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3 Day South Coast - Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave

Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Northern Lights, Ice cave & Reynisfjara

Three-day tour along the south coast taking you to some of Iceland's most precious jewels - glaciers, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a diamond beach, magnificent waterfalls, an ice cave, the Golden Circle and the Northern Lights.

Glacier-Hiking Geysir Ice-Caving Northern-Lights Sightseeing Tours waterfall
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This small group 3-day tour is fabulous for those with limited time to enjoy the best of Iceland. An unforgettable adventure, the most popular attractions, spectacular waterfalls, glacier hiking and a magnificent ice cave in Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier. Your nights are spent away from the city, giving you the best chance of seeing the glittering northern lights.

If an afternoon departure is something that suits you better then you should definitely have a look at our afternoon version instead –
3 Day Golden Circle Afternoon, South Coast & Northern Lights

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

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  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio


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  • Price from

    79.875 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir Hot Springs
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Ice Cave Visit
Reynisfjara - Black Beach & Basalt Columns
Eyjafjallajökull - Volcano / Glacier Views*
Hekla - Volcano Views*
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon*
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Minibus Tour
Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir)
Highlights of the South Coast
Ice Cave Visit and Glacier Hiking
Certified Glacier Guide
English Speaking Tour Guide
All Necessary Glacier Equipment
All Required Safety Equipment
Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 2 nights
Hotel Breakfasts on Days 2 & 3
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Golden Circle and the South Coast 
The Golden Circle has three outstanding natural attractions: Geysir, home to Strokkur, the most active hot spring nowadays, see torrents of boiling water being erupted 25 m high every 5 to 10 minutes! Þingvellir National Park, has a dramatic cliff running through it where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been moving apart. Iceland´s historic parliament was founded in 930 CE, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Þingvellir is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Finally, Gullfoss waterfall, (the Golden Falls), see the golden-hued spray as the roaring water crashes through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages.

If the day is clear we will get fabulous views the volcano mountain, Hekla, on our way to Seljalandsfoss, a totally unique waterfall. You can walk behind the powerful cascade when the path is clear of ice, a great way place to take photos. We will visit Skógafoss, an elegant 60 m high waterfall on the Skógará (the Forest River), which flows all the way from Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We also see the little town of Vík, your country hotel will be nearby. If the forecast is good this is a great location to look out for the northern lights.

Black Sand Beach and Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon   
We stop at Reynisfjara black beach with the incredible black basalt Reynisdrangar peaks rising off the coast, before heading to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most famous glacier lagoons in the world. The surreal beauty of majestic icebergs of all shapes and sizes, some with amazing blue tones, floating on the huge lagoon, as Vatnajökull glacier lurks high above, is impossible to imagine. Your hotel will be near Skaftafell, another great location to spot the northern lights, will they show up? Hopefully, but as always, we will have to wait and see.

Glacier Hiking and Ice Caving
On this tour, you will experience glaciers to the fullest – try glacier hiking and explore the world inside the glacier. You will go on a never to be forgotten glacier hike with a certified glacier guide. Learn all about the moving, living world of the glacier, the great labyrinths of crevasses and moulins which reach down deep into the glacier. We will also step into the ice! Your ice caving guide will explain the extraordinary features and how they were formed, an ice cavern is not pure white, you will see astonishing blue ice.

For details of daily schedules and more information please see the itinerary. This trip really is the cream of South Iceland 3-day guided tours!

Return time

We will return to Reykjavík between 20:00 – 23:00 pm, depending on the conditions.

Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 09:00 from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Practical Information

Here you can find a detailed list of information about everything you need to know about this tour:
3 Day South Coast Guide

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing including layers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots or similar are essential for glacier hiking since they are the only kind of footwear that fit ice crampons. Hiking boots for the glacier hike can be rented in the booking process or at the Glacier Guides Booking Center in Skaftafell. We recommend renting in advance.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Hiking boots, waterproof jacket and waterproof pants can be rented on location, at the Glacier Guides Booking Center, for the glacier hike. However, if you wish to rent extras for the whole duration of the tour then this must be added to your booking at least 48 hours before your tour starts.


Map of Iceland - 3 Day South Coast

Day 1 - The Famous Golden Circle Route

Gullfoss Waterfall Golden Circle Iceland

Your tour begins with the three famous Golden Circle attractions:  Þingvellir (Pingvellir), Geysir and Gullfoss.  Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, is the place where the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930. This is the oldest continuously operating Parliament in the world, it is certainly situated in one of the most geologically amazing places on the planet. The boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates is here, they have been slowly edging apart creating a rift valley, and a great cliff right behind where the Law Speaker would stand in the olden days. Þingvallavatn is a very beautiful lake set within this incredible landscape.


You will visit the geothermally active area of Geysir, this is the erupting hot spring from which the English word, Geyser, has been taken. Great Geysir is not active now, so we will visit Strokkur, a nearby spouting hot spring. You will not have to wait more than a few minutes to see Strokkur erupt scalding water up to 25 m skywards. Next, is Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), the most often visited waterfall in Iceland. See the golden spray around the waterfall, and feel the water droplets in the air as the amazing powerful Hvíta (the White River), roars through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m.

Skogafoss waterfall

On a clear day, we will get great views of Mount Hekla on the way to Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. You can walk behind the powerful but graceful falls to enjoy the view from both sides. Next up, is Skógafoss, a really impressive waterfall which drops 60 m into the tranquil pool below. There are 527 steps leading to the top giving another vantage point. The famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, lurks high above the waterfall, if visibility is good you will get a view of this magnificent mountain glacier.

Your country hotel will be close to the small coastal town of Vík, a really great place to catch the mesmerizing northern lights if the conditions are right. A little northern lights luck is very useful!

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir hot spring area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
The small coast town Vík
Guided Minibus Tour
The Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
Northern Lights Hunting (in good conditions)
One night at a hotel near Vík
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
Hótel Geirland
or Similar

Day 2 - Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and an Ice Cave Exploration

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

After a nourishing breakfast we head off to the dramatic black sand beach at Reynisfjara. The powerful, rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean really show their force here. Watch as these roaring white-tipped beauties crash onto the black beach – a word of warning – follow the advice of your tour guide and stand well back. These fierce waves can be very unpredictable! You should visit the amazing black basalt column cave before you leave the beach. You will see incredible black basalt pillars rising from the sea just off the shore at Reynisdrangar, these will give you a good idea of where some Icelandic toll folklore sprang from!

Your tour will then take you through enchanting lava fields and incredible desert sands, formed by enormous glacial floods, known as Jökulhlaup, as we head east. We continue to Breiðamerkurjökull, a glorious outlet glacier which reaches down, like an icy finger, from Vatnajökull, the second largest glacier in Europe. The magnificent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach are our next stop. The lagoon is filled with icebergs of all shapes and sizes, as they glide in a dreamlike procession towards the salty waves of the Atlantic. They have often washed ashore at the Diamond Beach, where they shimmer like diamonds on the black sand. You will be amazed at the bright blue tones which glitter within many icebergs, these colors are caused by a combination of factors including ice compression. Ocean birds are abundant and seals can sometimes be seen. Your hotel will be in the Skaftafell area, a great place to test your northern lights luck! If the forecast is good you need to keep an eye on things, will shimmering colors dance across the sky? We can never say for sure, but you don´t want to miss them!

Glacier Ice Cave Iceland

From Jokulsarlon, we head for a new adventure. Accompanied by a certified glacier guide you will explore the mesmerizing world inside an ice cave. Usually, we visit the Crystal Ice Cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull. Other times a different ice cave will be chosen, your guide will choose the cave with the best conditions at the time. Ice caves change a lot, both from year to year and within each winter. Your guide will explain how these caves and the incredible formations in them are formed. Photographers will get a rare opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light which passes through the glacial ice. Surprisingly, deep shades of jewel blue will surround you, these tones are caused by ice compression, the way we perceive light and color, and the blueness can sometimes be intensified by algae. The temperature inside the ice cave is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly. Your guide may decide to combine the ice cave and glacier hike into a single activity depending on conditions.

Day Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Balsalt pillars of Reynisdrangar
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Diamond Beach
Natural Ice Cave
Breakfast at the hotel
Guided Minibus Tour
Reynisfjara Black Beach
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Northern Lights Hunting (in good conditions)
One night in a hotel near Skaftafell
Guided ice cave tour
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
Hótel Geirland
or Similar

Day 3 - Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier

Glacier Hiking in Iceland

Today we try a new glacier experience – glacier hiking! Your guide will give you ice crampons and everything you need to explore *Svínafellsjökull glacier. The glacier is dynamic, it is always moving and changing, incredible ice features are constantly being formed. Your guide will explain all about sink holes, crevasses, ice falls and ridges, and how climate change is impacting upon the glaciers in Iceland. Your glacier adventure will be filled with wonder and fascinating facts. Stand still and you will hear the ice groaning at it moves – on the glacier there is peacefulness but, in a true sense, never complete stillness!

Glacier exploring in Iceland

We enjoy a scenic drive back to Reykjavik, making some stops along the way. The weather is somewhat in charge, particularly during the winter! We will return to Reykjavík between 20:00 and 23:00, depending on the conditions.

An added bonus visit to the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon will be added to this already amazing tour when the roads leading up to it are clear.

*Please note that we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Other glaciers or glacier outlets used on this tour include Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, both amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful as Svínafellsjökull.

Day Highlights
Glacier walk on Vatnajökull glacier
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Breakfast at the hotel
Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
Certified Glacier Guide
Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavík
Which ice cave will we visit on this tour?

Ice caves are ever-changing and unpredictable natural phenomena. We usually visit the Crystal Cave at Breiðmerkurjökull during this tour, however, which ice cave is chosen will depend upon the conditions and safety considerations on the day, sometimes a different ice cave is visited.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.


Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.


The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in 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. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

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).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more 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 so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always 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 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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3 Day South Coast - Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave | Average rating: 4.6/5 based on 30 customer reviews

"Enjoy the trip a lot" | 5 stars By Wong 27/01/2018
I travelled with my family (3), and joined the tour. The weather of those days were not good, but our tour guide (Freeman?) was extremely thoughtful in helping all of us to manage the trip and shift the schedules, so that we could experience all we planned to see. We were very grateful to see the Northern light one night with the help of Freeman, and his music on the bus was great too. Enjoy the trip a lot. Hope to visit Iceland again soon
"Fantastic tour!!" | 5 stars By Claire Posnett 28/01/2018
We have just returned from the 3 day Golden Circle and South Coast tour and we had a fantastic time. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a great overview of everything we saw along with lots of interesting history and stories. The content of the tour and the places we visited was great and a perfect way to see some of the most iconic sights of Iceland in a short space of time. We would highly recommend this to others.
"Amazing Winter Iceland Tour" | 4 stars By Rachel Skippon 24/02/2018
Thank you so much to Arnithor (sorry if not spelling correctly!) We had a wonderful time on our tour. The scenery was breathtaking & the timing of when we arrived at each of the sites we visited was great. Thingvellier at sunrise, the black sand beach at sunset etc. Enabled us to see the best of each place and at times that weren’t crowded. Arnie our guide was great for sharing all kinds of information and stories of the local areas and was relentless in his determination to help us to experience the amazing aurora borealis, which we did. It was incredible. The Ice cave tour & glacier hike were both fantastic and exceeded all expectations. The whole trip was amazing. We even saw Game of Thrones being filmed for an extra bonus! We have fallen in love with Iceland and will definitely be back.
"3 Day tour-South Coast experience" | 4 stars By Giorgos Matsoukas 26/02/2018
The whole experience was almost excellent! Our friend and your employee Christina Pavlou who introduce us to you was right. It was an amazing experience totally worth it! All the people who came in contact with us from the driver and tour guide Pali (his whole name is like 3 lines), were very friendly, very patient and with good sense of humor that made our trip very pleasant and we almost forgot the low temperatures.. Generally speaking all of them had good knowledge of the sites and gave us a feeling of absolute safety. Please pass our graduate to our driver Pali who explained every question we had and gave us useful information about everything we passed by. We learned so many things about Iceland, traditions, myths, elves and trolls and we will really like to thank him for that! The guy is amazing! We came across minor incidents (flat Tyre, ice stuck back door) but we wouldn't call it an adventure without them, nor we would call you! Pali made sure we will be on schedule and won't miss a thing from our tour. Always with a smile and confidence! The only thing that we think you may want to consider is a better choice of hotels. On our first night the hotel was very warm! They had Northern Light alert till midnight and they said they will call our room if the lights were visible. There was no telephone on our room and every other room in our building!! On our second night the room was heated only in the bedroom leaving the small hall and the bathroom without central heating (!) which made our bathroom visits very short due to cold. :) They had 24hour watch of the lights and a phone in the room!! Although the lights were visible from our bedroom (great view of the lights by the way) they gave us a call as soon as they spotted them. Although our trip was short we took a good look of Iceland thanks to your tour and team! Thank you so much again Warm regards
"Our AA 3 Day Tour Experience" | 5 stars By Fausto Bustamante 04/03/2018
Our tour guide was amazing! He went above and beyond to complete our tour despite the weather delay on the first day. I am extramly pleased by the tour guide knowlge and profesionalisim. In addition he did an amazing job in finding diferent sightseeing areas for the tour to see due to rough weather conditions in other areas. At the end, I was extremely pleased by the tour, definetly will use Artic Adventures again. I would recomed it to anyone.
"Forever Memories" | 5 stars By Jill Ducsai 08/03/2018
EVERYTHING was wonderful from the minibus, to the hotel rooms, to the guides - both on the tour and the glacier hike. It was phenomenal! The only small criticism is that the guide/driver was hard to understand over the PA system on the minibus & I personally would have enjoyed as much information as possible on everything and anything as we drove. Overall, I feel badly even mentioning these 2 things. It was great, I would do it again in an instant, and I would strongly recommend others to do so.
"The entire tour in general was awesome" | 4 stars By Claire Cortes 09/03/2018
The entire tour in general was awesome but I guess the guide was a bit biased since we were the only one not dropped off at our hotel and we weren’t even dropped off correctly to our booked drop off point. That sucks since we arrived late, tired and we still have to find our place. Yeah that’s about it, well he did a lot of stops for the trip that wasn’t on the itinerary which was really nice.
"Very well organised tour" | 5 stars By Annabelle 09/03/2018
Very well organised tour, lots of sights so you are only in the mini bus for short periods of time. If activities are cancelled an alternative is arranged and the tour order is modified to make the most of the time & weather. Accommodation is a good standard and you don't start the day too early in the morning. Our guide was great at managing the tour & engaging with the group.
"Amazing snapshot of Iceland!!" | 4 stars By Rohan Muir 11/03/2018
Our guide was absolutely amazing, so were the other people on our tour, Iceland is an incredible place and we will definitely be going back. Tour was very well organised and easy to book. From someone who usually does their own thing when travelling, we really enjoyed this tour, I would say that the lack of a set itinerary was the one thing I’d like to see improve with this tour - caveat that the weather is VERY unpredictable for winter trips so people need to be aware of changes in schedule. We had amazing weather though!
"Perfect adventure" | 5 stars By Xu 11/03/2018
our tour guide siging is very knowledgeable and considerate person who introduces every aspect of islandic society. We witness every shining part of southern island. I highly recommend this wonderful trip. We had a great time there and I already miss island, this awesome natural miracle.
"The tour was fantastic and well planned out" | 4 stars By Ainsley Browne & Nerida Casey 12/03/2018
The tour was fantastic and well planned out. Our guide was Nick, who was friendly, informative and knowledgable. It was a happy surprise to get to do a few extra activities, which really topped off our holiday in Iceland. We were a little disappointed in the ice cave. This was the deciding factor as to why we chose this particular tour, however it just was quite a bit lacking. Understanding that the ice and glacier is ever changing, it did not live up to what and how it was advertised. Which felt misleading.
"3 Day south coast tour - Amazing!" | 5 stars By Derek Mayes 16/03/2018
The best trip I have ever been on. Iceland is amazing, and our guide Siggi was just the best. The group of people on the tour were fantastic and we have kept in touch sharing photos and videos. I will be returning to your amazing country. Thank you so much for looking after us.
"3 Day Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave in March" | 4 stars By Michelle 17/03/2018
I had a wonderful experience on the arctic adventures 3 day south coast tour with ice caving. Our tour guide, Sindri, was very kind, knowledgeable, and funny throughout the entire tour. We were very lucky to have sunny weather and clear nights, so we were able to see the northern lights. Pick-up and drop-off were smooth and on-time. We made all the designated stops and even some secret ones too! What a great experience! Hotels were nice and well-kept, so no issues there. Our guides for the glacier walking and ice cave were very enthusiastic and friendly. I did wish we had a little more time at each stop though. The itinerary was changed slightly due to weather conditions, but fortunately, the activities were re-organized that we were able to do all of them.
"Great Tour to South Coast" | 5 stars By Cindy Brennan 17/03/2018
Had a wonderful time and enjoyed our tour guide, Maria, who shared much folklore along the way. We all enjoyed her stories of trolls as we were driving along the countryside. Would recommend this tour to get out and see more of Iceland. We were also fortunate to see Northern lights each night. The hotel accommodations were very nice and good hearty breakfasts. Dinner options were limited - but didn’t matter, as we ate at the hotel restaurant and the food was fresh and delicious. Very nice to have someone else do the driving! The number of stops and itinerary was well planned. Maria was extra special to us because she also knew much about the Icelandic horses, a rider herself, and could share our common interests since my daughter is also a rider. My two daughters, ages 17 and 20 enjoyed the excursion and were never bored. Thanks Maria!
"One of my best tour ever" | 5 stars By Eudora 15/03/2018
This three day tour is one of the best tours I’ve ever had so far! Although it’s short, it feels like I’ve taken a whole week tour around Iceland. Our tour guide Ólaf is super responsible, because we are a small group, he tried all his best to stop at all the beautiful places during the tour, and make sure that all of us take nice pictures of the amazing views, himself is also a great photographer by the way haha, whenever we have any advice or wish to visit on the road, he will always make our wish come true! Thanks so much for being such a great guide Ólaf, and I feel really lucky to book this company!
"Review" | 5 stars By Arya Baral 26/03/2018
I booked 3 tours with Arctic Adventures: 3 Day - Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave, Glacier Snowmobiling & Ice cave from Reykjavík, and Horse Riding & Snorkeling - Blue Lava. Booking my tours with them is the greatest decision I made in my first-time solo trip to Iceland!! The tours were small and intimate, so it was easy to talk to other travelers. The tour guides were FANTASTIC, very knowledgeable and humorous, especially during the 3-day tour! We made several unscheduled stops where he give told us the history about the place; the tour was more than what I had read in the itinerary! The hotels we stayed at during the 3-day tour were also great. All excursions were organized and on time. You could tell that the guides working in Arctic Adventures are passionate about Iceland and what they do, which definitely enhanced my overall experience. When I come back to Iceland one day, I will definitely be booking my tours with Arctic Adventures and I highly recommend everyone to do the same!
"Great Tour" | 4 stars By Alvaro 26/01/2018
Nice tour You can improve the guidance
"Too tight schedule." | 4 stars By Jae Wook Cho 26/02/2018
Hello. It was fantastic experience to join your company. Well structured, and well organized. Very impressive! Especially I appreciate everything our guide Ricky did for us. But the schedule was too tight. I understand there are many places to visit in Iceland, but staying at each spot for just 20-30 minutes was not enough. And one thing. Koreans are not Chinese. I know there are so many chinese in February, so I believe your company did not put me in a group of Chinese people intentionally, to make an Asian team. However, I was disappointed. One of the reasons why I chose the group tour is to meet people from all over the world, not just one country. I hope you care about the distribution of the people more next time. Overall, I was satisfied with the tour. Thank you very much.
"March Trip" | 4 stars By Steve Falvey 27/03/2018
Brilliant trip. Quite an easy job for any tour company to make a trip to Iceland amazing as Iceland is top notch, however we were very pleased for booking with arctic adventures because the extreme iceland 3 day tour went to the places we were interested in seeing. Our tour guide Marcin was great, really enjoyed his company. He put us at ease from the start, offered lots of interesting facts along the way, brought to life the history and geology of the place making every moment of the tour enjoyable. Had a really good sense of humor. He had a slightly more difficult task on our tour as it was like herding cats, people getting lost along straight paths, and i guess cultural differences where peoples interpretation of 'be back by this time' was varied. However he brought the group together and kept the program running well. We were lucky with weather so managed to make up lost time and Marcin was really generous with his own time, as though he was as keen to do things and take part as we were including driving us out hunting for the lights both nights even after a very long day. Only dissapointment was that we didnt get to go to the canyon that was on the itinerary. Not quite sure why, possibly as it was raining on our way past and i trust his judgement but would have been great to have finished a perfect few days with a visit to the canyon as was looking forward to that. Cant complain though as everything else worked out well and we took a detour to a couple of places off the itinerary instead which were great.
"We had a wonderful time" | 5 stars By Coy 28/03/2018
Freeman was a great guide. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend the tour to all families.
"The tour enchanted my friend and me" | 5 stars By Myriam Alejandra Hidalgo 28/03/2018
The tour enchanted my friend and me, we are very happy with the organization and choice of the horeles, the treatment has been at all times incredible. Our guide Marti was very kind and helped us at all times, recommended to everyone the experience is unforgettable. Many thanks to Marti and all her colleagues.
"5*" | 5 stars By Conchobhair 30/03/2018
Did the 3 day tour with my girlfriend (both 25). Really good and highly recommended. Obviously slightly more expensive that doing 3 separate day tours but in terms of reduction of travel time and seeing more of the country it was really worthwhile. Great mix of stops/sights and so many brilliant things to see. Both hotels were good and our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable.
"This tour was amazing!" | 5 stars By Michelle Luth 06/04/2018
This tour was amazing! Our guide gave us the best experience we could have asked for-he was so knowledgeable and interacted so well with people. Definitely worth the money. We would have missed so much if we had tried to do this on our own.
"Excellent tour and guide" | 5 stars By Susan 07/04/2018
I only had 5 days in Iceland and wanted to cover a lot of grounds. I asked a number of providers and they were able to cover all I want to see or in the days I want to go. Then I came across Arctic Adventures - the itinerary was good and their response time is fast. I was still a bit hesitant before I went but I was utterly impressed. The guide was funny, professional and timing was spot on. He changed our itinerary around according to weather conditions and we had a fantastic time. Highly recommend this tour who has limited time to See Iceland but wants to cover a lot but at a leisurely pace!
"A very good tour" | 4 stars By Jacy 09/04/2018
We took the 3 Day - Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave adventure tour with tour guide, Vigner? (I think that's the spelling). Overall he is good, very helpful and did a lot of explanations to help us to understand Iceland's history and its' unique geology. I really appreciate it a lot. The accommodation was good as well - well-maintained and clean, with a good spread of breakfast buffet. The itinerary was changed a little due to weather conditions but we managed to get everything on the list done. However, we didn't manage to see the northern lights (due to weather) That's a bummer but understandable. Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Arctic Adventures and will definitely recommend it to my friends.
"Amazing tour, amazing guide" | 4 stars By Shajeel iqbal 12/04/2018
It was a very nice tour exploring the must see places of iceland. We were lucky enough to see the northern lights on this tour, and our guide actually helped us for seeing northern lights. Our guide was very nice. I was very sad that we couldn’t spend more time on the diamond beach, we hardly spend 20 mins on the beach. Overall it was a good tour.
"AMAZING" | 5 stars By Corrie 18/04/2018
I had the greatest experience with Arctic Adventures. My tour guide was Ragnar and he absolutely made the trip. I learned so much and he was comical, knowledgeable and fun. Everyone on the tour became friends, got along great and overall had a wonderful experience. Thank you!
"Awesome trip" | 5 stars By Oscar Campanini 20/04/2018
Great tour, well planned and excellent professionals. Oliver oir guide was awesome, very nice verpon and very professional. Will be back soon Oscar Campanini
"Excellent 3 day tour!" | 5 stars By Dominique Luche 12/05/2018
This tour is definitely worth it! Our guide Al is awesome always smiling and very accommodating. Would recommend this tour to my family and friends!
"3 Day Golden Circle Tour" | 5 stars By Shakeh 25/04/2018
Our guide Rick was the best! We had a small group in our tour and he really showed us all the best places and hidden gems. He also taught us a lot about Icelandic culture which enhanced the experience. Ricke was also very positive throughout the whole trip, even when it was down pouring rain, he remained happy and kept us busy and entertained regardless. I highly recommend this tour and Rick as a guide. :)
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