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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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Highland Safari - Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalaugar and Hekla volcano

A Super Jeep tour into the Highlands of Iceland to Landmannalaugar hot springs & Hekla volcano. A colorful geological adventure with craters and hot springs.

Discover the colorful Highlands of Iceland by visiting the great Landmannalaugar with a expert driver at the wheel of your Super Jeep.  The highlands are a geological showcase for geology enthusiasts and visiting hikers - and don’t forget to bring along your bathing suit and towel for a dip in one of Iceland’s natural geothermal spots.

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and we will drive through the fertile farm lands of southern Iceland.  The snow-covered peak of Hekla, Iceland’s most famous active volcano, comes into view.  In medieval Europe, Mt. Hekla was notorious as it was believed to be the entrance to hell. Hekla has erupted approximately 20 times since the county was settled in the ninth century.

We drive right up to the edge of the youngest lava field formed during the 2000 eruption.  The variations in the lava and vegetation shaped by the forces of erosion create a spectacular setting for the volcano.  If the weather permits, we drive up along the volcano’s ridge, which is 900 meters above sea level.  From this height we can enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding region.

The drive from the base of the volcano is over a truly rugged mountain track past funky lava fields and explosion craters.

Driving into the highlands approaching Landmannalaugar traversing a few streams and rivers in our specially build super jeep. During the stop in Landmannalaugar you will have time to explore the colorful hills and lava fields or a refreshing dip in the nearby hot springs stream.  As we head out of the interior, we visit the explosion crater Ljótipollur.  Then we advance down the picturesque Þjórsárdalur We’ll make a stop at the photogenic Hjálparfoss waterfall after making a pit stop at the highland hotel at Hrauneyjar for coffee and a break. The day in the Landmannalaugar area is a memorable experience and a geological treat.

Guaranteed departures every day at 8:00 AM from the 10th of June to the 10th of September for a minimum of 2 persons.

Available all year round. (depending on weather and snow conditions)
Note: in heavy snowy winter conditions and with the short daylight hours (December - January) we sometimes have to cancel the trip due to conditions. In spring time (April - May) the roads are usually inaccessible.
Guaranteed departures: Everyday for minimum 2 persons from 10th of June - 15th of September. Every Thursday from 16th of September - 9th of June for minimum 2. Note that the tour is not operated in May.

Duration of trip: 10-12 hours. Available: All year (depending on snowlayers, conditions and weather). Age limit: 10 years.

Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants. Good hiking shoes are recommended! Option: Bathing in a natural warm pool at Landmannalaugar. Remember your bathing suit and a towel!

Includes: Pick up from accommodation & private guide in your jeep, maximum 10 persons in jeep. Meals not included, bring your own lunch or purchase sandwiches and beverages at a stop before we head into the interior.

Click here for details on our cancellation policy.

Disclaimer: All hiking 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 have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.