Glacier Explorer Tour. 

Golden Circle, South Shore Highlights, Glacier Hike & Snowmobiling. 

This 2-day adventure will introduce you to the most famous and classic highlights of Iceland including 2 glaciers.

We will take the famous Golden Circle & South Coast route and see Geysirs, Geothermal steam, stand between the tectonic plates, visit the oldest parliament in the world.

And we will hike behind majestic waterfalls, see black sand beaches, basalt columns, explore ancient glaciers, and volcanoes… Join us on this hot and cold adventure! 

This tour is for everyone who wants to get the real feel of being in the Arctic and explore one of the most fascinating natural phenomena.   

Any Questions About This Tour?

Just send us a line at goecco@goecco.com  or call +354 855 9090 – We are here to help!

Day 1: Golden Circle & Snowmobiling

Our first stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather!  We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders.

Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!

Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face.

From here we start our journey towards Langjokull Glacier also known as the Long Glacier to have some snowmobiling fun: The best way to travel on a glacier! We are sure the whole family will enjoy this!

Then it is time for a good rest at our hotel until the next day of adventure awaits.

 

Day 2: Glacier Hiking & South Shore

Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colourful, rough scenery.

First stop will be the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical.

We continue past the famous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajokull up tour our next stop the stunning Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!

And now to the highlight of the day: Glacier hiking! We drive up to Solheimajokull Glacier, put on our crampons and grab our ice axes. As we step onto the glacier we will be reminded of the vast forces of nature and the massive, untameable powers that carved out the mountains and fjords of Iceland. You will see layers of volcanic ash capsuled within the ice, deep crevasses and mysterious moulins. And we will see the visible signs of climate change and talk about how it affects us all.

Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns that have inspired many landmarks like Hallgrims Church, Harpa music hall and our National Theatre.

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavik.

 

 

 

DAY 1 – Golden Circle Our first stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather!  We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders. Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face. Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!

Northern Lights

Every evening we’ll explore the cold winter night and if the conditions are good we will watch out for the Northern Lights, which are often seen right above this area. But it is always up to Mother Nature and the Pagan Gods if they want to put up a show for us… 

Then it’s time to rest before the next day of glacier and ice caving adventure.


Day 2 – Ice caving and glacier hiking 

We rise and shine early to enjoy the breakfast and a morning brief. Then we hit the road, ready for a day full of adventure. Today we’ll explore the mysterious and stunning Vatnajökull glacier inside out! Europe’s largest glacier – with its gigantic blocks of ice, layers of volcanic dust capsule within the ice and its breathtaking blue ice caves of Skaftafell National Park. And of course the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon with its ever-changing icebergs and seals playing in the cold water.

Ice Caving

Our 4×4 truck will work hard through the lunar landscape and chew its way through rocks, ice and snow to get us there. This is where it will make sense to you why we don’t recommend self-driving in Iceland! 

Depending on the conditions of the day and how far we can drive we will do a short hike up to the ice cave. All our guides are specially trained so listen carefully to their safety instructions and always wear your helmet. Once you enter the ice cave you’ll see that it’s simply a once in a lifetime experience in one of the wonders of the world. It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral with tones of white, blue.  The ice caves are natural structures come and go with the seasons. They are being born in the Summer from the massive pressure of glacial melt-water and can only be accessed in the winter when they empty. That is why the caves are never the same. The first famous cave we found, also known as The Crystal Ice Cave in Skaftafell National Park collapsed years ago. Our ice cave guides find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier and other glaciers each season.As ice caving has become the no. 1 popular thing to do in Iceland, you must expect other people in the ice caves especially around national holidays. All images you see on our website are shot on our tours the past seasons. However, ice caves change every season and are reborn with the meltwater from the Summer season, so the ice caves will NOT be exactly like the images you see here. The images can only be used as a guide. We just have to wait and see what Mother Nature makes for us each season.  Glacier Lagoon

We also stop the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies fx James Bond (Die Another Day and A View to Kill). Here you see the ever-changing icebergs in white and blue in the ice cold lagoon – on most days we see seals and birds playing in the water. We will also go to the glacier beach, which we think is actually cooler than the lagoon. Here you can touch the ancient icebergs and shoot amazing up-close photographs. And if you bring whiskey we have ice!

Please note that sailing at the lagoon is not included in the tour and is only possible till the lagoon freezes over. Set foot on the largest glacier in Europe We’ll put on our ice spikes, helmets and grab an ax to do a short glacier walk, which is a mind-blowing experience. You’ll really feel the forces of nature when you walk on the ancient ice, look into deep crevasses, and listen to the sounds of the glacier.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will like this part of the tour, as this part of the glacier was used in the HBO TV-show Game of Thrones. You will now find yourself beyond the Wall with White Walkers and Wildlings lurking around…

We do an easy hike that everyone can take part in just to get a feel of the glacier. Again listen to the guide, listen to nature and listen carefully to the safety instructions.


Day 3 – South Shore Expedition

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavik along the brutal South Shore via the town of Vik. Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.

Before Vík, we cross the black desert of Skeidarasandur, and then Laki Lava Field – the biggest one on the planet. You’ll see what it’s like to live in a country with 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change. Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns. Beware that the waves at Reynisfjara are strong and unpredictable and have caused death several times, so it is vital to listen to the guide’s instructions about keeping a distance to the sea and not climb on the rocks. After a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!   And we have more waterfalls for you: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical. Our last stop is a famous lava cave – a magical world underneath the rugged lava field. Once again it is time for us to put on our helmets and headlights and explore the inside of mother earth. The cave is just stunning, which is probably also why it has been used as a film location in famous movies like fx Noah. And then we just have a short ride left before we are back in civilization also known as Reykjavik, but 3 days of adventure richer…

Included:

Glacier Hike (Private)

Single rider Snowmobiling (Private)

Hotel and Breakfast

All Taxes & Planning Fees

Private Golden Circle Super Jeep

Private South Coast

Activities:

Glacier Hike (Private)

Single rider Snowmobiling (Private)

Homework:

Watch the documentary Chasing Ice

Documentary about volcanos.

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“Amazing Experience!”

5 of 5 stars

Amazing Experience

We took a two days private tour at the beginning of August with Goecco for our family, Snaefelsness and the 4 elements tour, both amazing. Those were our two first days in Iceland and we were so lucky to have the great Halli Hansen to guide us into that sublime country. He was so interesting, caring and joyful, he made those two days very special and an experience our family will never forget. We saw waterfalls, ice and lava caves, mingled among Icelandic horses, he’s a real horse whisperer, took a bath in a hot water pond, lay down in the thick moss, listened to good music and Halli’s captivating stories. Markus his assistant was very kind and helpful too. It definitely worth it, so go for Goecco:)


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“BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!”

5 of 5 stars

 BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE

After reviewing several different tour groups, we finally selected Goecoo. We’re not big on group tours, but understood that in order to get the best glacier ice cave experience, we’d need to go with the pros, and we were not disappointed!

First of all, Jonas is a true mountaineer. You can tell that he is extremely passionate about sharing his love for exploring the tremendous outdoor landscapes of Iceland, and truly wants to give you the best experience possible.

The day started by being picked up at our hotel by Villi, another friendly outdoorsman who’s been giving Icelandic tours most of his life. He took us to a lava cave, to the black sand beaches of Vik, to several different waterfalls, and to our final destination – a small boarding school about 20km east of the Glacier Lagoon.

We were met by Jonas, his lovely wife Cristina and their young 2 year old daughter Solveig. We felt immediately welcomed and at home, and the house was filled with the smells of a traditional Icelandic Sunday dinner. Despite choosing the 6 room rate, we had our own privateroom of 2 bunk beds. Everyone in the group helped out in preparation for dinner, we shared stories, food, and drinks. Afterwards, Villi set up a fire outside to wait for the northern lights, and although they acted like they were going to show, it ultimately became too cloudy for much of anything.

Up and early the next morning, another great breakfast prepared by Cristina and we were on the road to the glacier! This is where you really get to see Jonas in his element. He took us to 2 different ice caves, which were easily the most amazing things I’ve ever seen with my own eyes, while trekking on top of the glacier in our crampons and ice picks. From there, after drinking some ice cold glacier water, we kept the tour on to the glacier lagoon and glacier beach, all before the long drive back to Reykjavik.

Very happy with our experience with Goecco, highly recommend for fit people looking for a good adventure outside. Seeing the ice caves of Vatnajokull is a MUST when traveling to Iceland.


Nikeflies, Hartford, Connecticut

Don’t take our word for it, here are few Tripadvisor comments on the Iceland tours.

 

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“Iceland Wonderland Private Tour with Goecco”

5 of 5 stars

Iceland wonderland private tour

We are family of 4 (kids 12&10) who travel a lot and are always looking for new adventures off beaten path. This time we booked 3 days private tour with Goecco and we had just a dream vocation! Our driver guide Atli was the best guide we ever had. He met us at the airport at 6am (even though Goecco warned us that earliest pick up was 9am). His knowledge of the places he showed us, his constant attention to every detail, his concern about our safety- and about our fun- was truly one of a kind. This man is a walking encyclopedia- he told us so much about the history of Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes, even types of rocks we came across- and kids loved his stories about trolls and old heroes!

Atli went above and beyond taking us to more places than we ever dreamed to see- and doing his best to beat the crowds (successfully so!). In spite of busy Christmas vocation week he made us feel that we were alone in the beautiful wonderland of Iceland- we found ourselves in an icy cave with waterfall, listened to the glacier slowly moving in the dark of the night and hiked up the glacier where there was no one- just sun, wind and ice… truly unforgettable experience! Atli’s kindness and sense of humor made us feel that we knew him for a long time- and we are looking forward coming to Iceland again in summer and hopefully see our friend again.

Simon B., Ontario, Canada


 

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“Amazing Private Tour of South Iceland”

5 of 5 stars
Amazing Private Tour of South Iceland

We would give Goecco and our tour guide Atli 6 stars if we could for our fabulous private tour of South Iceland. Understanding that a private tour is not for everyone, we still think the value was incredible as we did so many things we never otherwise would have or could have without the flexibility of being on our own, combined with our guide Atli’s enthusiasm to show us every nook and cranny the South coast has to offer.

We saw all the popular tourist sites mentioned on Goecco’s website and then made countless stops in between and beyond that only an experienced guide would be able to show us. We modified the itinerary/order of activities on the fly based on the weather and even went to the same place twice if we could get better pictures. Goecco was extremely responsive and honest about cost and options all the way through the process and they were able to accommodate specific requests – like fitting in a glacier snowmobiling excursion on the last day.

Most important to the experience was our guide Atli, who went out of his way time and time again to share the beauty and culture of Iceland with us every step of the way. “No” was not in his vocabulary and even the little things he did made the biggest difference (from allowing us to use his phone as a mobile hotspot while on the road to making sure we had plenty of drinks and snacks for the longer drives). He shared all of the photos he took over our three days immediately after the tour and we look forward to staying in touch with him about Iceland and beyond. Our thanks again to Goecco and Atli for an amazing experience.

ETB8285, New York City, New York

 


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“The only way tour in Iceland”

5 of 5 stars

The only way to tour

To those of you reading this review. If you haven’t yet, flip for the private/semi-private tours. The personal attention and relaxing conditions are SSSSSOOOOO very much better than the monstrous public tours…. miss the huge crowds at the sites, the over crowded busses, and the lack of one on one….

Absolutely Awesome time.

George S.

 

What to Expect from our Private Glacier Explorer Tour 

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