Visit some of Iceland's gems on this 2 day trip along the Icelandic South Coast
This magnificent tour will take you to some of Iceland’s most beautiful sights, making it ideal for people who want to get a quick taste of the land of fire and ice.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Guarantee
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Vík Village
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir)
- The Secret Lagoon
- Scenic Bus Ride
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Hotel Accommodation with a Private Bathroom
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Entry to the Secret Lagoon
- Stops at the Highlights of the South Coast & the Golden Circle
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
The first day will be spent on the famous Golden Circle Route, which includes the historic Thingvellir National Park, the fascinating Geysir Geothermal area and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall before we stop for a relaxing soak in Iceland’s oldest geothermal swimming pool.
The second day is equally as impressive, taking in the dramatic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the sublime Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach, along with the jet-black sands and spectacular basalt columns of Reynisfjara. This makes it ideal for people who are only spending a short amount of time in Iceland, but it works equally well when combined with some of our other tours. It is guaranteed to be a magical experience that will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Pick-up: Pick up starts at 8:00 am. You will be picked up from your selected pick up location in Reykjavík. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, headwear, and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. This is a long tour so bringing some snacks with you is also a good idea.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
That from October 16th - May 14th we will skip the following activities on day 2 because of the short daylight: Skógafoss and Reynisfjara. The tour is operated by our trusted partner during that time period and might be in a bigger bus, and not a minibus.
If you plan on joining the boat tour in optional extras, it is important to book it beforehand as there is no guarantee there will be availability on site.
Day 1 - Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon
Day one of your adventure will take you to the iconic Golden Circle Route, home to the historic Thingvellir National Park, the legendary Geysir Area and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, before we head to The Secret Lagoon to have a relaxing bath amidst gorgeous natural scenery.
The day begins at the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also geologically significant. It was the original location of Althingi, where a group of Viking nobles convened Iceland’s first parliament in 930 AD. Althingi then met each year to elect the Lawspeaker and sort out various problems between the Viking lords, the modern parliament still has the same name, making it one of the oldest continuously running democratic institutions on the planet. Thingvellir also bisects the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, meaning that visitors will be able to gaze across the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Thingvellir is also home to a plethora of craggy rock formations, glacial waterfalls and much, much more, making it a must-visit during your Icelandic adventure.
We will then continue to the Geysir Geothermal area, which plays host to the now dormant ‘Great Geysir’, which was the first geyser to be mentioned in the English language and gives them all their name. We will also find the very much active Strokkur there, which propels boiling streams of water up to 25 metres into the air every 3-8 minutes. There is no better way to appreciate the awesome power of nature than by seeing this incredible phenomenon in the flesh and it is also an excellent photo opportunity.
The final stop on the Golden Circle Route is the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (the golden falls), where a roaring cascade of glacial water crashes across three lava steps into an emerald valley below. It gets its name from the golden hue its water takes as it passes over the volcanic rock and on sunny days rainbows form above it, making for a profoundly beautiful sight that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
Our journey will then proceed to Gamla Laugin (the Old Pool) an ancient natural swimming pool that is the oldest in the entire of Iceland. Its geothermally heated waters are ideal for bathing and have been enjoyed by locals since as far back as 1891. The lagoon is also surrounded by majestic natural scenery and a small erupting geyser, making for a truly magical and relaxing experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.
We will then head back to Iceland’s vibrant capital city, where you can either have some fun or relax in your accommodation ahead of the next day’s adventures.
Day 2 - Jokulsarlon, Diamond Beach & the South Coast
Day two’s adventure begins when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation and make the scenic drive to Iceland’s South Coast, which will take us past the impressive Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant and plenty of rolling countryside. Our first stop will be the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, whose cylindrical torrent of water crashes 60 metres down into a teeming white pool below. Your friendly guide will show you the hidden cave that lies behind its cascade, allowing you to see this natural wonder from a totally different perspective.
We will then head to the equally beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall, whose wide cascade provides an awesome contrast to the smaller and more powerful one of Seljalandsfoss. There is a winding path that meanders up the hillside next to the waterfall, which will reward us with a stunning view of the surrounding area. On our way up, we will see a pair of unique rock formations that local legend believes are petrified trolls, who were so enchanted by the beauty of Skogafoss that they forgot about the sun and were turned to stone. We will then stop for lunch at the picturesque village of Vik, which offers panoramic views of some dramatic craggy cliffs and the deep blue ocean.
We will then head towards the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs break off a retreating glacier and float across the crystalline surface shimmering like jewels in the winter sun. This awe-inspiring scene has caught the imagination of Hollywood, having been used as a set, in blockbuster films such as James Bond, Batman and many, many more. It is also possible to take a boat tour around this incredible natural wonder, although it is not included in this tour and is an optional extra.
The icebergs eventually come to rest on the nearby Diamond Beach, where they lie like shimmering diamonds and provide a spectacular contrast to the dark black volcanic sands. This stunning place has a beauty that is almost ineffable, and it is bound to inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.
Our journey will then take us to the Skaftafell nature reserve, which lies in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and has some of the most spectacular natural scenery that you will ever see. We will pause for a meal here and enjoy panoramic views of imperious volcanoes and mighty glaciers. Our final stop will be the coal-black Reynisfjara Beach, whose dark volcanic sands contrast beautifully with the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This scene is framed by a series of dramatic basalt columns that rise up the side of a nearby cliff and look a bit like the tubes of a gigantic organ. We will then return back to Reykjavik after a long day packed with a myriad of incredible experiences.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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