3-Day South Coast & Golden Circle Adventure Exploration

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kr.107991

Min Age

2 years

Duration

Overview

This short 3-day tour is perfect if you’re short on time but still want to experience the best of Iceland. We’ll take you to see some of the most stunning sights, like breathtaking waterfalls, thrilling glacier hikes, and the incredible ice caves at Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. At night, you’ll get to enjoy the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of towns, giving you the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing Northern Lights during the winter months.

Highlights Of The Tour

✓  New Katla Ice Cave (summer season only)

✓  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)

 

Included/Exclude

  • 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
  • WHAT TO BRING
  • Warm outdoor clothing including layers

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

During this 3-day tour, you won’t have to make a tough decision between exploring the Golden Circle or the South Coast. You’ll get to experience both, allowing you to discover all the amazing sights these regions have to offer!

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

The Golden Circle boasts three incredible natural wonders that you simply can’t miss on your trip to Iceland. At the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll be amazed by Strokkur, the most active hot spring in Iceland, shooting boiling water up to 25 meters high every 5 to 10 minutes!

Next, in Thingvellir National Park, you’ll have the unique opportunity to stand between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, framed by a striking cliff face. This is where Iceland’s historic parliament was established back in 930 CE, making it the oldest ongoing parliament in the world. Thingvellir is proudly recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Lastly, prepare to be awed at Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls, where you’ll witness misty golden sprays against rugged cliffs as powerful waters cascade through the canyon.

Afterwards, we’ll embark on a scenic drive along the Ring Road to the South Coast, stopping by Seljalandsfoss, one of the world’s most unique waterfalls. You’ll spend the night at a cozy country hotel, and if the weather forecast is favorable, keep an eye out for the enchanting Northern Lights between September and April.

JÖKULSÁRLON GLACIER LAGOON AND ICE CAVING

Our journey takes us to the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, renowned as one of the most stunning glacier lagoons worldwide, before we continue to the picturesque Skaftafell Nature Reserve. If you’re traveling with us during the winter months (October to April), get ready for an unforgettable glacier hike led by a certified guide.

You’ll delve into the fascinating world of the glacier, learning about its constant changes and the intricate network of crevasses and moulins hidden beneath the surface. Your guide will illuminate the extraordinary features of the massive ice tongue and its captivating hues of white, blue, and black. In the summer, we’ll explore the Katla Ice Cave near Vik, the sole natural ice cave accessible during the warmer months.

Wrap up your day at a cozy hotel along the South Coast of Iceland, where you’ll have another fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights between September and April.

SOUTH COAST SIGHTSEEING

The following day promises an adventure-packed exploration of the top highlights along the South Coast. Weather permitting, we’ll kick off with a brief detour to the enchanting Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the iconic Eldhraun lava field before making our way to Reynisfjara black beach. Prepare to be mesmerized by the striking basalt Reynisdrangar sea stacks emerging from the coastline.

Our tour will culminate with a visit to the iconic Skogafoss Waterfall, a majestic cascade standing at an impressive 60 meters tall on the Skógará (the Forest River), fed by the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

If the weather permits and skies are clear, we’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the volcano mountain, Hekla, as we journey to the unique Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Here, you’ll have the thrilling opportunity to walk behind the powerful cascade, provided the path is free of ice.

For more details about the daily schedule and additional information on Iceland’s South Coast tour, please refer to the itinerary. This trip promises to be the highlight of your three-day guided tour of South Iceland!

 The Famous Golden Circle Route

Embark on your unforgettable 3-Day Golden Circle and South Coast tour, starting with the iconic Golden Circle attractions: Þingvellir (Thingvellir), Geysir, and Gullfoss. Thingvellir National Park, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds immense historical significance as the ancient site of the Icelandic Parliament, known as the Alþingi, founded way back in 930 CE. It proudly holds the title of being the oldest continuously operating Parliament globally, set amidst one of the most geologically intriguing locations on Earth.

Thingvellir boasts a dramatic rift valley, nestled between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Imagine standing atop the Law Rock, where the Law Speaker, the Parliament’s orator, would deliver speeches. From the cliffs, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views overlooking Þingvallavatn, a stunning lake nestled within this extraordinary landscape.

Next up, we’ll explore the fascinating Geysir Geothermal Area, a true marvel of nature. While Geysir itself may be dormant, its neighbor, Strokkur, always puts on a show. You won’t have to wait long to witness Strokkur shooting scalding water into the sky, reaching heights of up to 25 meters with each eruption.

Our journey then takes us to Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls, which holds the title of being Iceland’s most visited waterfall. Prepare to be captivated by the majestic Hvita (“White”) River as it cascades down the two-tiered cliffs into the rugged canyon below. The sheer force of the falls, coupled with the beauty of the surrounding golden mist, creates an awe-inspiring spectacle.

After our Golden Circle adventure, we’ll head southward, offering stunning views of Mount Hekla on clear days as we make our way to Seljalandsfoss, one of the world’s most unique waterfalls. Here, you’ll have the thrilling opportunity to walk behind the graceful falls and admire the view from both sides.

Your overnight stay will be in close proximity to the charming town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, providing an ideal base for potentially witnessing the enchanting Northern Lights between September and April, given favorable conditions. A little luck can go a long way when it comes to experiencing the beauty of the auroras!

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Ice Caving

In the morning, we’ll set our sights eastward, venturing towards the breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. The lagoon is a mesmerizing sight, filled with icebergs of various shapes and sizes gracefully making their way towards the Atlantic Ocean. Their dazzling array of colors, ranging from pristine whites to stunning blues, is a result of a combination of factors, including the pressure of the ice.

As some of these icebergs drift ashore at Diamond Beach, they glisten like precious diamonds against the backdrop of black sand. There’s truly nothing quite like strolling along the beach, basking in the sunlight that casts vibrant blue hues upon the icebergs. Keep an eye out for the lively ocean birds, and if luck is on your side, you might even catch a glimpse of a playful seal!

Your overnight accommodation will be in the charming Skaftafell area, offering yet another fantastic opportunity to try your luck at witnessing the enchanting Northern Lights if you’re traveling between September and April

Leaving Jokulsarlon behind, our next stop is the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where a whole new adventure awaits. From October to April, we’ll team up with a certified glacier guide and venture into the captivating realm of the Vatnajokull Glacier.

After embarking on a stunning glacier hike, we’ll have the privilege of exploring a natural ice cave, providing ample opportunities for exploration and photography. Photographers will be particularly delighted by the chance to capture the ethereal blue light filtering through the glacial ice. Throughout this adventure, our expert guide will be on hand to shed light on the fascinating process behind the formation of these glacial ice marvels.

From April to September, our journey takes us to another unique destination: the Katla Ice Cave near Vik, offering a rare opportunity to explore a natural ice cave that’s accessible year-round.

The ice cave we explore will be selected depending on the prevailing conditions. Our adventure will encompass both exploring the ice cave and embarking on a glacier hike, totaling around 2 hours spent on the ice. This tour is designed for individuals who can comfortably walk for approximately 2 hours on easy outdoor terrain.

Given that ice cave temperatures can drop well below freezing, it’s essential to dress warmly and come prepared for the chilly conditions.

You’ll spend the night at the Adventure Hotel Geirland, providing a convenient and comfortable accommodation option for the evening.

 South Coast Sightseeing

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our leisurely journey back towards Reykjavik, making plenty of stops along the way to soak in the scenery. If the roads are clear, we’ll kick off the day with a brief detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, a breathtaking natural wonder.

Next up, we’ll visit the iconic Eldhraun lava field before continuing on to Reynisfjara black beach. Here, you’ll witness the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the black sands with impressive force. It’s truly a sight to behold, but it’s important to heed the advice of your tour guide as the waves can be unpredictable.

Before leaving the beach, be sure to explore the black basalt cave nearby. Reynisfjara is renowned for its striking basalt columns, known as the Reynisdrangar, which stand just off the shore. Gazing up at these dramatic black pillars, you’ll understand why they’ve inspired legends of Icelandic troll folklore.

Following our visit to Reynisfjara, our next destination is the awe-inspiring Skógafoss waterfall, where cascading waters plunge an impressive 60 meters into a serene pool below. While there are 527 steps leading to the top, the steep climb rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views. On clear days, you might even catch a glimpse of the majestic Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering above the waterfall.

After soaking in the beauty of Skógafoss, our 3-Day Iceland’s South Coast tour comes to a close. We’ll make our way back to Reykjavík, with an estimated return time between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, depending on weather conditions.

Day Highlights

Eldhraun Lava Field

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)

Skógafoss Waterfall

Reynisfjara Black Beach

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano/Glacier Views (weather permitting)

Included

Breakfast at the hotel

Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavík

Practical Information

Return Time: We anticipate returning to Reykjavík sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., depending on the prevailing conditions.

Pick-up Details: We’ll be picking you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík at 9:00 a.m. Please be patient as the pick-up process may take up to 30 minutes. You can find a list of available pick-up points on Arctic Adventures’s website.

What to Bring: Be sure to dress warmly with layers, including thermal underwear, a waterproof jacket and pants, and don’t forget your headwear, scarves, and gloves. For glacier hiking, sturdy hiking boots are essential as they’re the only footwear suitable for ice crampons. You can rent hiking boots during the booking process or at the Glacier Guides Booking Center in Skaftafell. It’s advisable to arrange rentals in advance.

Don’t have all the necessary clothing items? No problem! You can rent sturdy hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and pants during the booking process. If you need additional items like hiking boots, waterproof jacket, and pants for the glacier hike, they can be rented at the Glacier Guides Booking Center on location. However, if you want to rent extras for the entire duration of the tour, please ensure you add this to your booking at least 48 hours before the tour begins.

What To Bring

  • Warm outdoor layers (wool, fleece or synthetic are best, not cotton)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots recommended.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations for all-day excursions can be made by email up to 24 hours before departure, and the entire money will be returned. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time are not subject to refund.
  • If the operator cancels the trip due to severe weather, hazardous driving conditions, or other reasons, we will help you rebook a different day or book alternate activities if feasible, or we’ll give you a full refund.
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