This amazing tour combines some of our most popular offerings to create the ideal stopover package for people who want to see all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer.
Included is airport transfers, accommodation for two nights, an exciting glacier hike, the Golden Circle tour and a trip to the Secret lagoon.
Duration: 3 Days/2 nights
Group maximum: 18 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 10 years
- Small Group Experience
- Reykjavik City
- Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
- Bathing in The Secret Lagoon
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
You land at KEF airport early in the morning. The Flybus will be waiting for you and will drive you directly to BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik (the drive takes around 45 minutes). From BSI, you will walk to your nearby guesthouse in Reykjavik (short walk).
The pick up for your Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour departs from BSI at 09:00am.
Airport transfers, accommodation for two nights in Reykjavik, accommodation for one night on the South Coast, breakfast at your accommodation, a day tour of the South Coast, glacier hike and the popular Golden Circle & Secret lagoon tour.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, sturdy shoes and don't forget your bathing suit. A towel can be rented at the Secret Lagoon for those who don't have one.
Your accommodation is located near the BSI bus terminal. You check out on the last day and walk to the bus terminal. The walk takes around 8 minutes. From BSI you take the Flybus back to KEF airport, at a time that suits your plan.
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Day One - Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon
Day one begins when the airport shuttle bus collects you from Keflavík International Airport and takes you to our meeting point at the BSI Bus Station in Reykjavik. The drive to Reykjavik is around 45 minutes and will take you on a scenic journey across Icelandic countryside. We have arranged an open ticket for you, so if your flight is delayed then it won’t be a problem.
One of our friendly guides will collect you from the BSI Bus Station and take you on the famous Golden Circle Route. Our first stop will be the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall (the golden falls), so named, due to the golden hue its water takes as it passes over the brown volcanic rocks. Its powerful cascade tumbles over three lava steps into an emerald valley below and if we are really lucky, a stunning rainbow will form over the falls, enhancing an already beautiful scene.
From there we will travel to the famous Geysir area, home to the now dormant Great Geysir, which gives all geysers their English name. Its younger brother Strokkur is still very much active, firing torrents of molten water up to 30 metres into the air. An incredible sight that will give you a profound new perspective on the awesome power of mother nature.
Our final stop on the Golden Circle Route is the historic Thingvellir National Park, which played host to Althingi, Iceland’s original Viking Parliament, first convened in 930 AD. This makes it one of the oldest continuously running democratic institutions in the world, although the modern parliament is now in a warmer setting! We will also visit the rugged cliff gorge of Almannagjá, which devotees of HBO’s Game of Thrones will recognise as an oft used set on the show. This along with the gap between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plate that is still expanding at a rate of 2 cm each year, makes Thingvellir an unforgettable destination that you are bound to appreciate.
From there we will head towards the Secret Lagoon, pausing at the gorgeous geothermal village of Flúðir, which hosts Gamla Laugin (the Old Pool), a geothermal swimming pool that is the oldest in Iceland. Then we will arrive at Iceland’s iconic Secret Lagoon, whose milky turquoise, nutrient-rich waters are heated underground and arrive at around 38-40 degrees, ideal for bathing. This combined with the healing properties of the water (it is regularly prescribed by doctors for people with skin conditions), alongside the stunning natural scenery that surrounds it, makes it nature’s finest spa. Once you have enjoyed all the gentle replenishing affect of the Secret Lagoon’s nourishing waters, we will take you back to Reykjavik and drop you off at the BSI or closer to your accommodation.
Day 2: Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls
Day two begins bright and early, when we collect you from the BSI Bus Station at 9:00 am. From there we will make the scenic drive to Iceland’s famous South Coast, which plays host to a plethora of amazing sights, including: imperious volcanos, mighty glaciers, ice-waterfalls that sit frozen in time and jet-black volcanic beaches. Our journey there will take us past the capricious Hekla volcano, notorious for being Iceland’s most active, along with the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, which downed most of Europe’s air-fleet when it erupted in 2010.
Our first stop will be the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where visitors have the opportunity to explore the secret cave that is hidden behind its cascading torrent of water. We will get a little wet as we do it, but the chance to see this natural wonder from a whole new perspective is well worth the sacrifice.
From there we will head to the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier, for an exciting hike across its vast icy landscape. Our qualified glacier guide will give us all the equipment that we need and give us a quick safety briefing, ensuring that we are completely safe. Then we will go out onto the glacier itself and a world of huge ice sculptures, vast crevices and a plethora of other amazing sights. Our friendly guide will tell us all about how glaciers have helped to change Iceland, enhancing our time in this icy paradise.
Our next stop will be the sublime Reynisfjara Beach, where the white-topped waves of the Atlantic Ocean provide a striking contrast to the dark volcanic sands. This scene is framed by an imposing set of basalt columns, whose tubular shapes look a bit like a vast organ. We will also enjoy spectacular views of the Reynisdrangar Cliffs, where yet more stunning basalt sea stacks tower above the blue waves of the ocean below. Icelandic folklore believes that these incredible rock formations are petrified trolls that were turned to stone when they forgot about the dawn.
Our final stop will be the stunning Skogafoss Waterfall, where a wide stream of water vaults 60 metres down into a pool below. There is a meandering path alongside the waterfall, allowing us to climb up and see this natural wonder from above.
We will then return to Reykjavik and arrive back at about 21:00, allowing you to enjoy some of the nightlife in Iceland’s vibrant capital.
Day 3: Departure Day
We have booked an open-ended Flybus Airport Shuttle, allowing you to return to the airport at the time that best suits you. The bus departs from the BSI station in Reykjavik.
We book accommodation at a cozy guesthouse, located a few minutes walk from BSI bus terminal, in downtown Reykjavik. There is a great selection of restaurants and bars nearby. We recommend a walk around the downtown area.
If you book for two or four travelers you will get double/twin rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you will additionally get a single room.
Breakfast is included, it is served until 10:00 am. The rooms all have shared bathrooms. You also have access to a shared full-sized kitchen.
The guesthouse has luxurious beds, complimentary Nespresso coffee, in-room cable TV, city view, complimentary wi-fi, luggage storage, and a shared lounge area.