3 Day Golden Circle & South Coast Tour | Northern Lights, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking

3 Day Golden Circle & South Coast Tour | Northern Lights, Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking
This map shows your journey including the Golden Circle and South Coast routes.
Strokkur geyser, in Haukadalur geothermal area erupts every five to ten minutes.
Northern Lights glimmering over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Seljalandsfoss, frozen over in winter
Lomagnupur mountain in South Iceland
Thingvellir National Park in Autumn
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Jump aboard this three-day excursion, to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle and South Coast, as well as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to explore a blue ice cave, glaciers, and to increase your chances of seeing the Northern lights. This tour should appeal to anyone looking to pack the best attractions in Iceland in just a few days.

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see popular sites such as the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which are world famous for a reason. You will also see all of the attractions on the south coast of Iceland, like the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and the black sand beach, Reynisfjara.

The experience of exploring an ice cave in Europe's largest glacier is what makes this tour even more special. Ice caves only form throughout the winter months, so only a few people are fortunate enough to be able to witness their beauty first hand.

By reserving this tour, your three days in Iceland will be fully organized for you. You need not worry about negotiating the winter road conditions or arranging your accommodation, everything will be taken care of! During your trip, you will stay at the best accommodation available, providing a comfortable and relaxing end to each day.

All equipment will be provided for the glacier hike and ice cave exploration. The only things you need to remember are your hiking shoes, warm clothes, a camera and your sense of adventure.

Book this action-packed and great value three-day, two-night, trip in a winter wonderland as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Þingvallavatn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Hvolsvöllur, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00. 09:00,

Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

  • All accommodation in hotels with breakfast

  • Ice cave tour

  • Glacier hiking

  • English speaking guide

  • All transport

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes, layers of wool and fleece. Windproof and rainproof clothing.

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Camera with extra batteries

Good to know:

- Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

- The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be advised that there is no specific Northern Lights hunt on this tour, but your guide will notify you if the conditions are favourable and advise you on how to best spot them

- It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

- Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

- It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.

- For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small bag or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for your time on this tour.

- No minimum age. However, 8 year old is the age limit for glacier hike and ice caving. If children under those ages are on the tour then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Cirlce

The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular sightseeing route.

You will be picked up from your accommodation, and from there, set out to explore the most popular tourist trail in Iceland: the Golden Circle. Three sites make this trail world-famous, all of which you will get the chance to visit.

The first of these is Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland. Sitting directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, it is an area of fascinating geology and stunning nature; it is the best place in the world to see the edges of these continents. It is also the original site of what is now the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament. The Alþingi that was formed here in 930 AD and still continues in Reykjavík today.

The second site you will visit is the Geysir Geothermal Area. The largest geyser here, Geysir, gave all others around the world their name. It is mainly inactive these days, but the nearby Strokkur erupts every 5-minutes or so, blasting water as high as 30-metres. The surrounding area is beautiful, with the earth dyed in the colours of the elements, and many hot springs dotted around.

The third and final classic location on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss. Otherwise known as ‘the Golden Waterfall’, this feature is iconic. Tumbling down two steps into a dramatic ravine, its scale and might are mesmerising. There are several viewing platforms that you can admire it from; in good weather, one opens right beside where it’s falling.

As you head in for the night, keep an eye on the skies for the Northern Lights.

Day 2 - South Coast and Glacier Hiking

Jökulsárlón is, without doubt, one of the most special locations in Iceland.

On your second day, you will explore the South Coast of Iceland. This area is famed for its wealth of landmarks and dramatically diverse scenery, all of which is visible from the road as you drive.

The first places you will stop at are two impressive waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Between these waterfalls, you may see Eyjafjallajökull, the sub-glacial volcano that erupted in 2010 and famously halted European air traffic.

After this adventure, you will continue exploring the wonders of the South Coast. The next stop is the black sand beach Reynisfjara, which is renowned for its fascinating geology, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and Dyrhólaey rock arch. After a short stop in Vík, you will continue onto the spectacular Vatnajökull National Park.

Your next stop, however, will be at Skaftafell, by Vatnajokull glacier where you will be hiking. When here, you will be provided with all your equipment, and receive a safety briefing. Following this, you will ascend the glacier, and be rewarded with some spectacular views. The colour, shape and scale of the ice is awe-inspiring, and you will be told all about the history, future and science of the glaciers.

Following your time here, you will head onto the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This is often referred to as the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature. Here, hundreds of great icebergs litter a serene lake, creating an otherworldly spectacle. When these bergs eventually make it out of the lagoon, they wash up on the nearby shore, lending it its name, the Diamond Beach.

You will spend the night in the Jökulsárlón area.

Day 3 - The ice caves and return to Reykjavík

The ethereal interior of one of Iceland's glaciers.

On your third day, you will get to explore one of the magnificent ice caves of Vatnajökull glacier. These incredible natural features only appear over winter and are weather-reliant, so the chance to enter one is an incredibly rare opportunity. You will be provided with crampons and helmets, before following your guide into this ethereal space.

Once you have revelled in the beauty of the ice caves, you will return to your van and return to Reykjavík. This drive is long but promises to be spectacular. You guide will point out anything that you missed the day before.

You'll arrive in the city in time for a late dinner, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the famous Reykjavík nightlife. It is highly recommended that you do not plan to fly out the same night in case of any delays or bad weather. Enjoy the charms of Iceland's capital and visit one of its many restaurants and bars.


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We did not see the Northern Lights, unfortunately, but the good thing with Iceland, you can experience more than the Aurora Borealis! This 3-day tour is highly recommended especially as our tour guide, Sighvatur Blöndahl, is a legend. He told us very interesting facts about Iceland's history, geography, the glaciers, where to eat in the towns we went to and more. Really happy that we signed up on this tour.
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This tour was amazing! Because we had good weather, our tour guide was able to stop at a few other fun places! I was apprehensive about a tour as we had never done one but this tour was perfect! Hawk was the best!!!! He was funny and informative as well as had everything covered for us! Great way to see Iceland!
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It was a fantastic trip. Despite terible weather we got to see what we planned to see. The strong wind and rain made sometime our exploration difficult, but it was fun! We were prepared. The waterfall going up because of the wind - beautiful. We saw Nature in full power. Our excellent guide Hendrick made our trip an exciting journey by showing all sides of Nature, Icelandic life, people, and history. We went everywhere planned and got unexpected and very interesting extra stops for exploration. We saw many places in the world, but Iceland is very special. Just open your eyes, get curious, ask questions our guide with a wonderful personality, and this world will open in front of you!
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Had a great vocation with Guide To Iceland, the schedule is very well arranged, even the weather is unbelievable changeable in Iceland( like, changes every 5 minutes )which make people can’t make a perfect plan and follow it, but I can feel that GTI has a very mature system to deal with it and thy’ll definitely try their best. Gotta to mention our tour guide, Hugi, who’s a experienced driver and a good bus DJ:) super funny, helpful, and you can tell he doesn’t take this work only as a job, he really CAREs and tried every way to make the whole experience to the best for the travelers. Big thanks to GTI, Hugi, and those lovely people that were on the same tour with me, I had great time! For people who’s hesitating: Iceland is an amazing country with nature views that nowhere could compare with, people there are chill, nice and genuine, as a female solo traveler, I had a wonderful time there and never encountered any danger. And Guide to Iceland is very organized and reliable, 100% recommend!
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We highly recommend the 3 days tour. Our guide, Fridjón, was amazing and he is a really fun and knowledgeable person. The places we've been to were breathtaking and the historical background that Fridjón gave us made it even more magical.
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our guide Arnold is awesome. He is very funny and helpful. We experienced 2 bright sunny days, but haven't got the luck to see any trace of northern light.
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I highly recommend this 3 day tour to people who want to explore Iceland and visit all the must-go places within a short period of time. Our tour guide Rocky was amazing and planned very well during the trip. Because the first day of our tour was very windy and rainy, he saved all the good places for the second day, so we could take some great pictures "with the yellow thing in the sky". The driver was also very nice and we were able to arrive at every single place safely and quickly. I have one very important tip for you, bring waterproof jacket or a raincoat!
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Carlos , the Guide , was Great. Gave us lot’s of information about the island. Great places you visit on the tour. We had a small group of only 6 people, that was quite nice as well. Hotel where okay. Hotel in Höfn seemed relatively new. Breakfast there was amazing (unfortunately we had little time there). The trips (Ice caves and glacier walk) where also awesome. 5 stars totally.
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Our guide was very good, the trip design is excellent , which allows us to see the amazing landscape in Iceland. However the weather in Iceland is unpredictable, the first day was heavy rain with strong wind, but the second day was sunny. I recommend to bring water proof and wind proof clothes to the trip.
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My girlfriend and I had dreamed of visiting Iceland for years, so when we saw this tour and all it had to offer, it seemed perfect. Pickup was easy, right at the bus stop next to our guesthouse. After that, everything (outside of lunch and dinner) was completely planned out for us in a way that allowed us to see some of the best that Iceland has to offer, with reasonable amounts of time at each stop to see the sights. Our guide, Sica, gave us as much knowledge throughout the trip about Iceland, its history, geography, and information about the places we stopped at, while still also finding time to be able to go to a couple extra places along the way. Our trip was truly an amazing experience, and my only wish is that we could have stayed longer. If I were to do it all over again, I would 100% use GuideToIceland (and honestly, possibly even this tour) to plan everything out. Saying it was incredible is an understatement, due in part to how carefully planned everything was for us.
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