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. Join us on this fantastic tour from the geysers to the waterfalls, to glaciers and black sand beaches along the southern coastline, and give you a shot of 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.
You can even take a free day just to sleep in and enjoy a museum or two, dotted with meals at our seafood restaurants or coffee and pastries at our cafés in Reykjavik.
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, to make 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.
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.
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.
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 world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
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
Swimsuit & towel (available at Blue Lagoon if you forget)
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, þwhich 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 to 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.
If you would rather stay on man-made stones than those crafted by nature, you also have the opportunity to spend the day in the city of Reykjavík. The capital has a lot to offer, such as high-end gourmet coffee culture, a vast array of interesting shops and boutiques, museums and buildings worth visiting and, of course, locals to mingle within the various eateries and the geothermal pools.
If you would like to add some spice to your day, there is plenty to do. You could go whale watching and meet the gentle giants of the North Atlantic, go horse riding in the lava fields west of the city or even take a helicopter ride over the city and Faxaflói bay! The choice is yours, and whatever you choose, it will most certainly be amazing.
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. 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 traveling in a group, 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.
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.