4-Day Blue Ice Cave, Golden Circle, South Coast, Snaefellsnes & The Northern Lights Tour

4-Day Blue Ice Cave, Golden Circle, South Coast, Snaefellsnes & The Northern Lights Tour

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Information

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Oct - Mar

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Departures

Reykjavik

Languages

English

Days

4 Days

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About Tour

Gear up for this 4-day expedition that will take you around some of the most famous tourist places in Iceland. From experiencing the Northern Lights to exploring the spectacular Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, South Coast, and many more amazing places; this tour also includes thrilling activities that add up to your experience in Iceland. So, hop on to this amazing tour, and leave the planning and organizing on us. We got your back!

Daily Itinerary of The Tour

This 4-Day Iceland’s tour will take you to the top-most beautiful places that are sure to spell a cast on you! Here is the detailed breakup for each day of this tour, which includes each site you will be visiting, the activities, and more.

Day 1 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula:

The very first day of this tour will take you to witness the most beautiful Snæfellsnes! The pick-up spot will be from the capital city Reykjavík, from where you will start your journey to explore the unexplored.

Kirkjufell Mountain & Kirkjufellfoss Waterfall

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufell waterfall in Snæfellsnes during winter with snow

The first on the list is Kirkjufell Mountain. If you are a Game of Thrones lover, you will easily recognize this place. Kirkjufell has been featured in the Game of Thrones and was identified as the “Arrowhead Mountain”. This iconic mountain has now become the landmark of Snæfellsnes. It is located in the northern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula (near Grundarfjörður). It stands tall amid the most picturesque landscape and is known as one of the most photographed mountains, across the world. What completes this scenic view is the spectacular Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. You will be taken to a perfect place that lets you witness both of these at once. So, don’t forget to capture the waterfall and the mountain in one frame.

Búðir & Búdakirkja: Visiting “The Black Church”

Búðarkirkja black church in Búðir Snæfellsnes during winter

Now, moving towards the next destination on the south coast of the peninsula to Búðir. Búðir has a single hotel accompanied by a black church, which is named Búðakirkja or often known as “the Black Church of Búdir”. It sits on the massive lava rock field. Built-in 1703, Búdakirkja was reconstructed in 1987. The beautiful landscape surrounding the church looks spectacular and mesmerizing. Búðakirkja is owned by the National Museum of Iceland and has a bell, chalice, and historic graveyard since its establishment. Under the clear sky, this church looks like a beautiful painting.

Arnarstapi Fishing Village, Hellnar and The Stone Arch

wedding photo shoot at Arnarstapi in Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

Next on the tour, you will see a beautiful small fishing village that is situated on the southern Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. We are talking about Arnarstapi. This village has scenic coastal cliffs that make this the most beautiful harbor and is sure to leave you stunned. Spend some time walking along the coastline; the diverse birdlife along with the columnar basalt adds to the beauty of this scenic place.

Seal Colony and Ytri Tunga Beach

Ytri Tunga seal colony in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Love exploring the creatures of the sea? Or love getting close to marine life? Then, this place would be perfect for you. The next destination would be Ytri-Tunga, which is a sandy beach with a secret. Yes, a seal colony is situated behind the farmhouses. It is indeed one of the best places to watch seals closely. Consider it as the best seal-watching spot. But being a tourist, be responsible enough to watch from a distance and let them enjoy under the sun in their habitat. Although the seals are friendly and would climb up on the rocks to see you.

Lóndrangar

Lóndrangar in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Next up is an interesting place that will surprise you with its unique geological shape. Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs would be your next destination. Lóndrangar, a name that is given to the pair of rock pinnacles that are formed due to multiple erosions. These are approximately 75-meter-high pinnacles and are home to puffins, northern fulmars, and other sea birds. These uniquely-formed remnants give an illusion of emerging out from the sea.

Black Lava Pearl Beach: Djúpalónssandur

Djúpalónssandur black sand beach in Snæfellsnes peninsula

The next destination is Djúpalónssandur sandy beach, which is also known as the beach of black volcanic sand. Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful volcanic sandy beach, which is known for its geological uniqueness, high-dramatic cliffs, mysterious rocks, and spectacular landforms. This place used to be home to 60 fishing boats, but now it is uninhabited. You will see the glistening pebbles that cover the beach and these are named Djúpalónsperlur, which translates to “pearls of the deep lagoon”. This is indeed an interesting place for stone collectors and nature lovers. There is one more thing that looks extremely surprising and interesting too! And it is “The Lifting Stones”. There are differently-sized stones, lying side-by-side, known as Aflraunasteinar – Steinatök. All these stones were prominently used for measuring the strength of Icelandic fishermen. You can try lifting them too! The stones are given their respective names too – Fullsterkur (full strength) – weighs 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (half strength) – 100 kg, Hálfdrættingur (weakling) – 54 kg and Amlóði (Useless) -23 kg.

Visit Majestic Saxhóll Volcanic Crater

The last destination for Day-1 is Saxhóll Volcanic Crater, which is believed to form nearly 4000 years ago. This massive crater with incredible views of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s dried lava fields is made accessible for all, through an iron staircase. So, you have the opportunity to hike to the top. It is extremely easy to hike and you will have an amazing 360° view of the majestic landscape, with Snæfellsjökull glacier, and also here, comes the end of Day-1 on a beautiful note.

You will be dropped off at Reykjavík after your first day of the tour. From there starts the excitement to explore Iceland more on Day-2!

Day 2 - Golden Circle:

The second day of your tour will take you to the most popular route of Iceland – the Golden Circle. After a comfortable night at your accommodation, your guide will take you to all the best spots in the Golden Circle. You will make your way to Route 1 and head towards the destinations one by one.

Geysir Geothermal

Geysir geothermal area - Golden Circle

The next day will start with you and your friends, heading towards an extremely popular high-temperature geothermal area that hosts nearly hundreds of hot springs along with two magnificent and massive geysers. Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about Geysir geothermal area. The two geysers – one is named as “Geysir”, which represents all the geysers that are present across the world, while the other is “Strokkur” that is a fountain-type geyser and erupts every 5 minutes.

“Golden Falls”: Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland, winter and snow in Iceland

The next destination after experiencing the high-temperature geysers is beautiful and serene Gullfoss Waterfall, which creates a visually appealing sight. Gullfoss, which translates to “golden falls”, and undeniably justifies its name. This waterfall in the Hvítá river canyon is fed by Langjökull, Iceland’s second biggest glacier.

Thingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park - Golden Circle

Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park is listed amidst the most iconic, popular historic sites and national parks, situated in the east of Reykjavík. Thingvellir is known for Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament; an extremely important place considering Icelandic national history. At Thingvellir National Park, you will witness the North American, and the Eurasian plate drifting away from each other. This place was a result of the separation of these two tectonic plates and cracks like the Almannagjá fault (gorge within the park).

Snorkeling in Silfra (Optional)

two people on a Snorkel Silfra tour in Thingvellir National Park

If you love to explore marine life, then you can also snorkel in Silfra. This is surely going to be a unique experience as you will be witnessing the two tectonic plates under the water. Snorkeling between North American continent and European continent plates. For many of you, snorkeling must be there on the bucket list, so go for it and experience how it feels to float amidst the filtered glacier water; the world’s clearest waters.

After exploring these major Icelandic locations, Day-2 will come to an end on a note that the Day-3 will be even more exciting and adventurous. You will be dropped off at your location. So, get some rest and relaxing sleep to get ready for another exciting day.

Day 3 – Waterfall, Glaciers, Hikes, and the Northern Lights

The third day of your tour will be all about exploring some of the prettiest waterfalls of the south coast, the glorious Vatnajökull glacier and Skaftafell Nature Reserve  in the Vatnajökull National Park, and last but not the least, the northern lights. Let us see the breakup of the second day of your tour.

Walk-Behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

The day will start by visiting the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall with lush green surrounding and drizzles all over. You might need a raincoat if you do not wish to get drenched in the water. What makes this waterfall exciting and adventurous? Well, this waterfall has a wide and massive cavern just behind it that makes a sufficient space and path for the visitors to experience the waterfall from behind. Isn’t it amazing? The view indeed is. So, head up and get ready to be drenched in water.

Majestic Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall in south Iceland

The next destination will be the Skógafoss Waterfall. With approximately a drop of 62 meters and nearly 25 meters in width, Skógafoss is listed amidst one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. What’s even better? You can walk up to the top of this waterfall. This incredibly picturesque waterfall is sure to leave you awestruck with its beauty. You are sure to get drenched in water, so come prepared. You might witness a beautiful rainbow and drizzles all over on a sunny day.

Skaftafell Glacier Hike

So, let’s have some more adventure! The next destination is sure to bring out enthusiasm and energy as soon as you will witness the wild and rugged landscapes of the Vatnajökull glacier. Yes, hiking through an outlet glacier, which is from one of the largest glaciers, Vatnajökull, is sure to bring an adrenaline rush. With the trained glacier guides, you will be equipped with safety glacier equipment that includes harnesses, helmets, ice axes, and crampons. The hike will take approximately an hour and a half. You will also witness the spectacular Skaftafell area that has been a part of various films and famous TV shows like James Bond, Game of Thrones, Interstellar, and many more.

Explore Blue Ice Cave

ice cave in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

From the glacier to the cave, our next destination will take you to the Blue Ice Cave. Explore the ice caves up and close with our guides who are well-aware of all the safety measurements that are to be taken when visiting such places. You would need good quality hiking boots that provide you enough grip to stand still on the ice bed inside the cave! You can call it a “blue crystal ice cave” with stunning blue color.

Northern Lights

Honeymoon in Iceland, two people watching the northern lights in Iceland

Last but not least for the day to end on a beautiful note, is witnessing the amazing Northern Lights. You will be guided about the Northern lights and if the sky seems clear, you might witness Aurora Borealis, a natural scientific phenomenon that showcases bands of green, neon, red, blue, or pink, fluttering over the dark sky.

Day 4 - The Gems of Iceland

The final day will be spent exploring some of the most beautiful locations in Iceland, including Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the Diamond Beach and the black sand beaches of the south coast. After that, you will head back to the capital.

The Glacial Lagoon: Jökulsárlón

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in south Iceland - south Iceland

Kick-starting the last day of this 4-Day tour by visiting the most beautiful and stunning part of Iceland, Jökulsárlón, which is a glacial lagoon located in Vatnajökull National Park, southeastern Iceland. The floating icebergs are sure to cast magic on you and surely it is a lifetime experience, witnessing the huge chunks of ice in the lagoon. The icebergs in this lagoon are from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. So, enjoy walking along the glacier lagoon and witness the magnificent beauty of Iceland. 

Sparkling Diamond Beach

man walking on the Diamond Beach in south Iceland

Heading towards the next destination, you will reach the Diamond Beach. And as the name suggests, you are surely going to witness the diamonds that are offered by mother nature. Yes, Diamond Beach is known for its massive and human-sized icebergs that stand by your side on the beach. The icebergs from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon crashes at the Diamond Beach, which results in the formation of a visually stunning sight with icebergs all around. The naturally polished and sculpted big ice chunks sparkle under the sun and look like a diamond while creating a beautiful contrast against the black sand.

Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara

Reynisdrangar on Reynisfjara black sand beach in south Iceland

The last of the day will be Reynisfjara, which is a black sand beach located on the South Coast of Iceland. Be prepared to witness nature’s power, as this place has something amazing for you. Apart from the beautiful panoramic views, the massive and powerful waves of the Atlantic coastline await you. The roaring waves are accompanied by the enormous basalt stacks that create a dramatic look at the beach and make it look equally stunning. This place is also home to puffins and many other unique species that can be seen over the cliffs from June to August.

Additional Details of the Tour

  • On Day-1, the pick-up will be scheduled at 8 am, from your designated place in the capital area, Reykjavik.
  • The tour has an easy to moderate difficulty level.
  • While there is no minimum joining age limit for the tour, the minimum age limit for the glacier hike along with the visit to the ice cave, is 8 years old. But for snorkeling, the minimum age limit is 12 years old. In case there are children under the specified age group, on the tour, then during such activities, an adult needs to stay with them, till the others are back.
  • Since Iceland’s weather is unpredictable, it is always recommended to bring extra warm clothes for complete protection. And, don’t forget to carry other essential gear including hiking boots, waterproof clothing, a camera, swimsuits, and towels too.

Included

 Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area. 

 Three nights accommodation in a hotel with breakfast and private bathroom.

 Guided sightseeing to all the best locations in the Golden Circle. 

 Guided sightseeing to all the best locations on the South Coast

 Guided sightseeing to all the best locations on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

 English speaking professional guide

 Ice Cave tour

 Certified glacier guide

 Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe. 

 Small group experience

 Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

What to bring

 Dress according to weather

Warm clothes

Warm socks

Gloves & Headwear

 Waterproof outdoor clothing

 Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)

 Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed on the tour. However, we will do everything that we can to be able to see them. For example, the hotels are in prime locations to maximize the chances of seeing the northern lights.
  • The Ice caves that will be visited on this tour are 100% natural and always changing. These ice caves are only accessible during the winter time when temperature drops below 0°C. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • The ice cave tour is available from November 1st
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • The departure time for this tour is at 9 am. 
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them in the booking engine. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • For glacier hike along with the visit to the ice cave, the minimum age limit is 8 years old. But for snorkeling, the minimum age limit is 12 years old. In case there are children under the specified age group, on the tour, then during such activities, an adult needs to stay with them, till the others are back.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

You can choose a pick up in Reykjavik or the capital area. Find the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.  

If you don’t know your pick up point for your tour yet, you can let us know later. Note that you need to send us the pick up location for your tour at least 24 hours prior to the departure of the tour. It would also be great if you can give us your phone number so we can call you if we can not find you at the pick up location. 

Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time on your voucher ticket. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 minutes. Please be at your listed location so our guide can easily find you. 

No, this tour does not include a pick up from Keflavik Airport. 

If you are arriving in Iceland early morning on the day of your tour, it would be best to take a taxi or bus from the airport to BSI bus station. Choose your pick up for the tour at BSI bus station and we will pick you up there. 

A multi day tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day. Accommodation is usually included in multi day tours. 

The multi day tours are ideal if you would like to make the most of your time in Iceland.

  • You do not have to worry about finding accommodation that will fit to your day full of sightseeing and activities. 
  • Most multi day tours are operated in small groups with personal guidance. 
  • The tours will drive further into the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore locations that you would not be able to do in the day tours from Reykjavik. 

You will be staying in a comfort hotel with private bedroom and private bathroom on this tour.

All hotels that we partner with have private bathrooms.

Yes, breakfast after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour is included. 

You will be traveling in a minibus. 

Yes, the single supplement fee is mandatory for solo travelers. This is to ensure your private room in the accommodation. There is no way to skip on the single supplement fee if you are a solo traveler. 

Since the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we can not guarantee the sightings of northern lights on the tour. We will do everything that we can to make your chances of seeing the northern lights as high as possible. This includes staying in hotels that are located in prime areas to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is good, you will have high chances of seeing the northern lights outside the hotel.

In the rare case that we will have to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or provide a full refund.

The tour can be cancelled up to 48 hours from the departure time with 85% of the total price refunded.

However, we would kindly as you to cancel the tour as soon as you know that you won’t be able to participate in it. The multi day tours require a lot of bookings on our half that needs to be cancelled in time (accommodation, activities, meals and more). 

Please send us an email to info@icelandtravelguide.is as soon as you know that you have to cancel the tour. 

All cancellations requested less than 48 hours from the departure time are non refundable.

The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person.

If you have more luggage, you can store your extra luggage in our office for a small extra price of ISK 1.000. Add it as an extra at the time of booking. This fee is non refundable upon payment. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

If you would like to know how to photograph the northern lights, we recommend that you read this article. 

You will also find a tablet in the bus with information about the northern lights and how to photograph them. 

For winter tours in Iceland, wear warm clothing as first layer and waterproof outdoor jacket and pants as a second layer. Hiking boots with high ankle protection is ideal for the glacier hike and ice cave experience. You will get crampons to put on your boots before you go to the glacier. If you do not have hiking boots, you have to rent them at the time of booking. A hat and gloves are also ideal for the glacier tours. 

Yes, you need sturdy hiking boots for the glacier hike. They have to have hard sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have hiking boots, you can rent them in all sizes when booking the tour. It is also possible to rent the shoes at the glacier hiking location. 

The glacier hike is considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. 

We offer all safety equipment necessary and you will always be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. 

This is always a personal choice and depends on your physical health at the time of the glacier hike. We have had pregnant women on this glacier hike but not all pregnancies are the same. We recommend that you read the description of the tour to get a good idea and ask your doctor about it. 

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