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3-Day Highlights of Iceland Tour | The Golden Circle, South Coast and Landmannalaugar

Strokkur at Geysir blasts water into the air.
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
3 days
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
July
Minimum age
10 years old

Description

Spend three unforgettable days exploring the most beloved and spectacular sites in Iceland on this incredible adventure. Any travelers eager to see the attractions of the Golden Circle, the stunning Highlands, and the diverse South Coast with a friendly guide, staying at lovely accommodations around the country should not overlook this tour!

Your exploration of Iceland’s highlights begins when you are picked up in Reykjavik in a spacious, comfortable, modern bus and whisked into the incredible landscapes of south Iceland. On your adventure, you will see geysers, waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, mountain ranges, historic sites, and so much more. You’ll even get to bask in natural hot springs while surrounded by the wilderness of Landmannalaugar Highland oasis. 

Due to the slow pace of this excursion, you’ll have plenty of time at each site to create some unforgettable memories and take plenty of photos. Furthermore, the Midnight Sun never sets during Iceland’s summer, meaning your sightseeing won’t be constrained by hours of darkness.

The lovely countryside hotels that you’ll stay at each evening will provide you with breakfast in the morning, and this tour also includes a locally-sourced, chef-prepared dinner at the Ingolfsskáli Viking House! 

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness Iceland’s most popular sightseeing routes as well as its wild highland interior. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

Professional tour guided in English in a minibus
Free Wi-Fi on bus
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Accomondation for 3 nights
Breakfast
Dinner at the Ingolfsskáli Viking House

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A waterfall pours in Thingvellir.

Day 1 - Golden Circle

The first day of your three-day adventure of the highlights of Iceland will take you around the magical sites of the Golden Circle. Once you and your group have gathered, you’ll set out through some beautiful countryside, by some spectacular mountains, and alongside a stunning lake until you reach your first destination, Thingvellir National Park.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage, Thingvellir is renowned for its nature, geology, and history. Birch forests, moss-coated lava, and ravines filled with fresh spring water fill this valley, which is located directly between two continents, the edges of which can be clearly seen. As if this were not fascinating enough, this area was the original site of what is now the longest-running continuous parliament and witnessed many of Iceland’s most important historic events.

After exploring along the edge of the North American tectonic plate, you will be escorted to the second site of your journey, the Geysir Geothermal Area. Home to Strokkur, a geyser that erupts to great heights every five minutes or so, this steaming, ethereal area is a great place to experience Iceland’s dramatic volcanic activity first-hand.

Once you have seen Strokkur go off several times, you’ll be driven to Gullfoss waterfall. Thundering into an ancient canyon that tears through a beautiful landscape, this magnificent feature originates at Langjokull glacier, which you can see on the horizon when the weather is clear.

Finally, you will head to a bonus site that many overlook right by the sites of the Golden Circle, Kerid Crater Lake. With a width of 270 meters and a depth of 55 meters, its scale makes it an impressive feature, although it is its color that is most captivating; the rock is a vivid shade of red, while the lake within is aquamarine.

After enjoying this amazing sightseeing route, your guide will take you to your lovely accommodation in south Iceland, where you can get dinner, enjoy the Midnight Sun, and get some rest for your Highland adventure tomorrow.

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Day 2
Landmannalaugar on a summer evening.

Day 2 - Landmannalaugar

Today, you’ll explore the magnificent Highlands with a trip to Landmannalaugar, an oasis surrounded by rhyolite mountains and filled with hot springs, geothermal areas, and magnificent craters. En route, however, you will make two stops at lesser-known but incredible features.

Haifoss, the fourth tallest waterfall in Iceland is first, tumbling from a height of 122 meters into a mossy canyon lined with layers of strata. Right beside it is a slightly smaller waterfall, Granni, allowing for some beautiful views and fantastic photographs.

Next, you will take a thrilling ride into the Highlands, passing some otherworldly scenery and crossing bumpy, wild terrain, to go to Hnausapollur, a magnificent crater lake. Its scale, deep blue shade, and mountainous surroundings make it another fantastic subject for cameras.

Once you enter Thingvellir, you have three options of what to do. You could embark on a two-hour hike with your guide to marvel over the more distant scenery and vibrance of the colorful rock formations, you could elect to explore by yourself, or you could head straight to natural geothermal hot springs. Even if you took one of the former two options, all guests will have a chance to bathe here later.

After an awe-inspiring day in Iceland’s Highlands, you’ll return to the southern region to stay in another welcoming countryside hotel.

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Day 3
The view from behind Seljalandsfoss.

Day 3 - South Coast

On the final day of your three-day journey around Iceland’s highlights, you’ll set off on an exploration of the South Coast. Your first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most dramatic and beautiful falls for the way it cascades before an open cavern. If conditions allow, your guide will lead you into it so you can witness its beauty from behind.

Right by Seljalandsfoss, but unknown to many travelers, you will also discover Gljufrabui, a secret waterfall hidden in a grotto in a mountainside.

You will next visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with some dramatic geological features. Along the cliffs, you will discover perfectly sculpted columns of hexagonal basalt, rare formations around the world. Out to sea, meanwhile, are two great basalt plugs said to be mythical trolls frozen to stone by the rays of the sun.

After refreshing in the southernmost village in Iceland, Vik, you’ll continue to a verdant canyon called Fjadrargljufur. The waterfalls and streams here make it magnificent to walk through, as do the dramatic shapes in the towering cliffs, some of which stand at 100 meters tall.

Once you’ve hiked here, you’ll begin the drive back to Reykjavik, stopping halfway for one more natural attraction. Skogafoss is another incredible example of Iceland’s waterfalls, cascading with enormous power. It also has interesting associated folklore, said to hold the hidden treasure of a giant behind its unassailable veil of water.

When you are back in the capital, you’ll have one more highlight of this three-day trip; a visit to the Ingolfsskáli Viking House for a two-course dinner! There are few better ways to say farewell to your guide and fellow travelers, nor to reminisce of the memories you have made.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Swimwear
Camera

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