Keflavík

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Hvolsvöllur Þórsmörk Drive road no. 1 east from Reykjavík Mýrdals(the direction of Hveragerði). Once you have jökull passed Hveragerði take a left turn just before the Skógar Sólheimatown of Selfoss up road no. 35 (direction Geysir). jökull Drive road no. 35 for approx. 30-40 min until you are past the small town of Reykholt. 5-10 min later you take a Vík right turn at an Arctic Rafting sign. Drive the gravel road for approx. 5-10 minutes following the signs all the way to Drumbó…

Rafting

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:00-8:30 & 12:00-12:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 & 14:00 from Drumbó 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Everyday 12:00-12:30 from Reykjavík, 14:00 from Drumbó 15th Apr–14th May & 16th Sep–1st Oct Minimum 4 persons Price: 7.990 ISK per person. 10.990 ISK with pick-up & lunch. 11.990 ISK with pick-up & BBQ dinner. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing. 8

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We started rafting Hvítá River (pronounced Kveetau) more then 27 years ago and ever since those early days it has been the most popular adventure activity in Iceland. Hvítá river is a beautiful and fun river a little more than one hour from Reykjavík and just 15 km from Geysir & Gullfoss. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. On our way we pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð canyon and in that stunning setting participants have the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. Who can resist going glacier river swimming in Iceland? No one should leave Iceland without experiencing the power that its rivers contain and lay eyes on the scenic canyons of Hvítá river...not to mention relaxing with a beer in our sauna or hot-tubs after a day of adventure! Details: Duration of trip: 3-4 hours, 7-8 hours with pick-up. Included: River Rafting on Hvítá river, soup and bread after the trip and an entry to the hot tub or sauna. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Distance from Reykjavik: 110 km. Add a lunch buffet after your morning trip or before your afternoon trip, served at 12:00-13:45 for 1.390 ISK. Add a Viking BBQ dinner, flame grilled Icelandic lamb after the trip: 2.590 ISK. Adventure combinations: Arctic Waters: rafting, snorkeling, lunch & transfer Rafting, team building at Drumbó, BBQ dinner & transfer Rafting, BBQ fiesta, sauna/hot tubs & transfer Rafting, horse riding, lunch, BBQ dinner & transfer Full throttle: rafting, ATV bike riding, lunch, BBQ dinner and transfer Whales & White water: RiverFun, whale watching, lunch & transfer

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RiverRide

Canoeing on Hvítá River, for Those Who Want More Action than River Rafting

White water canoeing is the perfect activity if you are looking for a challenging adventure out in the Icelandic nature. Our canoes are inflated and selfbailing, meaning that they do not fill with water and are easy to maneuver in the rapids. Two people sit together in the canoe and steer it, meanwhile a guide in a kayak or raft makes sure that everything is safe and sound. We paddle down Hvítá river which has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. We travel for 7 kilometers and at one point participants get to jump from a cliff into the river. We only recommend this trip to those who have some river rafting experience, who are in good physical condition and are looking for some action. If your family/friends are going on the RiverFun trip but you want more action then RiverRide is the trip for you!

Canoeing

Trip difficulty: 3+ out of 5 - Challenging/ Demanding Guaranteed departures:

Details: Duration of trip: 3-4 hours, 7-8 hours with pick-up. Included: Canoeing on Hvítá river, soup and bread after the trip and an entry to the hot tub or sauna. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 110 km. Add a lunch buffet after your morning trip or before your afternoon trip, served at 12:00-13:45 for 1.390 ISK. Add a Viking BBQ dinner, flame grilled Icelandic lamb after the trip: 2.590 ISK.

Adventure combinations: Arctic Waters: Canoeing, snorkeling, lunch & transfer. RiverRide, horse riding, lunch, BBQ dinner & transfer RiverRide, whale watching, lunch & transfer RiverRide, ATV bike riding, lunch, BBQ dinner & transfer

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Everyday at 8:00-8:30 & 12:00-12:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 & 14:00 from Drumbó 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Everyday 12:00-12:30 from Reykjavík, 14:00 from Drumbó 15th Apr–14th May & 16th Sep–1st Oct Minimum 4 persons Price: 8.990 ISK per person. 11.990 ISK with pick-up & lunch. 12.990 ISK with pick-up & BBQ dinner after the trip.

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Beast of the East

Action Packed River Rafting on Austari Jökulsá, “East Glacier River” in North Iceland

Iceland’s Ultimate River Rafting Trip

Rafting

Trip difficulty: 4+ out of 5 - Demanding Guaranteed departures: 1st May – 1st Oct Minimum 4 persons Maximum 50 persons Hafgrímsstaðir Base Camp: Sundays - Fridays 14:00 Saturdays 9:00 & 16:00 Varmahlíð: 30 min before Hafgrímstaðir depature Reykjavík: Everyday 8:30 from BSI bus terminal Akureyri: Everyday 8:30 from SBA bus terminal Price: From 12.990 ISK per person.

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An incredible adrenaline adventure awaits you on our legendary, action packed, rafting trip on Austari Jökulsá glacier river in North Iceland. This Class 4+ white water river powers through the staggeringly beautiful, impressively narrow glacier gorge of Austurdalur valley. This river trip has consistently topped the Lonely Planets list of things to do in Iceland and for good reason. The East Glacier River simply provides the ultimate river rafting experience in Iceland and is rated as one of the top commercially rafted rivers in Europe! But be warned, this is not a trip for the faint of heart. The Beast of the East has a powerful roar and sharp teeth. The only thing likely to surge in bigger waves then the river will be your adrenaline as we charge the famous East River Rapids. To put it mildly, you will scream out your lungs on the “Screaming Lady”, be lost for words in the “Lost”, beg for mercy in the “Green Room” and face your fears on the 8 meter high jumping rock into the river (optional and depending on conditions). We then round of our trip with a relaxing drift and swim in the calm waters after the confluence of the East and West rivers, as we let the milky glacial water carry us gently to our exit point close to Hafgrímsstaðir rafting base camp. Details: Duration of trip: 6-7 hours. Included: River Rafting on Austari Jökulsá river and soup and bread after the trip. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, change of clothing, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 294 km. Some experience of river rafting or a strong spirit of adventure recommended! From Reykjavík at 8:30 AM: Included: Bus transfer from BSI bus terminal, one night in a sleeping bag accommdation, breakfast, BBQ dinner after the rafting trip and transfer back to Reykjavík at 9:55 with arrival at 14:25 at BSÍ for 42.990 ISK per person. You can add a two hours horse riding trip on the second day and take the evenening bus back at 18:25 with arrival at 22:55 at BSÍ for an extra 7.500 ISK per person. From Akureyri at 8:30 AM: Included: Bus transfer from SBA bus terminal, BBQ dinner after the rafting trip and transfer back to Akureyri at 21:55 with arrival at 22:55 at SBA for 22.990 ISK per person. Arriving at 9:45 in Varmahlíð with rafting tour starting at 14:00 we recommend that you add a morning horse riding trip for an extra 7.500 ISK per person. Note: This trip is unavailable with bus transfer on Saturdays. Please note: On all trips that start in Reykjavík you will have to stay one night in Varmahlíð or the surrounding area. You can upgrade your accommodation to a double room with a private bathroom for 3.000 ISK per person.


Wonderful West

Family River Rafting on Vestari Jökulsá, “West Glacier River” in North Iceland

Fantastic Family Adventure Discovering river history and folklore, as well as the excitement of white water rafting will provide both fun and learning for the whole family. We at Arctic Rafting understand the importance of creating memorable family adventure for children and adults who want to share the most unforgettable, fun-filled adventure possible. Our family river rafting tour on the Vestari Jökulsá, through its towering and magical canyon, is one of our most scenic and fun trips! We start with gearing up all the necessary equipment in our base camp, 15 km from the Varmahlíð village in North Iceland. From our base we only have a 15-minute drive into the Vesturdalur valley where our adventure starts with going over relevant instruction and safety guidelines. From there we set off, winding our way through the valley’s majestic landscapes before drifting deep into the confines of the stunning West Glacial River canyon. You may well have the opportunity to catch some air jumping off a cliff into the river, get caught up in a friendly water fight, or simply kick back and allow the scenery to blow you away as you float down the meandering waters of the gorge.

Rafting

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures:

If you want to make the most out of your day in Skagafjörður we recommend that you go horse riding in the beautiful fjord, it is the ideal way to experience the unique Icelandic horse. We have horses for both beginners and experienced riders, which makes this ride great fun for everyone! 2 hours of horse riding is included in our tours from Reykjavík and Akureyri but if you come on your own you can also add them for an extra 7.500 ISK per person.

1st June - 31st August Minimum 2 persons 15th May – 31st May & 1st Sept – 15th Sep Minimum 4 persons Maximum 70 persons

Details: Duration of trip: 3-4 hours. Included: River Rafting on Vestari Jökulsá river and soup and bread after the trip. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, change of clothing, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 294 km.

Hafgrímsstaðir Base Camp: Sundays - Fridays 10:00 Saturdays 10:00 & 16:00

From Reykjavík at 8:30 AM: Included: Bus transfer from BSI bus terminal, 2 hours horse riding, one night in a sleeping bag accommodation, breakfast, BBQ after the rafting trip and transfer back to Reykjavík at 18:25 for 44.990 ISK per person.

Varmahlíð: 30 min before Hafgrímsstaðir departure

From Akureyri at 8:30 AM: Included: Bus transfer from SBA bus terminal, 2 hours horse riding, BBQ after the rafting trip and transfer back to Akureyri at 21:55 for 25.990 ISK per person.

Reykjavík: Everyday 8:30 from BSI bus terminal

Please note: On all trips that start in Reykjavík you will have to stay one night in Varmahlíð or the surrounding area. You can upgrade your accommodation to a double room with a private bathroom for 3.000 ISK per person.

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River Rush

Three Day Rafting Expedition on Austari Jökulsá, “ The East Glacial River”

Rafting

Trip difficulty: 4+ out of 5 - Demanding Guaranteed departures: Every Tuesday 8:30 from either Reykjavik or Akureyri, see text. 21st Jun - 30th Aug Minimum 4 persons 1st Sept - 1st Oct Minimum 8 persons Price: 69.990 ISK per person. 76.990 ISK per person with bus transfer from Akureyri. 89.990 ISK per person with bus transfer from Reykjavík.

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This is undisputably Iceland’s ultimate river rafting experience and Arctic Rafting’s crown jewel and most popular expedition. Your adventure starts with an easy coach transfer from Reykjavík or Akureyri to our pick up point in Varmahlíð Village in North Iceland’s Skagafjörður Fjord. From there the road quickly turns from asphalt to gravel to mountain path as we ascent to Sprengisandur Desert, inching our way towards the source of the legendary Austari Jökulsá river at Hofsjökull Glacier. Our first night is spent at the cozy mountain huts in Laugafell, where we can soak in the natural hot springs and enjoy the never setting midnight sun and the incredible highland surroundings. On the morning of our second day we dive into an adrenaline filled, action packed two-day descent of all the runnable rapids on Iceland’s best rafting river. As we wind our way through the valleys and canyons of the river, you will find yourself immersed deep in some of the most remote, pristine, and otherwise inaccessible wilderness in Iceland and for that matter Europe. You will face a constant onslaught of classic whitewater such as “the Green Room” and “Lost” not to mention the mind-blowing scenery along the way! The trip culminates at our base camp in Skagafjörður with a relaxing dip in our thermal pools, a barbecue feast, and a farewell fiesta with your guides and fellow rafters. Some experience of river rafting or a strong spirit of adventure recommended! Details: Duration of trip: 3 days, 2 days river rafting. Included: Two days river rafting on Austari Jökulsá river, all meals for 3 days (except breakfast and lunch on day 1), two nights sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts in the Icelandic highlands, bathing in a natural hot stream and a swimming pool entry. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, change of clothing, bathing suit, towel and sleeping bag. Age limit: 18 years. From Reykjavík City: Transfer from Reykjavík is available every Tuesday from the 21st of June to the 30th of August at 8:30 AM from the BSI bus terminal in down town Reykjavik. Transfer length: 4 hours. You are back in Reykjavík in the evening of the third day at 23:10 or you can stay an extra night and take the bus back from Varmahlíð the following morning at 9:55, arriving at BSÍ at 14:25 on the fourth day. From Akureyri Town: Transfer from Akureyri is available every Tuesday from the 21st of June to the 30th of August at 8:30 AM from the SBA bus terminal in Akureyri. Transfer length: 1 hour. You are back in Akureyri in the evening of the third day at 22:50 or you can stay an extra night and take the bus back from Varmahlíð the following morning.


Most trips in this chapter are valid from the 15th of May 2011 until the 15th of September 2011. Similar trips can be found in the Arctic Adventures winter trip chapter where a few alternations have been made, mainly due to seasonal changes. All trips in this chapter start and end in Reykjavík. All trips are dependent on weather & conditions and we reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that customer safety is compromised. No previous experience of the activities featured is required take part in the trips in this chapter unless otherwise specified.

Into the Blue

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure In Þingvellir National Park

Fjord Serenity

Sea Kayaking on Hvalfjörður Fjord 30 Minutes from Reykjavík

Golden Grand Slam

Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Golden Circle Glacier Ride

Combo Trip: Super Jeeps, Golden Circle Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobiling

Mountain Ride & Mountain Cruiser

1 and 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík

Full Throttle

Combo Trip: ATV/Quad Bike Tour & River Rafting on Hvítá River

U-Drive Golden Circle

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Golden Circle Safari

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Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

U-Drive South Shore

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

South Shore Safari

Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Rafting & Riding

Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & Horse Riding

Whales & White Water

Combo Trip: Whale Watching & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Hot Spring Hunt

Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley

Hekla Volcano

One Day Hike up Hekla Volcano, also Known as the Gateway to Hell

Snæfellsjökull Glacier

One Day Hike up Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano, Jules Verne’s “Center of the Earth”

Deep Into the Blue

2 Dives in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park

Glacier Ride

Express 1 Hour Snowmobiling Tour from Reykjavík & Gullfoss

Iceland Elements

Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & 1 Hour Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

Landmannalaugar Safari

Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Hekla Volcano

Silent Highland

Treks

Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving in Þingvellir National Park

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Multi Day

Black & Blue

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Incentives

Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Glacier Guides

Blue Ice

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Winter Trips

In this chapter you will find:

Summer Trips

Here you will find the backbone of Arctic Adventures, the summer day trips that begun this great adventure and to this day remain what we are most famous for: River rafting on Hvítá close to Geysir and Gullfoss, snorkeling between the continents in the crystal clear waters of Silfra, sea kayaking in Hvalfjörður fjord near Reykjavík, glacier hiking and ice climbing on Sólheimajökull glacier, lava caving in the unique lava caves of South Iceland, self drive & driver guided super jeep adventures and many, many more. Not to mention all the popular combination possibilities we offer.

Arctic Rafting

Arctic Adventures: Summer

Partners

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Blue Ice

Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Summer Trips

A Frozen Wonderworld!

2 out of 5 - Easy

Here is your chance to visit a glacier and not just any glacier, this trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull. It is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges accompanied by an experienced glacier guide. Along the way we will find an ice wall on the glacier and try our hands at ice climbing. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines, making sure you are very safe as you brave the heights. As we drive back to Reykjavik we will stop at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall and if we are lucky catch a sight of Eyjafjallajökull volcano that reaches for the skies above the Eyjafjöll mountains.

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On this trip you get to see and do what most of the population will only dream about and very few ever try. Why not be adventurous and explore the amazing crawling glacier?

Glacier Hike Ice Climbing Combo Trip

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 8:30-9:00 from Reykjavík, 11:30 from Sólheimajökull Parking Lot 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons

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Price: 13.990 ISK per person. 17.990 ISK with pick-up. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours, 9 hours with pick-up. Included: A glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, an introduction to ice climbing, glacier gear and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Distance from Reykjavik: 164 km.


Black & Blue

Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving in Þingvellir National Park

Incredible Contrastboon! our Bestselling Com

We start with the black as we emerge ourselves into the hidden world under the lava field in Þingvellir National Park. Our exploration of the cave will show you the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past and it is a trip that everyone can undertake and enjoy. Gjábakkahellir cave is a great example of an Icelandic lava tube and it is situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. After exploring the cave we will have packed lunch before moving on into the blue... Snorkeling in Silfra fissure is our second adventure. Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, an otherworldly scene that is world famous for its heavenly shades of blue. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float along with the lazy current. Silfra is located in the heart of the tectonic rift valley, so you will actually be swimming with America on one side and Europe on the other. The snorkeling is a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams. The Black & Blue is an amazing trip, a true journey to the borders of reality and dreams. Details: Duration of trip: 7 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, caving, snorkeling and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. Distance from Reykjavík: 50 km.

Snorkeling

Caving

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 9:00-9:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 from Þingvellir 15th May – 15th Sep Min 2 persons - Max 30 persons Price: 17.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. 15


Into the Blue

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure In Þingvellir National Park

The Clearest Waters in the World!

Snorkeling

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 13:00-13:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 & 14:00 from Þingvellir 15th May – 15th Sep Min 2 persons - Max 20 persons

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Price: 9.990 ISK per person. 12.990 ISK with pick-up.

Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless and flying as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current. It is also worth mentioning that Silfra lies on the rift between the tectonic plates of America and Europe and the rugged underwater view of the lava field is something you will have to see to believe! After an hour of snorkeling we climb out on to the riverbank and those daring enough get a chance to leap from a cliff into the blue water. Into the Blue is a relaxing and exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams. New: Participants can rent a waterprood digital camera that can both take videos and pictures. We will burn the images and videos onto to a DVD for the clients after ther trip. This service is only available for clients that join our pick-ups. Please book the cameras before hand; price 5.000 ISK.

Details: Duration of trip: 2 hours, 4 hours with pick-up. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 145 cm height. Distance from Reykjavik: 50 km.


Fjord Serenity

Sea Kayaking on Hvalfjörður Fjord 30 Minutes from Reykjavík

This trip will take you sea kayaking on the serene and beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord. This deep fjord is framed in by towering mountains that stretch from the sea up to more than 1.000 meters. Our kayaks are stable and easy to use and you do not need prior experience as your guide will teach you the technique on location. We will paddle along the coast and enjoy the magnificent views of the North-Atlantic ocean, the surrounding mountains and countryside. Then we take to the shore and relax in the quiet Icelandic seaside. In short we will pick you up from Reykjavík and take you paddling on one of the most breathtaking fjords in Iceland. Here is your chance to visit this must see location in style! New: Participants can rent a waterprood digital camera that can both take videos and pictures. We will burn the images and videos onto to a DVD for the clients after ther trip. This service is only available for clients that join our pick-ups. Please book the cameras before hand; price 5.000 ISK.

Details: Duration of trip: 3 - 4 hours, 5 - 6 hours with pick-up. Included: Packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), bathing suit and a change of clothing. Age limit: 16 years. Distance from Reykjavík: 50 km.

Kayaking

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Mon & Thu 9:00-9:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 from Hvammsvík 15th May – 15th Sep Min 2 persons - Max 12 persons Other days minimum 4 persons Price: 12.990 ISK per person. 14.990 ISK with pick-up.

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Golden Grand Slam

Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Full of Amazing Nature & History

Rafting

Sightseeing Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures:

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Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:00-8:30 15st May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Other days minimum 4 persons Price: 17.990 per person. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing.

The trip starts with a great river rafting trip down Hvítá river, charging fun rapids and even jumping from a cliff into the river. Afterwards the sauna and hot tubs are at hand and we have lunch at Drumbó rafting base camp before entering the road again. Next we head to the geothermal area in Haukadalur, the home of the one and only Geysir. There the ground gurgles, bubbles and super heated water bursts from the ground with enormous force. Next we stroll down to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. We end the day with a walk through the UNESCO world heritage site Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world and here the great tectonic plates of America and Europe meet and the rift valley is clearly visible. Arctic Adventures uses mini-vans so the Golden Grand Slam is always a small group experience! This trip has it all; stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders and a great river rafting adventure!

Details: Duration of trip: 10 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, lunch and river rafting on Hvítá river. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river.


Golden Circle Glacier Ride

Combo Trip: Super Jeeps, Golden Circle Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobiling

Super Jeep, Sightseeing & Snowmobile! The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland´s most famous and exciting natural phenomenon. Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, 40 minutes drive east of the city. Þingvellir is one of Iceland´s most historic sites as it was here that Iceland´s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Þingvellir we head along gravel tracks towards the world-renowned geothermal area around the Geysir hot springs. This is the original spouting hot spring that all such phenomenon on Earth are named after. From there we continue on to Gullfoss waterfall where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Next we kick the action into higher gear as we get even closer to Iceland´s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland´s second largest glacier. Cruising over the ancient ice will give you a suberb introduction to the Icelandic highlands. Details: Duration of trip: 9-10 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, 1 hour snowmobile ride with two persons sharing a snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the snowmobile. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowsmobile.

Super-Jeep

Snowmobile Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 All year round Minimum 2 persons Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 3.800 ISK for a solo snowmobile. 19


Mountain Ride & Mountain Cruiser 1 & 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík

ATV

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday all year Minimum 2 persons Mountain Ride: Everyday 9:00-9:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 from Litla Kaffistofan Price: 9.990 ISK per person. 12.490 ISK with pick-up. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. Mountain Cruiser: Everyday 13:00-13:30 from Reykjavík, 14:00 from Litla Kaffistofan Price: 14.490 ISK per person. 16.990 ISK with pick-up. Add 5.000 ISK for a solo ATV. 20

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive towards our base in the mountainous Hellisheidi lava plateau by the Blue Mountains, located just 25 minutes from Reykjavík. We will start by gearing up in warm thermal layers and waterproof clothing before our expert ATV guides show you how to safely handle the powerful (700 cc engine size) Super-ATV. Once we have made sure that everyone is ready we go racing through the lava fields, a truly exciting adventure. Quad biking makes it possible for us to visit places accessible only by the selected few who have access to off-road vehicles. An outdoor adventure you will not easily forget. The standard trips included either one hour or two hours of quad biking, but we can customize any trip, anywhere in South Iceland for any number of days. Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike and gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location). Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike. Mountain Ride - One hour ATV Tour On this full throttle ATV bike trip we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. This is a great way to explore the hills and mountains on the outskirts of Reykjavik.

Mountain Cruiser - Two hours ATV Tour From the base we follow gravel roads to the North and to the river system that comes from Mt. Hengill. We will drive the rough tracks along the river, crossing it many times and on occasion actually drive in the river. This is our most adventurous quad bike journey, tons of action and scenic views.

Duration of trip: 2-3 hours. 1 hour of quadbiking.

Duration of trip: 3-4 hours. 2 hours of quadbiking.


Full Throttle

Combo Trip: ATV/Quad Bike Tour & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Rafting or ATV´s, why choose? We start with a full throttle ATV bike trip along the mountain hills of Hellisheiði and Hengill Volcano, located just 25 minutes from Reykjavík. Racing through the lava fields is a truly exciting way to explore this lunar like landscape and the perfect way to kick start this adventurous day. After the ATV tour an authentic Icelandic lunch awaits in the classic Litla Kaffistofan roadside diner, from which you will be picked up in one of our mini vans. Our route passes through a serene countryside dotted with farms and after an hours drive we arrive at the Drumbó river rafting base camp on the banks of Hvítá river. At Drumbó we will gear up in specially designed river rafting equipment and drive up the river in one of our famous buses. The river provides a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. We raft for 7 kilometers and at one point participants get to jump from a cliff into the river. For those looking for extra action the option of white water canoeing is available, there you get to be your own captain and navigate by your self down the river. After the rafting we enjoy our famous lamb Volcanic BBQ for dinner before heading back to Reykjavík.

ATV

Rafting

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Everyday at 9:00-9:30 15th May – 15th Sep. Minimum 2 persons 15th Apr - 14th May & 16th Sep - 1st Oct Minimum 4 persons

Details: Duration of trip: 11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 1 hour quad biking with two persons sharing a bike, lunch, river rafting on Hvítá River and a BBQ dinner. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location), warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV, 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike.

Price: 21.990 ISK per person. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing.

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U-Drive Golden Circle

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

U-Drive Super Jeep & Activity of Your Choice

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 1st May - 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Price: 39.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing. Rafting Price: 39.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

Price: 40.990 ISK per person. Snorkeling

Price: 45.990 ISK per person. Add 3.800 ISK for a solo snowmobile. Snowmobile

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This tour will take you off the beaten path to experience Iceland´s natural gems in the comfort of our 4x4 super jeep. Our first destination is the beautiful and historic Þingvellir area where Iceland´s first parliament “Alþingi” was established in 930 AD. Next, we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid, and after about a two hours drive on tough trails and some river crossings we get back to normal roads again. Our next stop, Gullfoss, is Iceland´s best known waterfall, it cascades down 32 meters into the mighty glacial river Hvítá. After seeing Gullfoss up close we continue onwards to the Geysir geothermal area. There we will eye witness the spouting hotspring in all its power. This trip is available with a choice of 4 different activities, which gives you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour without activity for 34.990 ISK. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a self drive super jeep ride, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall and lunch. U-Drive Golden Circle with River Rafting (River Fun): River rafting on Hvítá river which is a beautiful river running through an amazing canyon, with fun rapids and a great optional cliff jump and glacier river swimming. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. U-Drive Golden Circle with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. U-Drive Golden Circle with Snorkeling (Into the Blue): The crystal clear water in the deep Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park gives you a feeling of being weightless and flying as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. U-Drive Golden Circle with Snowmobiling (Glacier Ride): A scenic and fun one hour tour on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The glacier is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years (as a passenger on the snowmobile). Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.


Golden Circle Safari Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Driver Guided Supery it Jeep Safari & Activic of Your Cho e We take our course east from Reykjavík and head to Þingvellir National Park. Here you will see for your self one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the world, created as the continental plates slowly drift. Þingvellir is also the only UNESCO‘s cultural world-heritage site in Iceland. From there we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid and along our second biggest glacier, the Langjökull glacier. After about a two hours drive on mountain trails and some river crossings we get back to normal roads again just above Gullfoss waterfall. We will make a short stop to take a look at the spectacular waterfall before driving to the Geysir hot springs which are only 10 km down the road. At Geysir we will see a variety of geothermal pools and erupting hot springs, surely one of the highlights of any visit to Iceland. This trip is available in 4 different version with a choice of 4 different activities, which gives you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour without activitiy for the price of 29.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and lunch. Golden Circle Safari with River Rafting (River Fun): River rafting on Hvítá river which is a beautiful river running through an amazing canyon, with fun rapids and a great optional cliff jump and glacier river swimming. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Golden Circle Safari with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through the Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Golden Circle Safari with snorkeling (Into the Blue): The crystal clear water in the deep Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park gives you a feeling of being weightless and flying as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. Golden Circle Safari with snowmobiling (Glacier Ride): A scenic and fun one hour tour on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The glacier is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years (as a passenger on the snowmobile).

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 1st May - 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Price: 34.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing. Rafting

Price: 34.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Snorkeling

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U-Drive South Shore

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 All year Minimum 2 persons Price: 41.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Glacier Hike

Price: 41.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

We start by showing you how to best drive the highly specialized super jeep on and off the road. Just imagine driving such a machine! Our first stop cruising along Iceland’s south coast is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We will take a short walk behind the 65 meter high wall of water! Next we will stop at Skógafoss waterfall before driving down to and onto the beautiful black lava sand beaches, racing along the waters edge where the relentless North Atlantic waves crash on to Iceland’s coast. This trip is available in 3 different version with a choice of 3 different activities, giving you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour with out activitiy for the price of 35.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a self drive super jeep ride, packed lunch and a visit to Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Sólheimasandur. U-Drive South Shore with Glacier Hike (Sunglacier Express): Enjoy a glacier hike on the rugged Sólheimajökull glacier! Accompanied by an experienced glacier guide you will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes recommended. U-Drive South Shore with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. U-Drive South Shore with ATV/Quadbike Tour (Mountain Ride): On this one hour full throttle ATV tour we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. Racing through the lava fields is a truly exciting adventure. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location).

Price: 42.990 ISK per person. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. ATV

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Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.


South Shore Safari

Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Driver Guided Supery it Jeep Safari & Activic of Your Cho e On this amazing driver guided super jeep safari you will see the South Shore’s most treasured natural sights. We will head east from Reykjavík and after about 80 minutes drive you will be walking behind the 65 meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall! Next we will make a short stop at Skógafoss waterfall and last but not least we will drive our highly specialized super jeep where it belongs -racing along the waters edge at one of Iceland´s amazing black lava sand beaches and dunes. Your activity will take place at some point during this adventurous day. This trip is available in 3 different version with a choice of 3 different activities, giving you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour with out activitiy for the price of 29.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, packed lunch and a visit to Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Sólheimasandur. South Shore Safari with Glacier Hike (Sunglacier Express): Enjoy a glacier hike on the rugged Sólheimajökull glacier! Accompanied by an experienced glacier guide you will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes recommended.

Super-Jeep

2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 All year Minimum 2 persons Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Glacier Hike

South Shore Safari with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. South Shore Safari with ATV/Quadbike Tour (Mountain Ride): On this one hour full throttle ATV tour we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. Racing through the lava fields is a truly exciting adventure. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location). Please note: Our jeeps seat 5 - 12 people so our driver guided super jeep safaris are always a small group experience.

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty:

Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

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Rafting & Riding

Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & Horse Riding - the Perfect Family Adventure

Horse Riding Rafting

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:20-8:45 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons 15th Apr – 14th May & 16th Sep – 1st Oct Minimum 4 persons Price: 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing. 26

Horse Riding is an excellent way to explore the countryside of Iceland. The trip starts at the horse ranch of Vellir where the first half of the day is spent horse riding. This tour is designed to give you a taste of the Icelandic nature and the opportunity to get to know the unique Icelandic horse with its five gaits. We provide all the necessary equipment and a friendly horse that fits your skills. After the trip you are served a refreshing fish soup for lunch at Hotel Eldhestar. After lunch we go river rafting on Iceland´s most popular river, Hvítá. This river has a perfectly balanced mix of beautiful canyons and heart racing waves and rapids. We travel more then seven kilometers down the river and at one point you will get a chance to jump from a cliff into the arctic river. No one should leave Iceland without experiencing the power of its glacier rivers and the scenic canyons of Brúarhlöð are something you will never forget. After the rafting we will enjoy our famous lamb Volcanic BBQ for dinner before heading back to Reykjavík. This truly is the ultimate family adventure trip. Beautiful nature & action combined in one perfect day!

Details: Duration of trip: 11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, horse riding, lunch, river rafting on Hvítá river and a BBQ dinner. Bring with you: A warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Distance from Reykjavík: 110 km.


Whales & White Water

Combo Trip: Whale Watching & River Rafting on Hvítá River - the Perfect Family Adventure

Hvítá river has a great mix of serene canyons and action packed waves and rapids. We raft seven kilometers through Hvítárgljúfur canyon and at the famous Brúarhlöð canyon participants get to jump from a cliff into the river. If you are looking for extra action the option of white water canoeing is available. After your river rafting adventure in Hvítá hot showers, hot tubs and sauna await you. You will be served lunch at our Drumbó rafting base camp before heading back to Reykjavík harbour. We end the day with an adventure at sea, an unforgettable trip into the world of whales and seabirds. The boats are located in Reykjavik’s old harbor and after a short journey you will be up close to whales in their natural habitat. The various types of whales commonly sighted include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales. The majestic fin- and sei whales along with the killer whales (orcas) are occasionally sighted. We will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. We will also pass several islands inhabited by puffins.

Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, river rafting on Hvítá river, lunch and whale watching. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river.

Whale Watch Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:00-8:30 1st Jun – 31st Aug Minimum 2 persons Everyday 9:00 from Reykjavík harbour 15th Apr – 31st May & 1st Sep – 1st Oct Minimum 4 persons Price: 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK for transfer to-from Reykjavík harbour and your hotel. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing.

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Hot Spring Hunt

Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in the Spectacular Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures:

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Wed 8:30-9:00 from Reykjavík, 9:30 from N1 in Hveragerði 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 person Other days minimum 4 persons Price: 9.990 ISK per person. 12.990 ISK with pick-up. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

We will hike up from the outskirts of Hveragerði town which is famous for hot springs and flowers. Our path lies up the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur which means Smokey Valley. Up there hot water rushes down the slopes of Hellisheiði mountain range and creates a great place to relax in an untouched natural hot stream. The valley also has an amazing abundance of geothermal springs and you will witness everything from small gurgling hot springs to vibrant super heated pools of water and steam powering up from the ground. After strolling along these wonders of nature we will hike back down. This is a great 7 km half day trek that everyone can participate in. Get in touch with the pure Icelandic nature on your own two feet.

Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours, 6 hours with pick-up. Included: Packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years.


Hekla Volcano

One Day Hike up Hekla Volcano, also Known as the Gateway to Hell

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

3+ out of 5 - Challenging/ Demanding

Everyday 8:00-8:30 15th Jun – 15th Sep Minimum 4 persons

Price: 25.990 ISK. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Hiking

Mt. Hekla is undeniably Iceland’s most famous mountain. It is the second most active volcano in Iceland and has erupted regularly in historic times, including once in February 2000. The mountain towers over South-Iceland at roughly 1.500 meters, “roughly” because the height changes due to movements of the earths crust and seismic movements. For hundreds of years the mountain was believed to be the gateway to hell and no one dared climbing it until Eggert Ólafsson, a famous Icelandic biologist decided to throw caution to the wind and succeeded in summiting the mountain in the summer of 1750. Since then hiking to the top of Mt. Hekla has become a popular route. The view from the top is wide and beautiful; you can see all of the

Fjallabak mountains and up to Vatnajökull glacier (Europe’s biggest), not to mention the evidence of recent and longstanding volcanic activity.

Details: Duration of trip: 6-8 hours hiking, 12 hours with pick-up. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, packed lunch and glacier gear (if needed). Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and good hiking shoes. Age limit: 16 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 160 km.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier

One Day Hike up Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano, Jules Verne’s “Center of the Earth”

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

3+ out of 5 - Challenging/ Demanding

Everyday 8:00-8:30 1st Apr – 1st Aug Minimum 4 persons

Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland. Rising up 1.450 meters from the middle of Snæfellsnes peninsula this famous volcano is clearly visible more then 100 km away. Many have written poems about its grandeur and shining white coat of ice and snow. The most famous literature about Snæfellsjökull is undoubtedly Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” where the entrance to the center was through a caldera at the top of the glacier. Everything about this trip is an amazing adventure; even the drive to the start of the hike offers breathtaking views only surpassed by the vistas from the slopes and the peak. On clear days the whole Vestfjord peninsula is visible, beyond the North Atlantic ocean the shores of Greenland can be glimpsed and the peninsula itself with its amazing mountains and beaches

Price: 25.990 ISK. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Add 1.500 ISK for packed lunch. Hiking

are sights never forgotten. This is one of the very best glacier hikes in the world…! After the hike we drive down to the sheer ocean cliffs of Arnarstapi and stroll down to the Hellnar alcove for a delicious Icelandic fish soup in a tiny fishing hut few meters from the relentless surf and pounding of the sea. Details: Duration of trip: 5-7 hours hiking, 12 hours with pick-up. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, sightseeing at Arnarstapi village, fish soup at Fjöruhúsið and glacier gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket, headwear, gloves and good hiking shoes. Age limit: 16 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 180 km. 29


Deep Into the Blue 2 Dives in Silfra Fissure in the Þingvellir National Park

Dive Where the Continents Meet!

Diving

Trip difficulty: 4 out of 5 – Demanding

Silfra fissure is certainly one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. It is located in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra fissure is, quite frankly, an unimaginable natural phenomena. It is located in the rift between the continents of America and Europe so you will literally be diving between the new and old world. Add to that the crystal clear water, the clearest waters in the world to be exact, where diving in the deep fissure will give you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along with the lazy current. Visibility is amazing (100 + meters) and is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 10 to 30 meters. This is without question one of the best dives the world has to offer.

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Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours, 6 hours with transfer. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, all diving gear and PADI guide/ instructor. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 18 years. Please note: PADI open water or compatible required, PADI advanced and dry suit certificates recommended. All dives are performed in a dry suit. Divers have to supply sizes on suits before hand.


Glacier Ride

Express 1 Hour Snowmobiling Tour from Reykjavík & Gullfoss

One Hour of Snowmobile Action! We will pick you up from Reykjavík and take the fast route to Langjökull glacier, making short stops at our rafting base camp and Gullfoss waterfall before entering the Icelandic Highlands. Arriving at our mobile glacier base camp our specially trained glacier guides will then show you how to safely operate the snowmobiles on the glacier before going for a great one hour tour on Langjökull glacier. Langjökull is Iceland’s second biggest glacier; it is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. The views from the flanks of Langjökull are quite staggering. The Glacier Ride is a scenic and fun glacier tour, easily available from Gullfoss every day during the summer.

Snowmobile

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 12-12:30 from Gullfoss café.

Details: Duration of trip: 3 hours, 6-7 hours with pick-up. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 1 hour snowmobile ride with two persons sharing a snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the snowmobile.

Wed & Sat 12-12:30 from Reykjavík Minimum 2 persons Other days minimum 4 persons

Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile.

Price: 21.990 ISK per person. 26.990 ISK with pick-up. Add 3.800 ISK for a solo snowmobile.

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Iceland Elements

Combo Trip: River Rafting on Hvítá River & 1 Hour Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

Snowmobiling or Rafting, why choose?

Rafting

Snowmobile Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Wednesdays & Saturdays 8:00-8:30 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Other days minimum 4 persons

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Price: 31.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to exchange rafting for canoeing. Add 3.800 ISK for a solo snowmobile.

Iceland Elements is one of our most intense action packed adventure combination day tour. This popular trip offers you the unique possibility of following Hvítá River all the way from its source at Langjökull glacier in the south central highlands to the shores of the North Atlantic Ocean on Iceland’s south coast. Along the way you will experience two of Icelands most popular adventure activities, white water rafting on Hvítá glacier river and driving a snowmobile on Langjökull glacier. We will start from Reykjavík in the early morning and go directly to our rafting basecamp where our first adventure begins, river rafting on Hvítá river. After the rafting we will have soup and bread for lunch before heading up to Langjökull glacier where an hour of snowmobiling awaits us. The views from the glacier flanks of Langjökull are quite staggering and driving the sleds is like the rafting, great fun and a unique way of exploring this northern nature. The Iceland Element tour is the ultimate action combination day tour! Details: Duration of trip: 11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, river rafting on Hvítá river, lunch, 1 hour snowmobile ride with two persons sharing a snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the snowmobile, 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile.


Landmannalaugar Safari Combo Trip: Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Hekla Volcano

Experience the great Landmannalaugar interior with a pro at the wheel of your super jeep! On this tour we will explore Iceland’s unique interior which is a paradise for geology enthusiasts and visiting hikers. First we will visit one of Iceland’s most famous active volcanoes, Hekla. This volcano was notorious in medieval Europe as it was believed to be the entrance to hell. Hekla has erupted approximately 20 times since the county was settled in the ninth century. We drive right up to the edge of the youngest lava field formed during the 2000 eruption. We then head into Landmannalaugar traversing a few streams and rivers on our specially build super jeep. We will stop allowing time for exploring and a refreshing dip in the nearby hot springs stream. As we head out of the interior, we visit the explosion crater Ljótipollur and stop at the photogenic Hjálparfoss waterfall. The day in the Landmannalaugar area is a memorable experience and a geological treat. Don’t forget to bring along your bathing suit and towel for a dip in one of Iceland’s natural geothermal pool.

Details: Duration of trip: 10-12 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, packed lunch and a visit to Hekla, Landmannalaugar hot springs and Hjálparfoss waterfall. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years.

Super-Jeep

Sightseeing Combo Trip

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Silent Highland

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Tour to Fjallabak Highlands & Hike to Strútslaug Hot Springs

A super jeep ride starting from your hotel and to the remote highlands of Fjallabak, cruising amazing mountain roads and crossing rivers to the Strútur cabin from which we will hike to the secluded hot springs of Strútslaug. Super-Jeep Sightseeing Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:00-8:30 15th Jun - 31st Oct Min 2 persons 35.990 ISK per person. Add 10.000 ISK to upgrade to a Self Drive trip. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

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It’s oh so quiet - shh shh – it’s oh so still. Imagine a place where you hear nothing except the arctic wind and highland creeks pearling down the moss-covered hills. This is where we are taking you today but first we have to get there. Our expert guide and his super jeep will take care of that. We will drive past the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and through the idyllic countryside of Fljótshlíð up onto the famous South Fjallabak mountain road. Making our way over tough tracks into the remote wilderness behind Mýrdalsjökull glacier. We will discover unbelievable contrasts of white glaciers, mossy green hills and the pitch black lava sands of Mælifellssandur. There, far away from all tourist trails we leave the jeep behind and take a hike deeper into the interior to a hidden natural hot stream. Having reached the silent highland we relax in the geothermal water with views over serene lakes and rhyolite mountains. We hike back to the car and travel through the colorful highlands passing Krakatindur and Hekla volcano, the entrance to hell, back to Reykjavík. Details: Duration of trip: 12-13 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a visit to Strútslaug hot spring and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years.


Most trips in this chapter are valid from the 15th of May until the 15th of September with a couple of exceptions where we offer winter editions. All trips are weather dependent and we reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that customer safety is compromised.

Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík

Iceland Adventure Weekend

Multi Trip: 3 Day Weekend Adventure Trip to Reykjavík

Behind the Mountains Safari

Multi Trip: 4 Day Super Jeep Safari with Hiking, Hot Springs & Mountain Lakes

South by South East

Multi Trip: 7 Days of South & South East Iceland Adventure Trips

Island Hopping

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Multi Trip: 6 Days of Sea Kayaking, Hiking & Sightseeing on Breiðarfjörður Bay & Snæfellsnes

Langisjór Kayaking Expedition

Multi Trip: 4 Days of Sea Kayaking on Langisjór Lake, Super Jeep Safari & Sightseeing

Arctic Road Trip

Self Drive Multi Tours for Independent Travelers

Southlands & Highlands

Multi Trip: 6 Day Self Drive Adventure in South & South East Iceland

The Island Circle

Multi Trip: 9 Day Self Drive Adventure Around Iceland

Vatnajökull Weekend Adventure

Multi Trip: 3 Day Glacier Adventure Weekend in Skaftafell, South-East Iceland

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Incentives

Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík

Glacier Guides

Fire Island Exploration

Winter Trips

In this chapter you will find:

Summer Trips

All these trips are great sellers and last few seasons they have frequently sold out. After having added more seats and more adventures you can be sure to find a trip that fits your requirements. In the rare occasions were customers can not find an adventure that fits their schedule we can in most cases easily customize most of these trips, given that they have not sold out! The way these trips work is that we provide activities, transfers and lunch and you add the flight and the accommodation. The result is a great value for money adventure trip... as our clients have told us, unbeatable prices and unforgettable experiences.

Treks

In this chapter your will find our increasingly popular multi day products, ranging from short weekend breaks up to action packed week long adventures. Demand for more multi day adventures keeps increasing year by year and as with all other request we are more than happy to respond as you will see in this chapter. Among the summer classics like the Fire Island Exploration and Reykjavik Adventure you will find exciting new options like our South by SouthEast, week long adventure combining our classic best sellers with a visit and overnight stay in Vatnajökull National Park.

Arctic Rafting

Multi Day Adventures

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Fire Island Exploration Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík

Multi Day

Starts Every Monday, All Summer!

Caving

Snorkeling

Hiking

This is our all time bestseller when it comes to multi sport activity packages and the Fire Island Exploration is simply the ultimate adventure trip to the island of Ice and Fire! The trip is built around many of our greatest activity trips from Reykjavík and all the must see sights that South-Iceland has to offer with spare time to explore and experience on your own. You will paddle a sea kayak on deep Nordic fjords, bathe in a natural hot spring river, witnessing boiling water erupt from the ground at the famous Geysir, snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra fissure with America on one side, Europe on the other…. this trip has it all and much, much more!

Sightseeing Horse Riding

Whale Watch Kayaking

Multi Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Every Monday at 9:00 15th May – 15th Sep Min 2 persons - Max 12 persons Price: 79.990 ISK per person. 36

Rough Itinerary: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday:

Sea kayaking on Hvalfjörður Fjord (Fjord Serenity) and whale watching from Reykjavík Harbour. Snorkeling and caving in Þingvellir National Park (Black & Blue). Hiking to the hot springs (Hot Spring Hunt) and horse riding. Reykjavik City sightseeing and a visit to the Blue Lagoon. The Golden Circle Sightseeing and river rafting on Hvítá river (Golden Grand Slam).

Details: Duration of trip: 5 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activites, entrance fee to Blue Lagoon and packed lunch (except on day 4). Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, bathing suit, a towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 16 years. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers Hostel. Upgrade your trip: Add a day to your trip and upgrade it to include a Glacier Hike and an introduction to Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier (Blue Ice) for 17.990 ISK per person.


Reykjavik Adventure

Multi Trip: 5 Days of South Iceland Adventure Trips from Reykjavík

Starts Every Wednesday, All Summer! Iceland has so much to offer when it comes to adventure travel and amazing nature and we believe that no other capital in the world is so close to the action as Reykjavík city! On this great trip you will ride quad bikes through lava fields, raft a glacier river, ride the Viking horse, soak in a hot river, snorkel where the European and North American tectonic plates meet, explore the hidden world of a lava cave and… We are not done, you will also see the spouting hot springs at Geysir, stroll through the oldest parliament in the world and stand 3 feet from the 32 meter high waterfall that is Gullfoss. In short: great value, great fun, great adventures and great memories!

Rough Itinerary: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

Hiking to the hot springs (Hot Spring Hunt) and horse riding. Glacier hiking and an introduction to ice climbing (Blue Ice). Snorkeling and caving in Þingvellir National Park (Black & Blue). The Golden Circle sightseeing and river rafting on Hvítá river (Golden Grand Slam). An ATV/Quad bike trip (Mountain Ride) and a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon.

Hiking

Snorkeling

Caving

Glacier Hike

ATV

Sightseeing Ice Climbing Horse Riding

Trip difficulty:

Details: Duration of trip: 5 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activites, entrance fee to Blue Lagoon and packed lunch (except on day 5). Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers Hostel.

3 out of 5 - Challenging

Upgrade your trip: Add a half day to your trip and upgrade it to include Whale Watching adventure at sea on Monday at 9:00 or 13:00 for 8.000 ISK per person.

Price: 86.990 ISK per person.

Guaranteed departures: Every Wednesday at 8:30 Min 2 persons - Max 14 persons

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Iceland Adventure Weekend Multi Trip: 3 Day Weekend Adventure Trip to Reykjavík

Whale Watch

Glacier Hike

If you are looking for a great weekend getaway you have found it! The Iceland adventure weekend is an action packed three day trip in breathtaking nature. Explore the rugged and ever changing glaciers and raft down one of the beautiful rivers descending from them. Witness the bubbling hot springs erupt from the ground and relax in a sky blue lagoon in the middle of a lava field. Does it sound too good to be true? Only one way to find out… see you in Iceland!

Sightseeing Ice Climbing Multi Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures Every Friday at 8:30 15th May – 15th Sep Minimum 2 persons Maximum 14 persons Price: 46.990 ISK per person.

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Rough Itinerary: Friday: Glacier Hike, optional ice climbing and Skógafoss waterfall (Blue Ice). Saturday: The Golden Circle sightseeing and river rafting on Hvítá river (Golden Grand Slam). Sunday: Whale watching from Reykjavík Harbour and a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon. Details: Duration of trip: 3 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activites, packed lunch (except on day 3) and entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon. Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers Hostel.


Behind The Mountains Safari Multi Trip: 4 Day Super Jeep Safari with Hiking, Hot Springs & Mountain Lakes

Fjallabak literally means “behind the mountains”, here hidden behind Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull lies a vast untouched wilderness like no other in the world. Here glaciers reach for the skies, deep blue mountain lakes fill steep valleys with sharp green peaks on all sides. Lost hot springs in secluded valleys far, far away from civilization will relax and calm you as you take in the spectacular views. We will visit the famous Landmannalaugar hot springs where we will hike in the colorful rhyolite mountains and bathe in the natural pool. Next is the magnificent Syðra Fjallabak drive to the Strútur hut and a hike to the amazing Strútslaug natural hot springs. We will drive along side Mýrdalsjökull glacier, crossing many rivers and enjoying breathtaking unforgettable views of Iceland. After stopping at Eldgjá volcanic rift we descend down to the Skaftá glacier river, which we will follow up to Langisjór highland lake. This secluded lake is rimmed in by steep, lush green volcanoes and at the end of the lake the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull glacier, rises up. By following a secret track that lies through the lake we get to shores where the beauty is staggering, the seclusion is complete, and you will never see anything like this anywhere else in the world. At the end of the lake, by Vatnajökull, we ascend the Breiðbak mountain range where we will have an unobstructed view of the whole area. At last we drive south to the coastal town of Vík í Mýrdal on road number 1. Following the south coast towards Reykjavík we will stop at Reynisdrangar cliffs, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and drive the black lava sand beaches with the surf just meters away. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavík – Þjórsárdalur – Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn Day 2: Álftavatn – Mælifellssandur – Strútslaug - Strútur Day 3: Strútur – Eldgjá - Langisjór Day 4: Langisjór – Fjallabak – Vík – Skógafoss - Reykjavík Details: Duration of trip: 4 days, 3 nights. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, all meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2), tents and cooking gear. Mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. Bring with you: see the equipment list. Age limit: 12 years.

Super-Jeep Sightseeing Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:00 20th Jun – 31st Sep Minimum 2 persons Price: 189.990 ISK per person. Add 60.000 ISK to upgrade to a self drive trip.

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South by South East Multi Trip: 7 Days of South & South East Iceland Adventure Trips

Hiking

Glacier Hike Cycling

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Every Tuesday at 8:00 AM 10th Jun – 1st Sep Min 2 persons - Max 10 persons Price: 139.990 ISK per person.

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Boat Trip

Caving

Whale Watch

Super-Jeep Snorkeling

Horse Riding Sightseeing Multi Trip

This is Arctic Adventure’s greatest value, most amazing, Iceland adventure package! You will quite simply see and experience all of South and South East Iceland’s most treasured sights and activities in seven activity packed days. You will snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Þingvellir National Park, ride the Viking horse, bathe in natural hot springs, explore rugged outlet glaciers, cruise the glacier lagoon, mountain bike to remote corners of the Vatnajökull National Park, hike in the colorful rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar, search for whales, witness the erupting geysers and raft the glacier river Hvítá and we are not kidding… there is lots and lots and lots more. Rough Itinerary: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: Monday:

Landmannalaugar super jeep safari, sightseeing and hiking (Landmannalaugar Safari). Hiking to the hot springs (Hot Spring Hunt) and horse riding. Snorkeling in Silfra fissure and caving in Þingvellir National Park (Black & Blue). Transfer to Skaftafell, glacier hiking (Glacier Wonders) and boat trip on the glacier lagoon. Sightseeing, bird watching on the Ingólfshöfði cape, mountain biking in the national park (Skaftafell on Wheels) and transfer to Reykjavík. Whale watching from Reykjavík Harbour and a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Golden Circle sightseeing and river rafting on Hvítá river (Golden Grand Slam).

Details: Duration of trip: 7 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activites and packed lunch (except on day 6). Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík.


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Island Hopping

Multi Trip: 6 Days of Sea Kayaking, Hiking & Sightseeing on Breiðarfjörður Bay & Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kayaking

Hiking

Sightseeing

Multi Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Selected Tuesdays: 26th Jul 23rd Aug Minimum 4 persons Maximum 10 persons Price: 239.990 ISK per person.

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Our adventure begins bright and early with a cruise from Reykjavik to the small fishing village of Stykkishólmur where we will spend a leisurely afternoon, planning and getting ready for the next three days of paddling. We set out next morning and follow the good weather out into the startlingly beautiful Breiðafjörður bay. This enormous bay separates the Snæfellsnes peninsula from the Vestfjords and is peppered with islands of every shape and size, certainly Iceland’s premium sea-kayaking playground. We will paddle along and through the archipelago and make landfall when an opportunity presents itself. Our overnight camping sites will be decided each morning and we will spend our nights relaxing by the sea with a panoramic view of the bay with its islands, the Snæfellsjökull glacier to the vest and the rugged Vestfjords peninsula to the north. After three days of adventurous paddling we will go ashore back in Stykkishólmur on the evening of our fourth day. From the village we will cruise along the Snæfellsnes peninsula towards the glacier and camp somewhere on the way. The following day we will explore the magnificent alcoves, sea cliffs and beaches of this awe-inspiring and seldom visited area. We end the day with an afternoon drive all the way up to the roots of the Snæfellsjökull glacier and an evening walk from Arnarstapi, our final camp site, to Hellnar alcove for some delightful fish soup in the Fjöruhúsið Restaurant. The morning after we will drive back to Reykjavik and arrive around lunchtime. Island hopping in Iceland will show you Iceland in a way no other tour can, combining the rich Icelandic sea faring heritage with glaciers, islands, black sand beaches, volcanoes and awesome paddling!

Details: Duration of trip: 6 Days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavik, all meals for 3 days (except breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner the last day), all sea kayaking equipment, tents & cooking gear. Mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavík: 250 km. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip.


Langisjor Kayaking Expedition

Multi Trip: 4 Days of Sea Kayaking on Langisjór Lake, Super Jeep Safari & Sightseeing in the Icelandic Highlands

Starting from Reykjavik City in a specially modified super jeep we drive up to the last untouched wilderness in Europe, the Icelandic Highlands. This huge deserted expanse is in every way conceivable magnificent, providing views and vistas that will stay with you for years to come. We drive up through Þjórsárdalur valley and stop at Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve. There we will go for a short hike in one of Iceland most famous highland areas before bathing in the hot springs. From Landmannalaugar we continue on highland tracks to Langisjór highland lake. We camp out at the southwestern end of the beautiful lake which is framed in by sharp mountains and closed of by the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull glacier. This spot is ceratinly one of the most breathtaking camping spots in Iceland. The following two days we paddle along the sheer Fögrufjöll Mountains and in towards Vatnajökull glacier. The water in Langisjór used to be a milky color but when Skaftá river changed its course it became a crystal clear ribbon of water. The Lake is 20 km long and roughly 2 km wide and so remote that it was not discovered until the late 19th century. The view, the location, the glacier and the many islands on the lake make it one of the top kayaking spots in Europe. We will camp out on the shores of the lake and enjoy the peacefulness of the wilderness. On our last day we hike Sveinstindur Mountain to get an unforgettable view of Vatnajökull glacier and the Fjallabak area with its green mountains and haunting horizon. Details: Duration of trip: 4 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided Super Jeep ride, a visit to Landmannalaugar hot springs, Langisjór highland lake and Sveinstindur mountain, all meals for 4 days (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner the last day), all sea kayaking equipment, tents & cooking gear. Mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavík: 200 km. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.

Super-Jeep

Hiking

Kayaking

Multi Trip

Sightseeing

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Arctic Roadtrip Self Drive Multi Tours for Independent Travelers

The Arctic Roadtrip self-drive tours are the latest product of Reykjavik Backpackers‘ travel agency. These tours are designed to make planning of your holiday easier without losing your independency during your travel. The Arctic Roadtrip tours are self-drive tours where we provide the car, equipment and accommodation which suits your style (ranging from camping to hotel lodging). When booking you will be provided with our Arctic Road Book which contains comprehensive information about routes, interesting sights, etc. The final twist to the tour is included activity in each corner of the country where you’ll experience something local like horse riding in Skagafjörður, river rafting in the South, glacier hiking in the South-East and so on. Our aim is to facilitate the planning of the independent traveler‘s holiday in Iceland, helping explorers to gain as much from their limited time as possible. Our selection of trips is wide but here are two examples to give you an idea what it’s all about!

Southlands & Highlands Multi Trip: 6 Day Self Drive Adventure in South & South East Iceland

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy

Available: 15th Jun - 1st Sep Minimum 2 persons

Snorkeling

Hiking

Sightseeing Glacier Hike Boat Trip

Multi Trip

This great value arctic journey is a 6 day (5 nights) tour designed for you to explore the highlights of the south of Iceland in a 4X4 car. While on the road you’ll be able to roam freely and visit the biggies like Gullfoss and Geysir, venture into the highlands following the famed Fjallabak mountain track and soak in geothermal springs in Landmannalaugar, explore Europe‘s biggest glacier, go snorkeling between the continents and raft a glacial river. And let’s not forget your chance to experience the midnight sun and the bright Icelandic nights in the best possible manner... out in pure nature! 44

Price: From 129.990 ISK per person, 4 persons sharing a car.

Rough itinerary: DAY 1: Your adventure begins. The Golden Circle and snorkeling. DAY 2: River rafting and a 4X4 adventure to Landmannalaugar. DAY 3: Explore Landmannalaugar. 4X4 driving and/or hiking in the area. DAY 4: Fjallabak Nyrðra mountain road to Skaftafell National Park. DAY 5: Explore Skaftafell and surroundings. Glacier hiking & Jökulsárlón. DAY 6: South Coast to Reykjavik. Glaciers, waterfalls, black sands & birds.


The Island Circle Multi Trip: 9 Day Self Drive Adventure Around Iceland

This is the ultimate Iceland Road Trip! This tour is designed for you to see and experience all sides of Iceland by traveling around the country in only 9 days and 8 nights with local advice and hot tips in the provided Arctic Road Book. Like all our road trips this one not only includes the car, accommodation and the open road but we‘ve fitted different adventures, activities and sightseeing unique to each part of the island for you to experience! You will raft a glacial river, relax in natural hot springs and see the erupting geysers in the South-West of Iceland, walk on the ancient ice of Vatnajökull Glacier in the South-East, visit the small fishing villages that dot the fjords of East Iceland, sail into the North Atlantic ocean in search of the whales and hike up to the highest waterfall in Iceland in the South-West. You’ll also be given the opportunity to explore the volcanic craters of the Mývatn Lake, gobble down the best ice cream in world in Akureyri and be mesmerized by the chatter of puffins and skuas on the Dyrhólaey. This is not even half the story… Iceland awaits your discovery! The Classic Roundtrip is a 9 days (8 nights) trip around Iceland. You can also choose to go with the express version which is 7 days (6 nights) or extend the time and add some extra days from our selection. Rough itinerary: DAY 1: Your adventure begins. The Golden Circle and activity. DAY 2: South Coast road trippin´. Glaciers, waterfalls, black sands and birds. DAY 3: Vatnajökull National Park. Glacier hiking on Vatnajökull glacier and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat ride. DAY 4: Glacier fjords, fishing villages and the lush, green East Iceland. DAY 5: Hallormsstaður, the road to Mývatn and Mývatn nature baths. DAY 6: Highlights of the North. Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi and Húsavík whale watching. DAY 7: Town of Akureyri. Explore the charming city center and the local specialties. DAY 8: Skagafjörður activity day. DAY 9: Borgarnes to Reykjavik via Hvalfjörður. Visit the highest waterfall in Iceland.

Hiking

Sightseeing Snorkeling

Boat Trip

Multi Trip

Glacier Hike

Whale Watch

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Vatnajökull Weekend Adventure Multi Trip: 2 Day Glacier Adventure Weekend in Skaftafell, South-East Iceland

Hiking

Boat Trip

Glacier Hike Cycling

Sightseeing Multi Trip

Trip difficulty: 2+ out of 5 - Easy/Challenging Guaranteed departures: Every Friday at 7:00-7:30 10th Jun – 31st Aug Min 2 persons - Max 20 persons Price: 43.990 ISK per person.

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Iceland’s and in fact Europe’s largest national park with its main attraction the Vatnajökull glacier certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure and amazing views. This popular weekend package combines all of the most awesome activities, hikes and sights that we offer there. A great value experience packed visit to the largest glacier outside the Polar Regions. You will hike on the amazing Virkisjökull outlet glacier, sail on the Glacier Lagoon, see the puffins at Ingólfshöfði, gaze upon the endless ice fields and Iceland’s highest peak and mountain bike on the black sand beaches... and believe it or not, there is more! Rough Itinerary: Friday: Early morning transfer from Reykjavik to Skaftafell, glacier hiking (Glacier Wonders) on Virkisjökull and a boat trip on the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. Saturday: Sightseeing/bird watching on the Ingólfshöfði cape, mountain biking in the national park (Skaftafell on Wheels) & transfer to Reykjavik. Details: Duration of trip: 3 days. Included: A bus from the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavík to Skaftafell and back, activites and packed lunch on day 2 and 3. Camping gear can be rented if you let us know in advance. Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. Contact our office to add accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Upgrade your trip: Add a day to your trip and upgrade it to include the White Giant trip to Iceland’s highest peak on the Vatnajökull glacier for 23.990 ISK. This is a very strenuous trip only suitable for those in very good physical condition.


Treks

Most trips in this chapter are valid from the 14th of May until the 15th of September.All trips are weather dependent and we reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that customer safety is compromised. In this chapter you will find:

Highlights of the Highlands

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5 Days Jeep Assisted Trek in the Colorful Interior of Iceland–Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk

Lost Fjords

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6 Days Trek in the Dramatic, Mystic & Remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Mount Hekla to the Ocean

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6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Southern Volcanic Backcountry-Mt. Hekla to Skógar 6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Mt. Hekla to Landmannalaugar

Origin of Earth

13 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Great Fjallabak’s Öraefi

Black Raven Reefs

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6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Rugged Icelandic Highlands-Hraftinnusker to Eldgjá

Rangá Backcountry

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6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Hrafntinnusker to the Tindfjöll Mountains & the South Coast

Summer Trips Glacier Guides

6 Days of South Coast & Highland Discovery

Winter Trips

South Coast and Highlands

Incentives

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6 Days Hike in Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland & Mývatn Lake in North Iceland

Doors of Hell

Fold me!

Partners

In the Footsteps of Elves

Treks

This year we have joined forces with the highland specialists at Fjallabak, a family business with over 30 years of experience in the field. Taking you through vast and incredible territory which mostly remains “unexplored” by classical tourism, our friends at Fjallabak are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. They are experts in high-quality trekking and you can be sure that they operate at the highest standard possible with your safety as their priority.

Multi Day

Like last year we at Arctic Adventures offer a spectacular multi day trek in the Icelandic Highlands. Starting from Landamannalaugar and ending in Þórsmörk, the Highlights of the Highlands is Iceland´s famous hike, the Laugavegur trail. The Lost Fjords hike takes trekkers wandering in the footsteps of the old viking settlement of Hornstrandir and finally our new hiking adventure in the East Fjords was off to a flying start this summer. On it participants from all over the world explored the seldom visited fjords and mountains in East Iceland.

Arctic Rafting

Iceland is a diverse and hauntingly beautiful place. A highly developed, western society that still offers untouched nature and unforgettable landscapes in more abundance then any other country in Europe. This combination makes Iceland the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiast and nature lovers of all kinds. Exotic but safe, developed society with wild, pure nature!

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Highlights of the Highlands

5 Days Jeep Assisted Trek in the Colorful Interior of Iceland from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk

Treks

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3+ out of 5 - Challenging/Demanding Guaranteed departures: Selected Mondays: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Jul 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd Aug German speaking guide: 18th Jul & 1st Aug

The Laugavegur hiking trail is the most popular trek through the Icelandic wilderness and rightly so as it is a near perfect blend of vivid geology and easy to challenging trails. It stretches from the famous Landamannalaugar hot springs across the central Icelandic Highlands ending in the lush Þórsmörk valley (the forest of the Thundergod Thor). There are very few places in the world that offer such diverse landscapes and scenic views. On the trek there are colorful mountains, huge and rugged glaciers, screaming hot springs, rivers of every shape and size, peaceful lakes, narrow ridges, immense waterfalls, deep canyons and panoramic views of the North Atlantic Ocean. This trek truly has it all! Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar Day 2: Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn Day 3: Álftavatn - Emstrur (Botnar) Day 4: Emstrur (Botnar) - Þórsmörk Day 5: Þórsmörk - Reykjavík

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Details: Duration of trip: 5 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, all meals for 5 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), tents & cooking gear. Mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavik Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavik before or after the trip.


Lost Fjords

6 Days Trek in the Dramatic, Mystic & Remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is a magical place of untouched beauty and wildlife and the only way to accsess this hidden gem is by boat. You will see deep fjords, vast remote bays, overwhelming cliffs, tons of driftwood from Siberia and a lot of wild life. By saying “a lot of wild life” we mean a lot! You will find some of the biggest bird cliffs in Europe, one of the largest Sea fowl colonies in the world, 50 species of breeding birds, seals, whales, porpoises and last but not least -the only authentic wild mammal in Iceland, the Arctic Fox. Listening to the beautiful sounds all those screaming birds make really makes you forget all the 21st century noises. The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve has often been compared to the popular Fjordland in New Zealand, the only difference beeing that it has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Which explains it´s nickname “The Lost Fjords”. In few words the Lost Fjords are really dramatic, mystic and remote. It is one of those places you come across on your travels and never ever forget. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Flight from Reykjavik at 8:00 AM to Ísafjörður & then a boat trip at 9:30 AM to Hornvík . Day 2: Hornvík - Kjaransvík Day 3: Kjaransvík - Fljótavík Day 4: Fljótavík - Látrar í Aðalvík Day 5: Aðalvík - Hesteyri Day 6: Boat trip back to Ísafjörður at 10:30 AM and a flight to Reykjavík at 6:00 PM. Details: Duration of trip: 6 days. Included: Flight to and from Ísafjörður, boat ride into the reserve, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner last day), tents and cooking gear. Mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavik Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavik before or after the trip.

Hiking

Boat Trip

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Selected Tuesdays: 5th & 19th Jul 9th Aug Minimum 4 persons Maximum 14 persons Price: 149.990 ISK per person.

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In the Footsteps of Elves

6 Days Hike in Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland & Mývatn Lake in North Iceland

Hiking

Sightseeing Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures Selected Saturdays: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Jun 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th Jul 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Aug German speaking guide: 6th Jun 13th & 23rd Jul 6th & 20th Aug Min 2 persons - Max 14 persons Price: 169.990 ISK per person in hostel accommodation with shared bathroom. 189.990 ISK per person in ensuite hotel accommodation.

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We will spend five days hiking and exploring the awe-inspiring east fjords and the hidden gems of Víknaslóðir, or the “Deserted Inlets”, in and near Borgarfjörður Eystri. There the imposing and colourful mountains meet the ocean creating deep fjords littered with secluded alcoves along magnificent coastlines. Among Icelanders the vicinity of Borgarfjörður is known for its great natural beauty and incredible hiking routes but it is still untouched by mass-tourism. This isolated region is also considered to be a central province of the elves. In the Álfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) their queen has long resided, governing and watching over her realm. After our treks in the east we will cross over to the incredible Mývatn lake visiting en route the still steaming lava field of Leirhnjúkur and end the trip in the charming town of Akureyri. Along the way we will enjoy the hospitality of local people through their services, their knowledge of the area and its culture, and fresh food at their local restaurants. Bird watching is a frequent pastime on our routes, and sidetracks will take us to deserted inlets that tell us the story of a past far removed from mobile phone contacts. Your visit to Borgarfjörður and Mývatn is not soon forgotten; the amazing views, the deep fjords, the mystic elf sites, the lava fields, the breath taking lake and the picturesque fishing village and its surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come -so don’t forget your camera!

Rough itinerary: Day 1: An afternoon flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir and a drive to Borgarfjörður Eystri. Days 2 to 6: Hiking in the Borgarfjöður Eystri area. Day 7: Sightseeing and hiking in Möðrudalur and Mývatn lake. Day 8: Early drive to Akureyri and flight from Akureyri til Reykjavik. Details: Duration of trip: 6 days hiking, 8 Days with flights. Included: Flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir and back from Akureyri, accommodation, all meals for 8 days (except breakfast and lunch on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 8), museum admissions and all transport. Age limit: 12 years. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip.


South Coast & Highlands

6 Days of South Coast & Highland Discovery

Highway Number One on the South part of Iceland is truly among the world’s most spectacular driving routes - a narrow black ribbon of tarmac running through ever changing sceneries. To it’s South, the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, with more than 10.000 miles of open water before the cost of Antarctica. To the North, a mysterious chaos of mountains, volcanoes and glaciers and the highlands spirit is always calling you. This trip is a deep exploration of the active volcanic belt, traversing some of Iceland’s most dramatic scenery. It is specially designed for nature lovers who are not deterred by some exertion, ideal for those wanting to experience Iceland’s stunning, unspoiled scenery at first hand, but at an easier pace compared to our more demanding treks. We will discover the most secret part of the Southern Highlands and the strange but magnificent South Coast that hosts the huge Vatnajökull glacier. Hiking frequently, we will experience the stunning diversity of this “huge small land”. Stopping by small settlements such as Vik or Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we will also have a chance to meet and understand the original Icelandic culture, the result of a long fight between this courageous people and nature’s harsh forces. The general rhythm of this journey, the small size of the group, and the everlasting days, will give you a special feeling and allow each person to relax and enjoy this unique experience. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavík - Dyrhólaey - Eyjafjöll - Vík í Mýrdal Day 2: Vík í Mýrdal Day 3: Vatnajökull - Jökulsárlón Day 4: Vatnajökull - Eldhraun - Eldgjá Day 5: Fault of Eldgjá “The Fire Canyon” Day 6: Landmannalaugar - Mount Hekla - Reykjavík Details: Included: Bus transportation, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), in the interior overnights are in sleepping bag accommodation in hut but on the coast we offer a choice of accommodation, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Upgrade your trip: This Overland journey can be linked to a beautiful 6 day trek making it all together a 13 days journey named “Between Ice & fire”.

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Selected Sundays: 12th, 19th & 26 Jun 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Jul 7th 14th, 21th & 28th Aug 4th 11th & 18th Sep Min 8 persons - Max 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 184.000 ISK per person in a sleeping bag accomodation. 208.000 ISK in a double room. 223.000 ISK in a single room.

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Mount Hekla to the Ocean

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Southern Volcanic Backcountry, from Mt. Hekla to Skógar

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Selected Sundays: 10th & 24st Jul 7th & 21th Aug 4th Sep Mini 8 persons - Max 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 155.000 ISK per person.

This trek will lead us from the foot of Mount Hekla at the edge of the volcanic rift, through the rift, pass the newest lava field in the world from the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and all the way to the ocean. Each day will bring stunning but totally different new sights that compete the beauty of those seen the day before. The isolation of some places we pass is complete. It is just us and the mountains. Most of the hiking is off-track, exploring hidden valleys, hot springs and numerous other features of the area. But that is not to say that these mountains are devoid of life! Botanists will be captivated by the many species of Icelandic flora, from myriad mosses and grasses, to alpine herb fields, berries, shrubs and trees. Birdwatchers should keep binoculars ready as we surprise many ground nesting species, such as golden plover, ptarmigan and snow bunting. The raven watches from on high and nearer the coast, many varieties of seabirds vie for our attention. Specially suited for nature lovers, this exploration trek is ideal for travelers who do not have much time for long holidays but who dream of discovering the unique mountains of Iceland by foot. Trekking becomes pure pleasure without carrying a heavy backpack and staying at a cozy shelter each night. Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, each member carries only a light daypack and every day involves an average of 6-8 hours hiking. We appreciate the importance of good food, so we provide what we believe is the finest cuisine to be found in the Icelandic mountains! Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavík - Mt. Hekla – North Fjallabak Day 2: Hrafntinnusker Caldera Day 3: Ljósártunga - Hvanngil Day 4: Emstrur Desert Day 5: Þórsmörk Day 6: Pass of Fimmvörðuháls - Reykjavík Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between huts, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), accommodation during the trek in huts or tents, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip.

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Upgrade your trip: This trek can be linked to a beautifull overland discovery “South Coast & Highlands” making a journey all together of 13 days named “Between Ice & fire”


Doors of Hell

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Mt. Hekla to Landmannalaugar

This concentrated itinerary is part of our collection of trips that speak to the purist hiker with a spirit of adventure. The Hekla volcano and the magic that revolves around its reputation has always fascinated people, in Iceland and elsewhere. The volcanoes eruptions often ruined the surrounding countryside and were the source of worry for the islands’ people, who feared and revered the volcano at the same time. But what was feared the most was that an eruption from one of the faces of the volcano would ruin its perfect shape. This beautiful volcano is still active and closely monitored by the volcanologists’ seismographs. We hike around the entire volcano from a reasonably safe distance in order to maintain safety and we stay informed of the relative volcanic activity before attempting to ascend the volcano. The hike to the summit will also depend on favorable weather outlook. With the exception of a lightweight day pack, all equipment and luggage is transported by a 4x4 support vehicle, which will make numerous detours in order to meet us at our evening destination. The guide is linked by radio to our base station in Reykjavik and to 4x4 vehicle assistance if required.

Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavik - South of Mount Hekla Day 2: Hekla Farmland Day 3: West Face of Mount Hekla Day 4: Valagjá pass - Mount Krakatindur Day 5: Landmannahellir Day 6: Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Selected Sundays: 19th Jun 3rd, 17th & 31st Jul 14th & 28th Aug 11th Sep Mini 8 persons - Max 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 155.000 ISK per person.

Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), accommodation during the trek in huts or tents, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Upgrade your trip: This trek can be linked to a beautifull overland discovery “South Coast & Highlands” making a journey all together of 13 days named “Between Ice & fire” 53


Origin of Earth

13 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Great Fjallabak’s Öraefi

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3+ out of 5 - Challenging/ Demanding Guaranteed departures: Selected Sundays: 3rd, 17th & 31st Jul 14th & 28th Aug Minimum 8 persons Maximum 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 300.000 ISK per person.

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This wonderful, challenging trek in the south volcanic highlands can be compared, without a doubt, to the most beautiful and remote treks in the world. This is a trek that covers all the jewels of the Great Fjallabak. The most hidden parts of the Öræfi volcanic desert are a collection of strange and majestic landscapes, created from the great volcanic rift that splits Iceland in two. Where we walk, there are few signs, if any, of man’s existence. This is one of the few places in this world where the silence is complete. A true wilderness that will leave you spellbound with natural wonders at every turn. Our guides, all experienced mountaineers, will lead you safely through this incredible region. Starting at the foot of the imposing Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano, this trek will lead you through a world of volcanic features. You will discover dream-like, moss-filled valleys and drink from the freshest, clearest streams. And always watching over you are the majestic, shimmering icecaps, surrounded by vast black sand flats, criss-crossed by myriad melt water streams. Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, on most days each member carries only a light daypack and every day involves an average of 6-8 hours hiking. Accommodation during the trek is a combination of nights in comfortable expedition tents and nights in well equipped mountain huts, all in beautiful locations. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavik - South of Mount Hekla Day 2: Hekla Farmland Day 3: Mount Krakatindur Day 4: West Face of Mount Hekla Day 5: Valagjá Pass - Mount Krakatindur Day 6: Landmannahellir Day 7: Landmannalaugar Day 8: Mount Loðmundur Day 9: Hrafntinnusker Caldera Variant Way: Day 10: Mælifellssandur - Torfajökull Day 10: Markarfljót Canyon Day 11: Strútslaug - Lake Hólmsárlón Day 11: Chain of Tindfjöll Day 12: Álftavötn - Eldfjá Fault Day 12: Rangá Backcountry Day 13: North Fjallabak/South Coast - Reykjavík Day 13: Keldur/South Coast - Reykjavík Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, all meals for 13 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), accommodation during the trek in huts or tents, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip.


Black Raven Reefs

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek Through the Rugged Icelandic Highlands, from Hraftinnusker to Eldgjá Fault

This trek is designed for those who wish to fully experience unspoiled nature at its best, and to see what they may never even have dreamed of still exists. Our guides, all experienced mountaineers, will lead you safely through this incredible region. Starting at the foot of Hrafntinnusker caldera and ending at the fault of Eldgjá, this short trek will lead you through a magic world of volcanic features – huge lava fields, mountains of rhyolite, basalt, obsidian and pumice, through fields of hot springs, blast craters and fissures. You will discover dream-like, moss-filled valleys and drink from the freshest, clearest streams. Constantly watching over you are the majestic, icecaps, surrounded by vast black and melt water streams. Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, each member carries only a light daypack and every day involves an average of 6-8 hours hiking. Accommodation, during the trek is a combination of some nights in comfortable expedition tents and some nights in well equipped mountain huts, all in beautiful locations. The isolation and severity of the landscape demands that each tour member is in good physical condition. Obsidian rock is called Hrafntinna in Icelandic. If you translate the word Hrafntinna into english it means something as ,,Raven´s Rock”. That for sure has to do with the bluish black color of of the obsidian rock which resembles the color of the raven´s feathers. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavík - Hrafntinnusker caldera Day 2: South of Hrafntinnusker caldera Day 3: Mælifellssandur - Torfajökull Day 4: Strútslaug – Lake Hólmsárlón Day 5: Álftavötn – Eldgjá fault Day 6: North Fjallabak/South Coast - Reykjavík

Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures Selected Saturdays: 10th & 24th Jul 7th & 21st Aug 4th Sep Minimum 8 persons Maximum 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 155.000 ISK per person.

Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), accommodation during the trek in huts or tents, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Upgrade your trip: This trek can be linked to a beautifull overland discovery “South Coast & Highlands” making a journey all together of 13 days named “Between Ice & fire”

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Rangá Backcountry

6 Days Jeep Assisted Trek from Hrafntinnusker to the Tindfjöll Mountains & the South Coast

This wonderfull trek finds its way through a very chaotic area at the limit of dark and clear rocks. After crossing the fumaroles of an impressive caldera our trail will lead us down along the deep canyon of turquoise blue Markarfljot and over green litle mountains ridges. Secret valleys covered by grass and flowers bring us to the foot of the dark Tindfjöll. We are sure that this is some of the best spots to have a chance of meeting elves. Hiking

Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Challenging Guaranteed departures: Selected Sundays: 26th Jun 10th & 24th Jul 7th & 21st Aug 4th Sep Minimum 8 persons Maximum 12 persons (Small group surcharge 6-7 persons) Price: 155.000 ISK per person.

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Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, on most days each member carries only a light daypack as a 4x4 truck carries all personal belongings, heavy equipment and supplies. Every day involves an average of 6-8 hours hiking. Accommodation, during the trek is a combination of some nights in comfortable expedition tents and some nights in well equipped mountain huts, all in beautiful locations. The isolation and severity of the landscape demands that each tour member is in good physical condition and that everyone actively participate in the trip. The group must work together to set up camp, prepare food etc. Rough itinerary: Day 1: Reykjavík to Hrafntinnusker caldera Day 2: Exploration of Hrafntinnusker caldera Day 3: Markarfljot canyon Day 4: Tindfjöll Day 5: Tindfjöll Ranga plain Day 6: Keldur - South Coast - Reykjavík Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, all meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), accommodation during the trek in huts or tents, mattress and cooking gear. Sleeping bags and pillows can be rented if you let us know in advance. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík before or after the trip. Upgrade your trip: This trek can be linked to a beautifull overland discovery “South Coast & Highlands” making a journey all together of 13 days named “Between Ice & fire”


Incentives and School Trips

Big Day Out

An Incentive Day with Teambuilding, Caving & Swimming

River Rally

Teambuilding & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Wild Iceland

Team Building with Lava Caving, Quad Biking, Super Jeeps & Incentive Games

Reykjavík on Wheels

Explore the Capital on Wheels

Heiðmörk on Wheels

2 Hours Mountain Biking in the Historic and Beautiful Heiðmörk Nature Reserve

Awesome Iceland

Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South Coast

The Land of Ice & Fire

Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South East Coast

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Multi Day

Group Tour with a Race Through Hveragerði, Steel Wire Slide & Swimming

Incentives

The Amazing Incentive Race

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Glacier Guides

Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier on the South Coast

Winter Trips

Sunglacier Express

Partners

In this chapter you will find:

Treks

For larger groups we can combine, change and adjust any of our day trips, meaning that the variations and possibilities are endless. We have the biggest capacity in just about any thing that you can imagine, we can raft with more then 200 people on the Hvítá river, we can hike with a 100 people on the Sólheimajökull glacier, we can go caving with a 100 people in Gjábakkahellir, we can ride with 50 people on our mountain bikes, we can snorkel in Silfra with 20 people, we can ride with 60 people on our ATVs...and the list goes on and one. Just contact our sales office for further details on what is already available or if you have any special requests.

Summer Trips

Our standard versions of river rafting on Hvítá, caving in the Blue Mountains, glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull and snorkeling in Silfra are our most popular group trips both for students and companies, these are not included here and can be found in the day trips chapters, please contact our office for information on the pricing structure for our classic trips for groups.

Arctic Rafting

In here you will find samples of our most popular specialized group programs. The programs included here are by no means the only trips of this sort we offer, simply because all our trips can and are group trips. All the trips in the preceding chapters and all the trips on our website are available in incentive editions and the same goes for school and youth groups where special “school rates” apply.

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Sunglacier Express Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier on the South Coast

Incentives

2 out of 5 - Easy

Would you like to explore a glacier? And I mean really, really explore a glacier? This popular trip takes you on foot on an exploration of the frozen glaciertongue of Sólheimajökull on Icelands South Coast. It is an otherworldly scene of a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient ice which carries with it the ashes of long forgotten volcanic eruptions, and at least one that we all still remember. Over Sólheimajökull the volcano Eyjafjallajökull rises to the sky and under the main glacier hub that Sólheimajökull descends from rests Katla volcano, one of Icelands most powerfull calderas. In these magnificent surroundings we will take a crampon walk on the glacier. Your guide will inform you about the geological history of this volatile area and the very real effect of climate change on the glacier. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines.

Available: Everyday all year

On this trip you get to see and do what most of the population will only see on their television screen. Why not be adventurous and explore the amazing crawling glacier?

Min 8 persons - Max 100 persons

Details: Duration of trip: 2,5 hours, 1,5 hours on the ice. Included: A glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier and glacier gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 12 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Distance from Reykjavik: 164 km

Glacier Hike Incentive

Trip difficulty:

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The Amazing Incentive Race

Group Tour with a Race Through Hveragerði, Steel Wire Slide & Swimming

Price: 6.990 ISK per person. Add 1.500 ISK for packed lunch.

Available: Everyday 1st Mar - 1st Nov Minimum 20 persons Maximum 200 persons

The trip starts with an Amazing Race through the lovely small town of Hveragerði. The town is filled with hot springs and geysers, the energy and warmth of which are harnessed to grow bananas and tomatoes in the middle of the North-Atlantic. The participants are split up into small groups, which have to rush across the town solving clues and overcoming trials in a race where only team spirit and cooperation can win the day. After the race everyone flies over the Varmá river in the exciting flying fox steel wire slide, landing on the riverbank 100 meters away after sliding in the air above a waterfall. The day program ends in the local swimming pool and spa as the group relaxes and discusses the adventures of the day.

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Incentive

Details: Duration of trip: 3-4 hours. Included: A race through Hveragerði, a flight on the flying fox slide and an entry to the swimming pool and hot tubs. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, swimming wear and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 40 km. Tip: Let us take care of a packed lunch for 1.500 ISK per participant, it makes your life easier and also makes sure that nothing will interrupt the flow of events during the day…

Ideally the day ends with a great seafood meal in one of the cozy restaurants on the North-Atlantic beach only 20 min away (not included in the price but can be arranged).

Price: 12.990 ISK per person.

Big Day Out

An Incentive Day with Teambuilding, Caving & Swimming

Available: Everyday all year Minimum 10 persons Maximum 80 persons

Start the day with a specially designed teambuilding program for your group. The program is a great way to build the team spirit and have some good fun together. Since each program is made to order it is necessary to contact us with details on the group i.e. group size, age and gender. After the games the group dines on some gourmet sandwiches and juice by the entrance of Gjabakkahellir cave, which is only 8 minutes away. Next we take an exotic and exhilarating trip through the 500 meter long lava cave under the expert guidance of a cave guide (see the UnderWorld trip for a more detailed info). The final touch to this Big Day Out is a visit to a

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Caving

Incentive

geothermal swimming pool for a relaxing soak in the hot tubs or sauna. The Big Day Out is a superb blend of teambuilding, adventure and relaxation. Details: Duration of trip: 4 - 6 hours. Included: Team building, caving, hot chocolate in the cave, packed lunch, entry to the swimming pool and hot tubs. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 50 km. 59


River Rally

Teambuilding & River Rafting on Hvítá River

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Incentive

Here’s a different kind of river rafting tour for groups who love to laugh and have fun. When our experienced guides have taught you all about safety and how to steer the rafts, you’ll plunge into the river and head on an adventure that you won’t forget. And what a river this is! Through rapids and calmer waters you’ll pass eerie rock formations and see awesome views of the Icelandic nature. Somewhere along the way you’ll meet beautiful ladies in Icelandic national costumes with cooling magical drinks and strange Icelandic food which might challenge your taste buds! Under the watchful eyes of the guides, the courageous take a leap of faith right into the glacier river. You’ll also try your hand at fun games such as

Available: Everyday 25th Apr - 1st Oct

Price: 15.990 ISK per person.

Minimum 30 persons Maximum 200 persons „the duck hunt“ and the search for the lost treasure hiding somewhere in the looming cliffs by the riverside...but of course first you have to solve the secret code… Details: Duration of trip: 4-5 hours. Included: River Rafting on Hvítá river, duck hunt, treasure hunt and treasure, Icelandic women in the national costume, drinks and food samples, BBQ and an entry to the hot tub or sauna. Bring with you: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Age limit: 12 years for rafting the whole river and 10 years for half of the river. Distance from Reykjavik: 110 km.

Wild Iceland

Team Building with Lava Caving, Quad Biking, Super Jeeps & Incentive Games

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Caving

Incentive

Super-Jeep

ATV

This is a team building program constructed around 4 main stations of adventures and activities. We will split the group up into 4 units and each group will visit all the stations. Station 1: Games and trials with the goal of enhancing teamwork and forging the team spirit. Station 2: Super jeep self drive training on the amazing off-road track the “1000 rivers road”. Station 3: Lava caving with into the unknown underworld. Station 4: ATV/Quad bike tour, blazing through the lava fields, 2 on each bike. 60

Available: Everyday all year

Net Price: 23.990 ISK per person.

Minimum 30 persons Maximum 100 persons Details: Duration of trip: 5-6 hours. Included: Team building, caving, super jeep self drive training, quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike and gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 30 km.


Reykjavik on Wheels

Explore the Capital on Wheels

Price: 9.990 ISK per person.

Available: Everyday 1st May - 1st Oct Minimum 6 persons Maximum 20 persons

The trip starts in the city center and we first ride to the Town Hall where we make a stop to see the huge topographical map of Iceland situated inside the hall. Then we continue towards the North Atlantic Ocean and cycle along the coast to Nauthólsvík alcove. Nauthólsvík is the only artificially heated beach in the world and if you want you can dip your toes into the water (just so you can say you went bathing in one of the coldest oceans!). Then we cycle up to the Pearl on top of the Öskjuhlíð hill and from there we will get an unsurpassed view of the capital area and its surrounding mountains. On the way up to the Pearl we will also see a geysir, an exact replica of the original one. From the Pearl we ride downhill into the city center again and swing by the Hallgrímskirkja church and stop at a nearby café to relax. The trip then ends where it started.

Price: 10.990 ISK per person.

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Cycling

Incentive

Details: Duration of trip: 3 hours. Indluded: Guided bikeride, bike and helmet. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Age limit: 10 years (minimum height 140 cm to fit the rental bikes). Note to travel agents: When groups are booked we can start the trip at a hotel of your choice.

Heiðmörk on Wheels

2 Hours Mountain Biking in the Historic and Beautiful Heiðmörk Nature Reserve

Available: Everyday 1st May - 1st Oct Minimum 6 persons Maximum 20 persons

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Cycling

Incentive

Heiðmörk is one of the largest outdoor areas next to the capital city of Reykjavík, covering over 3.000 hectares of land. The area, which has been a Nature Reserve since 1950, is extremely valuable and important to Icelanders and especially treasured by the people of Reykjavík.

past the birthplace of Einar Benediktsson, one of Iceland‘s most beloved poets, before heading back to our starting point. On the way we will make plenty of interesting stops to catch our breath, snap photos, and learn about our surroundings.

Equipped with 28 gear mountain bikes, we start the day with a flat warm up before a rewarding half-hour climb through the forest, riding past two of Reykjavík‘s cold water springs and its oldest planted forest. Once on top, we get to enjoy a stunning 360° view over Reykjavík city and the Hengill volcanic system before starting our descent towards Elliðavatn lake. From there we ride alongside the lake, by the first parliament in Reykjavík, and

Details: Duration of trip: 3-4 hours, with 2 hours of biking. Included: Pick up from Reykjavík, helmet and rental bike. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Age limit: 10 years (minimum height 140 cm to fit the rental bikes). 61


Awesome Iceland

Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South Coast

Trip difficulty:

Caving

Hiking

Horse Riding Glacier Hike Whale Watch Ice Climbing Sightseeing Incentive

This great trip to Iceland combines the country´s amazing nature and geology with its great adventures and activities! Everything from river rafting on glacier rivers to bathing in a natural hot spring river to witnessing boiling water erupt from the ground…. And this is just the tip of the adventure iceberg on the Island of Fire! We will also take a dip in the Blue Lagoon and go searching for whales and underground entrances to lava fields. Its just what the name says…Awesome Iceland! Rough Itinerary: Day 1: Glacier hiking and an intro to ice climbing on Sólheimajökull (Blue Ice).

Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5:

Multi Trip

2 out of 5 - Easy Available: Apr 25th - 1st Oct

Min 12 Max 50 Price: 79.990 ISK per person.

Horse riding and lava caving in Þingvellir National Park. A hike to the hot springs (Hot Spring Hunt) and free time in Reykjavik. Whale watching and a visit to the Blue Lagoon. The Golden Circle, rafting on Hvítá and a BBQ (Golden Grand Slam).

Details: Duration of trip: 5 days, 4 nights. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík (except on day 4), activities, packed lunch (except on day 4), hostel accommodation in Reykjavík and breakfast. Not included: Flights and dinner (except on day 5). Age limit: 14 years.

The Land of Ice & Fire

Multi Trip: 5 Day Adventure School/Youth Trip on the South & South East Coast

Trip difficulty:

Caving

Hiking

Horse Riding Glacier Hike

Boat Trip

Sightseeing

Incentive

Multi Trip

2 out of 5 - Easy Available: 15th Jun - 15th Sep

Iceland is a land of contrast and colliding landscapes, an incredibly adventurous and beautiful place. This trip is built around many of the greatest adventures and all the must see sights that South-Iceland has to offer, guided by expert nature and adventure guides. From exploring the ever changing glaciers & hiking up Hekla volcano to witnessing boiling water erupt from the ground at the original Geysir and sneaking a peek at what lies beneath the lava field... and did we mention the Blue Lagoon, the viking horse riding and the gigantic waterfalls? Well, this trip has it all and much, much more!

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Rough Itinerary: Day 1: Sightseeing at Þingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir, caving in Gjábakkahellir and river rafting on Hvítá river. Day 2: Sightseeing and hiking in Dómadalur Valley and Mt. Hekla.

Price details: 10-20 persons: 109.500 ISK per person. 20-30 persons: 94.500 ISK per person. 30-50 persons: 89.500 ISK per person.

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Sightseeing at Skógar waterfall, Reynisdrangar cliffs, Dyrhóley, Vík and a glacier lagoon boat ride in Jökulsárlón. Skaftafell hike and glacier hiking on Virkisjökull (Glacier Wonders) Horse riding and the Blue Lagoon. End in Reykjavik or Keflavík Airport

Details: Duration of trip: 5 days, 4 nights. Included: Pick-up, activities, packed lunch, hostel accommodation and breakfast. Not included: Flights and dinner (except on day 1). Age limit: 14 years.


All trips are dependant on weather & glacier conditions and we reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that customer safety is compromised.

Skaftafell Base Camp Iceland´s One & Only Strawbale House

Vatnajökull Voyager

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Express Glacier Hiking & Sightseeing Day Tour to Vatnajökull National Park from Reykjavík

Glacier Grand Slam

Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride

Blue Ice & Black Sands

Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell, Sightseeing & Wildlife Trip to Ingólfshöfði Cape

Glacier Explorer

5 Hours Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

Glacier Wonders

21/2 Hours Express Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

Skaftafell on Wheels

Mountain Bike Ride in Skaftafell National Park

Wall of Ice

Ice Walking & Ice Climbing Tour from Skaftafell

Vertical Walls

Rock Climbing Day Tour from Skaftafell

White Giant

Hike Iceland´s Highest Peak, Hvannadalshnúkur on Vatnajökull Glacier

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In this chapter you will find:

Multi Day

All trips in this chapter are valid from the 1st of June until the 1st of September (excluding “Blue Ice & Black sands”, which runs from 1st of June - 18th of August). The Glacier Guides operate from Skaftafell, near Vatnajökull glacier. This means that for all pick-ups in this chapter it is assumed that participants are already in Skaftafell, not Reykjavik. With the important exception of the extremely popular “Vatnajökull Voyager” tour that includes a pick up in Reykjavík, transfer to Skaftafell and back, glacier hike on Virkisjökull and boating on the glacier lagoon.

Incentives

We are committed to providing experiences using the best ecologically sound practices available. Vatnajökull National Park is a perfect example of an area that is extremely fragile and sensitive to human traffic. It is our sincere intention to always treat nature with the utmost respect and we kindly ask that you follow our example.

Glacier Guides

Our experienced guides combine top of the line equipment with their wealth of mountain knowledge to help you safely access the awe-inspiring outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull ice cap, terrain normally only visited and seen up close by experienced mountaineers.

Winter Trips

Glacier Guides is an internationally recognized guiding operation in Iceland that prides itself on offering the most enjoyable, incredible in depth glacier experience possible. Our base of operations is located in Skaftafell, an oasis under the giant Vatnajökull Glacier in South Iceland. From Skaftafell we operate spectacular glacier hikes, mountaineering trips, ice climbing, rock climbing, mountain biking and more. We also offer extensive private expedition services on Iceland´s glaciers and mountains. Our selection of trips is available online at: www.glacierguides.is or by phone on +354-571-2100 (Reykjavík Office) or +354-659-7002 (Skaftafell Office) for further information.

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Glacier Guides Summer

Custom Made Mountain Hiking & Climbing Tours in Vatnajökull National Park

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from the region. The floor and roof are recycled wood from the old bridge over the Skeiðará river, and the roof was then covered with turf from a local farm. Strawbales used for insulation are a by-product of farming and normally only a small percentage gets used again. To provide stability and strengthen the structure, chicken wire was placed around the strawbales and then cement was applied by hand to all of the walls. A few of the finishing touches include left over windows from a construction site in Reykjavik and the door which was recovered from a demolition site after an angry home owner destroyed his home when it was taken over by the bank. Make sure you come check us out when you visit Iceland!


Vatnajökull Voyager Express Glacier Hiking & Sightseeing Day Tour to Vatnajökull National Park from Reykjavík

Amazing Full Day Adventure From Reykjavík! This incredible adventure will take you into the Vatnajökull National Park in South East Iceland and onto the biggest glacier in Europe. We will take a four hour drive along the South Coast on the Skaftafell Express Coach and have lunch at the Skaftafell Visitor Center Cafe before starting our adventure. From there we will go for an exploratory hike on the glacier itself and feel the ancient ice under our feet and all around. High above us on the outlet glacier looms the massive Vatnajökull glacier in all its grandeur, a sight not soon forgotten. Geared up on crampons (metal spikes for the soles of our shoes) we safely walk on the ice and along the way we witness spectacular ice formations, winding sink holes and deep ice crevasses. Our highly qualified glacier guides will tell you all about Vatnajökull glacier and the rough outlet glaciers that descend from the main hub, towards the ocean. From here we continue onwards to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on Breiðamerkursandur. This place is one of the absolute must sees and there is no better way to explore it than on one of the strange looking amphibian boats. We´ll find ourselves gliding between huge icebergs, which constantly break away from the glacier tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull, producing a wonderworld of ice, a sight hard to describe with words. After our boat ride we stop for coffee and a warm Icelandic waffel before starting our journey back to Reykjavík. Details: Duration of trip: Approx 15 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, glacier hike, glacier gear, glacier lagoon boat ride, lunch and waffle. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 350 km.

Glacier Hike Boat Trip

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Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Mon, Wed & Fri 7:00 15th May - 15th Sep No minimum number of persons Price: 29.990 ISK per person. Add 500 ISK to rent hiking shoes or waterproof clothing.

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Glacier Grand Slam Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride

Iceland´s Ultimate Glacier Experience

Glacier Hike Boat Trip

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The Glacier Grand Slam is our most popular glacier trip and for a good reason, you will visit the most breathtaking and inspiring nature that VNP has to offer. We will take a short drive through the wide open landscapes to the morraines created by the retreat of the glacier. After a short walk through the contrasting landscape of green moss and black stones we will arrive at the front of the glacier tongue where we will gear up on crampons. With your glacier guide leading the way you will soon be walking on ice and learning about the many interesting features of the glacier as you make your way towards the awe-inspiring icefall. Here you will witness up close how the ancient ice stoically crushes hundreds of meters off the mountaintops as it crawls in slow motion towards the ocean. After our exploration we will drive to the world famous Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon where you will take a boat ride among enormous icebergs with Europe´s largest glacier mass in the background. We will take an amazing 30-40 minute boat ride on the strange looking “amphibious” wheeled boats and glide among numerous large icebergs as the Jökulsárlon guide explains the history and formation of the lagoon. Details: Duration of trip: 7-8 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, glacier hike, glacier gear, glacier lagoon boat ride and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing should you need them. Age limit: 15 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.


Blue Ice & Black Sands

Glacier Hiking from Skaftafell, Sightseeing & Wildlife Trip to Ingólfshöfði Cape

Our adventure begins with an introduction to the enchanting world of Icelandic glaciers, traversing a spectacular but easy track on the glacier. Walking on the glacier ice with crampons, we will see unique ice formations and deep blue cauldrons, learning about how they are formed and how the glacier reshapes itself continuosusly. You will enjoy sweeeping, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you walk towards the ice fall. The adventure continues when we go for a wildlife exploration of the historic Ingólfshöfði cape, an isolated island caught between the black sands of the south coast and the North-Atlantic Ocean. This is where, in the year 874, Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, jumped ashore and spent his first winter in Iceland. The adorable Puffins, Razorbills, Fulmars, Guillemots, and Skuas amongst other species now inhabit the cape numbering in the thousands. To get there we will cross six km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor pulled hay trolley. After arriving at the cape we will go for a short hike (2-3 km) so we can take a closer look at the sea cliffs where the majestic seabirds, so characteristic for Iceland, nest during the very short arctic summer. Details: Duration of trip: 5-6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, glacier hike, glacier gear, a visit to Ingólshöfði cape and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing should you need them. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.

Glacier Hike Sightseeing Combo Trip

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Glacier Explorer 5 Hours Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

Explore Europe´s Biggest Glacier! Our world-renowned “Glacier Explorer” indepth glacier adventure takes you to one of the most impressive outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull ice cap.

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We will take a short walk along a winding path through the dramatically changing landscape carved out by the glacier. Arriving at the tongue of the glacier we will gear up on crampons. With your guide leading the way you will soon be exploring dramatic terrain, walking through a wonderland of ice formations and brilliant blue colors. You will enjoy vast, sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the amazing crevasse system. Depending on the glacier conditions we will enter the rugged and chaotic ice fall where is tumbles over the side of the underlying mountain and down towards the ocean. Imagine that, standing in an actual icefall, up close and personal with the ancient ice.

Everyday 9:00 & 13:00 15th May - 15th Sep

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Details: Duration of trip: 5 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, glacier hike, glacier gear and snacks. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 15 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.


Glacier Wonders 21/2 Hours Express Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

Short Glacier Stop with Unforgettable Views! This is a fantastic introduction to the unique, enthralling world of ice. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of the glacier and its surroundings. As we arrive at the edge of the glacier we will strap on crampons and make our way on to the ice. We will traverse the spectacular but easy tracks of the glacier, witnessing incredible ice formations and crevasses while learning about how they are formed and how the glacier continuously reshapes itself. We will approach the awe-inspiring ice fall, and see how the ancient ice stoically descends hundreds of meters off the mountain top as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as global warming continues to fuel its melting and slow retreat.

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Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 & 15:15 15th Jun - 15th Sep

Details: Duration of trip: 21/2 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, glacier hike and glacier gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.

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Skaftafell on Wheels Mountain Bike Ride in Skaftafell National Park

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Biking through the Morsárdalur valley we will witness first hand the destructive path left by the quickly receeding Morsárjökull glacier and the river it feeds. We will aim for a forest, yes - a forest in Iceland, formerly guarded by trolls and outlaws but open for those that join us on this ride. We will then leave our bikes behind for a short hike up Réttargil where we can soak our weary feet while making our way along the smooth and beautifully carved out rocks and for the braver of the bunch, a dive into true Icelandic spring water- it is as clear and cold as they say!

Everyday Minimum 4 persons 15th May - 15th Sep

Due to the National Park´s restrictions on biking this is a unique opportunity to explore the park in a short amount of time, learning about the natural history of the area with our experienced guides. Rent a bike or bring your own and join us through this wonderland of fire and ice.

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Leaving the busy Skaftafell National Park visitor center and it´s surroundings for an amazing, off the beaten track, bike ride should be one of your easier choices while travelling around Iceland. We will bike over sands and bridged glacier rivers, past a glacier tongue and through one of Icelands tallest birch forest. This ride will take you from one extreme landscape to another while stopping at some of the locals best kept secrets.

Details: Duration of trip: 4-5 hours. Included: Bike trip, a short hike, bike and helmet. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants and gloves. Age limit: 10 years (minimum height 140 cm to fit the rental bikes). Distance from Reykjavik: 350 km.


Wall of Ice

Ice Walking & Ice Climbing Tour from Skaftafell

A Frozen Wonderworld! Price: 13.490 ISK per person. Add 500 ISK to rent hiking shoes or waterproof clothing.

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Everyday 10:00 & 13:00 15th May - 15th Sep

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Ice climbing on the outlet glaciers from Vatnajökull is truly an amazing experience. Not only will you be climbing in an extraordinary landscape, you will also be conquering gravity. Our step-by-step approach ensures professional instruction in the form and technical aspects of ice climbing. Whether you are just beginning or looking for improvement, trips are adapted to all skill levels so bring the whole family. No prior experience necessary. All of our trips start from our base by the service terminal in Skaftafell National Park, and we will provide you with all of the appropriate gear including crampons and technical ice tools. After taking a short drive to the glacier we will gear up on crampons, making our way past unique ice formations to a wall of ice where we will set up safety lines. These ensure

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that even if you lose your grip you will not fall more then a few centimeters. This is a safe and fun introduction into the exhilarating world of vertical ice and is sure to be an experience you will never forget! Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, glacier hike, ice climbing and glacier gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good stiff hiking boots are essential. Age limit: 14 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.

Vertical Walls

Rock Climbing Day Tour from Skaftafell

Get Your Hands on Iceland! Price 14.990 ISK per person. Add 500 ISK to rent waterproof clothing. Add 1.500 ISK for packed lunch.

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Choose your difficulty!

Have you ever wanted to test your climbing abilities or are you an experienced climber looking to put your hands on some Icelandic rock? The Hnappavellir cliffs is the perfect place, they once rose from the sea but now tower over grassy meadows with Vatnajökull in background. Hnappavellir is without a shadow of a doubt Iceland´s premier rock climbing area. Hnappavellir is located a short drive from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park and there are countless routes to choose from. No matter what your level of climbing, you are sure to find something to get your blood pumping. We will supply shoes, harness, helmet and lines, all you need to bring is an adventurous spirit.

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lose your grip you will get a second chance at climbing the cliff. This is a challenging trip that offers as much excitement and fun as you can ask for! A part of the price of your trip will be donated to help bolt more routes and build facilities here and in other rock climbing areas in Iceland. Details: Duration of trip: 4-5 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite, climbing and climbing gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants. Age limit: 12 years.

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White Giant

Hike Iceland´s Highest Peak, Hvannadalshnúkur on Vatnajökull Glacier

Climb Iceland´s Highest Mountain Trip difficulty:

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Everyday 5:00 AM 15th May - 15th Sep

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Being a participant in this trip will give you a once in a lifetime experience. Stand on top of Iceland’s highest peak and cast your eyes over the biggest glacier mass in Europe with an unforgettable breathtaking panoramic view. To the north you can see mountains rising above the glacier plateau and to the south there are endless black sands being washed away by the Atlantic Ocean. This is certainly an unforgettable experience that no adventurer should miss out on. The night before our estimated departure the guides will meet up with the group to discuss the details of the trip and go over logistics. At this time you will also be provided with the necessary equipment so that you can be ready for an early morning departure. Although there is no technical climbing involved in the ascent to the summit, it is both physically and mentally challenging and takes 10-14

Price: 21.990 ISK per person Add 500 ISK to rent hiking shoes or waterproof clothing.

hours. The total elevation gain is more than 2000m (6,500ft) and the total walking distance is 23km (14 miles). We will be moving over challenging terrain and crossing crevasses so an expert mountain guide and specialized glacier equipment such as ropes and crampons are essential. Please note that because the hike starts in the early hours it will be necessary to stay the night before in Skaftafell under the Vatnajökull glacier or in the surrounding area. We strongly recommend that you stay the night after the hike as well. Details: Duration of trip: 10-14 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite and glacier gear. Please refer to our website for information on what to bring. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.

Alpine Iceland

Custom Made Mountain Hiking & Climbing Tours in Vatnajökull National Park

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The southern coast offers some of the most majestic peaks in Iceland. These are scattered along the edge of the Vatnajökull ice-cap, Europe´s largest glacier. Perhaps the most known and sought after of these is Hvannadalshnúkur, Icelands highest peak. This trip however focuses on its surrounding peaks, the often forgotten slightly smaller brothers and sisters. These ascents offer a true Icelandic mountaineering experience of solitude and serenity, away from the crowds and off the beaten path. Scaling peaks seldom climbed by others, aside from the few locals that make their way to these summits, is a unique opportunity. It offers the essence of what mountaineering is all about, good company, amazing views and no crowds. There are many peaks to choose from and they vary in difficulty. But they all share these two things; they are almost impossible to pronounce and they offer magnificent views over the surrounding 72

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landscape in all directions. To the north is the expansive Vatnajokull icecap and to the south lies the North Atlantic ocean, curving on the horizon as far as the eye can see. It is a truly magnificent sight, inspiring appreciation for the saying “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”. We arrange guided hikes to Hrútfjallstindar, Þverártindsegg, Sveinstindur and all the other classics in this area upon request. Details: Duration of trip: Varies depending on route chosen, up to 14 hours. Included: Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite and glacier gear. Please refer to our website for information on what to bring. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km.


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2 Hours Snowmobile Adventure on Langjökull Glacier Combo Trip: Super Jeep, Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobile Tour Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area Combo Trip: 1 Hour ATV/Quad Bike Tour & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park Combo Trip: Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley Evening Super Jeep Tour Including Lava Caving, Lobster Dinner & Northern Lights Chase 1 & 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík

2 Dives in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park Full Day Snowmobile Tour on Langjökull Glacier Multi Trip: The Ultimate Icelandic Winter Adventure in 5 Days Multi Trip: 4 Day Action Weekend

Multi Trip: 3 Day Adventure Weekend Combo Trip: The Ultimate 2 Day Snowmobile Adventure & Glacier Hiking Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition Crossing Langjökull Glacier Combo Trip: An Unforgettable 2 Day Expedition to a Glacier in the Icelandic Highlands Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Tour to the Valley of Thor & Glacier Hiking

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Half Day Lava Caving Trip in the Blue Mountains Area

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Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull Glacier

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Blue Ice

Winter Trips

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In winter as in summer we are the industries leaders when it comes to adventure travel. Although we categorize the trips in this chapter as winter trips many of them are operated all year round with minor changes as weather limits our options in the coldest months of the year. The winter season opens up new possibilities as well, we can show you the Northern Lights, take you snowmobiling for days and reach magical snow covered highland destinations on our super jeeps. All of our winter trips have one thing in common, and this is something that no other operator offers, they have a minimum of 2 persons per trip. Most trips in this chapter are valid from the 12th of September until the 14th of May. All trips start from Reykjavik and are highly weather dependent and choices of roads and availability of activities are condition dependent. We reserve the right to cancel or change any trip if we feel that the weather or other forces outside our control compromise customer safety.

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Arctic Adventures Winter 10/11

Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Glacier Hiking

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Blue Ice

Combo Trip: Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing Day Tour from Reykjavík to Sólheimajökull Glacier on Iceland´s South Coast

Our Bestselling Winter Trip! Trip difficulty:

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Everyday 9:00-9:30 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

Glacier Hike Ice Climbing Combo Trip

Here is your chance to visit a glacier and not just any glacier. This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull. It is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges. Along the way we will find an ice wall on the glacier and try our hand at ice climbing. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines. A packed lunch will be served on the glacier. On our return journey to Reykjavik, we will stop at the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss.

Price: 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours, 9 hours with pick-up. Included: A glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, an introduction to ice climbing, glacier gear and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Distance from Reykjavik: 164 km.

Underworld

Half Day Lava Caving Trip in Leiðarendi Cave in the Blue Mountains Area

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Everyday 10:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

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Explore the hidden world in and under the great lava field located in the Blue Mountains, only a quick 25 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Walking down into the lava cave and discovering the marvels created by past volcanic activity is a trip that everyone can undertake and enjoy. The Leiðarendi cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and a unique experience where you will explore this dark and quirky world beneath ours. On your underworld adventure you will see the magical rock formations left behind in the last volcanic eruption. In winter the cave is likely to be filled with glistening icicles of all shapes and sizes, a sight not soon forgotten. We will crawl and walk on our journey beneath the surface so be sure to bring good shoes and gloves. 74

Price: 12.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

The Underworld is an exotic and unorthodox trip for those that are not afraid of the dark and there is absolutely no better way to see first hand how Iceland was created! Details: Duration of trip: 2-3 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, caving and caving gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavík: 30 km.


Glacier Cruiser

2 Hours Snowmobile Adventure on Langjökull Glacier

Price: 39.900 ISK per person. Add 4.000 ISK for a solo snowmobile.

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 9:30 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

2 out of 5 - Easy

We will pick you up from your accommodation in a super truck and drive you directly to Langjökull glacier about a two hours drive from Reykjavík. There we will give you a security talk and show you how the snowmobiles work. Then we go on an exhilarating two-hour snowmobiling tour across the endless white snowfields - a great way to combine the adrenaline-filled activity of your choice with the awe-inspiring scenery. Racing through the ice fields is a truly exciting adventure and a great way to explore one of the huge glaciers that cover more then 11% of Iceland.

Snowmobile

Details: Duration of trip: 7-9 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 2 hour snowmobile ride with two persons sharing a snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years (as a passenger on the snowmobile). Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile.

Golden Circle Glacier Ride

Combo Trip: Super Jeep, Golden Circle Sightseeing & 1 Hour Snowmobile Tour

Price: 34.990 ISK per person. Add 3.000 ISK for a solo snowmobile.

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 8:30-9:00 All year Minimum 2 persons

2 out of 5 - Easy

The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland´s most famous and exciting natural phenomena. Our first stop is at the Þingvellir National Park 40 min drive east of the city. Þingvellir is one of Iceland´s most historic sites as it was here that Iceland´s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Þingvellir we head along gravel tracks towards the world-renowned geothermal area around the Geysir hot spring. This is the original spouting hot spring that all such phenomena on Earth are named after. From there we continue on to Gullfoss (“the Golden waterfall”) where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Next we kick the action into higher gear as we get even closer to Iceland´s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland´s second largest glacier.

Super-Jeep

Snowmobile Combo Trip

Details: Duration of trip: 9-10 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, 1 hour snowmobile ride with two persons sharing a snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Age limit: 10 years (as a passenger on the snowmobile). Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile. 75


Black & Blue

Combo Trip: Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure & Lava caving in the Blue Mountains Area

Caving

Snorkeling

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Everyday 9:00-9:30 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

Combo Trip

We start with the black as we explore Leiðarendi cave in the hidden world under the lava field in the Blue Mountains area. The cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube where you have the opportunity to discover the marvels created by past volcanic activity. This is an adventure that everyone can undertake. After the cave we have lunch before moving into the blue... Snorkeling in Silfra is our second adventure. The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, an otherworldly scene that is world famous for its heavenly shades of blue. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float along with the lazy current. Although the water temperature is only around 2 degrees celsius our super warm dry suits make this adventure possible. The snorkeling is a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams.

Price: 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

The Black & Blue is an amazing trip, a true journey to the borders of reality and dreams. Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, caving, snorkeling and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, warm undergarment clothing (fleece/ wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. Distance from Reykjavík: 50 km.

Over & Under

Combo Trip: 1 Hour ATV/Quad Bike Tour & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area

Caving or ATV´s, why choose?

ATV

Caving

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Everyday 9:30 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

Combo Trip

A short 20-minute drive from Reykjavík we will find our 700 cc Yamaha Grizzly Quad bikes waiting outside our base on Hellisheiði plateau. There we give you a short security talk and show you how the bikes function. From there we head out on a two to three hour ATV bike trip along the mountains and through the amazing lava fields of the Blue Mountain Range. Driving these powerful machines through the lava fields is a great way to explore the hills and mountains on the outskirts of the city. Half way through our trip we will stop at Leiðarendi lava cave and descend into the hidden depths of Tvíbollahraun lava field. Exploring this magnificent lava cave and discovering the marvels that the volcano created more then 2000 years ago is a trip that everyone will enjoy. Leiðarendi cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and 76

Price: 24.990 ISK per person. Add 3.000 ISK for a solo ATV. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

is situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. We will climb, crawl and walk on our travel beneath the surface. When we emerge from the underworld we will enjoy a packed lunch before our off-road trip back to base starts. Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 2 hours quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike, caving and packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike.


Golden Grand Slam Combo Trip: Golden Circle Sightseeing & Lava Caving in the Blue Mountains Area

Full of Amazing Nature and History Price: 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 8:30-9:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

2 out of 5 - Easy

We start with an underground visit to the world under the great lava field in the Blue Mountains where you witness how Iceland was created. This is an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. Following this remarkable experience we drive onwards to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is an amazing sight with water rushing down three steps of lava layers with breathtaking power and grandeur. Afterwards we feast on a traditional Icelandic meat soup at the Gullfoss Café before driving on to the geothermal area of Geysir, the home of the one and only Geysir. There the earth gurgles and bubbles when super heated water escapes from the ground with enormous force, a sight not soon forgotten. Our last stop will be at the famous Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. In addition it is the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe

Price: 12.990 ISK per person.

Caving

Sightseeing Combo Trip

meet and the rift valley is clearly visible. From the National Park we have a short drive back to Reykjavík. Arctic Adventures uses only mini-vans so the Grand Slam is always a small group experience! This trip has it all; stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders and a great caving adventure! Details: Duration of trip: 10 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, lunch and river rafting on Hvítá river. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 120 km.

Into the Blue

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure In Þingvellir National Park

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 10:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

2 out of 5 - Easy

Silfra lava fissure is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float along with the lazy current. Frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is located on top of the separation between the continental plates of Europe and America! Although the water temperature is only around 2 degrees celsius our super warm dry suits make this adventure possible. Into the Blue is a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams.

Snorkeling

Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. Distance from Reykjavik: 50 km. Please note: This trip can be really cold during the winter.

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U-Drive Golden Circle

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

U-Drive Super Jeep & Activity of Your Choice

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons Price: 39.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

Price: 40.990 ISK per person. Snorkeling

Price: 45.990 ISK per person. Add 3.800 ISK for solo scooter.

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Snowmobile

This tour will take you off the beaten path to experience Iceland´s natural gems in the comfort of our 4x4 super jeep. Our first destination is the beautiful and historic Þingvellir area where Iceland´s first parliament “Alþingi” was established in 930 AD. Next, we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid, and after about a two hours drive on tough trails and some river crossings we get back to normal roads again. Our next stop, Gullfoss, is Iceland´s best known waterfall, it cascades down 32 meters into the mighty glacial river Hvítá. After seeing Gullfoss up close we continue onwards for a short drive to the Geysir geothermal area. There we will eye witness the spouting hotspring in all its power. Your activity will take place at some point during this adventurous day. This trip is available with a choice of 3 different activities, which gives you a unique possibility to custommake your adventure. We also offer this tour without activity for 34.990 ISK. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a self drive super jeep ride, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall and lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. For rafting and snorkeling: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. U-Drive Golden Circle with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Leiðarendi lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. U-Drive Golden Circle with Snorkeling (Into the Blue): The crystal clear water in the deep Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park gives you a feeling of being weightless and flying as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. U-Drive Golden Circle with Snowmobiling (Glacier Ride): A scenic and fun one hour tour on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The glacier is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the snowmobile. Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.


Golden Circle Safari Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Golden Circle Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Driver Guided Supery it Jeep Safari & Activic of Your Cho e We take our course east from Reykjavík and head to Þingvellir National Park. Here you will see for your self one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the worlds, created as the continental plates slowly drift. Þingvellir is also the only UNESCO‘s cultural world-heritage site in Iceland. From there we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid and along our second biggest glacier, Langjökull glacier. After about a two hours drive on mountain trails and some river crossings we get back to normal roads again just above Gullfoss waterfall. We will make a short stop to take a look at the spectacular waterfall before driving to the Geysir hot springs which are only 10 km down the road. At Geysir we will see a variety of geothermal pools and erupting hot springs, surely one of the highlights of any visit to Iceland. Your activity will take place at some point during this adventurous day. This trip is available with a choice of 3 different activities, which gives you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour without activity for 29.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. For rafting and snorkeling: Warm sweater, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Golden Circle Safari with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Leiðarendi lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Golden Circle Safari with snorkeling (Into the Blue): The crystal clear water in the deep Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park gives you a feeling of being weightless and flying as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 14 years or 150 cm height. Golden Circle Safari with snowmobiling (Glacier Ride): A scenic and fun one hour tour on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The glacier is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the snowmobile.

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons

Price: 34.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

Price: 35.990 ISK per person.

Snorkeling

Snowmobile

Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 3.800 ISK for solo scooter. 79


U-Drive South Shore

Combo Trip: Super Jeep Self Drive, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

U-Drive Super Jeep & Activity of Your Choice

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons Price: 41.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Glacier Hike

Price: 41.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

Price: 42.990 ISK per person. Add 2.500 ISK for a ATV. ATV

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We start by showing you how to best drive the highly specialized super jeep on and off the road. Just imagine driving such a machine! Our first stop cruising along Iceland’s south coast is by Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We will take a short walk behind the 65 meter high wall of water! Next we will stop at Skógafoss waterfall before driving down to and onto the beautiful black lava sand beaches, racing along the waters edge where the relentless North Atlantic waves crash on to Iceland’s coast. Your activity will take place at some point during this adventurous day. This trip is available in 3 different version with a choice of 3 different activities, giving you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour with out activitiy for the price of 35.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, a self drive super jeep ride, packed lunch and a visit to Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Sólheimasandur. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. U-Drive South Shore with Glacier Hike (Sunglacier Express): Enjoy a glacier hike on the rugged Sólheimajökull glacier! Accompanied by an experienced glacier guide you will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes recommended. U-Drive South Shore with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. U-Drive South Shore with ATV/Quadbike Tour (Mountain Ride): On this one hour full throttle ATV tour we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. Racing through the lava fields is a truly exciting adventure. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location). Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.


South Shore Safari

Combo Trip: Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari, Sightseeing & Activity of Your Choice

Driver Guided Supery it Jeep Safari & Activic of Your Cho e On this amazing driver guided super jeep safari you will see the South Shore’s most treasured natural sights. We will head east from Reykjavík and after about 80 minutes drive you will be walking behind the 65 meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall! Next we will make a short stop at Skógafoss waterfall and last but not least we will drive our highly specialized super jeep where it belongs -racing along the waters edge at one of Iceland´s amazing black lava sand beaches and dunes. Your activity will take place at some point during this adventurous day. This trip is available in 3 different version with a choice of 3 different activities, giving you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. We also offer this tour with out activitiy for the price of 29.990 ISK per person. Details: Duration of trip: 10-11 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, packed lunch and a visit to Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Sólheimasandur. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. South Shore Safari with Glacier Hike (Sunglacier Express): Enjoy a glacier hike on the rugged Sólheimajökull glacier! Accompanied by an experienced glacier guide you will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges. Age limit: 14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons). Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes recommended.

Super-Jeep

Combo Trip

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday 8:30-9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Glacier Hike

South Shore Safari with Caving (Underworld): Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Gjábakkahellir lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years.

Price: 35.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes. Caving

South Shore Safari with ATV/Quadbike Tour (Mountain Ride): On this one hour full throttle ATV tour we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. Racing through the lava fields is a truly exciting adventure. Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location). Please note: Our jeeps seat 5 - 12 people so our driver guided super jeep safaris are always a small group experience.

Price: 36.990 ISK per person. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. ATV 81


Hot Spring Hunt

Half Day Hiking & Bathing in a Natural Hot Stream in the Reykjadalur Hot Spring Valley

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2+ out of 5 - Easy/Challenging

Everyday 10:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

Hiking

A beautiful hike from the outskirts of Hveragerði, the town of hot springs and green house agriculture, into the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur. Up there hot water rushes down the slopes of Hellisheiði mountain range creating natural hot springs surrounded by pure and untouched Icelandic nature. The valley also has an amazing abundance of geothermal springs and you will witness everything from small gurgling melting pots to vibrant super heated pools of water. After strolling along these wonders of nature we hike back down into the town of Hveragerði. This is a great half-day

Price: 14.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

trek that everyone can participate in. Get in touch with the pure Icelandic nature on your own two feet. Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Packed lunch. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 45 km.

Northern Lights Hunt

Evening Super Jeep Tour Including Lava Caving, Lobster Dinner & Northern Lights Chase

Super-Jeep

Caving

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Everyday 17:30 15th Oct - 15th Mar Minimum 2 persons

Combo Trip

Your pick up will arrive at your hotel in the shape of an enormous Superjeep with an expert guide at the wheel. We start by exploring the hidden world in and under the lava field located in the Blue Mountains. Walking down into the lava cave and discovering the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past is a trip that everyone can undertake and enjoy. Next we head on to Rauda Husid restaurant in Eyrarbakki village on the south coast where a two course dinner (350 gr. lobster and dessert) is waiting for us. Rauda husid is one of Iceland’s most renowned seafood restaurants especially famous for its lobster dinner, located 60 km from Reykjavik surrounded by the pitch-black Icelandic winter night. From there our hunt continues. The Auroras can only be seen far away from the city lights and from Eyrarbakki we will not have to travel far until the mountains provide the

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Price: 26.990 ISK per person. With min. 4 persons you can skip dinner or caving for 23.990 ISK per person, or skip both for 19.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK to rent hiking shoes.

shadows we need. On cloudless and clear winter evenings, with luck on our side, we may be able to spot this beautiful and elusive natural phenomenon. Vivid and bright, the dancing northern lights in the Arctic skies are a sight to remember. Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík and driver guided super jeep chase for the Northern Lights. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 10 years. Please note: Seeing the Northern Lights is highly dependent on weather conditions and we reserve the right to cancel if the circumstances are not in your favor.


Mountain Ride & Mountain Cruiser

1 & 2 Hours ATV/Quad Bike Tours near Reykjavík

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive towards our base in the mountainous Hellisheidi lava plateau by the Blue Mountains, located just 25 minutes from Reykjavík. We will start by gearing up in warm thermal layers and waterproof clothing before our expert ATV guides show you how to safely handle the powerful (700 cc engine size) Super-ATV. Once we have made sure that everyone is ready we go racing through the lava fields which is a truly exciting adventure. Quad biking makes it possible for us to visit places accessible only by the selected few who have access to off-road vehicles. An outdoor adventure you will not easily forget. The standard trips are one hour and two hours of quad biking, but we can customize any trip, anywhere in South Iceland for any number of days. Details: Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike and gear. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants (we also have some gear to lend on location). Age limit: 10 years as a passenger on the ATV. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike. Mountain Ride - One hour ATV Tour On this full throttle ATV bike trip we race along the mountains and up to a mountain valley close by. This is a great way to explore the hills and mountains on the outskirts of Reykjavik.

Mountain Cruiser - Two hours ATV Tour From the base we follow gravel roads to the North and to the river system that comes from Mt. Hengill. We will drive the rough tracks along the river, crossing it many times and on occasion actually drive in the river. This is our most adventurous quad bike journey, tons of action and scenic views.

Duration of trip: 2-3 hours. 1 hour quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike.

Duration of trip: 3-4 hours. 2 hours quadbiking with two persons sharing a bike.

ATV

Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 - Easy Guaranteed departures: Everyday all year Minimum 2 persons Mountain Ride: Everyday 9:00-9:30 from Reykjavík, 10:00 from Litla Kaffistofan Price: 9.990 ISK per person. 12.490 ISK with pick-up. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. Mountain Cruiser: Everyday 13:00-13:30 from Reykjavík, 14:00 from Litla Kaffistofan Price: 16.990 ISK with pick-up. Add 3.000 ISK for a solo ATV. 83


Deep Into the Blue 2 Dives in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park

Dive where the Continents Meet! Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

4 out of 5 - Demanding

Everyday 9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons

Diving

This trip includes two dives in Silfra ravine. Silfra is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. It is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra is an otherworldly scene located directly on top of the rift between the continents of America and Europe. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along with the lazy current. Visibility is amazing and is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 5 to 30 meters. This is without question one of the best dive sites in the world.

Price: 29.990 ISK per person.

Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík and dive gear. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks and a change of clothing. Age limit: 18 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 50 km. Please note: PADI open water or compatible required, PADI advanced and dry suit certificates recommended. All dives are performed in a dry suit. Divers have to supply sizes on suits before hand.

Winter Kingdom Full Day Snowmobile Tour on Langjökull Glacier

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Everyday 8:00 15th Dec - 15th Jun Minimum 2 persons

Snowmobile

For the first time ever in Iceland we offer a FULL DAY snowmobile tour! Oh yeah, no one or two hour trips here… only a full day, full on snowmobile action in the Icelandic highlands. We will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the best place suitable at the time of your trip for this adventure to take place, there our snowmobiles will be waiting for you to start your adventure. Since this is a winter trip (and the Icelandic winter weather is not to be messed with) we will customize each trip according to the conditions. That is to say we will take you where the snow is the deepest, the sun shines the brightest (or at least where the winter storm is less powerful!) and 84

Price: 74.990 ISK per person.

the views are the greatest. When conditions are favorable we will try to blaze between the mountains and reach the Langjökull glacier. In any case a full day snowmobile expedition in the Icelandic highlands in winter is guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime! Details: Duration of trip: 10-12 hours. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, full day snowmobiling one person per snowmobile and snow gear. Bring with you: Very very warm winter clothing. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile.


Price: 74.990 ISK per person. Add 3.000 ISK for a solo ATV.

Winter Island Exploration

Multi Trip: The Ultimate Icelandic Winter Adventure in 5 Days

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Every Wednesday 9:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

3 out of 5 Challenging Caving

Snorkeling

ATV

Horse Riding Glacier Hike Ice Climbing Multi Trip

Here is the all time greatest winter trip to the island of Ice and Fire! It includes all the greatest adventures that the arctic winter and Iceland have to offer. Such as exploring an outlet glacier on foot and ice climbing it’s glacier walls and snorkeling in the icy waters where America and Europe meet. We will also visit Geysir hot springs, walk down to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, marvel at the hidden world of an Icelandic lave cave and soak in the Blue Lagoon… and believe it or not, there is lots more!

Details: Duration of trip: 5 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activities and packed lunch (except on day 2 and 5). Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík.

Rough Itinerary Wed: ATV ride (Mountain Ride) and Horse Riding Thu: Snorkeling in Silfra in Þingvellir (Into the Blue), afternoon off Fri: The Golden Circle and Lava Caving in Leiðarendi Cave (Golden Grand Slam) Sat: Glacier hike with introduction to ice climbing (Blue Ice) Sun: Sleep in and explore Reykjavik on your own followed by a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon

Upgrade your trip: Upgrade this trip to include the Northern Lights Hunt in a super jeep and a lobster dinner down on Iceland’s south coast for 23.990 ISK (15th Oct 15th Mar).

Price: 84.990 ISK per person.

Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike.

Winter Action Weekend

Multi Trip: 4 Day Action Weekend

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Every Thursday 9:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

3 out of 5 Challenging Caving

The name says it all; our Winter Action Weekend is just that, full of great action adventures. Race through rough lava fields on a quadbike and crawl through the magnificent Leiðarendi lava cave. Power over the endless ice fields on Langjökull glacier on a snowmobile, witness the hot springs spout super heated water from the ground and see Gullfoss waterfall. Explore the south coast with its impressive glaciers, stand on the ancient, rugged ice and even learn the basics of ice climbing… and as on all our multi day combo tours, there is more! Rough Itinerary: Thu: Glacier hiking and introduction to ice climbing on Sólheimajökull a visit to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls (Blue Ice) Fri: The Golden Circle and snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier (Golden Circle Glacier Ride) Sat: Quadbiking and lava Caving in Leiðarendi cave (Over & Under) Sun: Sleep in and explore Reykjavik on your own, followed by a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon.

Glacier Hike ATV

Snowmobile Ice Climbing Sightseeing Multi Trip

Details: Duration of trip: 4 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activities and packed lunch on day 1 and 3. Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík. Upgrade your trip: Upgrade this trip to include the Northern Lights Hunt in a super jeep and a lobster dinner down on Iceland’s south coast for 23.990 ISK (15th Oct - 15th Mar). Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the quad bike and snowmobile. Price Details: Price: 84.990 ISK per person. Add 2.500 ISK for a solo ATV. Add 3.000 ISK for a solo snowmobile. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes. 85


Iceland Winter Escape Multi Trip: 3 Day Adventure Weekend

Caving

Glacier Hike

Ice Climbing Sightseeing

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Every Friday 9:00 12th Sep - 14th May Minimum 2 persons

Multi Trip

Escape to the wintery island of ice and fire and you are sure to find unforgettable adventures and breathtaking beauty. You will see erupting geysers & thundering waterfalls, explore mysterious lava caves and stand on the rugged Sólheimajökull glacier and climb one of its ancient ice walls… and there is more! Rough itinerary Friday: The Golden Circle and Lava Caving in Leiðarendi Cave (Golden Grand Slam) Saturday: Glacier hike with introduction to ice climbing and a visit to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls (Blue Ice) Sunday: Sleep in and explore Reykjavik on your own followed by a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon.

Price: 44.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 3 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, activities and packed lunch (except on day 3). Not included: Flights, dinner and accommodation. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, bathing suit and a towel. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Age limit: 14 years. We can book accommodation at the Reykjavík Backpackers for your nights in Reykjavík. Upgrade your trip: Upgrade this trip to include the Northern Lights Hunt in a super jeep and a lobster dinner down on Iceland’s south coast for 23.990 ISK (15th Oct - 15th Mar).

Highland Explorer

Combo Trip: The Ultimate 2 Day Snowmobile Adventure & Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Snowmobile

Glacier Hike

Ice Climbing Sightseeing

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

4 out of 5 - Demanding

Everyday 9:00 1st Jan - 1st Jun Minimum 2 persons

Multi Trip

The Highland Explorer is our ultimate snowmobile adventure. We will blaze a trail through the untouched snows of the Icelandic outback and in the spirit of true explorers we will go where ever conditions are best each time. Our snowmobile guides have vast and intimate knowledge about the glaciers and central highland area and will custom make your twoday snowmobile tour the night before it starts, taking into account snow -, weather – and road conditions. No matter where we go and where the first night is spent, our highland adventure culminates in a great BBQ with flame grilled Icelandic lamb and all the trimmings. And if we are lucky…a relaxing bath in a natural warm pool and if you are even more lucky… you can lean back and enjoy the Northern Lights dancing in the starlit sky. We will also visit the South Coast with its famous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, black sand beaches and Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. On the latter we will go for a glacier hike and get an introduction to ice climbing. 86

Price: 169.990 ISK per person. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 3 days. Included: Pick up from Reykjavík, two-day snowmobile tour in the Icelandic Highlands, glacier hiking, ice climbing and sightseeing on the South Coast, one night in a mountain hut and sleeping bag. Bring with you: Very very warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater, warm undergarments, good hiking shoes, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 18 years. Please note: A valid driving licence is required to drive the snowmobile.


Price: 109.990 ISK per person. Add 40.000 ISK to upgrade to a self drive trip. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Crossing Langjökull

Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition Crossing Langjökull Glacier

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 9:00 15th Jan - 1st Jul Minimum 2 persons

3 out of 5 - Challenging Super-Jeep

Sightseeing Combo Trip

First we will head to Húsafell Nature Reserve with a stop at the Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls and the most powerful hot spring in Iceland, the Deildartunguhver. We power onwards and onto the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s and Europe´s second biggest glacier. Located between Eiríksjökull Glacier and Hofsjökull Glacier, surrounded by high mountains and volcanoes, Langjökull reveals scenic views like no other. We will cross the glacier, driving on the snow and ice in our specially modified super jeep. Descending down to the Central Highlands at Hveravellir Hot Springs and mountain chalet we will take a relaxing dip in the natural hot pot and enjoy the amazing views and the clear mountain air. Your guide will then barbeque Icelandic lamb for dinner and we will sleep in the rustic chalets in Hveravellir.

Springs where the spouting Strokkur belches a 20 meter high column of super heated water into the air every 4 minutes or so. After lunch you have a choice between lava caving or snorkeling in Silfra ravine in Þingvellir.

The second day of adventure begins with a drive along the ancient trading route between south and north, the infamous Kjölur road. We make our first stop at Gullfoss waterfall and from there we drive to the Geysir Hot

Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.

Price: 139.990 ISK per person. Add 40.000 ISK to upgrade to a self drive trip. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 2 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a choice between caving or snorkeling, all meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2), one night in a mountain hut and sleeping bag. Bring with you: Very very warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater, warm undergarments, good hiking shoes, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 210 km.

Arctic Glacier Camp

Combo Trip: An Unforgettable 2 Day Expedition to a Glacier in the Icelandic Highlands

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Everyday 9:00 November - July Minimum 4 persons

3 out of 5 - Challenging

This is the most adventurous winter and spring tour Iceland has to offer. Depending on the weather forecast and the current track conditions we will choose which glacier we will traverse on our Super Jeep. Reaching the edge of the glacier we will deflate our tires enabling the cars to float on the snow covered glacier where we enjoy breathtaking views over peaks and mountains. Our glacier experts choose the right spot for our camp. Everybody’s hand is needed setting up the expedition tents and preparing food for the team. So far away from artificial light we have a good chance to see the Northern Lights (most likely between Nov-Mar) before everybody gets a rest below the arctic sky. The next morning we make our way back down the glacier and visit natural sights along the way. We are back in Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Super-Jeep

Sightseeing Combo Trip

Details: Duration of trip: 2 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, a choice between caving or snorkeling, all meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2) and all necessary equipment to sleep on a glacier. Bring with you: Very very warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater, warm undergarments, good hiking shoes, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 16 years. Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license. 87


Thorsmörk Action Tour

Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Tour to the Valley of Thor & Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Super-Jeep

Sightseeing

Hiking

Caving

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

3 out of 5 Challenging

Everyday 9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons

Glacier Hike Ice Climbing Multi Trip

We will start the day by walking & crawling through a lava cave. Next we cruise east from the city and stop for lunch at Seljalandsfoss, the 60 meter high waterfall that you can walk behind. From there we head north and up to the legendary valley of the Thundergod, Þórsmörk! The trail is one of Iceland most famous off road tracks and we will drive over several rivers, and even cross a glacier lagoon at the Gígjökull outlet glacier. Just 15 minutes from our chalet we will stop at the Stakkholtsgjá Canyon and go for an unforgettable hike into the narrow, spectacular river bed. We will then relax and enjoy an Icelandic lamb BBQ dinner in the quiet, highland setting of Þórsmörk valley. Our night is spent in a cozy sleeping bag accommodation in a Chalet. Our second day of adventures starts with a drive to Skógar Waterfall followed by an adventurous off road trip on a black sand beach. From the beaches we will drive up to Sólheimajökull glacier. There we will go for a glacier walk and get an introduction to ice climbing on the blue ice. On our way home to Reykjavík we will stop at Eyrarbakki where we will dine on exquisite North Atlantic lobster at a sea side restaurant.

Price: 109.990 ISK per person. See details below.

Details: Duration of trip: 2 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, caving, glacier hike, ice climbing, all meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2), one night in a mountain hut and sleeping bag. Bring with you: Very very warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater, warm undergarments, good hiking shoes, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 200 km. Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license. Price Details: Price: 109.990 ISK per person. Add 40.000 ISK to upgrade to a self drive trip. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Landmannalaugar Highland Paradise Combo Trip: 2 Day Super Jeep Expedition to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs & Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull

Super-Jeep

Sightseeing Hiking

Glacier Hike Ice Climbing Multi Trip

We start our tour by doing the famous Golden Circle and then head north east through Þjórsárdalur valley. On our way we will stop at Háifoss, one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls and Þjóðveldisbær, a completely restored Viking house, before powering into the highlands and to Landmannalaugar Hot Springs. Our second adventure packed day will start with a highland drive from Landmannalaugar, down passed Hekla Volcano and along Eyjafjallajökull Volcano to the black sand beaches of Sólheimajökull glacier. There we will go for a glacier walk and get an introduction to ice climbing on the blue ice. We will also stop at the powerful Skógar waterfall and walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall. After all the action we will head back towards Reykjavík but not before stopping at Eyrarbakki where we will dine on exquisite North Atlantic lobster at a seaside restaurant. 88

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

3 out of 5 Challenging

Everyday 9:00 Available all year Minimum 2 persons

Price: 109.990 ISK per person. Add 40.000 ISK to upgrade to a self drive trip. Add 1.000 ISK per day to rent hiking shoes.

Details: Duration of trip: 2 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, driver guided super jeep safari, caving, glacier hike, ice climbing, all meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2), one night in a mountain hut and sleeping bag. Bring with you: Very very warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater, warm undergarments, good hiking shoes, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. Distance from Reykjavik: 200 km. Please note: Drivers have to be over 25 years old and hold a valid drivers license.


Partners

Another new addition to our long list of partners are our friends at Ride.is. They offer mountain biking tours from Reykjavik, catering for all levels of mountain bikers. Ranging from day tours to multi day excursions, their tours take you through varied and epic scenery all year around.

In this chapter you will find:

Reykjavik Backpackers North Explorers Borea Adventures Bergmenn Mountain Guides Arctic Heli-Skiing Arctic Surfers Ride.is

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Summer Trips Treks Multi Day

Arctic Surfers is one of the newest additions to the ever-growing Arctic Family. Taking you to remote surf spots very few have seen and even fewer have surfed before. Arctic Surfers offer day trips and tailor made multi day adventures that can be fitted perfectly with other adventures offered by Arctic Adventures for those adrenaline seekers who want the ultimate Iceland experience.

Incentives

Arctic Heli Skiing, also based on the Troll peninsula, offers elite heli-skiing trips by the Arctic Circle. First descends from mesmerizing mountain peaks to the rough North Atlantic ocean await those who seek the ultimate helicopter and backcountry skiing adventure.

Glacier Guides

Bergmenn Mountain Guides, based on the Troll peninsula in North Iceland, specialize in custom made mountain adventures and their selection is full to the brim with unique mountaineering and skiing expeditions.

Winter Trips

North Explorers and Borea Adventures represent adventure travel in the Westfjords of Iceland. North Explorers offer sea kayaking and hiking trips from Isafjordur town, great adventures in the rugged Westfjords nature. Borea Adventures offer expeditions to East Greenland and the arctic island Jan Mayen, backcountry skiing in the Glacier Fjords and sea kayaking, wildlife and hiking trips to the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve –all while staying and traveling in their “Mobile Backcountry Hut”, the sailing yacht Aurora.

Partners

Reykjavik Backpackers hostel is the latest addition to budget accommodation in Reykjavik. The hostel’s operations have expanded significantly since opening in June 2009, now hosting 92 guests on 4 floors. The latest addition is the travelers hub on the ground floor where you can find everything a visitor might need during his stay in Reykjavik, including an in-house internet café & lounge, bike rental, camping equipment rental, travel agency and general booking services.

Arctic Rafting

Arctic Adventures is not alone on its quest for adventure in Iceland and in this chapter you will find activities and services that our friends and partners have to offer.

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The Reykjavik Backpackers is a hostel and a travel hub located in the center of Reykjavik. The hostel‘s unbeatable location and vibrant atmosphere make it the perfect stop for travelers when visiting the capital of Iceland. It‘s a lively place offering not solely a warm bed to rest in but all the necessities for the traveler! Our services include a tourist info with wide local knowledge of tours and activities, a café to sit down and relax, a internet hotspot, a car and bike rental, a camping equipment rental and much more. Our aim is to offer our customers the best value for money, budget accommodation supported by an outstanding customer service! Facilities The Reykjavik Backpackers has twenty rooms with 92 beds on three floors. There are sixteen dorms for 4-8 persons and four private rooms for 2 persons. Toilets and warm showers are accessible 24 hours a day, located in the center of each floor allowing guests to access the facilities easily. The building has common areas with TVs and sofas for relaxing, reading a book or meeting new people. Kitchen facilities are available on the 4th floor for guests reserving beds in the dorm deluxe dormitory or in the private rooms. Our travel hub services! • Tourist information and tour booking services • Breakfast/ Café area on the 1st floor • Hotspot (WIFI) and computers • Car rental • Bike rental • Camping Equipment rental Accommodation prices Reykjavik Backpackers offers 15% commission of accommodation prices. Winter (15/9/10 – 14/5/11) Gross prices Dormbeds (8 pax in a dorm) 2.990 ISK per person, per night Dormbeds (6 pax in a dorm) 3.290 ISK per person, per night Dormbeds (4 pax in a dorm) 3.490 ISK per person, per night Private room (double occup.) 6.990 ISK per room, per night Extras* Made up beds / bedlinen 890 ISK per stay Towel rental 290 ISK per towel Breakfast 1.090 ISK per person per day/ Breakfast 990 ISK per person per day ( groups) *Non commissionable The kitchen is available for all guests during winter season Summer 15/5/11 – 14/9/11 Gross prices Dormbeds (8 pax in a dorm) 3.290 ISK per person, per night Dormbeds (6 pax in a dorm) 3.690 ISK per person, per night Dormbeds (4 pax in a dorm) 3.990 ISK per person, per night Dorm delux (4 bed dorm w/kitchen access) 4.290 ISK per person, per night Private room (double w/ kitchen access) 11.990 ISK per person, per night Extras* Made up beds / bedlinen 890 ISK per stay Towel rental 290 ISK per towel Breakfast 990 ISK per person per day *Non-commissionable

Equipment prices TENTS 2 days 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent: 3 days 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent: 4 days 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent: 5 days 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent: 6 days 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent: 7 days or longer 2-3 person tent: 3-4 person tent:

4.000 ISK per day 6.400 ISK per day

SLEEPING BAG 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days or longer

4.000 ISK 5.400 ISK 7.200 ISK 8.500 ISK 10.200 ISK 1.600 ISK per day

10.000 ISK 16.000 ISK 13.500 ISK 21.600 ISK 18.000 ISK 28.800 ISK 21.250 ISK 34.000 ISK 27.000 ISK 40.800 ISK

MATTRESS 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days or longer

2.000 ISK 2.700 ISK 3.600 ISK 4.250 ISK 5.100 ISK 800 ISK

COOKING GEAR 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days longer

2.000 ISK 2.700 ISK 3.600 ISK 4.250 ISK 5.100 ISK 800 ISK

Bike rental prices 1 day 5.000 ISK ½ day 3.000 ISK Please note that the bikes are not dirtbikes and meant for city bike tours only. Reykjavik Backpackers offers 15% commission of equipment and bike rental prices. 91


Gunnar

North Explorers is part of the Borea Adventures family and based in Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords. The company is run by climbers, skiers and sea kayakers who love what they do. The main thing our trips have in common, whether short or long, is the lust for adventure in the natural world that we respect and are inspired by every day. We want you to experience the same, and to do amazing things that you might have thought you were not capable of doing. The core of North Explorers business is day trips in the beautiful surroundings of Isafjordur, and multi-day sea kayaking trips in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and Isafjardardjup Bay.

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Höskuldur

Örvar

Rúnar

fjords, bays and unspoiled coastline. Each year the calm fjords and rich fauna attract numerous active, nature-loving people from all over the world. It is easy to learn the basics in sea kayaking and everyone should be able to find a suitable tour, whether it might be an easy paddle right outside our office or a full day in some isolated fjords. The Northern part of the Westfjords is characterized by mountains and ridges that offer the adventure seeker the perfect playground for hiking and mountain climbing. You don´t have to venture far from Isafjordur to be in total wilderness and enjoy the panoramic views from mountain tops and passes.

The West Fjords is the ideal region for kayaking with its rugged landscape,

Calm Water Kayaking Paddling Between the Mountains Around Ísafjörður

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

2 out of 5 - Easy

Everyday 9:30 All year Minimum 2 persons

Kayaking

Isafjordur has earned its reputation as the sea kayaking center of Iceland. It provides endless possibilities for kayaking in the fjords and bays that are close by, yet somehow still remote. This trip is perfect for those looking for an exciting introduction to the great sport of sea kayaking. Paddling just beneath the magnificent mountains that tower over our small town, the traveler experiences the closeness of nature and the beauty of the landscape from a truly exciting, yet safe perspective. We begin with a short lesson in paddling and put the kayaks in behind the Maritime Museum. We 92

Price: 7.500 ISK per person.

then paddle a wide circle inside the fjord while keeping a sharp lookout for various bird species and seals. Details: Duration of trip: 2.5 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport and sea kayaking gear. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/ wool sweater and pants). Age limit: 12 years.


Two Fjords Discovery

Kayaking with Whales, Seals & Birds in Ísafjarðardjúp Bay

Price: 12.990 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Saturdays 9:00 15th May - 30th Sep Minimum 2 persons

4 out of 5 - Demanding

The serene beauty of Isafjardardjup fjord system is well known by locals but relatively unknown to the outside world. The coast of Snaefjallastrond really gives you the feeling that you are close to the Arctic Circle, with its snow covered mountains and Drangajokull glacier just around the corner. Folafotur, a small peninsula between the sheltered fjords of Seydisfjordur and Hestfjordur, is a beautiful location to paddle around, while enjoying the marine wildlife and the coastline from a unique angle. The tour starts with a 40 min car drive from Isafjordur to the head of Seydisfjordur. After a short introduction and safety briefing, we will prepare the boats and begin the kayaking portion of the trip in the calm waters along the coast. At the end of the peninsula, we make a landing on the sandy beach to see the unusual rock formations caused by erosion, as well as some old, abandoned farmhouses. We will also be keeping a good lookout for seals

Price: 13.900 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

Kayaking

and whales. If the weather is particularly good and the group is prepared, we can paddle the short distance from Folafotur to Vigur Island to enjoy its great bird life and relaxed atmosphere. Paddling along the coast of Hestfjordur is our next mission, finally making landfall by the main road, from where we drive back to Isafjordur. Details: Duration of trip: 8 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport and sea kayaking gear. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants) and a change of clothing. Age limit: 15 years.

Hot Spring Kayaking

Seals, Islands & Geothermal Pool in Reykjanes Peninsula

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Mondays 9:00 15th May - 30th Sep Minimum 4 persons

3 out of 5 - Challenging

Reykjanes Peninsula in Isafjardardjup bay is a favorite spot among many Icelandic sea kayakers. The reason becomes obvious once you experience the area. The waters around Reykjanes are often calm and many seals can be spotted on both sides of the peninsula. The old outdoor geothermal swimming pool (the biggest in the whole of the Westfjords) is the perfect training pool before heading out into the chilly waters of the bay. After driving from Isafjordur (1.5 hours) we get ready to hit the pool for a short training session where we cover paddling techniques, self-rescue and partner rescue. After a late lunch, we head out to sea for a relaxed paddle along the coast to look at the seals and birds that make their home here,

Kayaking

with the majestic Drangajokull glacier in the background. If the water is calm, we might even try to paddle to Borgarey island. We spend 3-4 hours kayaking around Reykjanes before driving back to Isafjordur. Details: Duration of trip: 8 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport, sea kayaking gear and entrance to the swimming pool. Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), a change of clothing, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years. 93


Coldback Mountain Climb the Highest Mountain in the Westfjords

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

3 out of 5 - Challenging

Fridays 9:00 1st Jun - 30th Sep Minimum 4 persons

Hiking

Most of the mountains in the area are flat on the top, a sign of glacier erosion from the last Ice age. But classic peaks can also be found, most of them concentrated on the peninsula between the large fjords of Dyrafjordur and Arnarfjordur. This area is called the Westfjord’s Alps because of the resemblance to its European big brother. At 998 meters, the highest peak is Mt. Kaldbakur (or Coldback Mountain). To reach 1.000 meters you need to stand on top of the cairn! To get there we drive from Isafjordur to our starting point in Kirkjubolsdalur valley (1 hour) and walk into the valley, slowly making our way up the hillside, following a ridge that leads to the

Price: 12.900 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

top. The last part of the route is a little steeper, but the ground is firm and good to walk on. From the top we get an amazing panoramic view of most of the Westfjords. On a clear day you can even see Snæfellsjokull glacier in the South. We follow the same way down and then drive back to Isafjordur. Details: Duration of trip: 7 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, good hiking shoes, day packpack and water bottle. Age limit: 12 years.

Via Ferrata First Time in Iceland!

Trip difficulty:

Guaranteed departures:

4 out of 5 - Demanding

Sun, Tues & Thurs 12:50 1st Jun – 31st Oct Minimum 2 persons

Hiking

Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Road” and is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges. The first Via Ferratas were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy during the First World War, to aid the movement of mountain infantry. Using these man made structures has become very popular among both locals and visitors in the Alps. Now there is an opportunity to try an Icelandic version above the town of Isafjordur. We drive to the village of Hnifsdalur (10 min), then hike an easy hillside to a narrow mountain ridge and make our way to the top of Mt. Eyrarfjall. We follow the edge of the mountaintop at a height of 700 meters above sea level. As we make our way into the Skutulsfjordur fjord we have spectacular views to Isafjardardjup to the East, the town of Isafjordur and 94

Price: 9.900 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

the surrounding mountains to the West. Support ropes and cables are set up at critical points. We also use climbing harnesses and belaying slings for safety. We follow the mountain until we arrive above the ski area of Seljalandsdalur, at which point we head back down the gentle slopes. Details: Duration of trip: 6 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport, climbing harness, slings and helmet. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, good hiking shoes, day packpack and water bottle. Age limit: 14 years.


Price: 5.900 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

Valley to Valley

Easy Walk with a Great View

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Sun, Wed & Fri 12:50 15th May - 30th Sep Minimum 2 persons

3 out of 5 - Challenging

The trip begins with a short bus ride to the small village of Hnifsdalur. From there we begin our walk into the wide and green valley behind the village. We’ll first follow an old road up the valley bottom with steep mountains on both sides, until we move up to Thjofatindar Peaks. Between the peaks is an easy climb up to a mountain pass that offers a spectacular view over Isafjordur. After some refreshments, we descend a little and make our way down to Seljalandsdalur Valley, passing small mountain lakes and patches of almost fluorescent green moss. From the cross-country ski center, we walk the main road to Isafjordur.

Price: 9.900 ISK per person. Add 1.200 ISK for delicious home made lunch.

Hiking

Details: Duration of trip: 4 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, good hiking shoes, day backpack and water bottle. Age limit: 12 years.

Into the Mountains

Mountain Walking with Panoramic Views

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Thu & Sat 9:30 1st Jun – 30th Sep Minimum 4 persons

3 out of 5 - Challenging

We’ll start the walk at the cross-country ski area in Seljalandsdalur and slowly progress up to the Thjofatindar Peaks. Between the peaks is an easy mountain pass that offers excellent view over the Hnifsdalur Valley and the fjords to the North. From there we descend a little and cross the valley while maintaining altitude. The last part of the walk is down the Sydridalur Valley close to the town of Bolungarvik. We end the trip in the local swimming pool that offers sauna and jacuzzis to sooth our sore muscles. If you want to skip the swimming pool, you can wander around town and check out the local atmosphere as well as the Einarshus coffee house. Drive back to Isafjordur at the end of the trip.

Hiking

Details: Duration of trip: 7 hours. Included: Pick-up from Ísafjörður airport and a swimming pool entrance. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, good hiking shoes, day packpack, water bottle, bathing suit and a towel. Age limit: 12 years.

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Explore the Arctic in an Expedition Yacht! Borea Adventures is a small adventure company based in Isafjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland. The company is owned and operated by people who are passionate about the outdoors, in particular the spectacular nature and fascinating cultures of the regions bordering the Arctic Circle. It is a passion we love to share, by providing access for people to these remote areas on our fun-filled and safe adventure trips and expeditions. Most of the trips are based around our 60ft sailing yacht AURORA. She is an expedition yacht that has previously been raced around the world four times. Comfortable, warm and very well equipped, she can accommodate

up to ten guests. All meals are provided and when preparing our mouthwatering cuisine, we primarily use ingredients sourced from the areas we travel in. “The boat is beautifully outfitted and the meals aboard will be some of the best you´ll have during your visit to Iceland.” Lonely Planet, 2010 edition. Borea Adventures offers a variety of fascinating trips, but we can also customize trips for groups looking to put together their own itinerary for a unique adventure in the Northern Wilderness.

Expeditions

The east coast of Greenland is an awesome wilderness. It is the Arctic with all it’s breathtaking beauty and striking scenery of deep fjords, beautiful mountains and spectacular glaciers. Our expeditions offer the true adventurer a unique opportunity to experience the nature and wilderness of the Arctic in its most pristine state. Isafjordur, Iceland, is the nearest port to east Greenland, less than 200 nautical miles away. Jan Mayen In 2011 we are running three exclusive expeditions to the remote Norwegian Arctic island of Jan Mayen (70°59′N 8°32′W). It lies 600 km north of Iceland, 500 km east of Greenland and 1,000 km west of the Norwegian mainland. We will spend around two and a half days sailing and on route we will have great opportunities to see whales such as Humpbacks and Orcas, as well as different species of porpoises and dolphins. When we arrive in Jan Mayen, the group will move to a camp on the island in preparation to climb or ski Mt Beerenberg (2.277m), the world’s most northerly active volcano. The climb is technically easy but challenging and we will be roping up on the glacier. We will also use the opportunity to check out the sights on the island: icecaps, black cliffs, birdlife, and will even visit the small Norwegian weather station at Olonkinbyen. Dates: June 6th – 16th (option, please contact us), June 20th – 30th (SOLD OUT), July 4th – 14th (SOLD OUT) Price: Gross € 2.450.- Net € 1.960.- (Min 4 persons) 96

East Greenland Exploratory Kayaking A 15 day Sea Kayaking Expedition. Date: July 29th – August 12th (SOLD OUT) Price: Gross € 4.400.- Net € 3.520.- (Min 4 - Max 8 persons) East Greenland Angmagssalik Icebergs and Mountains An 8 day Angmagssalik Icebergs and Mountains trip, a somewhat easier cruise in the fjords around Angmagssalik Island. Guests fly to Kulusuk in the beginning of the trip and back at the end. Perfect for those who want to experience Greenland without sailing long distances. Days will be spent exploring the fjords by kayak, on foot or sailing, as well as experiencing the culture of Greenland. Dates: August 15th – 22th Price: Gross € 1.950.- Net € 1.560.- (Min 4 - Max 8 persons) East Greenland Coastline Cruise A 13 day East Greenland Coastline Cruise that starts in Kulusuk and ends in Isafjordur. We´ll cruise up the coast, spending nights in safe and sheltered anchorages far away from civilization. Great options for hiking, mountain climbing and kayaking. Dates: August 25th – September 6th Price: Gross € 2.950.- Net € 2.360.- (Min 4 - Max 8 persons)


Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve offers adventure seekers the perfect opportunity to fulfill their dreams. The Nature Reserve is a true gem, well off the normal tourist track. Situated on the NW tip of Iceland, the area has been uninhabited for more than 50 years and the only way to get there is by boat. It is extremely dramatic, rugged, mystical and remote. You will find beautiful sandy beaches, deep fjords, vast remote bays and some of the largest cliffs in the Atlantic, the nesting site of millions of sea birds. The Nature Reserve is the only area in Iceland where the Arctic fox is protected and as a result it is fairly relaxed around humans. Great hiking and walking routes wind their way between the desolated fjords and bays, with spectacular views from the mountains to the sea. Whether your game is hiking, wildlife watching or sea kayaking - we have it all! 6 Days Multi Adventure Trip On this trip we will incorporate a mixture of sea kayaking under the huge bird cliffs, hiking over mountain passes, wildlife watching and glacier walks on Drangajokull Glacier. If you want to experience the best of all worlds, this is the trip for you. Dates: July 18th – 23rd and September 12th – 17th

Price: July departure: Gross € 1.290.- Net € 1.032.- (Min 4 persons) Special price in September: Gross € 970.- Net € 776.- (Min 4 persons) 6 Days Wildlife Trip You will have the opportunity to see most of the Icelandic wildlife in a relatively small area. The Nature Reserve has almost 50 species of breeding birds, Arctic foxes, seals, whales, porpoises and two of the largest bird cliffs in the Atlantic. A local wildlife specialist will join us for this trip. Dates: May 30th – June 4th and June 6th – 11th Price: Gross € 1.290.- Net € 1.032.- (Min 4 persons) 6 Days Sea Kayaking with Aurora Using the comfortable expedition yacht AURORA as our ‘mothership’ gives us great flexibility in our itineraries, enhanced safety and the ability to cover a lot of ground. We can choose to paddle all day between anchorages, or we might take the kayaks onboard the yacht and sail to a different location. There are endless opportunities to combine paddling with hikes and walks in the mountains. We try to include four unique locations for sea kayaking: Hornbjarg cliffs, Vigur Island, Leirufjordur and Reykjanes

Glacier Fjords Backcountry Skiing

The Icelandic spring is a prime time for skiing and on this trip we head for the backcountry in the beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Here we ski between remote fjords, anchoring our mobile “Backcountry Hut” in a different spot every night. Many of the mountains and ridges have never been skied before, so don’t expect to wait in some frustrating line before cruising down the mountain of your choice, from summit down to sea level! There are many different mountains to ski (some up to 800 meters drop), and we plan our routes to accommodate people of all abilities and interests. We usually spend about 6-8 hours in the mountains each day, but those who want shorter days can just ski down to the boat when they choose. Total vertical skiing per day is around 1200-1600 meters. We also

carry a few sea kayaks on the yacht and people are free to take a break from skiing and do some kayaking as well. Dates: Every Monday from March 21st until May 23rd 2011, arrive back to port on Saturdays in the late afternoon in time for the last flight back to Reykjavik. Two early departures are on Sunday April 17th and 24th with arrivals back in port on Fridays April 22nd and 29th. These departures coincide with the Fossavatn Ski Marathon on April 30th and Easter Weekend on April 23rd – 24th. Price: Gross € 1.520.- Net € 1.216.- (Min 4 persons) Special price in March: Gross € 1.430.- Net € 1.144.- (Min 4 persons) 97


Iceland’s Only fied Internationally Cerutiid Mountain G es! Bergmenn Mountain Guides is an Icelandic company specializing in custom made mountain adventures in Iceland, Greenland and around the globe. Bergmenn Mountain Guides are the only guiding company in Iceland and Greenland offering the services of certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guides. JÜkull Bergmann the founder and lead guide is Iceland’s first and only UIAGM-IFMGA certified mountain guide. Bergmenn specialize in ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing and other mountain related activities such as teaching courses, and doing consulting work in the mountain guiding, mountain rescue and adventure tourism industry. The goal of Bergmenn Mountain Guides is to provide to you the best service available with the highest level of safety and certification in the industry of mountain guiding in the Arctic North. Ski touring and ski mountaineering programs: Bergmenn specialize in alpine ski touring, ski mountaineering and and all winter mountain activities. In the following pages we feature three different ski programs that all highlight the best of the best when it comes to terrain, snow and service. Each program is unique in its own way, ranging from sail boat based ski trips to a traverse of the entire mighty Troll Peninsula. In addition to these programs, Bergmenn offer a variety of other ski and mountaineering programs that are featured on our website www.bergmenn.com Bergmenn also custom make programs for companies and individuals, all depending on their wishes in terms of length of trip, cost and itinerary, 98

but never straying away from our commitment of providing the best professional service available in the mountain guiding industry in Iceland. Iceland is a world class destination for ski touring, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. The center of activity is the Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft, thousands of peaks and slopes for all abilities with abundant snow fall make this a paradise for skiers and mountaineers. The season lasts from the end of February until the beginning of June, and with the continual daylight of the Arctic Sun overhead and mild temperatures, snow conditions remain favorable with great corn skiing and the occasional powder dump well into June. The fact that the Troll Peninsula is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes for incredible opportunities of skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snowpack but also adds the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions. Iceland is a true adventure skiing destination.


Troll Peninsula World Class Ski Mountaineering 5 & 8 Day Tours

Tales of Elves and Troll’s alike abound in this mountainous region bordering the Arctic Circle. Legend has is that the last Troll in Iceland was slain in a cave, deep inside the rugged mountains of the Troll Peninsula. During our ski touring adventure we will visit and explore the high peaks and glaciers that dominate this spectacular alpine landscape rising out of the Arctic Ocean.

Skiing

We will base out of a comfortable yet rustic country lodge in the middle of the best ski terrain that the Troll Peninsula has to offer. The area offers a great variety of mountains and slopes for every level of skier, from those who seek steep couloirs to those who like to let her loose on the big open slopes. The choice is endless and one could easily spend a lifetime exploring the peaks and valleys of the region. After each day of skiing we soak our weary but happy feet in one of the regions many geothermal baths and catch up on the local gossip as farmers and fishermen alike religiously attend their afternoon soak. What makes this trip so very special? • The Troll Peninsula is a world class ski touring and ski mountaineering destination • The possibility of skiing a peak at midnight basking in the rays of the Midnight sun • Skiing all the way down to the ocean • Watching your altimeter drop to 0 as you take your last turn on to a black volcanic sand beach • The cultural experience; meet the people who live in this remote region bordering the arctic circle. • Experience the exquisite local cuisine specializing in organic fish and lamb • Ski with Iceland’s only certified mountain guides in their home region Dates 2011: Departures every Friday from 25.02.11 to 27.05.11 Price 8 day tour: Gross € 2.190.- Net € 1.752.- (For 6 or more pax. - € 300.- per pax supplement for 4-5 pax) Price 5 day tour: Gross € 1.400.- Net € 1.120.- (For 6 or more pax. - € 300.- per pax supplement for 4-5 pax) Please refer to the attached DVD for further information on the trip, prices etc or contact us directly

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Haute Route of the Troll’s 6 Day High Level Traverse

Skiing

This epic high level route is the brain child of Jökull Bergmann. For many years Jökull had a dream of connecting all the great ski slopes of the Troll Peninsula into one big traverse where you would ski the entire length of the Peninsula from North to South, starting in the picturesque fishing village of Siglufjörður and ending in the capital of Northern Iceland Akureyri. Unlike the Alps the Troll Peninsula is lacking a network of comfortable mountain huts but we make this Haute Route possible by using 4x4 vehicles that put us in place and retrieve us each day. The terrain is varied and every day we have the possibility of exploring new areas that have never been skied before due to the fact that we have our mobile 4x4 pick up, able to retrieve us where ever we decide to ski down We will base out of the comfortable yet rustic country lodge Klængshóll in Skíðadalur or as it would translate to in English, Raven hill lodge in Ski Valley. The site of the lodge has been continually inhabited by Icelandic sheep farmers since the colonization of the country in the late eighth century, and the current owners can trace their lineage back to the time of the first Viking settlers. The lodge with its outdoor hot tubs, Sauna and massage room is the perfect place to rest your weary feet after a hard day of ski touring. In addition the in house chef prepares exquisite meals specializing in organic fish and lamb along with other local delicacies. What makes this trip so very special? • The Troll Peninsula is a world class ski touring and ski mountaineering destination • Being one of the first people ever to complete the entire Haute Route of the Troll’s • Staying at Klængshóll Lodge, a relaxing adventure for body and soul • Choose your never before skied version of the route and maybe even give it a name • Visit all the picturesque villages of the Troll Peninsula, nestled in between deep fjords and mountains • The feeling of being the only skiers out there, no chance of not getting first tracks on the runs Dates 2011: 11.03.11 to 17.03.11 and 18.03.11 to 24.03.11 or upon demand. Prices: Gross € 1.950.- Net € 1.560.- (Prices for 6 or more pax. - € 300.- per pax supplement for 4-5 pax)

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Ski to the Sea

Adventure Ski Touring & Sailing Above the Arctic Circle

On this unique adventure we combine the strengths of two leading Icelandic adventure tourism companies, Bergmenn Mountain Guides and North Sailing from Húsavík. Using a beautifully restored two-masted schooner we explore the peaks, valleys and fjords of the Hidden Land, the mountainous and deserted peninsula between Eyjafjörður fjord an Skjálfandi bay. With no roads or way of access in the winter and spring seasons, the sea remains the only way to visit this amazing playground with peaks rising over 1000 meters and snowfall of epic proportions. Each day we make land fall in small bays and coves along the north shore of this spectacular mountain range, skiing fresh tracks accompanied only by our ever changing shadow as the never setting arctic sun, makes its round in the sky. At night we enjoy good times and great food on board our floating hotel, anchored in a secluded bay, or at the small pier on Flatey island, ones a thriving fishing village but now a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers alike. We cross the Arctic Circle as we set sail for the island of Grímsey, Iceland’s most northerly settlement where we visit the small fishing village and explore its coastline. Ski to the Sea is a unique adventure for those seeking new horizons, exploration and adventure of a lifetime.

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What makes this trip so very special? • Sailing and living aboard the beautifully restored oak schooners of North Sailing • Exploring terrain that no one has ever skied before in the company of Iceland’s only certified ski guides • Visiting the islands of Flatey and Grímsey, both unique places in their own way • Sailing above the Arctic circle • Visiting the Hidden land, an area rich in history and spectacular nature only accessible by boat • Combining world class ski touring with sailing, whale watching, fishing and good times with friends Dates 2011: 19.05.11 to 23.05.11 and 24.05.11 to 28.05.11 or upon demand. Prices: Gross € 1.890.- Net € 1.512.- (Prices for 6 or more pax. - € 500.- per pax supplement for 4-5 pax) Please refer to the attached DVD for further information on the trip, prices etc or contact us directl

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Arctic Heli Skiing is operated by Bergmenn Mountain Guides on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland, where the potential for world class down hill skiing is mind blowing with thousands of slopes and peaks waiting for their first descent with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft. Our vast terrain covers more than 4000 square kilometers, or 1500 square miles of breathtaking Arctic mountains with terrain that suits every skiers ability be it extreme couloirs or wide open glaciers. Our position just below the Arctic Circle with the mountains rising straight out of the sea allows for a skiing experience of a lifetime, skiing all the way down to the ocean basking in the rays of the Midnight Sun. Our Heli Ski season starts late March but lasts with generally excellent corn skiing and the occasional powder dump well into June. The fact that the Troll Peninsula is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes for incredible opportunities for skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snowpack but also adds the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions. Throw in a mix of volcanic activity, hot springs, lava fields and a unique culture and you will find that Iceland is a true adventure skiing destination. The fact that Iceland is only a few hours flight away from all major cities on both sides of the Atlantic gives you an opportunity for a quick heli ski get away with no jet lag and the minimum of precious days off. Join us for a truly unique experience. The Programs 2011 will be the fourth season of Arctic Heli Skiing operations. We invite you to participate in a true adventure of exploration and discovery. First descents, naming runs and visiting peaks that have never seen a human being before is what you will experience along with outstanding professional service and a cultural experience of a lifetime. Our program 102

is run out Raven Hill Lodge in Ski Valley on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. The lodge is situated right in the middle of the best ski terrain and we fly right out of there with the closest runs only 3 minutes away. In 2011 we will be offering 4 day programs for private groups of 4 skiers or semi private groups of 8 or 12 skiers. These programs are custom built for those looking for a quick get away but still giving you plenty of good skiing and time in case of bad weather or conditions. Day 1 Arrival in Akureyri, Iceland in the afternoon. Transfer to Klængshóll Lodge for a meet and greet, guest briefing and dinner. On the first evening you will have the chance to discuss with your guide, make sure all your gear is in order and relax after your travels. For those with less time available, meeting on day 2 ready to ski is possible. This way you can fly in from the USA or Canada and be skiing the same day. Day 2-4 First descents, adventure and exploration is the name of the game. You will have the chance to participate in Icelandic skiing history by skiing in areas never before visited by skiers. Our 2011 season is dedicated to exploration and the opening of new terrain. You are invited to be a part of a team of explorers on a grand adventure. Evenings are spent at Klængshóll Lodge where we feast on local dishes focusing on organic lamb, fish and game prepared by our gourmet chef. In case of bad weather and no flying we have the unique opportunity to visit for example Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve with its steaming hot springs, volcano’s and lava fields. Go Whale watching, sea angling or simply relaxing in one of many geothermal baths on the Troll Peninsula.


Day 5 We pack our bags in the morning and head out for our last day of skiing. After one more day of great turns and good times with friends we have lunch in the field and head home. After saying our good byes to our new friends in Ski Valley we head back to Akureyri where we can catch a flight to Reykjavik or even connect to the Eastern seaboard that same day. Dates and Prices 2011 4 DAY Arctic Heli Ski Adventure Regular departure dates. If the dates or length of trip is unsuitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. Trip nr: Dates: Private: Semi Private: Price are per person. GROSS/NET GROSS/NET H1101 April 1 - April 5 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1102 April 5 - April 9 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1103 April 9 - April 13 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1104 April 13 - April 17 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1105 April 17 - April 21 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1106 April 28 - May 2 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1107 May 2 - May 6 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1108 May 6 - May 10 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1109 May 10 - May 14 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1110 May 14 - May 18 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1111 May 18 - May 22 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1112 May 22 - May 26 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1113 May 26 - May 30 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1114 May 30 - June 3 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1115 June 3 - June 7 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.H1116 June 7 - June 11 € 6.660.- / € 5.328.- € 4.490.- / € 3.592.-

Private Package 4 skiers • 5 hrs helicopter time and exclusive use of the machine • 4 Possible ski days • 4 nights at Klængshóll Lodge double occ. • All meals and exclusive use of the lodge • Guide services • Safety training and use of safety gear • Transport in 4x4 vehicles Semi Private 8 or 12 skiers • 7 or 11 hrs helicopter time • 4 Possible ski days • 4 nights at Klængshóll Lodge double occ • All meals • Guide services • Safety training and use of safety gear • Transport in 4x4 vehicles PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE: • Travel to and from Akureyri, Iceland • Personal Insurance • Alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Gratuities • Extra flight time • Ski equipment *Extra flight time is charged at Euro 2.030.- per hour and split between the group 103


World Class Waves & No Crowds, Every Surfers Dream! Do empty lineups, world-class waves and dramatic surroundings sound tempting? Discover why the surf media is calling Iceland the new Morocco (the place where everyone’s going because no one’s going there). And before you ask, no it’s not that cold! If you surf during the right season you’ll experience water temperatures similar to those in Ireland and Scotland. Arctic Surfers was founded in 2009 by Erlendur Magnússon (a.k.a. Elli) and Ingólfur Már Olsen (a.k.a. Ingo). Before founding Arctic Surfers we worked for a number of years as guides for the largest adventure tour operator in Iceland, Arctic Adventures. With our years of experience as tour guides (river rafting, snorkeling and more), local knowledge and passion for the sport we are sure to promise you an unforgettable Arctic Surfing experience. By traveling around the world, surfing, snowboarding and kayaking we came to realize how amazing our own country really is and how unique and special it is to surf in Iceland. We have come across a number of pro surfers, photographers and surf filmmakers who have come to Iceland with the sole purpose of experience it´s waves. We have traveled around the globe searching for waves, but we always return to the points and reefs of Iceland which never let us down. We want to dispel the myth that Iceland is only for the hardcore pro surfer willing to put up with brain-freezes and frozen wetsuits. Using our local knowledge and experience we operate our trips in late spring and early fall when water temperatures are higher and the surf is consistent. Surfing in Iceland is all about local knowledge, the right timing and the right 104

equipment. To give the average surfer an enjoyable experience we supply wetsuits for all of our trips which have been tested for Icelandic conditions. We use local knowledge obtained from years of surfing and traveling around Icelandic to discover the best surf spots, the most amazing landscapes and the biggest adventures on every trip. A big part of every visit to Iceland is to experience it´s raw natural beauty. Through our partner Arctic Adventures, Iceland’s leading adventure company, we offer our customer´s the chance to explore a little of that raw beauty and the many activities Iceland has to offer when the surf is not pumping. Our goal is to let you experience surfing in one of Europe’s last great wilderness areas in the safest manner possible and without missing out on the many other thing’s Iceland has to offer. Customized Trips For the die hard adventurous surfer who doesn’t mind camping out in the wild or spending a considerable amount of time in a car chasing swells, Arctic Surfers offers a all year round trip with the sole purpose of finding the best possible surf on the island. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with just under 5.000 km of virgin coastline, Iceland is open to swells from all directions, it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Our guides have spent the last 10 years exploring the island’s coastline and discovering many of the now known brakes. Armed with their knowledge and the latest forecasts we drive to where ever the swell is hitting the coastline. Most of these places (apart from the area around Reykjavik and a small part of the North) are still being explored and the possibility of a new discovery is literally around every corner.


Price: 2 persons: 229.990 ISK per person. 3-4 persons: 209.990 ISK per person. 5+ persons: 199.990 ISK per person.

Surf & Snow

7 Days of Surfing & Backcountry Snowboarding, Nature Baths & Whale Watching

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Selected Saturdays: 30th April 7th, 14th & 21st May

3 out of 5 Challenging

Be the first to descent an unnamed mountain and surf a world class righthander with no one but you and your friends out. This is just a part of what Iceland’s far north has to offer. It is here, deep in the Arctic Circle that surfing’s last frontiers is being relocated on every trip, new brakes discovered and new beaches explored. Although slightly less consistent then the South, the North offers Iceland’s best right-hander, Ollie’s point, and the possibility of a new discovery around every corner. The Board Riders Base Camp in Ólafsfjörður is our base of operation in the rugged Tröllaskagi region (Trolls Peninsula). This means you’ll be surrounded by towering mountains in deep fjords offering the possibility of snowboarding right down to the ocean. Our Surf & Snow trip is the board riders dream; surf, ride and explore new turf with great guides in spectacular surroundings. And did you know that at this time of the year the sun never sets, now that is every surfers dream!

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Skiing

Whale Watch Sightseeing

Multi Trip

Rough Itinerary: Day 1: Flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Akureyri where you’ll be picked up and driven to the Board Riders Base Camp (B.R.B.C) hut in Ólafsfjörður. Days 2 to 7: 4 days backcountry snowboarding or surfing (depending on conditions) one of which you will fly from Akureyri to Reykjavík in the afternoon, 1 day road trip to Mývatn nature baths, Whale watching in Húsavík and exploring surf breaks around the Húsavík area, 1 day snow cat trip to the top of Kaldbakur, the longest ski run in Iceland, 1.173 meters high. Details: Duration: 7 days. Included: All transfer, 6 nights in the Board Riders Base Camp mountain hut, domestic flights from and to Reykjavik, all meals, backcountry equipment (backpack, avalanche receiver, shovel and probe), mountain guide, and surfing equipment (6/5/4mm wetsuit with hood, boots and gloves). Age limit: 18 years.

Reykjavík Surf Camp 7 Day Surfing Adventure Around Reykjavík, Sightseeing & an Activity of Your Choice

Price: 2 persons: 119.990 ISK per person. 3-4 persons: 109.990 ISK per person. 5+ persons: 99.990 ISK per person.

Guaranteed departures:

Trip difficulty:

Selected Thursdays: 21th & 28th Aug 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Sep

3 out of 5 - Challenging

The local surfers from Reykjavik (all 20 of them) have been exploring the surrounding coastline for the last 15 years. During that time they, along with the odd visiting pro surfer, have pioneered everything from black sand beach breaks, peeling pebble point breaks to heaving reef breaks. Most of the best surf spots are located within an hours drive from the capital of Iceland, meaning that you can escape to deserted beaches but still chill out in one of the most lively capitals in Europe for some after-surf fun. During the early autumn the south coast of Iceland receives pumping swells from the Atlantic ocean, supplying the reefs and beaches around the capital with kick ass waves. Reykjavik Surf Camp offers the adventurous surfer a chance to discover the uncrowded waves around the Reykjanes peninsula, the city’s not so uncrowded nightlife along with some of Iceland’s must see sights and activites.

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Rough itinerary Sunday: Arriving at Reykjavik Backpackers. Monday to Friday: 4 days of surfing around the Reykjanes Peninsula one of which includes sightseeing in Reykjavík, 1 day sightseeing the Golden circle and an activity of your choice (River Rafting, Snorkeling or Caving). Saturday: Check out from Reykjavik Backpackers. Details: Duration: 7 days. Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík, 6 nights at the Reykjavík Backpackers in a 4-6 bedded dorm with breakfast (up grade to double rooms upon request), packed lunch and surfing equipment (6/5/4mm wetsuit with hood, boots and gloves). Age limit: 18 years. Please note: This is not a beginners surf course. To take part in this trip you have to have at least basic surf skills. 105


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From relatively easy gravel road tracks, to the technically demanding all mountain routes in the highlands, we aim to provide you with a safe and knowledgeable bicycle trip to remember. The routes we offer cover some wide ranging areas, and cater for all levels of mountain biker. Our main selection of routes can all be covered in days ride, and many of our day trips can be combined into multi day excursions. For those desiring something different, custom routes can be tailored to your desires and according to what you’d like to experience. Due, in part, to considerations for preserving the environment, some of the highland trips are only possible during the summer months. However, we are operating all year round – it may be a little colder, but riding through frost covered trees and seeing the sunrise on a crisp winter morning can really lift the spirits and be an unforgettable experience. These are just a few examples of the many routes we have to offer, for more extensive details about all these routes, and others that we offer, please refer to our website, www.ride.is, or to the DVD enclosed. For those who like to follow their own paths, we also offer the facility to hire

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quality mountain bikes from Specialized. We have all our routes mapped on GPS and if you do chose to hire a bike, we can provide you with a data card to give you some tips. Not all the routes we follow are on traditional maps and this eliminates any trial and error, maximizing the time you have on bike to enjoy Iceland. All trips start off from Reykjavik, some involve transportation to and from the start/finish, for some we will be straight onto the bikes. Being that there will be some effort required during the rides, we try to incorporate one of Iceland’s greatest assets, with a relaxing dip in either a geothermal heated natural spring or swimming pool at the end. With all trips an amount catering is provided, depending on the duration. ride.is is the tour arm of local Reykjavik bike firm, Kria Cycles. Run by 3 riders, Kria is the Icelandic distributor for the originators of mountain biking, American firm, Specialized Bicycles, and we are the only custom bike builders in Iceland. We know about bikes, and biking!

Reykjadalur

Half Day Tour Down Reykjadalur Hot Springs Valley

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Price: From 15.900 ISK per person.

For a taste of the local single track/all mountain hang out, we can take a trip to the Reykjadalur/Hengill area. Starting off with a morning pick-up from your hotel, we take a short drive before being dropped off at the foothills of Reykjafell in Hellisheidi, part of the Hengill active volcanic ridge. To begin with the ride climbs gradually, across heath and passing geothermal wells, to the point where we start our descent through the Reykjadalur valley. Not for the faint hearted, this is rock and roll from the moment we head downwards (though you’ll be helped by our Specialized™ FSR full suspension bikes!). You can take an adrenalin break halfway in the hot springs, or we can just speed past, all the way down to Hveragerdi for lunch, and a soak in their own fantastic geothermal pool.


Southern Shores

7 Day Mountain Bike Tour Visiting the Highlights of South Iceland

Starting off from Reykjavík, this is a 7 day tour that takes in the highlights of Icelands South. First stop out in the wild is Landmannalaugar, and a hike and bike through lava fields, black and yellow sands, followed by an action packed descent back to the hot springs. Having stayed in Landmannalaugar overnight, we take the opportunity to fit in another all mountain excursion before heading off to the seclusion of Langisjór lake. Rising early on the shores, we head off for a trip round this stunning lake, stopping overnight in the shadow of Vatnajokull. After the return trip we head to Skaftafell for a bit relaxation before heading off next morning to Skógar. From here we travel along Fimmvörðurháls, passing many waterfalls, to the edge of the now infamous eruption site at Eyjafjallajökull. Overnight we stay in Þorsmörk, the base of our penultimate ride on day 6. With a number of routes to chose from, we can tailor this day to suit your mood, from hike/bike all mountain, to easy XC. Finally we have one last stop in the hot spot of Hveragerði and a quick up and down of one of our favourites, the Reykjadalur all mountain trail and from there we’re off back to Reykjavík, and a long earned rest! Itinery: Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4:

Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar Landmannalaugar - Langisjór Langisjór Langisjór - Skaftafell

Day 5: Day 6: Day 7:

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Price: 3 persons: 289.990 ISK per person. 4+ persons: 239.990 ISK per person.

Skaftafell - Skógar Þórsmörk Þórsmörk - Reykjavík

Landmannalaugar

Mountain Bike Tour from Landmannalaugar Hot Springs to the Valley of Thor

Experience the Magnificence of the Icelandic Landscape by Mountain Bike! For the most authentic slice of Iceland we must travel a bit further afield and into the highlands. Landmannalaugar provides a base for many spectacular all mountain hike and bike rides through varied and epic scenery, taking in lava fields, volcano’s, yellow sands, lush greenery, glaciers and hot springs. There are a multitude of routes that can be done, the classic route being “Laugavegur”, a point to point, from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. This can be done in a (long!) day, but may be better as part of a mutliday foray in to this wild and wonderous area – you’ll most likely want to be here for longer anyway! Including the transfer to and from Reykjavík, and any accommodation, trips to this area are customised to suit.

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Elli Thor Magnusson is the company´s photographer and he took the majority of the amazing photographs in this Sales Manual. You can check out more of his photos on www.ellithor.com and if you need his talents you can either contact him directly or through Arctic Adventures. elli@adventures.is +354-699-2754

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DVD

Attached is a DVD containing all trip descriptions, prices and guaranteed departure dates. You will also find a collection of high and low resolution images and videos from our trips, all of which you are free to use while promoting our products. On this DVD we have also included this 2010-2011 Sales Manual along with our 2010-2011 Winter Sales Manual which was published this summer. Use the content of this DVD in any way you think will sell more trips for the Arctic Family. If the DVD is missing from this Sales Manual please do not hesitate to contact info@adventures.is for another copy. Enjoy!

www.adventures.is info@adventures.is +354-562-7000

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Nature is thee! Adventur Arctic Adventures Laugavegur 11, 101 Reykjavík info@adventures.is +354-562-7000 www.adventures.is Arktische Abenteuer Laugavegur 11, IS-101 Reykjavik info@arktischeabenteuer.de IS: +354-490-4090 DE: 03542-88-7285 www.arktischeabenteuer.de Glacier Guides Fagurhólsmýri, 786 Öræfum info@glacierguides.is +354-571-2100 www.glacierguides.is Bergmenn Mountain Guides Box 66, 620 Dalvík info@bergmenn.com +354-698-9870 www.bergmenn.com North Explorers Hæstikaupstaður, 400 Ísafjörður info@northexplorers.com +354-456-3322 www.northexplorers.is Arctic Surfers Laugavegur 11, 101 Reykjavík info@arcticsurfers.is +354-562-7000 www.arcticsurfers.is

Arctic Rafting Laugavegur 11, 101 Reykjavík info@arcticrafting.is +354-571-2200 www.arcticrafting.is Aventures en Islande Laugavegur 11, IS-101 Reykjavík info@aventuresenislande.fr IS: +354-616-6794 www.aventuresenislande.fr Reykjavík Backpackers Laugavegur 28, 101 Reykjavík bookings@reykjavikbackpackers.com +354-578-3700 www.reykjavikbackpackers.com Arctic Heli Skiing Box 66, 620 Dalvík info@arcticheliskiing.com +354-698-9870 www.arcticheliskiing.com Borea Adventures Hlíðarvegi 38, 400 Ísafjörður info@boreaadventures.com +354-456-3322 www.boreaadventures.com Ride.is Ármúla 42, 108 Reykjavík info@ride.is +354-534-9164 www.kriacycles.com

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