Unforgettable 3 Day Tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle with Ice Caving & Snorkeling in Silfra

Snorkel at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park
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All year
Minimum age
12 years old

Check out this fantastic three-day, adventure-filled tour in Iceland. Spend your time snorkelling, glacier hiking and ice cave exploring with this one complete package. 

Starting with the Golden Circle, you will visit three of the most iconic sites in Iceland. Gullfoss waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and witnessing the awesome power generated when the water surges through the ravine that the river has carved over time is a great way to start your Iceland adventure.

From there the Geothermal area of Geysir awaits where the famous Strokkur erupts hot water into the air showing a different side of the power of the Icelandic nature. Strokkur keeps the area alive with eruptions every few minutes but watch out and keep a safe distance.

To top off the Golden Circle tour, you will finish your day at Thingvellir National Park, where you will get a chance to snorkel between the continents in Silfra fissure. National Geographic has described Silfra as one of the top dive sites in the world so this promises to be an unforgettable experience. You will find yourself floating on pure glacial water filtered through the lava fields between the second-largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull which feeds the lake Thingvallavatn with fresh water and also provides drinking water to the city of Reykjavik.

On the second day, you explore the south coast of Iceland. Discover beautiful waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and lave landscapes. Witness the famous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the powerful spray of the waterfall and discover the views anew. At Skogafoss, prepare to hear the force of the water as it roars. If you're up for a challenge, try climbing the 527 steps to reach a viewing platform at the top, something which is bound to take your breath away.

Finish the day at Jökulsárlón, where the glacier lagoon and the Diamond beach sit. Discover the power of nature, as icebergs break off the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. From there, they float down the bay and are washed up on the nearby black sand beach, where they will shimmer like diamonds in the sunlight until the mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean eventually cause them to melt. It is a truly fantastic sight to behold. After you have spent some time taking in the sights, move on to your nearby accommodation to rest for the night.

Start your final day by heading to Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Here you will take on a glacier hiking and blue ice cave adventure. This has become one of the most sought after experiences for those who travel to Iceland in winter and for a good reason as it is unforgettable. Travel further West as you return towards Reykjavik. On the way, you will make a few final stops; including at Reynisfjara black sand beach to see the basalt cliffs and watch the waves crashing upon them.

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Included

Guided snorkeling tour in Silfra Fissure
Free photos from the tour
A small-group, personal experience
Certified PADI dive guide / dive-master
Drysuit and other snorkeling equipment that will keep you warm and dry
Hot drinks and cookies after the trip
Wifi and Icelandic music on the mini-bus
Glacier hiking with a certified guide 

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Hiking
Ice Caving

Attractions

Jökulsárlón
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Þingvellir
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Silfra
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar
South Coast
Diamond Beach

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Gullfoss waterfall is one of the main sites on the Golden Circle in Iceland

Golden Circle and Snorkelling in Silfra

The tour starts in Reykjavik in the morning when you are picked up from the provided pick up location, from there you will head to the sights of the Golden Circle. Visiting the sights counter-clockwise means we start with Gullfoss waterfall, the second most powerful waterfall in Iceland cascading into a ravine with the noise of a raw thunder.

The next stop is the geothermal area of Geysir. The power of nature displayed in a different way when the geysers, Strokkur sends hot water into the air, leaving those watching in awe. Strokkur erupts every few minutes so you will be sure to catch sight of this spectacle.

After a short lunch break, you will head to Þingvellir National Park, where the day's adventure takes place; snorkelling in the freshwater fissure of Silfra. The clear glacial water makes the snorkelling experience here truly remarkable. The water is cold but the drysuit will keep you as warm as possible. After the tour, you can enjoy some hot cocoa and biscuits to warm you up before you head back to the city for the evening.

Day 2
Walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall is an unforgettable experience

South Coast Waterfalls and Jokulsarlon

On your second day, you will enjoy all that the South Coast has to offer. You will see a couple of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland along with the black sand beaches and by afternoon you will arrive at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

The first stop is Seljalandsfoss. You'll want to don your waterproofs if you plan to take the walk around the back of this stunning waterfall. It is truly a magnificent sight to stand behind this powerful waterfall and enjoy the feel of the spray upon your face.

The next stop is the 60-meter high Skógafoss. This waterfall's drop comes with a thundering rumble and proves a great indicator of the forces of nature and how the rivers have carved their way through the volcanic landscapes throughout history. It is highly recommended to take on the challenge of walking up the staircase next to the waterfall. It is 527 steps but worth it to see the views from the platform next to the top of the waterfall.

The last stop is the iconic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This peaceful lagoon with icebergs floating in it is a sight that can not be missed on any trip around Iceland. Spend some time taking in this majestic sight. Afterwards, you will head to your closeby hotel to spend the night.

Day 3
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is an incredible sight

Glacier Hiking and Ice Caves

You will start your final day by heading to one of the best-known locations in Vatnajökull National reserve, Skaftafell. Here you will embark on a hike up on a glacier tongue, heading to a blue ice cave. The hike is rewarding on its own, but delving into an ice cave at the end will make this experience truly magical.

The ice caves are natural phenomena. As such, they change with the weather and seasons but are always a delight to witness. Marvel at the full range of blue and black colours than can be found within these incredible natural wonders.

After the glacier hike, you will continue towards the city of Reykjavik, with a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Continuing West, you will return to Reykjavik, where this tour concludes.

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What to bring

Hiking boots (available for rent)
Thick socks
Thermals
Change of clothes (just in case)
Towel
Outdoor clothes
Money for snacks and food along the route

Good to know

Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.

Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.

We recommended that you pack a small suitcase for this tour. Luggage storage is available for free if you bring it to the pickup location.

We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles and ankle protection. Hiking boots are available to rent as an extra. Please reserve these during the booking process.

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