Golden Circle Express- Conference tour Date: 21. September Pickup from: Radisson Blu Hotel Saga Departure: 07:00 Duration: 5,5 hours Included: Bus fare and guide Min participants: 15Price: 13.500 ISK The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep. The Golden Circle tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year. Please take into account that this is an express version of The Golden Circle. If you have already registered to the conference and want to add the Golden Circle Express tour please contact Elísabet, firstname.lastname@example.org Raufarhólshellir cave – Conference tour Date: 21 September Pick up from: Radisson Blu Hotel Saga (conference venue) Departure time: 15:15 Duration: in total 2,5 hours Included: transportation, guide at the cave Min participants: 15 Price: 14.000 ISK About the Lava Tunnel: Explore the magnificent lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest lava tubes found in Iceland. The tunnel is located just 30 minutes from Reykjavík and is accessible the whole year round. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed 5200 years ago. The total length of the tunnel is an impressive 1360 m (4500 ft), the main tunnel being 900 m long. The tunnel is up to 30 m wide with headroom up to 10 m high, making it one of the most expansive lava tunnels in Iceland. Near the entrance of the tunnel the ceiling has caved in creating three beautiful columns of light inside the tunnel. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking. A trip through Raufarhólshellir is a unique opportunity to get a close look of the impressive forces of nature that emerge from the center of the earth and a guided tour of the wondrous world that can be found just under the surface. The Tour Our standard tour allows you to explore the tunnel in an easy and enjoyable manner with a guide who will educate you of its geological formations, its ties to Hollywood and other interesting things. The tunnel is in many places covered in large rocks and difficult to pass. A footbridge and several paths have been built over the roughest terrain making the standard tour accessible by all. Impressive lighting in this part of the tunnel highlights the changing colours and clearly shows the powerful seismic activity that formed the tunnel. The tour takes approximately one hour and all necessary equipment (such as helmets and headlamps) are provided. Make sure you were sturdy shoes and some warm clothes. Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon & Friðheimar – Conference tour Date: 24 September Pick up from: Radisson Blu Hotel Saga (Conference venue) Departure time: 09:00 Duration: whole day event Included: guide, lunch, entrance to the Secret Lagoon at Flúðir Min participants: 15 Price: 24.500 ISK The tour will start with nice bath at the Secret Lagoon, authentic lagoon just by Flúðir village http://secretlagoon.is/ The Secret Lagoon consists of natural hot springs which have been kept natural and unique so guests can get the true Icelandic feeling. The natural surroundings of the pool and the steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water holds 38–40 degrees Celsius (100–104 Fahrenheit) all year. In the area there are several geothermal spots and a little geyser which erupts every five minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring. Just remember to bring your bathing suits and towel After a nice relax at the Lagoon it is time for Lunch you will have your lunch at Friðheimar http://fridheimar.is/en , Friðheimar will start with welcoming you with a small introduction of their work and little surprise that will lift your spirit. There you can gain some insight into the processes of greenhouse Horticulture, as it is quite remarkable that it is possible to grow vegetables in the cold climate, by creating warm Mediterranean conditions, all year round. After lunch we will head for Gullfoss and Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, which many consider to be the queen of Icelandic waterfalls as it is both high and mighty and stumbles dramatically in a deep gorge. After Gullfoss waterfall we will head for Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur where you can see geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every five minutes. Your last stop will be at Þingvellir, Icaland National Park, where the Icelandic Parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. At Þingvellir you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the North-America and Eurasian tectonic plates and you will be able to stand where the Viking settlers stood centuries ago to edict national laws. After Þingvellir you will be heading back to Reykjavik, and estimated arrival time is around 18:00 We hope you will enjoy the tour. Reykjavik Erupts – Conference tour Date: 24 September Pick up from: Radisson Blu Hotel Saga (Conference venue) Departure time: 09:00 Duration: 4-5 hours Min participants: 10 Price: 16.000 ISK An eruption in Reykjavik is not a question of if, just when. It´s volcanoes erupt every 500-1000 years. The last one erupted almost 900 years ago, another more than 1.000 years ago and the third one, a wild canon, erupted more than 2.000 years ago. In other words, they are overdue. But don´t be alarmed, we should know several days ahed. So, you can relax and enjoy a tour into the beautiful nature of Reykjavik´s volcanoes spiced up with some geological knowledge and good storytelling . On our way to Seltún we will see where the lava ran last time and where it is most likely that it will run to shore next time – which is over one of the newest districts in the capital area. Apart from being the center of volcanic activity, Seltún is a highly active and stunningly beautiful geothermal area with hot springs and boiling fumaroles all around. We take a walk around the area with a guide specialized in the geology and volcanic activity of the area. It is a perfect time to take pictures, enjoy the nature and each other’s company. On our way from Seltún we stop at Maríuhellar, a perfect and easy to access example of a lava tube cave. We explain how these caves are formed during an eruption and take a look into the caves while enjoying a complimentary refreshment. Stories about the former residents of the cave, ordinary people, outlaws, elves and trolls might follow. We park a short walk away from the river and where we can see the lava that ran through this part of the city 4.600 years ago. We enjoy the beautiful view point over the waterfalls, answer your questions, take pictures and salute the volcanoes before going back to the hotel. sdf Daily scheduled tours Golden Circle & Snowmobile The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena. Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, which is one of Iceland’s most significant historical sites because it was there that Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Þingvellir we head along mountain tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, the one spouting hot spring on Earth after which all other spouting hot springs are named. From there we continue on to Gullfoss (“the Golden waterfall”) where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Next we kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland’s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary according to weather and road conditions. Tour duration: 10 hours More info here The Wonders of Snæfellsnes The Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland is almost like a miniature version of the whole country. In addition to its emblematic Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will find white and black sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, and unique harbours in charming fishing villages. The stunning landscapes of the peninsula have captured the imagination of people all over the world ever since Jules Verne wrote the famous science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” in which the amazing Snæfellsjökull glacier is where the journey begins. Snæfellsnes continues to inspire great works of art to this day, most recently when Ben Stiller filmed parts of his critically acclaimed blockbuster “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” there, notably in the charming village of Stykkishólmur, through which the tour will take you. Tour duration: 12 hours More info here Reykjavik Erupts – visit the volcanoes The volcanoes around Reykjavik are overdue. In this tour we enjoy the stunning view of the most active ones, hear everything about the activity and what is most likely that will happen in next eruption. A professional guide and a comfortable, all terrain Land Rover Discovery that gets you off the beaten track to enjoy the stunning beauty of the black volcanic rock formations and mossy filled lavafields. Mix that with the local folklore inspired by the endless colors of the geothermal areas, scent of sulfur in the air, boiling mud eyes & steaming fumaroles. Max 6 Guests per guide in a luxurious Land Rover Discovery. Tour duration: 3 hours More info here South Shore Adventure This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country´s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. Along the way we stop at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall but you can walk behind it and through to the other side. We also stop at the majestic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall, with its impressive 60 m drop (196 ft). We visit Skógar Folk Museum and get a taste how Icelanders lived in past centuries. En route all day long – stunning views of glaciers, black sand coachline and impressive rock formations. Tour duration: 09:00 – 19:00 More info here Northern Lights Mystery Experience the mysterious and beautiful Northern Lights in Iceland. Watch their swirling wild dance across the night sky in fantastic shapes and colors. The Northern Lights Mistery Tour takes you out of Reykjavik city to the best places to see Northern Lights and witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays. When to see the Northern Lights The season for Northern Lights in Iceland extends from the tail end of the summer from September through winter and well into April. The best time to see Northern Lights is in the middle of winter when the weather is the coldest and when it is the darkest. Crisp cold evenings with skies clear enough to see sta This tour is by bus Tour duration: 5 hours Departure at 21:00 or 22:00 More info here Northern Lights by Super Trucks This Northern Lights tour in Iceland takes you in a super Jeep out of town, far from the city lights to observe this fascinating natural phenomenon also known as Aurora Borealis. Given clear skies and a little bit of luck, sightings can occur from autumn through to spring. The elders say that the harsher the night‘s frost, the more intense the colours will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish-yellow but white, red and pink lights can also appear. The Northern Lights Jeep tour is dependent on the weather and sky conditions and we reserve the right to cancel at any time. If the evening tour goes ahead and the Northern Lights are not seen, we will offer the trip again for free! Make sure you book your Northern Lights in Iceland tour for your first night in town in order to maximise your chances of sightings. Please note that the size of your group can grow if we’ve had to cancel several nights in a row due to weather. We indeed try our best to find Northern Lights for everyone! Tour duration: 4 hours Departure at 20:00 More info here Want to see something else? Here you can find a wide range of other excursions to choose from.