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About Adventure Tours in Iceland

Adventure tours specialise in the broad range of activities you can undertake in Iceland. With Iceland's wealth of glaciers, the country's unbound wildlife, uncharted cave systems, rugged mountain ranges and whispering rivers, there are adventure tours that appeal to all travellers, be they seeking adrenaline, relaxation or both.

1. When is the best time of the year for adventure tours?

This depends on what adventures you want to take. Northern lights hunts and ice cave explorations only go on during winter, whereas rafting, highland hikes and some glaciers are only accessible during summer.

2. I’m looking for an adventure, what do you recommend?

This depends on your fitness, age, interests and time in Iceland. Browse the choices above or contact us via info@guidetoiceland.is

3. What adrenaline tours are there in Iceland?

Tours such as snowmobiling, ATVs, glacier hiking, dog-sledging and snorkelling are known for being particularly adrenaline-pumping.

4. Are adventure tours safe?

Adventure tours are conducted by experts in their field, so, as long as you heed their instructions, know your limits and wear the right gear, the activities should be safe.

5. Do adventure tours leave from Akureyri and other towns, or only Reykjavik?

Adventure tours leave from settlements all around the countryside, although the majority of tours in Iceland are run from Reykjavík and larger towns.

6. Why is there an age limit on adventure tours?

Domestic laws set the age limit on some tours; other limits are chosen by the operators based on what they feel is most appropriate.

7. Is the age limit on adventure tours negotiable?

No.

8. What equipment do I need for an adventure tours?

Tours which require specialist equipment, such as snorkelling and glacier hiking, will supply them for you. For any adventure tour in Iceland, however, you will need warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy hiking boots.

9. What happens if my adventure tour is cancelled due to weather?

We will try to reschedule, or an alternative tour will be organised for you, and you will be refunded the difference; if this is not possible, you will receive a full refund.

10. What adventure tours are appropriate for children under ten?

Young children are welcome to join many sightseeing, whale- and bird watching and dog-sledging tours, and can join ATV, buggy and snowmobiling tours as passengers. Some rafting and horse-riding tours are also tailored for young families.

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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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This tour is so wonderful! I was so lucky with our small group and made some amazing new friends! Our guide Sol was so nice! You could see that he enjoyed being a tourist with us in his beautiful country! I've been on other trips in Iceland but I would say this one is a must see. I was amazed by all the scenery and had a wow moment at every location!

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Reykjavik City Card | 24 Hours

4.9 average rating | 20 reviews

Reykjavik City Card | 24 Hours

great!

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Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

5 average rating | 10 reviews

Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

I did this tour with Siggi who is a 100% Troll but lives amongst humans. The tour was wonderful and every 15 minutes there is something magnificent to see and Siggi told us stories of his TrollTribe and hidden people and kept us energized with music and humour all day. I felt safe and comfortable, was a little scared at somepoints, I am not use to walking in nature but Siggi took great care of me and made sure I did not miss a thing. Thank you Siggi Troll and Troll Expeditions for the best day of 2018 so far.

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This experience was amazin our tour guide was full of information he was proud to share with us! We got to avoid the crowds and experience the beautiful coast! They were so helpful and friendly which made us enjoy the day even more. They even helped us to take all our pictures

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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.7 average rating | 97 reviews

Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This tour was the best tour that I have done in Iceland. Altough you have to get up early it is worth it to get out of bed early. The pick up near the guesthouse has been on time and everthing was well organised. I am not sure if we had luck with the weather for said our prayers well, but the weather has been very good, the sun came out for the entire day and it was quite warm. Albert who was our tourguide has been friendly and charming all the way. He provided us with loads of information and there hasn't been a dull moment. The tour is very long, but there are several bus stops where you can use the facilities and buy a drink or a snack. A lunchbreak and a stop for dinner was planned as well. My personal hightlight was the glacier lagoon. I have never been so close to a glacier and icebergs. The additional booked boat trip was defenitly worth the money. My second hightlight was walking behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I have enjoyed the shower :-) Time flew by and the 14 hours were over too soon. I could have stayed on that tour for several more hours. Iceland is such a beautfiful and fascinating country. Booking a tour is a very stressless and good way to get around. Thank you Albert for being such a great tour guide. I can highly recommend booking this tour. I am sure that I will come back to Iceland, maybe next time in winter. This tour operator will be my first choice for another tour.

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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

4.8 average rating | 122 reviews

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

An amazing experience!

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Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

4.9 average rating | 75 reviews

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

An amazing experience! We accidentally arrived a few minutes late for the morning tour, but Harold from the customer service kindly shifted our tour to the afternoon after we told him what happened. And we had an wonderful time on the glacier with our guide Agnes. Thank you Troll team!

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The tour was excellent! Our guide (Sölvi) was a gentle guy with rich knowledge of Icelandic history and culture. He carefully picked tons of Icelandic music during our drive. The scenery is great as long as it's not raining, which is something you can't expect in Iceland. Highly recommend this tour if you want to know more about Iceland.

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Visit the Volcanoes

5 average rating | 1 reviews

Visit the Volcanoes

This was an amazing experience. The tour guides took great care of us as we ventured into a volcanic system. They were very knowledgeable and helped explained how the volcanic system works. Definitely recommend

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2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

4.8 average rating | 25 reviews

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3

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Reykjavik City Card | 24 Hours

4.9 average rating | 20 reviews

Reykjavik City Card | 24 Hours

Excellent. The price is fantastic, especially considering it includes the ability to use the city bus. We purchased the three-day pass and it paid for itself within the first 24 hours easily. Between the museums, swimming pools, and bus trips we had a great time in Reykjavik & would highly recommend purchasing the city pass to anyone visiting!

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It was amazing! The tour was informative and covers a lot of places in such a short period amount of time but we didn’t feel rushed at all. Thorstenn was very helpful, funny and informative!

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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

4.7 average rating | 20 reviews

3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

Everything is as advertised above. It is a nice choice for beginner and quite worthwhile .

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Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

5 average rating | 42 reviews

Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

My sister and I had a blast with Gisli via Troll Expeditions at Skaftafell glacier. We only had 6 people in our group excluding our tour guide. Gisli was very personable, and allowed us to slow down and really enjoy each moment. He had no problem with us stopping to take photos, and even went out of his way to make sure we got really great pictures. He even made sure everyone had a time-lapse video of our ice climb. We were able to have 4 turns at ice climbing, one with one pick to make sure we were using our crampons properly, two with 2 ice picks including getting a sweet photo-op and time-lapse video, and one timed. He made it a fun contest to see who could climb the fastest, representing their country. We hiked for a short bit, taking in the views, and our tour guide had no problem with us asking questions, and he really took the time to turn them into conversations. Our tour guide gave us photos and videos of us via airdrop, and even added destinations into our googlemaps after learning that we planned on making stops along our way back to Reykjavic. Many of these stops we would not have known to look for.He gave us a great restaurant recommendation for dinner in Vik as well. Not just Gisli, but all staff we came into contact with went out of their way to be helpful and ensure we enjoyed our time. We had a great experience and would recommend others do this tour.

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