5 Day Summer Package | Golden Circle, South of Iceland with a Greenland Day Tour
Add a little twist to your Icelandic holiday and take in more of the Arctic’s beautiful scenery by hopping on board a plane to Greenland. Through this 5-day summer package, you’ll be able to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning places as well as Greenland's small village of Kulusuk.
The tour will take you to Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. There you will visit Þingvellir National Park, the powerful waterfall Gullfoss and the geothermal area of Geysir, where hot springs spout water high up in the air.
You'll visit Reynisfjara—a black sand beach where ocean waves crash into volcanic rock formations—and Dyrhólaey, a stunning peninsula with abundant birdlife and a fantastic panoramic view. You’ll also see hauntingly beautiful waterfalls, dark and barren sand expanses and mighty glaciers.
You also have the option of hiking up Sólheimajökull glacier, where you'll pass deep blue crevasses and high ridges. Sólheimajökull is where fire and ice meet as the white peaks of the glacier are covered with ash from eruptions from nearby volcanoes.
To explore the Arctic further, you'll go on a fun-filled day trip to Greenland, where you will visit the small village of Kulusuk. Greenland is a rugged mountainous land, three-quarters of which are covered by a permanent ice sheet. The village of Kulusuk is surrounded by towering jagged mountains and a blue ocean dotted pearly white icebergs.
Enjoy the long summer days and get the full Arctic experience in your 5-day stay. Immerse yourself in the culture and the gorgeous landscapes of two countries. Visit the dynamic city of Reykjavík and the quiet village of Kulusuk. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival
After landing at Keflavík International Airport, make your way to Reykjavík, the country’s capital. On your way, you’ll travel through the mossy lava fields and lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where the famous Blue Lagoon Spa is located. If you aren’t hurrying to get to Reykjavík, you might want to stop there to relax in the soothing blue water.
After settling into your hotel room, the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. You’ll find plenty of interesting places in the city centre, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church which provides great views. You can also visit the shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, filled with designer boutiques, or visit some museums. You can walk down to the old harbour, where you’ll find numerous restaurants and whale watching tours. The options are endless.
Day 2 - Golden Circle
You'll start your second day in Iceland with a visit to the famous Golden Circle. This trio of attractions is comprised of a stunning national park, a magnificent waterfall and a geothermal area.
Your first stop on the Golden Circle route is Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is not only historically significant; it is a geological wonder. This is the place where Viking settlers gathered to establish Iceland’s parliament in the year 930 AD. It is also where two tectonic plates are drifting apart, sometimes causing measurable earthquakes in the area. You can see evidence of this drift in the faults and cracks that distinguish the region.
Next up on your tour is the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. Located on the Hvítá river, this dynamic waterfall cascades down two ‘steps’, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge. A pathway leads you close enough to Gullfoss to feel the water spray on your face.
Your last stop is the geothermal area of Geysir. This is an area of bubbling mud pools and shooting hot springs where you can witness the dependable hot spring Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, reaching heights of 15-20 metres.
If you’d like to add something extra to your Golden Circle day, there are plenty of choices. You can go snorkelling in an underwater canyon called Silfra in Þingvellir park, or you can go horseback riding in the countryside. The Icelandic horse is famous for being friendly and gentle, perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. Daredevils can opt to go on a snowmobile tour on the nearby Langjökull glacier.
Day 3 - Kulusuk
On this day you’ll get the full Arctic experience when you board a plane at Reykjavík’s Domestic Airport and head out to Greenland. You’ll land on a small island, just off the eastern shores of Greenland, where you’ll visit the charming village of Kulusuk.
Stepping off the plane in Kulusuk village is like stepping back in time, its traditional green, yellow and red houses seem completely unaffected by time. This small fishing village of around 300 people is enclosed by jagged mountains and glacier-filled fjords. Visiting Kulusuk is an experience you’ll never forget.
Your guide will meet you at the airport before taking you on a walk through the village. There you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture as you meet the locals and learn about the community’s history before you head on back to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.
Day 4 - South Coast
Today you’ll be taken to some of Iceland’s most beautiful places. Iceland is filled with amazing contrasting landscapes, and on this journey south, you’ll drive through both green valleys and barren sand fields, past volcanoes and glaciers.
You’ll stop at Dyrhólaey peninsula—the southernmost part of the country’s mainland—where you'll be surrounded by puffins and other seabirds. You’ll take in the view of mountains, glaciers and beaches and the noticeable arch that the sea has eroded from the heartland before you head on out to your next location.
At the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, you’ll see the huge basalt column cliffs for which it is famous. Rising from the waters are the towering rock formations of Reynisdrangar, and you’ll be able to hear the thunderous noise when the treacherous waves crash into the cliffs and the volcanic rocks surrounding the beach.
You will also visit two of Iceland’s most beloved waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The former is one of the biggest cascades in the country with a width of 25 metres and a 60-metre drop. On sunny days you might see a double rainbow forming in the mist. Seljalandsfoss is a unique waterfall with a pathway which will lead you behind the falling water.
If you are feeling adventurous, you have the option of going glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier, where an experienced guide will take you past the snowy peaks and blue crevices. You could also opt to extend your journey and travel all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can watch enormous icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier, float on the serene water before they drift off to sea.
Day 5 - Departure
Waking up in Reykjavík on your last morning in Iceland, you can head on out to the city’s many cafés for your morning coffee, or do as the locals and visit a bakery for an Icelandic sweet roll called ‘snúður’.
If your flight leaves late in the afternoon, you can spend a few hours on a whale watching tour or do some shopping on Laugavegur shopping street. If you didn’t stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavík, here is your chance to soak in the hot geothermal waters before you board the plane home.
What to bring
Good to know
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.
Please note that if you need a visa to travel to Iceland, a specific visa for the Schengen area is needed to visit Greenland.
For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for the Kulusuk tour and only bring carry-on luggage. Please also be prepared with a packed lunch for the Kulusuk trip as there are no cafés, bars or restaurants in the village. Note that the weather in Greenland is considerably colder than in Iceland, so please bring appropriate clothing and shoes.
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.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
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.
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.
Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them.
Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.
Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.
Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip.
Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.