South Coast & Golden Circle Combination | Cruise Ship Pickup

You'll be picked up shortly after your cruise ship docks in Reykjavík to take part in a tour of the Golden Circle or the South Coast
On a tour of the South Coast, you'll visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara which is encircled by cliffs of dark basalt columns
On a Golden Circle tour, you'll see Gullfoss waterfall as it plunges down dramatically into an ancient gorge
You can take a tour of the Golden Circle or the South Coast when you arrive in Iceland via cruise ship
While driving through the Icelandic countryside, keep an eye out for the Icelandic horse, you might spot a few grazing in a field
On a tour of the Golden Circle, you'll visit the geothermal area of Geysir in Haukadalur valley where you'll see the hot spring Strokkur erupt in a large water column

Come ashore and discover a wealth of natural wonders on two of Iceland’s most popular routes, the Golden Circle and the South Coast. Those travelling to Iceland via cruise ship and want to get the essential Iceland experience should not let this opportunity pass them by.

When booking this tour, you will choose the date of your South Coast excursion. You will then be provided with an option of having your Golden Circle tour on the day before or the day after, allowing you to spend two full days exploring these impressive sites while still keep base at your cruise ship.

Shortly after your ship docks, you will be picked up by a comfortable minibus and whisked away to your first adventure, be it at the Golden Circle or the South Coast. The minibus provides a more friendly and personal experience, which the big buses cannot match.

On a tour of the South Coast, you’ll see some of the country’s most awe-inspiring features such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sand beach Reynisfjara. You’ll travel through diverse landscapes, seeing green farmlands, vast, sandy plains, and even active volcanoes.

The ever-popular Golden Circle is comprised of Iceland’s most iconic attractions. You’ll visit the rift valley and UNESCO World Heritage site Þingvellir National Park, the erupting geysers in Geysir geothermal area and spectacular waterfall Gullfoss.

Make the most of your time in Iceland and book this adventure now. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible

You meet us at the departure location.
  • Day tour to the Golden Circle in a minibus

  • Day tour of the South Coast in a minibus

  • English speaking guide

  • Pickup shortly after the ship's arrival

  • Drop off at your ship

  • Accommodation

  • Meals and refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good shoes

Good to know:

Please note that when you book this tour you are selecting the date for the South Coast tour by minibus, please select when you want to participate in the Golden Circle tour in the drop-down menu to the right.

This tour is for cruise ship passengers only.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast

The beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara is surrounded by mighty cliffs of hexagonal basalt columns

On the day of your South Coast tour, you’ll be picked up by a small but comfortable minibus and whisked away out of the city, towards the diverse attractions that line the beautiful southern coastline. If this is the first of your tours, the minibus will pick you up shortly after the ship’s arrival. If this is your second tour, you will be picked up in the morning by the dock. 

The first stop of the day is the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This beautiful cascade tumbles over a concaved cliff, making it possible to encircle the falling springwater for a unique view of the surrounding countryside.

From there it is only a short drive away to another, equally impressive, waterfall, Skógafoss. This one is much wider than its cousin Seljalandsfoss. It plunges down a 60-metre cliff with a width of 25-metres in a more classic shape. The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, so you’ll be able to walk right up to the wall of water to feel the cascade’s spray on your face. 

As you make your way between these two waterfalls, the mighty glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull will be visible in the North. You won’t stop there but at another glacier just a short drive away, Sólheimajökull. There, you’ll take a quick hike towards the vast ice cap, witnessing how the white snow has turned black from past volcanic eruptions.

After a short lunch break in the village of Vík, you’ll visit the beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara. Surrounding the beach are large cliffs of hexagonal basalt columns and out in the ocean rice the 66-metre high sea stacks Reynisdrangar, making the beach one of the most stunning places in Iceland.

During the summer months, the area is teeming with birdlife, most notably puffins, so keep an eye out for these adorable creatures before you hop aboard the minibus again, returning to your ship in Reykjavík city.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

The geyser Strokkur on the Golden Circle Route, spouts hot water high in the air every 5-10 minutes.

On your Golden Circle tour, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Þingvellir National Park, which is where Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, was founded by the Viking settlers over a thousand years ago. 

The park is not only a historical site but a geological wonder, as it is not located on the Eurasian nor the North American tectonic plates, but in a rift valley between. As these plates move, they tear up the landscape around in the process, creating cracks and fissures that traverse the area. 

You will also get to see the erupting geyser, bubbling mud pools and hot springs in the Geysir geothermal area. There you’ll find geyser Strokkur, spouting hot water 15-20 metres in the air every 5-10 minutes. You’ll be given a good time to explore the area and try to capture the perfect selfie with the exploding geyser in the background.

The last attraction of the Golden Circle route is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. Fed by the glacier Langjökull, the river Hvítá rushes south before plunging into an ancient canyon, creating this magnificent cascade in the process. 

You can marvel at this attraction from two different platforms, hearing the thundering noises as the freezing glacial water cascades down with great force into the gorge. You’ll then hop back on the minibus and return to your ship in Reykjavík. 

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