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

Unlike its dormant neighbour, Geysir, Strokkur routinely puts on a show, erupting every five to ten minutes.
Glacier hiking is one of the most exhilarating experiences available in Iceland.
Those lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón will not want to miss the chance for a photograph.
Strokkur creates an amazing visual display, erupting boiling water up to twenty meters into the air.
Snow, a sunset and Gullfoss waterfall; three ingredients to a fantastic photograph.
Depending on the force of the current, only some waterfalls in Iceland freeze over in the winter.
Based on 52 traveller reviews

Hop aboard this amazing 3-day winter tour exploring the many highlights of South Iceland. This area includes the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, the gorgeous South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. On top of that, you will also embark on hunts to see the dazzling Northern Lights.

You will start this multi-day adventure with the famed Golden Circle sightseeing route, which includes the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. 

After the Golden Circle segment of the tour is over, you will head to the sublime South Coast of Iceland. Starting with the natural gems, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, you will end your first day at Reynisfjara black sand beach. In the evening, given the weather is clear, you will have the opportunity to spot the Northern Lights dancing overhead.

The next day, you will make your way east along Road 1, with a short stop at the coastal village of Vík. In the afternoon, you'll meet your glacier guides in Skaftafell and get ready for both hiking up a glacier and entering a natural ice cave, exploring the glistening blue wonderland within.

After the glacier adventure, you will check in at your hotel in the heart of Skaftafell, surrounded by majestic ice caps. In the evening, you will be presented with your second chance to seek out the elusive Northern Lights.

On your final day, you'll check out the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the black sands of Diamond Beach, both dotted with incredible icebergs. After that, you will slowly start making your way back to Reykjavík City.

Don't miss your chance to join this exciting three-day trip exploring the many wonders of Iceland's South and participating in frozen adventures. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

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

  • Reykjavík pick up & drop off service

  • Guided tour in a minibus

  • Accommodation for 2 nights with breakfast

  • Glacier hike with a certified glacier guide

  • Ice Cave

  • Food & drinks, except breakfast on day 2 & 3

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Headwear and gloves

  • Good hiking boots

  • Camera

Good to know:

It can happen that the ice cave tour is cancelled due to drastic weather and/or safety reasons. Other activities will then be added when possible and the price difference refunded.

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.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be guaranteed to appear on any given night.

The right is reserved to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Golden Circle and South Coast

The hot spring, Strokkur, captured mid eruption in Haukadalur valley.

On the morning of your first day, you'll be picked up in Reykjavík and head along the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you can read all about the park's historical significance, as well as witnessing the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

Your next stops are the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall, the first of which is home to the hot springs Geysir and Strokkur, whilst the latter is one the most dramatic and celebrated natural marvels of the whole country.

After the Golden circle, you will head to the gorgeous South Coast. You will start by visiting Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and end at Reynisfjara black sand beach. In the evening, you will take some time to try and spot the dazzling Northern Lights.

Day 2 - Ice cave & Glacier Hiking

The strange and surreal patterns of an ice cave's interior truly defy the imagination.

At the beginning of your second day, you will make a short visit to the coastal village of Vik, a charming and quintessential example of an Icelandic coastal settlement.

By the time the afternoon comes around, you will be settled in the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve, meeting your glacier guides and get ready to embark on a thrilling glacier hike and ice cave excursion.

When you are fully kitted out, you will take to Falljökull outlet glacier, exploring the shady blue ice caves and intricate ice sculptures that dot the frozen landscape. When your time at the glacier is over, you will retreat to your hotel in the heart of Skaftafell from where you can spend your second night looking out for the Northern Lights above.

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Thanks to their natural beauty, the South Coast's glacial lagoons are often considered 'the gold at the end of the rainbow.'

On your third and final day, you will reach the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Known as "The Crown Jewel of Iceland", this lagoon is filled with icebergs, as is the nearby Diamond Beach. Both locations are within five minutes walk of each other and are a favourite amongst nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. 

After having explored the glacier lagoon and the beach, you slowly start making your way back to Reykjavík City to arrive early in the evening.




Average rating 4.8 / Number of reviews 52

This tour was great, it is incredibly worth it. Out tour guide Arnar was just the best, incredibly attentive and fun!! If you're visiting Iceland I'd highly recommend you take this tour

The guide is responsible and hard-working. We've been taken to most of the spots mentioned in the description. Accommodations are really good. But due to the poor weather there was no aurora tour and the blue ice cave was cancelled, which was a shame. We hope we can get refund for not seeing the blue ice cave.

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!

Extreme Iceland is very great company, 3 days tour is very great, althought we only saw the north light on the first night, but the views are very great and surpised for us, Skaftafell Glacier Hike is the best, before i think that blue ice caving is already the most beautiful, but the Hike you must need to join since it's very great, i am recommend to join this tour and you will get the best.

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.

Our family of 4 did this tour. Our guide was terrific. Her name was tricky for us (Icelandic) so we called her Edith. We had a group of 20 which was larger than I had hoped for but it worked. Although I don't normally do tours, it was great to hear all the folk stories as well as the geological information about the areas we visited. Our biggest disappointment of the tour was the Ice Cave portion. There are a lot of tour companies all trying to fit into a small, confined space. We enjoyed the other stops and activities. We even got to see the Northern Lights on our last night and it was beautiful. The accommodations are basic but clean and spacious. The food /meals are expensive but that was expected. Iceland has such diverse, beautiful terrain. We are glad we went, but be forewarned- there are a lot of other visitors and tour buses. One piece of advice would be to pack waterPROOF clothing. Our water resistant clothes, including gloves, were soaked by the end of the day. Enjoy. And hopefully you will get to meet "Edith".

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.

Our tour guide Ash was very knowledgable about Iceland, kept us to a good schedule so that we could see everything with plenty of time and ensured that the whole atmosphere was very relaxing. He was easy to communicate with at all times and was just generally a very pleasant guy to be around and talk to. As a group we enjoyed spending time together and tried to help each other out. The weather made the Northern Lights a bit tricky but it doesn't matter, because the rest of Iceland was incredible. It was probably the best trip I've ever been on and I would not hesitate to recommended Extreme Iceland as well as Guide to Iceland.

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.

Exciting experience!! We had 8 years son in this tour. He was also excited to visiting glaciers etc. Unfortunately we could not see the northern light during the tour. However they did best effort including taking us to the seeing location on the 3rd night before returning to City center. One recommendation to improve is , it would be great if the tour could indicated the seat where each guest take. We participated in this tour with another 2 family members. Some other guest take 2 seats by putting their luggage etc. we could not have seats side by side on the 1st day.

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.

Fantastic tour!!! If you have limited time in Iceland, just choose this tour, it will bring you to every most beautiful scenery you should take a look in Iceland. This is the best part of our travel this time. The guide who always wear a Red hat is very helpful and humorous, thanks for him giving us a very memorable experience!

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!

My friends and I had a great time in Iceland with the 3 day 2 night tour package. Our tour guide was awesome with great sense of humor, he tried to accommodate everyone's needs at all times. We had approximately 18 people in our tour group, which is relatively larger compare to some of the smaller group, but our tour guide tried his best to manage the time we had since the day light in Iceland during winter last about only 5 hours. The sites we visited in the country side were just amazing and breathe taking, you would not regret visiting Iceland for the scenery you will get to see. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to see the Ice Cave, and the northern light night trip on day 3 was also cancelled, both due to weather as it was raining on the second day and snowing on the third day. However, they made it clear that we would get a refund on Ice Cave and a reschedule of the northern light night trip in the future. Also, you will get a chance to grab food and snacks along the way, our tour guide made sure all of us knew when to get foods ahead of time if there would be no other options for dinner besides the hotel restaurant. If you are traveling in a group of 3, you will get a queen size bed and a twin size bed to get a night of good rest. Overall, my friends and I had a great time, if you are considering visiting Iceland in the near future and not sure about driving in the ever changing winter weather condition, I recommend this tour to everyone.


This tour was amazing and our guide was fantastic! The size of our tour group was about 12 people, which is one of the great aspects of this tour. Since the groups aren't too big, the tour feels personal and you tend to get the opportunity to meet and converse with some awesome people from other countries. During our trip, the weather wasn't the best. We had icy rain 2 of the 3 days but our guide was so well planned and made sure we got to see almost everything on the itinerary. We also, thankfully, were able to do ice caving and glacier hiking, both of which are incredible experiences. Honestly, this trip was such a wonderful balance of adventurous activities and sightseeing. The countryside we travelled along was so beautiful and our guide even stopped at times on the way when we asked at spots not in the itinerary so that we could take pictures. I HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone considering!

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!

We really enjoyed the 3 day/2 night Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Golden Circle, Ice Cave and Glacier Walk. We were picked up promptly from our hotel. After they completed all the pickups we transferred to a small bus and headed to the Golden Circle. We were in a group of 16 people. We got to see and do so much that I am sure many people who visit Iceland miss out on. Especially the adventurous parts like the Ice Cave Tour and the Glacier Walk. We had a great 3 day trip, and they give you 3 full days, as we did not get back to our hotel until 11pm. I would definitely recommend this tour.

This is simply the best tour I've ever had and the Iceland in a nutshell (the best and the must-see in winter at least I think)! Highly recommend! The descriptions of the itinerary is very accurate, no exaggeration and no under-estimates and the tour was very well delivered by a super-experienced Guide Jon (sorry I only remembered part of his name), a very knowledgeable and responsible guide. He told us a lot about volcanoes and various Icelandic landscapes and even Icelandic traditional stories. You learn so much more from him about the country. The tour was very well designed and well organized. Ice cave and glacier hiking is super cool experience! Though we didn't get to see the northern lights but that's about the solar and weather condition and nothing to blame about the tour. Really enjoyed it and many thanks to Jon, our guide (I was in the tour Feb 27-29, 2016).

The tour was really good. Our tour guide Yung is really fun-loving and patient, and made the tour really enjoyable. This is a great tour to take if you want to cover major attractions of Southern Iceland. These people are professional and thoughtful, the first thing when we started our tour in Golden Circle, Yung handed out crampons - which from my understanding, other tours often don't offer crampons. It is so much easier to walk and avoid falling with crampons. The professional guides brought us to ice-caving and glacier hiking as well. Everything was well taken care of. Yung even drove us to Jokulsarlon for northern lights on he second night, which was really a great idea! We have also seen northern lights on the way back to Reykjavik on our third night. As I joined this tour in late February to March, the time of daylight has become longer and Yung has added a few extra stop points on top of the itinerary, which was great. Yung is also very accommodating when some of the guests want to stop on the road and take photos. The only drawback is that you only get short stops at each point, say like 45 mins to 1 hour. This is necessary as the road trip from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon is quite long.

Excellent tour!!! I met with a great tour guide name "Wolf" who has a good command of knowledge of iceland nature and made our out-door trip full of fun. Also the people in the package tour were kind and nice. This is a exploration-oriented tour which is quite focus on the experience of nature in person. We really had a memorable 3 day trip. I have already recommended to all my families and friends and they are quite attracted by my posting on social media. Hope we can visit Iceland again in Summer!!! Thank you for the team, cheers!!!

I attended this tour in Jan 2016. This tour is a great package if you want to cover South Iceland in a reasonable time, all major attractions are included in this trip. The tour was very well planned and covered. Our tour guide was amazing, he guided us extremely well, was friendly and told several good stories about the tour and Iceland. The only drawback of this tour was that you only get limited time at major attractions due to limited day-light.

Despite the unpredictable weather, we managed most, but unfortunately no all, of the sites mentioned in the itinerary. But the experience was still an excellent one. The guide was very professional and took very good care of the group. Highly recommended. Already considering a visit in the summer to see the different aspects of Iceland.

The entire trip was wonderful. Our guide "Day" did a great job, especially driving on snow packed roads. Our glacier guide "Gary" was excellent. Would highly recommend the 3 day/2night tour to anyone looking for an adventure. Accommodations and food good.

Even though there was a blizzard during my trip, all the schedule was well- arranged! I also learnt a lot of knowledge about Iceland ! If you would like to experience something different in Iceland,join this trip,it won't let you down .

Our 3 day tour had to be split into two parts due to heavy storms period during my stay in Iceland beginning December. I had two tour guides, one who led us to golden circle on 6 dec (I forgot his name), and another one, Thor, who led us to Jokulsarlon and glacier hiking on 8-9 dec. Both were very nice and professional, with a lot of knowledge about Iceland, the horses, folk tales, and weather. The lady who took care of the itinerary during these stormy period also did her best to re-schedule the initial plans for my and all other customers. Unfortunately, I was not informed about the possibility of 2 days tour to Jokulsarlon and ice caving, so I chose the jokulsarlon and glacier hiking instead since it was the only one available to my knowledge. Only then on the D-day I realised that the tour to Jokulsarlon and ice caving also proceeded. I was not informed about that option. I found this an enormous pity since the biggest attraction to me in Iceland is the ice caving.

The tour guide is really nice. We said that we didn't see the aurora. He drive us to the field to see the northern lights. Even it is not included in our tour. The glacier is stunning. The hotel we lived is quite good. The whole tour is perfect!

Although because high wind we didn't met ice hole and northernlight, but we saw the blue ice and lots of waterfalls. The tour put safety at first, that's great! So we got a comfortable journey!

The 3 day trip was fantastic! Everything is well arranged. We were very lucky to see the sunrise, sunset and northern light during the trip. Will definitely recommend to our friends!

Very nice experience which you won't forget! Definitely will recommend it to anyone who wanna go to Iceland:)

Beautiful scenery, lovely people, marvellous tour. The tour is very well organised and exciting. We have very limited time in Iceland. This tour enable us to see Iceland from a few different angels. In addition, we are extreme lucky to be the last group to do the Ice Caving for the year, extremely worth it!!!! Iceland is a truly beautiful country. Absolutely love it, definitely wish to go back and taking some other tours, as there are is still lots to do. Also sharing a short video (combine with photo montage, which taken from our iPhone) of our Iceland trip here: https://youtu.be/Ymel9ZT7Y_I Thank you so much, GP&S

My main reason for choosing this tour was ICE CAVES. What I’ve got was DISASTER – to cave I had to crawl on my knees for 25 meters to see small cave size 4 x 5 meters with over 30 people packed at the same time! I am 190 cm tall so had my hands wounded in blood. View had nothing to do with photos you produce in your advertising leaflet. This is absolutely misleading. I have absolute right to be informed honestly at first. Northern lights – ZERO, but in this case weather should be blamed to. Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara – we DID’NOT see it. Hotels and logistics – OK acceptable.

Very well organised trip with friendly and knowledgable guides. Thank you:)

This tour is amazing! Love the combination of waterfalls and ice cave - although the ice cave we went was a bit smaller than I expected. Also saw some wonderful northern lights on the 2nd night. Wish we had more time at the ice lagoon but weather did not permit it - had to rush back to RVK before road closed down.

this trip is great, and the ice caving is amazing!!

it was a great experience. Very nice and warm guide. Thoughtful equipment for us. It's a very safe and cheap way to enjoy your trip in Iceland.

Best tour I have ever done in my life. The ice cave is just incredible, and the guide Hawk was very knowledgeable about the area and told us some great stories on the way. If you can only see one place in Iceland this should be it. Don´t miss this tour, which also takes you to some incredible waterfalls in the south. Until next time, adios!

We went on this guided tour to see the ice cave. It was the most beautiful place I have been to. 5 stars for this tour.

I used Guide to Iceland to book my 3 days tour to Southern Iceland and it went really well! I recommend everyone to use it while visiting Iceland. 我在Guide to Iceland网站上订了冰岛南部三日游,很流畅预订体验!极力推荐来冰岛的各位童鞋使用~

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