This multi-day sightseeing and activity tour offers the best opportunity to see and experience Iceland within four days. You can find the Icelandic winter’s charm in the miraculous Northern Lights, the mesmerizing glacier ice cave, and you are going for a glacier hiking to see an awesome glacier up-close.
Small-group guided tour
See the Iceland essentials in 4 days
Duration: 4 days
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30
Group maximum: 18 persons
Age limit: 8 years
- The Blue Lagoon
- The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
- The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
- Skaftafell nature reserve
- Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Ice caving tour
- Glacier hike
- The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
- Northern lights search
- Small group experience
- Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
- Vatnajokull National Park
- Whale watching tour
Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 - 23:00 on day three, depending on weather and road conditions.
- Pick-up from & drop off in Reykjavík;
- Guided Minibus Tour
- Blue Lagoon Transfer & Comfort Admission
- Comfort Admission to Blue Lagoon includes entrance to the lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, and one drink of your choice
- Guided Ice Cave Visit
- Guided Glacier Hiking
- Whale watching tour
- Certified Glacier Guide
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Necessary Glacier Equipment
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 3 nights
- Hotel Breakfasts on Days 2, 3 & 4
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Not included Please note that food is not included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2, 3 & 4.
Bring with you:
- Warm clothes
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Sturdy hiking boots (essential to fit the crampons)
- Hiking boots can be rented beforehand or on location for the glacier hike part of the tour.
- Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on the ice are recommended for the sightseeing part of the tour.
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.
* A single room costs extra
Day 1 - The Famous Golden Circle Route
On board a cozy minibus with your knowledgeable guide steering the direction, you are heading out on the most famous route in Iceland - the Golden Circle route. It’s a group of three locations claimed to be the most spectacular attractions in Iceland.
First, you will stop by Thingvellir National Park, a unique location with both historical and geological significance. It’s the place where the world’s first parliament was established. And the visible part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen only in Thingvellir, it’s the borderline where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge constantly at a pace of 2cm (0.8 in) annually. You will walk between the two continental plates. The next you will visit the Great Geysir and Strokkur hot springs. The term “Geyser” in Geology was, in fact, adopted from the Icelandic word “geysir,” meaning “to gush,” by some English visitors to Iceland who saw these unusual, gushing hot springs for the first time. Not far from the quiet Great Geysir, it’s the very lively Strokkur, swirling up to 10 - 20 meters (33 - 66 feet) every 6 - 10 minutes, making it one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Iceland.
Next up you are going to see an even more sensational scene that is Gullfoss waterfall, where glacier meltwater forms a drop of 32 meters (105 feet) in two stages before falling into the gorge where both sides of the canyon can reach up to 70 meters (230 feet). It’s a gorgeous waterfall situated amidst Iceland’s dramatic landscape.
After the morning’s sensational sightseeing, you will head to the stunning South Coast. The route to South Coast offers a striking contrast as on your left side is ice-capped mountains and on your right side is the endless shimmering shoreline. The first stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a remarkable drop of 60 meters from a cliff and you can walk behind the falls to see both sides of the beauty. The next site is Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of 25 meters in width and 60 meters in height. Walking up to the top of the hill you can further appreciate the fantastic panorama. Both waterfalls are originated from the famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and you can even see it on a day of good visibility.
Finally, you will arrive at a nice country hotel near the picturesque seafront town, Vik. Its unobstructed open view provides the best spot to catch some Northern Lights when the condition allows.
Day 2 - Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and an Ice Cave Exploration
Waking up on the southern tip of Iceland, before you visit the breathtaking Reynisfjara black sand beach, a relishing breakfast is waiting for you. Then, Iceland’s weird beauty will once again show its magic through the basalt columns, rolling waves, and the Reynisdrangar basalt pillars - in the forms of several jagged, unyielding pyramids - standing offshore. Please pay attention to your guide’s suggestion about visiting since the forceful waves can be very dangerous.
Next up you are going to the crown jewel of Iceland’s natural attractions, Jökulsárló Glacier Lagoon. The lagoon only started to form in the early 20th century. Driving from South Coast tip, you will go through the charming lava fields covered by soft moss, some incredible sights of deserts, and some extraterrestrial landforms created by volcanic eruptions ages ago on both sides of the Ring Road to Southeast Iceland.
As you arrive at the magnificent Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, a glacier tongue of Vatnajokull, you are going to step outside to see something extraordinary. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach are two memorable sights where you will witness the majestic beauty on the land of fire and ice. The lagoon is filled with blue icebergs of all sizes and shapes in different shades of blue, sometimes with brown or black stripes in them. On Diamond Beach, you will get a closer look of the icebergs as they got washed ashore. The glittering ice cubes shine mesmerizingly against the black sands. You will also be able to see rich birdlife at the lagoon, including Arctic Terns, and even seals.
Then the glacier guide will take you to the enchanting crystal ice cave hidden in Breidamerkurjokull. Ice cave is a natural phenomenon and it constantly changes, in other words, they are constantly in the making. It’s a perfect moment for you to capture as you will be surrounded by the overwhelmingly beautiful crystal blue ice. But visiting ice cave is highly weather-dependent, your professional glacier guide may decide to combine ice caving and glacier hiking as one activity depending on the conditions. Finally, you will stay at Skaftafell for the night and you might see Northern Lights if you are lucky!
Day 3 - Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
On day three, you are going to try a new glacier experience - glacier hiking on *Svínafellsjökull glacier. You will be amazed by its magnificence as the glacier is dynamic, astonishing, and incredibly beautiful. The glacier is constantly moving, slowly but surely. In the process, it creates sinkholes, crevasses, moulins, ice ridge and other ice formations that later your glacier guide will talk about in detail. You will also see them or pass them during the hiking journey. It’s quite an unforgettable adventure. Since the glorious icescape is not an everyday scene - especially you get the chance to step in and appreciate it in a close distance - this immersive experience is a fantastic chance to learn about glacier’s amazing facts.
After a good work out on the glacier, you will be heading back to Reykjavik on a scenic ride with stops along the trip. During the wintertime, Iceland’s weather can be very unpleasant from time to time, making it a major factor for making certain stops. An added bonus visit to the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon will be added to this already amazing tour when the roads leading up to it are clear and the area is open to the public. Nature there is very fragile and the area is sometimes closed off to conserve it.
You will be back to Reykjavik in the evening between 8-10 p.m., depending on the conditions. We will drop you off at a nice hotel in the city, where you can relax, explore the city and prepare for tomorrow's adventures, which include...
Day 4 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon in Reykjanes Peninsula and Back to the Capital
After a nice breakfast at your hotel, you will step out in Iceland’s crisp winter atmosphere. It’s completely beautiful while the ground is covered by snow and the sky is painted by otherworldly colors reflected from the sun that’s scheduled to run late. After a relaxed morning in Reykjavik, we will meet you for your whale watching tour that’s scheduled at 1 p.m. You will be sailing out to the ocean from Reykjavik Harbor (Old Harbor). This is a classic tour and the winter’s season is special because of the low-lying sun and the beautiful wildlife. Along the boat trip, you will be accompanied by snow-covered mountain and incredible North Atlantic ocean scenery. The most common aquatic mammals you will see in the area are Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins, and Harbor Porpoises. Sometimes you can also spot Humpback whales, Killer whales (Orcas), Fin whales, and Blue whales. The weather on the sea can change drastically. As a friendly reminder, we recommend you wear warm clothes although you will be handed out an overall to keep you warm during the trip.
After the exciting whale watching, you will be back to Reykjavik for your final yet completely luxurious warm bath in the silky water of Blue Lagoon, and the admission fee is included in this tour. The Blue Lagoon in Icelandic wintertime is an absolutely ethereal wonderland. The milky blue water is exactly what you need after the four-day long journey. It’s therapeutic warmth and amazing environment gives you a perfect ending for the wonderful multi-day tour in Iceland. You will be handed out an open transfer ticket so you have control of how much time you want to spend in Blue Lagoon in the evening. After a total relaxation, you will get on the transfer bus back to Reykjavik.
You have an open return ticket from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters and then return with one of the bus shuttles (see timetable below). Please keep in mind that there are different opening hours for the lagoon depending on the season.
Blue Lagoon > Reykjavik Timetable:
Blue Lagoon Opening Hours:
- 1 Jan - 24 May
- 8:00 - 22:00
- 25 May - 28 Jun
- 7:00 - 23:00
- 29 Jun - 19 Aug
- 7:00 - 00:00
- 20 Aug - 30 Nov
- 8:00 - 22:00
- 1 Dec - 31 Dec
- 8:00 - 21:00
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 glacier hike and/or ice caving tour is canceled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the canceled activity.