Epic 3-Day Winter Tour of the Golden Circle and South Coast with Ice Caving at Jokulsarlon

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
3 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Oct. - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old


Explore Iceland's wonders with this three-day small-group tour, covering the Golden Circle, South Coast, and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This tour is for adventurers seeking a hassle-free, expertly guided, and all-inclusive three-day exploration of Iceland's top attractions, ideal for those who value convenience, value, and unforgettable experiences.

This journey begins with a convenient pick-up from your downtown Reykjavik hotel or a nearby bus stop. From there, embark on a captivating adventure through Iceland's most iconic attractions.

Day one introduces you to the Golden Circle, a trio of natural marvels. Discover the historical and geological wonders of Thingvellir National Park, marvel at the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, and witness the Geysir geothermal area's impressive geyser eruptions. 

But that's not all. We'll also take you to the stunning Kerid crater, where you can peer into a turquoise lake inside.

After a day filled with exploration, rest comfortably at a three-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day two is a journey along the South Coast, famous for pristine waterfalls and black-sand beaches. Visit the enchanting Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Gljufrabui waterfalls, stroll along the otherworldly Reynisfjara black sand beach, and admire the Dyrholaey rock arch. In the evening, weather permitting, catch a mesmerizing display of the northern lights from your South Coast hotel.

Awake to a delicious breakfast on day three and prepare for more awe-inspiring sights. You'll be spellbound by the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where massive icebergs create a dynamic landscape. 

Don't be surprised if the ice appears black or radiant blue. Marvel at Diamond Beach, where enormous ice chunks drift ashore, and experience the thrill of ice caving nearby.

Additional highlights on day three include the striking Fjadrargljufur canyon and the serene Skaftafell nature reserve.

Throughout your journey, rest assured that professional drivers and guides will ensure your safety and provide valuable insights into Iceland's natural wonders and cultural gems. Travel in comfort aboard a minibus, taking in the breathtaking landscapes at every turn.

For your convenience, a detailed itinerary is provided upon booking, ensuring you make the most of your time and create unforgettable memories. Plus, our dedicated travel agent is available 24/7 to assist you, answer questions, and provide support during your trip.

Our package is highly rated by satisfied customers, offering convenience, value, and exceptional service from knowledgeable guides and staff. We also prioritize flexibility, with free cancellation and a full refund available up to 24 hours before departure. Adjust your plans as needed and seize the opportunity to explore Iceland's top sites stress-free. 

Check availability now and choose your travel date to embark on this extraordinary adventure.

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Expert, English speaking guide
Two nights in a three-star hotel with breakfast
All transport, including Reykjavik transfers
Wi-Fi in vehicle
Small-group experience
Guests may bring one item of hand luggage


Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The gullfoss waterfall, one of three Golden Circle attractions, is covered in a blanket of snow and ice in winter.

Day 1 - The Golden Circle and Kerid Crater

On the first morning of your three-day tour, your driver will pick you up from a Reykjavik bus stop or downtown hotel. Then, it’s time to head into the countryside to discover the Golden Circle attractions, which form the country’s most popular driving route.

First up is the Thingvellir National Park, famed for being the only place you can walk between two continents globally. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are moving apart a little more each year, so you can ponder this fascinating phenomenon as you stroll.

Thingvellir is also where Althingi, the world’s longest-surviving parliament, formed in 930. On top of its geological and historical importance, it’s a beautiful place to appreciate the natural surroundings.

Next, you’ll visit the Geysir geothermal area, named after the Great Geysir, which lies dormant. Rest assured that you’ll get plenty of action here, however. The Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-10 minutes, spraying water 49-66 feet (15-20 meters) into the air but sometimes reaching double that height.

The final Golden Circle attraction is the Gullfoss waterfall, also called the Golden Falls. You’ll be blown away by its power and beauty, and you can capture gorgeous photos from different angles. An ice and snow-covered landscape adds an extra element of magic to its setting during winter.

You’ll also see the Kerid crater today, a spectacular attraction to top off your first unforgettable sightseeing day. A short hike takes you to the top, where you can marvel at the gorgeous crater lake. Its turquoise waters freeze in the depths of winter, but if it’s not icy or snowy, you can safely walk down to it.

After a brilliant first day, your driver will take you to a three-star hotel that includes breakfast in Reykjavik or near the Golden Circle. Enjoy a relaxing evening, and see if you can spot the aurora borealis when the sky darkens.

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Day 2
Seljalandsfoss is a gorgeous South Coast waterfall with a path encircling it and a cavern behind it.

Day 2 - South Coast Waterfalls and Beaches

Day two begins with breakfast at your hotel. Then, your group will hit the road, heading to the beautiful South Coast, a stunning area known for its waterfalls and beaches. 

You’ll see three breathtaking waterfalls today: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Gljufrabui. Each offers excellent opportunities to marvel at nature’s beauty and capture superb photographs.

Seljalandsfoss has a cavern behind it and a path encircling it. You can walk around it and marvel at its splendor from every angle. Ensure you wear waterproof gear and boots with good grip to enjoy the experience fully.

Skogafoss is a similar height to Seljalandsfoss, at around 200 feet (60 meters). It has an impressive width of approximately 82 feet (25 meters), and its immense power is comparable only to a few other waterfalls around the country.

Gljufrabui is a lesser-known hidden gem nestled behind a cliff and tumbling into a narrow canyon. It’s a magical place overlooked by the average traveler, and you’ll be glad you got to appreciate its beauty.

Next, it’s time to visit Reynisfjara, a world-famous black-sand beach. It’s renowned for its towering cliffside basalt columns and dramatic sea stacks jutting from the ocean. With its jet-black sand and waves crashing on the shore, it’s a breathtaking landscape to behold.

Another highlight today is the Dyrholaey scenic reserve. You’ll love the scenic vistas down to the ocean and the striking volcanic rock arch, an excellent photography spot.

After a second brilliant day packed with amazing attractions, finish by seeing if you can spot the northern lights. Your South Coast accommodation is in an excellent location for viewing the lights when conditions are optimal.

Seeing the aurora borealis tops the memories list for many winter travelers to Iceland. As you gaze up at the colorful, star-filled sky, you’ll know it’s the perfect end to your day.

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Day 3
The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is an unforgettable place to visit, with its towering icebergs and brilliant colors.

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon, Diamond Beach, Ice Caving, and More

On the final day of your sightseeing tour, you’ll discover more diverse natural landscapes, topping off your multi-day experience to ensure you’ve covered all the top sites.

After a hearty breakfast, your guide will take you further east along the South Coast, allowing time to stop at the Fjadrargljufur canyon and the Skaftafell nature reserve. Both are known as areas of immense natural beauty and offer hiking opportunities. You may be able to see these picturesque landscapes covered in a blanket of snow, depending on when you visit.

Next up is the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Marvel at the towering icebergs broken from the Breidamerkurjokull outlet glacier, part of the mighty Vatnajokull ice cap, as they lie amid a stunning setting of glacial meltwater.

You’ll be mesmerized by Jokulsarlon, from the scale of the icebergs to their fascinating colors. They could be white but often have streaks of black and sometimes appear a brilliant blue.

You might even see seals basking on icebergs or swimming through the water. It’s possible to spot them year-round here.

You’ll also see the nearby Diamond beach, where giant ice chunks float away and wash up on shore. It’s surreal to stand in this fairytale place where diamond-like ice shimmers against the beach’s black sand.

Ice caving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and today, you’ll get to try this magnificent activity. Your guide will take you to an ice cave close to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, accessible only in winter.

No previous experience is necessary, and your guide will ensure you have any required safety equipment. Then, you’ll step inside to witness the breathtaking colors and ice formations, something you’ll never forget.

After your ice-caving adventure, you’ll begin the long but scenic drive back to Reykjavik. Your driver will drop you back at one of the city’s major hotels or a downtown bus stop, where the tour finishes.

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What to bring

Water bottle and snacks
Warm, waterproof clothing
Winter shoes or boots with good grip

Good to know

Requests for hotel room upgrades are subject to availability. Extra luggage you cannot take on the tour can be stored in Reykjavik for a small fee.

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