Enjoy the best of sensational South Iceland with your family. This package tour will take you to see the three famous Golden Circle delights, the most amazing waterfalls and sights on the South Coast, whale watching on the ocean and bathing in the Secret Lagoon in idyllic Icelandic nature at Flúðir. Incredible sightseeing, history, geological wonders, bathing in a hot spring pool, and a boat trip chasing across the bay to spot whales. A superb short break!
We hand-pick the tours, you choose and arrange your own accommodation in Reykjavík.
- South Coast
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Vík - Coastal Village
- Golden Circle Tour
- Þingvellir National Park
- Geysir Hot Springs
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Secret Lagoon
- Whale Watching Tour
Included This tour package offers small group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon and South Coast tours with visits to all highlights, and a whale watching tour (larger group on the boat). Expert guidance in English throughout.
Not Included Accommodation and food. You need to arrange accommodation in the Reykjavík.
Bring With You: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and sturdy hiking shoes. You will also need a towel and swimsuit for the Secret Lagoon. Note: You can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking processes.
Please Note: You are picked up for the road trips from your hotel or a convenient location in Reykjavík. The whale watching boat trip departs from the Old Harbor, which is downtown in Reykjavík, so pick up is not included but this may be arranged for an extra fee.
Day 1: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon
This amazing adventure tour will take you to see the three very different attractions on the Golden Circle. Traveling this 300 km circular route you will also see the fabulous Icelandic countryside, learn some fascinating history and fun Icelandic folklore tales and see some incredible geological features. During the afternoon we take you deep into the geothermal heartlands around Flúðir to bathe in the peaceful and idyllically warm Secret Lagoon, this is a perfect bathing spot at any time of year.
Þingvellir National Park is the most important cultural and historical location for all Icelanders but its exceptional geology and scenery are equally impressive and unique. Þingvellir thoroughly deserves its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The rift valley of the mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through Þingvellir, never letting us forget this stunning scenery was formed by ancient volcanic eruptions and the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Today, these two great continents are still moving apart by about 2 cm per annum. The Viking travelers who settled in Iceland established Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament in the year 930. Quite unbelievably, Alþingi, still exists today, making it the oldest still existing democratic parliament in the world. The imposing Almannagjá cliff stands right behind the spot where the Law Speaker stood in those early days. We stroll around, walking the pathway between the continents and giving you the opportunity to enjoy the ambience. You will have wonderful views over Þingvallvatn, the lake at Þingvellir, this is the biggest natural lake in Iceland. There is also a waterfall and a beautiful traditional church.
The geothermal valley of Haukadalur, with steam emitting from so many hot springs and geysers, is both beautiful and surreal. Great Geysir is the most famous geyser, its name even gave us the English word ‘geyser’! Great Geysir does not erupt now, so we will take you to see Strokkur, a nearby geyser hot spring, often referred to as the brother of Great Geysir. Strokkur is the most active hot spring in Iceland, and also a very reliable performer, erupting every 5 to 10 minutes. The powerful explosion sends superheated water and steam to heights of 30 meters and sometimes higher, the spouts usually soar to over 20 meters. It is great fun for everyone, but especially children, who love to guess the moment when Strokkur will blast. When Strokkur inspires our sense of wonder we are all, maybe, children at heart!
Taking a short drive through the countryside will bring us to Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most dramatic and powerful waterfalls in Iceland. You will begin to appreciate the power, as you hear it thundering when you walk the short path from the car park. In English Gullfoss means ‘Golden Fall’, and there is a good reason for this name, a photogenic golden spray, can be seen around the tempestuous flow as it drops over ancient lava boulders. Gullfoss falls 32 meters in two stages, pivoting as it goes on its way, the great torrent is then ‘swallowed’ by an enormous crevasse. Pathways will take you to some great vantage points giving marvelous photo opportunities - do, though, keep to the designated paths, both to preserve the fragile environment and to stay safe.
Next up is a journey into the lovely landscapes around Flúðir, a delightful geothermal village next to a forest. Trees are not exactly plentiful in Iceland but in the glorious landscapes around the Secret Lagoon you will see quite a few! In Icelandic this pool is called Gamla Lónið, which means ‘The Old Pool’. So how did it come to be known as the Secret Lagoon? Quite simply, it was a secret known to scarcely anyone outside of the immediate area! The spacious bathing pool is filled with naturally warm 38C to 40 C water, the perfect temperature for relaxation. Lovely vistas, geothermal streams, hot springs and a small geysir in the poolside area will keep you entertained. A glorious experience on a day of magnificent sights.
Traveling back to Reykjavík we will take you through attractive towns and villages and over the pass at Hellisheiði. We get back to the city at around 18:00, you are dropped off where we picked you up.
You get the chance to buy lunch at a café or you could, if you prefer, bring a packed lunch with you.
From mid-May to mid-September you are picked between 08:00 and 08:30.
From mid-September to mid-May we pick you up between 09:00 and 09:30.
Day 2: South Coast by Minibus - Sightseeing day tour
Today´s tour will show you the iconic waterfalls and landmark places along the South Coast, you will even get a fabulous up-close view of Sólheimajökull Glacier. We take you to explore the best-known black sand beach in Iceland, Reynisfjara. You will be amazed by the basalt cave formed from giant hexagonal basalt columns, and the troll-shaped sea stacks, standing above the waves just off the coast. Yet there is more! We have two totally entrancing waterfalls for you today, Seljalandsfoss and the scintillating Skógafoss, and we also visit the charming village of Vík. You will see the magnificent sights and local birdlife, we make sure you have enough time at each location to look around and take photos.
Traveling away from Reykjavík we drive through softly sulfur-scented areas around Hellisheiði and Hveragerði, you will see steam drifting across the landscapes - this is an area with very high underground geothermal activity. Traveling along you will see views of Eyjafjallajökull and the Westman Islands close to the coast. We will go to see Sólheimajökull Glacier, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, a short walk from the parking lot will get you nicely up close and personal with Sólheimajökull. As you wander along you think you are not even getting near to the ice, then, suddenly, there is it, the majesty of Sólheimajökull rearing up in front of you! A photogenic moment for sure.
Next up, is a visit to Reynisfjara black sand beach, you cannot help but be transfixed as silver-tipped Atlantic waves tumble forcefully onto soft black sand. The relentless hammering of the Atlantic, has over the years, produced some incredibly shaped cliffs and the troll-like Reynisdrangar sea stacks, situated just off the shore. Keep a little way back from the waves but do go exploring! A spectacular cave formed from huge angular basalt columns awaits you, this is, not surprisingly, another very popular photo venue. Your tour follows the South Coast as far as Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland. We give you time to explore and we will also visit the picturesque church, which crowns the highest point in the village.
Turning back towards Reykjavík we head for Skógafoss Waterfall, situated below mountains which rise up to the great Eyjafjallajökull. Skógafoss cascades down into the Skógá River, falling 60 meters from the former sea cliffs, the views are stunning, a steeply-stepped pathway will take you up to some amazing viewing points.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is very picturesque and incredibly unusual. You can walk behind the elegant but hefty cascade. So much falling water produces a lot of spray, so wearing rainwear is advised! These shimmering falls also drop 60 meters, descending into a tranquil ‘pool’. Whether you walk behind the falls or not, the scenery here has an almost fairytale quality to it.
We stop for lunch at a café (food is not included), you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
Most of the year we pick you up in Reykjavík between 08:00 and 08:30. From 1st November to 31st January we pick you up between 07:00 and 07:30 to make the most of the daylight.
Day 3: Whale Watching
Your whale watching tour starts at the Old Harbor, just a few minutes’ walk from the downtown area in the heart of the city. Whales are spotted on 90% of these tours, so you have an excellent chance of sighting these magnificent giants of the deep. We most often see humpback and minke whales together with plenty of other ocean wildlife including dolphins, porpoises and a wealth of seabirds.
You are taken out on Faxaflói, the wide bay where Reykjavík is located - usually the search for whales does not take us more than 15 km from the shoreline. These tours are really exciting for everyone, we never know what we will see. Our guides always make the tour really interesting with lots of information about whales, dolphins, porpoises and the other ocean creatures to be found out in the bay. It can be quite a lot colder out on the sea, so we recommend, even on summer days, that you wear warm layers, and we give you cozy overalls to wear. If you don´t want to stay on deck all the time, you can still watch out for whales. Our boats have comfortable seats in the ‘lounge’ area, and really huge windows, so you can enjoy great views of everything from inside if you want to. There is also the opportunity to buy some hot soup or a drink to enjoy while you rest back appreciating the ocean scenery and whales. Most people, though, want to be up on deck for a good part of their tour.
Our friendly and very experienced whale watching guides, will always use their experience in their quest for whales and the wild animals of the North Atlantic. You can rest assured they follow the best weather forecasts available to them when assessing the conditions and the best places to go. They want you to have great information and to share their love of the Icelandic whales and sea-life with you, so don´t be shy about asking questions! This whale watching tour is totally family friendly and fabulous for everyone, it lasts between 2.5 and 3.5 hours depending on the conditions.
This tour has various departure times depending on the day and the season of the year. Pick-up is not included but it is possible to arrange to be picked up in Reykjavík for an extra charge.
The order of the day trips listed in this itinerary will vary according to the availability of each tour.