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3-Day Iceland Bucket List Tour

South Coast, Glacier Hike, Snæfellsnes & Golden Circle - Package Tour Without Accommodation

About Tour

Visit the famous Golden Circle, bathe in Secret Lagoon, see the most impressive waterfalls on the South Coast, engage in a glacier hike, and see the sights of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland.

Highlights

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Village of Arnarstapi
  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave (optional)
  • Black beach at Djúpalónssandur
  • Mount Kirkjufell
  • Visit to the Secret Lagoon
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Geysir Hot Springs Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Hekla Volcano View
  • Eyjafjallajokul Glacier/Volcano View
  • Gljúfrabúi - The Hidden Waterfall

See the main attractions in Iceland: Golden Circle with Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir & bathing at the Secret Lagoon, hike on Solheimajokull Glacier, visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black beach and the jewels of Snæfellsnes peninsula with an optional caving tour. It's even hard to mention all the amazing places on this tour's itinerary!

Please note: If you're traveling with a party of 2 or more, be sure to book everyone under a single reservation. Otherwise, we can't guarantee you will all be on the same tour activity.

This itinerary does not include hotel stays. For multi-day trips with accommodation, check out our Multi-Day Tours.

 

Man Exploring Gljufrabui Waterfall in Iceland
Kirkjufell Mountain by the Sunset in Iceland
Hiking Tour on Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland
Secret Lagoon at Golden Circle in Iceland
Panoramic View of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Scenic View in Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall in South Coast of Iceland
Black Budakirkja Church at Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Marble Ice Crevasses on Solheimajokull Glacier
Glacier Hiking Tour on Solheimajokull Glacier
Erupted Geysir Geyser in Iceland
Icelandic Secret Lagoon in the Evening
Rainbow over Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland
Kirkjufjara Black Sand Beach in Iceland
Cliffs at Snaefellsnes Peninsula Beach in Iceland
Mount Hekla View from a Distance in Iceland
Aerial View of Thingvellir National Park
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in South Coast Iceland
Snaefellsnes Peninsula Lava Field in Iceland
Djupalonssandur Beach on Sunny Day in Iceland

To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsjökull Peninsula Small Group, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.

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    • Small Group Experience
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    • Free Wifi
    • No Booking Fees

Availability All Year

Duration 3 days

Departs From Reykjavik

Minimum age 6 years

Difficulty Easy

Meet on Location No

Pick Up Yes

Accommodation Not Included

What's Included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour to Snæfellsnes
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Minibus Tour
  • Guided Caving Tour (optional extra)
  • Restaurant stop where you can buy lunch
  • Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
  • South Coast Guided Tour
  • Stops at all South Coast Highlights
  • Glacier Hike with Professional Guide
  • All the Necessary Equipment for the Glacier Hike
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Hiking boots or very sturdy footwear
  • Warm outdoor layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Scarves
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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Cliffs at Snaefellsnes Peninsula Beach in Iceland

To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsjökull Peninsula Small Group, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.

Pick-up Information: Pick-up from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik is at 08:00 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.

The tours in the package are:

  • Snæfellsnes and Kirkjufell: 08:00-20:00 approximately
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon: 09:00-18:00 approximately
  • South Coast Sightseeing and Glacier Hike from Reykjavík: 08:00- 20:00 Approximately.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are not included. All tours commence from Reykjavík, so you will need to arrange accommodation in the city. Pick up and drop off are available from various points for each of the day tours. The Vatnshellir lava caving is extra.

Kirkjufell Mountain by the Sunset in Iceland

On our first day, we will head west to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a land of contrasting landscapes. We'll stop by to admire the 19th-century church, Búðakirkja

Then we'll visit the charming village of Arnarstapi, surrounded by beautiful nature. There, we will have an opportunity to visit the Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural rock arch off the coast.

In Snæfellsjökull National Park, surrounded by lava fields, we'll get a great view of the Snæfellsjökull glacier. The glacier was made famous by Jules Verne, who chose this location as the doorway to the earth's center for his book "Journey to the Center of the Earth." 

Our next stop is an ancient lava cave, Vatnshellir. We'll learn all about the wonders beneath the lava on the beginner-friendly caving tours. We'll see a surprising assortment of stalactites, stalagmites, and other unique lava formations (this caving tour is optional and paid extra but highly recommended).

Djupalonssandur Beach on Sunny Day in Iceland

The Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach has astonishing cliff formations and fascinating history filled with shipwrecks. You will see the "lifting stones" used to determine whether men were fit to work on the fishing boats. Today nobody does that, but these stones are still popular among tourists. 

Continuing, we'll drive through the most diverse and beautiful landscapes exploring the northern part of the peninsula. We'll stop by Grundarfjörður, a little town with a charming garden and glorious sea views. Driving a short distance from there, we will stop by the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell. This 463-meter mountain is an image seen almost everywhere in Iceland. 

After that, we will continue our journey to the legendary Berserkjahraun lava field. According to the Viking legend, this is where the two Swedish "berserkers" created Iceland's first road during the Pagan times. 

Before returning to Reykjavik, we'll stop by a charming waterfall with a fantastic viewpoint above it. Eventually, we will drive by the Gerðuberg, a lava paradise with geometric basalt columns.

Day Highlights
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Vatnshellir lava cave (optional extra)
  • View Over Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Borgarnes
  • View of Gerðuberg basalt columns
  • View of Saxhól Crater
Included
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Guided Caving Tour (Optional)
  • Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Rainbow over Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

The Golden Circle is probably the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland. This 300 km loop is the most renowned for its three main attractions - Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. The knowledgeable guide will tell you about these three places and their importance to Icelandic history and culture. On a clear day, you can even get a view of the Hekla volcano while driving along the Golden Circle!

Þingvellir National Park is one of the most significant places in Iceland. It is often called the "birthplace of a nation" since the first democratic parliament in Iceland was held there in 930. The national park is rich in geology as well as in history. The two tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia have been drifting apart, creating the incredible Almannagjá cliff framing the area. 

Next, we'll stop at Geysir, the famous geothermal field at Haukadalur. Here we will see the Great Geysir, after which all the other geysers have been called, and Strokkur. Even though the Great Geysir is not active nowadays, the smaller one, Strokkur, is scalding water up to 30 m in the air every 5 to 10 minutes!

Icelandic Secret Lagoon in the Evening

Not far from Geysir, there's another famous spot in Iceland. Gullfoss, or the "Golden Falls," is probably the most known waterfall in Iceland. Here you can watch the powerful Hvítá river cascading down 32 m in two stages. It is undoubtedly an incredible sight to see!

After a day full of adventures, we will take you to the Secret Lagoon for some relaxation. The oldest swimming pool in Iceland has been known only to local people for many years. Its original name in Icelandic is Gamla Lónið, meaning the 'Old Lagoon.' The pool is located in the middle of unspoiled nature, filled with other geothermal hot springs.   

After the relaxation in the baths, we travel back over the Hellisheiði pass and get back to Reykjavík around 18:00.

Day Highlights
  • The Golden Circle Tour route
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Alþingi
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Bathing in the Secret Lagoon
Included
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
  • Secret Lagoon entrance fee
Hiking Tour on Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland

The first stop of the day will be at the breathtaking Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This incredible 60 m high cascade is famous for being the waterfall you can walk behind! Walking behind the waterfall and seeing it from another point of view is a truly memorable experience. Just a short walk away from Seljalandsfoss, there's another hidden treasure, Gljúfrabúi. It is known as "the hidden waterfall" as it hides beneath the rock formation, only with the narrow opening revealing it. 

Also, driving along the South Coast, we are likely to get the views of Hekla volcano and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano.

Next on, a glacier adventure awaits us. We will embark on a glacier hike with the professional glacier guide. We will get a closer look at the ancient ice formations and learn more about the world's "freshwater banks."  

After the glacier hike, we'll go to Reynisfjara to admire its black sand and basalt columns. Based on the legend, the rock formations called Reynisdrangar cliffs were once trolls who were turned into rocks by the sunlight. 

Then, we'll visit another great waterfall. Skógafoss drops at 60 m from the ancient coastline's sea cliffs. 

We then return to Reykjavík, arriving before midnight after three days of Icelandic magic.

Day Highlights
  • The views of Hekla volcano and Eyjafjallajökull
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Gljúfrabúi - The Hidden Waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall (during summer)
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Included
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Glacier Hike with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.