Unforgettable 3-Day Golden Circle & South Coast Tour with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik
Spice up your trip to Iceland with a multi-day sightseeing tour of its most beautiful attractions, from the Golden Circle to the wonders of the South Coast. Those who want to explore breathtaking waterfalls, iconic black sand beaches, and floating icebergs for three incredible days should book this adventure now.
For your convenience, this small group tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik, where you’ll meet your friendly guide. Within three days, you’ll explore the top attractions of Iceland’s southern region aboard a minibus fit for sightseeing adventures and with free Wi-Fi. You will also stay in cozy accommodations with complimentary breakfast for two days.
Day one of the multi-day tour explores the Golden Circle, one of the most popular tourist routes in the Nordic country. On this road that loops for 190 miles (300 kilometers), you will marvel at three natural attractions showing the beauty of Iceland’s nature.
Thingvellir National Park is the best place to learn about Iceland’s political and geological history. Meanwhile, the cascading waters of the Gullfoss waterfall and the shooting hot springs of the Geysir geothermal area present stunning views you will see up close.
Day two of your guided tour will take you deeper into the South Coast, a region best known for its impressive coasts and waterfalls. In particular, you will visit three majestic waterfalls that have their unique features, including the Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui, and Skogafoss waterfalls.
Soon after, you will venture into the frozen world of the Solheimajokull glacier. You can view its massive wonders from a distance, including the small lagoon in front of it.
Before the day ends, the excursion will take the group to the region’s stunning coastline. A back-to-back visit to the Dyrholaey peninsula and Reynisfjara black sand beach will show you even more diverse landscapes and the thriving birdlife in Iceland.
The last day of the unforgettable trip to Iceland will show the group more attractions to enjoy. This time, you will finally explore the two highlights of the entire adventure of the South Coast at the Vatnajokull National Park, the largest glacier in Europe.
The Jokulsarlon is the most famous glacier lagoon in the country and is also its deepest lake. The floating icebergs on its waters, some as large as buildings, attract thousands of tourists annually.
On one end of the lagoon is Diamond Beach, where some of the icebergs end up. The ice crystals on the black sands create a contrasting view that you will enjoy taking photos of and exploring. Tourists in the area have an option to get up close to the floating icebergs through boat tours for an extra fee.
Before returning to Reykjavik, you will also stop by Hofskirkja church and lava, the Fjadrargljufur river canyon, and the charming village of Vik.
You can bring one piece of hand luggage for this tour.
See four breathtaking waterfalls, travel along the Golden Circle, and watch floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon lagoon on this three-day adventure on the South Coast of Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle and Kerid Crater
Day one of your multi-day tour in Iceland starts with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. For the entire duration of the trip, your group will ride a minibus with charging ports and free Wi-Fi.
You will spend most of your time traversing the Golden Circle, one of the most popular tourist routes in the land of fire and ice, only rivaled by the ring road. This route can be anyone’s introduction to Iceland’s diverse landscapes and beautiful sceneries.
The Golden Circle has three major attractions along its 190 miles (300 kilometers) rounding path. The closest one to Reykjavik is the Thingvellir National Park, just 29 miles (47 kilometers) away.
At Thingvellir, you will experience walking between two continents because the rift separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates is only visible here. The entire place is also a sightseeing wonder because of its diverse terrain and lush vegetation.
Your next stop is at the Geysir geothermal area. Geysir is the most popular attraction in the Haukadalur hot spring area as it also gave the geysers in the world their name. Although Geysir is already dormant these days, its neighbor Strokkur geyser can still shoot boiling water as high as 66 feet (20 meters) every few minutes.
The last attraction in the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the country. The cascading waters of Gullfoss drop from a cliff of 105 feet (32 meters) before descending into a deep canyon.
Before calling it a day and resting in a charming accommodation in Hveragerdi town, you will make a quick stop at Kerid volcanic crater. Kerid is the perfect place to cap off your first day with its turquoise-colored lake surrounded by stunning red slopes.
Day 2 - South Coast Waterfalls and Reynisfjara Black Beach
The second day of your three-day tour on the South Coast opens with a delicious breakfast provided by your accommodation in Hveragerdi. For today’s adventure, you will go deeper into the region and explore three waterfalls, an outlet glacier, and the scenic coastline.
The real adventure begins on a high note as you explore the exceptional beauty of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Apart from its clear waters cascading from 200 feet (60 meters), the Icelandic waterfall’s most recognizable feature is the pathway that encircles it. This path will allow you to view Seljalandsfoss waterfall in all directions.
The other two waterfalls you will see on this trip are Gljufrabui waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall. Gljufrabui waterfall is not as famous as the other two waterfalls, but its rock cave is worth seeing.
Meanwhile, the Skogafoss waterfall is one of the biggest in Iceland, and you can view it from the valley or at the top deck. If you’re lucky enough, you will also see a rainbow in the area during your visit.
Less than an hour’s drive from Skogafoss is where you will witness the massive Solheimajokull glacier. You will have enough time to see the diverse colors of its terrain.
For a more thrilling experience, you will also explore the Dyrholaey peninsula and the Reynisfjara beach. Dyrholaey is a birdwatcher’s paradise because you can see the iconic puffin birds of Iceland on its rocky cliffs during summer.
On the other hand, Reynisfjara is Iceland’s most prominent black sand beach. The massive waves of the Atlantic sea crashing against the volcanic sands and basalt columns are views you will never forget.
The second day ends as you get a night’s rest at a country hotel near the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
The last day of your South Coast excursion will take you to the Vatnajokull National Park, the largest glacier in Iceland. The tour will also let you explore other fascinating attractions such as Vik village, Hofskirkja church and lava fields, and the Fjadrargljufur canyon.
After a savory breakfast at your hotel, you’ll finally see the highlights of your three-day adventure in Iceland at Diamond Beach and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
You can enjoy both sceneries simultaneously because only a few hundred feet separate the two attractions. The thousands of ice chunks floating on the glacier lagoon is a scene like no other, and you can view them up close if you join an optional boat tour.
As the icebergs slowly drift out to the sea, some end up on the volcanic sands of Diamond Beach. These chunks of ice look like diamond crystals set on the black sands, a view that is perfect for nature lovers and photographers.
Soon after, the minibus will take the group to the Hofskirkja church, a turf structure historically significant to Icelanders. The church’s construction dates back to the 19th century, and you’re lucky to see it because it’s one of the few remaining turf churches in Iceland.
Another geological wonder you’ll experience is the Fjadrargljufur canyon, a beautiful gorge covered by lush mosses. You can take amazing photos of the nearly two-kilometer-long canyon before arriving at your last destination.
Visiting the southernmost seafront village in Iceland, Vik i Myrdal, is the perfect way to cap off your Icelandic tour. The small but charming fishing village has excellent shops, restaurants, and souvenir stores. The area also offers an unrivaled coastline view, including panoramic views of Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey.
The three-day Golden Circle and South Coast tour ends as you return to Reykjavik with memories of a lifetime.
What to bring
Good to know
- The minimum age to join is five years.
- Solo or single travelers will be given a Single Room Supplement for accommodation.
- Tour joiners are encouraged to pack lightly for the adventure (small suitcase or backpack). You may store extra luggage in Reykjavik for a small fee.
- Pick-up from Reykjavik is between 08:30 – 09:00 a.m.
- Boat tour in Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is optional. You may book it for an extra fee.