3-Day Guided Minibus Tour | Golden Circle & South Coast with Glacier Hiking

Duration

3 Days

Availability

April - September

Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Minimum Age

12 Years for Snorkeling

Overview

With beautiful scenery and fantastic guides, this 3-Day Minibus Tour is perfect if you are looking to mix sightseeing with adventure. 

Included in this tour is a fun-filled trip across Iceland in a small group. Your guide will pick you up from Reykjavík city in a comfortable minibus, equipped with free WiFi. That means you will be able to upload all your photos to your social media account right away. 

You’ll stop at some of the country’s most impressive sites such as Geysir Geothermal Valley, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and you will spend two nights on the road in comfortable country hotels which come with a private bathroom and breakfast in the morning. 

On the second day, you will strap on crampons and take a pick axe into your hand for a hike on Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. If you are looking for more adventure, you’ll have the option of adding a snorkelling tour and a visit to an authentic ice cave to this trip.

Don’t let this fantastic opportunity pass you by. Book now to reserve your spot on this exciting 3-day minibus tour.

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Itinerary

The day starts in the morning when your friendly, local guide will pick you up in a minibus. After a brief introduction, you will be whisked away to the first adventure of the day; exploring the Golden Circle. This sightseeing route comprises three main sites: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Iceland sits on two tectonic plates, and Þingvellir National Park is located on the boundary between these two plates. As the plates move, they create cracks and fissures in the national park’s landscapes. One of the fissures, Silfra, is filled with crystal-clear meltwater from a nearby glacier, making it ideal for snorkelling. 

If you wish, you can add on a snorkelling tour in Silfra. You’ll put on a dry suit over your thermal base layer before following your snorkelling guide into the water. The crystalline water provides fantastic visibility of up to 100-metres and your guide will take underwater photos which you’ll receive after the tour.  

From Þingvellir you’ll travel to the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. Langjökull, the same glacier that provides Silfra with its clear water, is also responsible for this beautiful cascade. Fed by the glacier, the river Hvítá rushes south before plunging into an ancient canyon in two’ steps’, creating this powerful waterfall in the process. 

The last stop before you head to your country hotel is at Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you’ll see bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and erupting geysers. Strokkur is the most active geyser in the area. It erupts every 5-10 minutes, reaching a height of 15–20 metres (49–66 ft).

Highlights:

  • Þingvellir National Park – Geographical wonder as well as where Viking Settlers would gather to lay the laws of the land
  • Geysir Geothermal Area – Where you’ll find the erupting geyser, Strokkur
  • Gullfoss Waterfall – A stunning cascading waterfall in the river Hvítá

Optional Activities:

  • Snorkelling in Silfra – Swim between two continents and receive free underwater photos

After a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, you’ll board the minibus again to explore Iceland’s southern coastline. On your journey today, you’ll see towering glaciers in the North and the Atlantic Ocean’s roaring waves in the South. 

Your first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a high and narrow waterfall which falls over a cave in the cliff face. For a spectacular view of the cascading water and the surrounding landscape, you can follow a path which leads into the cave. But be warned, you will get wet, so make sure you wear waterproof clothes and shoes. 

Next up is another waterfall, Skógafoss. This one is much more powerful than its neighbour Seljalandsfoss but equally as beautiful. It falls from a 60-metre high cliff onto the flat land underneath, that means you can walk very close to the cascading spring water for some unique photographs. But again, doing so will get you wet!

You’ll then continue East, through verdant farmlands which will turn into black sand deserts before the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier will appear on the horizon. Here, at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you’ll stop for an exhilarating glacier hike. 

After strapping on crampons, you’ll follow your trained glacier guide up the ice cap. They will point out to you interesting sights, from blue crevasses to strangely shaped ice sculptures, and you’ll have a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Once back down, you’ll return to the minibus and be driven to a hotel in the area where you will spend the night.

Highlights:

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – A tall and narrow waterfall where you can walk behind the stream
  • Skógafoss Waterfall – Wide and powerful cascade
  • Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell – A fantastic way to explore glaciers

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

This is your last day on the road, but before you head back to Reykjavík, you will have a few adventures first. 

Your first stop today will be at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Here, massive icebergs which have broken off a nearby glacier, float on beautiful blue water. If you wish, you can take a boat ride on the lagoon for some spectacular scenery and even more amazing photos. Simply choose the option during the booking process, and we’ll reserve you a spot on the boat.

A short walk away from Jökulsárlón is a black sand beach known as the Diamond Beach. This shoreline stretch got its name from the countless smaller icebergs that have washed up on shore where they glisten like gemstones in the sunlight. 

You will then travel in the minibus to another black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Here, you’ll see the mighty waves of the North Atlantic Ocean crash upon the shore and against the 66-metre (216 ft) high sea stacks, Reynisdrangar. 

Before you head back to Reykjavík, you’ll have the opportunity to explore an authentic ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. If you wish, you can add the excursion to this 2-day tour during the booking process. The Katla Ice Caves are the only one of their kind open during the summer, making this a truly unique experience. 

You will then be dropped off in Reykjavík City in the late afternoon or early evening. 

Highlights:

  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Where icebergs float on blue lake
  • Diamond Beach – A black sand beach where small icebergs have washed upon land
  • Reynisfjara Beach – Large and dramatic black sand beach

Optional Activities:

  • Boat Ride on Jökulsárlón – Get a closer look at the icebergs

Katla Ice Cave – Step inside a glacier with a trip to an ice cave

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