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About Tour

Our 3-day tour along the South Coast has it all! Stunning landscapes, the Golden Circle, ice caves, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon and Northern Lights watching.

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
  • Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Svartifoss Waterfall (summer only)
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Ice caving tour
  • Glacier hike (winter only)
  • The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)
  • Northern lights search (Sept - April)
  • Hekla - Volcano Views (weather permitting)
  • Eyjafjallajökull - Volcano/Glacier Views (weather permitting)

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Golden Circle Sightseeing tour
  • Visits to all the famous south coast attractions
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Two nights in a hotel with a private bathroom
  • Hotel Breakfasts (x2)
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • A waterproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking shoes

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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  • Nominated Tour of the Year 2019 - Iceland
  • Best Seller
  • Expert Guides
  • Small Group Experience
  • Free Wifi
  • No Booking Fees

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Itinerary

On the way we see waterfalls, volcanoes, floating icebergs, cliffs, black sand beaches, geysers, hot springs and so much more. There are even options for a glacier hike or a visit to the Secret Lagoon, and during the summer months you can add a boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

geysir strokkur eruption in iceland

We’ll start on the Golden Circle route at Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir was the first place in Iceland to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its historical and geological importance. The valley was once home to the Althingi, the oldest parliament in the world, first founded in 930 c.e.

Thingvellir is also the only place in the world where you can walk between two continental plates, from Europe to North America. Its location, on a seismic hotspot, has dramatically enhanced its beauty and we’ll see fascinating rock formations, vast lava fields, sapphire blue waterfalls and much, much more.

Our journey will continue to the Geysir Geothermal area – known for its many erupting geysers and bubbling fumaroles. The most famous, Strokkur, erupts every 5-7 minutes, propelling clouds of steam up to 30 meters into the air. The geysers here helped to launch Icelandic tourism and have been synonymous with the country ever since.

Our final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss – a magnificent two-step waterfall that originates at the Langjökull glacier. Its name comes from the golden spray from the falls as it cascades over the brown lava rock. Be sure to bring a camera because you’ll definitely want to immortalize the scene!

We’ll then head to the South Coast on the Ring Road, the final stop of the day is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. This white waterfall tumbles down 60 meters into a gorge below. In good weather, you can walk behind it, leading to some fantastic shots of every angle. We'll also pass the notorious Hekla volcano on our way to a charming country hotel. Hopefully, the skies will be clear and the ethereal colors of the Northern Lights during the September - April months will illuminate the heavens – a bucket-list experience that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.

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)
  • Northern Lights Hunting (During September-April in good conditions)
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
happy friends watching jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

Day two will start off with a visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Jökulsárlón is famous for its blue icebergs, which break away from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float out to the Atlantic Ocean in a spellbinding display of remarkable beauty. The lagoon also hosts a playful seal population that swims in between the icebergs.

Some of the icebergs wash up on the aptly named Diamond Beach, where they sit like glittering jewels on its dark volcanic sands. Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach are truly magical places and we thoroughly recommend bringing a camera – because we guarantee that you’ll take amazing photos.

After spending time alongside beautiful icebergs, our tour will head south to Iceland's famous Skaftafell Nature Reserve for a new adventure. From October to April, we join for a glacier hike to a natural ice cave on Vatnajokull Glacier. Going on a glacier hike is an incredible experience – a vast expanse of pristine snow, dotted with interesting rock and ice formations. After our hike, we'll enter a natural ice cave where we'll enjoy mind-blowing ice formations while learning more about how glaciers form. From May to September, we go to the only natural ice cave you can visit all year - the Katla Ice Cave tour near Vik.

Each ice cave only exists for a year and is totally unique, meaning that we can’t tell you exactly what we will be seeing. However, they are usually incredibly beautiful, thanks to the gorgeous patterns that the meltwaters have carved into the ice.

We’ll spend the evening in a traditional countryside hotel – keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights again (availability between September - April).

Day Highlights
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Glacier Hike (winter only)
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss Waterfall (summer only)
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Glacier hike tour (winter only)
  • Guided ice cave tour
  • Hike to Svartifoss waterfall (summer only)
  • Northern Lights Hunting (During September-April in good conditions)
  • One night in a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Skogafoss Waterfall

Day three is filled with iconic South Coast highlights. As we head back to Reykjavik, our first stop is Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, whose vivid blue glacial river offers a stark contrast to mossy lava rock. Fjaðrárgljúfur is incredibly photogenic and we guarantee that you’ll capture some unforgettable moments. Be aware that on some days, we may not be able to stop at Fjaðrárgljúfur, as the ecosystem is very fragile and subject to occasional closure.  

After Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, we'll head towards the moss-carpeted Eldhraun lava field, an ominous monument to the largest lava flow in recorded history. Our friendly guide will tell us fascinating facts about this dramatic event and point out the icy glacial rivers and vast sand plains that were carved out by massive glacial floods.

Next, we'll drive to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. To one side towers a cluster of basalt columns, like tubes of a gigantic stone organ buried within the hills. Just offshore, the dramatic Reynisdrangar basalt pillars rise like mighty turrets out of the sea.

Following Reynisfjara, our next stop will be at Skógafoss Waterfall – a place of myth and legend that plays a vital role in the Icelandic sagas. Once upon a time, a passing troll was so enchanted by the beauty of the waterfall that he forgot about the approaching dawn. As the sun rose, it transformed him into stone. To this day, you can still see the troll’s faces in the rock formations that overlook the falls.

We’ll climb the winding steps that lead to its summit and enjoy a spectacular view of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, rising on the horizon behind the falls. Locals also believe that one of the first Viking settlers buried the treasure somewhere in the area – perhaps, we’ll get lucky and find it!

We’ll then drive back to Reykjavik, arriving between 17-19:00 (5-7 p.m.) after a magical three days in the land of fire and ice.

Day Highlights
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon (weather permitting)
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Eyjafjallajökull Volcano/Glacier Views (weather permitting)
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavík
  • Pick-up begins at 9:00 from your hotel or another meeting point in Reykjavik
  • Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes – we thank you for your patience in advance.
  • Check out our list of available pick-up points here.
  • Please remember to bring – warm outdoor clothing, thermal top and bottom layers, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots are vital for glacier hiking and you will need them to attach crampons.
  • Hiking boots can be rented during the booking process or at the Glacier Guides Booking Center in Skaftafell, however we strongly recommend that you do so in advance.
  • If you want extra clothing items or sturdy hiking boots during the entire course of the tour, then you can rent them during the booking process.

Please Note  

  • We reserve the right to cancel or alter the tour at short notice – Iceland’s weather is unpredictable, and your safety is of the utmost importance to us, we will never put you in danger.
  • We may visit a different ice cave, depending on the time of year and prevailing weather conditions.
  • We may have to choose a different glacier for our glacier hike, depending on the weather conditions.
  • Iceland is cold during the winter, please dress accordingly.
  • We cannot guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, as they are a natural phenomenon that cannot be predicted. However, the tour will take place during the late autumn, winter or early spring, which are the peak times for Northern Lights watching, giving you an excellent chance.

Reviews

5
Based on 7 reviews

3 Day South Coast, Golden Circle and Ice Cave Tour

1- of 7 reviews

Awesome experience!

Reviewed on May 13, 2019 by Ana Paula and Conrado From our post-trip system

Usually I am not a fan of tours because I love to get to know a country on my own. But because of the severe icelandic weather and harsh road conditions during winter, me and my husband ended up booking this 3-day South Coast tour. We ended up loving it! Our guide, Hjalti, was excellent. He taught us so much about his beautiful country and his love for the place was contagious. He made some really cool and informative stops that were not on the usual itinerary and that we loved. He also helped us seeing the Northern Lights and helped us plan our itinerary for the next few days (when we would be on our own - thank you for the excellent recommendations, Hjalti! We ended up doing a lot of the things you recommended and had a great time!). We had nice talks about Iceland and the icelandic culture and shared with him a little about our life back in Brasil. He really made the 3 days we spent together memorable. The hotel we stayed in for both nights was also very clean and comfortable (the only problem was that the hot water ended fast, but it did not bother us too much). The minivan was also comfortable. We really had a great time during the tour and recommend it to everyone!

Truly amazing tour!

Reviewed on April 27, 2019 by Blaise Pearce From our post-trip system

A jam-packed 3 days of incredible sights and experiences! Exceeded all of our already pretty high expectations. This is the best way to fit loads of amazing places in southern Iceland without feeling like you're being rushed around. Usually not a tour person but this was seriously the best decision to explore this part of Iceland! Accomodation was also great and really convenient that we were staying at the same hotel both night as we could leave our stuff there. Arni was an awesome tour guide, sharing some of his favourite places and making sure we were always comfortable, well informed and well prepared. Absolutely cannot recommend this tour enough! Already planning when to come back to this amazing country.

Unbelievable experience

Reviewed on April 08, 2019 by Matias Vermehren From our post-trip system

Wow... I think that was the permanent word that I have in my mind during this tour. The tour was very well planned, going to the right spots, the right time, with breath taking places. The tour guide (Rangnar) had an incredible energy, making the experience even better and unforgettable. It is difficult to find something to recommend to make it better. Please, take the tour. It worth every single dollar or pound invested in it.

3 day tour - Golden Circle/Ice Cave/Glacier Hike - March2019

Reviewed on April 03, 2019 by Maria Warbrick From our post-trip system

Thank you! We had the best time. All arrangements were perfectly executed. Big thanks to guide Dui who kept the show moving and got us exactly where we needed to be at the right time. Gently spoken, but incredibly knowledgeable about all things Iceland, we learnt a lot from him. So many highlights from the trip - Diamond Beach and the glacier hike being our personal favourites. Iceland is a truly magical place. The hotels that were used were both very good - warm, clean and comfortable with good food. All costs in Iceland were quite high, though the hotels chosen for the tour weren't especially expensive compared with what we experienced on our other days. Thoroughly recommended.

3 day tour

Reviewed on April 02, 2019 by Jasmin From our post-trip system

My friend and i went on the 3 day tour and it was great. The perfect way to see a lot of different things in iceland in a short space of time. Palme our guide was great he changed the itinery around for us as he knew it was going to rain on our last day and none of us wanted to go on the beaches in the rain. I can't fault him as a guide he was excellent very informative and was able to have a joke with us which was great.

Iceland's south coast in 3 days

Reviewed on March 08, 2019 by Ariff Khan From our post-trip system

Wonderful experience touring Iceland's south coast. Got to see the famed golden triangle, visit an ice cave and my personal favourite was the Glacial hike among just a few things we did and saw! Ricky was our driver and tour guide and he was excellent! Very informative and a great sense of humour! Can't wait to go back!

Reviewed on March 04, 2019 by Andros Florides From our post-trip system

Despite storms that constantly threatened to derail our schedule, we had a wonderful 3 day tour of the south coast. A highlight of this tour was the glacier hiking on the last day. Well worth the extra couple of days to see more than just the golden circle - the black beach at reynisfjara was spectacular as were the glacier lagoon / diamond beach and the glacier hike. Loved the fact that this tour had activities on days 2 and 3 - ice cave visit and glacier hike. We had our 12 year old daughter with us and she loved it also. The hotel used by the company is very basic (no double beds, 2 singles per room) but you really only use it to sleep, the food is good and it is right in the middle of nowhere so you have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. Our guide Haukkur was a gentleman and full of information, an excellent guide. The only suggestion I have is that it would have enhanced our experience even more if we could have been given crampons for the visit to the glacier lagoon / diamond beach as the site was incredibly icy and it took forever to gingerly get from the glacier lagoon to the diamond beach; treacherous. We got crampons at the end of the visit in order to visit the ice cave, and wished we had had them earlier. Overall an excellent tour and I would recommend.

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 opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to see on a one day tour. Please be noted that packages do not include accommodation.

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 you are guaranteed accommodation at a friendly country hotel and/or guesthouse. All of the hotels we have partnered up with are all with the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. 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 than a single supplement is available but you are not required to pay a single supplement. 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 all the hotels/guesthouses we stay 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, 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.

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.

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). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added 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 consist of participants between the age of 22-55 years. Although we have people of all ages ranging from 8-99 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 on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks, lunch stops and 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 prior to 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 to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in our favor, then it is very likely that you will be able to see that northern lights. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call upon request if they are 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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