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Frequently Asked Questions

About Adventure Holidays in Iceland

Adventure holidays are guided packages and tours that are designed to fit as many activities into your vacation as possible. Iceland is renowned for the astonishing number of adventures on offer, such as glacier hiking, snowmobiling, snorkelling and ice caving, and with these options, you'll have no shortage of activities to choose from.

1. Can I visit the ice caves on an adventure holiday?

Certain adventure holidays run in winter and allow you to visit the ice caves in Mýrdalsjökull glacier and/or Vatnajökull glacier.

2. What equipment should I pack for an adventure holiday?

As a general rule, you will need warm, water- and windproof clothing and sturdy hiking boots with ankle support for most activities in Iceland. In the "What to Bring" section of each package description, all additional specifications are listed, although the specialised equipment is usually provided for you.

3. Where do I go on adventure holidays?

Adventure holidays are a broad category in which you will find options that take you to all of Iceland's regions—from the South to the North and from the West to the East.

4. Can children join adventure holidays?

Many of these packages allow children over the age of eight to join. It is unlikely that children will be able to participate in all the activities, but some tours are without age limits. You can always check the minimum age for each tour under the "Quick Facts" section, below the tour-description text.

5. Is accommodation included in adventure holidays?

Accommodation arrangements depend on the length and nature of the package. Many include accommodation throughout the whole trip, while some only include accommodation outside of Reykjavík. The details of each package are listed in the "Quick Facts" section, under "What's Included."

6. Do adventure holidays run in winter?

Adventure holidays run in both seasons, with seasonal activities for you to enjoy.

7. When is the best time of the year for an adventure holiday?

It depends on the range of adventures you want to experience. Those seeking to experience the ice caves and the northern lights should book a winter package, while those seeking river rafting, Puffin-watching and the midnight sun, for example, should come in summer.

8. Will I still get to sightsee on adventure holidays?

Yes, all adventure holidays include a mixture of sightseeing and activities.

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

If a weather cancellation occurs, we will do our very best to reschedule. If that is not possible, we will try to arrange an alternative tour. Should that fail as well, you will be refunded the price of the cancelled tour. If you end up partaking in a cheaper tour, you will be refunded the price difference.

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6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.8 average rating | 12 reviews

6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We had an awesome time in Iceland thanks to the coordination of tours and accommodation provided by Guide to Iceland. The Troll Expedition Golden Circle tour guided by Hugi was phenomenal; as was the 2 day Southern Coast tour guided by Lisa. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour on April 25, 2018 was led by a guide who did not share much information nor stop at all of the places described in the itinerary. Of course the Blue Lagoon was amazing, and Reykjavík was a delightful city to explore. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone!

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Our tour was in early March 2018. We were lucky with the weather and it was beautiful every day. The tour was easy to setup up just note the communications might not be immediate depending on time zone (I am in US). It did not affect any of the travel. I recommend at your hotel to ask where the tour buses pick up passengers. Ours was not clear and our guide Sveinbjorn had to search us out. Sveinbjorn was a fantastic guide. Was a safe driver and could definitely relax and watch the scenery without worry. He takes pride in his country and enjoys talking about it with a passion. He made sure were on time and had it set where we arrived earlier at places then other tour groups which made it easy for us to get around. If the place was dangerous he made sure the group knew (multiple times). What I liked is I learned more about Iceland from him then any other resource. Now more about the trip. Each day we were on the road by 8 local time so the day starts early. All the hotels were nice and there were some brand new ones. A travel note is once you are at a hotel expect to be there and no other exploring since they are isolated. I personally was nervous about hiking the glacier but our guide (did not remember his name) kept me at ease and it was a great experience. The ice caves were fantastic and a lot of it was due to our guide Faye. She kept us entertained and played Icelandic rock music for us. All the places we stopped were interesting and we were glad we did the extended tours to the east side of the island (away from most of the tourists). I think my only frustrating thing was the end of the tour from Akureyri back to Reykjavík. We did not spend any time in Akureyri because our plane left about 11:00am local time. Might have been nice to seen more of Akureyri. And once we arrived back in Reykjavík we assumed there would be transportation since the tour asked where we were staying once we got back in Reykjavík but we had to find it ourselves. Plenty of taxis just be aware. I recommend a new visitor to the island to use a tour company and I think you will enjoy your stay

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 16 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

We joined the 8-day tour with our guide Svein in March, hunting for amazing Aurora and beautiful landscapes. In the end, I left my camera on the minibus. Svein was so kind to send it back to me. I was really appreciate it.

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

4.9 average rating | 18 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

We completed this tour in March 2018 and our tour guide was Hildigunnur(Hildi). The whole tour was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our wonderful guide Hildi was a great ambassador for her country and ensured that we not only enjoyed the trip but also received a great insight into the history, culture and geography of Iceland. Nothing was too much trouble for her as she would help us with scheduled or unscheduled stops for photos, trying local produce and understand in local folklore. The trip was well planned with convenient stops and lovely accommodation. The atmosphere which Hildi created was one of comfort and relaxation while enjoying some unbelievable scenery. We enjoyed not having to rush which we would have done if we did day tours from Reykjavik. All in all a great tour with an excellent, caring and fun tour guide.

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Ragnheiður was a fun and great guide with an amazingly positive attitude and we enjoyed the trip immensely. She kept us very comfortable and made the most of our time with good pacing of the viewpoints and visits with plenty of rest-stops in between. The sights were all well picked and provided a wonderful view into the natural treasures of Iceland. Very happy with the tour and our wonderful guide Ragnheiður.

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8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

4.6 average rating | 15 reviews

8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

This was a great trip, Francisco at Guide to Iceland was a great help and answered a whole bunch of random questions from us over the course of planning our trip. All of the tours and accommodations went nice and smoothly. We went with the mid-range hotel options and were placed in the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik which was an awesome location. It was just a 2 or 3 block walk down to the main shopping/dining street and all of the tour buses picked us up right in front of the hotel (as opposed to meeting at a bus stop like it seemed some of the other hotels had to do). Our kids had really pushed for the high-end hotel option, but I think we picked the right one - we didn't fly to Iceland to have a fancy hotel experience after all. We went on 2 over night trips with Troll Expeditions. The buses were nice, though the "south coast tour" involved a lot more time sitting in the bus than I expected (we were driving through a nasty storm both days) but was worth it. I think the only mistake we made was opting for the northern lights by boat trip. We had figured that a boat would have more freedom to move around and find clear skies, but we basically motored out of the harbor and then made a couple of big circles in the same place for a while, all the time socked in by clouds. I think we'll try a mini-bus northern lights tour on our next visit, other travelers generally gave them more positive reviews.

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It was a wonderful experience. The tour guide of my trip was excellent and knowledgeable. We made good friends and so as the other members of our trip. We saw beautiful aurora in two nights at our hotels. The last day in Akureyri is a bit disappointing due to the accomodation. Point to note is that the 6 days 7 days and 8 days tour were grouped together. I could recommend an 8 days tour so that you do not have to take a flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik. Instead you could travel to the west a bit and back to Reykjavik by the bus.

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

4.9 average rating | 18 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

We had a wonderful 6 day tour with Ragnheiður. She is a fantastic guide, giving us extra time at places and showing us special places not on the itinerary. Our group of 9 bonded well, in part by our guide and we had a lot of fun seeing the sights of such a beautiful country, taking selfies, playing in the snow, exploring ice caves, hiking up a glacier...the list goes on! The accommodations were fantastic and really added to the experience. We were also fortunate to see the aurora which was a highlight of the trip. I had a wonderful trip and many stories to take home.

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This was the greatest tour ever. Everyone that I interacted with at Guide to Iceland was awesome and helpful. Our driver and guide for this tour was Sigurður G Viðarsson. He was absolutely amazing. Right from the start he made it fell less like a tour with strangers and more of a road trip with friends. Siggi took care of us the entire trip and shared multiple stories of Iceland which kept us entertained. We were able to see a lot of sights everyday due to his excellent driving and we always felt safe with him on the wheel no matter how rough the weather got. Siggi always made stops for us to use the restroom, for lunch or if anyone of us had a special request. The tour with him always felt smooth and not rushed. At all sights we had ample time to take photos and to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. He even lead the group to the waterfall Dettifoss as the path was full of snow and he hiked up Hverfjall with us and helped us whenever it got difficult. The hotel accommodation provided was excellent with most of them having hot pools to relax in after a long day of walking and taking pictures. All the accommodation provided were far from the city lights which made them excellent for viewing the Northern Lights. Pro tip – Once its past 10 just head to the open hot pool, get in and look up. The warm water around your body and the dancing lights above will be an experience you won’t forget. I opted for the Glacier Hike and Ice Cave activities. Unfortunately due to strong winds the hike was cancelled. Siggi took us to the parking lot from where the hike originates and let us out to stretch our legs. The wind was so powerful that it was hard to walk 100m to take the photo of the glacier. I can’t imagine what would have happened if we had to go on the hike. I am glad that they cancelled the hike for our safety. Two thumbs up to the team for making the right call. We were lucky with Ice cave the next day as the weather mellowed down. Our guide Faye was very informative and kept us safe at all times. Whenever there was a difficult path she was always there to guide and lend a hand. She told us all about how the caves are formed and answered all our questions. She even gave us tips to get good photos and took some for us. Instead of getting a refund for the Glacier Hike I opted for another activity. I walked into the nearest Guide to Iceland office and was assisted by Emilia. She brought out her laptop and helped me select a more suitable activity. I was credited for the cancelled hike and only had to pay the price difference. She was patient and helpful during the entire process. I would recommend Guide to Iceland to everyone and will be taking their tour the next time I come to Iceland. Hopefully soon.

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

I’ve just got back from a 7 day winter vacation, Northern lights & Ice cave tour by Guide to Iceland. I just wanted to give my feedback on my service agent, Embla, who handled everything for me. From when she sent me the first email introducing herself, no questions were too silly and she was always quick to respond. Even when I was on my tour and I had a problem I could email her and she would respond and sort things out very quickly, I mean the only problem I really had was my northern lights tour one evening was cancelled and Embla rebooked me on another one. There were absolutely no problems whilst booking with Guide to Iceland and Embla. The whole itinerary was well thought out and jam packed with the best of the South and West. Our first guide Maria for our two day trip was amazing, she showed us so many things and engaged with us the whole way. Nothing was too much trouble. Our full golden circle tour was with another guide from the same company Troll Expeditions and he was also very good, giving us a lot of local information and tales. Unfortunately for our 2 day ice cave and south tour we had a guide from Aurora Hunters who didn’t seem very friendly at all, from when he made the pick-ups in the morning he just didn’t seem as friendly as the others. Every stop was given a time limit, which actually wasn’t as necessary and then we didn’t have enough time to actually look around. On one stop at a gas station he wanted us to have lunch at 11.30, there was such a queue of people inside, many of us didn’t have anything due to the queue and not being hungry. Even though there were many stops along the way, he didn’t want to stop. He changed out itinerary slightly so we did the blue ice caves on our first day which was fine but that meant we had more time the following day but this was rushed. We stopped in Vik for a bathroom break and that was only half an hour, so we didn’t actually get to explore the place too much although we went further up the coast to the black sand beach and other areas. Apart from this guide, everything else was perfect, I was a solo traveller but the people that were on each tour made the trip great. I was booked into the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel in Reykjavik for the main base, and this hotel was lovely. They gave me a lovely room every time I came back and the tea and coffee was on tap, even though it wasn’t in the rooms but that was fine. The hotel staff are really friendly and accommodating. They have a small menu for food every day, it is the same every day and the menu is limited. Most days when coming back from trips I would just eat there so had the burger with wedges, it was lovely but maybe their menu could do with a little more. I was told I could get a welcome pack from City Hall so on the day that I landed I thought I would seek it out as I wouldn’t have time any other day, unfortunately I was slightly disappointed that I had trekked all that way just to receive a folder with a map (which I already had) 4 postcards and a sim card to use whilst there. Bit disappointed in that, was expecting a bit more considering what I had paid for the trip. But despite the one not great tour guide and the welcome pack I would definitely book with Guide to Iceland again.

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My recent trip with David Ingi (greatest guide ever) was just absolutely fantastic. I enjoyed every second of it and words cannot describe what i witnessed in that country. This trip was very well organized and accommodations for each night are top quality. By completing the ring road you would definitely see everything iceland has to offer and trust me one of the ways to make a road trip most exciting is to have a experienced local that stop at the most unexpected places. Thank you David, for showing the group this magic country and I would love to come back to see a distinctly differ landscape in the summertime.

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Ragnheiður, she is the best of the best! She loves her country and show us the most of it proudly including her personal spots! We had an unforgettable time with her and no words could express my thanx to her for this tour! She is simply the best of the best!

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 16 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

It's an amazing 8 Day Winter Excursion with our cool viking guide, Siggi. The tour will not be awesome without him. He is a caring, thoughtful and helpful guide with plenty of initiatives to allow us to further experience the icelandic culture. For e.g. Bringing us to the geothermal bath and having a taste of Icelandic fermented shark meat etc. On top of that, his is a skillful driver, who take us through the rough weather that we encountered along the way. We felt that he went the extra mile to allow us to experience and explore the places and culture than to spend our time aimlessly:) The hotels provided are strategically located to get a good view of the northern lights display and most of them are equipped with facilities such as a hot tub and sauna. We are glad that we are able to catch the northern lights display for 2 nights. They're really great:) We would like to recommend the tour to adventurous travelers who are looking for an experiential tour in Iceland:) We had a very memorable tour!

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 16 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

A great 8 day Winter Excursion, special credits should go to our tour manager Seggi Viking. As a driver he is skillful and considerate, as a tour guide he is experienced and knowledgeable and a an Islandic local he is caring and friendly. It was a challenging adventure to climb up a snow covered crater to catch a scenic surroundings. Experienced a taste of cold and warm at the same time in a Geothermal Bath. We were fortunate to catch 2 nights of spectacular Aurora display during this trip. Contemplating to come back during summer to have another different experience.

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

4.9 average rating | 18 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

This tour was just amazing! The guide, David, was really great, funny and always available. The hotels during the tour were really great, even exceeded our expectations. The only slight problem is that hotels are mostly situated in remote areas were there are no other options but to eat at the hotel's restaurant and these were pretty expensive. We really enjoyed every site we visited and the landscape throughout the tour is exceptional! We had the right amount of time thanks to a small bus (of 16 people) and explanations on each site. Little improvements this tour could offer: possibility to book this tour as a half-board with dinners included in the hotels, and a little bit more aurora hunting would be appreciated!

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