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3 Day - Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon, South Coast, Glacier Hike & Jökulsárlón

The Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon, Waterfalls, Glacier Hike, Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach

This combo tour blends together two hugely popular tours, the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon and our 2 Day South Coast - Glacier Hike, Skaftafell & Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon for a winning combination.

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The best action-packed three days in Iceland ever. See the most famous sights and stunning natural wonders, visit Skaftafell and hike on a glacier, cross great volcanic landscapes, see legendary waterfalls, the otherworldly icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach in Vatnajökull National Park.

Want to add a higland adventure instead? Check out this option instead – 3 Day – Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon, South Coast, Glacier Hike & Jökulsárlón

  • Availability

    April 1st - October 31st

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    69.990 ISK

Tour highlights
A visit to the Secret Lagoon Iceland
Small Group Experience
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Glacier Hike
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & icebergs
The Diamond Beach
Vík - coastal village
Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach & Basalt Columns
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier / Volcano Views
Included
Reykjavík Pick-up
Transfer to / from Reykjavík in a minibus
Guided Golden Circle Sightseeing tour
Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
Visits to all the famous south coast attractions
Glacier hike with certified glacier guide
All Required Glacier Equipment
Two nights in a hotel with a private bathroom
Hotel Breakfasts (x2)

When you have got just three just days to experience the best Iceland can offer this is the tour for you!

With so much to see we drive through the lovely countryside to see the three very different Golden Circle attractions:

Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir National Park

Gullfoss waterfall is listed as one of the top 10 waterfalls in the world by World of Waterfalls. You are sure to be mesmerized by the golden vapor, and often rainbows which hover around this raging torrent. The Geysir hot spring area is totally surreal with steaming streams, hot springs, the Great Geysir, and the magnificent Strokkur geyser which performs almost to order every few minutes, erupting scalding water, sometimes up to 40 m high. You will see Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where amazing geological wonders and fabulous events in Icelandic history took place in the same landscapes.     

Secret Lagoon

You cannot come to Iceland without trying out natural hot pool bathing, and we have got a stunning pool for you today – the Secret Lagoon! Bathing in the middle of nature is totally relaxing, soothing for the muscles and truly magical. Your accommodation will be in Hveragerði, Selfoss or Reykjavík.

Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

We will go to the elegant Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can follow a path behind the falls. We also stop at Skógafoss waterfall, the Skógá river cascades through a drop of 60 m, falling dramatically from the old ocean cliffs. Crossing lunar-like glacial desert sands, you will see how the actions of famous volcanoes, and powerful glaciers have created the sort of vistas most people will never see, as our journey takes us ever closer to those glaciers. Your second night is spent at a hotel or guesthouse in the country. In winter, with a favorable forecast, this is a marvelous place to watch out for the northern lights – in summer there is the midnight sun!

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

We will show you the south coast and incredible glacial scenery. Watching vast icebergs gliding across the huge ice lagoon at Jökulsárlón is unlike anything else. You can even take a boat trip to get up close and personal with the incredibly shaped, and often blue-toned icebergs (EXTRA). You will see this magnificent trip in the “extras” section of the tour, it sells out very fast, so we advise you to book this when you arrange your tour! The whole Jökulsárlón area has a surreal feel, something the photographers on our tours love to capture. A glacier hike on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier is another spellbinding and absolutely unforgettable experience on day 3. Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park will show you more incredible sights. There are just so many highlights on this combo tour – for full details please see the itinerary!

We arrive back in Reykjavík around 21:00 on day three, you are then dropped off where we picked you up.

What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking shoes.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.

During winter the pick up starts at 09:00 from your selected location in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note

During the summer season (from May 15th - September 15th) our pick up starts at 08:00. During the winter season (from 16th September to 14th May) the pick up starts at 09:00.

Day 1: Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon

Today you will do the Golden Circle, the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, you then get the chance to totally relax at the Secret Lagoon for a fabulous start to this action-packed tour. On the way to your first Golden Circle attraction you will pass through lovely scenery and attractive towns and villages.

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its outstanding history and unique geological features. Throughout the world Þingvellir is famous for being the place where the tectonic plates have moved apart, something which is ongoing! The Eurasian and North American continents continue to separate at a rate of around 2 cm per annum. The Alþing, the Icelandic Parliament, held its inaugural meeting at Þingvellir in the year 930 AD. The Icelandic Parliament has the distinction of being the oldest continually operating national government in the world. Visit Peningagjá, the money gorge, throw a coin and make a wish, see Þingvallavatn, the stunning lake and the rugged Almannagjá gorge.

The power of Gullfoss waterfall is stupendous, the Hvítá river flows down from its source at Langjökull glacier, then crashes its way through the huge canyon, dropping 32 m. There are two stages to this drop, the mighty flow pivots a little before vanishing into vast a crevasse. The Geysir geothermal area is one of the most often visited places in Iceland. Who doesn´t want to witness an erupting geyser? You will see the now inactive Great Geysir, many trickling and gurgling hot springs, and the star of the show, Strokkur, the geyser hot spring which obediently erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes the scalding spout can reach a height of 40 m. There is always an atmosphere of great excitement at Geysir – ready, camera, action!

After so much excitement the tranquility of the Secret Lagoon awaits you, on the edge of the peaceful geothermal village of Flúðir. This lagoon is large and surrounded by nature. If you have not quite had enough excitement, or you want to get another geyser photo, there is even small geysir beside the pool! Your accommodation for the night will be at Hveragerði, Selfoss or Reykjavík.

Day Highlights
The Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir geothermal area
The Secret Lagoon
Included
Reykjavík Pick-up
Guided minibus tour
Visit to all highlights of the day
Lunch break at local café (food not included)
Secret Lagoon entry fee
One night at a hotel or guesthouse

Day 2: South Coast of Iceland

Today your adventure tour will take you to see some of the most amazing sights in South Iceland. Journeying through scenic countryside, we will get views of two legendary volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull, and the stratovolcano, Hekla. Your first stop will give you the opportunity to do something very unusual, at Seljalandsfoss waterfall you can walk behind the beautiful cascade, there is some splashing, so putting on rainwear is a good idea! Rainbows are often seen around these falls, and also around the tumbling cascade which we will visit next, Skógafoss waterfall. The scintillating Skógafoss cascade drops 60 m, the views are simply magnificent, we give you time to look around and take photos.

Reynisfjara, is a gorgeous black sand beach with a magnificent basalt column cave and the Reynisdrangar basalt formations rising from the waves like giant troll-like figurines. This beach is famous for many things, among them very powerful waves, so stand back a little from the water´s edge! A lunch stop is made at Vík, this attractive coastal village is the southernmost settlement in Iceland.

The next segment of the tour will show you totally unique landscapes, shaped by the combined power of great glaciers and volcanoes. Your accommodation for the night will be in the countryside, we enjoy dinner (food and drink is NOT included, other than breakfast). If the forecast is suitable, early and late season you are in an ideal place to see the northern lights. In summer there is the magic of the midnight sun!

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Beach
Village of Vik
Included
Breakfast at hotel
Pick up from your hotel
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to all highlights of the day
Lunch break in Vík (food not included)
One night at a hotel

Day 3: Glacier Day

Your first stop of the day is at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is one of the most surreal wonders of nature. Icebergs which have broken free from the edge of the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull glacier float in a slow procession towards the Atlantic. In summer you have the opportunity to take a boat trip between these jostling, blue-spangled ice giants. As you can imagine demand for these trips is very high, we therefore recommend you book your boat trip when you organize your tour. Visiting the nearby Diamond Beach is an absolute must, you will see the icebergs which the tide has taken up onto the dramatic black sand – where their translucent icy forms glint like diamonds. The name of this beach is Breiðamerkurssandur, there are no prizes for guessing why it is now better known as the Diamond Beach!

Vatnajökull National Park has been the setting for James Bond scenes, and many other screen productions have shot footage there, including the Game of Thrones. Being present in this environment is so much more powerful and magnificent than watching these vistas on a screen.

Breiðamerkurjökull is one of many glacier tongues radiating out from Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. These glacier tongues are fabulous for glacier hiking, our certified glacier guide will greet you, issue a safety briefing and give you your glacier gear. You are then ready for your glacier hiking adventure tour. Your skilled guide will show you crevasses, the moulins (French for mill) which can delve to the base of the icecap, draining meltwater, and other ice formations. Our glacier guides love to answer your questions, so if there is anything you want to know don´t be shy. The glacier is such a dynamic environment, there is always movement, you will gear groans as the ice moves, and also, often water trickling. A glacier hike is an epic experience, one to treasure forever.

After three days of incredible sights and experiences we will drop you off in Reykjavík at around 21:00 (9PM).   

Day Highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Optional boat ride (extra fee)
Vatnajokull National Park
Glacier hike
Included
Breakfast at Hotel
Guided tour to the highlights of the day
Guided glacier hike on Vatnajökull
Certified Glacier guide
All necessary glacier equipment
Drop off in Reykjavik
How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

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 Elding, 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, 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 particular trip. 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.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

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 routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 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 wind-breaker. 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 off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get 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 in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.

Hotel breakfast is included!

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a day 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 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.

Disclaimer
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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