October - March
If you have 4 days to explore the highlights of Iceland, this might be the tour for you! Combining the best of the South and West of Iceland, this tour will take you on a thrilling ride along Iceland’s dramatic landscape. During this 4 day trip, you will visit three of Iceland’s most famous areas! Not only that, but you will also walk on a glacier and visit an ice cave!
After departure from Reykjavík on the first day, you will start by exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Sights on Snæfellsnes include Arnarstapi, Hellnar, and Djúpalónssandur pebble beach. No visit to this beautiful peninsula is complete without a visit to Mt. Kirkjufell. This famous mountain looms over the town of Grundarfjörður. It was made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones. By the mountain, you’ll also find the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.
On day two you’ll head out on the Golden Circle. Sights on this route include Þingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, and Kerið crater. You will also visit a local farm where you’ll get to taste home-made ice cream for FREE. Additionally, you will visit the Kerið crater and Faxi waterfall for a complete Golden Circle day.
On days three and four you will explore the famous South Coast. This area of Iceland offers a plethora of beautiful sights that should be on any travelers bucket list. Sights on this route include Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, and Reynisfjara black sand beach. You will also visit Skaftafell where you will go on a glacier hike and visit a blue ice cave. Please note that the minimum age for the glacier hike is 8 years of age. To top it all off, you’ll also visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond beach.
On each night on this 4 day tour, you’ll be able go out looking for the Northern Lights if conditions are good. Click “detailed itinerary” above for a more detailed description of sights visited on this tour.
Pickup for this tour is in Reykjavík only. The tour departs from Reykjavík in the early morning on day 1 and arrives back in Reykjavík in the late afternoon/evening on day 4.
We recommend that you book this tour for the day after your arrival, not on your arrival day. Due to the tours late arrival in Reykjavík on day 4, we would not recommend a same day departure from Iceland.
There is no age limit, but please note that the minimum age for the included glacier hike is 8 years of age. Children younger than 8 years old can partake in all other activities on the tour.
For this tour, you should bring warm clothes to use as your first layer, and waterproof clothing to wear as your second layer. You should also bring good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles. If you don’t have hiking boots you can rent them when booking.
You should of course also bring your camera and other personal items. You may also want to bring sunglasses.
The limit is 24″ suitcase per person, and no multiple luggage allowed. If there is limited space in the car you might need to leave part of your luggage in our luggage storage, free of charge.
You can of course also bring a small daypack (backpack or similar).
If you need to store luggage, please contact us and we’ll try to assist you with storage.
No, you will be supplied with a helmet, harness, crampons and an ice ax for the glacier hike. You’ll also be supplied with safety equipment for your visit to the Blue Ice Cave.
We recommend that you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter. If you do not have hiking boots you can add a rental to your booking.
Breakfast is included on day two, three and four but other meals are not included. You’ll be able to purchase lunch, dinner, and snacks along the way. You are also welcome to bring snacks and drinks on the tour.
We recommend bringing a re-usable water bottle for the tour.
Yes, solo travelers are welcome on this tour! Please note that it’s mandatory to pay the single fee when booking if you are traveling by yourself.
Reservations can be canceled 7 days prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 7 days before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that the itinerary and sights visited are weather dependent. The itinerary and sights visited may change due to weather and road conditions. All accommodations are located in areas where the Northern Lights can be viewed if conditions are good in the evenings.
Day one: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
After pickup at your accommodations/pickup point in the morning, you’ll travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will stay overnight in Reykjavík (accommodations included).
Sights visited on this day include:
Mt. Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss
Located by the town of Grundarfjörður, Mt. Kirkjufell is often called “Arrow Mountain”. It was made famous by its appearance in the TV series Game of Thrones. Shaped by glaciers during the last ice age about 12,000 years ago, it is one of Iceland’s most photographed sights. By the mountain, you’ll also find the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.
Búðir Church was built in 1703 but it was restored in 1987. Since then, it has become one of the most recognizable sights on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It has a historic graveyard, a bell, and chalice from the time it was erected.
Arnarstapi is a tiny fishing village that’s home to one of Iceland’s most beautiful harbors. Here you will find picture-perfect stone arcs, amazing cliff views, and marine geyser. As you walk along this beautiful coastline, your guide will tell you more about Bárður, a half-man, half-troll who is the protector of Snæfellsnes.
The Seals of Ytri Tunga
The sandy beach of Ytri-Tunga is home to a large seal colony. The seals love to spend time on this beautiful beach and they are curious about its visitors. Although you can only view them from a distance, the seals will climb up on rocks for a better view of you as you admire them.
Lóndrangar Rock Pinnacles
Lóndrangar are the remnants of a bigger crater which has mostly eroded away, leaving two rock pinnacles that loom over the southern coastline. 75 meters high, they are a popular hang-out spots for birds. In the summertime, you might spot some puffins here!
Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
This beautiful beach is not only beautiful but it is also rich in history. For centuries, Icelandic fishermen rowed from here to fish in the fertile fishing grounds of the Atlantic ocean. Here you will also find the so-called “lifting-stones”, which were used to measure the fishermen’s strength and their ability to withstand the physical challenges of Atlantic rowboat fishing. On the beach, you will also find the remains of a Britsh fishing trawler which stranded on the sand reefs of the beach in 1948.
Day two: Golden Circle
After breakfast at your accommodations, you will head out on the famous Golden Circle. You will stay overnight in the Golden Circle area (accommodations included).
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park is of great historical significance to Iceland. This is where the Alþing general assembly was established in 930 AD. Þingvellir is also known for its geological significance. Here you can clearly see how the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly moving apart.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Home to the famous Geysir sprouting spring, here you can see the majestic sprouting hot spring Storkkur erupt with regular intervals. Here you will also see steam rising from the hundreds of smaller hot springs found in the area.
One of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Gullfoss, is a must-see for all visitors in Iceland. On sunny days you can see Langjökull glacier in the distance.
Although smaller than the famous Icelandic waterfalls, Faxi waterfall is no less stunning. Located in the famous salmon river of Tungufljót, a salmon staircase has been built to extend the salmon areas of the river. During summer you can often see anglers trying their luck at the salmon that jumps up to the salmon staircase.
Traditional Icelandic Daily Farm
You will stop at the lovely Efstidalur farm, which has been owned by the same family since 1850. Here you can learn about traditional Icelandic farm culture and meet the animals. You’ll also get a FREE ice cream tasting and can purchase other delicious snacks and meals.
Kerið was formed in an eruption 3,000 years ago. In the middle of the crater is a small lake, making this a picture perfect stop on the Golden Circle.
Day Three & Four: South Coast
On day three you will start your journey on the South Coast. You will spend one night on the South Coast (accommodations included). At the end of day four, you will be returned to Reykjavík. Note that accommodations in Reykjavík on day four are not included.
Sights visited during these two days include:
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is famous for being the waterfall that you can walk behind and feel the vibrations of the water hitting the ground. Right next to it is the waterfall Gljúfrabúi which is hidden in a small gorge. To see the waterfall you have to balance over stones in the river.
Prepare to meet the pearl of the south coast, Skógafoss waterfall. It is dropping 60 meters from a cliff and producing a lot of mist which makes beautiful rainbows in the sunshine. Try to warm up for the glacier by running up the 527 steps to the top!
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
You’ll visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where big waves are hitting the shore. You can see basalt columns in the cliffs, rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dyrhólaey in the distance. But this beach is also a paradise for bird lovers because puffins are nesting on top of the rocks in the summertime from June to August.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a 250m deep glacial lake fed by Europe’s biggest glacier with enormous icebergs. You can enjoy a walk along the shore of the lake and enjoy wonderful views of the icebergs and feel the absolute silence of Icelandic nature.
Just on the other side of the road the icebergs are floating into the Atlantic ocean and are thrown back to shore by weather and tides. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in uncountable shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. Sometimes even some blue icebergs are standing at this beach and give opportunities for spectacular pictures.
Blue Ice Cave
You’ll go on an ice cave adventure, visiting the famous Blue Ice cave. The cave is only accessible in winter with a certified guide. You’ll be supplied with safety gear so you can safely visit this stunning natural attraction.
You’ll go on a glacier walk from the stunning Skaftafell. You’ll hike on a glacier outlet of Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. The glacier hike takes about 1,5 hours.