See the Golden Circle, geothermal bathing, the best waterfalls on the South Coast, Reynisfjara black beach, the glacier lagoon and the sights of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland. This tour package truly shows you the absolute best of what Iceland is all about!
Duration: 3 Days
Available: All year
Age limit: 6
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Lava Cave Vatnshellir (optional extra)
- View Over Snæfellsjökull Glacier
- Gerðuberg basalt columns
- Black beach at Djúpalónssandur
- Mount Kirkjufell
- Saxhóll Crater
- The Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area & Thingvellir National Park
- The Secret Lagoon
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Boat tour on Jokulsarlon (optional extra)
- The Diamond Beach
- Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Village of Vík
Accommodation is not included on this tour. However, all of the tours include pick up and drop off in Reykjavik.
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Day 1 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes, with the Snæfellsjökull icecap which the Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of Earth made famous when this glacier was chosen for the entrance! We will take you on a visual-adventure journey with ever-changing vistas.
We'll drive past mountains and lava fields, sea cliffs and the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur. We'll stop at charming fishing villages including Arnarstapi, where you'll have a chance to visit Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural stone arch off the coast. East of the village, we'll stop by the tiny, 19th-century wooden church called Búðakirkja.
Enjoy exploring with your guide, getting to know some history and local folklore stories. You get the chance to buy lunch at Olafsvík.
This peninsula is famed for its rich history, spectacular scenery, and rich bird and marine life. Snæfellsnes National Park, encircling Snæfellsjökull glacier, is the smallest national park in Iceland but it is filled with wonderful treasures, including Vatnshellir, an 8000-year-old lava cave, this underworld of stalactites, stalagmites and sometimes figurine-like lava formations will delight you.
The caving tour is an optional extra. It is very easy, short but spectacular, and suitable for everyone. We will see the epic mount Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and, also, visit the picturesque village of Grundarfjörður and the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, a belt of unbelievably shaped basalt columns. We drop you off in Reykjavík in the evening.
Day 2: The Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon
The three marvelous but totally different Golden Circle attractions are the most often-visited places in Iceland. Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) is the most important historic site in the hearts of the Icelandic people - the place where the Alþing, the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the year 930. Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with totally unique geology, the largest natural lake in Iceland and the incredible Almannagjá rift.
We will take you to Geysir to see Strokkur, a neighbor of Great Geysir, whose name gave us the word “geyser”. Watching a geyser erupt is always such a special moment, Strokkur ´puts on a show’ every few minutes - the impressive scalding blasts can reach heights of over 30 m - always an exciting and hugely photogenic moment.
Next up, is the majesty of Gullfoss waterfall, the most popular cascade in Iceland. Stand still at one of the viewing points and feel the power, as the Hvítá river roars through two drops totaling 32 m. On a clear day, you could well see a rainbow over the falls.
The Secret Lagoon is a charming swimming pool secluded within the glorious scenery around Flúðir, a geothermal village. This is the oldest pool in Iceland, filled with geothermal water which comes up straight from the earth. You can enjoy seeing hot springs and a small geyser as you relax in the warm pool, at 38 C to 40 C - just perfect.
Day 3: South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach
After two days of amazing Icelandic sights, we promise, today´s sights will leave you gasping in open-mouthed wonder at the most extraordinary vistas in Icelandic nature!
Driving along the South Coast we will stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, both are magnificent 60 m high waterfalls - at Seljalandsfoss you can even walk behind the cascade.
Other highlights along the way include Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with a stunning basalt column cave, the lovely village of Vík, the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve and then onwards to the awe-inspiring and surreally beautiful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach in Vatnajökull National Park. The blue and white icebergs which broke free from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier fill the lagoon as they drift slowly towards the nearby ocean at the Diamond Beach. Glittering icebergs drift up onto this coal-black beach, they are a stupendous sight - no two are alike. If you want unique photographs these are the places to take them!
You will, very likely, feel you have seen these places before - their extraordinary vistas have appeared in so many movies including more than one James Bond film. We highly recommend you add the optional amphibian boat tour to your tour package. Gliding across the lagoon, threading your way between mesmeric icebergs would leave you with unforgettable memories of Vatnajökull.