4 Days of Outdoor Fun | The Golden Circle, South Coast, Snowmobile & Glacier Hiking
Join us on this fun-packed 4-day vacation, great for those who take pride in unconventional outdoor travel!
In addition to the famed sights of the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, you will also see beautiful waterfalls, an ancient lava tube cave, a geothermal pool sheltered in the shadow of a mountain, and an immense black sand beach home to a plane wreck. Combined with glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and caving, you will enjoy a roller-coaster ride of Icelandic nature.
This trip is best for adventure lovers and those who want to see Iceland off the beaten path. You will start your trip in the lava fields, with a visit to the Blue Lagoon hot spring. It's natural heat and skin-smoothing algae will comfort you and ease the tension from tired muscles.
Then spending some time in the capital of Reykjavík. Find your favorite specialty coffee shop, or sample the pastries at a local bakery to energize yourself before you head off to the countryside for some unforgettable experiences. This tour has more hiking and physical activity than some, so be sure to embrace quiet moments to recharge and get ready for the next adventure.
Our experienced guides will take you from the coast to the glacial mountains, behind the mountain valleys where you can take a dip in a hidden hot spring, and to geothermal fields and see the geysers hurl their waters sky high.
Join us for a one-of-a-kind vacation to see and feel this strange land. You will not find such an exciting offer anywhere else. We'll handle transportation arrangements, accommodation, and all the bothersome details, your only job is to get to Iceland and have a good time.
Due to limited availability and high demand, book this tour early for an unparalleled vacation in Iceland! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.
- Available: Apr. - Oct.
- Duration: 4 days
- Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 12 years.
- Languages: English
- Highlights: Blue Lagoon,
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.Skógafoss,
Skógafoss is one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 ft) and a drop of 60 meters (197 ft). Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, a rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
Located on the Skógá river, this mighty cascade is clearly visible from Route 1 and is an excellent place to stop and stretch the legs while travelling Iceland’s South Coast. The river below Skógafoss holds a large char and salmon population and is thus a favourite spot for fishermen in the summer.
The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, allowing visitors to walk right up to the wall of water. Keep in mind, however, that this will get you drenched. Skógafoss can also be viewed from the top as a steep staircase leads to an observational platform above the cascade.
Skógafoss is located near the small village of Skógar, south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. There you’ll find the Skógasafn folk museum, an open-air museum with both old wooden houses and turf houses, as well as a regional museum with various artefacts from this area.
A part of the Skógasafn Regional Museum is the Museum of Transportation, which showcases the history and evolution of transportation, communication and technologies in Iceland. There, you can see how this nation evolved from the age of the working horse to the digital communications of the 21st century.
The Skógasafn museum also includes a café and a museum shop, and in the village of Skógar, you will find both a hotel and a restaurant.
At the eastern side of Skógafoss, you will find one of Iceland’s most famed hiking routes; the Fimmvörðuháls pass. The 22 km (14 mi) trail takes you along Skógá river, between two glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, before ending in the beautiful Þórsmörk valley.
A gold ring is on display at the Skógasafn museum. According to legend, the ring is from a chest that was owned by Þrasi Þórólfsson, one of the first Viking settlers in the area. Folklore states that before his death in 900 AD, Þrasi buried a chest filled with gold in a cave behind Skógafoss waterfall.
Many attempts were made to retrieve the chest after Þrasi’s death, and years later, locals managed to grasp a ring on the side of the chest. As they pulled, the ring broke off, and the treasure was lost forever. The ring was then given to the local church before it made its way to the museum.Seljalandsfoss,
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.Geysir,
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.Gullfoss,
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Restaurant / Cafe
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.Þingvellir,
Þingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Þingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries. Þingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagjá, which marks the eastern boundary of the North American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Öxarárfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, Þingvallakirkja Church and Gjábakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.Sólheimajökull,
Solheimajokull is a beautiful outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.
Solheimajokull is a rugged glacial tounge riddled with crevasses and spectacular ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and sinkholes and is popular for hiking and ice climbing.
The glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandur has its source at the glacier, flowing over the sand plain of Solheimasandur towards the sea.Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach,
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
Reynisfjara is found around 180 km from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, and is a popular stop-off for those taking a sightseeing tour along South Coast. Driving to the beach is particularly easy, taking an approximate two and a half hours from the capital.
Upon visiting the beach, travellers will immediately observe rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar. According to local Icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls engaged in trying to pull ships from the ocean. However, as bad luck would have it, the dawn quickly arose, turning the trolls into solid stone.
Another legend tells of a husband whose wife was kidnapped and killed by two trolls. The man followed the trolls down to Reynisfjara where he froze them, ensuring that they would never kill again.
The sea stacks themselves are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Species that can be found here include Puffins, Fulmars and Guillemots, making it a must-see location for all birdwatchers out there.
Visitors to Reynisfjara must be made well aware of the potential dangers present at the beach. First of all, the rolling, roaring waves of Reynisfjara are particularly violent, often pushing far further up the beach than many would expect.
Visitors are advised to never turn their back on the waves, don't go chasing after them and keep a safe distance of 20-30 metres.
Aside from these sudden and dramatic shifts in tide (known as “sneaker waves”), the currents off the shore are infamous for their strength and ability to drag helpless people out into the freezing cold open ocean. A number of fatal accidents have occurred at Reynisfjara, the last of which occurred in January 2017.South Coast
The South Coast of Iceland is the country's most visited sightseeing route, along with the Golden Circle.
The famed South Coast shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area and is dotted with natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, volcanoes both active and dormant, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.
Geography, Nature & Wildlife
Iceland is divided into eight geographical regions. Out of these, the Southern Region is the largest, as it spans over 24.000 square kilometres with its administrative centre in the municipality of Selfoss.
What is known as the South Coast embodies the shoreline of this particular region. The area consists of a lowland that is mostly composed of marshlands, bays and cultivated pastures that are met by a series of black beaches where the estuaries to the east and west of the district close off the coastal body.
Underneath the soil rests a vast lava field, known as Þjórsárhraun. Its edges reach several hundred metres offshore where the ocean waves crash upon them, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea. This results in the South Coast being unusually lacking in the deep fjords that so distinctly characterise the rest of Iceland's shore line.
The region boasts vibrant bird life during all seasons. It is not only rich with both marshland birds and seabirds but also migrating birds such as the North Atlantic puffin. Some species stay throughout the harsh Icelandic winter, including the northern diver, the loom and various species of gulls and ducks.
Highlights of the South Coast
The South Coast offers an unprecedented array of natural wonders that draw thousands of visitors each day. When driving the route from Reykjavík City, the highlights in their correct order are:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Vestmannaeyjar; The Westman Islands
- Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Dyrhólaey Peninsula
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
- Coastal Village Vík í Mýrdal
- Skeiðarársandur Glacial Sand Plain
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
These attractions count for but a fraction of what the South Coast has to offer. The vast sand plains of Sólheimasandur are home to a crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck, and close to Seljavellir by the Skógar Village there's Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
- Explore the many wonders of the area on these South Coast Tours
Pickup time : Flexible
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
Golden Circle with Glacier Snowmobiling
14-hour South Coast Adventure with glacier hiking and lava tube caving
Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
What to bring:
Good to know:
A valid driver's license is required to join the snowmobiling tour. If you do not have a driver's license, you can also choose to be a passenger on the ride.
Be aware that the tours on this trip will be long and a bit challenging on the body, ut you will be rewarded with great fun and memories to savour for years!
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
Day 1 - Arrival
Welcome to Iceland! As soon as you land, your adventure will start. You'll be picked up by our drivers who will take you through the black lava field that surrounds the airport.
If you so desire, you can choose to visit Blue Lagoon on your way to the city. You´ll be delivered there for a dip in their soothing waters before being taken to the city, where you can enjoy some free time in the capital. Your visit to the Blue Lagoon can also be scheduled on your departure day if your flight arrives late. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.
After this introduction to the harsh and fascinating Icelandic landscape, you will have the afternoon and evening in the northernmost capital in the world, known for its great selection of restaurants and cafés. Settle into your hotel, then take a walk in the city area, visit the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church or just browse the many boutiques downtown. The city has something for everyone!
Day 2 - Wonders of the Golden Circle and Snowmobile Adventure
You'll have an early start today, to embrace a day full of adventure.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and head out to some of the most incredible sights in southwest Iceland: the famed Golden Circle. This route takes you to three best-known attractions of Iceland: the Þingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall.
The first stop is Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet. The age-old friction between the two giant continental plates has created a dynamic landscape of clefts and fissures. No wonder Iceland is called "the most beautiful scar on planet Earth" by many. The name Þingvellir means "parliament fields," and Iceland's first parliament was founded there more than a thousand years ago.
Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley, where the hot springs and geysers keep their court around the king, the Great Geysir, from which all the geysers around the world derive their English name. The hot springs wear a full spectrum of colours, caused by the abundant minerals in the water, always bubbling and bursting into the air. The greatest one is Strokkur, "the churner," whose blast can reach up to 60 m (196 ft)! Just remember to stand upwind and be cautious around the hot water.
Your last stop is Gullfoss waterfall in the glacial river, Hvítá. This massive bulk of water rushes to the canyon below at 140 m³/s. The "Golden Waterfall" drops approximately 40 m (130 ft) in a tiered, two-plateau display. You can head out, carefully, on the pathways by the waters to feel the ice-cold droplets fall like rain, thrown into the air by the waterfall's awe-inspiring power.
After the spectacular display put on by nature, you will embark on the exciting adventure of the day. Riding a super jeep with its giant wheels and heading up into the Highlands is already an experience to behold. Once reaching atop "the long glacier" of Langjökull, you will get on the coolest transport in this icy nation: the snowmobile.
Sometimes called "snowcats" by locals, those belt-driven speed machines are a perfect way to enjoy the white expanse and fly over the centuries-old ice. A short drive into the glacier and you´ll be immersed in a panorama of white ice and blue sky; here, you will understand the feeling of being at the end of the world. What would you do if you were the last person in Iceland?
Having had your fill of adventure, you'll be brought back from the edge of the world to the northernmost capital and spend the night once more in Reykjavik.
Day 3 - South Coast on Cool Ice
The south coast of Iceland is famed for its diversity. Prepare for a long day to fully enjoy its magnificence and darling secrets. After heading out early in the morning, your first stop will be the lovely Seljalandsfoss waterfall, leaping over an inwards tilted cliff face, forming a small green oasis that is easily accessible. You will see the waterfall from an unusual angle: from behind.
Next stop is the wide and majestic Skógarfoss waterfall, as you head further east along the coast, traveling under the impressive Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano that famously caused quite a stir during its 2010 eruption.
Near there, you will leave the beaten path and travel up to the Sólheimajökull glacier where our experienced guide takes you up to the high, snowy back of this bright giant. All professional gear is provided, and you can step on top of the 4th largest glacier in Iceland and feel the ice underneath with every step.
The black sands of Sólheimasandur follow this world of white ice. A crashed DC3 airplane lies like a skeleton in an inky outer planet. This bleak sight somehow invokes the wildest artistic sparks and has inspired photographers of all ages and creative styles.
By now you must be ready to take a small break, so we will visit the lovely Seljavallalaug geothermal pool, an old and charming little place hidden in a deep valley, where you can relax and recharge because the day isn't over yet!
On the way back to the city it is time to go underground and explore the inner earth. You'll enter a 5000-year-old lava tube cave formed in one of the many volcanic eruptions when Iceland was still in its adolescence. The sun reaches down through the holes in the cave roof, and you will sure enjoy the sight of the jagged scenery with light dancing on the flaming lava stones.
After this, you will head back to Reykjavik, with a few new experiences in your hiking scrapbook, for a night in the city and some well-deserved rest.
Day 4 - Departure
Your last day in Iceland has arrived! Before you step onto a plane and race away from the Blue Land, as some natives call this island, you could enjoy a morning in the city. Visit one of the excellent brunch cafes in the centre, or do some last-minute shopping to say goodbye before you head out to the airport. Our shuttle will pick you up and get you there in time so that you can have a stress-free day.
Until we meet again!
See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling with others, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.
Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guest houses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
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