Iceland Summer Vacation | 4 Days 3 Nights
Choose this summer vacation package to experience Iceland in a fun and easy way! The perfect stop-over holiday adventure is here, taking you to nature, culture and everything in between!
This four-day itinerary will surely keep you happy, as you'll be taken you to some of the most amazing sites in the country. Come along on this fantastic tour to geysers and waterfalls, glaciers and black sand beaches along the southern coastline. You'll get a shot of a real adventure in the form of glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and volcano caving, depending on your preferences.
A long weekend in Iceland is sure to please, whether it is a family holiday or an extended stopover. You will see the most famous sites with enough time to have an adventure or two along the way. You can easily tailor the trip to your interests by adding extra activities while you are booking. You'll be offered all the best options, allowing you to puzzle together the holiday of your dreams.
If you are looking for fast fun, choose a speedy race over the white planes of a glacier on a snowmobile. Disappear into the silvery waters of Silfra fissure between the continental plates and explore what lies beneath. Go horseback riding along the geothermal valley, beside burbling mud pots and blasting geysers.
If you feel like adding a day to your adventure, go ahead and do so during the booking process and let Guide to Iceland arrange everything for you, making sure that the fun won't stop!
Due to limited availability and high demand, you should reserve this tour as soon as possible. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Apr. - Oct.
- Duration: 4 days
- Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 2 years old
- Languages: English
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
Skógafoss is one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, a rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
Located on the Skógá river, this mighty cascade is clearly visible from Route 1 and is an excellent place to stop and stretch the legs while travelling Iceland’s South Coast. The river below Skógafoss holds a large char and salmon population and is thus a favourite spot for fishermen in the summer.
The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, allowing visitors to walk right up to the wall of water; keep in mind, however, that this will get you drenched. Skógafoss can also be viewed from the top as a steep staircase leads to an observational platform above the cascade.
Skógafoss is located near the small village of Skógar, south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. There you’ll find the Skógasafn folk museum, an open-air museum with both old wooden houses and turf houses, as well as a regional museum with various artefacts from this area.
A part of the Skógasafn Regional Museum is the Museum of Transportation, which showcases the history and evolution of transportation, communication and technologies in Iceland. There, you can see how this nation evolved from the age of the working horse to the digital communications of the 21. Century.
The Skógasafn museum also includes a café and a museum shop, and in the village of Skógar, you will find both a hotel and a restaurant.
At the eastern side of Skógafoss, you will find one of Iceland’s most famed hiking routes; the Fimmvörðuháls pass. The 22 km trail leads you along Skógá river, between two glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, before ending in the beautiful Þórsmörk valley.
A gold ring is on display at the Skógasafn museum. According to legend, the ring is from a chest that was owned by Þrasi Þórólfsson, one of the first Viking settlers in the area. Folklore states that before his death in 900 AD, Þrasi buried a chest filled with gold in a cave behind Skógafoss waterfall.
Many attempts were made to retrieve the chest after Þrasi’s death, and years later, locals managed to grasp a ring on the side of the chest. As they pulled, the ring broke off, and the treasure was lost forever. The ring was then given to the local church before it made its way to the museum.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Restaurant / Cafe
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
The South Coast of Iceland is the country's most visited sightseeing route, along with the Golden Circle.
The famed South Coast shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area and is dotted with natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, volcanoes both active and dormant, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.
Geography, Nature & Wildlife
Iceland is divided into eight geographical regions. Out of these, the Southern Region is the largest, as it spans over 24.000 square kilometres with its administrative centre in the municipality of Selfoss.
What is known as the South Coast embodies the shoreline of this particular region. The area consists of a lowland that is mostly composed of marshlands, bays and cultivated pastures that are met by a series of black beaches where the estuaries to the east and west of the district close off the coastal body.
Underneath the soil rests a vast lava field, known as Þjórsárhraun. Its edges reach several hundred metres offshore where the ocean waves crash upon them, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea. This results in the South Coast being unusually lacking in the deep fjords that so distinctly characterise the rest of Iceland's shore line.
The region boasts vibrant bird life during all seasons. It is not only rich with both marshland birds and seabirds but also migrating birds such as the North Atlantic puffin. Some species stay throughout the harsh Icelandic winter, including the northern diver, the loom and various species of gulls and ducks.
Highlights of the South Coast
The South Coast offers an unprecedented array of natural wonders that draw thousands of visitors each day. When driving the route from Reykjavík City, the highlights in their correct order are:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Vestmannaeyjar; The Westman Islands
- Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Dyrhólaey Peninsula
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
- Coastal Village Vík í Mýrdal
- Skeiðarársandur Glacial Sand Plain
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
These attractions count for but a fraction of what the South Coast has to offer. The vast sand plains of Sólheimasandur are home to a crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck, and close to Seljavellir by the Skógar Village there's Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
- Explore the many wonders of the area on these South Coast Tours
Starting time : Flexible
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer
Golden Circle 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
South Coast minibus sightseeing tour
What to bring:
Swimsuit & towel (available at Blue Lagoon if you forget)
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.
Day 1 - Arrival - Welcome to Iceland
As soon as you're in the country, you're in the middle of a geothermal lava field. You'll be picked up at the airport and taken on a ride through the moonlike, out-of-this-world landscape, with the Reykjanes Peninsula mountains to your right, towering over the lava fields. The distinctive conical shape of Keilir is the most iconic.
We'll continue towards Reykjavík, where you will spend your first evening in the northernmost capital in the world, drinking in the atmosphere of this town-turned-city in a record time, where small reminders of old farms still stand between glass highrise buildings.
There, you are sure to find something to your liking, as downtown has a plethora of delicious, world-class restaurants, gourmet coffee shops, cutting-edge cocktail bars and microbreweries and various joints with live music. For a rather small place, it sure packs a punch!
You'll spend the evening in the bustling city centre.
Day 2 - Golden Circle Adventure - Power of Earth
This is the day to take in some of the most amazing sights of Icelandic nature. The Golden Circle is the home of three of Iceland's most famous attractions: The continental clash site at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir National Park, the hot springs at Haukadalur, the home of the one and only original Geysir and last but not least, the amazing waterfall Gullfoss.
Now that you spent time at these beautiful sites, you could choose to experience it in another way. You can opt to upgrade your Golden Circle day with other activities to suit your interests.
Here is where you could go on an adrenaline-spiking trip to Langjökull glacier and race snowmobiles over the vast white ice expanse. If you would rather relax in the saddle, take a ride on the Icelandic horse. You can also jump in and go snorkeling at Silfra gorge.
On the way back to the city after the Golden Circle tour, you’ll also make a stop at the Blue Lagoon, for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.
Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkeling, horseback riding or snowmobiling, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on either your arrival or departure day instead, so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.
Afterward, you'll head back to the city, where another evening in Reykjavík awaits.
Day 3 - The South Coast: Ice, Water and Volcanoes
On this day, we have set up some exciting options for you, so you can best tailor the trip to your interests.
For those who never get enough of nature and beauty, we've got some incredible trips planned. You will head out to the south coast to behold amazing waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the black sand wastelands under Sólheimajökull glacier, the wide Atlantic coast of Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach by the village of Vík, and the grand rock stacks Reynisdrangar as they tower over the cold sea.
You'll also get to meet one of our more famous volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull, which famously caused quite a ruckus in air traffic a few years back in 2010.
Another option is to take it to the ice and go glacier hiking on the amazing Sólheimajökull glacier, where our experienced and knowledgeable guides will teach you the basics in ice climbing and head with you to the white snow planes of the glacier and where you can feel the power of nature at its height.
For those who wish to see as much as possible, you can opt for a longer tour that heads all the way out to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon! It is quite a trip, but well worth it, to visit the lagoon where the colossal icebergs that have fallen from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue to the waters, where seals live.
On the other hand, if you feel you have done enough of sightseeing outdoorsy things and would prefer something more hands-on and indoors, we have the greatest indoor place in the world lined up for you: in a volcanic magma chamber.
A trip to the Þríhnúkagígur volcano, where you can descend more than 100 m (328 ft) down into the magma chamber and behold the amazing play of colours gleaming in the volcanic rock surface.
The huge space is reminiscent of the hall of a Dwarven king. It is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, as this is the only place in the world where you can visit a magma chamber; most are filled with hardened lava in the aftermath of an eruption. Please note that Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tours are only available from May to October.
The choice is yours, and whatever you choose, it will most certainly be amazing.
Day 4 - Departure
All great adventures come to an end. On your last day in Iceland, the morning might be well spent in the city. The city says farewell to you as you will be picked up at your hotel. We'll get you safe and sound to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight and hope you have had a wonderful time.
If you opt to add on one more day to your stopover, there is plenty of excitement on offer. The most popular activities in Iceland include white river rafting on the great river Hvítá. You can pick a boat or a kayak!
ATV and buggy trips will take you to on the mountainsides around the city, or you can visit the puffins at Akurey, a small island just off the coast near Reykjavik. Just get in touch, and we'll set you up with something wonderful to do.
If you want to add more than one night, please contact us, and we'll set you up, or you can take a look at some of our other awesome multi-day tours.
See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling with others, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.
Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guest houses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to email@example.com no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.
Decent tour with many options of add-ons to fill up your days. One thing I wasn't expecting was that Guide To Iceland outsource each day of the tour to different travel companies, which means you may get put together with adjoining tours. The accommodation (Eyja Guldsmeden) was excellent, loved it! I got plenty of help by Embla via email communications with pre and post tour queries, she was brilliant!
It was a great experience thanks to Guide to Iceland. We "forgot " to register a seat with Reykjavik Excursion on the departure bus to airport, Guide to Iceland immediately scheduled a taxi for us and did not required us to pay for the taxi. The hotel was nice but just a little too far from the downtown area which made us spend a lot of money taking a taxi
We had an amazing trip with guide to Iceland! They made everything easy and made it able to enjoy our trip and not have to worry about anything. The four days three nights was perfect for our trip! We went to the blue lagoon, golden circle and tour of the southern coast. But what made our trip even better was that we added two excursions. We added glacier hiking and snowmobiling which were both so much fun! I would highly recommend and book through them again
Charles W McKinny
We had a very good time and enjoyed the Iceland experience. We did have some confusion when we first landed regarding the transit to the hotel and then transit to the Blue Lagoon. We had to buy bus tickets at the airport as it was unclear from our itinerary and the vouchers where we were supposed to be and where the bus was going. We wound up at the bus transit station waiting for a shuttle to the hotel when it became obvious we were going to miss our pick up at the hotel for the Blue Lagoon. After asking the bus reservationist, she explained that the bus scheduled to pick us up at the hotel would be bringing us back to the transit station anyway, so advised us to catch the bus to the Blue lagoon from there and skip the trip to the hotel. So we bought another ticket there. It all worked out, but I thought the bus vouchers would all be paid for in advance as part of the tour. Maybe I should have asked more questions before we left. I was also surprised that we had to pay three nights at the hotel as I assumed it was all included in the price of the tour. I did not realize that the marina hotel was just a reservation and not a prepaid part of our tour costs. So, there was a little confusion and a few surprises, but we enjoyed out time in Iceland and thought the tours and people who supervised them were very good and informative. We loved Iceland, the scenery and the history. It is a fascinating place to visit and someplace very different from anywhere else we have travelled.
The overall trip was great, the vastness of the landscape and the people really made the whole thing worth while but I would like to note a few things. 1. Comfort level hotels. I booked the comfort level hotel and was expecting something totally different then what I received. The room was claustrophobic, barely enough room to have the suitcase, a bed, closet and bathroom. On the topic of the bathroom, I'm not even sure you should call it that. The toilet was practically in the shower, and the shower was about 5 feet sqaure. The comfort level also mentions breakfast is included, at my hotel, hotel Klopp, it was extremely limited. So let's just say I was certainly disappointed with my option, if you're thinking about the comfort upgrade, next time I would go with Quality over comfort. 2. The paper work It was fantastic that Guide to Iceland organized everything from the bus transfer from the airport to the tours - made like extremely easy. 3. Tours Make sure you read your tour information correctly! Most tour companies do not pick you up at your hotel, they pick you up at a central point, and if you're not there - they leave. 4. Weather It is Iceland, so you should be prepared for everything! I traveled in June and the weather was fairly mild, but it was still cold, raining and one day we even had hurricane force winds. Bring layers! 5. Keflavik Airport The airport is not built to handle the amount of travelers they see in the run of a day, make sure you give yourself enough time to get through passport control and the security lines.
Totally loved our short trip to Iceland. What moved me the most was the vastness of the landscape, seeing our mother planet in all her glory and beauty and the down-to-earth warmheartedness of Icelandic people. The tourist industry is very well established, everything is available in English and everyone speaks very good English. Our golden circle tour guide Sigthor is exceptional. He is super kind, welcoming, open and looked after everyone very well the whole day. The hotel (Alda) we stayed in was lovely, incredibly helpful staff and concierge giving good advice. To all GoT fans, you will love Iceland. It is truly the land of ice and fire with beautiful men and women.
Vadiim Vaba Baranov
It was a great tour. It was organized in such a a way, that everything was fixed. Espetially I want to point the frendlyness of the stuff, and their constant helpfulness.