5 Day Summer Package | Golden Circle, South of Iceland with a Greenland Day Tour

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
5 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
June
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

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 five-day summer package, you'll visit some of Iceland's most stunning places and Greenland's small village of Kulusuk. 

Escape the hassle of weeks spent on travel arrangements and extensive research with this summer getaway package in Iceland. Meticulously designed by a team of seasoned local travel specialists, this itinerary ensures a seamless experience from the moment you arrive until your departure, freeing you from worries.

In particular, your summer package includes four nights of accommodation in Reykjavik, airport transfers, flights to and from Greenland, guided bus tours, entrance to the Blue Lagoon, and a comprehensive itinerary. 

For added convenience, you'll also have access to a personal travel agent you can contact anytime for queries or assistance.

In five days, the adventure will take you to the most popular attractions of the land of fire and ice. You'll see diverse yet breathtaking landscapes, from waterfalls and black sand beaches to icy mountains and geothermal fields. Knowledgeable local guides will share exciting trivia and folklore about the attractions on your itinerary to enrich the experience.

The tour will take you to Iceland's most famous sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. There, you will explore the Thingvellir National Park, the mighty waterfall Gullfoss, and the geothermal area of Geysir, where hot springs spout water high up in the air.

More natural attractions framed by rugged coasts await you on the South Coast of Iceland. You'll visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach where ocean waves crash into volcanic rock formations. Beside the beach is a stunning peninsula called Dyrholaey, with abundant birdlife and a fantastic panoramic view. 

Other features of the South Coast are the Skogafoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Vik village. If you're up for more thrill, you can also hike up Solheimajokull glacier, where you'll pass deep blue crevasses and high ridges for an added cost.

To explore the Arctic further, you'll go on a fun trip to Greenland on day three to visit the small village of Kulusuk. Greenland is a rugged mountainous land, three-quarters covered by a permanent ice sheet. Towering jagged mountains and a blue ocean dotted with pearly white icebergs surround the village of Kulusuk.

If your travel plans change unexpectedly, don't worry. You can cancel your reservation and get a full refund if you do it at least 24 hours before departure.

Don't miss this chance to see the top attractions of Iceland and Greenland, including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Kulusuk village, and Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Airport transfer upon arrival/departure
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer
South Coast small group minibus daytour (upgrades available)
Guided day tour with flights to Kulusuk, Greenland
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Airplane

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A bask in the Blue Lagoon Spa makes for the perfect beginning of any Iceland adventure.

Day 1 - Arrival Day in Iceland

Welcome to your five-day summer vacation in Iceland.

After landing at the Keflavik International Airport, you'll head outside the arrivals hall to catch your bus to Reykjavik. The bus ride takes about an hour and covers 32 miles (52 kilometers).

On your way to the Icelandic capital, you'll travel through the mossy lava fields and lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula. You can observe this otherworldly volcanic landscape from the bus's large windows.

The most popular feature of the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon, a world-renowned geothermal spa. If you aren't hurrying to get to Reykjavik, you might want to stop there to relax in the soothing blue water. 

This iconic destination captivates visitors with its striking turquoise waters, enriched with minerals like silica and sulfur, known for their therapeutic benefits. Surrounded by lava fields, the lagoon offers a relaxing experience of geothermal bathing.

Your package already includes the comfort or standard entrance to the facility. The comfort package features a silica mud mask, towel use, and a drink of your choice. If you want more perks, you can upgrade your ticket to the premium package for an extra cost.

Soon after, you'll reach Reykjavik, the northernmost capital city in the world. Although smaller in size compared to most European cities, Reykjavik boasts charming streets brimming with iconic landmarks, shops, restaurants, and local culture.

After settling into your hotel room, the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. You'll find plenty of exciting places in the city center, such as the Hallgrimskirkja church, which provides excellent views. 

You can also visit the shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skolavordustígur, filled with designer boutiques, or visit some museums. You can walk down to the Old Harbor, where numerous restaurants overlook the picturesque Faxafloi bay. Whale watching tours in Reykjavik also depart from here.

Your options are endless on this day.

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Day 2
Visit Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most picturesque waterfalls.

Day 2 - Golden Circle

You'll start your second day in Iceland with a visit to the famous Golden Circle. This area is the most popular tourist route in the country. It is known for its trio of attractions comprising a stunning national park, a magnificent waterfall, and a geothermal area.

Your first stop on the Golden Circle route is the Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is not only historically significant but also a geological wonder. 

Thingvellir 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 majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Located on the Hvita river, this dynamic waterfall cascades down two tiers before plummeting 105 feet (32 meters) into the river gorge. A pathway leads you close enough to Gullfoss to feel the water spray on your face.

If you're visiting Gullfoss on a sunny day, it's possible to see rainbows shooting above its cascade and heavy mist.

Your last stop on the Golden Circle is the geothermal area of Geysir. The valley features bubbling mud pools and shooting hot springs. It's where you can witness the dependable Strokkur geyser erupting every five to 10 minutes, reaching 66 feet (20 meters).

If you'd like to add something extra to your Golden Circle day, there are plenty of choices. You can go snorkeling in an underwater canyon called Silfra in the Thingvellir National Park. Snorkeling participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Thrill-seekers can also opt for a snowmobile tour on the nearby Langjokull glacier.

Alternatively, 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. 

After a fun-filled day in the Golden Circle, you'll return to your hotel in Reykjavik.

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Day 3
Kulusuk is a charming village just off the eastern shores of Greenland.

Day 3 - Kulusuk in Greenland

On this day, you’ll get an immersive 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.

Air travel from Reykjavik to Kulusuk takes about two hours. The flight crosses deep blue seas and oceans before ice sheets and mountainous coasts appear in your view. 

Greenland is one of the eight countries comprising the Arctic Circle, a circle of latitude that marks the northern polar region. Although Iceland is part of this area, only Grimsey island is technically part of the imaginary circle. On this day, you’ll finally explore the Arctic.

You’ll meet your guide when you land at Kulusuk Airport. They will lead you across the island while sharing information and folklore only locals know about.

You’ll start walking from the airport to the village and around the island. Kulusuk is a small village nestling on the island of the same name in the southeastern part of Greenland. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, traditional culture, and unique Arctic environment.

Notable features of this Greenland settlement with less than 300 residents are colorful old houses. The traditional green, yellow, and red houses dotting the locale seem entirely unaffected by time and have stood against the harsh climate.

Surrounding Kulusuk village are breathtaking landscapes featuring towering icebergs, jagged mountains, and pristine fjords. You’ll enjoy stunning views of these natural wonders from various vantage points around the village. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you’ll have many photo opportunities.

Additionally, Kulusuk offers rare chances to witness massive icebergs floating in the nearby fjords and waters. The changing shapes and colors of these ice formations create a mesmerizing sight.

After sightseeing and immersing in the local culture, you’ll fly back to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

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Day 4
South Iceland's Seljalandsfoss is a unique waterfall with a pathway which leads behind the falling water.

Day 4 - South Coast

On the penultimate itinerary of your five-day summer vacation, you’ll take a trip to the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. This fantastic region is filled with amazing contrasting landscapes, where you’ll see green valleys, barren sand fields, volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls.

You’ll stop at Dyrholaey peninsula, the southernmost part of the country’s mainland, where puffins and other seabirds nest in the summer months. Before heading to your next destination, you’ll view mountains, glaciers, beaches, and the noticeable arch that the sea has eroded from the heartland.

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 mighty Atlantic waves crash into the cliffs and the volcanic rocks surrounding the beach.

You will also visit two of Iceland’s most beloved waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. 

The former is one of the biggest cascades in the country, with a width of 82 feet (25 meters) and a 200-foot (60-metre drop). On sunny days, you might see a double rainbow forming in the mist. 

Seljalandsfoss is a unique waterfall with a pathway leading you behind the water curtain. It is a rare experience that only a few waterfalls in the world offer.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can join a glacier hike on Solheimajokull, one of the most beautiful and accessible glaciers in the country. When you book the optional activity, an experienced guide will take you past the snowy peaks and blue crevices. 

Alternatively, you could extend your journey and travel all the way to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. If you add the experience to your booking, you can watch enormous icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier float on the serene water before they drift off to sea.

After your South Coast adventure, the guide will take you back to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 5
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture of stunning beauty by central Reykjavík's shore line.

Day 5 - Departure

Today is your departure day in Iceland. If you have an early flight, make sure to head over to the Keflavik International Airport two to three hours before your flight. Your tour package includes a bus transfer from Reykjavik to the airport.

If you have a later flight, you can spend the day exploring the city on your own. There is so much to see in Reykjavik, so your choices are endless, from sightseeing to cultural experiences.

For example, you can head to the city’s many cafes for your morning coffee or do as the locals do and visit a bakery for an Icelandic sweet roll called snudur. For lunch, don’t miss your chance to sample Icelandic menus like seafood and lamb.

In Laugavegur street, you can do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs to take back home. This downtown street is lined with Reykjavik’s best boutiques and specialty shops that can suit your budget or preferences.

For some sightseeing and photo opportunities, various iconic landmarks are accessible in the city center. Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest church in Iceland, is a Reykjavik attraction you shouldn’t miss. Besides its beautiful facade resembling basalt columns, Hallgrimskirkja church offers panoramic views of the surrounding streets and bay.

Nearby is the Sun Voyager, a beautiful sculpture by the harbor. This sleek art piece made of steel evokes the image of a Viking ship as a tribute to the rich maritime history of Iceland.

As the Sun Voyager stands against the backdrop of the ocean and the surrounding mountains, it makes a great subject or background for photography.

Finally, if you didn’t stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavik, here is your chance to soak in the hot geothermal waters. If you already have, you can board the bus to the airport and catch your flight.

See you on your next trip to the land of fire and ice.

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What to bring

Warm clothes
Hiking shoes
Windproof and waterproof clothing
Camera
Swimsuit and towel

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 you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling. Snorkeling participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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.

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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.

Meals

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.

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