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4-Day Sightseeing Tour in Iceland

South Coast, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, and Reykjanes Peninsula

Visit the Most Famous Sightseeing Spots in Iceland on 4-Day Excursions from Reykjavik!

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Our 4-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik combines Iceland’s most famous attractions with lesser-known gems into one package. Join us and visit Iceland’s South Coast, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, highlights of the Golden Circle, and geothermal and volcanic paradise of Reykjanes Peninsula. Travel in a comfortable minibus and explore Iceland’s best natural wonders on our small-group tour.

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

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Tour highlights
South Coast
Seljalandsfoss
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
The Golden Circle
Reykjanes Peninsula
Included
Guided Minibus Tours
Pick-up and drop off from Reykjavik
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on the Minibus

South Coast

We’ll pick you up from your pre-selected location in Reykjavik in the morning and make our way towards the South Coast. The route takes us over Hellisheiði pass and right by Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th largest glacier in the country.

We make multiple stops along the South Coast, so you get so explore the most famous sights in the south. Our stops include Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach, Reynisdrangar basalt stacks, as well as a charming village Vik, and the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is sometimes referred to as miniature Iceland because it encompasses most of Iceland’s various landscapes on one peninsula. It features everything from natural hot springs, moss-covered lava fields, mountains, and black sand beaches, to Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Luxury Travel Guide rated West Iceland and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula as the most scenic destination in Europe.

Iceland’s West Coast is dotted with charming fishing villages that tell more about Iceland’s culture and history than any academic book. We’ll stop to grab lunch at Olafsvik and then visit Arnarstapi.

In between and around our stops in the villages, we’ll also visit the dramatic black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, 19th-century church Búðakirkja, Miðgjá stone bridge, and other sights.

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of the most iconic sites in Iceland. We’ll visit all three highlights of the circle — historic Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal Area. These are the most famous natural sites in Iceland that will stick in your memory for a long time.

But that’s not all! To add extra flair, we’ll step off the touristy tracks and introduce you to the local life around the famous attractions. We’ll take you to Kerið volcanic crater, and to Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse Farm, where you’ll have a chance to taste local tomatoes! Prepare to meet the charming Icelandic horses, too.

Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes is a geological paradise filled with immense geothermal energy. It’s included in UNESCO Global Geopark and encompasses a variety of landscapes. Prepare to see everything from vast lava fields to geothermal lakes and hot springs. We’ll stop at Kleifarvatn geothermal lake to explore its lunar landscape and visit Krýsuvík geothermal area with its multi-colored hills and bubbling mud pools.

Reykjanes Geopark has more than geothermal energy. Valahnúkur cliffs host a large seabird colony, true eye-candy for nature enthusiasts. Sandvík is the place where you can cross a bridge between the two continents. Walk from Europe to North America in seconds on the 15-meter bridge (50 feet) that connects two seemingly distant parts of the world!

At the end of this day, we can drop you off at the Blue Lagoon (please book your entry ticket in advance).


Practical Information

Remember to bring: waterproof and warm outdoor clothes, sturdy shoes, gloves, headwear. If you plan on going to the Blue Lagoon, please bring a swimsuit and a towel (or rent them onsite).

You can always rent a waterproof jacket, pants, and hiking shoes from us. Please add these as extras during the booking process. Please make sure to book in advance, as otherwise, we won’t be able to provide these items on location.


Pick-up Information

Pick up begins at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM, depending on the day and the season. We’ll pick you up from your pre-selected location from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavik. The pick-up might take up to 30 minutes, we thank for your patience in advance.

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

Please note

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour has an optional extra. We recommend you select the tour to Vatnshellir cave when booking. If you choose not to join the caving tour, you can take a short walk around the area with your guide.

After the Reykjanes tour, if you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon, you need to book the entry ticket in advance at bluelagoon.is. We recommend that you book your ticket for 3:00 PM, as we’ll drop you off at the lagoon at around 2:45 PM after our excursion to the Reykjanes Peninsula. Please keep in mind that you’ll have to arrange your own transport for the return to Reykjavik or to Keflavik Airport if your flight is later that day.

Accommodation is not included in this tour.

This itinerary is not listed in chronological order. The itinerary for this sightseeing tour is not fixed, which means that excursions may come in any order. For example, you may visit the Reykjanes Peninsula on the first day and the Golden Circle on the second, or vice versa.

South Shore Adventure

You’ll be picked up at your pre-selected location in Reykjavik at 8:00 am (or 9:00 am in the winter season). We’ll head towards the east over Hellisheiði pass and through the lowland of Mýrdalsjökull’s outlet glacier Sólheimajökull.

We make our way towards Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach on the South Coast. Enjoy the sight of Reynisdrangar basalt stacks rising from the sea!

Incredible view of the Black beach

The next stop is a charming fishing village, Vik. We’ll explore the town and visit an old local church. From here, we’ll hit the road towards Reykjavik, but make a few more stops on our way. We’ll visit a 65-meter (213-ft) Skógafoss Waterfall and the picturesque Seljalandsfoss Waterfall that you can walk behind!

Seljalandfoss waterfall

We’ll drop you off at your pick up point in Reykjavik at around 6 PM.

Day Highlights
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík in Mýrdalur
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Visit to South Shore Highlights
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

We begin the day by picking you up from Reykjavik. From here, we make our way towards the west and through the dramatic lava field of Berserkjahraun. Through a rural highland pass, we drive over to the south side of Snaefellsnes.

One of the first sights we visit is Mt. Kirkjufell — the most photographed mountain in the country! You’ll recognize it instantly from the many pictures you’ve seen it in. The mountain towers over an idyllic fishing village, Grundarfjörður.

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at morning

Our lunch stop is at Olafsvik, another remote fishing village that’s no less charming than the previous one.

The next destination is the dramatic black pebble beach, Djúpalónssandur. Make sure you ask the guide about the shipwrecks lying on the beach.

Arnarstapi village is another charming hamlet that we visit. We’ll take a stroll along the scenic coastline and visit Miðgjá stone bridge, a naturally arched rock on the coast.

Next up, an optional guided tour to Vatnshellir Lava Cave in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Located right by the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the cave provides a chance to explore the mysterious underground world that you never imagined!

Saxholar Crater in Snaefellsjokull National Park

On our way back to Reykjavik, look around to see the impressive Gerðuberg basalt columns. These basalt columns stand in various geometric shapes – you’d never think it’s a completely natural creation!

Before we wrap up the day, we’ll make a quick stop to get a tasty Icelandic hot dog. We’ll return to Reykjavik at around 8 PM.

Day Highlights
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Village of Arnarstapi
Lava Cave Vatnshellir
View of Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Mt. Kirkjufell
Borgarnes
Gerðuberg basalt columns
Vatnshellir lava cave (optional extra)
Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
Ólafsvík
Saxhóll Crater
Búðakirkja Church
Miðgjá stone bridge
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Tour in Mini Bus
Guided Caving Tour (Optional)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Golden Circle Superior Tour

Today’s sightseeing includes the iconic Golden Circle with all three of its main attractions.

Gullfoss Waterfall on the Golden Circle road

The first stop of the Golden Circle is the historic Þingvellir National Park. It’s an important site for all the Icelanders, as Althing, Iceland’s parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 c.e.

Thingvellir is also home to the famous Silfra Fissure where divers and snorkelers can explore the underwater world between two continents. The tectonic plates drift apart every year, making Thingvellir an ever-expanding National Park! Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous attractions in the country.

The second stop is Geysir Geothermal Area, where the most active geyser Strokkur puts on a fascinating show every 4-10 minutes. Gullfoss (or the Golden Falls) is our next destination and is one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls.

Strokkur geysir eruption in Iceland.

To make this day even more special, we’ll add extra stops and take you to lesser-known sites. We’ll visit Friðheimar Greenhouse, where you’ll have an expert tell you about farming and growing tomatoes. You’ll even have a chance to taste them yourself!

We’ll also visit the volcanic crater Kerið and finish up the day with a stop at Brú to meet and pet charming Icelandic horses!

We should be back in Reykjavik at around 5 PM.

Day Highlights
The Golden Circle Sightseeing
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Friðheimar Greenhouse
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið Volcanic Crater
Icelandic Horses
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle
English Speaking Tour Guide
Entrance Fee to Kerið Crater
Free WiFi on the Bus
Friðheimar Exhibition
Taste Local Tomatoes
Icelandic Horse Petting

Reykjanes Geopark

Due to its diverse volcanic and geothermal activity, Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland has been dubbed a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Our first stop today is Lake Kleifarvatn. This groundwater-fed lake is situated in a volcanic crater and it’s the largest lake on the peninsula with the depth of up to 100 m (328 ft) at some points. According to legend, a mythical creature lives in the waters of Kleifarvatn. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of it?

Kleifarvatn lake landscape

We’ll visit the Krysuvik area which features multicolored hill slopes, colorful craters, and bubbling hot springs. It’s home to many bird species, including razorbills, kittiwakes, and guillemots.

Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area with plenty of mud pools and steam vents boiling under your feet. Surrounded by colorful rocks the area looks out of this world! Ask your guide about the tragic legend of Gudrun, a suspected witch whose ghost might still be hovering over the fields to this day!

After today’s tour, we can drop you off at Keflavik Airport. We can also take you to the Blue Lagoon if you wish to finish up the day with a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich water (book your ticket separately at bluelagoon.is).

If you go back to Reykjavik with us, we’ll reach the city at around 3:30 PM.

Day Highlights
Reykjanes Peninsula
Kleifarvatn Geothermal Lake
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
Gunnuhver Steaming Mud Pools / Hot Springs
Reykjanesviti Lighthouse & Bird Cliffs
The Bridge Between the Continents
Included
Guided Minibus Tour
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
English Speaking Tour Guide
All Entrance Fees (except Blue Lagoon)
Free WiFi on the Bus
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

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 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!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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.

Are meals included in the tour?

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.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

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.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

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.

Does this tour suit me?

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.

What will the average driving per day be?

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.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

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

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during 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 we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

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.

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