3 Day Iceland Stopover | Relax in the North

3 Day Iceland Stopover | Relax in the North
3 Day Iceland Stopover  Relax in the North Itinerary
The beautiful Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland's most stunning natural features and one of the three main attractions that make up the Golden Circle sightseeing route.
Þingvellir is a National Park with stunning seasonal contrasts.
On a summer's day, Strokkur erupts dramatically.
In Þingvellir National Park, Öxarárfoss waterfall cascades tranquilly into a beautiful canyon.
Hallgrímskirkja church on a quiet midsummer night.
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Join us for this popular stopover holiday in Iceland and experience unparalleled nature in all its beauty! Your stay might be short, but we'll make sure you'll have a blast. You'll go to all the hottest places (and the coldest glaciers) available, to give you a crash course in Reykjavík 101.

A soak in the sky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon is included, and you'll get closer to the unspoiled nature of this beautiful country.

We have arranged a trip that is perfect for the busy traveler who needs it short and compact, or for those interested in a quick weekend getaway with some fantastic and adventurous options. Leave the planning to us, and just enjoy the fun. Relax in this quirky and otherworldly northern country. That's what vacations are all about: relaxation and new surroundings! 

You can also choose to spice your relaxation up with some stress-relieving activities, like horse riding through lava fields or racing over glacial ice on snowmobiles. We aim to please even the pickiest travelers with a wide array of options, be it in activities or accommodation.

This tour will allow you to see the most famous sites in Iceland, including Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area at Haukadalur and the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, in the company of an experienced guide.

You'll see Iceland at her best, while still keeping the trip compact and light. These locations are popular not only for their stunning beauty but their great historical significance.

Reserve your three days in Iceland now, and get ready to chill in the north! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Reykjanes, Silfra, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Haukadalur, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Keilir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

  • 2 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer

  • Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Flights

What to bring:
  • Swim suit

  • Camera

  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Welcome to Iceland

The architectural wonder of Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík City.

Now that you are in Iceland, you're ready for adventure! From the airport, you'll go on a ride through the black, charred lava field known as Keflavíkurhraun, which is said to hold many mysteries.

Afterward, you will be transported to the city of Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world. The location might be cool, but there is lots of hot stuff happening here. The city is filled with world-class restaurants, gourmet coffee shops (the amount of high-quality slow roast cafés is phenomenal!), beautiful music and interesting sites.

You could visit one of the many museums, or go to a live jazz session at one of the cocktail bars. We're pretty confident you'll find something that strikes your fancy in Reykjavík.

Day 2 - Golden Circle: All the Best Bits!

Þingvellir National Park is one part of the famed Golden Circle sightseeing route.

The Golden Circle is one of the best-known routes in Iceland, loved by locals and travelers alike. We'll take you on a tour of amazing sights and unparalleled nature. Wherever you look, there is something new to see.

In Iceland, there is always a chance of adventure. Your first stop will be the Þingvellir National Park, also known as Parliament Park, as the world's first democratic parliament was founded there over a thousand years ago.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the heart of the nation, standing where the land has again and again been torn apart by earthquakes caused by the fact that it stands, quite literally, on the continental rift between Europe and America.

Your next stop will be the saga-filled Haukadalur, where the one and only Geysir resides, surrounded by smaller geysers and hot springs. Big brother to them all is Strokkur, a geyser so powerful that his blow can reach up to 60 m (196 ft) high! All around the area, exotic colors paint images on the clay, creating an alien landscape with the perfect mixture of raw earth and steaming water.

Your last stop is then the magnificent Gullfoss, a massive waterfall that keeps its glory all year round, dropping in three heavy steps nearly 80 m (262 ft) down into the canyon below. You can walk on a pathway to the rushing water and feel the glacial water splash over you as it plummets down. A sight one never forgets.

If you are looking for some adventure, you have a variety of options to make your day on the Golden Circle a thrilling experience worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.

How about taking a dive between the continents in the Silfra fissure at Þingvellir? It is, undoubtedly, the coolest dip both Europe and America can offer – and at the same time!.

If you'd rather keep dry, we can arrange a close encounter of the horse kind, and take you on a riding tour in the area on the well loved Icelandic horse. (Although they are small, they are mighty! Their feelings will be hurt if you call them ponies). If you prefer a faster ride, a trip to the glacier Langjökull is well in order, where snowmobiles await you on the great white ice planes. 

On the way back to the city after the Golden Circle tour, you’ll make a stop at the Blue Lagoon, for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.

Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkeling, horseback riding or snowmobiling, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on either your arrival or departure day instead, so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.

After this incredible day, you will return to the city for the night and spend another evening in the lovely, lively Reykjavík.

Day 3 - Goodbyes Are Bittersweet...

Unwind with a silica face mask in the Blue Lagoon spa after a busy holiday.

...but you don't need to go just yet! If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you still have the time for more fun and exploration! If you feel a proper goodbye to the city is in order, you could hop on a helicopter and say your adieu from above.

Another option is to head out from the Old Harbour and take a look at the well known sea-dwelling residents of Iceland, those gentle giants, the whales, and if the season is right, the puffins that nest at Akurey island on Faxaflói bay.

You will hop aboard a bus, and get your last glimpse of Iceland as you head to Keflavík, travelling again through the lava and to the airport. We're sad to see you leave, but hope you will visit us again.

Until next time, or, as we say: Sjáumst seinna!


See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city centre or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.


Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


You can now add meals to your booking.
Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.
At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.
Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements.
Vouchers are non-refundable.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik.

An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately.

If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.

The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes.

For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes.

Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.
The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation.
Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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Going to Iceland has always been my dream vacation, and guide to Iceland helped make it a reality! Planning with them was easy and they were always quick and helpful via email when I had any questions regarding the booking. I would recommend them 100%!
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The booking agent was great to work wth. Our guide was excellent. The tour was simply amazing. The food was delicious and intriguing. The staff at the hotel was pleasant and accommodating. We just wish that we had booked more days.
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The guided tour was very comprehensive, and more comfortable than expected. It was a shame that it rained almost the whole day, but each location was a unique experience. I didn't think much of the bus transports to and from the airport. It would be better to not have to transfer buses part-way through, and the arrival transfer took a long time to come. Hostel was ok. If I come back I think I would do my own itinerary next time: not sure exactly what I paid so much money for this to be honest, especially since it was a group trip and blue lagoon wasn't included (this should be made much clearer on the website!).
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