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5 Day South Coast Tour, Snaefellsnes and Northern lights

Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Ice cave, West Iceland and Northern lights

This is a fantastic way to explore some of Iceland's most famous sights. Glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs and a strong chance of northern lights spotting.

Glacier-Hiking Geysir Ice-Caving Northern-Lights waterfall

This five-day tour is a great way to explore the most sought after sights in Iceland.
Please note that this tour is a combination tour of the popular 2 Day Snaefellsnes & Northern Lights tour and the 3 Day Golden Circle & South Coast tour.

  • Availability
    November 1st - March 31st
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Level
  • Pickup
  • Meet on location
  • Min. Age
    10 years
  • Ratio
  • Price
    139.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Golden Circle
Vatnajökull glacier
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
A visit to a natural ice cave
Skógafoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Northern lights
Small group experience
Pick up from your pick up location in Reykjavík
Guided tour in a minibus
Hotel room with bathroom for 4 nights
Breakfast at the Hotels 4 mornings

Taking off from Reykjavík early morning we have five fabulous days ahead of us. We start with exploring the west of Iceland and Snæfellsnes peninsula where we will stay the first night. After the second day in the west, we spend one night in the Reykjavík area before we head towards the east, along the south coast of Iceland, starting with a full day at the Golden Circle.

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.

Day 1: West Iceland

You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning. Please be ready at you pick up location at 8 am. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

We will drive along the scenic west coast of Iceland to West Iceland (Vesturland). Our fist stop of the day is at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It provides 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water and it’s used for heating all the neighboring towns. Next, we stop at the historic site of Reykholt where a pool dating back to the medieval period is sill preserved unchanged. The waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are our third stop on this day. There you can see how the water flows from underneath the lava fields and hear the story about Barnafoss waterfall. Now we leave Borgarfjörður behind and set course towards Snæfellsnes peninsula. We will stop at the unique Gerðuberg basalt columns before we reach our accommodation place.

In the evening we will hunt for the northern lights.

*Please note that the order of the itinerary can change whereas we might start with the South Coast and end with West Iceland. If the itinerary for your 5 day tour will be arranged according to this then the pick up would be delayed until 9 am.

Day Highlights
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to Deildartunguhver hot spring
Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
Visit to the highlights of Snæfellsnes peninsula
Northern light hunt
One night in hotel

Day 2: Snæfellsnes peninsula

After breakfast, we drive west from the hotel, along the coastline of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The first stop of the day is at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where we walk around the surrounding area. From there we go underground, to the Vatnshellir cave which is located inside the Snæfellsnes National Park. The cave is about 8000 years old lava tube tunnel. This experience is as close you will get to the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth.

Next, we have a stop at Hellnar for lunch before we continue to the beautiful Djúpalónssandur beach. Here we will have a short hike on the pebbles stone beach and explore the remains of the ship wreckage. On the beach, you may also find the lifting stones, where you can test your strength like the fishermen used to do in the old days.

From Djúpalónssandur, we continue our journey around Snæfellsnes peninsula and our next stop is at the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite spot for many photographers. On our way back to Reykjavík, where you will be spending the night, we will try to spot some northern lights.

Day Highlights
Arnarstapi fishing village
Vatnshellir cave
Djúpalónssandur beach
Snæfellsnes peninsula and Mt. Kirkjufell
Breakfast at hotel in
Visit to Arnarstapi fishing village
Caving tour in Vatnshellir cave
Experienced Caving Guide and necessary caving gear
Hiking at Djúpalónssandur beach
Photo opportunities at Mt. Kirkufell
Northern lights hunt
One night at hotel in Reykjavík

Day 3: The Golden Cirlce

First on the agenda of our south coast exploration is the Golden Circle. We start at  Thingvellir National park, one of UNESCO’S world heritage site. Here Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930, making it the world’s oldest running parliament. Thingvellir is rich of geological wonders and national history. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plate meet in Thingvellir and you can clearly see the drift that has occurred over the years. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland and the whole area is covered with birch bushes that are very characteristic for the area.

Next, we visit Haukadalur valley geothermal area. The renown hot spring Geysir, the one all other hot springs have their name from, lies dormant at the moment. But Strokkur, spouting water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes, is very much alive and has taken over as the king of the area. Explore the Geysir area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes with a great opportunity in every footstep. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last site on the Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall is the most visited one in Iceland and for a good reason to. The amazing site of the roaring water rushing into the canyon is definitely something to write home about. From the Golden circle, we drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On our way there will be possibilities for great sights all around, Mt. Hekla being one of them on a clear day.

Our next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall – the one you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. Skógafoss is a site not to be missed while in Iceland. Running from Eyjafjallajökull glacier the water in Skógafoss has come a long way. This impressive cascade falls 60 meters into the calm Skógará river. The mesmerizing view of this majestic fall can keep you captured for a while, but make sure to be back on the bus in time because there is so much more to see. The last stop of this magical day is the black sand beach Reynisfjara. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the guidelines from your tour guide. The basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore, gives you a good idea where some of the Icelandic folklore springs from. Don’t miss the basalt column cave before you leave the black sand beach. We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the northern lights.

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir hot springs
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Beach
Breakfast at hotel in
Visit to all highlights of Golden Circle
Visit to the most famous waterfalls of the South Coast
Visit to the black beach
Norhtern Lights hunt
On night at hotel close to Vík

Day4: Ice caving and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

From our accommodation place, we continue our journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Our main object today is a glacier adventure, which includes a natural ice cave* in Vatnajökull and the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, we go into the crystal cave. Here you have about 45 minutes to explore the magical blue ice and take photos. Our certified glacier guides will lead you through the ice cave, ensuring your safety at all times. New ice caves are formed each winter and we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave the best. The blue color appears when the air is pressed out of the ice and it becomes completely dense.

Fortunately, there’s a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will, therefore, decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time so you might visit the cave on day three if the guide estimates the conditions to be better then. The temperature inside the glacier is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly.

After the crystal cave, we make our way to the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. The lagoon and a close by beach, filled with icebergs of different size and shape, are dreamlike sights in the twilight of the afternoon. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon. After this day’s glacier adventure, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night. We will, of course, also keep an eye out for the northern lights that night for the darkness of the countryside offers a great opportunity for Aurora spotting.

Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.

Day Highlights
Vatnajökull National Park
Natural Ice cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Breakfast at hotel in Vík
Guided Ice Cave Tour
Certified Glacier guide
Specialized ice caving gear
Visit to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Northern lights hunt
One night at hotel in Skaftafell

Day 5: Glacier Walk and the South Shore

After breakfast, we move out to the glacier again. Vatnajökull glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe and thus, it has many outlet glaciers that are perfect for glacier hikes – our specialized glacier guides will pick the best possible one for the group. There are no physical preconditions needed for the glacier hike, but you will have to be able to hike for an hour, at least, to fully enjoy the glacier tour.

After the hike, we will head back to Reykjavík. This day gives us a chance to visit some of the sites from day one again on our way to Reykjavik. There will also be possibilities for some additional stops – all in accordance with the weather and conditions for we know that the forces of nature are in charge of all our actions during the winter. We will be in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 PM, depending on weather and conditions.

Day Highlights
Vatnajökull National Park
Glacier hike on Falljökull glacier Tongue
South Coast
Breakfast at hotel in Skaftafell
Guided glacier hike
Specialized glacier gear
Opportunity to visit the highlights of the south coast
Drop off in Reykjavík
What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

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.

Do you offer a tour this is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms which includes breakfast. For the south coast we usually go for Hotel Dyrhólaey and Hotel Skaftafell, on Snæfellsnes peninsula we usually book Hotel Rjúkandi. If they aren’t available we book very similar ones.

Does the 3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave tour include glacier hiking?

Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.

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.

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