3 Day Golden Circle and South Coast Guided Adventure | Spring, Summer, Autumn

3 Day Golden Circle and South Coast Guided Adventure | Spring, Summer, Autumn
People trekking across one of the South Coast's many impressive and sometimes daunting ice floes.
This tour can be in the summer or the winter, the winter brings with it the possibility of seeing your favourite attractions illuminated by the Northern Lights.
The clouds are reflected perfectly in the still waters at Þingvellir National Park.
Huge and unique chunks of ice creak and crack in the icy waters of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Looking through an icy window and huge icebergs quietly drifting out to sea.
Sunset casts warm sunbeams over the picturesque and calm village of Vík.
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Experience the full force of the Icelandic nature on this three-day exploration of the Golden Circle route and the South Coast. Visit the country's most iconic waterfalls and the black sand beach Reynisfjara. Travel through immense sand expanses and rugged lava fields before reaching the sky-blue Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where countless titanic icebergs tranquilly float towards the open sea.

This tour is tailored to adventure-seekers who want to travel in small groups and immerse themselves in Iceland's beautiful vistas and thrilling landscapes, ultimately allowing you to stand on top of a glacier and enjoy the spectacular views for which Iceland is famous.

Your journey begins in Reykjavík, where you will board a mini-bus heading to the Golden Circle route. Travelling in a small group will give you an experience that the big buses just can't match. You’ll travel with comfort and ease, accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will share with you their vast knowledge of the land.

You will travel to three fantastic attractions that make up the Golden Circle; the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the otherworldly Geysir geothermal area, and Þingvellir National Park. Your guide will also throw in a few hidden gems to enhance your trip. After a rich day of sightseeing, you will return to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

The next day, you'll journey South and see the dramatic, panoramic views at Dyrhólaey lighthouse, where you'll see the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the north, the Reynisdrangar lava columns in the east and the coastline in the west. You will visit the iconic waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and see blue-and-white icebergs floating peacefully on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Iceland is known as ‘the land of fire and ice,’ and you will get a chance to see why as you journey onto a glacier, where you'll see how jet-black ash from volcanic eruptions taints the white ice cap. An expert guide will take you through the icy plains and to the glacier's ashy peaks, where you'll have plenty of time to experience the mysterious silence of these vast, empty surroundings.

Depending on what time of year you will travel, you may see the northern lights during the darker months, or enjoy the midnight sun during the bright summer months.

Lace up your boots and get ready for an amazing time traversing Iceland’s most popular sightseeing routes. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up starts at 8 AM and 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 distances to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

Included:
  • Professional and fun English-speaking guide

  • Golden Circle Guided Minibus Day Tour

  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel in Reykjavík (private bathroom & breakfast included)

  • 2-day South Coast Guided Minibus Tour

  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel in the Vatnajökull area (private bathroom & breakfast included)

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Glacier hike (can be added during the booking process)

  • Boat ride on Jökulsárlón (can be added during the booking process)


What to bring:
  • Hiking shoes (with slip resistant soles in the winter)

  • Warm and waterproof clothing


Good to know:

Only carry on luggage is permitted for this tour and for your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly.

Please note that some of these activities are weather dependent and that the itinerary may be rearranged to account for bad weather.

For multi-day tours, a single-fee supplement is mandatory. If your booking is made for 1 (one) person for a multi-day tour you must pay the single-fee supplement to be entitled to get a single room at the hotel where the group will stay. If you do not do so, the provider reserves the right to accommodate you in a twin room with another fellow solo traveller of the same gender.

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 advice you on how to best spot them.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Golden Circle


The geyser Strokkur erupts every 10-minutes, shooting water up to 40-metres in the air.


Today you will be picked up by your guide and jettisoned off to begin your exploration of the world-famous Golden Circle Route. This beloved journey is made up of three main attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the fascinating Geysir Geothermal Area.

Your first stop will be at the lesser-known but beautiful waterfall, Faxi, named after the mane of an Icelandic horse. This hidden treasure falls in a wide stream over a small cascade, and it's a charming start to your discovery of Iceland's natural wonders.

The next stop will be at the much grander, mightier waterfall, Gullfoss. Water thunders down in two-tiers dropping into a 32-metre deep canyon. As the water plummets to great depths, a large mist surrounds the falls, causing rainbows to form on sunny days.

You will then travel a short distance to Geysir Geothermal Area, famously home to the hot spring which lends its name to all geysers around the world. Geysir is mostly dormant these days, but you can still witness the eruption of its neighbour, Strokkur, which shoots water up to 40-metres in the air every 5-10 minutes.

Your last stop for the day will be Þingvellir National Park, an area renowned for its rich cultural heritage as well as its natural beauty. Here, you have the opportunity to walk between continents as the exposed Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet at this unique location, forming a ridged gorge through the park.

Þingvellir is also the original home to Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, the longest on-going system of governance in the world. Leaders of Iceland's chieftains used to meet at this scenic destination yearly, beginning in the year 1000 AD.

Throughout the day, your guide will be present to introduce the sights to you as well as make you familiar with some tastes and sounds of Iceland on the minibus. After a fantastic day of sightseeing, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavík.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation in Reykjavík. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Fosshótels

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city centre of Reykjavík. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Klettur

Hotel Klettur is a 3-star hotel conveniently located near the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - South Coast & Glacier Hike


A glacial hike gives you a chance to experience the serene glacial landscapes of these icy giants.


After being picked up in Reykjavík, you’ll be on your way south to visit some of Iceland's most famous attractions. Your first stops will be two of Iceland’s legendary waterfalls.

Seljalandsfoss is a 60-metre tall waterfall with a small cave behind the falling water. A pathway leads you inside this cave so you can get a whole new viewpoint of the South's stunning scenery through the curtain of water. Remember, however, to bring a raincoat because you will get wet from the drizzle.

Next up is Skógafoss, a large and powerful waterfall which falls onto very flat land, creating a huge mist in the process. On sunny days, you can see multiple rainbows forming in the cloud of droplets. If you are not afraid of heights, you ascend the adjacent staircase which leads to the top of a hill where you can look down at this mighty cascade.

Then it is time to go glacier hiking! Your guide will provide you with the necessary equipment, harness, crampons, ice axe and a helmet before you hike on the glacier outlet, Sólheimajökul., Breathe in the crisp mountain air and take in the spectacular views of your surroundings as you stand on top the vast ice-cap.

Next, you’ll head to Reynisfjara beach, famous for peculiar rock formations and massive waves. With its high cliffs formed of basalt columns and volcanic pebbles, smoothed by erosion, this beach is one of the most iconic places in Iceland. You will hear the thundering noise of waves crashing into the rocks as you look out to the spectacular Reynisdrangar sea stacks, rising from the water.

Afterwards, you will make a quick stop at the nearby village of Vík before you head to your accommodation for the evening where you could choose to take a pleasant stroll and bask in the rays of the Midnight Sun.


Accommodation

Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, Hótel Vatnajökull and Hótel Höfn. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel in the largest town in south-east Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Vatnajökull

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Glacier Expedition & Waterfalls


The beautiful icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon float out to sea.


You’ll start your final day by heading to Jökulsárlón, a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Floating on the lagoon are enormous icebergs, moving with the waves towards the river mouth. Marvel at the graceful procession of these spectacular chunks of millennium-old ice. No iceberg is the same, and so every visit to this stunning natural attraction is guaranteed to be unique.

Now, you have the opportunity to get closer to these grand glacial icebergs on a thrilling Amphibian boat tour! There are only a limited number of vessels allowed on the lake at one time and these tours are often sold out so consider this carefully during the booking process.

You will then head down to the legendary Diamond Beach where chunks of ice and even whole icebergs sparkle on the raven black sands, brought there by the high tide. For many visitors, this site constitutes as the unbeaten highlight of the tour.

On your way back to the city, you'll drive past the stunning Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where you'll see white glacier tongues from the great Vatnajökull ice cap, slither down mountainsides to the valley below.

After a fulfilling day of adventure and sightseeing, you will drive back to Reykjavík in the evening.


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