4 Days of Outdoor Fun | The Golden Circle, South Coast, Snowmobile & Glacier Hiking

4 Days of Outdoor Fun | The Golden Circle, South Coast, Snowmobile & Glacier Hiking
Seljavallalaug is a swimming pool in South Iceland that is nestled in a valley and fed by the lukewarm water that trickles from the adjacent mountain side.
Iceland's most iconic waterfall, Gullfoss, is one of the country's most popular travel destinations.
Witness the awesome power of the wide and majestic Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland.
The mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa are reputed to have natural healing powers.
Visit the Geysir geothermal area and see the mighty Strokkur erupt!
Öxarárfoss waterfall is stunning to behold during the bright nights of summer.
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Embark on a fun-packed 4-day adventure that is tailored to those who take pride in unconventional outdoor travel!

In addition to the famed sights of the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, you will also see beautiful waterfalls, an ancient lava tube cave, a geothermal pool sheltered in the shadow of a mountain, and an immense black sand beach home to a plane wreck. Combined with glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and caving, you will enjoy a roller-coaster ride of Icelandic nature.

This trip is best for adventure lovers and those who want to see Iceland off the beaten path. You will start your trip in the lava fields, with a visit to the Blue Lagoon hot spring. It's natural heat and skin-smoothing algae will comfort you and ease the tension from tired muscles. 

Then spend some time in the capital of Reykjavík. Find your favourite speciality coffee shop, or sample the pastries at a local bakery to energize yourself before you head off to the countryside for some unforgettable experiences. This tour has more hiking and physical activity than some, so be sure to embrace quiet moments to recharge and get ready for the next adventure.

Your experienced guides will take you from the coast to the glacial mountains, behind the mountain valleys where you can take a dip in a hidden hot spring, and to geothermal fields where you will see great geysers hurl their water sky high.

Take a one-of-a-kind vacation to see and feel this strange land. You will not find such an exciting offer anywhere else. We'll handle transportation arrangements, accommodation, and all the bothersome details, your only job is to get to Iceland and have a good time. 

Due to limited availability and high demand, book this tour early for an unparalleled vacation in Iceland! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Oct.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Snowmobile, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Hvítá River, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimasandur, Langjökull, Haukadalur, Seljavallalaug, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

Take the pre-booked airport shuttle bus
Included:
  • 3 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

  • Golden Circle with Glacier Snowmobiling

  • 14-hour South Coast Adventure with glacier hiking and lava tube caving

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

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • International flights

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Swim suit

  • Camera

  • Warm clothes

  • Hiking shoes

  • Driver's license


Good to know:

A valid driver's license is required to join the snowmobiling tour. If you do not have a driver's license, you can also choose to be a passenger on the ride.

Be aware that the tours on this trip will be long and a bit challenging on the body, ut you will be rewarded with great fun and memories to savour for years!

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


Enjoy Reykjavík's beautiful mountain horizon.


Welcome to Iceland! As soon as you land, your adventure will start. You'll be picked up by our drivers who will take you through the black lava field that surrounds the airport.

If you so desire, you can choose to visit Blue Lagoon on your way to the city. You´ll be delivered there for a dip in their soothing waters before being taken to the city, where you can enjoy some free time in the capital. Your visit to the Blue Lagoon can also be scheduled on your departure day if your flight arrives late. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.

After this introduction to the harsh and fascinating Icelandic landscape, you will have the afternoon and evening in the northernmost capital in the world, known for its great selection of restaurants and cafés. Settle into your hotel, then take a walk in the city area, visit the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church or just browse the many boutiques downtown. The city has something for everyone!


Day 2 - Wonders of the Golden Circle and Snowmobile Adventure


Maximise your glacier experience by snowmobiling across the snowy expanses of Langjökull glacier.


You'll have an early start today, to embrace a day full of adventure.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and head out to some of the most incredible sights in southwest Iceland: the famed Golden Circle. This route takes you to three best-known attractions of Iceland: the Þingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

The first stop is Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet. The age-old friction between the two giant continental plates has created a dynamic landscape of clefts and fissures. No wonder Iceland is called "the most beautiful scar on planet Earth" by many. The name Þingvellir means "parliament fields," and Iceland's first parliament was founded there more than a thousand years ago.

Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley, where the hot springs and geysers keep their court around the king, the Great Geysir, from which all the geysers around the world derive their English name. The hot springs wear a full spectrum of colours, caused by the abundant minerals in the water, always bubbling and bursting into the air. The greatest one is Strokkur, "the churner," whose blast can reach up to 60 m (196 ft)! Just remember to stand upwind and be cautious around the hot water.

Your last stop is Gullfoss waterfall in the glacial river, Hvítá. This massive bulk of water rushes to the canyon below at 140 m³/s. The "Golden Waterfall" drops approximately 40 m (130 ft) in a tiered, two-plateau display. You can head out, carefully, on the pathways by the waters to feel the ice-cold droplets fall like rain, thrown into the air by the waterfall's awe-inspiring power.

After the spectacular display put on by nature, you will embark on the exciting adventure of the day. Riding a super jeep with its giant wheels and heading up into the Highlands is already an experience to behold. Once reaching atop "the long glacier" of Langjökull, you will get on the coolest transport in this icy nation: the snowmobile.

Sometimes called "snowcats" by locals, those belt-driven speed machines are a perfect way to enjoy the white expanse and fly over the centuries-old ice. A short drive into the glacier and you´ll be immersed in a panorama of white ice and blue sky; here, you will understand the feeling of being at the end of the world. What would you do if you were the last person in Iceland?

Having had your fill of adventure, you'll be brought back from the edge of the world to the northernmost capital and spend the night once more in Reykjavik.


Day 3 - South Coast on Cool Ice


A hike on Sólheimajökull glacier is sure to leave memories to last a lifetime.


The south coast of Iceland is famed for its diversity. Prepare for a long day to fully enjoy its magnificence and darling secrets. After heading out early in the morning, your first stop will be the lovely Seljalandsfoss waterfall, leaping over an inwards tilted cliff face, forming a small green oasis that is easily accessible. You will see the waterfall from an unusual angle: from behind.

Next stop is the wide and majestic Skógarfoss waterfall, as you head further east along the coast, traveling under the impressive Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano that famously caused quite a stir during its 2010 eruption.

Near there, you will leave the beaten path and travel up to the Sólheimajökull glacier where our experienced guide takes you up to the high, snowy back of this bright giant. All professional gear is provided, and you can step on top of the 4th largest glacier in Iceland and feel the ice underneath with every step.

The black sands of Sólheimasandur follow this world of white ice. A crashed DC3 airplane lies like a skeleton in an inky outer planet. This bleak sight somehow invokes the wildest artistic sparks and has inspired photographers of all ages and creative styles.

By now you must be ready to take a small break, so we will visit the lovely Seljavallalaug geothermal pool, an old and charming little place hidden in a deep valley, where you can relax and recharge because the day isn't over yet!

On the way back to the city it is time to go underground and explore the inner earth. You'll enter a 5000-year-old lava tube cave formed in one of the many volcanic eruptions when Iceland was still in its adolescence. The sun reaches down through the holes in the cave roof, and you will sure enjoy the sight of the jagged scenery with light dancing on the flaming lava stones.

After this, you will head back to Reykjavik, with a few new experiences in your hiking scrapbook, for a night in the city and some well-deserved rest.


Day 4 - Departure


Visiting the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa makes for the perfect end to your Iceland adventure.


Your last day in Iceland has arrived! Before you step onto a plane and race away from the Blue Land, as some natives call this island, you could enjoy a morning in the city. Visit one of the excellent brunch cafes in the centre, or do some last-minute shopping to say goodbye before you head out to the airport. Our shuttle will pick you up and get you there in time so that you can have a stress-free day.

Until we meet again!


Accommodation

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.

Budget

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

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.


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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