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2-Day South Coast Hiking Package | Golden Circle, Glacier Hike & Waterfalls

Take a thrilling glacier hike on this tremendous two-day tour of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle and see the stunning landscapes of the South Coast

From: kr.53.900,0

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maximum 19 guests

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within Reykjavík

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FULLY GUIDED

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Explore the famous Golden Circle and Iceland’s sensational South Coast on this thrilling two-day tour. Get up close to waterfalls, geysers, and volcanoes, and walk on a beautiful black sand beach like a Viking!

See the best of the Land of Fire and Ice and take an unforgettable glacier hike!

Your 2-day tour will begin with a convenient collection from your accommodation in Reykjavik and a delightful drive out of the capital city through striking scenery, passing Mount Esja on our way to the Thingvellir National Park, the first stop on the Golden Circle.

Discover Iceland’s most famous sights on this action-packed two-day tour of the gorgeous Golden Circle and the spectacular South Coast.

You’ll see a colossal rift valley at Þingvellir National Park, the geothermal hotspot of Geysir and the glorious two-tier waterfall at Gullfoss.

The Land of Fire and Ice is home to countless geological treasures. You’ll also see a multi-colored volcanic crater before our overnight stop in the hot spring town, Hveragerði.

The second day will bring you a parade of photogenic waterfalls as you explore Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Gljúfrabúi!

The second day’s highlight is an exciting glacier hike at Sólheimajökull, where you’ll get the chance to take a memorable walk across this mammoth river of ice.

Your two-day adventure will end by enjoying the sweeping panoramic views at Reynisfjara, the world-famous black sand beach. You’ll see beautiful basalt columns and the towering sea stacks of the Reynisdrangar. Then we’ll return to the city along Route 1 – known as the Ring Road.

Day 1 | Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater

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Thingvellir National Park

The first stop on tour is Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), home of the ancient Viking parliament, which sat for a thousand years in this fantastic rift valley. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge splits the Eurasian and American tectonic plates here, which means you can walk in the gigantic gap between two continents!

Thingvellir is where the nation of Iceland was born, with festivals and law-making sessions held here over the centuries, and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s also a beautiful lake, Þingvallavatn, one of the largest in Iceland

Geysir & Haukadalur Geothermal Area

Our next stop is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home to Geysir, the place that gave its name to all erupting hot springs. Did you know that it’s also the Icelandic word for “gush”? Geysir itself is asleep mainly now, but nearby, Strokkur is very active. You’ll see it sending fountains of superheated water high into the sky every six or seven minutes! As well as that, you’ll be able to get up close to hissing hot pots and steam vents as they bubble and splutter away!

Get your camera ready – you’ll get some fantastic shots when Strokkur explodes!

Gullfoss - The Golden Waterfall

The third stage on the Golden Circle is gorgeous Gullfoss, which means the “Gold Falls”. You’ll be amazed by the sight of this double drop waterfall as millions of gallons of glacial meltwater crash 30 meters down into a deep ravine, sending spray into the air and setting off arching rainbows on sunny days.

You might even see Langjökull in the distance, the glacier that feeds the falls. There are several viewing platforms to see Gullfoss thundering away from different angles. Some say Gullfoss is the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland – see what you think!

Kerid Volcanic Crater

We will visit this extraordinary volcanic crater on our way to our overnight stop. Beautifully streaked with red earth and green mosses and a turquoise-blue mineral water lake, it’s a stunning spectacle. More than three thousand years old, 50 meters deep, and 270 meters wide, walking around this crater with its dramatic mix of colors is an amazing experience and an exciting picture opportunity.

It’s easy to reach, close to the car park, and you can see the crater from many different perspectives. The famous Icelandic singer Björk once performed a concert from a floating stage here!

Hveragerði

WHveragerði, famous for its geothermally-heated greenhouses, is sitting in a rift valley between the two continental plates of Eurasia and America. The name translates as “Hot Springs”, and you’ll discover steam vapor rising from vents in the earth all around the town. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through Hveragerði, which means you can stand on both continents at once!

OVERNIGHT STAY IN HVERAGERDI - town famous for Geothermal Activity

Day 2 | South Coast Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier Hike

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Seljalandsfoss & Gljufrabui Waterfalls

The second day of the tour begins with visits to three of Iceland’s wonderful waterfalls, starting with Seljalandsfoss. Look ahead as we make our way along the South Coast on Route 1, as it will appear framed against the volcanic cliffs. Tumbling down over sixty meters, this mighty cascade has carved out an enormous cave behind the falls. Walking around the falls is even possible if you don’t mind getting wet and scrambling along the slippery path!

Nearby, you’ll also enjoy Gljúfrabúi, a “hidden waterfall” tucked away in a concealed cave. We’ll show you where to look!

Skogafoss Waterfalls

Our next stop is Skógafoss, which is probably one of the most recognized waterfalls in the world. This incredible cascade has been featured in “Game of Thrones”, several Hollywood films and many music videos, including one for Justin Bieber.

The 60-meter-high waterfall faces directly south, so there’s a great chance to see rainbows rising over the cliffs on sunny days. It’s also possible to climb some stairs right up to the top to see the spectacular views from there, including the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano! There’s a café and restrooms here if you want to grab a snack or a coffee.

Sólheimajökull Glacier

Iceland is famous for its glaciers, covering more than a tenth of the country. Sólheimajökull, which translates as “Home of the Sun Glacier”, is an easy-to-reach glacier tongue, allowing you to see this marvel of nature up close on an unforgettable glacier hike!

Part of the Katla GeoPark and the mammoth Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, Sólheimajökull is a sensational sight. You’ll see dramatic ice formations, including crevasses, striped ice sculptures and rocky ridges. We’ll kit you out in all the safety gear you’ll need to enjoy this unique experience! So just bring your hiking boots and a warm coat!

From the top you can simply soak in the dramatic view over the surrounding mountains and glacier lagoon laying by the head of the glacier. 

Reynisfjara - The Black Beach

Your thrilling two-day adventure concludes with a visit to Reynisfjara, the world-famous black sand beach. The scenery here is incredible, with National Geographic calling it one of the finest beaches in the world.

You’ll enjoy walking on jet-black sands, watching roaring Atlantic waves pound the beach, and the sight of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks looming offshore. The towering cliffs are lined with stunning hexagonal basalt columns, like an enormous church organ!

Reynisfjara is the perfect place to end your South Coast adventure – we’ll return to the capital from here.

Experience the best of the Land of Fire and Ice on this action-packed two-day tour of the glorious Golden Circle and the sensational South Coast of Iceland. Enjoy the unique experience of a glacier hike and discover geysers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and volcanoes! Don’t miss it – book now!

TOUR DETAILS

DURATION
2 DAYS

MINIMUM AGE
8 YEARS OLD

AVAILABILITY:
ALL YEAR

FREE CANCELLATION:
24 HOURS PRIOR TRAVEL

DIFFICULTY:
ADVENTUROUS/MODERATE

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Know Before You Go

Proper footwear when walking on uneven and slippery surfaces increases your safety and comfort. Please note, that you can be banned from participating in glacier activities when not wearing required shoes. If you do not own proper footwear (solid shoes reaching above your ankle) you can rent them during booking process

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For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small suitcase or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for your time on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can pay a small fee per luggage and we will make sure we have space for it on the tour bus or in a special luggage trailer

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Free Pick Up Service From Reykjavík

We offer pick up and drop off within the city of Reykjavik. We can pick-up directly from many hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik as well as from the Reykjavik cruise ship terminals.

Parts of Reykjavík City Center are closed for the commercial traffic. Please note, that your pick up might be from one of the dedicated meeting points