4 Day Summer Trip: South Coast, Golden Circle & Snaefellsnes

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Duration

4 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Apr - Sep

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator

Tröll ferðaþjónusta

Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

4 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Apr - Sep

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

4 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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Highlights

About Tour

Be prepared and gear up for an adventurous 4-day summer trip that will take you around the best places of Iceland. From experiencing the rugged and raw nature to exploring the natural wonders, this tour is certainly going to be your most memorable trip to Iceland. You will be visiting the most popular places in Iceland in the Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the South Coast route.

This 4-day expedition is all about exploring the hidden gems and visiting the most exciting and spectacular places in Iceland. That includes the stunning peninsula of Snæfellsnes in  Western Iceland. Snæfellsnes is known as “Iceland in a nutshell’’. Here you will see moss topped lava fields, glacial-carved mountains, black beaches, coastal cliffs, volcanic glacier Snæfellsjökull, and volcanic craters. Kirkjufell Mountain is the top attraction in Snæfellsnes and we will of course make a stop there. Apart from this, you will also visit all the best attractions in the Golden Circle, the most popular traveling route of Iceland. That includes Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and not to forget the famous Thingvellir National Park.

Continuing exploring different places, you will also visit the south coast of Iceland. The top attractinos on the south coast include Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss waterfalls, the famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach. To add some more adventure to your trip we will also be exploring Europe’s largest glacier as well, and if you are up for it, we will participate in a glacier hike on Vatnajokull Glacier. So, let the planning and organizing be on us, you simply sit back and enjoy the tour.

Itinerary:

Here are the details of each day of the tour with all the destinations and additional activities that are included in this 4-day tour of Iceland.

Day 1

Ytri Tunga Beach and Seal Colony

Ytri Tunga seal colony in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The very first destination on the first day of the tour will be Ytri-Tunga sandy beach that is a perfect place to explore marine life and simultaneously enjoying the calm and serene environment near the beach. This sandy beach has a secret hidden down by the sea. Behind the farmhouses, you will witness a seal colony, where you will see many seals in their natural habitat. Seals spend time under the sun around this area on the rocks. Seals are friendly, but as a responsible tourist, it is recommended to not disturb them. Undoubtedly this place is the best seal-watching spot in Iceland.

Búdakirkja, the Black Church of Búdir

Búðarkirkja black church in Búðir Snæfellsnes

The next destination for the day will be the Black Church of Búdir, Búdakirkja. Towards the south coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, there is a small village that has only one hotel, which is accompanied by a black church, known as Búðakirkja or also known as “the Black Church of Búdir”. Búdakirkja, sitting on the massive lava rock field, was constructed in 1703 and then, reconstructed in 1987 and has a historic graveyard, chalice, and a bell too. Being a listed building, it is owned by the National Museum of Iceland. The picturesque landscape of the church looks spectacular as a beautiful painting.

Arnarstapi fishing village, Hellnar and Gatklettur Arch

wedding photo shoot at Arnarstapi in Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

We will be moving towards the next destination for the day, Arnarstapi. Arnarstapi is a beautiful fishing village situated on the southern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The picturesque coastal cliffs complement the landscape beautifully and undoubtedly make this place the most beautiful harbors of Iceland. You can simply spend your time walking along the coastline, see Gatklettur Arch and many other natural wonders in this area.

Lóndrangar and Basalt Cliffs

Lóndrangar in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The next destination for the day will be Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs. Lóndrangar is a pair of rock pinnacles which are extremely famous for its unique geological shape. The pinnacles are approximately 75 meter high, gazing beautifully over the southern coastline. This place is also home to dozens of sea birds and other species inclusive of puffins, and northern fulmars.

Djúpalónssandur - The Black Lava Pearl Beach

Djúpalónssandur black sand beach in Snæfellsnes peninsula

Djúpalónssandur black beach will be the next destination for the day. Djúpalónssandur is another beautiful place to visit and spend some time in the lap of nature. It is often known as a beach of black volcanic sand as well. It is a stunning volcanic sandy beach that is surrounded by the mysterious rocks, high-dramatic cliffs, and spectacular scenic view that contributes to making it geologically unique. Djúpalónsperlur translates to “pearls of the deep lagoon”, which is completely justified owing to the glistening pebbles that completely cover the beach. This place is a haven for nature lovers and stone collectors. Another interesting thing you will witness at Djúpalónssandur are “The Lifting Stones”. This place once used to be a home to 60 fishing boats. These differently sized stones, the lifting stones, also known as Aflraunasteinar, were used for measuring the strength of Icelandic fishermen. So, try to lift these by yourself. The stones are given names too. Fullsterkur (full strength) – weighs 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (half strength) – 100 kg, Hálfdrættingur (weakling) – 54 kg and Amlóði (Useless) -23 kg.

Saxhóll Volcanic Crater

Saxhóll Volcanic Crater in Snæfellsnes Peninsula, tours to Saxhóll crater

The next destination will be Saxhóll Volcanic Crater, which is formed approximately 4,000 years ago. This is indeed one of the massive craters overseeing the stunning views of Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s completely dried-out lava fields. It is not challenging to walk up to the crater. It gives you a complete 360° view of the surrounding beautiful landscape along with Snæfellsjökull glacier.

“The Church Mountain” Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellfoss waterfall

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at sunset in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall are the most visited place in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The mountain is actually one of the most photographed mountains in the world. The nearby Kirkjufellfoss waterfall also makes the most picturesque landscape. You can’t visit Snæfellsnes Peninsula without stopping at Kirkjufell. If you are a Game of Thrones lover, then you will instantly recognize this place. It is the iconic narrow mountain, which was presented as “Arrowhead Mountain” in Game of Thrones. Kirkjufell has been featured in Game of Thrones and has now, become the landmark of Snæfellsnes. Spend some time to take in the views and find the best spot to capture this uniquely shaped mountain and waterfall.

After day 1 we will head back towards Reykjavik to spend the night. We will be staying in a comfortable accommodation where everyone has private rooms and private bathrooms. Spend the evening relaxing and having fun with your friends and family. You can look forward to having a day full of adventures on day 2 of this tour. Breakfast will be served in the morning and is included in the price of this tour.

Day 2

Geysir Geothermal Area

Geysir Geothermal Area - Golden Circle Iceland Travel Guide

Gear up for the Day-2. The first destination for the day will be the famous Geysir geothermal area, which is known for hot springs and geysers. This high-temperature geothermal area will make you experience the natural wonder, “Geysir” and “Strokkur”. Geysir is the most famous geyser in the world and all other geysers are named after this Geysir. However, it is not active now and has not been for years. However, Strokkur, erupts every 5 minutes and is also one of the famous fountain-type geysers. It will be a sight you will not forget.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall in Golden CircleGolden Circle Tours,

Now, after witnessing the high-temperature geothermal area, you and your tour mates will head towards the next destination, which will be Gullfoss Waterfall. Gullfoss waterfall is probably the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Gullfoss is located in the Golden Circle Route which travelers can not miss when in Iceland.  The waterfalls is also known as “The Golden Falls” which is completely justified, owing to the magnificent view that it offers. You will agree to it once you witness yourself. Gullfoss is fed by the melting water of Langjökull, Iceland´s second biggest glacier. The majestic drop of the water that goes into the canyon is a sight to behold. Capture the scenic view and spend some time experiencing the calmness amidst the roar of water.

Thingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park - Golden Circle Iceland Tours Booking

Iceland’s most famous place, Thingvellir National Park, which is specifically known for the massive geological activity, will be the next destination for the day. At this place, the Eurasian Plate and the North American plates are drifting apart and are listed amidst the only few places on Earth where humans can actually see the geographic activity going on. Not only this, Thingvellir, which translates to “Parliament Plains”, is also an iconic historic site where the parliament was founded in 930 AD. It is believed that chiefs used to conduct the major meetings and assembly every summer here. Thus, it holds a significant place in Icelandic national history. In Thingvellir you will also find Öxarárfoss waterfall and Þinvallavatn Lake. You will want to spend some time exploring the park and all the sights in it.

Day 3

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

South Coast Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the south coast of Iceland

On Day-3, the first destination will be the most spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which is also a walk-behind waterfall. This is by far Iceland’s most scenic waterfall with lush green surroundings and amazing views, not just from the front of the waterfall, but also from the behind. A path that will lead you all around the waterfall allows you to reach the massive cavern, which is just behind the waterfall. It is spacious enough to let people stand comfortably and witness the waterfall from an all-new perspective. Be careful of the tumbling and slippery ground, carry a raincoat if you do not wish to get drenched in water, and also wear sturdy shoes for perfect grip.

Skógafoss waterfall

Rainbow at Skógafoss Waterfall - South Iceland Must See

Just as how beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you will be equally stunned to see Skógafoss waterfall. Dropping from a gigantic cliff, Skógafoss waterfall is approximately 25 meters wide, and offers an incredibly picturesque sight. The staircase, which is there just near the waterfall makes it much easier to climb up to the observation point, where the magical view awaits you. You can also choose to explore the waterfall from the ground. As you move towards the waterfall, you can easily experience the power and aura of Skógafoss, a sight to behold.

Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

glacier hike in iceland, south iceland glacier hike

The next destination is surely going to make you even more enthusiastic. We will head towards Skaftafell Nature Reserve for the glacier hike. You and your tour mates will hike an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull (the largest glacier in Europe). This is indeed the best spot for hiking a glacier in Iceland. If you are new to glacier hiking, then fret not, experienced guides and glacier experts will make it much easier for you and will guide you throughout. To ensure maximum protection, you will also be provided with harnesses, helmets, and ice axes. Skaftafell Nature Reserve is one of the most stunning places in Iceland. The has been featured in TV shows and films inclusive of Interstellar, James Bond, and Game of Thrones. The views from the glaciers won’t disappoint you!

This will be a day filled with adventure and excitement.

Day 4

Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoons Iceland, Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in south east Iceland

Here comes the last day of the 4-day tour of Iceland. Kick-starting the last day, the first destination will be the Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón, which is approximately 200m deep. Jökulsárlón is by many considered to be Iceland’s most spectacular location. The lagoon is fed by melting water of Breiðamerkurjökull – an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull (Europe’s largest glacier). The lagoon is filled with massive chunks of icebergs, floating, and flipping towards the south. Walk along the lagoon and witness the beauty of huge icebergs up close and personal.

The Diamond Beach

man standing and watching the sunset at Diamond Beach in south Iceland

This black sand beach completely justifies its name “The Diamond Beach. When visiting Jökulsárlón, on the other side of the road, is the stunning Diamond Beach, where you can actually see those massive chunks of ice standing right by your side. These icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, float towards the Atlantic Ocean and crashes at the diamond beach owing to powerful tide and winds. These naturally sculpted icebergs are human-sized and sparkle bright like diamonds under the bright sunlight. The black sand with contrasting hues of blue and white look magnificently gorgeous. The Diamond Beach is a dream destination for most travelers that visit Iceland, however it’s location in east of Iceland means that not everyone gets to explore it.

Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar basalt columns at sunset

The next destination of the day is Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you will experience an intense and powerful perspective of nature. The Atlantic coastline with massive and prevailing waves hit the basalt pillars in the huge cliffs. You will notice the extreme phenomenon and unpredictable weather of Iceland at Reynisfjara. With dozens of bird species around the cliffs, spectacular views, massive waves, the geometrically symmetric enclosures – the basalt pillars add to the landscape and make it look even more dramatic.  Be careful of the waves, they can be very unpredictable and dangerous.

On this 4 day tour of Iceland we will make sure that you don’t miss out on the best things about Iceland. Our guides are experienced in guiding around Iceland, telling travelers the best stories and making them feel like home in our magnificent country.

Included

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

 One night accommodation in a comfort hotel with breakfast and private bathroom.

 Guided sightseeing to all the best locations on the South Coast. 

 English speaking professional guide

 Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

 Certified glacier guide

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

 Small group experience

 Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board

Highlights

Activities

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Warm Socks
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • 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.
  • 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 8am. 
  • 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. 

faq

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. We usually stay in a hotel close to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

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. 

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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