“I have limited mobility with my left knee. I cannot do any hiking, ice climbing, or traversing glaciers (unfortunately). I am an adventurer though. I want to see: Northern Lights, Snowmobiling, Bars, No hiking, Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving Bunji jumping, zip lining, no museums, culture , Restaurants, music festivals that is all I can think of at the moment, please let me know”
Matthías Ólafsson, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put a customized itinerary together.
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Hi, welcome to kimkim!
I'll help you plan a great winter trip. Were you thinking of renting a car or would you prefer to join small group trips? This time of year you can get ice on roads in strong winds but if you are comfortable driving in those conditions and check road conditions each day that shouldn't be an issue with a 4WD car and winter tires
Small group trips
We work with a local company that offers a 5 days of winter activities within a small group. You would stay in Reykjavik each night and they would pick you up again each morning. Here are some of the places you visit.
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir hot spring area
Leiðarendi (Leidarendi cave)
ATV's - Quad
All of this is about $845 and doesn't cover accommodation.
With the extra time I can look into another small group trip that goes somewhere else, or you could consider a 45 minute flight to Akureyri in the north and join a couple day tour around there.
Hi Chris, the list you provided sounds incredible. I have limited mobility with my left knee. I cannot do any hiking, ice climbing, or traversing glaciers (unfortunately). I am an adventurer though. The snorkeling, ATV quad riding, horseback riding are things I would like to do. Please revise the list keeping in mind my mobility challenge, and we will build from there. Do you have any dog sleding, helicopter rides, boating, fishing, ice sculptures?
Yes, I'll send some options for the other activities you mentioned.
How about shorter walks to some of the viewpoints, is that alright as long as you are not gaining and significant elevation or going more than 0.5 miles or so? Many of the places to see along the group tours involve some short walk to see the sights up close.
Alternatively, I can book a number of day trips like the dog sledding, helicopter ride, ATV.
Short walks sound good. The ATV is a must do.
Here are some options for ATV. I wasn't sure about the lava cave part for your knee but wanted to include just in case
1 Hour ATV Ride: 13,400 ISK = $117 USD
2 Hour ATV Ride: 19,400 ISK = $169 USD
3 Hour ATV Ride: 25,400 ISK = $221 USD
Caving & ATVs: 26,490 ISK + 3,900 for solo ATV = $264 USD
- one hour ATV bike tour to the top of the Hafrafjall mountain
- After the ATV trip, we will return to the city center where you can have a light lunch and to prepare for the second adventure of the day
- The Leiðarendi cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and is situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. We will climb, crawl and walk on our travel beneath the surface, learning about the geology of Iceland from your specially trained cave guide
3 hour ATV ride please. The "climb" part of the lava tube, is that hands & knees or steep?
Also, please include the snorkeling.
Yeah, the lava tube is probably something I will need to skip. I don'f mind waiting for the group to return. I can sit and view the sights while they climb in the tube.
Snorkeling + Golden Circle (Thingvellir national park, gullfoss waterfall, geysir hot springs area) = $261 USD
Snorkeling + Thingvellir national park = $157 USD
If you wouldn't do the lava tube than it's better to book you on just the ATV only tour, since it will be much cheaper to do that (and you can do the longer tour for less)
Okay. Sounds great. ATV & snorkeling & short walks.
The first snorkeling option please (261
ok, and which of the ATV do you prefer?
The 3 hour one
Ok, it looks like there is a $82 additional charge to ride solo on it rather than to share, just to let you know
Lets do the 2 hour one then
ok that about $221 with single rider fee included
Ok, let me look into horseback, helicopter, and dogsled and whale watching options as well and put that together for you. We can then see how that compares to that 5-day trip I mentioned before.
Okay, thank you so much.
I'm not finding any available dog sledding with transfer for your dates, I think it's a pretty popular time
Snowmobile: $260.43, Whale Watching: $86.23
Snowmobile please. We have whale watching in San Diego.
There's a combo ATV 2hr + Horse riding for only $40 more than the ATV price
I reached out to another group we work with for the helicopter tour. usually it's a 2 person minimum but I'll see if there is another group going you could join. I dont expect to hear from them until Monday.
Late tonight I'll put together 2 options for you: 1 joining the mini group, and 1 with day trips. Right now you have about 3 full days of stuff, and let's assume 1-2 in Reykjavik. So I'll find some other activities for about 4-5 days, Probably a trip to the south or one to the north.
I'll send you those options later this evening.
Second thought. Let's remove the horseback and leave the ATV the way it was. I would need to be able to get on and off of the horse.
Hi, here are 2 other multi-day options to see the south, there is some minor hiking and going into ice caves, do you think that would be alright?
One of these covers the Golden Circle. In that case we could do the Snorkel without the Golden Circle add on.
What is the Golden Circle?
The Golden Circle is a popular route that includes Thingvellir National park (pretty area, of historic significance because that's where all the chieftains used to meet each summer at Law rock to discuss anything for the country), Geysir which has a 30-40 ft geyser that goes off every 10 min, blue hot pools, mudpools, and steam vents, and Gullfoss waterfall which is a huge really impressive waterfall in the area.
A lot of the tours may also stop at "secret lagoon" which is a natural hotsprings and pool but much less crowded than the Blue lagoon.
For the helicopter tours, here are the options for available tours that can take a solo person
Fire & Ice on 12/29 for 125,900 ISK ($1100 USD)
Waterfalls and Valleys on 12/31 for 69,900 ISK ($610 USD)
The rides are pretty pricey. Let's skip the helicopter unless group rides are available and more affordable. Thanks
I don't think the tours mentioned above are for me. ATVs & snorkeling are a go.
Ok, I'll invite a local expert for Iceland to help you with those tours and to suggest some other activities for your other time in Iceland. He should join within 24 hours.
Hello! My name is Matthías and I am the local agent in Iceland .
I´m reading over your discussion with Chris here above and I would be able to produce a quote based on that information. Is there anything you´d like to add before I start working on your itinerary?
Hi Matthias, any train rides available?
Oh, and/or boats?
no trains in Iceland I´m afraid :)
What sort of boat ride are you thinking? Northernlights sightseeing? Whale watching ?
Northern lights. I've already seen whales.
Fishing can be done! Are you sure you´re up for it, despite the sea being a bit rocky?
I love the water
Hi, Just wanted to let you know that I'm currently working on your itinerary and will produce a quote today
Thanks for your patience!
Thanks a bunch.
Well here it goes, what do you think? the Reykjadalur hike is more a walk, rather than a hike- that´s why it´s proposed
Hi Matthias, Thank you. It looks great. I'm going to research airfare pricing this week and I may need to adjust arrival/departure dates accordingly. Hope to have it all worked out by this weekend (working 11 hours per day this week). I will definitely get back with you by Monday. Again, thanks a bunch.