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This multi-day sightseeing and activity tour offers the best opportunity to see and experience Iceland within four days. The absolute highlight of this trip will be the recently erupted volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula!

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • Hike to the recently erupted volcano
  • The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
  • Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Ice caving tour
  • Glacier hike
  • The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Northern lights search
  • Small group experience
  • Vatnajokull National Park

Included

  • Pick-up from & drop off in Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Guided hike to the recently erupted volcano
  • Guided Ice Cave Visit
  • Guided Glacier Hiking
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Necessary Glacier Equipment
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 3 nights
  • Hotel Breakfasts on Days 2, 3 & 4
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • 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

Tour Snapshot

Availability Oct - April
Duration 4 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 12 years
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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Itinerary

You can find the Icelandic winter’s charm in the miraculous Northern Lights, the mesmerizing glacier ice cave, and you are going for a glacier hiking to see an awesome glacier up-close, as well as, experience an absolute highlight recently erupted volcano.

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.

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.

gullfoss waterfall in winter at sunset

We’ll begin our tour will Thingvellir National Park – a phenomenal UNESCO World Heritage site where Iceland’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD. This parliament has moved to Reykjavik, but it still exists, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Thingvellir is located in a geologically unique area between the tectonic plates drifting apart. Here, you will be able to walk between them while your local guide tells all the fascinating stories related to this place.

Our next stop will be at the Geysir Geothermal Area, full of bubbling pods in the ground. You’ll see the famous Geysir, which is dormant nowadays. You’ll also see its little brother, Strokkur, shooting the boiling water up to 30 meters in the sky every 5-10 minutes.

After that, the famous Gullfoss waterfall awaits us. Gullfoss, or “The Golden Falls,” is a beautiful water cascade falling in two stages. During the summer, there’s a rainbow over the waterfall, which is an amazing sight to see.

After visiting the Golden Circle, we’ll head south to see one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland – Seljalandsfoss. On a clear day, you can even get views of the Hekla volcano from here!

We’ll spend the night in a countryside hotel where you’ll have a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir Hot Spring area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Hekla Volcano Views
Included
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Vík area)
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
sunset at diamond beach in jokulsarlon

After beginning our day with a hearty breakfast, we’ll head towards the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach nearby. Along the way, we will see moss-covered lava fields and incredible rock formations from the last volcanic eruptions.

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is famous for its glittering icebergs, slowly floating across the lagoon. Most of these icebergs make their way into the ocean, but some of them are washed out on the black-sanded Diamond Beach.

After that, we’ll head to Skaftafell Nature Reserve for our next adventure. Vatnajokull Glacier is not only the biggest glacier in Iceland but also the biggest in Europe. We’ll take a scenic glacier hike on one of its tongues and enter a true natural ice cave!

In the evening, we’ll head to Adventure Hotel Geirland, where we will spend the night.

Day Highlights
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Glacier Hike
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Diamond Beach
  • Guided Glacier Hike and Ice Cave Tour
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Skaftafell area)
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
a man inside crystal ice cave

Day three is dedicated to South Coast of Iceland and its treasures. If the weather allows it, we’ll make a small detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, also known as the “Bieber Canyon”, in the beginning of the day.

Later on, we’ll continue our tour by visiting the unique Eldhraun lava field where your guide will share an interesting story of how this eruption might have impacted the emergence of democracy in Europe.

After that, the famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach awaits us. Here you can feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean and see the Reynisdrangar basalt pillars, rising from the sea.

Next, there’s impressive Skogafoss waterfall. There’s a path next to the waterfalls leading to magnificent panoramic views over the area. We can even catch a glimpse of Eyjafjallajökull if the visibility is good.

In the evening, we’ll return to Reykjavik.

Day Highlights
  • Fjaðrargljúfur Canyon
  • Eldhraun lava field
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar basalt pillars
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Views of Eyjafjallajökull
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavík
Accommodation
Fosshótel Barón
or similar

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, you will join our volcano hike tour, where you can explore a recently erupted volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and see the newly formed land for yourself!

Volcanic eruptions are unpredictable natural events. Whether small or large fissure cracks open, occur due to lava bursting out as well as other pyroclastic effects. Every eruption brings a rare and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the sheer power.

hikers taking pictures of a volcano

After hiking to the eruption if you are traveling during the September-March months you will get a chance to hunt the amazing Northern Lights.

Our exhilarating aurora hunt takes you deep into Iceland’s rural heartlands, leaving the city lights behind and providing the perfect conditions to witness the heavenly light show. If you’re looking to see something supernatural and cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list, then this is the tour for you!

Please note: Nothern Lights chase is available only during the winter season from September to March. Went to a tour but didn’t spot the Northern Lights? No worries, you can book another tour to see the lights free of charge. Note that this deal is unlimited and is valid for 3 years. So, don’t give up on your first time, get in touch with our Customer Care to witness this natural phenomenon.

Please keep in mind that volcanic eruption is a natural phenomenon and therefore is hard to predict. We cannot guarantee the sight of boiling lava, but while the main crater is dormant, you will still be able to see the fresh lava surrounding the area.

happy friends watching northern lights in iceland at winter
Day Highlights
  • Recently erupted volcano site
  • Northern lights
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided volcano hike tour
  • Northern lights tour

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Frequently asked questions

Our multi-day tours will give you a small group experience as they are operated in a mini-bus and you get a better connection with the guide.

By booking a multi-day tour with us, you don’t need to have to worry about finding accommodation during the time of the tour as our multi-day tour includes accommodation which is often booked far in advance. You will get more opportunities to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to see on a one-day tour. 

All of our tours are English guided so you will have English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour that will tell you everything about what you see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by at to get the absolute best experience.

When booking your tour you are guaranteed accommodations at a friendly country hotel and/or guesthouse. All of the hotels we work with are of the same standard and offer nice rooms with beds and linen. The standard room is a twin room but it is possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.

Free Wi-Fi, towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels.

If you want to have your own room, then a single supplement is payable in order to secure a single room. If you do not wish to book a single room then you will be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Breakfast is included at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant during the tour. Meals and beverages are not included on your tour. However, we will make stops at restaurants and conveniences stores where you are able to purchase all necessities.

The average amount spent on food each day per person is 8,000 ISK (80$). Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are accepted at all restaurants and stores. A small amount of cash won't hurt though.

A typical breakfast buffet is included at all the hotels/guesthouses we stay at during the tour, allowing you to fuel up for the day on various slices of bread, toppings, cereal, fruits, and yogurt. Tea and coffee are also included, alongside a variety of additional tasty options.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch, where you can find a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels/guesthouses we stay at for the night. We will make stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

The average amount spent on food each day per person is 8,000 ISK (80$). Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are accepted at all restaurants and stores. A small amount of cash won't hurt, though.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and one piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs). If you are traveling with extra bags or heavier luggage, you will need to book suitable storage before you arrive; this will incur a small fee. There is the option to add luggage storage in Reykjavík during the booking process of your order in the extras section.

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

We welcome all participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. Our average group usually consists of participants between the ages of 22 to 55 years. However, we have people of all ages, ranging from 8 to 99 years, joining our multi-day tours. We get a lot of solo travelers joining us, as well as families and friends.

If you find yourself having difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, then you are more than welcome to skip it. Iceland is surrounded by beautiful scenery so you can explore your surroundings in the meantime r wait elsewhere while others do the activity. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available if requested.

The average is around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You’ll spend approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. Stops are of course, made at multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks, lunch stops, etc.

We do offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking shoes. These items are available to book under the selection “Extras’’ in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do that at least 24 hours before your tour starts, via our Customer Portal.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen on your tour. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see the lights is between September - March when it’s a dark and clear sky. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from the city lights.

Most of the hotels on our tours are remotely located and, therefore, ideal for spotting the northern lights. If the forecast is in our favor, then it is very likely that you will be able to see the northern lights. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake-up call upon request if lights are spotted, so it is more likely that you will see the lights on a multi-day tour!

We always highly 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) you should be able to join the tour, but be aware that some risks could follow such as flight gets delayed and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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