Overview

This multi-day sightseeing and activity tour offers the best opportunity to see and experience Iceland within four days.

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • 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
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Active volcano hike

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.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Free Wifi
Availability Oct - May
Duration 4 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 6 YEARS
Difficulty Easy
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews from post-trip system

Fantastic tour & guide

Our guide ash was awesome. And athor on the glacier was great. We love these guys. They make Iceland.

Reviewed by Lindsay

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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up from & drop off in Reykjavík;
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • 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
  • Active volcano hike tour

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.

Not Included

  • Please note that food is not included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2, 3 & 4.

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Itinerary

Introduction

geysir hot spring eruption in iceland

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

On board a cozy minibus with your knowledgeable guide steering the direction, you are heading out on the most famous route in Iceland - the Golden Circle route. It’s a group of three locations claimed to be the most spectacular attractions in Iceland.

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

Waking up on the southern tip of Iceland, before you visit the breathtaking Reynisfjara black sand beach, a relishing breakfast is waiting for you. Then, Iceland’s weird beauty will once again show its magic through the basalt columns, rolling waves, and the Reynisdrangar basalt pillars - in the forms of several jagged, unyielding pyramids - standing offshore. Please pay attention to your guide’s suggestion about visiting since the forceful waves can be very dangerous.

Day Highlights
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Pillars
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Natural Ice Cave
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Diamond Beach
  • Guided Ice Cave Tour
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Skaftafell area)
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar
a man inside crystal ice cave

On day three, you are going to try a new glacier experience - glacier hiking on Falljökull glacier. You will be amazed by its magnificence as the glacier is dynamic, astonishing, and incredibly beautiful. The glacier is constantly moving, slowly but surely. In the process, it creates sinkholes, crevasses, moulins, ice ridge and other ice formations that later your glacier guide will talk about in detail. You will also see them or pass them during the hiking journey. It’s quite an unforgettable adventure. Since the glorious icescape is not an everyday scene - especially you get the chance to step in and appreciate it in a close distance - this immersive experience is a fantastic chance to learn about glacier’s amazing facts.

Day Highlights
  • Glacier Walk on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Fjaðrargljúfur Canyon*
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavík
Accommodation
Fosshótel Barón
or similar

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, you will join our active volcano hike tour where you get to explore an active volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and traverse Iceland’s otherworldly terrain.

Volcanic eruptions are unpredictable natural events. Whether small or large fissure cracks open, they 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 behind the lava explosion.

hikers taking pictures of a volcano

After active volcano hike you will get a chance to hunt 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!

happy friends watching northern lights in iceland at winter
Day Highlights
  • Active volcano
  • Northern lights
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Active volcano hike tour
  • Northern lights tour

Reviews

5
Based on 2 reviews

4 Day South Coast & active volcano

1- of 2 reviews

Good Iceland tour

Reviewed on by Jamie From our post-trip system

Tour guide was excellent, David took us to some amazing places because we weren't able to do the Ice Caving. Very happy overall.

Above & Beyond

Reviewed on by Connor From our post-trip system

Egill was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, kind and funny. He is an excellent tour guide for a beautiful country! He went above and beyond our expectations and we would love to return for another tour someday! We will definitely recommend Adventures.com to our friends here in the US

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).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

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.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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.

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 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.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

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