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Reykjavík, Iceland
Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience
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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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Overview

Combine a tour of Iceland's Golden Circle with an off-road ride in a super truck and a snowmobile experience. On this full-day tour, including pickup and drop-off from your Reykjavik accommodations, you get a true sense of the country's natural wonders through visits to Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Strokkur geyser, among other highlights.
  • Day trip including the Golden Circle Tour, exploring in a super truck, and snowmobiling adventure
  • Visit Golden Circle highlights such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Strokkur geyser
  • Ride a super truck over the rugged tundra
  • Snowmobile across glacial ice and snow fields
  • Round-trip transportation from your Reykjavik accommodations
  • Bus equipped with GPS-enabled tablets featuring travel information in 10 languages
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In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
English-speaking local guide
Free WiFi on board
USB charger
All necessary equipment for the snowmobile ride
Food and drinks
Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)
Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.
Single ride supplement for snowmobile payable on spot (if odd number of travellers, 1, 3 etc.)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Bus Hostel Reykjavik , Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

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8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Be ready for convenient pickup at your Reykjavik accommodations. Board a comfortable bus and find your seat, equipped with Wi-Fi and a USB charger. Each seat also comes equipped with a tablet, which provides GPS-sensitive audio guides in several languages. 

The UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park is the first stop. There, learn about the Althing, one of the world's oldest parliaments. The park is also home to the location where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been dramatically pulled apart; the rift makes great photos. 

Continue to Geysir geothermal area, where you visit the very active Strokkur geyser. Take a walk around the Gullfoss Waterfall, where runoff from the Hvítá glacial river drops over two levels into a canyon. 

To keep exploring the rugged terrain of the central highlands, hop aboard a custom super-truck bound for the snowmobile base camp at the foot of the Langjökull Glacier. There, transfer to a snowmobile to ride across the snow and ice fields of the white wilderness.

After a day of adventure, relax onboard the bus as you're whisked back to Reykjavik and dropped off in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
The tour starts with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest running parliament in the world. It is also here that the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart and the resulting rift valley is clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Strokkur
The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the original geyser and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in world. Here the ground trembles and super heated water & steam erupts skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Langjokull Glacier
Next we head to Gullfoss Waterfall where you will step aboard a custom-made Super Truck that´s capable of driving across rough snowy terrain thanks to its enormous tyres. The drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of the Langjökull Glacier is an unique Arctic highland experience and the snowmobile tour that follows is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Ride across the eternally frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour, exploring one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe and indeed the world. Please note that a valid driver's license is required to drive a snowmobile.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
When you return from your snowmobile adventure you can enjoy a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. There the Hvítá glacial river cascades down 32 metres on two levels into a narrow canyon with a thundering roar.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is six years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note, you must hold a valid drivers license to drive a snowmobile
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience.

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  • "You get the full gear but you will need hand warmers to place in your gloves (provided, but too thin to have any use) or use your own." See review
  • "Start the morning 07:30am a walk through the tectonic plates followed by the geysers and fulfils waterfalls, a day full of interesting sights." See review
  • "They just need to add a few 3x suits mind you this is from someone who is 6'5" tall and not small." See review

Reviews

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star-5
The best trip in Iceland
Catherine_P
, May 2022
The driver/guide was fantastic A character eager to answer all my questions. He was funny and looked after everyone. It was ver personal and the truck was a beast and very comfortable
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking time in writing us about your experience. We are happy to see you had a great time along the Golden Circle tour and we hope the snowmobiling ride was the cherry on the cake. Hope to see you again for even more adventures!
star-1
Dreadful customer care
Ian_V
, Mar 2022
Sadly not told pick up time correctly and no trip and very bad customer care tried to sort this out but not helpful Very disappointing Would not ever book again with them
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Ian for taking time in leaving us a review. We are sorry to hear about this case, but as we informed your booking agent, all the information needed were on your voucher. All our customers are informed that pick up starts 30 min prior to tour departure time, if pick up service is included. We hope you will come back to Iceland again and hopefully next time your experience would be a 5 stars one.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant
gary_m
, Mar 2022
The snowmobiling was excellent. Excellent organisation. Would not hesitate booking it again. The guides on the buses were very knowledgeable and friendly. We loved it!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Gary for taking time in writing us these kind words. We are glad to see you had a great time on our tour and we hope to have you back on board soon.
star-4
Great snowmobiling experience; the rest a bit long
Tony_C
, Mar 2022
The snowmobiling was excellent fun. Good staff and well organised. The monster truck type bus was a bit packed in to get there though. The rest of the Golden Circle tour was long (but it is a fair distance between things in Iceland).
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Tony for taking time in writing us this review. We are glad to see you had a good time with us and we hope you will join us in he future for even more adventures.
star-1
Far too little excursion, far too mush time on buses. Avoid
David_M
, Mar 2022
So the scenery is great, people friendly and helpful. We were really looking forward to seeing the Golden Circle especially the waterfall. The snowmobile was an added extra. In the event we left Reykjavik about 7:40am and returned after 8:40pm - over 13 hours. Of this time, almost 10 hours was on buses. The tour tries to cram far too much into the time available. We were rushed through the first stop - the weather was poor so we couldn't walk anywhere. the Geysir is nice but is only a 10 minute stop. At Gulfoss, we were rushed to a 4x4 truck for the transfer to the snowmobile and then waited in the truck for over 30 minutes. We didn't get to see the waterfall at all. The transfer to the snowmobile camp should have been interesting however was over an hour each way - the vehicle was awful - cramped, cold, wet, almost no visibility. Over 50 people stuck in a tiny claustrophobic space for hours. The truck had a tyre problem so had to wait for over an hour for tools. Given this is a wilderness outing that suggests very poor planning and could have been serious. The snowmobiles were fine - but a lot of sitting on a cramped bus for a short ride. the journey back to Gulfoss also slow and painful arriving around 2 hours late. The final problem was the journey back to Reykjavik. Perhaps there is a low speed limit for coaches but the bus crawled back taking well over 2 hours to cover perhaps 70 miles. The roads were pretty deserted and almost every other vehicle overtook the coach. As a result we arrived back with no time to spare for our Northern Lights tour - nothing to eat, no chance even for a bathroom stop or clean up. We had just spent 13 hours - mostly on buses - and couldn't face another 4 hours so we cancelled that next trip and weren't able to reschedule. If we had known the transfer to the snowmobiles was going to be so long we would never have booked that part and simply enjoyed both the waterfall AND out Northern Lights trip. We didn't get the see the Golden Circle - despite this trip being advertised - the truck/coach to the snowmobiles was uncomfortable - there are newer vehicles doing the same trip so why did we have to be crammed into that old wreck? Why do the snowmobiles have to be so far away - given the ride is only 50 minutes it's madness to take 4 hours for the trip. This itinerary is far too ambitious. It's also very expensive. We felt badly let down and ripped off. A painful way to learn not to use coaches unless there is no alternative - trip with smaller minibuses have far less time sitting around.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you David for such a detailed feedback of your trip. We are sorry to see this tour did not met your expectations. The departure time of the Golden Circle tour is 08:00 and the tour never leaves earlier. The tour is being advertised as being 12h long. At each stop along the Golden Circle tour we allow from 30 min up to 1h time to visit, depending on the group pace and also weather conditions. The truck that it is used to transfer you on the glacier is a heavy modified truck. Not every vehicle can reach to the glacier. We are sorry that weather conditions on that day were not ideal, but it is hard to predict how weather can be on the glacier, hence why the delayed transfer. Iceland was severely hit by storms in the past weeks, making driving conditions not easy at some pointes. Our driver does adapt the speed according to the road conditions and we will never go beyond the point when it becomes dangerous! We do hope you will visit us again and join for more adventure in Iceland!
star-5
A must do experience!
Amanda_S
, Mar 2022
This is a must if you’re visiting Iceland. Was lots of snow when we were there so views on this trip were spectacular. A long day but well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for writing us this review. We are happy to see you had a great time on the Golden Circle tour and we hope you will visit us again soon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Don't book!
Josh_P
, Feb 2022
Experienced bad weather, however I didn't get an email saying it was cancelled until 11pm Don't book as it is very unreliable on communication
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello Josh! Thank you for taking time in writing us this review. We are sad to see this though, as we consider it does not reflect the effort we put in informing our customers in time about any cancelation. Due to recent storms that hits Iceland for weeks, the weather forecast was very unreliable and we had to act even last minute. We do hope that you will join us in the future so you can have a better overview on how fun a tour with us is!
star-5
Fantastic trip
Charlotte_D
, Feb 2022
The trip is a must for any visitor to Iceland. Very well organised. Stunning scenery and great fun. Snowmobiles and glacier were fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Charlotte for taking time in writing us this review. We are glad to see you had a great time on our Golden Circle tour and we hope to have you back on board to explore even more of Iceland
star-5
Snowtastic
goonerafc68
, Jan 2022
Really enjoyed the whole day however the snowmobiling has got to be the highlight Tour guide was really friendly and helpful
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for taking time in writing us about your experience. We are happy to see you had a great time on the Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile tour. We hope to see you again so we can explore together even more of Iceland.
star-5
A most enjoyable trip to see Icelands natural wonders
Steph_J
, Jan 2022
A really good trip to see some of Icelands natural wonders. A full day with a good amount of time at each point to enjoy each feature. We had the most amazing guide and driver….. nicknamed Yoyo & Santa who made the trip even more fun. Their vast knowledge of Iceland accompanied with their humour made this one of our most enjoyable trips. I would like to add that my husband is disabled and both Yoyo and Santa did everything they could to make this trip inclusive for him.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
And the award to the most heart whelming review of the month goes to Steph! Thank you very much for taking time in writing us this review. We will make sure Santa and Yoyo will read it. We are very happy we could be part of your adventure in Iceland and we hope to see you again on board for even more fund and interesting trips!

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