Join this tour for a semi-private adventure along the Silver Circle to see Iceland’s most popular sights, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and caves. Take a 3-day break from the busy city life and join us on a relaxing, informative and active tour that will take your breath away.
In three days you will experience:
• drive along the south west area of Húsafell
• barnafossar & hraunfossar waterfalls
• guided ice cave excursion in Langjökull glacier
• countryside accommodation
• lava tube caving (optional extra)
• guided golden circle excursion (including Thingvellir national park, Geysir hotsprings and Gullfoss waterfall
• secret lagoon geothermal spa (optional extra)
• guided south coast excursion
• seljalandsfoss and skogafoss waterfalls
• sólheimajökul glacier walk
• black sand beaches of Reynisfjara
Take this opportunity to see Iceland in Silver and Gold (Circles, that is)! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."
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.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
Hraunfossar in Borgarfjordur district is a series of beautiful waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming from a short distance out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field.
The lava field flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjokull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvita river from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. These are some of the most magnificent falls found in Iceland and not to be missed.
Husafell is one of the most popular destination of travelers in the country, a unique natural attraction. It has much history and strong ties with legends and folklore. It is located in Borgarjordur in West Iceland.
Husafell has excellent facilities and services, offering many recreational activities, beautiful woodlands in a field of lava and nice warm pools. The old farmhouse there was built in 1904 and is run as a hotel.
Many birds can be found in Husafell. The mountain ring around the area is exeptionally beautiful. Husafell is also located near many other of Iceland's top natural attractions, such as the waterfalls Barnafossar and Hraunfossar, Langjokull glacier, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Surtshellir cave, Reykholt etc. etc....
Artist Pall Gudmundsson (a.k.a. Pall of Husafell) is from there, famous for his stone harps. He has worked with Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Starting time : 08:00
Pick-up & drop-off at accommodation in Reykjavík
Glacier walk & safety equipment
Accommodation on Day 1 and 2
Breakfast on Day 2 and 3
Into the Glacier tour with guide
Mountaineering boots for the glacier hike
rain-wear for the duration of the tour
Optional extra – Víðgelmir lava tube caving
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Day 1
Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 & 3
Accommodation in the city after the tour returns
Accommodation in the city before the tour departs
Sturdy shoes for hiking/walking
Swimwear for relaxation at accommodation
Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather
You may arrange for a single room supplement, which is an additional 25.000 ISK
You can also choose to make this a private tour for you and your group. Send us an inquiry and we'll be happy to accommodate you!
At 8:00 AM, your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and the group will depart Reykjavík. The first objective is to drive north of Reykjavík towards one of the most relaxing spots on the southwest corner of Iceland, Húsafell. A visit to Barnafossar & Hraunfossar waterfalls will be first on the agenda. In the afternoon, you can join an excursion to the biggest Ice cave in Iceland. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the largest Ice cave in Iceland, carved into Lanjökull glacier, measuring 600 m (1,968 ft). In the evening, you'll be taken to your accommodation in the area for a well-deserved dinner and relaxation in the countryside.
If you like, you can spend the afternoon and early evening exploring the Víðgelmir lava tube, which is Iceland’s longest natural lava tube. This tube was formed in 900 AD, and evidence of human habitation here, during the Viking Age, has been discovered (the artifacts are now available to view in the National Museum of Iceland). These caves were probably used by outlaws hiding from their sentence of exile.
Today it’s time to enjoy the most popular sightseeing tour in Iceland, the Golden Circle. The three attractions are: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Take the opportunity and see the meeting place of the tectonic plates and walk between them as they are slowly pulled apart by the forces of the earth's movement. This is also the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, which is why the site was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its contribution to world culture.
At Geysir geothermal area, you will find two geysirs which spout boiling water high into the air. Geysir, the fountain for which the site was named, has been active for 10,000 years and is now mostly asleep, waking every few years to put on one last show. Strokkur, however, is hugely active and erupts every 10 minutes with a fountain of 40 m (131 ft). In addition, there are as many as 30 hot springs here, as well as smoking fumaroles and sizzling vents.
Last, you'll see the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. At the end of the day, you will make your way to your accommodation for dinner and evening relaxation.
The South coast of Iceland offers the highlight of Icelandic nature. Waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and black sand beaches. Driving along the south coast of Iceland is majestic, with small villages and history. The first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland´s most popular sights. As the tour drives along the South coast, the next stop is Skogar waterfall for relaxing view of the waterfall. After lunch, we will go for a 1,5 hour, easy glacier walk with certified guide and explore the glacial wonder world. In the afternoon, we drive back to Reykjavík where everyone will be dropped off at a preffered accommodation.