5 Day South Coast Tour Package | Snaefellsnes, Northern Lights & More

During this tour you will discover the true magic of Iceland, visiting the three main national parks of the country; Vatnajokull national park, Thingvellir national park and Snaefellsnes National park.
Available: Nov - March
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 5 days
Minimum Age: 8 years
Pick Up: Hotel pick-up included
Price From: ISK 119.900
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 7 days in advance and receive an 85% refund
Reviews: 2 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ The Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir & Kerid volcanic crater)
✅ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
✅ Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajokull
✅ Skógafoss waterfall
✅ Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
✅ Vik village
✅ Kirkjubæjarklaustur village
✅ Svínafellsjökull glacier
✅ Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Kvernufoss waterfall
✅ South Coast
✅ Stykkishólmur
✅ Beautiful Snæfellsnes
✅ Vidgelmir lava cave
✅ Krauma spa
✅ Hellnar
✅ Arnarstapi fishing village
✅ Djúpalónssandur sandy beach
✅ Bjarnarhöfn
✅ The famous Kirkjufell mountain
✅ Hraunfossar & Barnafossar waterfalls
✅ Deildatunguhver hot spring area
✅ Natural blue ice cave visit with all safety gear provided
✅ Free Wi-Fi on bus
✅ English-speaking guide
✅ Accommodation for 4 night in a double or a twin room with shared bathroom (you can upgrade to a hotel stay for 20.000 ISK)

Tour Details

Availability: November – March
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum age: 8 years.
Guided language: English
Pickup information:
Tour starting time: 
Between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
Included: Pick-up/drop-off, English-speaking guide, accommodation for 4 nights, breakfast, safety gear for ice cave visit, entry to Kerid, entrance to Vidgelmir Lava Cave, entrance to Krauma spa, Free Wi-fi on bus.
Not included: Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour.
What to bring: Warm clothes, good hiking shoes are recommended and of course, your camera.
Return to Reykjavik: Around 06:30 pm on day 5.

  • Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible.
    Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík.
    Here is a link to their website where you can find all details. http://www.luggagelockers.is/
    We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M.
    To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick up time.
  • IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Tour Description

During this tour you will discover the true magic of Iceland, visiting the three main national parks of the country; Vatnajokull national park, Thingvellir national park, and Snaefellsnes National park.

For the first two days, you drive along Iceland’s south coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, strong rivers, and waterfalls. You will also see an amazing black beach scattered with icebergs, next to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is where huge icebergs float in ice-cold water and seals swim around them. The highlight in this part of your tour is a visit to the unique Blue Ice cave in Vatnajokull.

On the third day, your journey heads for the famous Golden circle. You will visit the classic destinations Thingvellir, the site of the old Icelandic parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the legendary Geysir and Gullfoss also known as the Golden Waterfall. To add even more to your experience on this fun-filled day you will also visit the volcanic crater called Kerid.

The last part is a fairy-tale adventure around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Less than 3 hours from Reykjavik, this area combines all the wonders of Iceland in one place: the sea crashing upon the sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography, and small fishing villages for those who are curious about the culture Iceland. A visit to the Vidgelmir Lava cave and the Krauma spa is included in the tour.

Join this 5-day adventure for an unforgettable experience. Included is accommodation for 4 nights with breakfast, entrance to Blue Ice Cave and Vidgelmir Lave Cave with all safety gear provided an entrance to the Kerid Volcanic Crater.

Day 1: The golden circle & Kerid volcanic crater

On the first day you will visit Golden Circle – Geysers, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. We want to add something unique to your experience and that’s why we will also visit the Volcanic Crater Kerid.

First on the agenda is a visit to Thingvellir National park. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the american and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America. This amazing place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is shrouded in the history of Iceland and the Vikings of the past.

Next stop is the Geysir – the biggest geysers of Haukadalur are Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erups every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters. Here you can also buy some refreshments or lunch.

From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss. Known as the Golden Waterfall, this is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland, powerful and beautiful as it rushes down from two tiers into an ancient valley.

Last on the agenda is a visit to the Volcanic Crater Kerid. The crater is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which gives it a magical and colorful appearance. After enjoying this fantastic creation of nature, you stay overnight on the South Coast, where you can admire famous Northern Lights (if the weather conditions will allow to do so).

Day 2: south coast, the four waterfalls and black beach reynisfjara

After overnight stay on the countryside you will drive along route 1 passing through small towns and enjoying the beauty of the Icelandic South Cast. Your first stop will be at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall Gljufrabui.

Next up is the stunning Skogafoss, a drop of 60 m (200ft) of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfall of Írafoss.

Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall – seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean which looms with its powerful waves.

At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in a country hotel. On the way there and during the night, we will look out for the Northern Lights if conditions are favorable to see them.

Day 3: glacier lagoon and the incredible blue ice cave

Today, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience. A visit to a natural stunning Blue Ice cave will be the highlight of the day.

You start by driving to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin.

The ice caves only form in the winter when glacial water freezes to create this unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way. From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera!

After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back to the Jokulsarlon where you join the bus again. From there, you drive to the Skaftafell national park where the amazing views will take your breath away!

On the way back to Reykjavik, you will of course be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vik village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.

Day 4: The Magic of Snæfellsjokull National Park: Seals, Black Beach, Kirkjufell Mountain and more!

The day begins with a drive along the west coast through the town of Borgarnes all the way to the beach in Ytri Tunga which is a well-known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach.

The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi and then Hellnar where you will have time to walk along the cliffs for half an hour; the view to the sea from this hike is breathtaking.
In Djúpalónssandur you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones which are unique. You will hike to one of the most impressive formations called Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt approximately 70 m high.

By the end of this day, you will give a visit to the majestic Kirkjufell mountain, which is one of the most popular photo stops in Iceland. If you have not used your camera before on the tour then this one is a must!

At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages on the way to your accommodation in the Western part of Iceland.

Day 5: Lava Cave, Hot spring, Krauma SPA & Waterfalls

After a refreshing rest and having breakfast at the accommodation, you will drive towards the historic Borgarfjordur area. First you will stop at Grabrok Volcanic Craters located in Bifröst. There you will have an opportunity to admire three craters – Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell and Litla (Small) Grabrok that formed approximately 3.400 years ago during massive eruption shaping the landscape around. Solid, wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colorful craters, lava fields and lake Hredavatn. Next you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flow from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone’s throw upstream from Hraunfossar, you will visit another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, “the waterfall of the children,” comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural stone bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

After enjoying the many amazing sites above ground level it is now time to journey towards the Center of the Earth! You will go caving in the Vidgelmir lave cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape up close. During this 1,5 hour long expedition you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize how powerful eruptions of volcano can be.

Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, providing 180 liters pr second of 100 C hot water! Thread the path carefully while watching and hearing the powerful energy of the hot spring at work.

Last but not least on the agenda for you is a visit to Krauma, the new natural geothermal baths & spa next to Deildartunguhver with admission fee included.   There you can enjoy great facilities including five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, and two saunas. A perfect way to end a great tour.

After this adventure of exploring Iceland for five unforgettable days, you set off back to Reykjavik arriving there in time to enjoy the rest of your night while reflecting on the beauty of the Icelandic nature.

2 reviews

  1. Iceland assaults your senses

    My experience with IcelandAdvice.is began many months before I arrived and the customer service/help I received was OUTSTANDING. I decided to use this tour group just because of that. Haukur was amazing.
    The tours were well organized and the tour guides knowledgeable and personable. the hotels and food were very good. having WIFI in the buses was a bonus. They picked you up and dropped you off in Reyjkavik which made it easy when picking a hotel in the city centre. At the end of the tour, they even dropped us to the bus terminal which has a bus to the airport.

  2. Überwältigend!!!

    Hat alles hervorragend geklappt super nette und interessante Tourleitee. Kleine Gruppe und atemberaubende Natur!

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