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4-Day Tour: Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, South Coast, Landmannalaugar | IS-AA-4CSIS

Visit the most popular places in Iceland!

About Tour

This exciting 4-day tour will take you through some of the most renowned attractions in Iceland, which will leave you breathless and wanting to see more!

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir)
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Ice caving tour
  • Landmannalaugar hike
  • Hekla - Volcano
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Brennisteinsalda mountain
  • Laugahraun lava fields

This fascinating 4-day tour will take you through the most famous attractions in Iceland. 

The tour will begin with Golden Circle, where we'll visit Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal Area.

The second day is dedicated to visiting the magical Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach, Skaftafell Nature Reserve with the magical Svartifoss waterfall.

On our third day, we'll visit the most famous highlights of the South Coast, including Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Skógafoss Waterfall.

 

We'll finish our 4-day adventure with an amazing hike through the Landmannalaugar. During this hike, you'll see the sites that will seem so surreal and keep you wanting to come back.

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Availability June - Sept

Duration 4 days

Departs From Reykjavik

Difficulty Moderate

Minimum age 10 years

Meet on Location No

Pick Up Yes

What's Included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tours with English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 3 nights
  • Hotel Breakfasts
  • Minibus
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
  • Bathing in Natural Hot Pool
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • Landmannalaugar facilities fees
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All Necessary Equipment

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing including layers
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Sturdy hiking shoes

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Airport transfers

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About tour / Itinerary

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Information

Want to visit some of the most impressive sights in Iceland? On this 4-day tour, you'll see the most famous attractions of Golden Circle, South Coast, and Landmannalaugar.

A bit about the sights:

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle route is probably the most well-known route among visitors to Iceland. It consists of three famous sights - Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. 

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON, SKAFTAFELL NATURE RESERVE AND KATLA ICE CAVE

You'll also visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is probably one of the most famous glacier lagoons in the world. The lagoon is filled with floating icebergs that have been retreating from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. Parts of these icebergs are being washed into Diamond beach. The almost transparent ice crystals on the black sand beach create a beautiful contrast that is rare to find somewhere else. 

Our next stop, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, is a beautiful wilderness area located within the Vatnajökull National Park. It owns some of the most diverse landscapes, including waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand deserts. 

There's also Katla Ice Cave, a unique ice formation that lives under a volcano. What also differentiates this ice cave from others is that it can be visited year-round!

SOUTH COAST SIGHTSEEING 

South Coast of Iceland offers the range of most breathtaking highlights. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, also known as the "Bieber Canyon." This beautiful 2-kilometer-long and 100-meter-deep formation became known worldwide after the famous singer shot his music video here. 

Next, we'll make a short stop at the Elhraun lava field. This field formed after one of the most powerful volcano eruptions in recorded history occurred. 

Reynisfjara black sand beach in South Coast's true gem. But don't be fooled by its beauty - it is also one of the most dangerous places in Iceland. A phenomenon called "sneaker waves" is pretty common here. The waves can become so big that they can pull unsuspecting tourists into the sea.

South Coast is also rich in waterfalls. Here is where you'll see some of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss are two of the most famous in the area, and you'll be able to visit them yourself!

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is called a geopthermal paradise for a reson. It is full of colored peaks, clear blue lakes, hot springs, and rambling lava flows. Hikers from all over the world come here to experience its unique hiking trails. While hiking through Landmannalaugar, you'll see one of the most landscapes of Iceland and, probably, the world.

On the first day of our 4-day tour, we'll visit the famous Golden Circle and its attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal Area. 

Most people say that if you genuinely want to understand Iceland and its way of life, you have to visit Thingvellir. The place, nestled between the two tectonic plates, is considered the nation's birthplace. It is where the early laws were made, and all the important gatherings happened in the old days bc to the Viking Age. It is also a unique geological place where you can witness North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting apart!

Next on our route is Gullfoss, or Golden Falls in English. This is probably the most iconic and most visited waterfall in Iceland. The water from the Hvita river falls in two stages, creating a beautiful and mighty cascade. 

Geysir Geothermal Area is home to Strokkur, Iceland's most active hot spring. This hot spring, called the famous Geysir's "little brother," erupts the boiling water every 5 to 10 minutes!

After this eventful day, we'll spend our first night at Adventure Hotel Geirland, located near the small town called Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir hot spring area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Hekla - Volcano Views (weather permitting)
Included
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

We'll start our day with a nutritious breakfast and then head towards the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach nearby. The lagoon is full of floating icebergs of various sizes and shapes. The icebergs are drifting toward the Atlantic ocean. Some ice crystals are washed into the Diamond Beach, creating a beautiful contrast with the black sand.

After visiting Jokulsarlon, we'll head to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where we will visit the visitor’s center and learn more about the national park and the glaciers.

During our visit to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, we'll also hike to the nearby Svartifoss waterfall. The waterfall is famous for its surrounding basalt columns. 

After an amazing glacier hike, we'll visit Katla Ice Cave, the only ice cave in Iceland that can be visited year-round. So, even if you come during the summer season, you have a chance to experience an ice cave. Since the temperature in the ice cave is always below zero, we advise you to dress warmly.

Our accommodation for the night will be at the Adventure Hotel Geirland.

Day Highlights
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Katla Ice Cave
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Hike to Svartifoss waterfall
  • Visit to Katla Ice Cave
  • One night in a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a tour of the magnificent South Coast. If the road conditions allow it, the day's first stop will be at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.

Our next stop will be at the iconic Eldhraun lava field, which appeared after the powerful volcanic eruption

Then, our South Coast tour will continue at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, a place where you'll be able to see the force of the Atlantic Ocean. The waves can be very unpredictable here, so you'll have to be cautious and follow your guide's instructions at all times.

After visiting Reynisfjara, we'll take our tour to the impressive 60-meter Skógafoss waterfall. There are 527 steps next to the fall, leading to a fantastic panoramic view from the top. 

After enjoying the day visiting South Coast, we'll get to the Hotel Hella for the night's rest.

Day Highlights
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Eyjafjallajökull Volcano/Glacier Views
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visit to sightseeing locations in South Coast
  • Hike to Katla Ice Cave
  • One night in a hotel

We'll start our day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before beginning our hiking adventure in Landmannalaugar. The trail we will take is approximately 8-10 km, so the hike should take around 4 hours to finish. The trail goes by the most beautiful places in Landmannalaugar, from the colored peak of Mt. Brennisteinsalda to the Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon

Heading back, we will pass through the Graenagil gorge, called "the Green Gorge," in Icelandic for its dominant green color. If we have enough time, we'll climb to Blahnukur Volcano right before soaking in the hot springs and taking in the surroundings of Landmannalaugar.

We will arrive back in Reykjavik at around 9:00 pm.

Day Highlights
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Brennisteinsalda mountain
  • Hekla volcano
  • Laugahraun lava fields
  • Hot spring bathing
Included
  • Guiding service
  • Hiking
  • Bathing in a natural hot pool
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Landmannalaugar facility fees
  • Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavik

Pick-up information

Pick up is at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures's pick-up list.

Remember to bring: 

Warm outdoor clothing includes layers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves, and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots are essential for glacier hiking since they are the only kind of footwear that fit ice crampons. Hiking boots for the glacier hike can be rented in the booking process, we recommend renting in advance.

What if I don't own all of these clothing items? 

Don't worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. However, if you wish to rent extras for the whole duration of the tour then this must be added to your booking at least 48 hours before your tour starts.

Contact us for more Information about this tour

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.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* If you have extra luggage that you would like to leave, we recommend storing luggage at the BSI Bus terminal (fees apply) or another luggage storage space in Reykjavik.

When booking with Adventures.com, you are guaranteed accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standards and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

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.

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.