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5-Day Guided Summer Tour in a Small Group — Golden Circle, South Iceland & Glacier Hike

Overview

Explore the best Iceland has to offer with this 5-Day Summer Tour. See geysers erupt at Geysir geothermal area, waves crash upon the shore at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, and icebergs float on the blue Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Not only that, you will also get to hike up a glacier in the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Those looking for the ultimate Icelandic experience should not let this opportunity pass them by. 

With this package, you will travel around the Golden Circle and the South Coast of Iceland in a small group, guided by a knowledgeable, local guide. All transportation from when you arrive in the country until you depart will be taken care of for you. So will all accommodation but you will spend three nights in Reykjavík — allowing you to explore the vibrant city— and one in a countryside hotel on the South Coast. 

If you wish, you can add some adrenaline-rushing adventures to your holiday. These include snorkelling between continents at Þingvellir National Park, riding the Icelandic horse, snowmobiling on top of a glacier, taking a boat ride on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and unwinding at the Blue Lagoon Spa. 

Discover the beauty of the Icelandic nature as the midnight sun shines above with this 5-day guided summer tour. Book now to secure your spot.

Included

  • Small group guided Golden Circle tour (optional activities available)
  • 2 day Small group guided South Coast tour (optional activities available)
  • 1 night in countryside accommodation (breakfast included, private bathroom)
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more details in accommodation tab)
  • Glacier hiking tour (during 2 day south coast tour)
  • Airport transfers (Arrival and Departure)
  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals & drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any services not listed as “Included”

Itinerary

Sun Voyager Sculpture on the coastline of Reykjavik

Your plane will touch ground at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. After collecting your bags, you will board a bus located just outside the arrivals hall, and head to Reykjavík city. 

If your flight arrives early in the day, you can add a trip to the luxurious Blue Lagoon during the booking process. The spa is located midway between the airport and the city and serves as a great introduction to Iceland. You’ll bathe in warm, geothermal water, surrounded by dark lava fields and white pillars of steam. You’ll receive a complimentary silica mud mask and a drink of your choice. 

Once in Reykjavík, check into your accommodation and unwind. You’ll be returning to this hotel after your trip to the Golden Circle tomorrow, so you can unpack and get settled in. You will then have the rest of the day to explore the city. Nearby, you’ll find shops, restaurants, museums, and bars. 

Highlights:

  • Reykjanes Peninsula – a vast, lunar-like lava field
  • Reykjavík – Iceland’s lively capital

Optional Activities:

  • Unwinding at the Blue Lagoon Spa

Erupting Strokkur geyser at sunset

You’ll depart Reykjavík in the morning and head to the Golden Circle where you’ll spend the day exploring this fascinating region.

During the booking process, you add an adventure to spice up this day. One of your options is riding the Icelandic horse through the countryside. Icelandic horses are small and intelligent creatures, making this tour an ideal choice for the entire family.

The second option is snorkelling between continents. Silfra is a fissure located in Þingvellir National Park, on the boundaries of the Eurasian and the N-American tectonic plates. It is filled with meltwater from a nearby glacier, providing exceptional visibility for snorkelling. 

The third choice is perfect for those looking for a little adrenaline rush. You can opt for a snowmobile tour where you’ll race across a glacier. From the parking lot of Gullfoss waterfall, you’ll be transported up Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, where you can whizz across the ancient ice. 

After an eventful day of exploring Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall, you’ll return to your accommodation in Reykjavík. 

Highlights:

  • Þingvellir National Park – Historical place, located between two continents.
  • Geysir Geothermal Area – Home of bubbling mud pools, steaming fumaroles and erupting geysers. 
  • Strokkur Geyser – Goes off every 5-10 minutes, reaching heights of around 15-20 metres.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall – A stunning cascades which falls 32 metres into an ancient canyon.

Optional Activities:

  • Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure
  • Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier
  • Horse riding through the countryside

People walking in a line on a massive glacier in the south of Iceland

Now it is time to make your way down South, where you’ll see free-roaming sheep and Icelandic horses grazing as you are driven through the rolling farmlands.

You’ll stop at two impressive waterfalls. The former, Seljalandsfoss, falls over a shallow cave in which you can walk to get a unique view from behind the cascade. The second one, Skógafoss, is equally as beautiful but more powerful. 

You will then head to Skaftafell, a beautiful region nestled under the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. Here, you’ll embark on a glacier hike on one of Vatnajökull’s outlet glaciers. The view on top of the surrounding countryside and tall mountains paired with the stillness of the wilderness of the ice cap is simply breathtaking.

You’ll then head to your accommodation in the area where you will spend the night.

Highlights:

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – A unique waterfall where you can walk behind the cascading water. 
  • Skógafoss Waterfall – A wide, powerful, and stunning cascade.
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve – a stunning area where green flora meets black sands and white glaciers.
  • Glacier Hike on one of Vatnajökull Glacier’s tongues.

Diamond beach with glacier ice blocks on black sand close to Jökulsárlon in Iceland.

You will start the day by visiting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons and watch as enormous icebergs float gently on a serene lake before they make their way to the ocean. In between the massive bergs swim curious and adorable seals, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready.

You can opt to get a closer look at the bergs — and the seals which swim around them — with a boat tour. Amphibian boats sail slowly on the lagoon, making this the perfect excursion for families and photographers looking to get a great shot of the icebergs.

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavík city. En route is the beautiful Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Here, you’ll see grey cliffs made of geometric basalt columns to your East, the natural rock arch, Dyrhólaey, to your West, and out South, nothing but the endless ocean. You might even spot a puffin or two if you are lucky.

You’ll arrive in the city before dinner time, giving you enough time to explore downtown Reykjavík while the midnight sun lights up the night. 

Highlights:

  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Where enormous icebergs float on a bright blue lake.
  • Diamond Beach – Where icebergs from the lagoon wash up on shore and glisten on black sand. 
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach – The famous lava beach.

Optional Activities:

  • Amphibian Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland. If you have a late flight, you can do some exploring in the city first. Reykjavík is a colourful and vibrant city, and we recommend you follow the sounds and lights to see if you find something to your liking. If you are unsure of what to do, you can always contact your personal travel agent for recommendations. 

If you didn’t have time on your arrival day, you can visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. It is a great way to unwind after your adventures in Iceland, and you are sure to arrive relaxed and rested at Keflavík International Airport.

We hope you had a fantastic time in Iceland and come back soon!

Highlights:

  • Hallgímskirkja Church – Iceland’s tallest church and an iconic landmark
  • Harpa Concert Hall – A stunning architectural wonder which sits by the harbour.
  • Laugavegur Shopping Street – Filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

Optional Activities:

  • Taking a dip at the Blue Lagoon Spa

Accommodation

You’ll have a choice of three accommodations levels. See details about each one in the boxes below. Accommodations in Reykjavík have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.

For budget-level, single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person.  Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Groups with an odd number of participants will be allotted a single room in quality-level. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.

For this tour, the levels reflect the choice of accommodations in Reykjavík. Accommodations outside of the capital cannot be upgraded and therefore the levels below do not apply. The accommodations outside of Reykjavík all include a private bathroom and breakfast. We do our best to accommodate special requests, but additional costs may incur.

Rooms with shared bathroom located in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels. Located near the popular attractions. Breakfast not included.

Rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included.

Rooms in four-star hotels or superior rooms in quality three-star hotels at fantastic locations near popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast is included.

Map

Optional Activities

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background
Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance
Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel and 1st drink of your choice.
 
Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance
Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.

2 snorkelers holding hands while snorkeling in the silfra fissure in thingvellir national park

Snorkeling in Silfra
Snorkeling between continents in crystal-clear water. Includes a tour with a certified PADI divemaster, all necessary snorkelling gear, Silfra admission fee, and hot chocolate to warm up after the dive. Minimum age 12 years. 
 
five snowmobiles under the sun on Langjokull glacier in Iceland
Snowmobiling on Langjökull
An exhilarating tour on top of a glacier, no previous riding experience needed. Included is a one-hour snowmobile ride with a guide and use of overalls. Two people share a snowmobile and the driver needs to bring their driving licence. Age limit for passenger is 8 years.
 
The beautifull and very gentle Icelandic horse
 
Horse Riding Tour
Meet the friendly Icelandic Horse. Includes 1-1.5 hour guided horseback ride with a specially trained guide. Use of riding helmets, boots & rain wear. Minimum age is 8 years. 
A fun way to visit the famous jokulsarlon is by doing a boat in the middle of the floating icebergs
Jökulsárlón Amphibian Boat Tour
Sail amongst the enormous icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This tour is especially suited for families with young children as well as photographers looking for a great shot of the ice. Included is a guided tour in English and use of lifevest. No age limit.

Good to know

  • Note that the itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
  • The itinerary is dependent upon road and weather conditions and so it may be altered if conditions are not favourable. This includes optional activities as well. If extreme weather affects your travel plans, you will be notified and we will do our best to assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when applicable.
  • Some optional activities may need a valid driving licence, or you may need to send additional information to your travel agent. For snorkelling, you will need to know how to swim and fill out an online medical document.
  • The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, even in the summertime. Make sure to be prepared and bring both warm and waterproof clothing.

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Good walking/hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera

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