See as much of Iceland in summer as you can over four days with this combination of three discounted tours. These excursions should appeal to those with a sense of adventure, who want to pack their time in Iceland with as much incredible nature as possible without breaking the bank.
Of the three tours you will take, the first and last will take a full day each, and the other is an overnight tour. You will start by exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called 'Iceland in Miniature' due to its incredibly diverse sites and landmarks.
You will then follow this with a thorough exploration of the South Coast, staying overnight in a country hotel to make the most of it. Packed with unique experiences, this tour promises the opportunity to partake in a glacier hike as well as to take a boat ride on the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Your final day will be spent exploring the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Over these four days, therefore, you will see a vast amount of Iceland's west and south and will visit all three of the country's national parks.
All tours are conducted in spacious minibusses and led by experienced guides. This combo thus promises to be as comfortable and personal as possible.
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You will get to visit Mount Kirkjufell, a dramatic, unusual peak that is a favorite amongst photographers. Beside it sits a quaint waterfall called Kirkjufellsfoss. The black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur is also on your checklist, a beautiful place where you can see how you would have fared as a fisherman of old against the historic lifting stones. The dramatic volcanic rock pinnacles of Lóndrangar will also be visited.
You will visit the fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where the coastal scenery is breathtaking, and the lonely hamlet of Búðir, on the Búðahraun lava fields. These settlements are all within sight of Snæfellsjökull, the beautiful glacier and volcano at the end of the peninsula.
Once Snæfellsnes is fully explored, you will return to Reykjavík for the night. Please note that accommodations in Reykjavík are not included with this tour combo.
First, you'll visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which falls from a height of 197 feet (60 meters) from a concave cliff that used to mark the edge of Iceland's coast. If the ground is not too wet, the shape of the cliff means it is possible to fully encircle the water for some beautiful views.
Following this, you'll visit the waterfall Skógafoss. This feature is much wider and more powerful than its neighbor, and there is a staircase beside it, so you can look at it from several different angles. You'll also have the added pleasure of visiting three hidden gems near the two larger cascades, the waterfalls, Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss, and Írarfoss.
Continuing east, you'll stop at the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull, a part of the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. Here you will take your glacier hike. This exciting activity will introduce you to the ancient, colorful ice and present you with some incredible views.
After your hike, you will stop at the Reynisfjara black sand beach. This stretch of coast has a strange, haunting beauty, as well as many fascinating geological features, such as the Reynisfjara sea stacks and basalt columns. Be careful as you admire, however, this beach is notorious for its sneaker waves.
You'll continue east and spend the night in a hotel in the Vatnajokull National Park region.
Here, you can get a closer look at the icebergs by boarding a boat that will take you out on the lagoon. Cruise among the bergs as they slowly make their way towards the ocean, hear the crackling sounds as they bump up against each other, and perhaps spot a seal or two as they are often spied lounging on the ice or playing in the surf.
Just a short walk away from the lagoon is the Diamond Beach; this is where the icebergs wash up when they finally escape the lagoon. In the surf and against the black sands, they make for an incredibly unique and serene sight.
After that, you will be taken back along the South Coast towards Reykjavík, where you have booked your own accommodation.
The first destination is Þingvellir National Park. This Park is located in the mid-Atlantic rift, and nowhere else in the world can you see the Northern American and Eurasian tectonic plates so clearly. The plates are pulling apart, which allows for some incredible geology; there are ravines torn throughout the lava fields, and the cliffs that mark the edge of the continents are incredibly dramatic.
You will then continue to the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, the geyser Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes, blasting water to heights that can exceed 66 feet (20 meters). The surrounding area is very geothermally active, with fumaroles and hot springs dotted around, and parts of the earth are dyed with the minerals rising from beneath your feet.
The third and final stop of the official circle is Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s most famous falls, and a dramatic and mesmerizing feature. Your tour, however, will take you to two other nearby landmarks.
You will get to see Kerið, a crater of vivid red rocks with a permanent pool of azure water within. The contrast between the two makes this an incredibly beautiful site, and it is possible to walk all around the crater’s edge. You will also get to see Faxi waterfall, a wide and serene feature, before heading back to Reykjavík. Once you return, this tour is complete, and what you do with the rest of your time in Iceland is up to you.
For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for the overnight tours and repack to a smaller suitcase or backpack before your journey. If you need to have more than a single carry-on case with you, you can add additional luggage to your booking for a small fee.