3 day South Coast Tour | Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave Excursion 

Based on 17 traveller reviews

In this amazing 3 day winter tour we offer you the highlights of South Iceland. This area includes the Golden Circle, the South Coast of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Skaftafell area. On top of that we maximum your chances to see the Northern lights.

We start with the Golden Circle, which includes the UNESCO site Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. After the Golden circle we head to the South Coast. We start with Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and end at Reynisfjara black sand beach, before find our accommodation. In the evening you will have the opportunity to spot some Northern Lights.

Then we make our way east along road nr. 1, with a short stop at the coastal village of Vík. In the afternoon we meet our Glacier Guides in Skaftafell and we get ready for the glacier where we will hike and explore the glacier and an ice cave. After the glacier adventure we check in at our hotel in the heart of Skaftafell, surrounded by glaciers. In the evening we will have the second chance to try seek out the Northern Lights.

On our final day we'll check out the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and black sand beach, both filled with icebergs. After that we slowly start making our way back to Reykjavík. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Hekla, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Hvolsvöllur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
Included:
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík

  • Guided tour in a minibus

  • Hotel room with a bathroom for 2 nights and breakfast

  • Visit to Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Ice Glacier Lagoon

  • Glacier hike with a certified glacier guide

  • Ice Cave

  • Please note that food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2 & 3


What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note that the tour does not include meals.


Good to know:

It can happen that the ice cave tour is cancelled due to drastic weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the price difference.

Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Golden Circle and South Coast




In the morning of the first day, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík. Then we head of to the famous Golden Circle. The first stop along the way is Thingvellir national park, a UNESCO site. Our next stops are Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. After the Golden circle we head to the South Coast. We start with Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and end at Reynisfjara black sand beach, before find our accommodation. In the evening you will have the opportunity to spot some Northern Lights.


Day 2 - Ice cave & Glacier Hiking




On day 2, we make our way east along road nr. 1, with a short stop at the coastal village of Vík. In the afternoon, we'll we meet our Glacier Guides in Skaftafell and we get ready for the 3 hour glacier hike where we will hike and explore the wonders of Falljökull outlet glacier and the crystal blue ice walls of an ice cave. After the glacier adventure we check in at our hotel in the heart of Skaftafell, surrounded by glaciers. In the evening we will have the second chance to try seek out the Northern Lights.


Day 3 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon




On day 3, on our final day we reach the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon both filled with icebergs and the nearby diamond beach, which usually has icebergs from the lagoon laying on the black sands. After having explored the glacier lagoon and the beach, we slowly start making our way back to Reykjavík. We arrive back to Reykjavík early in the evening.


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Reviews

Average rating 4.4 / Number of reviews 17

An amazing tour. Fit so much in, and our tour guide , Gummi, was so knowledgeable, personable, and kind. It's a great itinerary and we will never forget this trip!

This trip was incredible. My guide Auni (not sure how to spell his name) was very knowledgeable and even took us to spots away from the tourists that he liked personally. The tour is very personable as you can pretty much decide how long you want to be in a location and let the guide know if there is anything else you are curious to see along the way (though I would recommend moving through the golden circle and spending more time at the less touristy areas). There were about 11 people on our tour bus (it's a small Mercedes Benz bus). On the last night, the weather was not good enough to see Northern Lights so we just grabbed a beer at the hotel with our a guide and enjoyed good company. Highly recommend this trip.

Thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day tour between 26th - 28th Feb. Despite the snow blizzard the guide managed to pick us up late in the afternoon and we managed to see everything as part of original tour planned. Our stay the hotels (as part of the 3 day package) was great. Guide was really considerate, resourceful and shared his knowledge of iceland. Would highly recommend and thanks to the team for all their help.

Thanks for your services, we really enjoyed the 3 days tour (8th - 10th February ) we've taken with you operated by Arctic Excursions. We want to give you a special mention to our guide Lenas who was an excellent and very professional guide. We will come back to Iceland soon and we'll use your services.

My experience with this tours couldn't be better! Even though the weather was icelandic crazy, we went to all the places and had an amazing experience in all of them. Our tour Guide, Adolf, was the nicest - he shared cool facts about Iceland and told us some traditional stories. The hostels we stayed in were amazing and the van was comfortable and warm, which helps to handle those crazy rainy days, haha.

When my friends and I booked a 3 Day Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave Trip with Arctic Adventures during our mid-January trip to Iceland, we weren’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing experience! We endured all kinds of crazy weather during the trip, but the tour was filled with so many genuine smiles and laughs nevertheless. We had our guide, Oliver D. to thank for everything! Oliver paced the trip wonderfully so that we didn’t encounter crowds of tourists while sightseeing (or in the background of our breathtaking pictures) or during our lunch stops. It truly felt like we did a lot in a short amount of time and all without feeling totally drained by the end of the day. Unlike other tour groups, Oliver also provided us with crampons to use for the whole trip. Those crampons came in very handy for my clumsy friends and me. We found it so easy and comfortable to walk across icy and wet steps and terrains. From the start, we could not help but admire Oliver and his efforts to make this whole journey unforgettable, enjoyable, and comfortable. Oliver alone drove and guided our tour group (of ten people). Despite the long days, he was always sociable, patient, and attentive. He made everyone feel safe during the drives especially when there was unexpected severe weather. He also helped everyone to get to know each other, which made our short time together as a tour group feel like a group of friends on a road trip rather than a group of strangers. He never rushed any of us from one spot to another and provided many photography opportunities. My group really wanted to see the Northern Lights, but the weather didn’t look too good during our time there so my group didn’t hold out much hope. Nevertheless, Oliver took the time to stop right outside of Reykjavik to try to catch some clear skies on our way back from the tour. Somehow, we were able to capture a sliver of the Northern Lights. More heartwarming and memorable than seeing the aurora borealis that night was how Oliver helped my friend with her camera settings to capture the scene and how he postponed getting home to his family and being done with this long job assignment all in order to meet everyone’s expectations of the tour. As for the tour itself, Iceland is gorgeous and it’s hard to go wrong trying to see any of its natural beauty. There are only a few hours of daylight in the winter and the weather at the time we were there (Mid-January) was mostly cloudy, but I was able to capture some truly unique and beautiful shots anyways. The only negative of the tour was that the ice cave was tiny and not as grand as I had expected, but the glacier hike and the sights outside the ice cave made up for that minor disappointment. Plus, we had some really great, knowledgeable, and entertaining guides (Marcin from Poland and Ryan from Scotland) from Glacier Guides. They really made sure every minute of our time on the glacier was filled with cool facts and tons of photo opportunities. We even experienced an icequake (possibly, according to Ryan) on our trek, which was really unique (though happened too quick for us to truly realize what was going on). Moreover, our guides weren’t at all offended if we were a bit inattentive to their informative talks because we couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful sights. Due to the timing and changes of the weather, we were able to capture the stunning sunrise over the glacier, then a snowy winter wonderland, and of course, the brilliant blues of the glacial ice against the black and white of other areas of the glacier all during the hike. This whole experience was spectacular. I really appreciated everything this tour provided me. You should really go!

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It was a wonderful trip. The driver was really nice and helpful. The scenery was amazing. Additionally, ice caving was really fun. It was worth trip.

Great experience!I still want to go again!

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