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Three-day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón, and Ice Cave | IS-AA0130

Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, Ice Cave, and Glacier Hike

Overview

Join us on an epic three-day tour that will introduce you to some of Iceland’s most famous attractions!

Tour Highlights

  • The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
  • Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Ice caving tour
  • The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Northern lights search (Sept - Apr)
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Glacier hike
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Discover Iceland’s classic highlights and fuel your wanderlust with two mind-blowing adventures under the Arctic Sky! On this quintessential full-day excursion, step between two tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park, take pictures of the famous Gullfoss Waterfall and get up close to the geothermal fields at Geysir. Then, hop on a snowmobile and zoom over the vast expanses of Iceland’s second largest glacier. To top it off, cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list!

Pick-up Information

  • 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.

Practical Information

  • 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.

 

  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Personal Experience
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
Available Oct - Apr
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Level Easy
Minimum age 8
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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79 875 ISK

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What's Included

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

Not Included

  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Airport transfers

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About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

This magical three-day combination tour will take you on a wonderful winter journey through the land of fire and ice. It begins with the famous Golden Circle Route, encompassing Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, before we head south to see the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.

We’ll spend the second day on Iceland’s iconic South Coast – marveling at dramatic black sand beaches, the glorious Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the inside of a beautiful ice cave. Finally, it’s time to explore an icy natural wonder on an incredible glacier hike.

We’ll stay in comfortable countryside hotels during the evening, offering the tantalizing prospect of us seeing the Northern Lights dancing in the velvety night sky. This tour is the best of Iceland!

We’ll collect you from Reykjavik at 9:00 and head for the famous Golden Circle Route, which encompasses Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss Waterfall.

Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park – Iceland’s first and most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the location of Alþingi, the world’s oldest parliament established in 930 CE, now it draws tourists from all over the world. Look out for the Law Rock, where the Lawspeaker recited the laws of the land--and pose for a historic photo.

From its summit, you’ll also be able to see the seismic rift valley that divides Europe and North America – an ever-expanding gap between two tectonic plates in one of the most unique geological places in the world.

Next up, we’ll drive out to Geysir, a geothermally active area that hosts a few erupting geysers. The Great Geysir may be dormant now but its neighbor Strokkur never fails to disappoint. Every 3-4 minutes, Strokkur erupts in a tower of boiling water, reaching up to 40 meters in the air in what is one of nature’s most dramatic shows.

Our final stop is Gullfoss (the Golden Falls) – the most beautiful and most popular waterfall in Iceland. Enjoy the legendary golden color of its cascade as it tumbles down into a luscious canyon below. On sunny days, the waterfall catches some stunning rainbows – a truly magnificent photo opportunity!

The waterfalls of the South Coast

Once we’ve finished the Golden Circle we’ll drive towards the South Coast, passing the notorious Hekla Volcano along the way to Seljalandsfoss – a truly unique waterfall, with a hidden cave behind its elegant cascade that allows you to see it from both sides.

From there we’ll head to Skógafoss – a 60-meter waterfall that cascades down into a calm pool. There is a meandering set of steps that leads its way up the hill, offering stunning vistas of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. Keep an eye out for the fascinating rock formations perched around halfway up, which local legend believes are trolls who were turned to stone by the rising sun.

You’ll stay at a charming country hotel, near the coastal town of Vík – an ideal spot to look out for the ethereal Northern Lights, dancing above the ocean waves.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

 

We’ll enjoy a hearty Icelandic breakfast and then head toward the iconic Reynisfjara beach. There you’ll see the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean, thunder against the jet-black sands. Make sure that you are careful and listen to your guides, because the waves can be surprisingly vicious. You’ll see an incredible series of basalt columns rising up the cliff face next to the beach, while the famous Reynisdrangar sea-stacks lie just off the coast. Once you see these incredible rock formations, you’ll understand where the stories about the giants and trolls came from!

 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

 

We’ll drive past sprawling lava fields and remarkable sand deserts as we drive towards the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Soon Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, will come into view and we’ll see Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which unfurls like an icy carpet from the main body of the glacier.

When we arrive at Jökulsárlón you’re in for a treat – the lagoon is filled with a host of different icebergs, of all manner of shapes and sizes, which drift away from Breiðamerkurjökull and float into the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll be mesmerized by the incredible colors of the icebergs, which range from sapphire blue to brilliant white. There is also a host of different animals living in the area – seabirds abound, and you may see a playful seal bobbing amongst the icebergs. We’ll also see aptly named black-sand Diamond Beach, where many of the icebergs sit like diamonds in the rough amongst the dark volcanic sands.

 

Glacier Ice Cave Iceland

 

Our next adventure will take us deep into the heart of a glacier! Accompanied by one of our expert glacier guides, you’ll be visiting the enchanting world inside an ice cave. We normally visit the Crystal Ice Cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, however, this may be changed according to the glacier conditions. Ice caves are ever-evolving natural wonders that change every winter – your friendly guide will explain how all the majestic ice formation occur and tell you more about the mighty glaciers that they hide within. Light often creeps into the caves to illuminate the ice – making for rare photo opportunities.

We’ll spend the night in a cozy countryside hotel in the surrounding area – another wonderful opportunity to cross the Northern Lights off of your bucket list.

Prepare yourself, strap-on some ice crampons and get ready to explore one of the world’s coldest natural wonders. We usually visit the Svínafellsjökull glacier – although this might be changed if the weather conditions dictate. Glaciers are fascinating places – existing in a state of constant motion, they are an ever-changing, ever-evolving landscape. We’ll see things like sinkholes, crevasses, ice falls and rugged ridges – the perfect way to understand the majesty of these vast bodies of ice. Your guide will tell you about them all and explain how human actions are impacting these natural wonders. So, prepare yourself for a sensual experience unlike any other and get ready to hike on a glacier!

We’ll then begin our return journey – stopping at some interesting places along the way. We cannot tell you exactly when we will get back to Reykjavik, as the weather is unpredictable, but we expect to return between 20:00 and 23:00.

 

Added Bonus

 

If the conditions allow, then we will visit the majestic Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon – the perfect end to an already incredible tour!

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.

Disclaimer

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Reviews

5
Based on 10 reviews

Three-day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón, and Ice Cave

1- of 10 reviews

Awesome experience!

Reviewed 13/05/2019 by Ana Paula and Conrado

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 27/04/2019 by Blaise Pearce

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 08/04/2019 by Matias Vermehren

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.

Reviewed 04/04/2019 by Jo Townson

It was just me and my 16-year-old son. The three day tour was a fantastic experience. We saw so much more than we would have on our own. Siggi was so knowledgeable about the sites, and also about Icelandic history. He teaches literature and theater at the university level as well, so we got to hear about elves, fairies and trolls too! Surely things we would never have learned on our own. Iceland is so utterly amazing and beautiful. Arctic Adventures is a great company. We took another of their tours as well.

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

Reviewed 03/04/2019 by Maria Warbrick

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 02/04/2019 by Jasmin

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.

Tour guide Sindri was the BEST!

Reviewed 16/03/2019 by Jean

Six friends and I took the three day/two night Golden Circle/Glacier Lagoon tour. Sindri was our guide/driver. He was one of those rare guides who was SO GOOD that you will always rate other guides against him. Sindri kept us "entertained" (educated, really) by keeping up a constant narrative between our stops. We were like sponges, soaking up all of the information he shared. There seemed to be no subject he wasn't knowledgeable about: history, economics, geology, geography, art, pop culture, folk tales and customs, food, zoology, astronomy, TO NAME A FEW! I recommend the Arctic Adventures tour 100%. I can only hope that all of the tour guides were half as good as Sindri. If so, they were fabulous!!

An unforgettable experience

Reviewed 09/03/2019 by Wesley

There's always a chance your well planned trip doesn't meet your expectations, so I'm glad to say this trip surpassed them. Gummi, our tour guide, was engaging, informative and laid back, which meant we were able to soak up the sights and atmosphere without ever feeling rushed from place to place. The sights were magnificent, from waterfalls to geysers, glaciers, an ice cave and a black sand beach. We saw and experienced a lot more than I'd thought possible in just 3 days. Everything was well organised and the accommodation was very good also. Even the weather played ball, remaining unseasonally mild for the duration of the trip. I'd like to thank Gummi and Arctic Adventures for a great trip, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Iceland's south coast in 3 days

Reviewed 08/03/2019 by Ariff Khan

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 04/03/2019 by Andros Florides

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.