7 Day Summer Package | Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Visit

7 Day Summer Package | Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Visit
On this tour you with travel Iceland's South Coast to visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as well as inside of a volcano!
Diamond Beach, only five minutes from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, is one of the must-see sites along Iceland's South Coast.
No need to worry about missing the perfect snapshot at Strokkur hot spring; it erupts every five to ten minutes, providing plenty of photo opportunities.
Lupins, famed for their beautiful blue, purple and white colouring, are not native to Iceland, but compliment the landscape perfectly.
Jökulsárlón currently covers approximately 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi), though it is getting bigger all the time.
Silfra Fissure is just one of many glacial springs in Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Iceland.
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Book this 7-day nature and adventure package to explore Iceland's magnificent display of ice and fire through the volcanic landscapes of the Golden Circle and South Coast, This holiday package is perfect for those looking to spend a week filled with beauty and excitement.

You’ll spend 5 nights in Reykjavík and one night on the South Coast where you explore its beautiful attractions such as Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The other days will be filled with the grand sights of the Golden Circle and exploration of Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world. All transportation and accommodations will be taken care of before you arrive, so you can just sit back and enjoy your holiday.

One of the trip's highlights is the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano, the only volcano on earth which you can travel into. You will descend into the vast magma chamber of this now-dormant giant. The colours inside of this enormous underground cavern range from dark reds to orange, making the halls appear as if lit up with flames. 

This journey to the centre of the Earth is the most sought-after summer experience in Iceland and an adventure you do not want to miss. Due to limited availability and high demand, we recommend that you reserve this week-long adventure offer today and make your summer trip in Iceland an experience to savour for life.

Furthermore, there is also a wide array of adventures for you to add to the tour, to make it unique and fitting to your wishes and interests. Activities include glacier hiking, riding an Icelandic horse, sailing among icebergs at Jökulsárlón, visiting the ice cave tunnels, and taking a helicopter ride.

Don’t miss the opportunity of exploring Iceland's most stunning locations. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Helicopter, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Faxaflói, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Bláfjöll, Silfra, Sólheimasandur, Þríhnúkagígur, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Gljufrabui, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Keilir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Included:
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour (upgrades available with glacier hiking and Jokulsarlon boat tour)

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (private bathroom, breakfast included)

  • Inside the Volcano tour (All safety gear, helmets, harnesses, etc. provided)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Optional activities (can be added during the booking process)

  • Blue Lagoon entrance (can be added during the booking process)

  • Flights

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Swim suit

  • Camera


Good to know:

Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

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.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland


Why not reward yourself with a fantastic view over the city from your vantage point at Hallgrímskirkja Church?


Iceland greets you in all its splendour as you land, displaying the wide, open terrain of the Keflavíkurhraun lava fields. The airport shuttle bus will take you to the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík, so your trip will be as hassle-free as possible.

The highway lies between the harsh waters of Faxaflói Bay and the lava field, which is sometimes ink black and sometimes mossy green, with the mountains as a backdrop and the conical Keilir mountain peak as the king of it all.

If you booked tickets to the Blue Lagoon, you will stop en route to Reykjavík for a relaxing dip in the warm, geothermal waters of this famous spa. It's a great way to rid yourself of all jet lag but if you are eager to get to the city, you can also choose to visit the lagoon on your departure day.

After checking in to your accommodations, you'll have a chance to get a taste of the capital. Go for a walk in the old town, get some gourmet slow roast coffee at one of the speciality coffee huts, visit the always-vibrant live music bars or the various museums that detail the rich history of this land during its nearly 1150 years of settlement. There will surely be something for you in the city by the bay to occupy your time!


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


At Þingvellir National Park, visitors can discover historical buildings, glacial springs, waterfalls, towering cliff faces and dried magma fields.


On this day, you will be spirited away from the city sidewalks and into the magnificent, unspoiled nature of Iceland. Being one of the most famous sightseeing trails in the country, the Golden Circle sports three deservedly famous natural wonders for you to enjoy on this day out, all in the company of an experienced guide.

Your first stop is the beloved Þingvellir National Park. This incredible geological site is where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet, pushing and pulling to create this marvellous landscape of canyons and fissures, surrounded by the lava that poured out in this battle of tectonic giants. Later, Iceland formed its democratic parliament there, therefore the name translates to 'Parliament fields.'

Next up is Geysir geothermal area where you'll see the geyser Strokkur spout water 15-20 metres up in the air every few minutes. All around are steaming fumaroles and smaller geysers which bubble and spit boiling mineral water, creating strange and sometimes dreamy colours on the red mud ground. 

Your last stop on this day is the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss. It carries its name, 'The Golden Waterfall' with pride, and it certainly deserves it. Crowned with sunlight in summer it is a glorious sight to behold and one of the nation's most loved waterfalls.

The famous Golden Circle offers fun-filled activities for those who want to get in touch with a more adventurous side of themselves. You have three different adventure options that you can add to this day to make it even more magical.

For those who fancy some adrenaline rush, you can choose to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, where you get to race over the age-old ice at great speed. If you prefer something calmer, you can get to know the Icelandic horse on a riding tour through the beautiful countryside.

You may also choose a snorkelling tour in the Silfra fissure at Þingvellir National Park. In the crystal clear waters that lie between the two tectonic plates, you can swim quite literally between the continents.

After this, you'll head back to the city for another evening in Reykjavík.


Day 3 - Jewels of the South Coast


Seljalandsfoss, one of the jewels of the South Coast, is made all the beautiful in the bright summer months.


To start your day in a grand way, you will be picked up early at your hotel and head out for a day of wonders. The South Coast is like a treasure chest of natural beauty, boasting some of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls and most scenic yet otherworldly beaches and sand wastes. 

The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a narrow but stunning cascade that falls over a small cave. A pathway next to the falls leads you inside this cave, providing you with an unusual view of the South Coast through the curtain of water.

Next up is another waterfall, equally beautiful but vastly different. Skógafoss falls with great power from a 60-metre tall cliff unto the flat earth beneath. The force when the water hits the ground creates mists in which you can often see a single or a double rainbow on sunny days.

There are two mighty glaciers located on the South Coast, the first you will see is Eyjafjallajökull, infamous for halting all air traffic when it erupted in 2010. The second one, Mýrdalsjökull covers the volcano Katla and is the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland.

Today you will have the option of hiking on top of one of Mýrdalsjökull's outlet glaciers, Sólheimajökull. Accompanied by a trained glacier guide, you will trek past ash-covered ice peaks, deep crevasses and blue glacier moulins until you reach a large, white plain of pure white snow and ice. It is quite a sight.

Next, you'll make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you can admire Reynisdrangar, the ever watchful stack pillars that stand afar in the ocean like great dark guardians. Keep an eye out for puffins as you might spot one or two nesting in the cliffs.

You will then head to your accommodation in the Vatjnajökull National Park.


Accommodation

Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee specific accommodations. However, we can always provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking. Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, Hótel Vatnajökull and Hótel Höfn. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel in the largest town in south-east Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Vatnajökull

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - Your Day on Ice


Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is found on the outer edge of Vatnajökull, Europe's second largest national park.


Today, you will head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where the huge icebergs break away and crumble from a nearby glacier, becoming massive, floating pieces of diamond ice in the azure water. The lagoon is inhabited by seals and birds that have become remarkably accustomed to the appreciative audience. 

If you wish to get a better view of the icebergs and seals, you can opt for a boat ride on the lagoon. This excursion is perfect for the whole family as well as all nature photographers. 

Across the road is the Diamond Beach, a black sand expanse by the Atlantic Ocean where the icebergs have broken up and can now be found spread out over the coast. The beautiful landscape appears to the unsuspecting eye to be a velvety swath of sand littered with large, uncut diamonds.

You will then make the journey back to the capital, Reykjavík where you will spend the night. Along the way, you will stop at some of your local guide's favourite places for a true insight into Icelandic nature and culture.


Day 5 - Inside the Volcano


Þríhnúkagígur translates to 'Three Peaks Crater' and was discovered by caver, Árni B Stefánsson in 1974.


And now, for the highlight of your trip, you will descend 120 meters down into the empty magma kettle of the great, dormant volcano Þríhnúkagígur. This 150.000 cubic meters wide space, with a ground area the size of a football field, is a cathedral of nature's grandeur.

The burning lava has in the past created patterns and lines of colour in the wide, high walls, that lead up to the kettle-shaped opening, only 4 by 4 meters in size, giving the great space the appearance of the throne room of the mountain kings of old lore.

You will be picked up in Reykjavík and taken out to the site. Þríhnúkagígur stands over a dark, empty lava field, near the beautiful Bláfjöll mountain. When you arrive on-site, your well-versed guides will take you down into the kettle in a suspended elevator so that you can view the great space as you head down.

Afterwards, there will be drinks and refreshments, maybe even some traditional Icelandic meat soup! When you have had your fill of both food and fun, you'll return to the city.


Day 6 - Free Day in Reykjavik


'The Sun Voyager', a metallic sculpture of a long ship, alludes to Iceland's history as a nation founded by Vikings.


Today you can enjoy Reykjavík city and its many cafés, restaurants,  museums or shops. You can even check out the geothermal pools, much adored by locals, or go up the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church; the possibilities are nearly endless.

If you have not had enough adventure yet, you have a choice of great things to do. There is a wealth of marine animals that reside in the waters just off Reykjavík and today you could go on a whale watching tour to see great whales that call Faxaflói Bay their home. 

There is also a possibility of joining a horse riding tour in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city. The Icelandic horse is a small and friendly creature which makes this tour perfect for both beginner riders and experts alike.

Of course, if you'd rather get to know the city from up high, you could always take a helicopter ride, both over Reykjavík and the nearby countryside. Enjoy your last day in style, high above the ground.

Spend your evening in the city. Seek out some good music in the bars and other venues around you to experience the artistic side of Reykjavík.


Day 7 - Farewell to Iceland ... For Now...


The Blue Lagoon Spa is a favourite among visitors and locals alike thanks to the healing properties of its silica mud and its soothing warm water.


Sadly, your last day in Iceland has arrived. When you feel ready to leave, you will hop aboard an airport shuttle and take one last ride through the charred and desolate lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to Keflavík International Airport.

If you booked a trip to the Blue Lagoon but didn't visit on your arrival day, then you can stop en route to the airport for a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich waters. It is the perfect way to end a holiday filled with excitement and adventure. 

Enjoy your flight home and come back soon!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

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.
For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. 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 center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation.

Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.


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Everyone at Guide to Iceland and the hotels and our operators they used did a splendid job. Organization and execution was flawless, the itinerary well thought through, and all the people involved exceptionally friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful experience. Iceland itself is stunning, and being able to discover many of its top sights in such a short time with comfort and ease made for a great short vacation. Would recommend and would go again!
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