Overview

Explore Iceland’s South Coast, step into the depths of Europe’s largest glacier, count diamonds on a glacier lagoon, and ride a snowmobile on Langjokull.

Highlights

  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Gullfoss
  • Vatnajökull and Langjokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vík
  • Reynisfjara
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour (optional, May-Oct)
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Northern Lights (October - May)

This tour offers the perfect way to explore Iceland’s most popular attractions. Start your adventure with a ride along the South Coast, visiting stunning waterfalls and a black sand beach. 

Then, explore the famous Diamond Beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. After you’ve taken some breathtaking pictures, we’ll head towards a natural ice cave in the depths of Vatnajokull Glacier

On your final day, you’ll have the chance to travel the Golden Circle on a small-group tour and ride across Langjokull Glacier on a snowmobile!

Not a fan of snowmobiling? Dip into the Blue Lagoon instead on 3 Day Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon Tour.

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  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Accommodation Included

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What's included

Included

  • Visiting the South Coast
  • Visit to Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Guided tour in a natural ice cave
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Hotel Breakfasts (x2)
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Wool, fleece or synthetic layers
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Good hiking shoes are highly recommended

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner

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Itinerary

Practical Information

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: This tour is offered year-round, but the itinerary may change due to the weather conditions. In winter, we may have to shorten our time at some stops due to the shorter daylight hours. If you’re traveling solo and don’t choose the single supplement, you will be randomly paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender. Your safety is our priority and sometimes weather or road conditions mean that access to certain ice caves is unavailable and/or unsafe. Our main ice cave in Vatnajokull is the Crystal Ice Cave. However, at times when it’s inaccessible, we’ll visit an alternative ice cave. During the summer months (from April to October), we’ll visit the ice cave under the volcano. If it’s difficult to access, we’ll do a glacier hike instead.

Your tour will start when we pick you up from your chosen pick-up location in Reykjavik at 9 a.m. First, we’ll hit the South Coast. The South of Iceland is dotted with a myriad of breathtaking sights. The first two attractions we’ll visit are Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls.

Tied to quite a few legends, both waterfalls are visible from the road, and are even more stunning from up close. Seljalandsfoss cascades down at around 197 ft (60 m) into the Seljalands River. Both the river and waterfall are fed by the majestic Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. During the summer, you can walk around the waterfall, where you’ll marvel at Iceland’s South Coast from a completely different perspective.

Not too far from Seljalandsfoss, you’ll find Skogafoss Waterfall. Located at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Skogafoss is loved by Hollywood. Movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Thor: The Dark World used Skogafoss for their film locations. A legend has it that the first Viking settler Þrasi Þórólfssonhid a chest of gold in a cave behind the waterfall. See if you can find it!

Next, we’ll continue towards Reynnisfjara, the famous black sand beach. Covered in black volcanic sand, the beach is enveloped by towering basalt columns and Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks peeking from the ocean. Legend has it that the sea stacks once were a three-masted ship and two trolls, who pulled the ship from the ocean and suddenly turned into stone by daybreak.

We’ll cap our day off with a visit to Vik, the only seaside town in Iceland without a harbor. Vik is home to many prominent South Iceland sights, such as a beautiful church, built in 1934, and a Voyages Friendship Statue. Hills around Vik are nesting grounds arctic terns and puffins. 

Our accommodation for the night will be at Skaftafell, a beautiful area perfect for Northern Lights watching. If you’re traveling in winter, we’ll finish our day off with a Northern Lights show.

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Villages of Vik
  • Northern Lights (October - May)
Included
  • Pick-up in Reykjavik
  • Guided Tour in Minibus
  • Visiting the South Coast
  • One night in a country hotel in the Skaftafell area

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head towards our next adventure — Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Nestled on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park, the lagoon is a stunning glacial lake. What makes the lagoon special are its icebergs, breaking free from Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier tongue and floating toward a black sand beach. They rest on the shores of the beach, glistening in the sun and looking like diamonds. That’s where the beach gets its name — the Diamond Beach.

Next on our agenda is a natural ice cave in the depths of Vatnajokull Glacier. As soon as you enter the ice cave, you’ll be stunned by various shades of blue. Ice caves in Iceland melt and re-form every year, so no two ice caves are ever the same.

A knowledgeable certified guide will tell you all about how the ice caves are formed. Throughout the tour, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph the incredible ice formations. 

Before we head back to Reykjavik, we’ll visit Skaftafell Nature Reserve. The national park is a lavish, green oasis surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It’s a perfect spot to take a stroll before the trip back. 

We’ll spend the night in Reykjavik.

Day Highlights
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Diamond Beach
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Included
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Visit to Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Guided tour in a natural ice cave
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Necessary Glacier Equipment
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik

The final day of our tour combines three of the most popular Golden Circle adventures with an exhilarating snowmobile ride on Langjokull Glacier. We’ll start off with breakfast at our hotel, followed by a visit to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thingvellir National Park is famous for its geographical structure: a rift between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates piercing the national park right through the center. Here, the first Icelandic parliament,Alþingi, was founded in 930.

Next, we’ll head towards Haukadalur Valley. The valley is known for its immense geothermal activity and geyser Stokkur, spouting water every 4 minutes. Haukadalur Valley is the place where the word “geyser” was born, as a once-active Geysir can be found here. 

Gulfoss Waterfall is located not too far from the valley. Fed by the glacial Hvita River, the waterfall is one of the most visited in Iceland. Gulfoss Waterfall is a three-step “staircase” waterfall, dropping 104 ft (32 m) in total over a few levels of rock. Translated from Icelandic, the name of the waterfall means “the Golden Falls.” Right next to it, there’s a cozy little cafe, where you’ll have a chance to eat lunch before the snowmobiling adventure begins. 

From Gullfoss Cafe, we’ll set out to Langjökull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland after Vatnajokull. In Icelandic, Langjokull Glacier means “the long glacier”, as it stretches for a whopping 31 mi (50 km). Once at the glacier base camp, you’ll be provided with all the necessary safety equipment and gear. Our certified snowmobiling guide will also show you how to operate the snowmobile and instruct you on how to behave in certain situations.

Once everyone is ready, we’ll jump on our snowmobiles and start the Langjokull Glacier exploration! Langjokull Glacier is truly a one-of-a-kind place, not only in Iceland, but also in the world. Here, lunar landscapes mix with the surrounding snow-capped peaks,creating breathtaking scenery. Halfway through the ride, we’ll stop to take some pictures, so have your camera ready!

We will end our 3-day tour in the afternoon and head back to Reykjavik.

Day Highlights
  • The Golden Circle
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Guided minibus tour
  • Visit to all highlights of the day
  • Lunch break at local café (food not included)
  • Drop-off in Reykjavik

FAQ

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.

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 the 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, 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.

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.

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!

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