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5 Day Highlights of Iceland Tour - AA-5SWGL

Golden Circle, South Coast, Secret Lagoon, Snaefellsnes & Landmannalaugar

This breathtaking odyssey will take you on an adventure through the land of fire and ice, making it the perfect way to explore some of the very best places that Iceland has to offer directly from Reykjavik.


Duration: 5 Days

Pick-up: 08:00

Group maximum: 18

Available: Jun-Oct

Age limit: 10

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • The Golden Circle Tour (Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir & more)
  • The South Coast
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Town of Vik
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Skogafoss
  • Landmannalaugar nature reserve
  • Super jeep ride
  • Geothermal bathing
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Kirkjufell mountain

Included

  • 4-night accommodation w/ breakfast (Nights 2, 3 & 4 in Reykjavik)
  • Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Guided tours in a minibus & super-jeep (to Landmannalaugar)
  • Natural geothermal pool

Not included: Meals and refreshments

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes(available to rent), swimsuit & towel

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144 990 per adult

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Tour Description

This tour is based out of Reykjavik with one night on the South Coast and will take you on four incredible excursions to some of the most famous places in Iceland. We will visit the famous Golden Circle Route, which includes the historic Thingvellir National Park, the legendary Geysir Geothermal area, and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall; along with the wonders of Iceland's South Coast, a place of cascading waterfalls, jet-black beaches, glimmering glacial lagoons and fascinating basalt sea stacks.

Our journey will also take us to the glorious Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which is home to the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland and a series of mighty glaciers and volcanoes that includes the location that Jules Verne selected as the entrance point for his Journey to the Centre if the Earth. Finally, we will visit the geothermal paradise of the Landmannalaugar area, which is home to sapphire crater lakes and multi-colored rhyolite mountains among many other things. It is the ideal way to explore the land of fire and ice and will be an unforgettable journey that you will want to repeat over and over again.

Day 1 - South Coast of Iceland

The first day of our incredible adventure starts with a scenic journey across a patchwork of fields through rustic Icelandic countryside as we make our way from Reykjavik to Iceland’s famous South Coast. We will make our first stop of the day at the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, renowned for its cone-like cascade that crashes over a sheer cliff into a teeming pool below. Our friendly guide will show us the secret cave that lies behind its stream, offering an awe-inspiring perspective on this incredible piece of nature. Although, visitors should note that it is impossible to get behind the cascade without getting a little bit wet and we thoroughly recommend that you bring suitable waterproof clothing.

The next stop of the day will be the equally beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall, whose wide stream of gushing water vaults 60 meters down into a picturesque gorge below. Our friendly guide will show us the winding path that is carved into the hillside, whose summit offers a magnificent vista of the waterfall and nearby mountains. As we scale the hill we will walk past a duo of amazing rock formations, which Nordic legend holds are petrified trolls who were so encapsulated by the beauty of the waterfall, forgot about the dawn and were subsequently turned to stone.

The next stop on our journey is Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the frothy white crests of the waves crashing against the foreboding volcanic sands create a gorgeous contrast. Behind it is a spectacular cliff face that is dotted by massive basalt sea stacks that rise in circular form and are a bit like Iceland’s version of the famous Giant’s Causeway. It is a gloriously beautiful place that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure and is sure to provide memories that last a lifetime. From there we will journey to the charming village of Vik, which offers a gorgeous vista over the cliffs, ocean and bird species that call the area home.

We will then continue our journey down the coast, taking in a series of majestic volcanically crafted landscapes that have some of the most fascinating geology that you will ever see. Our accommodation for the evening will be in the heart of the Icelandic countryside.

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike

jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

At Jokulsarlon

We will have a traditional Icelandic breakfast and then head to the sublime Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most popular and beautiful places in the entire of Iceland. There we will find shimmering icebergs drifting across its crystalline surface, a breathtakingly beautiful sight that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. It is possible to take an optional boat trip that dodges between these floating lumps of jewel-like ice and allows you to get up close and personal with this incredible natural wonder. The icebergs eventually come to rest on the nearby ‘Diamond Beach', where they shimmer in the sunlight and look like diamonds nestled on the beaches jet-black sands. The effect is both awe-inspiring and incredibly photogenic and will undoubtedly generate memories that you will treasure forever. The entire area is also popular with Hollywood film producers having been used as sets in blockbusters like Batman, James Bond, and Game of Thrones.

*From there our journey will take us to our base camp at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier for a hiking experience on a vast body of ice. The actual part of the glacier that we will visit is known as a glacial tongue, which unfurls out of the main body of Vatnajökull. The adventure will begin when we meet our expert guide, who will give us a quick safety talk and provide us with all the equipment that we need for the hike. Then we will start the hike proper and explore a sublime landscape dotted with unique ice-sculptures, craggy crevasses, and moulins, which drill down into the ice and act as conduits for the meltwater. There is nothing quite like exploring this ever-evolving landscape that creaks and cracks: our friendly guide will also tell us everything that you could possibly want to know about glaciers and how they have helped to craft Iceland’s majestic landscape.

*Please note: from September 15th we will go to natural Ice Cave instead of doing a glacier hike. The glacier ice cave exploration takes part either in Vatnajokull or Katla Ice Cave depending on conditions, both experiences are truly magical and unique.

Following our glacier hike, we will head back to Reykjavik and arrive at about 21:00, giving you the chance to rest in your accommodation or enjoy the vibrant nightlife that Iceland's modern capital has to offer.

Day 3: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon.

Warm waters of the secret lagoon

Chilling at the Secret Lagoon

Day three will take us to the Golden Circle Route, which has come to be the most important and popular part of Iceland’s buzzing tourist trail.

The first stop on our journey will be the UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as Thingvellir National Park, a place that has rich historical and geological significance. It was here that Althingi, the Icelandic National Parliament, first met when a group of Viking nobles gathered there in 930 AD. The modern Icelandic parliament still bears the same name, making it one of the oldest continuously running parliaments in the world. It also bisects the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, offering visitors the opportunity to gaze across the fissure that divides the continents of Europe and North America. This gap between two tectonic plates is still expanding at a rate of 2 cm each year, meaning that you will be seeing the world torn apart while you are there. There is also a multitude of craggy rock formations, beautiful waterfalls, and idyllic lakes, ensuring that Thingvellir is one of the best places to visit in all of Iceland.

Our next stop will be the legendary Geysir Geothermal area, famed for its teeming geysers that have come to symbolize Iceland as a whole. The entire area is named after the now dormant ‘Great Geysir’ which is where the English word geyser originates from. We will also visit its younger brother Strokkur, which is still violently active and propels molten jets of boiling water up to 25 meters into the air every few minutes. There is no better place to appreciate the incredible power of mother nature and you are sure to remember Strokkur for the rest of your life.

Our final stop will be the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls), which gets its name from the golden hue that its water takes as it pounds over the brown lava steps. Its powerful torrent originates from one of the largest glaciers in Iceland and flows down a crystalline river until it crashes into the emerald valley below. If we are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day then a wonderful rainbow will form above it, which only serves to enhance the spine-tingling beauty of the scene. We will then continue to the smaller Faxi Waterfall, which is surrounded by luscious greenery and though not as dramatic as Gullfoss remains worth a visit.

Our last stop will be the peaceful Secret Lagoon, a bubbling hot spring that is situated in the picturesque village of Fludir. It is located in a geothermal area where wispy plumes of steam rise and luscious vegetation grow. The Secret Lagoon is located amidst gorgeous natural scenery and is the ideal place to sit and relax, especially given the small geyser that erupt nearby.  

We will then take you back to Reykjavik, so you can relax and have fun in Iceland’s modern capital.

Day 4: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The second to last day of your Icelandic adventure will take you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is nicknamed Iceland in a Nutshell, thanks to its many imposing glaciers and mighty volcanoes.

The day’s festivities begin at the picturesque Ytri Tunga beach, which is host to a playful seal colony who regularly sleep on the rocks and are very used to humans, making it ideal for wildlife lovers who want to see these wonderful creatures in the flesh. The next stop will be the rustically beautiful village of Arnarstapi, renowned for its volcanically crafted natural harbor and steep cliffs that play host to a plethora of bird species. We will pause for lunch in this place of gorgeous natural beauty and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

From there Snæfellsjökull National Park, which lies in the shadow of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the location that Jules Verne selected to begin his Journey to the Centre of the Earth. We will also travel to the subterranean world of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave (optional extra): a glorious underground world that was created by the flash cooling of lava many millennia ago. There we will find a plethora of rainbow-colored walls, hanging stalactites and stalagmites and one-of-a-kind rock sculptures. When we reach the farthest corners of the cave, then our guide will turn off our headlamps and make the entire cave pitch black, a profound and slightly unnerving experience that is bound to change your perspective on life.

When we return to the open air, we will proceed to the beach at Djúpalónssandur full of soft black pebbles, which offers spectacular views of the sea and surrounding area. It is also renowned as being a site if many shipwrecks, the details of which your guide will tell you all about. We will then move on to the idyllic town of Grundarfjörður, which lies in the shadow of the iconic Mount Kirkjufell. Grundarfjordur is surrounded by cascading waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and spectacular beaches. Beneath Mount Kirkjufell lies the stunning Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, a truly picturesque duo and a spellbinding scene that you are bound to remember for the rest of your life.

On our way home, we will pass the vast Berserkjahraun Lava Field, renowned in Viking Legend as the place where a pair of Swedish ‘berserkers’ constructed Iceland’s first road. Our expert guide will tell us everything we need to know about its incredible history, before we travel on to the National Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, a stunning place where rectangular basalt columns are located inland, making it truly unique. We will then head back to Reykjavik, allowing you to appreciate the night in Iceland’s modern capital.

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Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula

Day 5: Landmannalaugar Safari (super Jeep).

Our final day in the land of fire and ice will take us to the iconic Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve, which is a part of the famous Laugavegur trail that is rated as one of the twenty best hikes in the world by National Geographic. We will take a specially modified super jeep to Iceland’s Highland Wilderness, for an incredible experience that encompasses a plethora of unique and otherworldly landscapes.

As we set out from Reykjavik, we will pass the idyllic Þjórsárdalur valley, home to the Hjálparfoss waterfall (helping falls), where travelers would come to rest and allow their horses to graze in a peaceful natural oasis. Then we will continue across rugged countryside until we reach Iceland's amazing highlands. As we head inland, we enjoy a view of Hekla, a famous volcano that has erupted around 20 times since the country was settled and believed to be the entrance to hell in medieval Europe.

Our first stop in the Highlands will be Ljótipollur (the ugly puddle), a stunning sapphire crater lake that is the complete opposite of its name. The volcanic activity in the area has dyed the sides of the crater various shades of ruby and emerald making for a profoundly beautiful sight that will leave you breathless. It was created by a volcanic eruption in 1477 and our friendly guide will tell us everything we need to know about its rich history. We will also make a stop at the picturesque lake Frostastaðavatn before we arrive at the geothermal paradise that is Landmannalaugar.

When we arrive at Landmannalaugar you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of the place. It is dotted with rhyolite mountains, whose color changes as the sun hits it, turning various shades of emerald, ruby, sapphire, amber, violet and many, many more. We will pause in this geothermal paradise to enjoy a snack-lunch to a stunning backdrop, then we have time to either explore the magnificence of the surrounding area of hot springs and lava fields or bathe in the hot spring stream, enjoying the most amazing view.

We will then return to Reykjavik along the Dómadalur route, which crosses a series of dramatic lava fields, imperious mountains, and rolling meadows. We will pause at a place of Viking significance, where they used to bind thieves' hands and feet and cast them into the angry ocean from the top of a high cliff.

If the conditions are suitable, then we will pause at the violent Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano, which more than lives up to its nickname ‘the Gateway to Hell’ and is surrounded by an otherworldly volcanic landscape that has been crafted throughout the millennia.

The Geothermal Pool

The Landmannalaugar area has a geothermal pool, perfect for bathing in so we recommend that you bing a bathing suit along. This way you can enjoy a relaxing soak in a natural spa surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Trust us you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience!

We return to Reykjavik at around 9 p.m. where we will drop you off at your selected pick up location.