3 Day South Coast Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Waterfalls

3 Day South Coast Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Waterfalls
The waterfall Skógafoss becomes even more magical when the Northern Lights dance above it.
The blue ice cave in Skaftafell National Park is one of the wonders of Iceland's nature.
The icebergs in the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón come in all different shapes and sizes.
Walk among bits of Iceland's largest glacier on the Diamond Beach.
When exploring a natural ice cave in Iceland remember to wear a helmet and have fun.
The Reynisdrangar sea stacks are a prime example of the basalt rock formations of the Icelandic nature.
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Join this 3-day tour of the Golden Circle and South Coast, to discover the many unique wonders of Iceland. Prepare to behold a unique and natural ice cave, a continental rift valley, vast lava fields, bubbling hot springs, magical waterfalls and powerful geysers, on a journey tailor-made for anyone looking to pack as much of Iceland’s incredible sights into only three days as possible.

First on the agenda is the Golden Circle, a route that involves three of Iceland’s most popular attractions. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir, before heading to the geothermal valley Haukadalur to awe at erupting geysers, and finally visit Gullfoss, the king of all waterfalls in the Land of Ice and Fire.

After a special visit to the volcanic crater lake Kerið, you will retreat to a local accommodation for the night. On the second day of the tour, you will traverse the South Coast to visit the famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, but also the more hidden gems of Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss.

To complete this incredible day, you will be taken to the black pebble beach Reynisfjara and its amazing views, including the striking basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar.

On your third day, you will head on to the stunning nature reserve Skaftafell National Park. There, you will visit the one and only Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and walk along the Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon have gathered to glisten in the sun like gemstones.

Then it is time for the highlight of the tour, as you will board a super jeep and head for the entrance of a natural ice cave. These caves are a unique privilege to visit, as they are hunted down by experts each fall and will fill back up with meltwater come spring.

Since this tour operates during the winter season, each night will conclude with the possibility of the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky.

If you want to enjoy the Icelandic nature to its fullest and witness one of Iceland's most incredible natural phenomenon, then you should book this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Skaftafell, Vík í Mýrdal, Kerið, Reynisdrangar, Svínafellsjökull, Foss a Síðu, South Coast, Kvernufoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. 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.

  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a double or a twin room with shared bathroom (you can upgrade to a private bathroom by selecting an extra)

  • Breakfast

  • Necessary safety equipment for the Ice Cave

  • Professional tour guide in English in a minibus

  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik

  • Entry to the Kerid Volcanic Crater

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Lunch and Dinner - we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour

What to bring:
  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes are necessary for the Ice Cave. If you do not have appropriate footwear then we offer these for rent.

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 3 around 22:30 / 10:30 pm. If you are a single traveller then a Single Room Supplement of 12.000 ISK is mandatory.

Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the centre Reykjavík. We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office. Click 'Inquire about this tour for more information.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater

3 Day South Coast Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Waterfalls

After getting picked up from decided locations in Reykjavík City, you will get acquainted with your friendly tour guides and the rest of your group, before embarking on exploring the wonders of the Golden Circle. First up is Þingvellir, a historic valley where Viking lords used to gather to declare laws and settle feuds.

The area is furthermore a natural wonder since it is located in the continental valley between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates. This creates gorgeous fissures of sparkling clear glacier water and moss-coated lava fields.

Afterwards, it is on to the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, where you’ll find the two famous geysers Strokkur and Geysir. The latter is the very namesake of the phenomenon, while the former is still highly active and treats visitors to a display of boiling eruptions every few minutes.

Up next is Gullfoss, the most popular sight in the entire country. This cascading display of raw, unharnessed power is fed by pure glacial runoff from Hvítá River, which tumbles down two tiers before plunging into a great canyon.

Finally, you will go see the volcanic crater Kerið, impressive on its own, but boasting a turquoise lake that contrasts the rocky lava walls of red and black. This crater is not included in many Golden Circle tours, so visiting it adds something unique to your already incredible adventure.

At the end of today, your accommodation awaits you in a lovely country guesthouse. And who knows, maybe the Northern Lights will light up the Arctic sky before you turn in for the night.

Day 2 - South Coast Waterfalls & Reynisfjara Black Volcanic Beach

3 Day South Coast Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Waterfalls

Your first stop of day two will be the famous Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall located beneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. The waterfall has an impressive drop of 60 metres and is fed by the water from its imposing glacier. Close by is the hidden gem Gljúfrabúi, a pretty waterfall and a true treat to visit.

Next up is Skógafoss, a wide and powerful display of raw and natural power with a legendary hidden cave hidden behind it, said to keep a Viking treasure chest. To top of this day of chasing waterfalls, you will be led to the lesser known, but equally stunning falls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.

Then it is on to the black beach Reynisfjara, renowned across the world for its volcanic landscape and unique sea stacks, Reynisdrangar. Basalt rock formations dot the shore and the stacks carry with them the myth of trolls dragging a three-masted ship to shore, before getting hit by the rays of the sun and transformed into stone structures for all eternity.

At the end of the day, you will head to your friendly accommodation. If conditions are favourable, you will be looking for the Northern Lights come nightfall. The highlight of the tour awaits you the following day, so get a good night’s rest and stock up on your sense for adventure.

Day 3 - Glacier Lagoon & The Incredible Blue Ice Cave

3 Day South Coast Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Waterfalls

As you awake on your third day, you will drive through the charming coastal village Vík before reaching your next destination of Skaftafell National Park, home to countless sights and natural wonders that will take your breath away.

Within this incredible nature reserve, you’ll find one of Iceland’s most renowned attractions. The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is where icebergs from Breiðamerkurjökull gather to float in a deep lake of still, azure water. Seals live in the lagoon and are often seen lounging on the bergs, curiously watching visitors go by.

Some of the icebergs gather up on the nearby shore, called the Diamond Beach since the white ice glistens on a velvet strip of black sand. With all this ice around, you are sure to get in the mood for more, and this is where your ice cave adventure begins.

These ice caves form naturally each year, as the meltwater freezes over to create stunning displays of glistening white and blue ice formations, hidden inside the glacier itself. Before summer returns, the caves yet again fill up with water, so visiting one is a once in a lifetime experience.

A Super Jeep will pick you up from Jökulsárlón, drive you through Highland territory and bring you close to the entrance of the cave, discovered by glacial experts each year as safe and enjoyable to explore. You will have a full hour to explore the ice cave, so remember to pack your camera for all the unique photo opportunities.

After emerging from the cave, you will head back to Jökulsárlón and board the bus back to Reykjavík City. On the way, you will stop at the village Vík for refreshments, all the while keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights if conditions prove favourable.

Don’t hesitate in booking your Iceland adventure now to enjoy all of which the island has to offer. 

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Through this 3 day tour, my group was able to see much of what Iceland has to offer in one package. Our tour guides, Nikola and Artney, gave us much insight on history and culture that we would not have gotten without a proper tour. The tour was well planned and efficiently executed. I would recommend seeing the South Coast for all who visit Iceland. The hostel we stayed at (NiceHostel Seljandsfoss) was operated by the tour company and was a very nice place to stay. It was out in the countryside and was an excellent place to see the northern lights at night. We missed the Ice Caving and Glacier Lagoon on the third day due to bad weather conditions but our tour guide told us to email the company for a partial refund and that he would write a report. We felt very accommodated.Please be aware that the van cannot hold large luggage. We each brought a backpack and a small duffel bag, which was enough.Also, please be on time for pickup and make sure they have your correct pickup location. The guides worked very well to plan efficiently but make sure you do your part as well.
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Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed the whole tour and it gave us more than we expected! Guides were really nice and told us alot about Iceland during the rides to different locations. We had really comfy beds and rooms in our hotels and a good breakfast also. Only critic I can give is that the first day was pretty short compared to the second and third and this could also be fixed with little longer stops for example at the first stop in Þingvellir. Definitelly gonna visit Iceland again!
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Our tour guide Miken( Sorry not sure how exactly it is spelled) was really nice and very friendly. He led us to a lot of beautiful spots where only local people can reach. It was really a wonderful experience for me and my friend. The hostel was very clean, cozy and big. We saw the Northern Light at the first night of our three-day journey. For all three days of our tour, the weather turned out to be very good and we were really lucky that we were able to enjoy the journey with a lot of happiness.
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The tour was much more than we expected. It turned out great and definitely was the best decision for us. The tour allows you to see and experience a lot of Iceland's natural beauties. On top of that, the tour guides (we had two, one for the 1st day and one for the 2nd and 3rd day) have the expertise when it comes to driving safely along the roads. We experienced snow, ice, and wind that seemed it would blow the bus off the road, but both guides handled it well. Lastly, the tour guides were informative about Iceland demographics, history, and cultural significance of areas. Lastly, the tour let us stay in other parts of the South. All accommodations were so clean and the breakfast was always amazing. I highly recommend taking the 3 day tour.
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We are not the kind of people to take tours. We took this tour instead of driving ourselves because of how many times we had read that just because you can drive in the snow and ice you may not be able to drive in Iceland's winter wind. Our first day we traveled with a 1-day Golden Circle tour group, with Roman as our guide. It was an excellent day, and we learned much from Roman that we would not have learned on our own. Peter then picked us up before that group returned to Reykjavik, and he took us to the guest house that Nice Travel owns on the south coast, where we spent the next two nights. I would willingly stay there any time I was in the area, as it was very clean and comfortable and they had an amazing lamb stew available for dinner (and we saw the Northern Lights from there on our second night). We were picked up the next morning by Lucia and David for the rest of our tour, and again there was so much that we learned that we would not have if we were on our own. So even if you, like my wife and myself, normally do not do bus tours, you may find yourself totally enjoying this one. Nice Travel's staff were all exceptional, they did all that they could to make our trip special, and we feel that our trip was a special blessing during our time in Iceland.
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This is a very thoughtful designed tour. We had sufficient time in every location, and every wonder is just awe inspiring. Our guide Johannes is a very knowledgeable, insightful and a responsible driver, (incredible tenor as well).. We felt very safe in his car despite strong wind and icy road condition. He took great care of each person, and kept reminding us of icy trail condition. I fell badly and he would constantly check if I was ok, very considerate. On our way back to Reykjavik, Johannes tried three times finding the best spot for Northern Light. Glacier/Ice Cave guide Thor was wonderful too. Together they sang a traditional Iceland folksong for us! Accommodations are very comfortable. Unforgettable journey!! Wifi on bus allowed me to check my work and shared stunning images with family.
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Great thanks to all the stuffs who have given me such a nice holiday in iceland! Hope to see you again!
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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.
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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!
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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
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