3-Day Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & Fjadrargljufur Canyon
The Golden Circle is first on the agenda with its three main attractions; Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Thingvellir National park, an UNESCO’S world heritage site will be your first stop. After exploring all that the national park has to offer, you will head to Geysir, geothermal area. Explore the area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last attraction of the popular Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall with its roaring water rushing into the canyon is the most visited one in Iceland. From Gullfoss, you will drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On your way, there will be possibilities for great sights all around. Next up, you will visit Skógafoss waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can walk behind. You will spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where during the winter months you will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are in your favor.
Day 2 - Black sand beach & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Your day starts with a stop at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the instructions from your tour guide. The basalt pillars, Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore are a sight not soon forgotten. From Reynisfjara, you will continue your journey towards the east. Vatnajökull glacier dominates the area, including the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon filled with floating icebergs, which will be your next stop. After this day’s adventures, you will head to the Skaftafell area where you will spend the night. During the winter months, the group will, of course, also keep an eye out for the Northern lights that night if the conditions are right.
Day 3 - Glacier Walk and Ice Caving
On the last day of your 3 day adventure, you will go on an ice cave adventure. The adventure allows you to experience the wonders of a natural ice cave. Once inside the cave, you will have plenty of time to explore the magical ice and take photos. New ice caves are formed each winter so we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave at its best. The weather in Iceland is ever-changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will, therefore, decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time. After your time in the cave, you will head back to Reykjavík with some stops along the way including the Fjadrargljufur Canyon. We should be arriving back in the capital between 8 and 11 PM.
- Small-group experience
- Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik
- Guided tour in a minibus
- A visit to Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls.
- A visit to Fjadrargljufur Canyon
- Accommodation for 2 nights
- Breakfast at the hotels
- Ice cave experience
- Free wi-fi on board
- Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park
- Entry/Admission - Strokkur
- Entry/Admission - Seljalandsfoss
- Entry/Admission - Skogafoss
- Entry/Admission - Gullfoss
- Entry/Admission - Reynisfjara Beach
- Entry/Admission - Skaftafellsjokull
- Entry/Admission - Glacier Lagoon
- Food & drinks (except breakfast at the hotels)
- Please note that if you are a solo traveler and do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, head wear, and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
- The order of the itinerary might change due to weather conditions. Your guide will have full power to make amendments to the itinerary when necessary.
- Minimum age is 8 years old
- This tour has the flexibility to make the most of the seasonal changes such as changes in weather and conditions. During the summer Iceland is characterized by energizing bright nights and midnight sun. Between August and May, if the forecast is suitable, you might even be able to spot the magical show put on by the Northern Lights. It is important to note that a guided Northern Lights hunt is however not included in the tour. Other wonderful and interesting possibilities can also come up during your south coast tour with us as Iceland is full of surprises.
- We use a couple of different ice caves for our 3 Day Golden Circle & South Coast tour. Ice caves are ever-changing and unpredictable natural phenomena. We usually visit the Crystal Cave at Breiðmerkurjökull during this tour but when the Crystal Cave is inaccessible we will most likely visit Katla Ice Cave. Which ice cave is chosen will however always depend upon the conditions and safety considerations on the day, sometimes a different ice cave will be visited. If conditions do not allow us to visit an ice cave a glacier hike will be offered as an alternative.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
This is a wonderfully executed three day trip. It was well guided by Hawk, who did a fantastic job! We felt very well taken care of and learned a great deal along the way. We lucked out and had three days of sunshine and our adventures were all that much better due to great weather. My only negative comment is that you really don't have any choice for dinner, and you have to eat at the hotels while on the road. Both of the meals were very expensive. One of the hotels did not have any non-vegetarian choices under 35 a meal. The food was simple and fine but not worth the money. SInce there are no options and you must eat at the hotel if you want to eat dinner, I think dinner, like breakfast should be included in the price. All in all though...it was a great experience!!
This was a great option for two Southerners from the United States exploring Iceland in January. In a matter of a few hours, the weather would go from snowy to sleet to rain to beautiful blue skies, and it was helpful to have a guide who knew the weather conditions and exactly where to go on the roads even with occasional poor visibility. The tour itself was fantastic! We hit all the highlights of Iceland's southern coast in an extremely timely manner. Our guide was savvy enough to read when certain areas would be crowded or not particularly at the few and far between restaurants, so this helped us spend more time on the natural beauties of Iceland. With Adventure in the title, I thought there might be more adventure/strenuous activity, but all activities are essentially walking or an occasional light hike. People of all ages can easily keep up with this tour.
This trip is great. Our guide was Ragnar and he was very enthusiastic, funny, informative and really cared about our group having a good time. We had a group of 12. The bus pick up was on time. Since we went in mid January, daylight was only from approx 10:30-4:30pm. He made sure that we saw as much as possible in the short amount of time. We spend about 20-35 minutes in each place before driving to the next location. It was plenty of time to explore a bit and snap a bunch of pictures. It may have been a tiny bit rushed for some people but I would rather see as much as possible during the day than get to the last couple of locations in the dark and not see anything. In the summertime, they spend more time in each location. The last day of our tour had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Ragnar did his best to make sure we had a good time on Day 2 since we were missing out on the glacier hike on Day 3. After the trip, Viator processed the refund within 24 hours.