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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you need more information about the tours and policies, please call our customer help center or use the online chat. 

The majority of our tours are small and intimate and we drive directly onto gravel and mountain tracks, so no time waster around other traffic or on the tarmac. Compared to other ATV and Buggy tours in Iceland, our focus is more fun, more river crossing, mud splashing, and gravel. it doesn’t hurt either that the view and nature on all our tours is absolutely stunning.

We are based at Esjumelar at the outskirts of Reykjavík near Mt. Esja. The address is Kistumelur 9.

Drive out of Reykjavík northbound on road 1. At the last roundabout in Reykjavík you will see a sign pointing to Esjumelar. Follow the sign and you are nearly there. You can then follow the small buggy signs to our base.

If coming from the other direction then you take a left turn at the first roundabout within the city limits, following the Esjumelar sign.

We offer pick-up and drop-off at designated bus stops in the Reykjavík area and at hotels that allow direct access. When booking on our website you can select your hotel and the nearest pick-up point from a drop-down menu. Pick-up starts one hour before the tour.

We can unfortunately not offer pick-up service from Airbnb or private apartments, nor Keflavik Airport for our tours. Coaches and super jeeps are forbidden to access most streets in postal code 101, in Reykjavik. There are several bus stops where we are allowed to pick you up, so we may have to ask you to walk a short distance if your accommodation is located within the restricted area. This includes the famous shopping street, Laugavegur, and most Air BnB locations in the city center. If your pick-up location is not on our pick up list in the booking form then we kindly ask you to locate the closest pick-up point to your accommodation. It might take up to 30 min for our guides to reach your pick-up point, so please wait patiently for us to arrive. 

We provide daily buggy tours all year round at 10 AM, 2 PM and 3 PM. The 10 AM and 3 PM tours are one hour long and the 2 PM tour is a two hours. If you’ve opted for a hotel pick-up, you will be collected one hour before the tour starts.

We also provide a selection of other tours during the summer months. Please browse the selection of tours to see tour times.

Wear something you don’t mind getting wet and/or dirty. It is a very good idea to bring an extra set of clothing. Wear a warm base layer (the one touching your skin); wool and synthetic materials are best.

Reykjavík based tours:

We drive straight out from our base and into the rugged landscape under Mt Esja – no driving on asphalt roads!

You will drive through molehills and sands, rivers and streams, on gravel and mud roads.

Geysir based tours:

We drive straight out from our base and into the desert-like landscape of Haukadalsheiði – no driving on asphalt roads!

You will drive through the scenic landscapes on gravel roads and mud tracks.

Thorsmork valley tour:

We will park our mobile base by Nauthúsagil canyon, where you will meet up with us.

We drive into the valley, splashing through rivers and creeks, enjoying the stunning nature around us. Stops are made by narrow gorges and canyons, where you can hike if you want.

Landmannalaugar tour:

We will park our mobile base by Hrauneyjar Highland center, where you will meet up with us.

From there we head into Landmannalaugar on the buggies, driving gravel roads through the desert-like landscape. The colorful hills of Landmannalaugar unroll before us when we reach our destination.

Golden Circle tour in a buggy:

We will drive the route of the Golden circle, keeping to gravel and mud tracks as much as possible. Depending on conditions, there may be some asphalt driving, but we will do our very best to keep you in the excitement at all times.

Reykjavík based tours:

We drive under the slopes of Mt Esja and other mountains in the area. Móskarðshnúkar rhyolite mountains, colorful hillsides, lush fields, and local farms are among the things we will pass on our way.

Geysir based tours:

Desert like landscape of Haukadalsheiði plateau, enjoying glacial vistas and terrifying rock formations.

Thorsmork valley tour:

Driving through the valley, you will have Tindafjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers in close view. Stunning gorges and canyons with hidden waterfalls are en route and you can hike in to witness their beauty. Lush birch forest and desert-like landscapes intertwine and the devastation big floods in Markarfljót river are obvious. You will get up close and personal with Gígjökull glacier, but don’t go to close, since it can be dangerous.

Landmannalaugar tour:

Driving in between multi-colored, silica-rich hills of Landmannalaugar, vast lava fields, geothermal hot pools, and various hiking routes. If conditions allow, you may reach some of several craters and pseudo craters of the area, or even discover some waterfalls.

Golden Circle tour in a buggy:

We will drive the route of the Golden Circle, the most popular tourist route of Iceland, in a whole new way! Sights include Þingvellir national park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Contrary to common belief, off-road driving in Iceland is in fact illegal. We are very concerned about our delicate nature and would love it if you follow the lead and instructions of your guide, and stayed on the path at all times. However, you’ll drive on difficult mountain tracks, muddy roads and cross unbridged rivers to maximize the excitement of the trip. 

Our shorter tours out of Reykjavík (Buggy Original & Buggy Extra) do not have minimum participation, you can always book them if you are solo.

If you are interested in any of our other tours but don’t reach the required minimum, send us an e-mail and see if we are already operating the tours on a day where you can join in.

To drive the buggy, you must hold a valid driving license, or motorcycle license, and be at least 17 years old.
Practice- and preliminary licenses do not suffice.

The passenger age limit is 6 years.

The buggies are strong for their size, but like all cars, they have a maximum bearing weight.

Maximum weight per passenger/driver; 120 kg or 264 lbs

Maximum combined weight; 220 kg or 485 lbs

We don’t really have a size limit, other than the weight limit above.

But the buggies are small, so people over 190 cm / 6 ft may have a problem fitting into the buggies.

People under 150 cm / 4 ft 11 in may have a problem seeing over the wind shield and might not be able to drive.

Our coveralls range in sizes from XS to 4XL and our helmets XS to 2XL.

Cancellation policy for individuals
Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to departure.
No shows are fully charged.

Cancellation policy for groups
For groups we charge:
50% if cancelled within 2 weeks.
100% if cancelled within 1 week.
Final passenger’s numbers must reach Buggy Adventures no later than 2 days prior to the tour in an email from booking office of the tour seller.
A group is considered 10 people or 5 cars.

Why travel with us?

Unique
adventures

Most of our trips are nature & adventure focused, which makes them ideal for the nature lover in you.Our tours explore the wilderness, the outback, off-road trails and mountains, where roads are hard to find.

Authentic Travel Experiences

We take you to off the beaten path. Most of our experiences that we offer are authentic and untouched by mass tourism.

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Buggy adventures has been recognized with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews we’ve earned on the world’s largest travel site.

Announcement regarding COVID-19

Dear customers, 

Here at Buggy Adventures we always put the safety of our customers at the forefront of everything we do. We are doing all that we can to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but we also want to urge people to continue having fun, especially during this difficult period. 

All our activity takes place outside in the nature, far away from other people. We will remain open to individuals and small groups, but with somewhat limited capacity. We will also continue to take bookings for private tours.  

Given the limitations that the Icelandic government has put on social gatherings and the new rules regarding social distancing, we have taken measures to limit the number of people in our groups and are putting extreme emphasis on hygiene with cleaning of all contact surfaces, toilets and doorknobs after each tour. Of course, we also clean all our gear after each tour as standard. 

To guarantee the safety of our customers and to limit the spread of the virus we have put the following measures in place: 

  • We will guarantee a minimum distance of 2 metres between people during the activity (exception only made for couples and family members that want to share a buggy) 
  • Handwashing facilities and sanitisers are in place, as always 
  • All surfaces and gear is cleaned after each use 
  • Group size will not exceed 10 people 
  • If our customers prefer the use of their own gear such as helmets, gloves and waterproof clothing then they are of course welcome to bring it 
  • We will adjust measures regarding guidelines issued by the government at any given time. 

 

There has rarely been a greater need to keep spirits high and have fun, and that is where we excel! 

Best regards 

Buggy Adventures 

Announcement regarding COVID-19

Dear customers, 

Here at Buggy Adventures we always put the safety of our customers at the forefront of everything we do. We are doing all that we can to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but we also want to urge people to continue having fun, especially during this difficult period. 

All our activity takes place outside in the nature, far away from other people. We will remain open to individuals and small groups, but with somewhat limited capacity. We will also continue to take bookings for private tours.  

Given the limitations that the Icelandic government has put on social gatherings and the new rules regarding social distancing, we have taken measures to limit the number of people in our groups and are putting extreme emphasis on hygiene with cleaning of all contact surfaces, toilets and doorknobs after each tour. Of course, we also clean all our gear after each tour as standard. 

To guarantee the safety of our customers and to limit the spread of the virus we have put the following measures in place: 

  • We will guarantee a minimum distance of 2 metres between people during the activity (exception only made for couples and family members that want to share a buggy) 
  • Handwashing facilities and sanitisers are in place, as always 
  • All surfaces and gear is cleaned after each use 
  • Group size will not exceed 10 people 
  • If our customers prefer the use of their own gear such as helmets, gloves and waterproof clothing then they are of course welcome to bring it 
  • We will adjust measures regarding guidelines issued by the government at any given time. 

 

There has rarely been a greater need to keep spirits high and have fun, and that is where we excel! 

Best regards 

Buggy Adventures