3 Day South Coast, Golden Circle, Glacier Hike with Optional Ice Cave

Join us for a 3-day excursion to see the famous Golden Circle and the South Coast. Experience the beauty of our glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, hike on Europe's largest glacier and feast your eyes on powerful waterfalls and stunning nature.
Available: Oct - Apr
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Pick Up: Hotel pick-up included
Price From: ISK 79.900
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund

Tour Highlights

✅ Thingvellir National Park
✅ Gullfoss waterfall
✅ Geysir geothermal area
✅ Efstidalur II Farm
✅ Skogafoss waterfall
✅ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Glacier Hike on Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
✅ Diamond Beach
✅ Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach

Tour Details

Departure: 09:00 am
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Minimum age: Minimum age for glacier hike is 8 years. Children under 8 years can take part in all other activities.
Included: English speaking guide, Certified Glacier Guide, Small Group (21 persons max), Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board, Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe, Accommodation for 2 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom.
What to bring: Warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothing (second layer), hiking boots (available for rent when booking), Joy and happiness!

• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
• The limit is 24″ suitcase per person, and no multiple luggage allowed. If there is limited space in the car you might need to leave part of your luggage in our luggage storage, free of charge
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
• You will see the designated pick up locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking.
• We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter. Hiking boots are available at the time of booking.
• You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
• We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds. 

Tour Description

Hop on a comfortable minibus with a friendly, experienced guide and a small group for a 3-day excursion with us to explore the most famous locations in the Golden Circle and the South Coast.

During this tour, you’ll get the chance to see the famous Geysir and surrounding geothermal area, Gullfoss the powerful waterfall and Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle.

On the second and third day you’ll travel the renowned South Coast. Along the shore, you’ll get to see the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier. You also have the opportunity to add an optional tour to explore the mighty Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave.

Day 1

You will be picked up from Reykjavík, and from there, set out to see Iceland’s most famous route: The Golden Circle. You’ll get the chance to experience everything that the area has to offer, including geothermal areas, waterfalls, and our favorite locals.

Geysir Geothermal Area

The Geysir geothermal area hosts hundreds of colorful hot springs and two geysers, erupting hot springs. One is called “Geysir”, lending its name to all the geysers in the world. Today, however, it seldom erupts. The other geyser is called “Strokkur” and erupts every 5 minutes up to a height of 40 meters.

Gullfoss Waterfall

The melting water from Iceland´s second biggest glacier, Langjökull, falls into a deep canyon forming the majestic “Golden Falls”. On a sunny day, you can see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and enjoy a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall, an Instagram blockbuster waiting to happen!

Traditional Dairy Farm and Free Ice Cream

We visit Efstidalur farm owned by the same family since 1850. This Icelandic family-run business sticks to traditional Icelandic farming culture and focuses on cows and cattle breeding. You will be able to enjoy their tasty farm-to-table dairy products, see the stunning mountain view and see the friendly animals. Tröll Expeditions will invite you to taste the ice cream yourself and meanwhile watch the animals relaxing in the stable.

Thingvellir National Park

We visit the place where the two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. Few places in the world offer a better and clearer view of this massive geographic activity. The biggest natural lake in Iceland is also located at Thingvellir National Park and hosts a great variety of fish and bird life. Thingvellir is also an important place for Icelandic national history. At Thingvellir Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 a.d. where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”.

After you had seen all these magical places, you’ll get back on the bus and we’ll take you to the hotel to rest and get ready for the second day of your tour.

Day 2

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

The adventure begins when with the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic Instagram blockbuster!

Skógafoss waterfall

Further east along the coast is Skógafoss waterfall. Skógafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60 meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count your steps on your way up.

Glacier Hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park

We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country, Vatnajökull. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on our safety and glacier equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes we hike on the ice for an hour and a half. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. Skaftafell area has been used as a filming location for many famous TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones, Interstellar, James Bond, and others… Follow the steps of your favorite characters into the glacier!

day 3

Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon

Heading off day 3, you’ll see Jökulsárlón. The glacier lagoon is a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs come from Breiðamerkurjökull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice that floats south. Try walking alongside the glacier lagoon enjoying the magnificent views and dead silence of Icelandic nature.

The Diamond Beach

On the other side of the road the icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts, guaranteed to make your Instagram account pop!

Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach

Later, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dýrhólaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.

Optional Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave

You also have the option to add Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave as an extra for this tour. If you chose to do so, you’ll hop on our Super Jeep, put on your crampons and explore the mighty South Coast and Myrdalsjokull glacier. In this off-the-beaten-path tour to a natural ice cave underneath Katla volcano, you’ll admire the lunar surroundings, moss covered mountains and glaciers the South Coast of Iceland is so well known for.

After the tour we return to Reykjavik, arrival in the capital is expected around 20:00 (8:00 p.m.), but this is flexible and can change due to weather or traffic conditions, but fear not, it’s all part of your Icelandic travel experience!

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