3 Day Tour - Golden Circle, South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave | AA-CSI
Three Day Adventure Tour - Waterfalls, Hot Springs, Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave
Amazing tour of Iceland's essential attractions!
Join us on a three-day adventure of the Golden Circle and South Coast. Visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall on the Golden Circle Route. Explore the South Coast waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Finally, experience a naturally formed Ice Cave and walk on a glacier, the ultimate short break tour in Iceland!
- All year
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Min. Age
- 10 years
- 88 750
- Golden Circle Route
- Þingvellir (e. Thingvellir National Park)
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Springs
- South Coast Highlights
- Seljandsfoss Waterfall
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Ice Cave
- Skaftafell National Park
- Vatnajokull Nature Reserve
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Eyjafjallajokull Glacier / Volcano view*
- Hekla Volcano / Volcano view*
What Is Included?
- Pick-up from selected locations in Reykjavík
- Guided tour in a minibus
- Hotel room with bathroom for 2 nights
- Breakfast on day 2 and 3
On this three-day adventure tour, we will visit the popular Golden Circle, South Coast highlights and see an amazing natural ice cave.
The Golden Circle includes three of Iceland's key attractions - Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir. Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its geological, historical and cultural importance. This is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart forming large cracks and faults. Together we will view the beautiful highlights of the South Coast including the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. A key highlight of this tour is a visit to a natural ice cave, an everchanging natural wonder that will leave us awe-inspired.
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE - THINGVELLIR, GEYSIR & GULLFOSS
First on the agenda is Thingvellir National park, one of UNESCO'S world heritage site. Here Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930, making it the world's oldest running parliament. Thingvellir is rich of geological wonders and national history. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plate meet in Thingvellir and you can clearly see the drift that has occurred over the years. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland and the whole area is covered with birch bushes that are very characteristic for the area.
Next, we visit Haukadalur valley geothermal area. The renown hot spring Geysir, the one all other hot springs have their name from, lies dormant at the moment. But Strokkur, spouting water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes, is very much alive and has taken over as the king of the area. Explore the Geysir area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes with a great opportunity in every footstep. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last site on the Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall is the most visited one in Iceland and for a good reason to. The amazing site of the roaring water rushing into the canyon is definitely something to write home about.
THE SOUTH COAST - SELJALANDSFOSS, SKOGAFOSS & REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH
From the Golden circle, we drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On our way, there will be possibilities for great sights all around, *Mt. Hekla being one of them on a clear day. Our next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall - the one you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. Skógafoss is a site not to be missed while in Iceland. Running from Eyjafjallajökull glacier the water in Skógafoss has come a long way. This impressive cascade falls 60 meters into the calm Skógará river. The mesmerizing view of this majestic fall can keep you captured for a while, but make sure to back on the bus in time because there is so much more to see. The last stop of this magical day is the black sand beach Reynisfjara. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the guidelines from your tour guide. The basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just offshore, gives you a good idea where some of the Icelandic folklore springs from. Don't miss the basalt column cave before you leave the black sand beach. We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the *Northern lights if the conditions are right.
GLACIER HIKE ON VATNAJOKULL
From our accommodation place, we continue our journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Our main object today is a glacier adventure, which includes *ice cave and glacier hiking in Vatnajökull. Vatnajökull glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe and thus, it has many outlet glaciers that are perfect for glacier hikes - our specialized glacier guides will pick the best possible one for the group. After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, we take 1-2-hour hike on the glacier. There are no physical preconditions needed for the glacier hike, but you will have to be able to hike for an hour, at least, to fully enjoy the magical glacier tour.
ICE CAVE EXPLORATION
Our certified glacier guides will lead you through the ice cave, ensuring your safety at all times. New ice caves are formed each winter and we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave the best. The blue color appears when the air is pressed out of the ice and it becomes completely dense. Fortunately, there's a degree of flexibility in this tour. 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 so you might visit the cave on day three if the guide estimates the conditions to be better then. We will spend about 45 minutes in and by the ice cave, which will give you time to explore the ice cave and take some great photographs. The temperature inside the glacier is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly. After this day's glacier adventure, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night. We will, of course, also keep an eye out for the Northern lights that night for the darkness of the countryside offers a great opportunity for Aurora spotting.
After breakfast, we move out to the magnificent Jökulasárlón glacier lagoon which awaits us in the morning. The lagoon and the close by beach, are filled with icebergs of different size and shape is a dreamlike sight in the twilight of the afternoon. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon. After the ice lagoon, we will head back to Reykjavík. This day gives us a chance to visit some of the sites from day one again on our way to Reykjavik. There will also be possibilities for some additional stops - all in accordance with the weather and conditions for we know that the forces of nature are in charge of all our actions during the winter. We will be in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 PM, depending on weather and conditions.
* This tour is available all year, but views, glacier tours (including glacier hikes and ice caving) and Northern Lights are weather and season dependent. Therefore, in winter, we search for the Northern Lights if the forecast looks good, hike on one of Vatnajokull's outlet glaciers and visit one of the natural ice caves in Vatnajokull glacier. If it's not possible to enter one of the Vatnajokull ice caves, then we will go to Katla Volcano Ice Cave in Myrdalsjokull glacier. In summer, it's not possible to see the Northern Lights due to brightness, however, we will witness the magical Midnight Sun and we will visit the Katla Volcano Ice Cave, which is accessible all year. We may need to change glacier or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions, however, all glaciers used on this tour are incredible! Views of Eyjafjallajokull glacier and Hekla volcano are also subject to weather conditions.
- Warm outdoor clothing
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Headwear and gloves
- Good hiking shoes are recommended
Pick up starts at 9:00 a.m. and drop off on day 3 is between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.