5-Day Guided Tour | South Coast, Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes

5-Day Guided Tour | South Coast, Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes
Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls that can be found just nearby to Barnafoss waterfall.
Diamond Beach is a favourite diversion for those visitors exploring the nearby glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón.
You won't believe the dazzling shades of blue inside an ice cave until you lay eyes on them yourself.
Stykkishólmur is a municipality and town found in West Iceland.
Over 5 days, you will an abundance of opportunity to snapshot some of Iceland's most dramatic natural features and charms.
You will see fields and fields of fragile Icelandic moss; make sure not to step on it, as the moss takes years to repair.

See all of Iceland's National Parks in one sweep with this fantastic 5-day tour, delving into some of Iceland's most fantastic natural attractions. This tour is perfect for those travellers to Iceland who don't want to miss a single attraction during their holiday.

During this tour you will discover the true magic of Iceland, visiting the three main National Parks of the country; Vatnajökull National Park, Þingvellir National Park and Snæfellsjökull National Park

For the first two days, you drive along Iceland's south coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, strong rivers and waterfalls. You will also see an amazing black shoreline, Diamond Beach, scattered with icebergs, next to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. 

The stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is where huge icebergs float in ice-cold water and seals swim around them. The highlight here is, undoubtedly, a visit deep inside of an ice cave in Vatnajökull.

On the third day, your journey heads for the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. You will visit the classic destinations Þingvellir National Park, the site of the old Icelandic parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the legendary Geysir geothermal valley, and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. To add even more to your experience on this fun-filled day, you will also visit the volcanic crater, Kerið. 

The last part is a fairy-tale adventure around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Less than 3 hours from Reykjavik, this area combines all the wonders of Iceland in one place: the sea crashing upon the sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography, and small fishing villages for those who are curious about the culture Iceland. A visit to the Vatnshellir Lave cave is included in the tour.

Join this 5-day adventure for a truly unforgettable experience travelling across Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Skaftafell, Stykkishólmur, Hellnar, Barnafoss, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Kerið, Kirkjufell, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, Vatnshellir Cave, Djúpalónssandur, Saxhóll, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Kvernufoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
  • Pick-up and drop-off

  • Professional tour guide in English

  • Accommodation in a double or a twin room with private bathroom for 4 nights (you can upgrade to a single room for 7.500 ISK per night)

  • Breakfast

  • Blue Ice Cave visit with all safety gear provided

  • Entry to Vatnshellir Lava Cave with all safety gear provided

  • Entry to Kerid Volcanic crater

  • Entry to Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Lunch and Dinner - we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes are recommended

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 5 around 18:30 / 06:30 pm. If you are a single traveller then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.

Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the centre Reykjavík. We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office. Click 'Inquire about this tour for more information.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South coast, the five waterfalls and black beach Reynisfjara

The Northern Lights dancing majestically above the sublime South Coast feature, Skógafoss.

Setting out from Reykjavík, you will drive along route 1, passing through small towns and enjoying the beauty of the Icelandic countryside. Your first stop will be at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall, Gljufrabui.

Next up is the stunning Skógafoss, a drop of 60 m (200 ft) of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.

Then it is onto Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall - seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar stacks. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean, here, however, which looms with its powerful waves.

At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in Hotel Geirland, a lovely country hotel located next to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. On the way there, and during the night, you will keep your eyes peeled, looking out for the Northern Lights above.

Day 2 - Glacier lagoon and the incredible Blue Ice cave

Venturing into an Icelandic blue ice cave is one of the most memorable experiences available in the country.

Today, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience; a visit to a naturally stunning Blue Ice cave. This will likely be the highlight of your trip.

You start by driving to the Jökulsárlón, a famous lagoon filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and now float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash up on Diamond Beach, shining like diamonds on the vivid black sand. After your time here is done, it is time to explore an Icelandic ice cave. 

Ice Caves only form in the winter once the glacial water freezes, creating a truly unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way, ensuring a unique experience each new season. 

From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera!

After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back to the Jökulsárlón where you join the bus again. From there, you drive to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve where the amazing views will take your breath away!

On the way back to Reykjavík, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vík village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.

Day 3 - The Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic Crater

Strokkur, erupting every five to ten minutes, makes for a fantastic visual display, and can be found in Haukadalur geothermal valley.

After spending the night in an accommodation in the Reykjavík area, your next day takes you to the world-famous Golden Circle.

You will visit Geysir geothermal valley, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park. Your guides want to add something unique to your experience and that's why you will also visit the volcanic crater, Kerið.

First on the agenda is a visit to Þingvellir National Park. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America. This amazing place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is shrouded in the history of Iceland and the Vikings of the past.

Next stop is the Haukadalur, home to Strokkur and Geysir, which gives the others geysers around the world their name. Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters. Here you can also buy some refreshments or lunch and take some great photographs.

From Haukadalur, you'll go to Gullfoss. Known as the Golden Waterfall, this is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland, powerful and beautiful as it rushes down from two tiers into an ancient valley. This will definitely be one of the most memorable stops on your visit. 

Last on the agenda is a visit to the volcanic crater Kerið. The crater is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which gives it a magical and colourful appearance. After enjoying this fantastic creation of nature, you return to your accommodation in the Reykjavík area.

Day 4 - The Magic of Snæfellsjokull National Park: Seals on a Black Beach, Lava Caving, and more!

The small village of Stykkisholmur was made world famous through the cinematic production 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', starring Ben Stiller.

The day begins with a drive along the west coast, through the town of Borgarnes, all the way to the beach in Ytri Tunga, a well-known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach, providing great photo opportunities.

The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi—a truly picturesque village—and then Hellnar, from where you will have time to walk along the cliffs for around half an hour; the view to the sea from this hike is breathtaking.

In Djúpalónssandur, you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones, each as unique as the last. You will hike to one of the most impressive rock formations in the area, Lóndrangar, a pair of basalt rock pinnacles approximately 70 m tall.

After enjoying the many amazing sites above ground level, it is now time to journey towards the Center of the Earth! You will go caving in the Vatnshellir lave cave, a place where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape up close. This cave was created by volcanic eruption approximately 7000 years ago.

You will also stop in Saxhóll, a 100 m high volcanic crater that will defy the imagination. There is a good path to the top of the crater, from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the area. From the magical Snæfellsnesjökull glacier to the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the scenery is simply amazing.

At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages, all on the way to the atmospheric village of Stykkisholmur, made famous in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. There, you will enjoy a lovely evening and spend the night in the unique Hotel Fransiskus, a beautiful hotel located in a former monastery. 

Day 5 - Kirkjufell mountain, Shark Museum, Waterfalls & Hot springs

There are a great number of whale species that live in the coastal waters around Iceland; Killer Whales are a particularly majestic sight.

Your day starts on a high with a visit to the majestic Kirkjufell mountain, one of the most popular photo stops in Iceland. If you have not used your camera before on the tour, then this one is a must! 

You will also visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste some traditional Icelandic shark with a local schnapps all while viewing hundreds of fishing and boating artefacts.

Driving across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, your next stop is at Gerðuberg, a wall of huge basalt columns. The cliff is 500 m long and 12 to 14 meters high, one of the highest in Iceland. This is one of the marvels of nature that just makes you stop and wonder about the architectural brilliance of mother earth.

Next is the visit to the historic Borgarfjörður area; here, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of 900 metres across the Hallmundarhraun lava field. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, you will visit another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, "the waterfall of the children," comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural stone bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, producing 180 litres per second. After this adventure exploring the Wild West of Iceland for two unforgettable days, you set off back to Reykjavik arriving there in time to enjoy the rest of your night while reflecting on the beauty of the Icelandic nature.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry now and you too can experience all of this and more with this exciting 5-day guided tour around Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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