Scenic 3 Day South Coast Tour with the Golden Circle & a Blue Ice Cave with Transfer from Reykjavik
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.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater
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
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
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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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.