3 Day – Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave

Oct. - Apr. Daily 3 Days Your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavik Easy Min 8 years old

This 3 day tour of the South is fabulous for those with limited time to enjoy the best of Iceland. You will be taken to many of the main attraction of the Golden Circle and the magnificent South Coast in a comfortable minibus.

Attractions include Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, wonderfall waterfalls, balck sand beaches, Glaciers & Glacier Lagoon. You might well spot the Northern Lights if conditions are favourable.

Itinerary

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

First on the agenda is Thingvellir National park, one of UNESCO’S world heritage site. Here Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930, making it the world’s oldest running parliament. Thingvellir is rich of geological wonders and national history. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plate meet in Thingvellir and you can clearly see the drift that has occurred over the years.

Next we visit is Geysir geothermal area. The renown hot spring Geysir, the one all other hot springs have their name from, lies dormant at the moment. But Strokkur, spouting water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes, is very much alive and has taken over as the king of the area. Explore the Geysir area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes with a great opportunity in every footstep. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last site on the Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall is the most visited one in Iceland and for a good reason to. The amazing site of the roaring water rushing into the canyon is definitely something to write home about.

From the Golden circle, we drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On our way there will be possibilities for great sights all around, Mt. Hekla being one of them on a clear day.  Our next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall – the one you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. Skógafoss is a site not to be missed while in Iceland. Running from Eyjafjallajökull glacier the water in Skógafoss has come a long way. This impressive cascade falls 60 meters into the calm Skógará river. The mesmerizing view of this majestic fall can keep you captured for a while, but make sure to be  back on the bus in time because there is so much more to see. The last stop of this magical day is the black sand beach Reynisfjara. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the guidelines from your tour guide. The basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore, gives you a good idea where some of the Icelandic folklore springs from. Don’t miss the basalt column cave before you leave the black sand beach. We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are right.

Accommodation: Country Hotel in the village of Vík

Day 2 – Glacier Walk and Ice Cave Exploring

From our accommodation place, we continue our journey towards the east through an enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Our main object today is a glacier adventure, which includes ice cave and glacier hiking in Vatnajökull. Vatnajökull glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe and thus, it has many outlet glaciers that are perfect for glacier hikes – our specialized glacier guides will pick the best possible one for the group. After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, we take 1-2-hour hike on the glacier.

There are no physical preconditions needed for the glacier hike, but you will have to be able to hike for an hour, at least, to fully enjoy the magical glacier tour.  Our certified glacier guides will lead you through the ice cave, ensuring your safety at all times. New ice caves are formed each winter and we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave the best. The blue color appears when the air is pressed out of the ice and it becomes completely dense.

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 so you might visit the cave on day three if the guide estimates the conditions to be better then. We will spend approx. 20 minutes in and by the ice cave, which will give you time to explore the ice cave  and take some great photographs. The temperature inside the glacier is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly. After this day’s glacier adventure, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night. We will, of course, also keep an eye out for the Northern lights that night for the darkness of the countryside offers a great opportunity for Aurora spotting.

Accommodation: Country Hotel in Skaftafell Region

Day 3 – Glacier Lagoon  & The South Coast

After breakfast, we move out to the magnificent Jökulasárlón glacier lagoon which awaits us in the morning. The lagoon and the close by beach, are filled with icebergs of different size and shape is a dreamlike sight in the twilight of the afternoon. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon.

After the ice lagoon, we will head back to Reykjavík. This day gives us a chance to visit some of the sites from day one again on our way to Reykjavik. There will also be possibilities for some additional stops – all in accordance with the weather and conditions for we know that the forces of nature are in charge of all our actions during the winter. We will arrive in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 pm depending on weather and conditions.

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Tour highlights

  • Ice Cave
  • Golden Circle attractions
  • The magnificent South Coast
  • Seljandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Skaftafell – Vatnajokull National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon & Icebergs
  • The Coastal Village of Vík
  • Reynisfjara – Basalt Columns & Black Sand Beaches
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier & Hekla Volcano view

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavík
  • Guided 3 Day Minibus Tour with an English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 2 nights including breakfast
  • Ice Cave Visit and Glacier Hiking with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • All Necessary Glacier Safety Equipment
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Good to know

Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, Hekla Volcano and entrance to Ice cave are subject to weather conditions.

This tour offers a small group (max 18 persons)experience, giving our travelers a very comfortable and personal environment. Our sightseeing and hiking journey begins on the Golden Circle. Our driver will pick you up from your desired accommodation in Reykjavik before the morning departure and returns you there safely after the tour.

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