3 Day Tour | The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking

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Join this thrilling escorted tour to the South Coast of Iceland. This multi day tour will be with a small group where you will have the chance to explore the ice caves and the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón.

You'll also see stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, lava fields, a black-sand beach and the must-sees of the Golden Circle.

You'll be comfortably accommodated in country hotels with private bathroom for 2 nights, and you'll have expert guides take you safely through Iceland's winter conditions.

Don't forget your hiking shoes (or rent them through the booking system) for the glacier hike in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

The northern lights might even bless us with their presence - we will certainly be looking for them :)

You will arrive back in Reykjavik at 19.00 on day 3 and if you didn't catch the lights you can still go on our Magical Auroras tour departing at 21.00.

Don't hesitate in booking this magical experience. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Skaftafell, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Öræfajökull, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
Included:
  • Hotel pick up & drop off

  • Transportation in a mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • Accommodation with breakfast (2 nights)

  • Glacier hiking equipment

  • Northern lights hunting

  • meals (other than 2x breakfast)

  • hiking shoes (may be rented)


What to bring:
  • Good clothing

  • hiking shoes


Good to know:

IMPORTANT: Please let us know if you want a single room, double room or a triple room.

Clothing to wear:

Please take into account that the weather in Iceland is ever changing and winters can be very cold. Therefore it is very important to dress accordingly.

Be sure to bring good hiking shoes and warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layer, light and warm inner layer, such as wool, fleece or thermal. Also remember balaclavas and winter gloves.

Jeans and trainers are not suitable.

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Good hiking shoes & warm socks are an essential part of the tour.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice cave tour is cancelled due to drastic weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the price difference.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Golden Circle & South Coast


3 Day Tour | The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking


The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a part of the Golden Circle. Iceland’s parliament was founded in the year 930 AD at Þingvellir and this is also the meeting place of the American and Euro-Asian tectonic plates. Þingvellir has a place in every Icelander's heart, because of its beauty and history. The geologic history is interesting and very visible in the beautiful landscape.

Next up is Geysir hot spring area. Although the original 'Geysir' (the one that lends its name to the English word 'geyser') no longer erupts, the geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes and spouts 20-30 meters up in the air.

Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall) concludes the Golden Circle and it is from this majestic waterfall that the Golden Circle gets its name. Many people consider this the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.

Continuing from Gullfoss we'll go towards two more gorgeous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. On the way we'll have a view over Hekla volcano.

Seljalandsfoss is narrow but tall and you can walk around it, viewing it from behind as it descends into a small pool.

Skógafoss waterfall on the other hand is wider but shorter - but it catches your eyes immediately. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason.

Reynisfjara is the name of a famous black sand beach on the south coast of Iceland. Here you can have a stroll on the beach along the Atlantic ocean, but be aware of the powerful waves that can sweep you off your feet if you go too close, they can be very dangerous – do not turn your back to the sea! In Reynisfjara beach you'll find beautiful basalt columns and you'll get a great view of Reynisdrangar, rocks rising from the sea just outside the picturesque village Vík.

We pass Vík and we will be staying overnight at Hotel Katla, just outside of the village. Your guide will have checked the aurora forecast for the evening and if there is a clear sky we'll look out for the Northern Lights in the evening.

There's a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland changes constantly and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be as good as possible. Your guide will therefore decide how is best to operate the tour each time.


Day 2 - Sightseeing & Ice Caving


3 Day Tour | The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking


On the second day we drive through a giant lava field and your guide will be able to tell you a lot about volcanic eruptions and the geology of Iceland. We'll witness the instability of the Icelandic glacial rivers when we cross long bridges over enormous sand plains and we'll see the debris of past glacial floods.

In the afternoon we will explore a natural glacier cave. We'll have a local glacier guide take us by super jeep and lead the way into this dreamworld. Our expert guide is a highly qualified mountain guide, and ice cave specialist. It's in his hands to decide each time which cave is best to visit depending on a number of factors, including weather conditions.

Your hiking shoes will come in handy now, since there's some hike to the cave. You'll need to wear water resistant hiking boots that cover your ankles. This is not the time to wear city trainers or leather boots!

We stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 minutes, and it will be cold inside. You should bring a warm winter hat that shouldn't be too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet you'll be given.

Sometimes the caves are very big, sometimes they are smaller, but they always become very special in the right light and conditions. The ice inside the caves is intensely blue. The colour and transparency of the ice caves has everything to do with time, pressure, and secrecy.

This intense blue colour can also be seen in icebergs, as you can perhaps see on our next stop. When the icebergs have recently turned over or parts have broken off then they reveal their intense blue colour.

After being inside the glacier itself, we'll continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It's a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light as it is dotted with floating icebergs that turn golden at this hour.

Our accommodation for the second night will either be at Country Hotel Gerði or Country Hotel Hali. Both are 14 km away from the iceberg lagoon. The rooms are basic, en-suite, and have WiFi. Breakfast is included. Located between the mountains and the sea, the view from these properties is simply terrific.

Again we will hunt for the Northern Lights in the evening if the sky is clear and the aurora forecast shows activity.


Day 3 - Skaftafell Glacier Hike & Sightseeing


3 Day Tour | The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking


We'll return to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the morning to admire the icebergs in the daylight and look out for seals. Please be careful by the lake and don't walk out onto the icebergs as they can easily tip over and you'd end up in the freezing lagoon!

Afterwards we'll go for a 1-2 hour glacier hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. The hike is easy and fits most fitness levels but we urge you to dress warmly. You'll have crampons and axes for support. Please follow the instructions of your experienced guide - the glaciers are ever changing and wandering off by yourself can be life-threatening. This spectacular hiking adventure is worth every minute!

Afterwards we'll head back to Reykjavík, making stops in some places we may have been unable to visit on the way to the glacier lagoon, time-permitting.

We stop at a viking style restaurant for dinner, you have the option of buying food there or eat your own.

From there we'll continue to look out for the Northern Lights.

Our arrival time in Reykjavík in the evening depends on the driving conditions and the weather. Usually around 00:00 - 01:00. We hope you've had a great time and get great memories from this tour!


Reviews

Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 34

The guide is responsible and hard-working. We've been taken to most of the spots mentioned in the description. Accommodations are really good. But due to the poor weather there was no aurora tour and the blue ice cave was cancelled, which was a shame. We hope we can get refund for not seeing the blue ice cave.

Extreme Iceland is very great company, 3 days tour is very great, althought we only saw the north light on the first night, but the views are very great and surpised for us, Skaftafell Glacier Hike is the best, before i think that blue ice caving is already the most beautiful, but the Hike you must need to join since it's very great, i am recommend to join this tour and you will get the best.

Our family of 4 did this tour. Our guide was terrific. Her name was tricky for us (Icelandic) so we called her Edith. We had a group of 20 which was larger than I had hoped for but it worked. Although I don't normally do tours, it was great to hear all the folk stories as well as the geological information about the areas we visited. Our biggest disappointment of the tour was the Ice Cave portion. There are a lot of tour companies all trying to fit into a small, confined space. We enjoyed the other stops and activities. We even got to see the Northern Lights on our last night and it was beautiful. The accommodations are basic but clean and spacious. The food /meals are expensive but that was expected. Iceland has such diverse, beautiful terrain. We are glad we went, but be forewarned- there are a lot of other visitors and tour buses. One piece of advice would be to pack waterPROOF clothing. Our water resistant clothes, including gloves, were soaked by the end of the day. Enjoy. And hopefully you will get to meet "Edith".

Our tour guide Ash was very knowledgable about Iceland, kept us to a good schedule so that we could see everything with plenty of time and ensured that the whole atmosphere was very relaxing. He was easy to communicate with at all times and was just generally a very pleasant guy to be around and talk to. As a group we enjoyed spending time together and tried to help each other out. The weather made the Northern Lights a bit tricky but it doesn't matter, because the rest of Iceland was incredible. It was probably the best trip I've ever been on and I would not hesitate to recommended Extreme Iceland as well as Guide to Iceland.

Exciting experience!! We had 8 years son in this tour. He was also excited to visiting glaciers etc. Unfortunately we could not see the northern light during the tour. However they did best effort including taking us to the seeing location on the 3rd night before returning to City center. One recommendation to improve is , it would be great if the tour could indicated the seat where each guest take. We participated in this tour with another 2 family members. Some other guest take 2 seats by putting their luggage etc. we could not have seats side by side on the 1st day.

Fantastic tour!!! If you have limited time in Iceland, just choose this tour, it will bring you to every most beautiful scenery you should take a look in Iceland. This is the best part of our travel this time. The guide who always wear a Red hat is very helpful and humorous, thanks for him giving us a very memorable experience!

My friends and I had a great time in Iceland with the 3 day 2 night tour package. Our tour guide was awesome with great sense of humor, he tried to accommodate everyone's needs at all times. We had approximately 18 people in our tour group, which is relatively larger compare to some of the smaller group, but our tour guide tried his best to manage the time we had since the day light in Iceland during winter last about only 5 hours. The sites we visited in the country side were just amazing and breathe taking, you would not regret visiting Iceland for the scenery you will get to see. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to see the Ice Cave, and the northern light night trip on day 3 was also cancelled, both due to weather as it was raining on the second day and snowing on the third day. However, they made it clear that we would get a refund on Ice Cave and a reschedule of the northern light night trip in the future. Also, you will get a chance to grab food and snacks along the way, our tour guide made sure all of us knew when to get foods ahead of time if there would be no other options for dinner besides the hotel restaurant. If you are traveling in a group of 3, you will get a queen size bed and a twin size bed to get a night of good rest. Overall, my friends and I had a great time, if you are considering visiting Iceland in the near future and not sure about driving in the ever changing winter weather condition, I recommend this tour to everyone.

This tour was amazing and our guide was fantastic! The size of our tour group was about 12 people, which is one of the great aspects of this tour. Since the groups aren't too big, the tour feels personal and you tend to get the opportunity to meet and converse with some awesome people from other countries. During our trip, the weather wasn't the best. We had icy rain 2 of the 3 days but our guide was so well planned and made sure we got to see almost everything on the itinerary. We also, thankfully, were able to do ice caving and glacier hiking, both of which are incredible experiences. Honestly, this trip was such a wonderful balance of adventurous activities and sightseeing. The countryside we travelled along was so beautiful and our guide even stopped at times on the way when we asked at spots not in the itinerary so that we could take pictures. I HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone considering!

We really enjoyed the 3 day/2 night Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Golden Circle, Ice Cave and Glacier Walk. We were picked up promptly from our hotel. After they completed all the pickups we transferred to a small bus and headed to the Golden Circle. We were in a group of 16 people. We got to see and do so much that I am sure many people who visit Iceland miss out on. Especially the adventurous parts like the Ice Cave Tour and the Glacier Walk. We had a great 3 day trip, and they give you 3 full days, as we did not get back to our hotel until 11pm. I would definitely recommend this tour.

This is simply the best tour I've ever had and the Iceland in a nutshell (the best and the must-see in winter at least I think)! Highly recommend! The descriptions of the itinerary is very accurate, no exaggeration and no under-estimates and the tour was very well delivered by a super-experienced Guide Jon (sorry I only remembered part of his name), a very knowledgeable and responsible guide. He told us a lot about volcanoes and various Icelandic landscapes and even Icelandic traditional stories. You learn so much more from him about the country. The tour was very well designed and well organized. Ice cave and glacier hiking is super cool experience! Though we didn't get to see the northern lights but that's about the solar and weather condition and nothing to blame about the tour. Really enjoyed it and many thanks to Jon, our guide (I was in the tour Feb 27-29, 2016).

The tour was really good. Our tour guide Yung is really fun-loving and patient, and made the tour really enjoyable. This is a great tour to take if you want to cover major attractions of Southern Iceland. These people are professional and thoughtful, the first thing when we started our tour in Golden Circle, Yung handed out crampons - which from my understanding, other tours often don't offer crampons. It is so much easier to walk and avoid falling with crampons. The professional guides brought us to ice-caving and glacier hiking as well. Everything was well taken care of. Yung even drove us to Jokulsarlon for northern lights on he second night, which was really a great idea! We have also seen northern lights on the way back to Reykjavik on our third night. As I joined this tour in late February to March, the time of daylight has become longer and Yung has added a few extra stop points on top of the itinerary, which was great. Yung is also very accommodating when some of the guests want to stop on the road and take photos. The only drawback is that you only get short stops at each point, say like 45 mins to 1 hour. This is necessary as the road trip from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon is quite long.

Excellent tour!!! I met with a great tour guide name "Wolf" who has a good command of knowledge of iceland nature and made our out-door trip full of fun. Also the people in the package tour were kind and nice. This is a exploration-oriented tour which is quite focus on the experience of nature in person. We really had a memorable 3 day trip. I have already recommended to all my families and friends and they are quite attracted by my posting on social media. Hope we can visit Iceland again in Summer!!! Thank you for the team, cheers!!!

I attended this tour in Jan 2016. This tour is a great package if you want to cover South Iceland in a reasonable time, all major attractions are included in this trip. The tour was very well planned and covered. Our tour guide was amazing, he guided us extremely well, was friendly and told several good stories about the tour and Iceland. The only drawback of this tour was that you only get limited time at major attractions due to limited day-light.

Despite the unpredictable weather, we managed most, but unfortunately no all, of the sites mentioned in the itinerary. But the experience was still an excellent one. The guide was very professional and took very good care of the group. Highly recommended. Already considering a visit in the summer to see the different aspects of Iceland.

The entire trip was wonderful. Our guide "Day" did a great job, especially driving on snow packed roads. Our glacier guide "Gary" was excellent. Would highly recommend the 3 day/2night tour to anyone looking for an adventure. Accommodations and food good.

Even though there was a blizzard during my trip, all the schedule was well- arranged! I also learnt a lot of knowledge about Iceland ! If you would like to experience something different in Iceland,join this trip,it won't let you down .

Our 3 day tour had to be split into two parts due to heavy storms period during my stay in Iceland beginning December. I had two tour guides, one who led us to golden circle on 6 dec (I forgot his name), and another one, Thor, who led us to Jokulsarlon and glacier hiking on 8-9 dec. Both were very nice and professional, with a lot of knowledge about Iceland, the horses, folk tales, and weather. The lady who took care of the itinerary during these stormy period also did her best to re-schedule the initial plans for my and all other customers. Unfortunately, I was not informed about the possibility of 2 days tour to Jokulsarlon and ice caving, so I chose the jokulsarlon and glacier hiking instead since it was the only one available to my knowledge. Only then on the D-day I realised that the tour to Jokulsarlon and ice caving also proceeded. I was not informed about that option. I found this an enormous pity since the biggest attraction to me in Iceland is the ice caving.

The tour guide is really nice. We said that we didn't see the aurora. He drive us to the field to see the northern lights. Even it is not included in our tour. The glacier is stunning. The hotel we lived is quite good. The whole tour is perfect!

Although because high wind we didn't met ice hole and northernlight, but we saw the blue ice and lots of waterfalls. The tour put safety at first, that's great! So we got a comfortable journey!

The 3 day trip was fantastic! Everything is well arranged. We were very lucky to see the sunrise, sunset and northern light during the trip. Will definitely recommend to our friends!

Very nice experience which you won't forget! Definitely will recommend it to anyone who wanna go to Iceland:)

Beautiful scenery, lovely people, marvellous tour. The tour is very well organised and exciting. We have very limited time in Iceland. This tour enable us to see Iceland from a few different angels. In addition, we are extreme lucky to be the last group to do the Ice Caving for the year, extremely worth it!!!! Iceland is a truly beautiful country. Absolutely love it, definitely wish to go back and taking some other tours, as there are is still lots to do. Also sharing a short video (combine with photo montage, which taken from our iPhone) of our Iceland trip here: https://youtu.be/Ymel9ZT7Y_I Thank you so much, GP&S

My main reason for choosing this tour was ICE CAVES. What I’ve got was DISASTER – to cave I had to crawl on my knees for 25 meters to see small cave size 4 x 5 meters with over 30 people packed at the same time! I am 190 cm tall so had my hands wounded in blood. View had nothing to do with photos you produce in your advertising leaflet. This is absolutely misleading. I have absolute right to be informed honestly at first. Northern lights – ZERO, but in this case weather should be blamed to. Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara – we DID’NOT see it. Hotels and logistics – OK acceptable.

Very well organised trip with friendly and knowledgable guides. Thank you:)

This tour is amazing! Love the combination of waterfalls and ice cave - although the ice cave we went was a bit smaller than I expected. Also saw some wonderful northern lights on the 2nd night. Wish we had more time at the ice lagoon but weather did not permit it - had to rush back to RVK before road closed down.

this trip is great, and the ice caving is amazing!!

it was a great experience. Very nice and warm guide. Thoughtful equipment for us. It's a very safe and cheap way to enjoy your trip in Iceland.

Best tour I have ever done in my life. The ice cave is just incredible, and the guide Hawk was very knowledgeable about the area and told us some great stories on the way. If you can only see one place in Iceland this should be it. Don´t miss this tour, which also takes you to some incredible waterfalls in the south. Until next time, adios!

We went on this guided tour to see the ice cave. It was the most beautiful place I have been to. 5 stars for this tour.

I used Guide to Iceland to book my 3 days tour to Southern Iceland and it went really well! I recommend everyone to use it while visiting Iceland. 我在Guide to Iceland网站上订了冰岛南部三日游,很流畅预订体验!极力推荐来冰岛的各位童鞋使用~

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