Join this tour to see the most popular sites in the nation, including the famous Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the stunning blue ice cave!
On Day 1, you’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik and spirited away down the south coast, The Golden Circle, which encompasses three of the most popular attractions in Iceland, is first.
You’ll visit Geysir geothermal area, named for the sleeping giant Geysir, which has been entertaining onlookers for more than 1,000 years with jets of boiling hot water shooting high in the sky. Though Geysir sometimes goes inactive for years at a time, as he is now, Strokkur still likes to put on a dazzling display, blasting water as high as 40 m (131 ft). You can also explore hot spots of bubbling mud and sizzling steam vents as you wander the grounds.
Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, is next. This is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Powered by pure glacial runoff, water shoots along the two-tiered falls before plunging into the canyon far below.
Finally, you’ll delve into the mysteries of Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One thousand years ago, Viking lords stood in this valley to declare the law, make alliances and settle their nastiest feuds. You can also see the beauty of the natural environment here, from the gorge which marks the edges of the Mid-Atlantic Rift to fissures filled with sparkling water to Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
On Day 2, you’ll visit a total of five waterfalls nestled among the countryside, which includes stunning glaciers, rugged lava fields, looming volcanoes, rushing rivers and deafening waterfalls. In the end of the day we will go to the unique black beach Reynisfjara.
On Day 3, highlight of the tour is a visit to a natural ice cave inside Vatnajökull glacier. The ice is spectacularly blue! Ice caves in Iceland are impossible to predict - each one is unique. Caves are searched out and discovered each year by glacial experts who select the most beautiful and safest locations, allowing you to have a truly one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of the ice.
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Note: You should bring light luggage for the overnight stay. If you have big suitcases, they can be stored in Reykjavik while you are on the tour.
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Skaftafell is a nature preserve in Oraefasveit. It used to be a national park of its own but joined the larger Vatnajokull National Park in 2008.
Skaftafell is notable for its rich flora, growing between sands and glaciers, and overall for its amazing and contrasting scenery. You can take short and easy trails to the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss, as well as Skaftafell glacier, with the mountain Kristinartindar and Morsardalur valley further off.
Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Kerid is a volcanic crater lake in Grimsnes in South Iceland. It is a popular stop when traveling the Golden Circle.
It is believed that Kerid was originally a cone volcano that erupted and and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
The Kerid caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is around 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m across. There is little vegetation in the steep-walled crater, save for one wall with a gentler slope which is covered with deep moss. This wall is fairly easy to descend.
The lake itself is fairly shallow and is striking in its beauty. Opaque and aquamarine, surrounded by the red crater walls, Kerid offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery.
Starting time : 09:00
Accommodation in a double or a twin room with shared bathroom
Gear for the ice cave (Helmet and other safety equipment)
Light luggage for overnight stay
Warm clothing and outerwear suited for chilly or rainy weather (waterproof recommended)
Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
If you would like a single room, there is an added fee of ISK 7.500. For single travelers the Single Room Supplement fee of 7.500 is mandatory.
IMPORTANT: The ice caving tour may be cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. If so, your tour guide will arrange for other activities when possible, and refund the price difference to you.
The Golden Circle is the most popular day tour in Iceland. Geysers, The Golden Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park are classic destinations for any visitor to our island.
Þingvellir National Park lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which cross Iceland, and is a part of the mid-Atlantic Ridge. This is the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which have spread so far apart that it is possible to stroll directly between them. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America!
The next stop features the biggest geysers found in the Haukadalur valley: Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name.
Then, you'll journey to the powerful Gullfoss waterfall on the Hvitá river.
Finally, to add something unique to your experience, you will also visit the big volcanic crater called Kerið. The volcanic crater is impressive by itself, but nestled deep in the bottom is a pure turquoise lake, contrasting with the striking red-and-black walls of the crater.
You will stay overnight at the cozy Nicehostel Seljalandsfoss on the south coast.
Today, you will discover five waterfalls on the south coast of Iceland.
The waterfalls are called Gljufrabui, Seljalandsfoss, Írafoss, Skógafoss and Kvernufoss. We will also visit the unique black beach Reynisfjara near the village Vík.
In the evening we will try to see the Northern Lights in the moonlight if the forecast is good.
You will stay overnight at the cozy Nicehostel Seljalandsfoss on the south coast.
Today, you will take a close look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. In the morning, you will go to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It’s filled with huge chunks of ice which crack off of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, the Ice cave tour will begin. The drive from the glacier lagoon to the ice cave takes approximately 30 minutes and your guide will inform you on the way about the surrounding area. When you reach the cave, you will have approximately 1.5 hours in the cave and its amazing surrounding area. Explore to your heart's content!
After the visit to the cave, you will journey to the Skaftafell National Park where we will spend some time wandering the hiking trails and basking in the tall trees and lovely mountain views there before making your way back to Reykjavik.
The tour and the attractions were amazing especially on the third day that the sunshine weather and blue sky painted the beautiful color on the amazing mother nature of Iceland. Thanks to the tour guides (the guy of Nice Travel and the guy who brought us to the ice cave) were very nice and very helpful, we would be able to see the huge amazing crystal ice cave and the beautiful Northern light before we finished the tour in such wonderful country.
The trip was wonderful and amazing with a great guide. we even manage to visit some extra place which has not been mentioned in the itinerary. Highly recommended!! If I planned to visit Iceland one more time, I would choose nice travel again!
The trip is awesome and totally worth it as the schedule is very nice and we indeed visited all important attractions! Also our tour guide is very enthusiastic and willing to show us the best view, he bring us inside the hidden waterfall even his shoes is not waterproof as he just want to show us the best view!!! This is my best trip ever!!! Highly recommend
The trip was absolutely amazing! Steinar is our guide and driver for the first day trip to golden circle and Antonio is our guide for the rest two days to 5waterfalls, black beach, glacier lagoon and ice caves. They are both nice and caring people, not only tried to guide us to explore the fabulous places, but also introduced the history and economy of Iceland, which made the trip more interesting. The guest house was also nice and cozy, it's a pity about the bad weather, otherwise might have the chance to hunt for the green lights. Everything in Iceland is purely natural. It's definitely an unforgettable journey!
I came to Iceland for honeymoon with my hubby and we are amazed by the spectacular scenes of ice cave, glacier lagoon, black beach and the 5 waterfalls. The 12-day honeymoon trip didn't stop by the natural wonders but the professionalism and kindness of the tour guides. Have you ever enjoyed an opera in a local small chapel? I did! The tour guides are great opera singers performing a few Icelandic jingles I never forget. Thanks to the tours my hubby free from my mumbling haha every day we woke up, enjoyed a full breakfast and leave everything to the tour guides (They are especially good in time management and photography for guests =P). Over 2000 pictures and 20 videos were taken during the local tours!!! We enjoyed our time and highly recommend "Guide to Iceland" and this 3-day South coast tour to every Iceland goers.
This trip was really fun and I really learned a lot about the history and geography of Iceland. The tour guide Ivan was extremely nice, fun, and helpful when it came to reorganizing my itinerary since I missed the bus the first day. The Hotel was good, very homie and comfortable but sadly the service wasn't the best and think the girl working there could improve her attitude toward her guests. I think it was a fascinating trip and would recommend it to anyone.
Absolutely wonderful! Special thanks to my guide Mr Einar for guiding me on my birthday!