All-in-one package tour: This 3-day winter tour along the South Coast has it all! Stunning landscapes, the Golden Circle, glacier hiking, ice caves, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon and northern lights watching. On the way we see waterfalls, volcanoes, floating icebergs, cliffs, black sand beaches, geysers, hot springs and so much more.
Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal experience
- The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
- The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
- Skaftafell nature reserve
- Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Ice caving tour
- The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
- Northern lights search
- Small group experience
- Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
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.
Included: Reykjavik pick-up & drop-off, minibus tour, English guidance, country hotel accommodation with breakfast (2 nights), glacier hiking equipment, super jeep ride for some km, specialized guide to ice cave, and northern lights (depending on conditions).
Bring with you: Warm clothes, waterproof jacket and pants, and 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.
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* A single room costs extra
Day 1 - Golden Circle, South Coast
Fortunately, there's a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will therefore decide how it's best to operate the tour each time.
We begin on the Golden Circle and the first stop is Thingvellir National Park. Here Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD and here Europe and North-America meet in a stunning landscape. Thingvellir has a place in every Icelander's heart, the beauty of the place and the country's history. But the geologic history is well known and the natural wonders of Thingvellir are visible in every step.
Our next highlight is the Geysir hot spring area. It is from the Icelandic word "Geysir" that the English word "geyser" (a spouting hot spring) is derived. You can walk through the area and admire the geyser Strokkur burst into the air every 5-7 minutes, so have your camera ready.
Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall) is next on our agenda. It flows down the river Hvítá – coming from Langjökull glacier – in several huge "steps".
Along the way we will have a view over Hekla volcano and eastbound where our next stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Enjoy the 18-story high waterfall from the other side – without getting wet – not many waterfalls in the world that you can admire from two sides, front and back!
Skógafoss waterfall, with glacier water streaming from Eyjafjallajökull catches our eyes at first glimpse. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Skógafoss is enchanting in a way that can only be experienced at first hand. Legend says that a treasure is buried behind it and in spite of locals finding the chest they could not take it with them before it disappeared again.
Reynisfjara is the name of the famous black sand beach. Here you can get up close and personal with the Atlantic ocean, but be aware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close – do not turn your back to the sea. In Reynisfjara beach you encounter beautiful basalt columns on the sand and have a great view of the magnificent basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea.
We pass Vík and we will be staying overnight at a nice country hotel nearby.. Your guide will check out the aurora forecast for the evening and be on the lookout for northern lights if there is a clear sky around the accommodation.
Day 2 - Sightseeing & Ice Cave
If you're interested in geology and volcanic eruptions you should definitely listen to your guide, since he's full of knowledge and eager share with you! Today we see a giant lava field as we drive. It was formed from the largest volume lava flow from a single eruption on earth in historic times. We'll witness the instability of the glacial rivers when we cross the long bridges over enormous sand plains, the debris of glacial floods past and present.
Depending on conditions and accessibility, we will either take a short hike on a glacier to reach our ice cave, or we will ride there via a super jeep. Our expert guide is a highly qualified mountain guide, and ice cave specialist. It's in his hands to decide each time which cave is best to visit depending on weather conditions and other issues. Sometimes the caves are very special, sometimes not as special, but become very special in the right light and conditions. Also, your guide will sometimes pick an ice cave that combines the glacier hiking and ice caving activities, it all depends on the unpredictable conditions of Icelandic nature!
Your hiking shoes will come in handy now, since there's some hike to the cave. You'll need to wear water resistant hiking shoes that cover your ankle. This is not the time to wear city leather boots!
We stay inside the ice cave for a while and it's cold inside. Your winter hat should not be too bulky though, as it needs to fit under the helmet.
After being inside the glacier itself, it is time to continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we'll make a stop. It's a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. Then you know what the expression means, "the tip of the iceberg". The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light. We will also keep an eye out for seals, that are often swimming in the glacier lagoon or chilling on the icebergs. We'll admire the icebergs' proportions and their hues of blue. Please take care not to walk out on the frozen lagoon as the ice can easily twist.
We will make a short stop at the amazing Diamond Beach (also called The Crystal Beach), which is a beach by Jokuslarlon Glacier Lagoon. Here you can see big chunks of decades old glacier ice that has washed up on shore after being polished and played with for a while in the surf. The black sandy beach sometimes sticks to the glassy surface of the icebergs, which only adds to their beauty as they lie upon the shore. This place is truly magical!
We will arrive at our hotel to relax and unwind after the day. Again we will check for the northern lights in the evening if the sky is clear and the aurora forecast shows activity.
But why is the ice so blue?
The color and transparency of the ice caves has everything to do with time, pressure, and secrecy.
As the glacier travels and winds its way down the slopes of mountain ridges, the air bubbles trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear. The real beauty of the centuries old compressed ice lies underneath the damaged outer surface.
This intense blue color can be seen for example in ice caves and on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.
Day 3 - Skaftafell Glacier Hike & Sightseeing
Today we take a 1-2 hour glacier hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. There's no need to be in a particular good shape for this activity, but we urge you to dress warmly. You'll have crampons and axes for support. Please follow the instructions of your experienced guide - the glaciers are ever changing and wandering off by yourself is dangerous. This new hiking adventure is worth every second of the tour. We will also make a stop at the gorgeous Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, if the road leading up to it is accessible, an added bonus to an already amazing tour.
We drop you off in Reykjavik in the evening of the third day. We hope you've had a great time and that the memories of this tour will stay with you forever! :)
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Jokulsarlon three days
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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 glacier hike and/or 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 cancelled activity.