Iceland or Bust: I am an adventurer with limited mobility

Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016

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


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Chris

Hi, welcome to kimkim!

Chris

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

Traveler

Small group trips

Chris

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)
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Skógafoss waterfall
Blue Lagoon
Horseback Riding
Silfra Fissure
Snorkeling
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Leiðarendi (Leidarendi cave)
ATV's - Quad
Ice climbing
Glacier Hiking

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.

Traveler

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?

Chris

Yes, I'll send some options for the other activities you mentioned.

Chris

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.

Traveler

Short walks sound good. The ATV is a must do.

Chris

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

Traveler

3 hour ATV ride please. The "climb" part of the lava tube, is that hands & knees or steep?

Traveler

Also, please include the snorkeling.

Traveler

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.

Chris

Snorkeling + Golden Circle (Thingvellir national park, gullfoss waterfall, geysir hot springs area) = $261 USD

Snorkeling + Thingvellir national park = $157 USD

Chris

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)

Traveler

Okay. Sounds great. ATV & snorkeling & short walks.

Traveler

The first snorkeling option please (261

Chris

ok, and which of the ATV do you prefer?

Traveler

The 3 hour one

Chris

Ok, it looks like there is a $82 additional charge to ride solo on it rather than to share, just to let you know

Traveler

Lets do the 2 hour one then

Chris

ok that about $221 with single rider fee included

Traveler

Sweet.

Chris

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.

Traveler

Okay, thank you so much.

Chris

I'm not finding any available dog sledding with transfer for your dates, I think it's a pretty popular time

Chris

Snowmobile: $260.43, Whale Watching: $86.23

Traveler

Snowmobile please. We have whale watching in San Diego.

Chris

There's a combo ATV 2hr + Horse riding for only $40 more than the ATV price

Traveler

Sounds great

Chris

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.

Chris

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.

Chris

I'll send you those options later this evening.

Traveler

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.

Chris

Sure thing.

Chris

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.

Traveler

What is the Golden Circle?

Chris

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.

Chris

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)
http://helicopter.is/helicopter-tours/fire-ice/

Waterfalls and Valleys on 12/31 for 69,900 ISK ($610 USD)
http://helicopter.is/helicopter-tours/waterfalls-valleys/

Traveler

The rides are pretty pricey. Let's skip the helicopter unless group rides are available and more affordable. Thanks

Traveler

I don't think the tours mentioned above are for me. ATVs & snorkeling are a go.

Chris

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.

Matthías

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?

Traveler

Hi Matthias, any train rides available?

Traveler

Oh, and/or boats?

Matthías

no trains in Iceland I´m afraid :)

What sort of boat ride are you thinking? Northernlights sightseeing? Whale watching ?

Traveler

Northern lights. I've already seen whales.

Traveler

Or fishing

Matthías

Fishing can be done! Are you sure you´re up for it, despite the sea being a bit rocky?

Traveler

Sure

Traveler

I love the water

Matthías

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!

Traveler

Thanks a bunch.

Matthías

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

Traveler

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.