3-Day South Coast Adventure | Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Waterfalls

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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 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.

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


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jokulsarlon , Skógafoss , Seljalandsfoss , Geysir , Skaftafell , Vík i Mýrdal , Kerið , Reynisdrangar , Svínafellsjökull , Gullfoss Waterfall , Foss a Sidu , Thingvellir National Park , Kvernafoss Waterfall , South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00

Included:
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a double or a twin room with shared bathroom

  • 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:

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.

We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M.

To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick-up time.

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 & Kerið Volcanic Crater


3-Day South Coast Adventure | Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & 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 Adventure | Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & 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 Adventure | Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & 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, deemed 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 and wonderful 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. 


Reviews

Average rating 4.6 / Number of reviews 18

Great thanks to all the stuffs who have given me such a nice holiday in iceland! Hope to see you again!

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!

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