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From AtomicCitygirl

We explored our week in Iceland with the Fire Island 5 day tour. It really was an amazing if not exhausting week! 

We began with a morning of Sea Kayaking which was absolutely serene, however I felt it the next day in my arms for sure! The afternoon was much more relaxing with whale watching in which we spotted some 'minkys' much to the excitement of the captain. It was pretty cold so do wrap up, my partner managed to borrow a one-piece suit the crew wear which kept him toastie.

This was followed by a morning of snorkelling in the 2C water coming from a glacier - don't worry you get a 'dry suit' - unfortunately mine leaked at the right foot so that was pretty cold a wet but bearable while we swam a circuit in these amazingly clear waters.

In the afternoon we adorned our hard hats (luckily for me) as we went lava caving, this was really beautiful seeing the carved out tunnels moulded by lava. Unfortunately we didn't take out camera thinking it would be too dark - if you do go, please take your camera! You'll end up with some great photos.

On Wednesday we went on a 'hot spring hike' - not a difficult walk by any means, fairly gentle and suitable for all ages. The bubbling springs, smelly sulphur splurging out and steam rising really is unforgettable. I felt like I was in a Lord of the Rings movie! The paddle in the beautifully warm water was absolutely lovely while chatting away to your fellow travelers and guides.

In the afternoon we went horse riding on the famous Icelandic ponies which have 5 different gaits (as opposed to 4 like other horses). This was great for myself who had ridden before and for my partner who was a complete novice. The groups were separated a couple of times so the more experienced group could canter on ahead. Unfortunately for me, my pony was rather lazy and did need a 'kick up the backside' to get going (a riding crop may have been helpful).

Our second last day was spent at the Blue Lagoon, 6 hours getting wrinkly in the water! I think we would have gone back again if we'd had time. The only word to really describe it is 'bliss' and a must-do for everyone that comes to Iceland. It's essentially an independently heated (by mother earth) outdoor pool with an amazing blue colour. You have to try slathering yourself in the silica mud that is dotted around the edges - good for the skin apparently but makes for some funny photos!

Our last adventure day was no disappointment as we went white water rafting down Hvítá River in the morning which was wild and exciting and during the tamer parts of the river we played some games, most of which left one of us on the wet side of the raft! We also did a cliff jump, with the choice of a 2m or 5m fall - we obviously chose the higher one! It doesn't sound that high until your staring it down!

In the afternoon we finished with the famous Golden Circle. This is where we experienced the biggest geyser in Iceland which shoots up 30 feet in the air every 7 mins and walked along the noisy Gulfoss waterfall (golden waterfall) of which there are two. We explored Þingvellir national park and learnt about the fascinating history of days when men representing all corners of Iceland gathered for 2 weeks of the year to discuss matters of business and laws - before they could even write (one man was charged with the responsibility of remembering all the laws)! 

Overall it was busy but absolutely fantastic and breath-taking 5 days. The full schedule may leave you exhausted but there are plenty of 'lighter' days to make up for it and I think it really gives you the best view of Iceland in the shortest amount of time. The only other think I would have liked to have done is glacier hiking - next time!

From AtomicCityGirl - March 2012


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About Super Jeep Safari

Iceland Cruisers and Arctic Adventures are Icelandic adventure and activity companies with an emphasis on eco tourism and environmentally friendly trips in the amazing Icelandic nature.

We are your one stop for super jeep tours, daytrips, expeditions, activities and adventure during your holiday in Iceland. Our operation area is Iceland, specifically South Iceland, Reykjavik, Geysir area and around Gullfoss waterfall. We also operate a number of tours in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park.

We offer trips on super jeeps which make it possible for you to get to amazing scenery and nature unreachable without super jeeps, either driver guided tours or tours where you will be driving the super jeeps yourself.  If you want to combine your super jeep tour with an activity, we can make it happen.  We offer white water rafting on many Icelandic rivers, mostly in South Iceland. The main rafting river is Hvítá river that is very close to Geysir hot springs. We also offer white water canoeing and sea kayaking close to Reykjavik.

Other popular tours are snorkeling and diving in the Silfra ravine in Thingvellir, hiking to the hot springs near Hveragerði and Reykjavik. Glacial hiking with optional ice climbing is also a very cool tour on the glacier named Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier). These glacial trips are an excellent way to explore the rugged Icelandic glaciers up close.

We also offer a variety of hikes and treks through the most beautifull highlands, mountains and coastal regions in Iceland.

Caving in Iceland is also a superb way to explore the unseen underground lava caves and tubes.

In addition to all this we run an array of incentive trips and teambuilding activities near Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and anywhere you can think of in Iceland.

If you are looking for something more specific we are the ones to contact.  Customized ski trips, snowboard trips, hiking trips, trekking, kayaking, diving, rafting, climbing and alpine trips can be arranged.