5-Day Summer Tour | The Golden Circle, South & West Coast with glacier hike, boat tour, lava caving and SPA Visit

Get the most of your stay in Iceland on this 5-day summer tour. Visit the three main national parks, look at some amazingly beautiful sights, go on a glacier hike, lava caving and take a boat ride on the ice strewn Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to name just a few of the attractions on this tour

  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Availability: May-Oct
  • Maximum: 19 Guests
  • Free: WiFi
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On the first day you will tackle to the famous Golden Circle route to witness the active geothermal area Geysir, the golden waterfall Gullfoss and Thingvellir – a UNESCO World Heritage site where the old Icelandic parliament was gathering inside the rift between Eurasian and American tectonic plates. Just before heading to your cosy accommodation on the South Coast you will stop at the colourful Kerid Volcanic Crater. For the next two days your adventure continues along the South Coast, where you will discover stunning waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches and famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. During these days there are two very exiting activities planned – a Blue Ice Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull Glacier and an amphibian boat tour among icebergs at the Jokulsarlon glacier Lagoon. Remember to keep your head up for the seals swimming around you and resting on the ice. 

The final two days of the tour take place in the West of Iceland and on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The Snaefellsnes peninsuela, listed on Lonely Planet TOP 10 Regions in World 2015, is a fairy-tale land full of beautiful cliffs, charming fishing villages, fjords, wildlife, volcanic landscapes and craters combined with stunning waterfalls and mountains. The Borgarfjordur area is in the opinion of many Icelanders the most beautiful countryside in Iceland. Among the highlights during these days are a caving expedition inside Vidgelmir, the biggest known lava tunnel in Iceland and a relaxing visit to the modern Krauma SPA which is powered by the most powerful hot spring in Europe. There you can relax in the warm water while enjoying the magical view over the surrounding mountains and steamy springs before heading back to Reykjavik. 

Agenda

Day 1 – The Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater

After a complimentary pick up service in Reykjavík your journey begins with the classic Golden Circle – the most famous sightseeing route in Southern Part of Iceland. First stop is at Thingvellir National Park – a unique place where nature meets with the history. While walking between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, it is hard not to think about the history of this place. Thingvellir (“the field of parliament”) became home to the Icelandic general assembly from around the year 930 and continued until 1798. At the end of the path between cliffs you will notice Öxarárfoss waterfall. It is rather small one — around 13 meters high, but well worth seeing. 

Next on the agenda is a visit at Gullfoss – the Golden waterfall. The waters of the mighty Hvíta (white) river are swept into a 70 meters deep canyon giving visitors one of the most spectacular views in Iceland. Powerful and beautiful waterfall rushes down from two tiers into an ancient valley. Third stop is at Haukadalur Geothermal Area, better known as Geysir - home to many bubbling hot springs and geysers — one of them is the very active Strokkur that throws up boiling water up to a height of 40 meters every 5-10 minutes. 

These three famous sights are the classic ones that form the Golden Circle but to add even more to this experience, your last stop of the day is at unique Kerid Volcanic Crater. The crater made of a characteristic red volcanic rock is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which is a little bit of magic.   

Day 2 – Magical waterfalls, the Black Beach of Reynisfjara and a Glacier Hike

The day begins with two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting lesser known, more secret waterfalls Glufrabui and Irafoss

Seljalandsfoss is single cascade fall from 60 meters tall cliff located beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It is one of the most intriguing waterfalls in Iceland and definitely one of the most famous ones, as it can be fully encircled by foot. Just remember to put your waterproof clothing and hiking shoes on before starting hike! 

As we continue, we will drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where we take a Glacier Hike for about 1,5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. Our certified glacier guides know the best hiking trails on the glaciers in Iceland, so following them guarantees spending a really nice time there. 

Before we reach the accommodation for well deserved rest, we will stop at the “must see” Black Beach of Reynisfjara, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings.

Day 3 – The amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon with boat ride and Diamond Beach

Today, you will take a close look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik you tour continues East where we visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and the National Park in Skaftafell.   

Then you will head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will enjoy a boat tour, sailing on the glacier lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin, giving the Diamond Beach its name. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs.

After enjoying this wonderful experience, you head back in the afternoon towards Reykjavik where we estimate to arrive around 21:30 (09:30 pm). There you will get some rest before heading to the Western Iceland for another two days of adventure. 

Day 4 – The Magnificent Snaefellsnes National Park

Day 4 begins with a scenic drive towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – by many called “Iceland in miniature”. There are not some many places here in Iceland where you can see so many kinds of geology packed into such a small area. First you will pass by the Whale Fiord (Hvalfjordur) and the tunnel laying 165 meters below it. 

There are very good reasons why Snaefellsnes was on the Lonely Planet TOP 10 Regions in World 2015 list. While driving along shores of the peninsula you will pass by lovely and charming fishing villages, biggest strato-volcano in Iceland called Snaefellsjokull, walk on top of the cliffs and have an opportunity to spot wild seals resting at the Ytri-Tunga Beach. Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black sand beach, where the air is filled with the sounds of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand. The most recognizable spot on the peninsula is Kirkjufell (Church) mountain accompanied by a small, but iconic falls. Make sure to have your camera ready to take a picture for your collection! At the end of the day you will stay in a friendly town called Borgarnes.

Day 5 – Lava attractions: volcanic craters, lava waterfalls, caving expedition and geothermal SPA

Last day is all about attractions formed by the volcanic activity which is such a big part of life in Iceland. First on the itinerary is a stop at the volcanic crater Grabrok, which was formed during massive eruption approximately 3.400 years ago. Solid, wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colourful craters, lava fields and lake Hredavatn. 

Next on the agenda are Hraunfossar waterfalls. Hraunfossar are very often called the “Lava Waterfalls”. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava. They spread on the distance of nearly 900 meters, creating the most unique and breath-taking landscape. Just few meters away you will find another interesting waterfall called Barnafoss – the Waterfall of the Children

The highlight of this day is a visit to Vidgelmir Lava Cave. Once inhabited, today it is the longest and most impressive lava caves accessible for visitors in Iceland. During the 1,5-hour long expedition, you will see some spectacular lava formations that lurk in the depths of the Earth. You will be provided with all needed safety equipment to enjoy this unique experience. 

The last stop on your tour is at the Deildartunguhver hot spring. It is time to relax in an Icelandic style at the Krauma Geothermal SPA built next to the bubbling hot spring – the most powerful one in Europe. There you can soak in one of five geothermal baths, warm up in saunas and rest in the relaxation room. You can also take advantage of an in-water beverage service while admiring spectacular view. Great way to end a great tour! After relaxing time at the SPA you will jump in our bus that takes you back to Reykjavik where the estimated arrival time in the city is at 19:30 (7:30 pm). 

Included

  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Accommodation for four nights incl. breakfast in a cozy guesthouse in double rooms with shared bathrooms. You can upgrade to the private bathroom by choosing “Upgrade to a private bathroom” during booking process. Price for an upgrade is 20.000 ISK per person
  • Guided blue ice hiking tour with necessary safety equipment provided
  • Boat tour on the glacier lagoon
  • Admission fee to Vidgelmir Lave Cave
  • Admission fee to Krauma natural geothermal baths & spa
  • Entrance fee for Kerid Volcanic Crater
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus 

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour 

What do I need to bring

  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes
  • Good hiking shoes are recommended
  • Camera
  • Swim wear

Know before you go

  • Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location
  • This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 5 around 19:30 / 07:30pm
  • If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 20.000 ISK is mandatory
  • Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík. Here is a link to their website where you can find all details. http://www.luggagelockers.is/ We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M. To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick up time.
  • IMPORTANT: It can happen that the glacier hike is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible or make a partial refund.

Guided Language

  • English

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 7 days notice: 100% charge

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Highlights

  • Thingvellir
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss
  • Keric Volcanic Crater
  • Jökulsárlón
  • Skógafoss
  • Irafoss
  • Gljufrabui
  • Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
  • Vík i Mýrdal
  • Skaftafell
  • Glacier Hike
  • Glacier Lagoon
  • Boat ride
  • Foss a Sidu
  • Sólheimajökull
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • South Coast
  • Snæfellsjökull
  • Krauma Natural Geothermal Spa
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafossar
  • Deildartunguhver
  • Snæfellsnes
  • Hellnar
  • Arnarstapi
  • Kirkjufell
  • Snaefellsjoekull National Park
  • Dritvikurgrunn
  • Londrangar
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Vidgelmir Lava Cave
  • Svöðufoss
  • Grabrok Volcanic Craters
  • Gerðuberg