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

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.
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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. We will make sure to visit to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon along the way back.

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: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Shore, South Iceland, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Eldhraun, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup 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. The pick up for this tour starts at 8:00am. 

  • 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.



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