3 Day South Coast & Golden Circle Tour
Multi Day Tour
This small-group, 3-day tour is fabulous for those with limited time to enjoy the best of Iceland. We highlight the most popular adventures: spectacular waterfalls, glacier hikes, and an ice cave at Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier. Your nights are far away from towns and light pollution, giving you the best chance of seeing the glittering Northern Lights during winter time.
Small Group Experience/Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir Hot Springs/Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall/ Skógafoss Waterfall
Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park/Svartifoss Waterfall (summer only)
Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon/Diamond Beach
Ice Cave Visit/Reynisfjara - Black Beach & Basalt Columns
Hekla - Volcano Views (weather permitting)
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)
Eyjafjallajökull - Volcano / Glacier Views (weather permitting)
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík/Guided Minibus Tour
Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir)
Highlights of the South Coast/Ice Cave Visit and Glacier Hiking
Certified Glacier Guide/English Speaking Tour Guide
All Necessary Glacier Equipment/All Required Safety Equipment
Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 2 nights
Hotel Breakfasts on Days 2 & 3/Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The Golden Circle’s three outstanding natural attractions are absolute must-sees on any Iceland trip. At Geysir Geothermal Area, home to Strokkur – the most active hot spring in Iceland – witness torrents of boiling water erupting 25 m high every 5 to 10 minutes!
In Thingvellir National Park, step between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates below a dramatic cliff face. Iceland’s historic parliament was founded in 930 CE, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Þingvellir is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Finally, at Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), watch the golden-hued mist spray on cliffs as roaring water crashes through the rugged canyon.
Then we will drive along the Ring Road to South Coast by visiting Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. You will stay in a country hotel for the night, if the forecast is good, this is a great location to look out for the Northern Lights between September – April months.
JÖKULSÁRLON GLACIER LAGOON AND ICE CAVING
We stop at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most famous glacier lagoons in the world, before heading to Skaftafell Nature Reserve. During the winter (October – April), you will go on a mind-blowing glacier hike with a certified glacier guide.
Learn all about the ever-changing, shifting glacier, and the great labyrinths of crevasses and moulins that lie deep underneath. Your ice caving guide will explain the giant ice tongue’s extraordinary features and how they were formed, and its brilliant colors of white, blue, and black. In summer, we go to Katla Ice Cave near Vik, the only natural ice cave that can be accessed during the summer months.
End your day at a hotel on the South Coast of Iceland, for another great chance to spot the Northern Lights between September – April months.
SOUTH COAST SIGHTSEEING
The next day, you’ll get to experience all of the South Coast’s top highlights. If the roads are clear, we’ll start the day off with a quick detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Next, we’ll have the chance to visit the iconic Eldhraun lava field before heading to Reynisfjara black beach. Marvel at its incredible basalt Reynisdrangar sea stacks rising off the coast.
Afterward, we’ll end the tour with a visit to South Iceland’s iconic Skogafoss Waterfall an elegant, 60-m high waterfall on the Skógará (the Forest River), which flows from Eyjafjallajökull glacier.
If the day is clear, we’ll get fabulous views of the volcano mountain, Hekla, on our way to the unique Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. You can walk behind the powerful cascade when the path is clear of ice.
Warm outdoor clothing including layers
Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Sturdy hiking boots are essential for glacier hiking
Lunch & Dinner
Return time: We will return to Reykjavík between 16:00 – 19:00 (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), depending on the conditions.
Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing including layers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves, and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots are essential for glacier hiking since they are the only kind of footwear that fit ice crampons. Hiking boots for the glacier hike can be rented in the booking process or at the Glacier Guides Booking Center in Skaftafell. We recommend renting in advance.