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
- 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
- Entry to the Secret Lagoon
- Stops at the Highlights of the South Coast & the Golden Circle
- English Speaking Tour 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.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
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.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 favorite 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
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.
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.