This 5 day tour offers a fabulous way to explore some of Iceland's best sights and some incredible natural wonders. The famous Golden Circle attractions, great waterfalls, glaciers, an erupting geyser, black beaches, hot springs, the stunning icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and a glacier hike on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. You also get a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
This is a combination tour which links together two hugely popular tours, the 2 Day Snaefellsnes & Northern Lights and the 3 Day Golden Circle & South Coast.
- Golden Circle
- 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
- Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
- Northern Lights
Transport: This tour is operated in a minibus, small groups for a better experience.
Included: Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided tour in a minibus to all highlights with English guidance, hotel room with bathroom for 4 nights, hotel breakfast on 4 mornings, ice caving, glacier hiking and all necessary glacier equipment. *Lava tube caving is an optional extra. Food, other than 4 breakfasts is not included but you can purchase meals at stops on the way.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Spikes which fit onto your shoes are very useful in icy conditions (ice grips or traction cleats). Good hiking boots are essential, ice crampons are provided for the glacier hike, it is not possible to fit them to any other kind of footwear. If you don´t have good hiking boots you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.
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.
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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 Golden Circle and South Coast and end with the West Iceland part.
Day 1 - West Iceland and Borgarfjörður
You are picked up between 09:00 and 09:30 from your hotel or a nearby meetings point in Reykjavík.
We introduce ourselves and head out of the city, along the way you will see Mount Esja, Reykjavík´s famous mountain. You will also see Borgarfjörður, a scenic fjord on your way to the first stopping point, Deildartunguhver hot spring. An astonishing 180 l/sec of hot water is pumped out at a temperature of 100°C. This vast quantity of hot water is very valuable in a cool climate, the Icelandic people use it to heat their homes and the buildings in the surrounding area. Next, you will visit Reykholt, an important place in the history of Iceland, and the site of Snorralaug, a famous hot spring pool, where it is said Snorri Sturluson bathed. Dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water, and learn about Snorri, a very important saga writer, lawyer and historian.
Day 2 - Snæfellsnes
We enjoy breakfast at our hotel then head through absolutely epic coastal and mountain scenery to the far west of Snæfellsnes. We will visit the traditional fishing community in the charming village of Arnarstapi, we give you time to take a walk, so you will really be able to appreciate the fabulous scenery. Next up, is an optional tour (extra cost) with a qualified caving guide to explore the subterranean world within the Vatnshellir Cave, in the heart of Snæfellsnes National Park. You will learn how the cave was formed when molten magma flowed beneath lava which was already cooling, there are many incredible lava formations to be discovered. Maybe, you will feel like the character in the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth! You can book the caving tour as an extra when you book your tour.
Day 3 - The Golden Circle and South
Your day begins with the famous sights of the Golden Circle. Þingvellir (Thingvellir, also occasionally known as Þingvellir) is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, due to its unique history and amazing geology. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet right here in Þingvellir National Park. However, they have been slowly moving apart, creating the rugged cliff of the Almanngjá gorge, you actually walk through this rift valley when you explore Þingvellir. Alþingi, the historic Icelandic Parliament was founded here in the year 930, making it the oldest still operating parliament in the world.
Day 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Ice Caving
We continue our journey through glacial desert scenery, the like of which you have probably never seen, as we head towards the first glacier adventure - exploring a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. Your certified glacier guide will issue your ice caving equipment and take you through the safety information before escorting you into the magic blue/white world of a natural ice cave. Every winter fresh ice caves are formed by the forces of nature, but this is an evolving world with new ice features appearing. Your guide will explain how the cave and its features were formed, and why blue ice is blue! Sometimes your guide will pick an ice cave that combines the glacier hiking and ice caving activities, depending on conditions.
Day 5 - Glacier Hike and South Shore
We enjoy breakfast at our hotel then get on our way to the glacier! The great ice-dome of Vatnajökull is the mightiest glacier in Europe. There are many glacier tongues or outlet glaciers which reach down from Vatnajökull, stretching out like the fingers of an icy hand. These outlet glaciers are fabulous for glacier hiking, our specialist glacier guides will choose the most suitable one for your hike. Your guide will issue you with all necessary equipment, including ice crampons, then you are off on an exciting walk across the ice! See and learn all about the wonderful ice features including the networks of crevasses which riddle their way through glaciers. Marvel at this white wonderland which is always evolving and moving - your time on the ice will pass very quickly!
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