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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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Landmannalaugar Highland Paradise - Two day Super Jeep Expedition

A two day winter expedition to the Landmannalaugar Hot Springs in the Icelandic Central Highlands via the Golden Circle on icelandic super jeeps, overnight at the highland chalet in Landmannalaugar. Also includes a glacier walk at the Sólheimajökull glacier and a tour of the South Coast.

Trip difficulty 3 out of 5 possible.

The first day of your tour begins with a pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and briefing about the adventures that lie ahead over the next two days. From Reykjavík we will head east towards the Þingvellir National Park, the founding place of the Icelandic parliament, the oldest one in the world which makes the park the only UNESCO‘s cultural world-heritage site in Iceland The park also offers great beauty and views over the meeting place of the continental plates of America and Europe, the rifts and canyons that accompany it and the largest lake in Iceland, the shimmering, deep blue Þingvallavatn. From the lakeside we head over the mountains and onwards to the Geysir Hot Springs to see the Strokkur spout up a colum of super heated water and around the corner thunders the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, into the vertical glacier river canyon of the Hvítá River. After lunch we drive over the river at the Brúarhlöð canyon and up to the central Highlands through the Þjórsádalur valley. On our way will stop at the Háifoss, one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls and Þjóðveldisbær, a completely restored Viking house, before powering into the highlands and to the Landmannalaugar Hot Springs.

The second day is also packed with fun activities and starts off with a highland drive from Landmannalaugar, down passed the Hekla Volcano and along the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier to the black sand beaches of Sólheimajökull Outlet glacier. On which we will hike on crampons and if feel up to try to ice climbing the ice walls. We will also stop at the powerfull Skógar waterfall and walk behind the 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 sea side restaurant.

We should be in Reykjavik around 18:30-19:30 depending on your choice of activity, weather and road conditions.

Guaranteed departures : Everyday for minimum 2 persons. 
Pick up from Reykjavík : Between 8:00-8:30

Would you like to drive the super jeeps you self? Upgrade this tour to a SELF DRIVE SUPER JEEP tour for a extra charge 40.000 ISK per person.

NOTE! Allow for an extra day in Iceland after this trip in the wintertime, i.e. never book a flight the morning after a winter expedition, sometimes conditions and weather can make us late getting into town!

Distance from Reykjavik: 150 km. Duration of trip: 2 days.
Available: January 15th – July 15th  (depending on snow conditions and  weather). Minimum: 2 persons. 

Bring with you: Very Very Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants. Also bring some warm gloves, warm socks, warm sweater and warm undergarments. Dress like you are going to the North Pole! Good hiking shoes are necessary and can be rented.

Includes: Pick up from accommodation, two day driver guided super jeep tour, Golden Circle sightseeing, glacier hiking, mountain and super-jeep guide and all necessary equipment to sleep in a mountain hut including sleeping bag.

Food included: Day One: Lunch and dinner. Day two: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Disclaimer: All winter and off-road trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants may have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.