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Golden Circle & Glacier Getaway

Spend three days exploring some of the best highlights along the South Coast of Iceland.

Tour code: IMG513

Golden Circle & Glacier Getaway

An Action-Packed 3-Day Winter Getaway

This three-day south coast adventure tour embraces the highlights of the South of Iceland. It includes the historical and geological Thingvellir National Park, the majestic Golden waterfall Gullfoss, the world famous Geysir hot spring, the renowned Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, as well as the immense black sand beaches, the famous plane wreck, and beautiful waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

On top of these unique natural wonders, our friendly and knowledgeable guide will take our small group on exciting activities like a Glacier Walk and Ice Cave exploration. We spend two nights at a country hotel where we can enjoy traditional Icelandic dinners. This is the perfect place to hunt for the Northern Lights!

Tour Overview

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Group size

    Up to 16 participants

  • Language

    English (French on some departures)

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

    Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Availability

    Oct - Mar

  • Duration

    3 days

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Accommodation at a hotel in double/twin rooms with breakfast
  • Transportation in 4x4 minibus
  • Ice cave tour and glacier walk

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Extras

  • Single room (single travelers and groups with odd numbers must choose the single supplement option during the booking process)
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Golden Circle & Glacier Getaway

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Geology - History - Geysers - Waterfalls

Pick up between 8:15 and 8:45 by your guide and driver at your accommodation. We leave the capital towards the National Park of Þingvellir. There we walk along the faults and fissures of the area that make evident the rifting of the earth's crust and hear about the major historic events that have taken place at this UNESCO world heritage site. We continue towards Geysir geothermal area and witness the spouting spring Strokkur that erupts up to 30 meters high and close by the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. From there we drive along the scenic south coast for overnight at Fosshótel Núpar, located in one of Iceland's most glorious landscapes. Surrounded by lava fields, it offers a spectacular view of Vatnajökull, the world‘s largest glacier outside the Arctic. Northern lights hunting in the evening if the weather permits.

Day 2

Glaciers, Icebergs and Ice Cave

Today we head further east along Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. Our first stop will be at the renowned Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón filled with huge floating icebergs. A short walk away there's a chance to see the Diamond Beach where icebergs appear as diamonds on the black sand. The afternoon will be adventurous and includes a glacier walk with ice cave exploration on one of glacier tongues of Vatnajökull glacier. Afterwards we return to our hotel. The hotel offers a wake up call if the Northern Lights are to be seen.

Day 3

Black Beaches - Waterfalls

On our journey back to Reykjavík we take time to stop and enjoy the picturesque landscape of the South Coast and we stroll along the black beaches of Vík and Reynisfjara, being aware of the big and powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean and we drive down to the famous plane wreck. There will be time to take a close look at the beautiful waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before returning to Reykjavik in late afternoon.

Please note that due to unpredictable weather conditions during winter, the itinerary of this tour might be reversed or changed. Ice Cave visits and Glacier walks are sensitive to weather conditions and can be replaced with other activities if needed. While it is our goal to deliver the best tour experience possible, the safety of our passengers is always our priority. 

Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore can sightings not be guaranteed

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
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Practical Information

To see the Northern Lights you need solar activity, clear skies and darkness. The first two we cannot control but our darkest months are September to March and therefore your best change too see them is during that period.

It is no problem to check if a triple room is available for you during your tour. Please send us an email to [email protected] to check availability.

We recommend that you bring one piece of luggage per person. We recommend that you bring að soft duffel bag, since they are easier to stack in the vehicle.

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact [email protected].

  • Light hiking boots.
  • Thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Gloves.
  • Warm socks.
  • Warm hat.
  • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter).
  • Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day – 20L (1200 cu in).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring). 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  • Swim suit (depends on tour).
  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.