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.
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.
November 1st - March 31st
Meet on location
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 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
Golden Circle and Caving
Golden Circle and Rafting
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.
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.
Price from 139.990 ISK per person.
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“Top tour, top company. Very happy we went for Arctic Adventures.”
We booked the 5 Day Snaefellsnes, South Coast & Northern Lights and couldn’t be happier.
The tour was well organised and included a lot of the amazing things Iceland has to offer, with the added bonus of being in a small group (c. 15 people) which helps logistics and creates a friendlier atmosphere.
The standard of accommodation was good as was the transportation, even if the mini-bus we used in the Snaefellsnes leg of the tour could have been a bit more spacious.
I wouldn’t think twice before recommending Arctic Adventures or booking another tour with them.
A special shout out is due for our amazing guide, Arni. Knowledgeable, approachable, very professional and at the same time warm and flexible. It was as if you had a local friend showing you around. Arni always looked after our best interest and made this an amazing tour.
We have just had a 5-day tour on the West and South coasts of Iceland. The tour was amazingly well organized and François and Svenni have been the best guides ever! François is in love with Iceland and was able to pass on his passion to us. Svenni is a true Icelander and is an icon of the spirit of this country. The accomodations, transport, guided tours, Q&A sessions have been all very well handled. We are already thinking about reserving another tour with Arctic Adventures to see Iceland in summer. Recommending this tour to anyone who wishes to have a smooth and landscape-intensive journey. The price is worth it.
I’ve booked a 5 days tour which was a combination of a 3 days tour in the south and 2 days in the peninsula. I had two guide that were fantastic (Frìmann and Olivier). They were able to answer all our questions, give interesting information and make the tour more personal. Also they were able to change the itinerary according to the weather to make the best out of it. We visited a lot of Island highlight and even more. We had enough time at each stop. They also took pictures of us when we asked which was super nice ( Thanks to Olivier for the great picture of us in front of the northern light)! I had a great time in Island.