4 Day Summer Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes Tour

  • Availability

    April - October

  • DURATION

    4 days

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Minimum Age

    8 Years

  • Price

    ISK 98.900

Tour Highlights:

  • Golden Circle
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • South Coast
  • DC-3 Plane Wreck
  • Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • And much more!

Included:

  • English speaking guide
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Small Group (21 person max)
  • FREE WiFi in the Mini Bus
  • Glacier Hike
  • Accommodation in a hotel w/breakfast included

The 4 Day Summer Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes Tour

With 4 Days in Iceland in summer, this great combo tour lets you explore some of Iceland’s most popular highlights! This tour combines the best of the South and West of Iceland and includes fun excursions like glacier hiking. With FREE Wifi on board and all accommodations included, all you need to do is just sit back and enjoy the ride.

On the first day of this tour, you will depart from Reykjavík and head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Sights on Snæfellsnes include Arnarstapi, Hellnar, and Djúpalónssandur pebble beach. You will also visit the picturesque mountain Kirkjufell. The mountain is located by the town of Grundarfjörður and 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. This is where you’ll find some of Iceland’s most iconic sights. Stops 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, DC-3 Plane wreck on Sólheimasandur and Reynisfjara black sand beach. You will also visit Skaftafell where you will go on a glacier hike. Please note that the age limit for the glacier hike is 8 years old. Children under 8 years of age can partake in all other activities on the tour. In addition to going on a glacier hike in Skaftafell, you’ll also visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond beach.

Traveling in winter? Check out the winter version of this tour which includes an ice cave tour!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be picked up/dropped off at Keflavík International Airport for 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.

Can children go on the glacier hike?

The age limit for the glacier hike is 8 years of age. Children under the age of 8 can partake in all other activities on the tour.

What should I wear on this 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.

How much luggage can I take with me on the tour?

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.

Do I need to bring my own safety equipment for the glacier hike?

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.

Are meals included on this tour?

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.

Can solo travelers go on this 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.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

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 info@iat.is.

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. 

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
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
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.

Gullfoss Waterfall
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.

Faxi Waterfall
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 Crater
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
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.

Skógafoss Waterfall
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.

Diamond Beach
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.

Glacier Hike
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.

DC-3 Plane Wreck
Before heading back to Reykjavík you’ll get a chance to visit the famous DC-3 Plane wreck on Sólheimasandur. You can either walk down to the wreck for free or purchase a ticket on the DC-3 bus (not included).

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