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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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Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari & Þórsmörk Volcano Hike Day Tour in Iceland

Combination Tour: Driver guided super jeep safari to the mighty "Valley of Thor" and volcano hike up to the site of the first of two world famous volcano eruptions in 2010. All year super jeep day tour from Reykjavik, Iceland.

This trip is rated as Challenging with 3 out of 5 possible.



The day starts with a two hours drive from Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On the way we will drive through the so called "Settlement Lava Field", past the Geothermal Power Station Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Selfoss (the largest village on the South Shore) and typical Icelandic farms with Icelandic livestock roaming around the farmlands. Our first stop is at the magical Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you get a chance to view the world from the back of a 62 meter high waterfall!

Our off road adventure is about to begin as we head North from Seljalandsfoss waterfall and into Þórsmörk valley. The valley is named after the mighty thundergod Thor and as we drive into the valley the reason becomes obvious. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering above the Eyjafjöll mountain range on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót on the other. It might be hard for you to enjoy this amazing scenery as your adrenalin will be pumping since we will be crossing glacial rivers on our specially modified 4x4 super jeep. Shortly we will take a brake from our super jeep action to admire the otherworldly destruction site at Gígjökull glacier lagoon. The second volcano eruption in 2010 melted massive amounts of Eyjafjallajökull glacier cap which came flooding down Gigjökull glacier tongue. Ice bergs and loose rocks scraped everything in their way which resulted in Gigjökull glacier lagoon and it´s surroundings looking like a war zone.

We need to drive a little further for the highlight of our adventurous day - the volcano hike! Our hike starts close to Basar mountain hut and after roughly 800 meters of ascend we reach a surreal volcano crater with 360° of jaw dropping views. You will see the rumoured Icelandic highlands at it´s best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys, glacier made canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured. But the view is not all we are sweating for, what makes this tour so unique is our path that lies through one of the newest lava fields in the world -which is still warm!

The hike takes 4-5 hours and it is challenging. Good hiking shoes are essential as well as good physical condition.

Þórsmörk Volcano Hike Details:

Guaranteed departures :  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 15th of May to 15th of September for minimum 2 person.   (snow conditions and weather permitting).

Please note: This tour is not operated from October 16th through April 14th due to harsh winter conditions and lack of daylight. 


Pick up from Reykjavík : Between 8:00-8:30 

Minimum: 2 persons.
Duration: 10 - 12 hours.
Including: Reykjavik pick up, driver guided super jeep tour, a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, volcano hiking, glacier gear (if needed) and packed lunch.
You need to bring: A waterproof jacket and pants, warm clothes, gloves, a hat and good hiking shoes. If you let us know in advance you can rent hiking shoes, waterproof pants and a jacket.
Age limit: 14 years old.

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Disclaimer: All glacier and super jeep 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.