Arriving in Iceland early in the morning? Make the most of your trip to Iceland by hopping on this 3 day adventure tour that starts in the afternoon! In 3 days you will catch all the best highlights of Iceland, including the must-do Golden Circle, the amazing south coast, the extraordinary ice cave in Skaftafell National Park and of course the Northern Lights.
Get up close and personal with the greatest contrasts in Icelandic nature, the glaciers and volcanoes – Enjoy the land of ice and fire to the fullest!
- The Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir)
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Reynisdrangar ocean cliffs
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Northern Lights searching
- Small group experience
- Guided Ice Cave Tour
- Highlights of the South Coast
*Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 21:00 - 23:00 on day two, depending on weather and road conditions.
Included: Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, English speaking guide, minibus tour, ice caving tour, 1 Night in a hotel in Reykjavik w/ Breakfast, 1 Night in a country Guesthouse w/ Breakfast.
Excluded: Meals (other than 2x breakfast)
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.
Bring with you:
Warm outdoor layers (wool, fleece or synthetic are best, not cotton), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are essential for the glacier part of the tour.
To be able to participate in the glacier hike and ice cave you will need hiking boots that cover your ankle to fit the crampons. If you don't have good hiking boots then you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.
For further information: Contact Us
The trip starts with the famous Golden Circle tour! In the evening we will look for the northern lights. This tour is perfect for travellers who are arriving in the morning the same day.
We start by travelling through beautiful countryside towards Þingvellir National Park, where Iceland´s parliament, Alþingi, was founded. It's the oldest still existing parliament in the world, founded in 930 AD. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the great geological wonders of the world, where you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have slowly moved apart creating an incredible rift valley which runs right through Þingvellir.
Next on the agenda is the Geysir hot spring area. Although Geysir himself is not active, the geyser called Strokkur is still going strong and spouts huge jets of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes! The waterjets can go 40 m skywards. Watching a geyser erupt is always a stunning and incredible moment.
You will visit the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls), the river flowing through the falls originates at Langjökull glacier. That river is called Hvítá, meaning ‘the White River’, and there is certainly plenty of white water. The roaring river thunders through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. You will see the golden-hued spray which gave this waterfall its name, and, maybe, a rainbow – remember to make a wish!
We drop you off in downtown in Reykjavík, close to cafés and restaurants where you can sit down and enjoy supper before beign picked up again outside the City Hall. Get ready for your northern lights tour!
We will take you to best places out in the country to see the aurora. The moment when you spot their shimmering, jewel bright colors is always awe-inspiring and magical. Green, yellow, white and sometimes blue auroras are usually seen. Violet, purple and rose northern lights happen less often. Really red auroras, from rose to stronger reds, are more common in Iceland than anywhere else in the world, although they are still quite rare. We can never promise that you will see the lights but we always do our very best.
We return to Reykjavik around midnight, after having hopefully spotted the auroras dancing!
Day 2: The Pearls of the South Coast & Northern Lights
We pick you up from your hotel at 09:00 AM and head out of the city towards the south coast of Iceland, where we'll encounter black beaches, waterfalls, volcano-filled views and much more!
We drive towards the slowly rising sun on the way to our first stop, the very unusual Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can take a walk behind the gracefully falling cascade. It is well worth getting a little damp for such an exciting experience!
Next up is the powerful Skógafoss, located at the foot of a very famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull (say it ten times fast!). On a clear day, you will also get a great view of another volcano mountain glacier, Mýrdalsjokull. As we continue onwards along the coast, we arrive at Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach where some fantastic sights, such as the beautiful basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks. After a stroll on the beach we drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodation.
Day 3: Ice Caving, Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Whoa, so much to see in one day! But don't worry, you'll have plenty of time at each stop to relax and enjoy the sights.
Get ready to venture into the amazingly blue world of the Ice cave, with a qualified guide of course! We'll also visit the extraordinary glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón as well as stopping by the aptly named "Diamong beach" where you can see huge chunks of glacier ice strewn across the stark black beach, like, well, diamonds.
Jökulsárlón has been made famous by several big Hollywood movies, including Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, to name just a couple. And there's a good reason why it's been selected as a film set, it's a totally mind-blowing place! Colossal icebergs of amazing shapes have calved off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. They float around, sometimes tipping over or crashing into one another in the huge lagoon before gliding on their surreal and stately journeys towards the Atlantic ocean. Many of these natural ice sculptures are washed onto the aforementioned Diamond Beach, in the form of small, brilliantly bright fragments.
Next, you'll venture into the glacier on our fascinating ice caving tour! Be prepared to witness a unique cave, carved out by mother nature herself. New caves are formed each winter by the melt/freeze cycle of the glacier, they are always changing, both from year to year and within each winter. The journey into an ice cave will give photographers the most amazing opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light which passes through the glacial ice. The ice, compressed over thousands of years shines brilliantly blue, and is sometimes even intensified by algae, making it even bluer.
After visiting the ice cave we head towards Reykjavík. We stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajokull National Park, a green area in the midst of amazingly jagged mountains and glacier-topped peaks, the splendid scenery of Skaftafell is certain to be a highlight of your tour. As darkness falls we look out for the northern lights.
We will return to Reykjavík around 21:00 – 23:00 (9-11pm) in the evening.
Booking a hotel on the south coast of Iceland has become increasingly difficult. By booking with Extreme Iceland you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and among them are Hotel Katla, Hof Adventure hotel & Hotel Smyrlabjorg, Hotel Gerdi and others.
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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.
Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the ice caving tour.
Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon, it is, therefore, not possible to say we will visit a specific cave. The choice of ice cave will always be based on upon conditions and safety considerations at the time.