Even if you have a tight time frame, Iceland is certainly still worth visiting for a short break. Four days is enough to experience Iceland’s unmatched atmosphere and get a taste of real adventure!
The ultimate must-see places are on the famous Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. Visit a natural ice cave and bathe in a geothermal pool. You can be sure that at the end of the day, you will feel like you’ve packed a week into your four day stopover in Iceland!
Included are airport transfers, accommodation for two nights, an exciting ice cave exploration, the Golden Circle tour and a trip to the Secret Lagoon.
- Reykjavik City
- Natural Ice Cave Exploration
- Bathing in The Secret Lagoon
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Small Group Experience
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Jökulsarlon Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Vik Village
- Vatnajokull National Park
Arrival: 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.
Included: Airport transfers, accommodation for two nights in Reykjavik, accommodation for one night on the South Coast, breakfast at your accommodation, two day South Coast tour all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, ice cave visit 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.
Departure: 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.
Accommodation for three nights is included (shared bathroom).
Day One - Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon
Your Iceland stopover package includes the Flybus transfer. The bus will take you from Keflavik Airport to BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavik city. Buses run 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival. The bus trip lasts about 45 minutes. From BSÍ, it's just a short walk to the centrally located guest house. We will pick you up at BSI for your Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon adventure. Please be ready and waiting by the taxi line in front of BSI at 9 a.m.
The Golden Circle
On the first day, you will travel a route that features some incredible locations. You will visit some world-famous geological wonders, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an all-natural geothermal lake when touring Iceland’s famous Golden Circle.
Thingvellir National Park
The first stop on this route is the Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park. It is a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004. The park is recognized for its outstanding history and unique geological features. Here you can walk between North America and Europe as the continental tectonic plates meet and move apart at this very location.
Thingvellir is also a remarkable historical site. It was the location the Icelandic Parliament - called Alþing - meets since the year 930 AD. Alþing (Althing) has the significance of being the oldest operating parliament in the world.
Geysír Geothermal Area
The next stop on the Golden Circle Route is an active geothermal area. Here you can witness an erupting geyser! Strokkur obediently erupts every five to eight minutes. Sometimes the scalding spout can rise up to 40 meters, however its usual height is 15 to 20 meters.
Various other geothermal features surround the geyser. Boiling mud pools and steaming fumaroles are all around. The famous Great - Stóri - Geysir geyser is dormant today. It spouted regularly every third hour up to the beginning of the 19th century. The intervals between the eruptions started to get longer until it completely stopped in 1935. No one knows whether its silence is temporary or permanent.
The third destination on the Golden Circle tour is an enormously powerful waterfall. The iconic Gullfoss, the Golden Fall, is fed by Iceland's second biggest ice cap, the Langjökull glacier. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon. Its walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbows occur over the falls.
Bathe in the Secret Lagoon
After so much excitement it’s time to relax and soak in a natural geothermal lake! On the edge of a nearby peaceful village, there is a hot spring lake called the Secret Lagoon. It is surrounded by a geothermal area. Hot springs, geothermal greenhouses, bubbling pots and tiny geysers will surround you.
After three days of incredible sightseeing, we will drop you off in Reykjavík. The next day, you need to be at the international airport at least two hours before departure of your flight. Your tour package will contain an open ticket to the airport shuttle from BSÍ to Keflavík.
Day Two - Giant Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches on Iceland’s South Coast
Touring the Ring Road
On your second day, we will pick you up at Hallgrimskirkja Church, located close to your guesthouse in Reykjavik (short walk). Then we will hit the Ring Road and travel along the South Coast towards the east. Iceland’s South Coast features plenty of amazing places that are bucket list items for every visitor to Iceland. The most famous waterfalls, Hollywood filming locations, thrilling glaciers and black sand beaches are found here.
Journeying through breathtaking landscapes, we will drive by three legendary volcanoes. Eyjafjallajökull, the infamous one that erupted in 2010, is one of them. The very picturesque, cone-shaped stratovolcano Hekla is another. The furious Katla - which is now resting under the glacier - is the third.
Iceland’s Best Waterfalls
We will visit two huge waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, located quite close to each other, about 1.5-2hrs from Reykjavík. Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. This is not only because it drops over 60 meters (197 feet). In addition, the fact that you can walk behind the fall makes it unforgettable and adventurous!
The other one is called Skógafoss and it is also 60 meters tall (197 feet). However, this one is much wider (25 meters or 80 feet) and much more powerful. You can often see rainbows around the fall on sunny days. And it is possible to hike to the top Skógafoss. The spectacular views from the top make the effort absolutely worthwhile!
The Famous Black Sand Beach
The famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is also a destination on this tour. This amazing volcanic beach is listed as of the best non-tropical beaches in the world. No wonder why! It has fine, pitch-black sand, curious basalt column formations, dramatic sea stacks and a huge coastal cave. Moreover, these astonishing cliffs are home for nesting puffin colonies!
Just a little bit further from the black sand beach lies a charming little village. Vík is famous for its magnificent views of the black beach and its odd sea stacks. Here you can shop and have a good lunch with a gorgeous view!
After lunch, we will continue east. The landscapes will change a lot as we enter the world of glaciers! Your accommodation for the night will be in the countryside, where unmatched beauty, quiet and peace await you. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views and the magic of the midnight sun in summer! In winter, you are at the very best location to witness the Aurora Borealis, if the skies are clear.
Northern Lights and Midnight Sun
If you are travelling to Iceland between October and March, there is a very good chance that you will see the Northern Lights. They are always present, but winter is the best time to see them, due to lower light pollution.
During summer, from mid-April to mid-August, the sun doesn't dip far below the horizon. This means that the sky is bright all day and night. This is what we call the period of the Midnight Sun. The sky is just not dark enough to see the Northern Lights even though they might be there. The Aurora Borealis is only visible with completely dark skies.
Day Three - Experience Iceland’s Thrilling Glaciers
On your third day, you will start out visiting a rare natural phenomenon: a glacier lagoon. Iceland’s Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon is a miraculous place. The huge icebergs that break off the Vatnajökull glacier float through the lagoon, towards the open ocean.
Not far from the lake lies the famous Diamond Beach. This is the place where icebergs get washed up on the seashore. Broken into a million little pieces, they look like sparkling gemstones lying in the black sand. This is where the name Diamond Beach originates.
The sparkling ice pieces lay on the pitch-black sand for hundreds of meters along the beach. Sometimes there are pieces even bigger than a person! But sometimes they are small, like precious gems. This magical place is constantly changing. It has been a great inspiration to many photographers.
Natural Ice Cave Exploration
Today we visit yet another spectacular natural wonder - a glacier ice cave. This unique natural phenomenon is sure to leave you with memories and photographies to last you a lifetime. Our journey takes us to one of Iceland's stunning natural ice caves either in Vatnajokull or Katla Glacier depending on weather conditions and seasons. These include the Crystal Ice Cave in Breidamerkurjokull glacier outlet from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, and the Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano on Katla glacier volcano.
Then you will leave the busy world behind and be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and the power of the ice. Our skilled guide will educate you about the glacier: how it's formed, how it moves, and how it retreats. This hike could easily be the highlight of your trip!
After a long day of adventures, you’ll head back to your guesthouse in Reykjavík and enjoy your evening in the capital.
Day 4 - Return to Airport
Remember that breakfast at your hotel is included! You checkout from your hotel and head to the BSI bus terminal near central Reykjavik. You have an open ticket to the airport so you can either leave your luggage at the luggage storage at BSI and spend your day walking around the city or hop on the next Flybus (departures are every 30 minutes) back to KEF airport. Simply show your Flybus voucher at the desk at the bus terminal and register for a departure that fits your flight schedule.