This package tour combines many of the most essential icelandic sightseeing tours - The classic Golden Circle, the mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula, the stunning south coast and the Secret Lagoon.
Small group tours & personal service
Duration: 4 Days
Pick-up: 08:00 (09:00 after 09/14/18)
Departure time: Daily
Group maximum: 18
Available: All year
Age limit: 8 years
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Skaftafell nature reserve
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Vatnajokull National Park
- The Famous Golden Circle
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Vatnshellir cave
- Arnarstapi village
- Ice Cave Tour
- Optional Jokulsarlon boat tour (May-Oct)
- Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík
- A guided tour in a minibus
- 3 nights at a hotel with a private bathroom and breakfast
- A visit to Djúpalónssandur - Vatnshellir lava cave can also be added
Not included: Please note that food is not included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2, 3 & 4.
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.
Day 1: The South Coast - Stunning Waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and an exciting glacier hike
We pick you up in Reykjavík in the morning and then hit the Ring Road to the South Coast of Iceland.
As we drive out of the city, a few attractive landmarks will probably catch your attention. We will drive by some odd lava formations, volcanic red hills, impressive mountains, moss covered lava fields and the world's third largest geothermal power plant.
After driving through several small villages, we leave the inhabited areas behind. Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes surround us from every direction. A few horse and sheep farms occur here and there along the way.
After about two hours of driving, the first sightseeing stop of the day is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. The stunning waterfall drops 60 metres (197 ft) and, in summertime, you can even take a stroll behind it!
In clear weather, we will be able to see the majestic 1,651-metre-high (5,417 ft) Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It is covered in thick glacial ice. This volcano erupted most recently in 2010, resulting in cancellations for over 107,000 international flights across Europe.
After a short drive, we will stop for the legendary Skógafoss waterfall. It has a similar height as Seljalandsfoss but is much wider and more powerful. You can climb the stairs up to the top and admire the dreamy panorama from there.
Then we continue our tour along the south coast towards increasingly beautiful landscapes. After another half hour, we make another stop at the famous black sand beach, called Reynisfjara.
The pitch black volcanic sand is unique in the world! The astonishing columnar basalt formations and the giant sea stacks only add to the wonder. It was no surprise when this beach was recently ranked one of the world's most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.
Out next stop is just a few kilometres from Reynisfjara. Vík village sits on the other side of the mountain but still on the black beach. We will have time to enjoy lunch here with spectacular views of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks - the same that was visible from Reynisfjara, but from another point of view.
After lunch, we continue farther east. We will drive through an unearthly landscape, in the middle of a 565-square-kilometer lava field. Eldhraun, the ‘fire-lava’, was formed during a disastrous volcanic eruption in the 18th century that killed almost all of the domestic animals and 20% of the human population in Iceland. Today, it is an incredibly eye-catching terrain that is covered by a thick, soft layer of moss.
Soon we enter the world of the thrilling while-black-blue glaciers. After another hour and 40 minutes of driving, we will stop at the feet of the majestic Vatnajökull glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where we'll join a guided tour on the glacier on one of outlet glaciers. After exploring the glacier, you'll check in at the hotel for the night and have a well-deserved dinner.
Day 2: The epic Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and the Diamond Beach
After breakfast, we hit the road again, driving even farther east. We will pass some very scenic glacier tongues and icefalls until we get to the first stop, which could easily prove to be the highlight of our trip.
The breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach are, beyond any doubt, the crown jewels not only of the South Coast, but arguably of the whole country.
Giant pieces of ice break away from a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull ice cap. These massive icebergs float through a lagoon towards the sea. Here you will have the option of adding a boat tour and sailing onto the lagoon in between the icebergs! You can touch the ice and even taste it if you want! Seals can often be found in the lagoon, so we might get the chance to spot them.
Only a kilometre from the lagoon lies the legendary Diamond Beach, where the waves keep pushing the pieces of ice back onto the coast. For hundreds of meters, these sparkling ice rocks can be seen decorating the coast, like precious diamonds. Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are the most photographed places in Iceland.
Leaving Jökulsárlón, we'll head back in the direction of Reykjavík. Along the way, there might be a few of extra stops for lunch, snacks or some amazing quick photos. Once back in Reykjavík, we'll check into your accommodation in Reykjavík.
Day 3: Iceland’s top 3 tourist destinations and a relaxing bath in a hot spring
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík. Then we'll head to the famous Golden Circle route. This tour is extremely popular among visitors to Iceland as it features three amazing natural wonders: an extremely powerful waterfall, a geothermal field with erupting geysers, and a large crack between the tectonic plates where you can easily take a walk.
During the 40-minute drive to the first spot, you will see a completely different landscape than that of the first two days. Bare lava fields stretch tens of kilometres in every directions without a single tree in the landscape.
The first stop of the day is at the UNESCO world heritage site Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park. This is the site where the Icelandic Parliament was established back in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliament in the world.
It's also the location where the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates move apart at approximately 2.5 centimetres a year. This is actually how Iceland has formed, as the tectonic plates have been moving apart like this this for millions of years. You will be able to walk in the huge crack between the continents!
After some 40 minutes of driving, the next stop is the famous Geysir Geothermal Field. It is a large, high-temperature area with steaming and boiling hots springs. Here you can witness Iceland’s most impressive geyser erupting. You surely won’t miss it, since it erupts every 5 to 8 minutes!
Close by, just 10 minutes from the geyser, we will stop at the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall. The waterfall cascades down two huge steps (11 and 22 meters), descending into a deep gorge. It possesses immense power, which you will experience for yourself as you can walk very close to it. You will be able to feel the spray of the glacial water on your face! On sunny days, a rainbow is very likely to show up.
After all of these mesmerizing sightseeing stops, we'll head to a small, natural geothermal lake, the so called “Secret Lagoon”. Having a relaxing bath in the 38-40 Celsius hot spring is just magical! The perfect way to end a beautiful day. After a couple of hours soaking in the water, we'll head back to the hotel in Reykjavík.
Day 4: Snæfellnes peninsula, "Iceland in miniature"
On our fourth day, we’ll head west. We’ll leave the Ring Road and explore the remote Icelandic countryside on the sparsely populated Snæfellnes peninsula. This area is known for its extremely diverse landscapes as it has every kind of natural attraction that Iceland is famous for. A volcano, a glacier, large lava fields, gorgeous waterfalls, dramatic sea cliffs and sea stacks, black sand beaches, and far more. Locals like to describe this peninsula as “Iceland in miniature”.
Despite its stunning beauty, the area sees significantly fewer visitors than the South Coast or the Golden Circle. You will experience the unmatched atmosphere of the Icelandic countryside.
Our trip will include plenty of scenic stops. A dramatic black sand beach with incredible rock formations, Djúpalónssandur. The tiny and adorable fishing villages: Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Iceland’s most photographed mountain, the beautifully symmetric and cone-shaped Mt. Kirkjufell. We will stop at Ytri-Tunga, where a large seal colony resides and we can observe them in their natural habitat.
Optionally, a visit to the Vatnshellir lava cave, at the feet of the majestic Snæfellsjökull volcano, could make this journey even more exciting!
After the long day around the peninsula, we return to Reykjavík, where you’ll be dropped off at your preferred location around 20:00 (8 pm).