We at Arctic Surfers are passionate about exploring Iceland, the land of fire and ice. Our team has been traveling all over Iceland for over 20 years, hunting first lines on fresh powder and pioneering surfing on the island. The journey is not always easy as we work around Mother Nature. Our years of experience allow us to create and alter daily activities affected by weather, swell and snowstorms. With access to our vast network of friends and family all over Iceland we put together the adventure vacation of your dreams in rugged luxury. At Arctic Surfers we pour our heart and soul into building itineraries that transcend the traditional vacation experience. Each trip is custom made to fit each guest. The trip is yours, let us design your adventure. We take you to the far reaches of Iceland to score epic waves, many of which have never been surfed before. Experience surfing on our exceptional island in the North Atlantic sea, where the possibility of never before surfed waves can be a reality.
We embrace the journey as part of the experience, the atmosphere and energy of Mother Nature here is truly unique. We make the journey enjoyable. The goal is always to find the best waves Iceland can offer and along the way, enjoy the wild beauty and natural resources on this island. When the surf is good we know exactly where to find it and where we need to be. Join our guides for a day or more for that Icelandic well kept secret; culture, music, nature, local food. The waves and adventures await you in the land of ice and fire.
All adventure trips and outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent and we reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. Please keep in mind that the weather changes fast on our northern island and with-it conditions change. Our guides are specially trained to deal with changing conditions and their number one priority is to make decisions with your safety in mind. Please respect your guides authority to do so.
Arctic Surfers reserves the right to alter itineraries and/or timetables should it be necessary, due to adverse weather and/or other related conditions.
This is especially valid for winter travel in Iceland. Our summer trips (excluding high alpine trips), operated from June through August, are very rarely adversely affected by harsh weather.
We provide a variety of tours for local and traveling surfers of all skill levels. Our trips are designed for the intermediate (meaning the “average” surfer) to expert surfer. Our guided surf tours are not a beginners surf course, basic skills are required. How ever we are always keen on giving good tips and pointers, if we are the better surfer. We do take beginners and do surf school with private groups and on private tours. If you want to get in the water for the first time we can help you make it happen.
Ingó Olsen is Arctic Surfers’ founder, chief of operation and the soul of the company. It´s no exaggeration to say that Ingó is a pioneer when it comes to extreme sports and outdoor activities in Iceland. He has been at the forefront of the Icelandic snowboarding scene since the 90s, riding for Burton snowboards in the early days and his natural habitat seems to be on top of a board, be it a skateboard, snowboard or a surfboard. Ingó has worked as an adventure guide of all sorts for over a decade and is licensed to operate a great variety of outdoor activity tours. He always has a plan for exciting adventures along the way, and one of Ingó’s plan B is certainly going to be a treat. Ingó has spent the last 15 years exploring Iceland’s rugged coastline, discovering secret spots and finding new waves and adventures along the way. There is no person better equipped to run a surf tour in Iceland than Ingó Olsen.
Our accommodations are simple, cozy and clean. Bathrooms are shared with others. Upgrades are available only with a group, not individuals.
We have many different offers. There are group/family and private tours. On every tour we have a closer look to our surroundings and is customized to our client’s requests.
If conditions change due to weather or swell, we always have a plan-B. Our plan-B options are based on our clients, weather forecast, locations, conditions and may consist of: Surf, stand-up paddle boarding, a day at the glacier, volcanos, caving, fishing and many other options that would fit our clients and what the day has to offer.
We have a range of surfboards for our customers and traveling surfers. We have longboards, Minimal´s, Shortboards and fish shapes. Surfboards and wet suits are up for rent when available. We also have surfboards that are part of our Arctic Surfers Test Lab Project. Performance boards in different shapes and sizes, crafted by shapers from different parts of the world. Different boards for different conditions. As you know there is always the right tool for the job
SUP Tours and Snow Tours
Iceland has all kinds of breaks, from beach breaks and mellow pointbreaks to heavy reef slabs that can be found all over the island. Here you can expect everything from mellow 3-4 feet waves up to powerful slab and tuby reefs brakes. What ever your preference, we will know where to go.
All adventure trips and outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent and we reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. Please keep in mind that the weather changes fast on our northern island and with-it conditions change. Our guides are specially trained to deal with changing conditions and their number one priority is to make decisions with your safety in mind. Please respect your guides authority to do so. Arctic Surfers reserves the right to alter itineraries and/or timetables should it be necessary, due to adverse weather and/or other related conditions. This is especially valid for winter travel in Iceland. Our summer trips (excluding high alpine trips), operated from June through August, are very rarely adversely affected by harsh weather.
Each season brings something special, winter, summer, spring and fall. Springtime (March-May) is good with lots of consistent swell and the days are getting longer and warmer with amazing light. The summer (June- August) is warmer with light 24/7 though the surf isn´t as consistent as the colder months but summer in Iceland brings out a lot of good things. The fall season (Sept-Nov) has lots of swell and nice weather conditions while winter cold weather is taking over. Wintertime (Dec-Feb) has lots of big swells, amazing light and northern lights to light up the darkness. We surf all year here in Iceland and we can tell you it is not as cold as you think!
Highest water temperatures are during late summer and the fall season with temperatures ranging from 10-14°C. In wintertime the lowest temperatures are around 3-5°C and always colder up north then down south. In spring season and early summer the sea temperatures are 6-9°C. This is nothing to worry about, good gear and some basic know how and knowledge will make this an easy and fun experience.
Characterization of surroundings/region
You will experience amazing landscape, lava rock, local pools as well as some fantastic preserved secrets. We can’t control the weather but there is so much out there to explore.
Activities and facilities
SUP Tours and Snow Tours
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend that you invest in an adequate travel insurance that covers your cost if you experience cancellations at short notice, property damage, theft, or injuries. Arctic Surfers does not accept any losses or expenses due to unexpected delays, change of flights, sickness, accidents or other causes. Neither does Arctic Surfers assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant's negligence.
We reserve the right to refuse participation to clients we believe are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in such circumstances no refunds shall be given. Our guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any customer whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offense, upset or put other passengers in danger. In such cases full cancellation charges apply.
Appropriate footwear and suitable outdoor clothing must be worn. We reserve the right to refuse participation to customers who dressed inappropriately with inappropriate footwear since this will put the client’s wellbeing at risk.
This package includes:
Duration: 6-8 hours (pickup/drop off in Reykjavík)
Includes: guide, surf gear, transportation, good food and local perks (hot pools and an inside look into Icelandic culture)
Guests: Minimum number of two participants and maximum of four. Keep in mind that this is not a beginner’s surf course. To join this tour, you will need to be an intermediate to expert surfer. Surf lessons can be arranged for private groups or during a private day tour.
This package includes:
Duration: 8-10 hours depending on conditions (pickup/drop off in Reykjavík).
Includes: Private guide, transportation, surf / sup gear, lunch, local perks and all other activities.
Participants: We can accommodate up to four people on this tour and larger groups upon prior notification. This tour is perfect for private groups and families alike, as each tour can have added activities and is customized to our client’s requests. This tour can be modified to a multi-day option that can involve many of Iceland’s non-water related activities.
This package includes:
Duration: Five days and four nights (pickup/drop off in Reykjavík)
Includes: A tour guide and surf/SUP guide for five days, transportation, surf/SUP gear, four nights of accommodation outside Reykjavík, geothermal pools and all other activities and perks. Meals during the trip consist of: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Note: this tour is not a beginner surf course. To join this tour, you will need to be intermediate to expert surfer. Minimum number of two participants.
This package includes:
Duration: 5 days.
Includes: Surf Guide for four days, travel to and from surf spot, surf gear, breakfast five days, five lunches, daily Swimming Pool, five Yoga Classes, one SUP City Tour, one Road trip day, the Reykjavík City Pass and BBQ and drinks for the last day.
Not Included: Accommodation and dinner.
Participants: Minimum number of two participants and maximum of ten. The ratio is five participants per guide. This tour is specially designed for beginners and intermediate surfers that want to improve their skills, get time in the water and one on one coaching with our surf guides/staff.
Arctic Surfers Weekend Surf School has an action packed itinerary where you get a chance to learn about water conditions, surf gear, different styles of surf and have a one on one interaction with our instructors. This tour is specially designed for locals in Iceland and/or people that live in Iceland and want to lear how to surf, how to read ISL weather, swell forecast and learn when to go and where. This is an action packed weekend loaded with Icelandic surf stories, culture and activities, that will leave you with knowledge and experience to build on.
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