4 Day South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Auroras - AA27

From Reykjavik - Two of Our Most Popular Package Tours

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This minibus tour is a combination of our 2 Day Snaefellsnes and 2 Day South Coast tours. Experience all the main highlights in just four days on this sightseeing and activity excursion.

Operated in a minibus

Small Group & Personal Experience

Duration: 4 Days

Pick-up: 09:00 (Pickup can take 30 minutes)

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available: Oct-Apr

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Diamond Beach
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • A visit to a natural ice cave
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Northern Lights
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths (optional)


This tour is operated in a minibus, small groups for a better experience.


Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, Guided tour in a minibus, Hotel room with bathroom for 3 nights, Hotel breakfast on 3 mornings

Bring with you:

Warm clothes, sturdy hiking boots and waterproof clothing. We provide the ice crampons for the ice caving tour and they cannot be attached to normal shoes so please make sure that you bring sturdy boots. To be sure you have shoes that suffice, we recommend renting shoes when you book the tour.

Ice Cave Info:

Our main cave is "Crystal Ice Cave", but if it is inaccessible we will visit another cave. During the summer months (Apr-Oct), we go to the Katla Ice Cave. If it is inaccessible, we do a glacier hike instead.

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Aerial footage from the south coast

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West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best-informed decision possible.

Tour details:

Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel or a nearby authorized meeting point between 20:00 and 23:00, depending on weather and road conditions.

Included: Minibus tour with professional driver/guide, visits to all highlights, ice caving tour and all equipment, 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast. A lava caving tour is an optional EXTRA, this can be arranged when you book your tour.

Please note: With the exception of 3 hotel breakfasts meals are NOT included. A single room will cost extra. We cannot promise the northern lights will show, this depends upon atmospheric and cloud conditions. We visit a totally natural ice cave, which ice cave is visited will depend upon the conditions, safety considerations will always come first. We sometimes alter the itinerary, beginning with the south coast and ending with the west Iceland tour. Weather conditions and safety considerations can also change the itinerary.

Full Itinerary

Note: Due to weather conditions and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between departure dates. Our guides evaluate the circumstances and weather forecasts and make the best possible decision. There are also times when the tour will begin with the South Coast and end with the West Iceland part.

crystal ice cave iceland

Bright Blue Ice Caves await!

Day 1 - West Iceland Jewels  

We pick you up between 09:00 and 09:30 and drive towards the Borgarfjörður Fjord, passing scenic countryside and mountains. The magnificent Deildartunguhver hot spring, pouring out 180 l/sec 100°C hot water, is the first attraction. That water is used for bathing, to fill geothermal swimming pools and to heat up houses and buildings around the area. A short drive will bring you to the historical site of Reykholt. You will see, Snorralaug, the hot spring pool where Snorri Sturluson is reputed to have bathed. Snorri was a great historian and saga writer, born in the 12th century, who lived at Reykholt. We'll also visit the optional stop at geothermal baths at Krauma. If you choose not to take a dip in Krauma, we'll go visit a nearby horse farm and pet some Icelandic horses!

Day Highlights

  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Reykholt
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Snæfellnes Peninsula
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)


  • Pick-up from Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • All tour highlights of the day
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Snæfellsnes area)


Hótel Borgarnes
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Free Parking
Free WiFi
Room Service
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Two stunning waterfalls are next, Barnafoss waterfall has a tragic but interesting legend linked to its naming, Barnafoss means ‘Children´s Falls’ in English. Your guide will, no doubt, tell you the tale of the two children who fell to their deaths from a nearby bridge. Hraunfossar waterfall is very different and totally unique, thousands of small streams pour out of the lava, creating the sensational sweeping crescent-shaped falls. The glacial water is very pure and cold! It has flowed underground through the Hallmundarhraun lava field, from Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland.


We head through picturesque scenery towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. We have time to see the incredible wall of basalt columns at Gerðuberg, before driving to our hotel in the Snæfellsnes area. We relax and enjoy dinner, your guide will share the northern lights forecast with you. Hopefully, the forecast is favorable and a northern lights watch is on. Will your aurora luck be good tonight? As always, we have to wait and see!

hraunfossar falls in autumn iceland

Hraunfossar Falls are not far from Reykholt

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Wonders

We enjoy breakfast then get on our way, traveling through magnificent mountain scenery, along picturesque coastlines and through fishing villages and quaint towns. We give you enough time to enjoy a walk around at Arnarstapi, a charming fishing village where the wild coastal scenery is very special. We offer the option of a lava cave tour to explore (extra cost) the stunning world within the Vatnshellir Cave in Snæfellsnes National Park. All caving equipment is provided, your qualified caving guide will tell you all about the lava tube cave, its unusual features and colors, and how it was formed around 8000 years ago. Jules Verne, in his novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, said the entrance to a subterranean world could be found in Snæfellsnes, the glacier which dominates this peninsula. Exploring a lava cave will take you a little closer to the core of the earth! The caving tour can be booked when you arrange this tour.

Day Highlights

  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Vatnshellir Cave (*entry fee extra)
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach
  • Mount Kirkjufell
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)


  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • All necessary caving equipment
  • Qualified Caving Guide
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavík


Reykjavík Lights Hotel
Inspired by Northern Lights in a modern building located in the capital of Iceland
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Free Parking
Free WiFi
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We usually have lunch at Hellnar, a really picturesque village in spectacular scenery. Our next attraction is the black beach at Djúpalónssandur, framed by crazily-shaped cliffs and composed of coal-black but very smooth pebbles. Join us for a short hike to explore the beach, watching the silver-tipped ocean waves glistening as they roll back and forth over the glossy pebbles is like a meditation. This is also a place of drama, as well as astonishing beauty, the remains from the wrecked British fishing boat, Epine, bear witness to the dangers of this coast. The ‘lifting stones’, used by the fisherman in trials of strength in past times, are ready and waiting. Would you like to challenge your strength? What a photo opportunity!  

A final visit is made to Mount Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed and painted mountains in Iceland, appearing on so many postcards. We head back towards the Reykjavík, your hotel will be in this area. Let´s hope the aurora forecast will be encouraging, and you can indulge in a little northern light watching!

mount kirkjufell with northern lights

A dance of northern lights behind mount Kirkjufell

Day 3 - South Coast Sights and Waterfalls

We whisk you away from Reykjavík through fertile farmlands, towns, and villages along the south coast tour to famous waterfalls, then head east towards Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. We have an ocean of delights to tantalize you over the next couple of days!

Day Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Coastal village of Vik
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)


  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Vík area)


Adventure Hotel Hof
Charming Country Hotel Near Skaftafell & Vatnajokull
Or similar
Free Parking
Free WiFi
Room Service
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In winter we witness the sun rising above the horizon as we head to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On sunny days single and sometimes double rainbows are seen around the 60 m high cascade. An unusual feature of these falls is the pathway which leads behind the tumbling flow, an experience which is exciting and different. We do, though, recommend you put on your rainwear before taking this walk, otherwise, the plentiful spray would make you fairly wet!

Skógafoss waterfall on the Skógará (river) is our next attraction. The waterfall drops 60 m from the old sea cliffs, these cliffs of the ancient coastline extend for hundreds of kilometers. The landscapes here are dominated by famous volcano mountain glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull sits high above Seljalandsfoss and Mýrdalsjökull, home to the notorious Katla is in this area too.

We travel onwards to the black beach at Reynisfjara, the best-known beach in Iceland. We recommend you take a little time to explore the imposing basalt columns, and an incredible cave, composed of mighty basalt columns. You should keep well back from the tide-line when you go exploring, erratic and dangerous ‘sneaker’ waves, which roar much higher up the beach, occur with no warning at all. You will see the Reynisdrangar basalt peaks rising above the ocean, these lurking peaks feature in some interesting Icelandic troll folklore tales!

Your hotel accommodation will be in the Skaftafell/Vatnajökull National Park area. If the forecast is good, in the peace of the countryside, you will be in a great place to look out for the glowing jewel-bright ripples of the northern lights. Will your aurora luck be good tonight?

skogafoss waterfall south iceland

The magnificent waterfall Skógafoss is part of the tour

Day 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving  

We visit a shimmering crystal ice cave and the iceberg-filled Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach… two totally entrancing experiences, and the delights of Skaftafell!

Day Highlights

  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve


  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Ice Cave tour
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All glacier and ice cave equipment
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • Drop-off in Reykavík
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You will know you are getting close to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon when you see a procession of icebergs, of all shapes and sizes, mystically gliding on their way across the lagoon to the Atlantic. The scenes here really will leave you totally spellbound and staring in wordless wonder at the majesty of your surroundings. The retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier created these astonishing landscapes, the lagoon did not exist at all until around 1934. Many icebergs head straight for the salty ocean waves, a few are washed ashore, where they sit like stunning giant diamonds on the black sands of the Diamond Beach. Not surprisingly, footage of a few Hollywood movies has been shot here, including James Bond, so if you have a deja vu moment you will know the reason why!

Next up is an exciting tour into a crystal ice cave, a magical ice cavern crafted entirely by the hand of nature. New ice caves are formed each autumn, every year our guides get really excited, as they go hunting for new ice caves. Each one is different but all are spectacular with incredible blue ice, professional photographers and nature filmmakers just love ice caves! Your glacier guide will issue the required equipment, provide a safety briefing then you are on your way. You will learn all about the amazing ice features, which can change quite a lot, even over a few weeks, and the glacial forces which shape these caves. Our guides love questions, so don´t be shy about asking!

On the way back to Reykjavík we make a stop at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This green area in Vatnjökull National Park is embraced by mountain peaks and glaciers. Continuing around the south coast, we return to Reykjavík at around 21:00 – 23:00 in the evening. You are dropped off where we picked you up.

What to bring

Your certified glacier guide will provide all the necessary equipment for ice caving. If you participate in the lava tube caving tour your qualified caving guide will issue the required equipment. It is very important that all guests have good strong hiking shoes for this tour. Hiking boots which cover the ankle are best, giving better support and greater comfort.  

Sturdy hiking boots can be rented, these must be booked in advance, they are not available to rent at the location.   

You also need warm outdoor layers (fleece, synthetic or wool are ideal, cotton does not retain heat well), waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, lip salve or balm, gloves, and sunglasses. With so many one-of-a-kind sights do not forget your camera and plenty of batteries. Batteries do not last so long in cold conditions. A small backpack and water bottle are also very useful. We hope conditions will be suitable for northern lights watching, with plenty of warm layers you will stay cozy!

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4 Day Package Tour, South Coast, Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights - Rated 4.8/5 based on 5 customer reviews

Best way to see some of everything

5 by Andrea Scott March 16, 2019
I booked the four day tour with lava cave and Krauma bath upgrades. It was an amazing experience and both Thor and Biggie were the best guides. They always shared knowledge about the environment, culture, and best food in the areas we stayed. With both guides, we even saw the northern lights! It truly was a unique experience and i would definitely do it again with a longer tour!

Nice tour guides

4 by Dickson March 4, 2019
"Both guides of the two tours are also nice. The second tour guide is not a local Icelander but he also demonstrated good knowledge about Iceland. A minor comment: Not sure if it's logistically possible, but I'd rather stay in somewhere exotic than heading back to Reykjavik between the two tours. p.s. Would like to write a special thank you note to the second tour guide (his name should be Hode). I really appreciate him speaking up to a pair a tourists (not in our group) trespassing the path which was blocked for floral protection. It is very important for Iceland to protect their natural environment while developing tourism."

Fantastic Experience, well worth it!

5 by Tim February 18, 2019
We had four amazing days on this tour with Extreme Iceland. Our tour guides were both absolutely fantastic and we wouldn't have enjoyed the experience half as much if it were not for their enthusiasm and knowledge of this beautiful country. The driving conditions on both parts of the tour were incredibly challenging at times, but the skill of the tour guides driving us meant we never felt in danger. The hotels were always clean and the food amazing, and we never had any problems with the check-in or check-out, simply perfect! Would love to come back some day and will definitely book with Extreme Iceland again!

Great tour

5 by FABIAN December 7, 2018
Great tour great tour guide. The crazy viking tour guide which he called himself have enlighten us the history of Iceland and formation of Volcanoes. Each scenery he will explained to us in details! Due to short day light, he arranged the best possible to see all the beautiful places. We will sure be back again!

4 day tour

5 by Persephone February 5, 2018
Our tour guide Fifa is very helpful and nice, shared a lot of interesting stories about Iceland to us! :)
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