Short Breaks and Getaways

Golden Circle & Glacier Lagoon Summer Break

Experience the famous Golden Circle, a stunning glacier lagoon and the spectacular Diamond beach during Iceland's long, bright days in spring, summer and fall.

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Golden Circle & Glacier Lagoon Summer Break

A Delightful Short Break to South Iceland’s Natural Wonders

Enjoy a combination of history and nature on this 3-day short break to some of the best sites in the South Coast of Iceland. Travel along the famous Golden Circle to visit Thingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the natural wonders of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir, a geyser that shoots boiling hot water into the air. After an evening of rest in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you will witness the beauty of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, take a short walk on Diamond Beach and hike to the marvelous Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell. As you head back to Reykjavík on the last day, you will stop to enjoy walks on the black sand beaches of Vík and Reynisfjara and enjoy a fun Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull glacier. You will top off the day by visiting the majestic Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls before heading back to Reykjavík.

Tour Overview

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Group size

    Up to 16 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • Difficulty

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Easy

  • Availability

    Apr - Sep

  • 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 minibus
  • Glacier Walk

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Extras

  • Single room (single travelers and groups with odd numbers must choose the singe 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 Lagoon Summer Break

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Geology - History - Geysers - Waterfalls

Pick up between 8:15 and 8:45 at your accommodation. We leave the capital and drive towards Thingvellir National Park where we walk along the fault lines that make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust. We hear about the major historic events that have taken place here and come to understand why we are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. We continue towards Geysir, witnessing its enormous eruptions before taking in the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. From there, we drive along the scenic South coast for a night in a hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day 2

Glaciers - Icebergs - Glacier walking

Today, we head further east to take in the vast open sand plains and the mighty Vatnajökull ice cap in the distance. Vast alpine peaks perforate the background as we admire the wonders of the Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón), complete with huge icebergs and sunbathing seals. A short walk away we stroll along the Diamond Beach, named after its countless stranded Icebergs. In the afternoon we will go on an exciting glacier walk on one of Vatnajökull's glacier tongues. Once on the ice field, it will feel as if we have been transported to a frozen foreign planet and we will witness stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. After the glacier walk, we will have some tome to explore Skaftafell National Park. You will also see the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss, which is surrounded by basalt columns, before heading back to our hotel.

Day 3

Massive canyon, Black beaches - Waterfalls

On our journey back to Reykjavík we take time to stop and enjoy the picturesque landscape of the South Coast. We will visit the magnificent and massive canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur, stroll along the black sand beaches of Vík and Reynisfjara, and we will take in the beautiful waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before it is time to leave to wonders of the South coast and return to the city.

  • 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.