Overview

Enjoy South Iceland with your family, the Golden Circle sights, whale watching, the Secret Lagoon and the South Coast sights and waterfalls.

Highlights

  • South Coast
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógarfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vík - Coastal Village
  • Golden Circle
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Whale Watching

This tour package will give the whole family a fabulous opportunity to see and experience the very best of South Iceland. This package is an amazing short break if you have only a little time to spend in Iceland, or it can form a sensational part of a longer holiday in Iceland. Join us on this family-friendly excursion to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note: If you’re traveling with a party of 2 or more, be sure to book everyone under a single reservation. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee you will all be on the same tour activity.

This itinerary does not include hotel stays. For multi-day trips with accommodation, check out our Multi-Day Tours

 

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  • Personal Experience
  • Expert guides
  • Small group experience
Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Accommodation Not Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

235 USD

Per Adult
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What's included

Included

  • Small Group Experience
  • Visits to all Highlights
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour
  • South Coast Tour
  • Whale Watching Boat Tour
  • English Language Guidance

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

This tour package will give the whole family a fabulous opportunity to see and experience the very best of South Iceland. This package is an amazing short break if you have only a little time to spend in Iceland, or it can be a sensational part of a longer holiday.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are not included. All tours commence from Reykjavík, so you will need to arrange accommodation in the city. Pick up and drop off is available from various points in the city for all minibus tours. You meet us at Reykjavík´s Old Harbor for your whale watching boat tour.

The Golden Circle is a 300 km route through beautiful Icelandic scenery, there is always something beautiful and interesting to see on your way to the three great attractions. Your guide will tell you some fun local facts and interesting stories as you travel from place to place. In good visibility, you will even get a view of the Hekla volcano!

Our first stop is at the Geysir geothermal area at Haukadalur, the valley which is home to Great Geysir and Strokkur, the latter is, nowadays, the most active geyser hot spring in Iceland. Watching Strokkur propelling powerful jets of scalding water up to 30 m high is an amazing experience - children of all ages love to try to second guess the moment! Don´t worry, you never have to wait more than ten minutes to witness Strokkur´s eruptive fury! Just a short drive from Geysir will bring us to Gullfoss, undisputedly the most famous waterfall in Iceland. The powerful Hvítá river drops 32 m in two steps, the power and grandeur as the glacial flow crashes over vast lava rocks is breathtaking. The golden-hued mist which gathers around the falls adds to the mystical grandeur of Gullfoss - the name means ‘Golden Fall’, in Iceland aspects of the landscape often inspire the names of places. Þingvellir National Park is your other Golden Circle stop, you will have great views over the largest natural lake in Iceland and the traditional Þingvellir Church. Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site for two reasons, its extraordinary geology and its exceptional cultural and historical significance to the Icelandic people. The Viking settlers of Iceland established Alþingi, the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world here in 930 CE / AD. The craggy cliff of the Almannagjá gorge adds greatly to the dramatic scenery at Þingvellir, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have separated, they continue to edge apart at a rate of around 2 cm each year. Although the lava which spewed from ancient volcanic eruptions is softened with green moss and shrubbery, you can never forget these vistas were fashioned by great volcanoes.   

After your Golden Circle sightseeing, we will take you to the Secret lagoon, the official name is Gamla Lónið which means the Old Lagoon. This is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland but it was known by very few people outside of its immediate neighborhood.  You have the opportunity to bath in these idyllic surroundings, with Icelandic nature and geothermal landscapes all around you. The geothermal water is a perfect temperature, 38 C to 40 C, after you have luxuriated in the glorious water we will take you back over the Hellishieði pass. You can expect to arrive back in Reykjavík around 18:00, we drop you off where we picked you up.

On this tour we stop at a local café so you can buy lunch, you are also very welcome to bring a packed lunch with you if you prefer.

Pick up is at 8:00 from mid-May to mid-September, and from mid-September to mid-May at 09:00, from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik. 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.

On this tour we will take you to stunning highlight after stunning highlight giving you a great snapshot of the diverse and magnificent Icelandic nature. Everything from great views of magnificent glaciers and famous volcano mountains and getting really close to sensational waterfalls, to walking on a black beach and exploring a basalt column cave.

We pick you up and head out of Reykjavík towards the east, through the southern lowland areas sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean. We stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, giving you the chance to get really close to the grand cascade which drops around 60 m. We recommend you take the pathway behind the falls, there is some spray, so wearing your rainwear is best! We have not one, but two great waterfalls for you today, Skógafoss waterfall is every bit as special as Seljalandsfoss, but you cannot walk behind it. Instead, a pathway with many steps heads up the steep hillside on the right-hand side of the scintillating falls. This trail continues between great mountain glaciers, the scenery around Skógafoss is sensational. On this tour we want you to see a glacier at close quarters, so we will take you to the Sólheimajökull glacier, a glacier tongue of Mýrdalsjökull. A short walk will take you from the parking lot to the edge of the glacier, giving you great views and photo opportunities.

We will go as far as Vík the southernmost settlement in Iceland, stopping at the beautiful church and taking a look around this attractive village. Another highlight today is the incredible black sand beach at Reynisfjara, the fierce Atlantic ocean hits the shore quite forcefully, so stand back a little way from the water´s edge! There is plenty to enjoy, the amazing basalt columnar formations of the cave are large, unusual and spectacular. Out in the ocean you will see the Reynisdrangar basalt stacks standing majestically above the waves, their shapes very much resemble the trolls of Icelandic folklore.

This tour is packed with unique sights and attractions, we make sure you get enough time to look around them and take photos.

Pick up is at 08:00 most of the year, between 1st November and 31st January it begins at 07:00 to make the most of the daylight. We pick you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is appreciated.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises are seen most frequently on these tours across Faxaflói bay. The weather and the ocean conditions will always determine what we see, so these tours are always exciting. Our qualified and enthusiastic whale watching guides will make sure you get great information about the whales and other ocean wildlife. Of course, they will do their absolute utmost, using all their skill and experience to maximize your chances of seeing magnificent whales. Coasting through the bay, usually within 15 km of Reykjavík, each whale watching trip offers a totally unique experience, so this tour is always well worth booking, no two whale watching trips are the same!  We will give you the best possible opportunity to see whales, and we always take impending weather forecasts and sea conditions into account when organizing our trips.

For your comfort we offer special suits for you to wear on board to keep you warm. We also advise that you wear your warmest clothes - hats, scarves, gloves etc - as it can get very cold (even on really warm summer days) when the boat is out on the ocean. Those who prefer to be more sheltered can enjoy watching the whales from inside, our boats are built with very large windows and comfortable seating, giving you the option to stay inside to watch the whales - you will still have a grandstand view. Hot drinks and soup are available to purchase from the onboard café. This is a very comfortable way to enjoy the animals of the North Atlantic! Each trip takes between 2.5 and 3.5 hours. This family-friendly boat tour is great for everyone!

This tour has various departure times depending on the day and the season of the year. Pick-up is not included with our whale watching tours but it is possible to get picked up at your accommodation for an extra charge.

The order of the day trips listed in this itinerary may vary depending on availability on each tour.

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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 Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

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. 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.

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.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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