This mini break was put together for people with limited time in Iceland but who still want to immerse themselves in the Iceland’s unbelievable nature, experience the most celebrated sights and go a little off the beaten path.
This trip takes you across the entire south coast of Iceland and includes a hike on an outlet glacier within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park which holds Europe’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull. Marvel as icebergs float around the enormous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and wash up on the black sand shores. We will also bathe in a geothermal hot pool within the Golden Circle area, watch geysers erupt and thunderous waterfalls flow. All this within the space of 3 action packed days!
These three days of private tours join two of our most popular, and unmissable, tours. We combine our Golden Circle: Platinum Tour with the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 Day Tour ensuring you will see all of Iceland’s most incredible sights, without being rushed, during your short stay in Iceland. This 3 day trip is designed for spring, summer & fall, but we offer another winter version with an ice cave tour, as all the locations are just as breathtaking in each season.
• Hiking on the moving Falljökull glacier within the mighty UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park and Skaftafell Nature Reserve
• Stay in wonderful country side accommodation. In the fall you can marvel at the northern lights while during the hight of summer experience the glow of the midnight sun
• Taking a stroll on Reynisfjara black sand beach. Walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and being drenched whilst standing up close to the powerful Skógafoss waterfall
• The icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, the black sand dotted with ice glittering like diamonds
• Bathing in the Secret Lagoon hot pool
• Taste geothermally grown food at the Friðheimar tomato farm
• Explore the Golden Circle sights; exploding Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall & Þingvellir National Park
Essential South Iceland Summer Tour
The Day to Day Itinerary
Days 1-2 / 3
South Coast Sights, Vatnajökull National Park
Our first two days we travel the entire south coast of Iceland, giving you the time to take in the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, as well as Reynisfjara black sand beach with its unique hexagon basalt columns. You’ll get up close and personal to the astonishingly beautiful ice formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap, getting unbeatable views of the ice fall. You’ll be mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. If you’re lucky, you can spot some curious seals swimming around the lagoon, as well as large crystals of ice from the same lagoon washed up on the nearby Diamond Beach, sparkling on the black sand. On top of that, you get to explore the endless moss covered Eldhraun lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption and stand in awe on the feather like ridges of the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge.
During last summer and fall there’s a chance you’ll be able to see the northern lights dancing across the sky, whilst the spring and summer allow you to experience the endless sun filled nights in the countryside, with incredible views over the glaciers and mountains in the midnight sun. The south-east of Iceland is one of our favourite areas. You will find out why over these two magical days.
After the breathtaking hike on the Falljökull glacier on the second day we head back west, staying overnight at one of our favourite south coast hotels, perfectly placed to venture into the Golden Circle area on the third day of the tour!
Black Sand Beach | Hidden Iceland
Lilja Guesthouse Beds | Hidden Iceland
Falljökull glacier by Danny McGee
Falljökull glacier by Danny Mcgee
Fjaðrárgljúfur Gorge by Norris Niman
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon 2 Day Tour. Hidden Iceland. Paul Fencaros
Falljökull Glacier. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 Day Tour. Hidden Iceland. Photo by Amy Robinson. Feature
Seljalandsfoss Aerial. Hidden Iceland. Photo Danny Mcgee. Featured
Skógafoss Waterfall. South Coast. Hidden Iceland. Photo by Norris Niman
Skógafoss Waterfall. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 Day Tour. Hidden Iceland. Photo by Norris Niman
Day 3 / 3
Golden Circle Sights, Friðheimar Tomato Farm, Secret Lagoon
On Day 3 we commence our tour through the Golden Circle. Be ready for an adventure filled with all our handpicked sites from this famous region of Iceland. This includes the Secret Lagoon and lunch within the greenhouse of Friðheimar Tomato Farm. This popular region is rich with history and boasts powerful waterfalls, geothermal hot pools, erupting geysers, separating continental plates, as well as delicious food production.
We depart our comfortable accommodation on the south coast after breakfast and head straight to relax up in the warmth of the natural hot springs of the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest natural swimming pool since 1891. We will be there early, when it is quietest, allowing us to truly relax and soak in the magic of this wonderful geothermal pool. The perfect way to start the day!
Afterwards, we will refuel with a unique lunch inside the tomato greenhouse farm Friðheimar. There, they produce over one tonne of tomatoes each day. Having lunch amongst all the tomato plants in the greenhouse is something we are sure you will never forget. We will be able to try their famous tomato soup, ravioli pasta or grilled tortilla pizza, homemade bread, as well as hot beverages. Lunch is included in the price of this tour.
Next we get to witness the force of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls. On sunny days, rainbows appear in the mist of this glacial flow waterfall. From there, it is only a short drive to see the wonders of the geothermal area of Geysir, the original exploding geyser, and its surrounding steam vents.
After all this we drive to the famous Þingvellir National Park. This National Park holds historical and geological significance and Þingvellir is the site of the first known parliament in the world, where many of Iceland’s most important decisions were made. It is also a place of incredible beauty, sitting in the rift valley of the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. From there, it’s a short drive back into town, reaching Reykjavik in time for dinner.
Secret Lagoon by Lucas Peters
Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse | Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir
Strokkur at Geysir. Daniel Guindo Amezcua
Þingvellir National Park. Photo by EJS Creative
Icelandic Horse by Brendan Bannister
Gullfoss waterfall canyon by Norris Niman
Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse by Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir
Secret Lagoon by Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir
Operates: Spring, summer, autumn
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Minimum age: 10 years old (glacier hike, can be modified)
Level of difficulty: Moderate (glacier hike, can be modified)
Accommodation at the recently opened Lilja Guesthouse (or similar) on first night including breakfast. Rooms are all new with private bathrooms. Accommodation at Hotel VOS with private bathrooms on second night, including breakfast. Private glacier hike with all necessary safety equipment provided (crampons, helmets, harness and axe). Lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse (all inclusive aside from alcoholic drinks) and entrance to the Secret Lagoon geothermal pool on Day 3 in the Golden Circle. Private transportation in a comfortable vehicle (type of vehicle is dependant on group size) and our wonderful English speaking glacier and driver guide for the duration of the three days. Pick up and drop offs in Reykjavík, airport pickup and/or drop off can be requested.
Flights to and from Iceland, meals unless otherwise specified.
Customise this Trip?
A private tour allows you to customise this trip to ensure your Iceland experience is perfect. We can arrange pick up or drop off at the airport for those on a tight schedule. Don’t think you are up for a glacier hike? We can take that out and add in more sights, there is so much to see in the south of Iceland. Want to make this trip even more adventurous? We can work with our partners to add in snorkelling between the tectonic plates at Silfra or snowmobile on top of one of Iceland’s snow covered glaciers.
Want to make this trip even more luxurious? We can upgrade the accommodation to stay at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon and at UMI Hotel. These hotels are some of the best located in Iceland, with the highest class rooms to take in the surrounding view. The options are endless, utilise our expertise to help you come up with the perfect experience.
Have more than 3 days to explore? Contact us below and we can help you come up with best plan to maximise your time, or continue looking through more of our private tours here for further inspiration!
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