5-Day Small Group Guided Summer Tour | 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.

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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

Glacier hiking in Skaftafell national park is a must do when visiting the area

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.

Budget

Nice and comfortable rooms with shared bathroom facilities and shower located in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, in good locations with breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Kex Hostel. 

Comfort

Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Fosshotel Rauðará. 

Quality

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. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Icelandair Hotel Marina. 

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Optional Activities

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the backgroundBlue 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 in SilfraSnorkeling 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. 
 
 

snowmobiles under the sun on Langjokull glacier in IcelandSnowmobiling 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.
 
 

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.
 
 
 
Secret Lagoon
 
Unwind in the warm, geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon. The natural hot springs are located only a short distance from Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, providing a relaxing respite for weary travellers. Swimsuit and towel can be rented onsite if you do not have your own. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase.
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.

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Cancellation Insurance

Need to cancel your tour? Don’t worry, with our Cancellation Insurance you can cancel your package up to 48 hours before the tour start date and receive a full refund — minus the insurance cost, of course. 

The price for the insurance is based on the length of your package. The base price is 5,000 ISK per person, and it applies to all packages with a duration of five days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the base price for each day after the first five. 

With our Cancellation Insurance, you will be reimbursed for your package, whether you broke your ankle, got called to jury duty, or there is a global pandemic. Just let us know at [email protected] before 4 PM (GMT) to cancel your booking and claim your refund.

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  • More than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% refund. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • Less than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% cancellation fee. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • More than 7 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 15% cancellation fee
  • Less than 7 days before scheduled tour departure date: 75% cancellation fee
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  • 45-30 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 50% cancellation fee
  • 29-15 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 75% cancellation fee
  • 14 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 100% cancellation fee

Scheduled international and domestic flights are non-refundable, be they a part of a package, multi-day tour, or any other service purchasable on the Traveo website, unless the Cancellation insurance is purchased. If a cancellation insurance is purchased, a full refund is given.

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If your tour is cancelled by the tour provider due to weather conditions or any other environmental circumstances you will always receive a full refund. Exempt from this are any rescheduled second tries of tours which already have been serviced as a first departure. In the case of a volcanic eruption taking place on Icelandic soil stopping you from getting to Iceland, you will also receive a full refund on all products booked on Traveo.

All booking change requests must be made via email by the person who submitted the original booking request.

Changing the number of people in a booking to a smaller number is considered cancellation for the change in number of participants.

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Depending on how far in advance a tour package has been booked and when changes to a booking are requested, an administrative fee of 5000 ISK may be charged each day/night of the itinerary that is modified. Additional supplier costs may still apply depending on the changes requested.

For bookings made within 60 days of arrival, changes can be made without incurring the administrative fee until services have been confirmed and the travel documents have been issued. However, for bookings made 30 days or less before arrival, the administrative fee and any applicable supplier fees may be charged due to the short processing time.

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A booking may be transferred from one party to another, provided that the new party upholds the terms and conditions of the booking. An administrative fee of 5000 ISK will be charged for the transfer, and both parties must assume joint liability for this fee and any other costs that may be incurred by changes to the booking.

  • Parties travelling together: 

Should two parties wish to book separately but travel together, they should inform travel agents of this prior to booking. If a co-travel request is sent after the booking process has been finished, the change to a package is counted as a tailoring and is subject to a 5000 isk service fee.

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If a package is significantly changed from the original package setup/route as offered on the site, the product will be considered to be a tailored tour and might be subject to a 15% service fee of the total price of the package. This does not apply to added nights at the end or at the beginning of a package as this does not change the original package setup/route.

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.

During the booking process you will be able to choose a pickup location and starting time. If you do not show up for the scheduled pickup time and location stated on your booking, your reservation is non-refundable.

If you do not know your pickup location at the time of booking, you can choose to update your pickup location later, up to 24 hours before tour departure. Please call the number listed on your voucher if you do not receive a confirmation of your pickup location.

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