We booked 3 tours with arctic adventures" The golden circle tour with snowmobiling, the northern lights tour and the blue ice tour. We traveled in March 2013.
The company seems to be very well run and well staffed.
On our golden circle tour, our guide told us facts about what we were seeing along the drive as well as when we stopped at our destinations in the national park.
The golden circle really is a must see. We had the most fun I think at the Geysir just watching and waiting for it to blow.
The snowmobiling was fantastic. We rode to the top of a glacier and then we stopped for photos. It is such an incredible feeling to be up there with nothing but white snow and ice around you.
The ride itself was so much fun. it was DH's first time on a snowmobile and he loved it.
The northern lights tour is sub-contracted through another jeep tour company. It was quite cold when we were standing and waiting for the northern lights. Bundle up. even if you don't think you'll need that extra layer-take it.
On our trip, it was kind of cloudy and we could see a very faint, and I mean VERY faint green line starting to appear in the sky. Some people were rushing to get the camera. DH and I looked at each other like " what's the big deal you can barely see it". It never really got any brighter than a faint line and then it disappeared. The group hung around waiting for it to show again, but never did. The tour ended with hot chocolate and vodka (which was new to me but good) and a ride back to town.
I remembered seeing on the brochure that if you don't see the northern lights, they will take you out again. We did call Arctic adventures the next morning to go out again and the lady on the phone said no problem. But then she called later in the afternoon that day to say that the owner of the Jeep tour company refused to take us out because we saw the northern light.
Well, what we saw was not the northern lights the way we thought we would see it.
We were not pleased. Not at Arctic Adventures but the jeep company. Although I think that Arctic Adventures, being that they book a lot of tours for the jeep people, should have had some more pull with the jeep company to have them take us out again.
The best was the blue ice tour. The scenery around you is incredible. It was so much fun to strap on the cramp-ons and go walking. I will say it is a bit of a challenge if you are not fit.
THe ice climbing was fun and surprisingly hard work to get up the ice wall. Our son ripped his snow pants with the sharp points of the cramp ons. Might be a good idea to throw a roll of duct tape in the back pack. It started to snow during our hike, which made it all the more fun. Seeing all the volcanic black ash against the white snow was amazing.
The blue ice is a beautiful sight. Although on our tour, the new falling snow covered the blue in some spots.
When we got back to the bus, we were hungry. We packed a lunch, but the tour guides provided lunch for everyone. Check before you book to see if they still offer lunch so you are prepared. You will be starving when the tour ends.
Arctic Adventures is a good choice for your tours. Highly recommended.
They are a good choice for tours and would highly recommend.
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