See the Golden Circle, geothermal bathing, the best waterfalls on the South Coast, Reynisfjara black beach, the glacier lagoon and the sights of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland.
See the ultimate sights: Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir & bathing at the Secret Lagoon, floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & the Diamond Beach, Skaftafell, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black beach and the jewels of Snæfellsnes peninsula with an optional caving tour. Just too many wonderful places to list!
May 15th - September 30th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Iceland Small Group
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Village of Arnarstapi
- Vatnshellir Lava Cave
- Black beach at Djúpalónssandur
- Mount Kirkjufell
- Visit to the Secret Lagoon
- Golden Circle Tour
- Geysir Hot Springs Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- The Diamond Beach
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Village of Vík
- Guided Minibus Tour to Snæfellsnes
- Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Minibus Tour
- Guided Caving Tour (optional extra)
- Restaurant stop on Snæfellsness where you can buy lunch
- Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
- South Coast, Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón Guided Tour
- Stops at all South Coast Highlights
To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsjökull Peninsula Small Group, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.
Pick up from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik each day is at 08:00 am. 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.
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 for each of the day tours. The Vatnshellir lava caving and Jökulsárlón boat tours are extra.
Day 1 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we head westward! We want you to see the diverse wonders, Snæfellsnes is renowned for. After a stop at a golden beach at Ytri Tunga, where seals often bask, we will go to visit Arnarstapi, an atmospheric and charming village. The nature around Arnarstapi is truly amazing, we will explore the coastal scenery when we enjoy a walk to the nearby little village of Hellnar. You get time to buy yourself lunch and explore before we continue our adventures.
In Snæfellsjökull National Park, surrounded by lava fields, there are great views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the location which Jules Verne chose as the doorway to the center of the earth – we can thank his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, for making this majestic glacier world famous. Your next stop is at Vatnshellir, an ancient lava cave. Our very easy caving tour will show you the wonders which exist beneath the lava, a surprising assortment of impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations will be revealed under the beam of your headlight. This caving tour is short and suitable for everyone (an optional extra but highly recommended).
The black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur has astonishingly shaped cliff formations, a fascinating history and great stories of shipwrecks. You will see the ‘lifting stones,’ used in the olden days to determine if men were strong enough for work on the fishing boats. Today, these lifting stones are very popular with the tourists.
Moving on we travel through glorious landscapes exploring the north side the peninsula, stopping at Grundarfjörður, a lovely little town with a picturesque garden and great sea views. Just a short distance away we stop to enjoy Mount Kirkjufell. Rising 463 m, this is probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland, its iconic image has appeared everywhere. Next, we will travel over the legendary Berserkjahraun lava field. The Viking legend tells us this is the area where, in Pagan times, two Swedish “berserkers“ created the first road in Iceland.
Before we return to Reykjavík we stop at an incredibly cute waterfall where you can walk to an amazing viewing point above it. Finally, we visit Gerðuberg to see the geometric basalt columns, people are amazed by this lava paradise. After a first day imbued with magic, you will be dropped you off in Reyjavík early in the evening.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle & the Secret Lagoon
The Golden Circle is the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, a 300 km loop taking you to three great attractions and through beautiful Icelandic scenery. Your guide will tell you all about the places you are traveling through, and share some fun local stories. Did you know, on a clear day, you get views of the Hekla volcano as you travel the Golden Circle?
At Þingvellir National Park you will visit the most important historical site in Iceland, the place where the Viking settlers founded the Alþing, the oldest continuously existing democratic parliament in the world in the year 930. There is more to this place than great history, you will see the Almannagjá cliff framing the area where this ancient parliament met. Here the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates have been moving apart for around 11,000 years creating Almannagjá and some extraordinary scenery. There has been a lot of volcanic activity here in the past but nowadays those volcanic landscapes are covered with moss. You will get great views of Þingvallavatn, the biggest natural lake in Iceland and the lovely traditional wooden church.
We stop at Geysir, the geothermal area at Haukadalur where we will see Great Geysir, and Strokkur. Great Geysir is the hot spring whose name gave us the English word “geyser”, however, it is now inactive, but Strokkur, a neighboring hot spring is very active! Every few minutes you will see Strokkur spouting impressive jets of scalding water up to 30 m high – always a great moment. Not so far from Geysir we will come to the most popular waterfall in Iceland, the majestic and turbulent Gullfoss. Pathways lead to excellent viewing points, watching the powerful glacial river, Hvítá, force its way through this 70 m high canyon, and dropping 32 m in two stages is magnificent. The mystical grandeur of Gullfoss is enhanced by the golden-toned water vapor which can be seen around the turbulent cascade. Gullfoss translates to ‘Golden Fall’ in English.
We will take you to the Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, which was a secret treasure of the people in this locality for many years. The official Icelandic name is Gamla Lónið, meaning the ‘Old Lagoon’. This pool is idyllic and totally charming, set in the midst of unspoiled Icelandic nature in an area filled with geothermal hot springs. When you bathe here, you can see geothermal hot springs which gurgle cheerfully as you luxuriate in the 38 to 40 C water. There is even a spouting geyser to entertain you! We travel back over the Hellisheiði pass and get back to Reykjavík around 18:00.
Day 3 - South Coast, Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach
Driving to our first stop, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you will get views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Seljalandsfoss is surrounded by lush greenery, and the 60 m high cascade is stunning, this is the famous Icelandic waterfall that you can walk behind! We will show you another great waterfall today, Skógafoss, which drops 60 m from the sea cliffs of the ancient coast line. If you explore the right side of the falls you will see the ‘troll face’ which stares directly at the falls. Perhaps your guide will recite the legend about the troll who, transfixed by the beauty of these falls, forgot the time and was turned to stone by the morning sun!
There is an opportunity to buy lunch when we stop at Vík, this beautiful village has lovely views over the sea and a beautiful church.
Now for the most glittering jewels of all, the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with the Diamond Beach, waiting to be discovered just a short walk away. People from around the world increasingly recognize these vistas! Jókulsárlón Lagoon provided the ice lagoon scenery in Hollywood movies such as James Bond, Batman Begins, and Tomb Raider. You can enjoy an optional boat tour on the lagoon, taking you incredibly close to the sensational icebergs (the boat tour is not included).
We will take you to Skaftafell Nature Reserve which is situated beneath Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. At Skaftafell, surrounded by majestic glacial scenery and mountains, we enjoy an evening meal. Summer in Iceland means bright nights, giving us the opportunity to enjoy Reynisfjara black sand beach on the way home. With its soft black sand and basalt columns this is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Iceland – we will take a stroll, in the evening there are usually few people around.
We then return to Reykjavík arriving before midnight after three days of Icelandic magic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
- 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.