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3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave

Three-day tour along the South Coast that brings you to some of the most precious jewels of Iceland - Glaciers, waterfalls, ice cave, the Golden Circle and northern lights.

Price from 89.990 ISK per person.

Tour highlights
  • Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir hot springs
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Seljandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon
  • Ice Cave under Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull
  • Reynisfjara - basalt columns & black sand beaches
  • Northern lights*
  • Small group experience
  • Eyjafjallajökull glacier / volcano view*
  • Hekla volcano / volcano view*

Rated: Easy.
Duration: 3 days.
Included: Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík, a guided tour in a minibus, a visit to Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon, Ice Cave, a certified glacier guide. Hotel room with bathroom for 2 nights and breakfast. Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
Please note that food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2 & 3
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note that the tour does not include meals.
Minimum age: 10 years.
Maximum number of participants: 18 persons per guide.

* Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla Volcano are subjected to weather conditions.
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.

  • + More details

    If you have limited time in Iceland this 3-day tour is a great option. In the comfort of a small group we visit some of the most popular attractions in Iceland and explore a magnificent ice cave in Europe’s biggest glacier. By spending the nights out of the city we maximize the chance of seeing the shimmering northern lights.
    Please note that the lack of daylight might cause some changes in the itinerary in December and January.

  • + Day one - The famous Golden Circle route
    Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

    The Golden Circle is first on the agenda with its three main attractions; Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Thingvellir National park, one of UNESCO’S world heritage site Is our first stop. 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.
    We spend the night in a country hotel, Hótel Dyrhólaey or similar, just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are right.

  • + Day two - Black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
    Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another customer.

    We start the day at Reynisfjara black sand beach . 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. From Reynisfjara, we continue our journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Vatnajökull glacier dominates the area we are approaching in all its glory. The magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is our next stop. 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 adventures, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night, usually we stay at Hótel Skaftafell or similar. 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.

  • + Day three - Glacier walk and ice caving
    Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another customer.

    Today will go for an ice cave and glacier hike adventure. After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, we set foot on the glacier and hike up to the cave. The hike takes about 45 minutes and you will be moving through stunning glacier landscape. Once in the cave, you will have plenty of time to explore the magical ice and take photos. Our certified glacier guides will lead you on the glacier, 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. 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 two 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 our time at the glacier, 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 7 and 10 PM, depending on weather and conditions.

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.

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