Small-Group 4-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Jokulsarlon Tour with Volcano Hiking and Ice Caving

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
4 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
All year
Minimum age
12 years old


Discover Iceland's top natural attractions and embark on once-in-a-lifetime activities on this four-day minibus tour from Reykjavik. Travelers seeking a comprehensive exploration of the Golden Circle sightseeing route, South Coast, and Jokulsarlon with volcano hiking and ice caving should book this tour now.

Your multi-day adventure begins with a comfortable minibus pick-up from Reykjavik. You'll greet the experienced guide leading the tour and the other participants before exploring Iceland's magnificent landscapes.

Over four days, you'll travel in a small group with a maximum of 18 participants. The tour includes accommodation with a private bathroom and breakfast, so you won't need to worry about anything and can focus on enjoying your experience thoroughly.

On day one, your group will first visit the Golden Circle attractions. Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Gullfoss waterfall are the three famous sights on this route, all incredibly diverse yet equally spectacular.

Next, your driver will take you to the South Coast, one of the country's most beautiful regions. It's known for its waterfalls, beaches, and glaciers. Today, you'll see Seljalandsfoss waterfall before retiring to your countryside hotel, where you can search for the northern lights.

On the tour's second day, you'll travel further east to the enchanting Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach. Jokulsarlon is also called the 'Crown Jewel of Iceland' and is a highlight attraction for many travelers. Today, you'll also go glacier hiking and enter the mesmerizing world of an ice cave.

Accommodation for night two is in the Skaftafell area. It's far from city light pollution and an excellent place to hunt for the northern lights.

On day three, your driver will take you back to Reykjavik, where you'll spend the night. You'll stop at more of the South Coast's breathtaking sites, including the Eldhraun lava field, the Fjadrargljufur canyon, the Skogafoss waterfall, and the Reynisfjara black sand beach.

The tour's final day offers the exciting opportunity to witness newly formed lava fields on the Reykjanes peninsula. Your guide will lead you on a volcano hike in the Geldingadalir area to marvel at nature's raw power. 

Reykjanes has seen several volcanic eruptions in recent years. The situation changes daily, and your guide will only take you to safe areas.

After an unforgettable hike, your driver will drop you at your Reykjavik accommodation. You can rest or spend time exploring Reykjavik. Later in the evening, you will depart on a northern lights excursion. Seeing the sky light up in awe-inspiring colors is a memorable way to finish your trip to Iceland.

The driver will drop you back in Reykjavik around midnight, marking the end of the tour.

Don't miss the chance to see Iceland's top attractions and embark on thrilling activities like volcano hiking and ice-caving on this small-group four-day tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Reykjavik transfers
Minibus transportation
Experienced, English-speaking guide
Glacier hiking and ice-caving with a certified glacier guide
Active volcano hike
Northern lights tour
Three nights of accommodation with a private bathroom and breakfast
Free Wi-Fi on the minibus


Glacier Hiking
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Strokkur geyser erupts amid the otherworldly landscapes of the Geysir geothermal area at sunset.

Day 1 - From Reykjavik to the Golden Circle and South Coast

On the first day of your adventure, you’ll depart Reykjavik at 9:00 from a convenient central location. Prepare to discover the diverse natural treasures along the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route.

Over the next four days, you’ll travel around the country’s top sites in a minibus. An expert guide will enhance your trip with their local knowledge and stories, while the small-group setting offers a quality experience.

The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a geologically and historically significant UNESCO World Heritage Site. Iceland’s longstanding parliament started here in 930 AD, so it holds a special place in the hearts of the Icelandic people.

Thingvellir lies in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American plates slowly move apart. You can experience the awe of walking between the continents amid spectacular scenery in this magnificent place.

The Geysir geothermal area is the tour’s second stop. It boasts an otherworldly landscape of steaming vents, boiling mud pools, and bursting geysers. The Strokkur geyser is the most impressive spectacle here, exploding in the air every 5-10 minutes.

Your third and final Golden Circle stop is the Gullfoss waterfall. It features well-maintained walking paths, allowing you to appreciate its beauty from every angle.

Gullfoss tumbles down two tiers in the Hvita river, plunging into a narrow canyon. On sunny days, a rainbow might appear, creating a picture-perfect photo opportunity.

Next, your driver will take you to the stunning South Coast, known for its waterfalls, beaches, and glaciers. The trip offers a view of the mighty Hekla volcano if the day is clear.

Today, you’ll visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This pristine cascade has a path encircling it. If it’s not icy, you can walk behind it to marvel at the curtain of water falling before you, an enchanting sight.

Finally, you’ll retire to your South Coast accommodation for the night. When darkness falls, see if you can spot the aurora borealis painting the sky in brilliant colors.

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Day 2
Huge ice chunks wash ashore at Diamond Beach, creating a surreal setting against the jet-black sands and a moody sky at sunset.

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon, Diamond Beach, Glacier Hiking, and Ice Caving

Day two begins with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation before traveling east to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach. The drive features beautiful scenery, including moss-covered lava fields, volcanic deserts, and impressive rock formations.

As you get closer to Jokulsarlon, you’ll see the majestic Breidamerkurjokull glacier, an outlet of the mighty Vatnajokull ice cap. Giant icebergs break away from the glacier, which, together with its meltwater, creates the awe-inspiring environment you’ll witness at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

The setting at Jokulsarlon resembles something from a fairytale, so it’s no wonder it’s nicknamed the ‘Crown Jewel of Iceland.’ Ensure your camera is ready to capture the magnificent sight of the icebergs floating serenely on the lagoon’s waters.

You might expect all the icebergs to be white. However, they range in color from pristine white to bright blue. Some are streaked with black, highlighting their volcanic origins. Expect to stand in awe before a visual masterpiece, marveling at a scene you’ll remember for many years.

Next, you’ll visit the nearby Diamond Beach. Its name comes from the massive ice chunks that float there from Jokulsarlon. They drift into the ocean and then wash ashore, glistening like diamonds against the jet-black sand.

Afterward, prepare for an exhilarating adventure of glacier hiking and ice-caving in the Skaftafell nature reserve. A certified glacier guide will give you all the necessary equipment before leading you on a breathtaking hike on the Falljokull glacier.

During this excursion, you will enter a captivating blue ice cave. These caves melt each summer and reform for winter, creating unique formations and patterns each year. Enjoy taking photos of the mesmerizing colors and basking in your surreal surroundings.

After an unforgettable day, you’ll rest at your accommodation in the Southeast Iceland countryside. Its location offers an excellent opportunity to search for the aurora borealis if the conditions are right. Watch the sky light up in extraordinary colors for the perfect finish to your spectacular day.

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Day 3
A person stands in front of Skogafoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast, dwarfed by its size.

Day 3 - South Coast Highlights

On day three of your multi-day tour, you'll begin with a nourishing breakfast at your accommodation. Then, you'll start the drive back to Reykjavik, which is full of opportunities to visit many incredible attractions.

If road conditions allow, the day's first stop is the Fjadrargljufur canyon. This deep canyon has dramatic, steep sides and winds along a river. Marvel at the fantastic panoramic vistas from this ancient natural wonder and ensure your camera is ready to capture lasting memories.

Next, you'll visit the Eldhraun lava field, an otherworldly moss-covered landscape created in an 18th-century eruption, before heading to the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach.

Reynisfjara has several striking natural features. Basalt columns line the shore, and powerful waves crash against the beach's black sand. Meanwhile, the Reynisdrangar sea stacks stand proudly in the ocean. According to Icelandic folklore, they are trolls turned to stone in the daylight.

The tour's next stop is Skogafoss waterfall. It's one of the country's most impressive cascades, tumbling 197 feet (60 meters) from a sheer, rocky cliff. Skogafoss boasts a remarkable width of 82 feet (25 meters), making it an awe-inspiring sight.

If it's not icy, you could walk up the stairs beside the falls for a unique perspective. Otherwise, enjoy the views from its base, where you'll feel dwarfed by its magnificence. You can walk quite close to the falls because the terrain is flat, but only go as close as you dare without getting wet!

Your guide can highlight the two rocks believed to be petrified trolls. They will also tell you the legend of the treasure chest at the falls, an item reported to offer many riches for the person who finds it.

After another unbeatable day of sightseeing, your driver will drop you at your Reykjavik accommodation for the evening. Get a good night's sleep to prepare for another day of adventure tomorrow.

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Day 4
The aurora borealis lights the winter night sky in bright green streaks above a snowy landscape.

Day 4 - Volcano Hike and Northern Lights Tour

On the final day of your four-day trip, your guide will take you to the Reykjanes peninsula for an exciting volcano hike. You will visit a new eruption site in the Geldingadalur valley, which has been the center of much volcanic activity in recent years.

The Reykjanes peninsula boasts an otherworldly landscape of moss-covered lava fields, indicating centuries-old eruptions. Until 2021, Reykjanes had not seen an eruption in 800 years.

However, that all changed with the 2021 and 2022 ​​Fagradalsfjall eruptions, the 2023 eruptions at Litli-Hrutur and Sundhnukagigar, and those at Sundhnukagigar and Hagafell in 2024.

Your expert guide has up-to-date local knowledge about the constantly changing situation on the Reykjanes peninsula. They will only take you to safe areas and adjust the itinerary if necessary.

After an awe-inspiring hike, you will travel back to Reykjavik, where you’ll have free time to explore. Iceland’s vibrant capital city has many fascinating sights.

Don’t miss visiting the famous Hallgrimskirkja church, where you can climb its tall tower for panoramic views. The Harpa concert hall and conference center is a must-see attraction with its sparkling glass facade at the Reykjavik harbor, and the Sun Voyager sculpture offers an excellent photo opportunity a little further along the waterfront.

You could visit one of Reykjavik’s world-class museums, such as the National Museum of Iceland, the Settlement Exhibition, or the Icelandic Punk Museum. Or, check out one of the city’s many art galleries before relaxing next to the Tjornin pond.

Later in the evening, your guide will pick you up for a northern lights tour. You’ll be whisked away from the city lights to a countryside location where you can hunt for the aurora borealis.

Although the northern lights are natural and can’t be guaranteed, the tour only runs when the conditions appear ideal. Your guide will choose the best location based on the aurora forecast and their local knowledge.

Whether you end up at the Hvalfjordur fjord, Thingvellir National Park, or somewhere in rural South Iceland, basking in the aurora’s incredible, colorful display is the best way to finish your vacation in Iceland.

Your driver will drop you back in Reykjavik at about midnight, marking the end of an unforgettable multi-day tour.

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What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Waterproof jacket and pants
Headwear and gloves
Good hiking shoes

Good to know

Your driver will stop at lunch locations with varied menus daily. Dinner is usually at your hotel.

If the northern lights tour goes ahead but the lights don't appear, you can have unlimited tries on another minibus tour, valid for three years.

Solo travelers will be paired in a twin room. Single rooms are available upon request for an extra fee.

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