4-Day Iceland Adventure: Golden Circle, South Coast, Ice Cave & Volcano Exploration

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Min Age

12 years

Duration

4 days

Overview

Come along on a thrilling four-day journey through Iceland, where we’ll discover some of its most breathtaking destinations. Our adventure includes stops at iconic spots like the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, the site of the recent volcanic eruption, and Diamond Beach, among others. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Highlights Of The Tour

✓ Gullfoss Waterfall

✓ Geysir

✓ Thingvellir

✓ Seljalandsfoss

✓ Skogafoss

✓ Recent Volcano Eruption Site

✓ Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

✓ Skaftafell Nature Reserve

✓ Vatnajokull National Park

✓ Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

✓ Diamond Beach

✓ Natural Ice Cave

✓ Glacier Hike

✓ Northern Lights

Included/Exclude

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavik
  • Guided Group Tour in a Minibus
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Private Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • South Coast Highlights
  • Guided Ice Cave Tour
  • Recently Erupted Volcano Hike
  • Northern Lights tour
  • Free Wifi on Board Your Bus

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Embark on an enchanting four-day journey through Iceland’s captivating landscapes, where you’ll explore iconic sights and natural wonders. Join a small group led by a friendly guide for an unforgettable adventure.

Your excursion begins with a pickup in Reykjavik, where you’ll travel comfortably in a minibus to start your exploration of the Golden Circle. Highlights include Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss waterfall. Spend the night in a cozy country hotel and, weather permitting, keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

The next day, venture further along the South Coast to marvel at the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Experience a glacier hike and explore an ice cave with a certified guide before settling in for another night’s rest.

On day three, discover more wonders of the South Coast, including the Eldhraun Lava Field, Skógafoss Waterfall, and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Return to Reykjavik for the evening.

The final day offers a unique opportunity to hike through newly formed lava fields and, if conditions permit, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Keep in mind that volcanic activity can vary, and while visiting the volcano site is always intriguing, eruptions may not occur during your visit.

  

 The Famous Golden Circle Route

Our first day of exploration will lead us along the renowned Golden Circle route, celebrated for its trio of iconic Icelandic attractions.

We’ll kick off at Thingvellir National Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its geological and historical significance. This vast glacial plain once served as the gathering place for the ancient Icelandic Parliament, dating back to 930 AD. Not only does it boast historical importance, but it’s also home to a unique seismic rift valley, marking the boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Next, we’ll venture to the Geysir Geothermal area, renowned for its bubbling geysers, including the dormant Great Geysir and the active Strokkur, which erupts with impressive frequency, shooting boiling water into the air.

Our journey along the Golden Circle concludes at Gullfoss, or “the Golden Falls,” a magnificent two-stage waterfall renowned for its golden-hued waters and picturesque surroundings, often adorned with rainbows.

Following our Golden Circle excursion, we’ll head southward to witness one of nature’s marvels, Seljalandsfoss waterfall. En route, weather permitting, we might even catch a glimpse of the imposing Hekla Volcano.

After a day filled with adventure, we’ll retire to our countryside hotel, offering an ideal vantage point for observing the captivating Northern Lights

 JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON & ICE CAVING

Our day kicks off with a satisfying Icelandic breakfast before hitting the road towards the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. Along the way, we’ll pass through enchanting landscapes, including moss-covered lava fields, remnants of volcanic activity, and striking rock formations shaped by centuries of eruptions. As we journey, the grand Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, extending from Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, will come into view.

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon awaits us, renowned for its shimmering icebergs drifting gracefully on its azure waters. Many of these icebergs find their way to Diamond Beach, where they sparkle like gems against the ebony sands, creating a scene of unparalleled beauty.

Following our time at Jokulsarlon, we’ll head to Skaftafell Nature Reserve for another thrilling adventure. Led by a certified glacier guide, we’ll embark on a captivating glacier hike and venture into a natural ice cave within Vatnajokull Glacier.

Iceland’s ice caves form during the winter months when summer meltwaters freeze, sculpting magnificent pockets and intricate patterns within the ice’s sapphire-blue depths. During our hike, our guide will share insights into the formation of these remarkable ice features.

Given the unpredictable nature of weather, the specific ice cave we explore will be chosen based on the day’s conditions. Remember to bundle up warmly, as temperatures inside the ice caves can dip below freezing.

 SOUTH COAST SIGHTSEEING

After enjoying a nourishing breakfast, we’ll kick off our journey along the South Coast. If road conditions permit, we may take a brief detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, famously known as “Bieber Canyon” since Justin Bieber filmed a music video here.

Our adventure continues with a visit to the Eldhraun lava field before reaching the iconic Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Here, we’ll marvel at the striking contrast between the Atlantic Ocean’s white-crested waves and the beach’s jet-black sands. Rising from the cliffs are basalt sea stacks, resembling Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, along with the Reynisdrangar basalt pillars, steeped in folklore of trolls turned to stone by the sun.

Our journey includes a stop at the impressive Skogafoss Waterfall, where the cascading waters plunge 60 meters into a serene pool below. We’ll ascend the winding path beside the falls for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings. Skogafoss holds a special place in Icelandic mythology, and our guide will share tales of the two peculiar rock formations believed to be trolls transformed by the dawn. Locals also whisper of a Viking settler who supposedly hid a treasure chest beneath the falls, promising riches to whoever discovers it.

Standing proudly above Skogafoss is the renowned Eyjafjallajökull volcano. With clear visibility, we may catch a glimpse of this majestic mountain towering above the waterfall.

 Active volcano hike & Northern Lights

On our final day, you’re in for a truly unforgettable experience as we embark on a hike to witness the site of a newly erupted volcano! It’s a rare opportunity to witness the raw power and mesmerizing spectacle of nature in action.

Volcanic eruptions are both awe-inspiring and humbling, each one unique in its intensity and the materials it ejects. Some send ash soaring high into the sky, while others flow with molten magma, painting the landscape with fiery hues.

If you’re traveling with us during the winter months (September to March), we’ll cap off our adventure with a magical Northern Lights chase. Imagine the thrill of chasing the elusive aurora borealis under the blanket of a starry night sky.

As the Northern Lights forecast changes daily, we can’t pinpoint our exact destination in advance. However, rest assured we’ll whisk you away from city lights to remote areas like Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, or Reykjanes, maximizing our chances of witnessing this celestial display.

Please note, the Northern Lights chase is weather-dependent, but if we’re unlucky and don’t spot them, don’t worry! You’ll have unlimited re-tries for up to 3 years, so you can join us on future attempts until we catch a glimpse of the aurora.

Keep in mind, while we can’t guarantee a sighting of boiling lava due to the unpredictable nature of volcanic eruptions, you’ll still have the chance to witness the aftermath and experience the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape.

What To Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing including layers
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy hiking boots

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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