This three-day package tour in the land of fire and ice, combines natural wonders, awe-inspiring beauty and exciting adventure, making it the perfect mini-holiday for adventurous souls, who love nature. It is ideal for anyone who wants to explore all the magic that Iceland has to offer: gorgeous waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, craggy lava fields, glaciers and much, much more: this short tour has it all!
Small Groups & Personal Service
Duration: 3 Days
Group maximum: 16 per guide
Available: All Year
Age limit: 14
- Þingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- Lava caving
- Sólheimajokull Glacier
- Glacier Hiking
- Ice Climbing
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- The Blue Lagoon
- Pick-up in Reykjavik
- Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon
- Guided Small Group Golden Circle tour
- Lava Caving Tour with Experienced Guide
- Glacier Hiking with Certified Guide
- Guided Small Group South Coast Tour
Below you can find a rough itinerary, however, the order of the tours can vary. We always send the final confirmation of the tour itinerary by email shortly after you book the tour and all the activities detailed below will be included in the final itinerary.
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The Golden Circle
There are three parts to the iconic Golden Circle tour: the geothermal area known as Geysir, famous for its many hot springs, which fire torrents of bubbling water up to 25 meters into the air. The historic and geologically significant Thingvellir National Park, which bisects two continents and is home to Althingi, site of the oldest continuously running parliament, founded in 930 AD and the majestic Gullfoss (the golden waterfall), where a cascading stream of water, crashes over a chasm in an idyllic setting.
Iceland is renowned as the land of fire and ice, due to its many mighty glaciers and capricious volcanos. Nothing better illustrates this than lava tube caves, ancient volcanic conduits, which carried molten rock through under the surface of the earth. Eventually, as the volcano activity ceased, leading to long cylindrical tubes forming, with magnificent rock formations, incredible colors and much, much more. They are a truly unique spectacle, quite unlike anything else you will see anywhere else in the world, and a great thing to explore alongside expert guides, who will teach you how they helped shape Iceland today.
Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing
Your professional glacier guide will provide you with all the equipment you need, before taking you onto the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier, an icy wonderland, which is always evolving. Here you will encounter an alien-landscape, of sink-holes crevices and craggy ice ridges: a spectacular experience, which will remain with you forever. There will also be the chance to test out your ice-climbing skills, with all the equipment that you will need provided.
South Coast of Iceland
An exciting place of exquisite natural beauty, iconic folklore and legend, it combines rich green vegetation, coal-black beaches, mighty glaciers, imposing mountains and majestic waterfalls, making it a place that every traveler will want to see. It hosts some truly incredible locations including Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the gushing torrent of the waterfall Reynisfjara a jet-black volcano sand beach and the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, replete with shimmering diamond-like glaciers, which glide across its smooth surface. It is a cacophony of beauty, which will overwhelm your senses and make you want to stay there forever.
The iconic Blue lagoon is one of the most famous places in the entire of Iceland. It is possibly the world’s finest naturally occurring spa, situated amidst a black lava field, its sapphire blue waters, are famed for their healing properties. They are beautifully warmed by the lava, which runs underneath the surface of the earth, making it the kind of experience, which is both relaxing and sublime. So famous is the Blue Lagoon, that Icelandic doctors have actually been known to write prescriptions to attend. Whether it works or not, there is nothing quite like soaking in a natural spa, surrounded by incredible beauty, making it a must visit for anyone visiting Iceland.
Day one of the tour begins bright and early, at 9 am, when we collect you from your Reykjavik location (Please note that pick-up can last up to thirty minutes depending on where you are staying). Then once everyone has been collected, we will take the scenic drive to Bláfjöll (the Blue Mountains), which are around 20 km from Reykjavik.
From there we will travel back in time through the volcanic world that lies hidden beneath the mighty mountains: hiking through a fascinating lava tube, which will give you a greater understanding of the part that volcanos played in the formation of Iceland. Our expert guides will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have about this unique geological phenomenon.
Once we have finished the hike, we will travel to Gullfoss (the Golden falls), one of Iceland’s most iconic sights, where water cascades down three lava steps, in a majestic display of the power of nature. They are called the golden falls, because of the golden hue of the rocks beneath, which on a summer’s day, makes the water appear golden, and are an awe-inspiring sight, which will remain with you for the rest of your life. We will eat lunch overlooking this majestic natural phenomenon before, heading to the famous geothermal area of Geysir, which houses a number of erupting hot springs. Here we will see the steaming bubbling waters of Strokkur, which throws violent streams of water into the air that can reach up to 25 meters high and will give you a new perspective on the awesome power of nature.
We will finish at Thingvellir National Park, a world heritage site, that is steeped in both historical and geological significance. It is the original birthplace of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, the oldest parliament still in existence in the world, which met there for the first time in 930 AD. It is also the place that the European and North American tectonic plates meet, meaning that you can look across the gap between two continents. Thingvellir is also famed for its incredible natural beauty, including fascinating rock formations, sparkling glacial waters and a whole lot more. It is the kind of awe-inspiring place, which will remain with you for the rest of your life and is possibly the jewel in the crown of the land of fire and ice. Once we have seen all the magical sights that Thingvellir has to offer, we will return to Reykjavik at around 17:00.
Day one of the tour begins bright and early, at 8:30 am, when we collect you from your Reykjavik location (Please note that pick-up can last up to thirty minutes depending on where you are staying). Then once everyone is ready we will take the scenic drive to Sólheimajökull, a glorious outlet glacier, which extends out like a tongue from the larger … glacier. In this rugged, powerful and endlessly evolving expanse of ancient frozen water, there are a host of amazing sights, which will leave you breathless. We will see a vast array of unique naturally occurring ice sculptures, sinkholes, and jagged rock ledges, before doing some exhilarating ice-climbing under the watchful eye of our fully-qualified instructors, who will provide you with all the equipment that you need, including ice axes, crampons and safety lines. On the way back to Reykjavik we will make a stop at the gorgeous Skogafoss waterfall, where roaring waters crash over the edge in a breath-taking display of nature’s power, surrounded by luscious green vegetation and a whole host of other things. It is the ideal spot for a photo or to simply relax and appreciate the regal majesty of mother nature. We will then return to Reykjavik, arriving there at around 18:30.
The final day of the tour begins bright and early when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation (Please note that collection can take up to 30 minutes, depending on your location). From there we will travel to the Blue Lagoon, a large lake which combines temperate warm waters, with gorgeous natural scenery and nutrient-rich waters, to form the world’s greatest natural spa. As soon as we arrive, you will be gripped by its beauty and power, turquoise blue waters, surrounded by dark volcanic, moss-covered rocks, a stark contrast that will take your breath away. Then when you step into the warm (39°C) waters you will be transported to a world of luxury rest and relaxation. We provide a number of different return times, allowing you to choose how long you stay in this incredible natural wonder. Following the visit, you will be free to explore Reykjavik for the rest of the day.