This tour is a winning combination with activities such as the Golden Circle, the Secret Lagoon, Ice Caving, Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon and more.
The best action-packed three days in Iceland ever. See the most famous sights and stunning natural wonders, visit a natural ice cave, 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 highland adventure instead? Check out this option instead – 3 day Golden Circle, Kerlingarfjöll Highlands Adventure & Secret Lagoon Tour
Meet on location
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- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- A visit to the Secret Lagoon Iceland
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Spring Area
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Ice Cave
- 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
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Golden Circle Sightseeing tour
- Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
- Visits to all the famous south coast attractions
- Ice Cave Tour
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Two nights in a hotel with a private bathroom
- Hotel Breakfasts (x2)
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
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.
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 visit to a natural ice cave with stunning blue colors in Vatnajökull glacier is another spellbinding and absolutely unforgettable experience on day 2. 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 18:00 (6pm) on day three, you are then dropped off where we picked you up.
What to bring: Warm layers, a 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.
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.
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.
Our main ice cave to visit is the Crystal Ice Cave. At times it is inaccessible however and in that case we will visit another ice cave. During the summer months (April-October), we will go to The Ice Cave Under the Volcano ice cave. If it is inaccessible, we will do a glacier hike instead.
Day 1: South Coast of Iceland
Today your adventure tour will kick off by taking 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!
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Village of Vik
- 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 2: 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.
Your accommodation for the night will be in the South Coast area.
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Optional boat ride (extra fee)
- Vatnajokull National Park
- Natual Ice Cave
- Breakfast at Hotel
- Guided tour to the highlights of the day
- Guided Ice Cave Tour
- Certified guide
- All necessary glacier equipment
- One Night at a Hotel
Day 3: 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!
After three days of incredible sights and experiences we will drop you off in Reykjavík at around 18:00 (6PM).
- The Golden Circle
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Geysir geothermal area
- The Secret Lagoon
- Breakfast at hotel
- 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
- Drop-off in Reykjavik
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but 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.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
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 have free Wi-Fi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
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.
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).
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.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.
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 travelers 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.
- 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.
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.