South Coast, Jokulsarlon, Golden Circle and Ice Caving | 3 Day Tour Package

This 3-day winter tour along the South Coast has it all! Stunning landscapes, the Golden Circle, glacier hiking, ice caves, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon and northern lights hunting.
Available: Nov - Mar
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Minimum Age: 10
Pick Up: 09:00 - 09:30
Price: ISK 87.900

Tour Highlights

✅ The Golden Circle
✅ Thingvellir National Park
✅ Geysir Hot Spring Area
✅ Gullfoss Waterfall / The Golden Waterfall
✅ Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Majestic Skógafoss waterfall
✅ Black Sand Beach
✅ Magnificent basalt pillars Reynisdrangar
✅ Beautiful Vík Village
✅ The Northern Lights
✅ Explore Ice Caves with Ice Cave Specialist
✅ Super Jeep Ride
✅ Highly qualified mountain guide
✅ 1-2 hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve
✅ Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik
✅ Accommodation with breakfast (2 nights)
✅ Glacier Hiking equipment
✅ English guidance

Tour Details

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Departures: Daily
Pick up: 09:00 – 09:30*
Available: Nov – Mar
Minimum age: 10 years old
Included: Hotel pick-up & drop-off, minibus tour, English guidance, accommodation with breakfast (2 nights), glacier hiking equipment, super jeep ride, a specialized guide to the ice cave, and aurora hunt.
Map: (click here)
Pick up: *Collection is between 09:00 – 09:30 w/ drop off around 19:00 – 21:00 on the last day.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes (you can rent boots from us).
Clothing to wear: See winter information below.

Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best-informed decision possible.

Note: that selected departures during the holidays can be more expensive.

*** To be able to participate in the glacier hike you will need hiking shoes of a similar type as shown in the picture at the top. If you don’t have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.

Disclaimer:

glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the glacier hike and/or ice caving tour is canceled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the canceled activity.

Tour Description

This 3-day winter tour along the South Coast has it all! Stunning landscapes, the Golden Circle, glacier hiking, ice caves, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon and northern lights hunting. On our way, we see waterfalls, volcanoes, floating icebergs, cliffs, black sand beaches, geysers, hot springs and so much more!

Day 1  / Golden Circle, South Coast

Fortunately, there’s a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will therefore decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time.

We begin on the Golden Circle and the first stop is Thingvellir National Park. Here Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD and here Europe and North-America meet in a stunning landscape. Thingvellir has a place in every Icelander’s heart, the beauty of the place and the country’s history. But the geologic history is well known and the natural wonders of Thingvellir are visible in every step.

Our next highlight is the Geysir hot spring area. It is from the Icelandic word “Geysir” that the English word “geyser” (a spouting hot spring) is derived. You can walk through the area and admire the geyser Strokkur burst into the air every 5-7 minutes, so have your camera ready.

Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall) is next on our agenda. It flows down the river Hvítá – coming from Langjökull glacier – in several huge “steps”.

Along our way, we will have a view of Hekla volcano and eastbound where our next stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Enjoy the 18-story high waterfall from the other side – without getting wet – not many waterfalls in the world that you can admire from two sides, front and back!

Skógafoss waterfall, with glacier water streaming from Eyjafjallajökull, catches our eyes at first glimpse. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Skógafoss is enchanting in a way that can only be experienced at first hand. Legend says that a treasure is buried behind it and in spite of locals finding the chest they could not take it with them before it disappeared again.

Reynisfjara is the name of the famous black sand beach. Here you can get up close and personal with the Atlantic ocean, but be aware of the powerful waves that can sweep you off your feet if you go too close – do not turn your back to the sea. In Reynisfjara beach you encounter beautiful basalt columns on the sand and have a great view of the magnificent basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea.

We pass Vík and we will be staying overnight at Hotel Katla, just outside of the village. Your guide will have checked the aurora forecast for the evening and be on the lookout for northern lights if there is a clear sky.

Day 2 / Sightseeing & Ice Cave

Are you interested in geology and volcanic eruptions? Listen to your guide! Today we see a giant lava field as we drive. It was formed from the largest volume lava flow from a single eruption on earth in historic times. We’ll witness the instability of the glacial rivers when we cross the long bridges over enormous sand plains, the debris of glacial floods past and present.

This afternoon we will explore the ice cave. We’ll have an expert local glacier guide take us by super jeep and lead the way into this world of dreams. Our expert guide is a highly qualified mountain guide, and ice cave specialist. It’s in his hands to decide each time which cave is best to visit depending on weather conditions and other issues. Sometimes the caves are very special, sometimes not as special, but become very special in the right light and conditions.

Your hiking shoes will come in handy now, since there’s some hike to the cave. You’ll need to wear water resistant hiking shoes that cover your ankle. This is not the time to wear city leather boots!

We stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 min, and it’s cold inside. Your winter hat should not be too bulky though, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

But why is the ice so blue? The color and transparency of the ice caves has everything to do with time, pressure, and secrecy.

As the glacier travels and winds its way down the slopes of mountain ridges, the air bubbles trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear. The real beauty of the centuries old compressed ice lies underneath the damaged outer surface.

This intense blue color can be seen for example in ice caves and on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.

After being inside the glacier itself, it is time to continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we’ll make a stop. It’s a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. Then you know what the expression means, “the tip of the iceberg”. The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light.

Our accommodation for tonight is either at Country Hotel Gerði or Country Hotel Hali. Both are 14 km away from the iceberg lagoon. The rooms are basic, with bathroom, and the all-important WiFi connection is available. Breakfast is included. Located between the mountains and the sea, the view from these properties is simply terrific. Our accommodations.

Again we will hunt for the northern lights in the evening if the sky is clear and the aurora forecast shows activity.

Day 3 / Skaftafell Glacier Hike & Sightseeing

We will have time to look out for seals by the Jökulsárlón Lagoon as we go there a second time. We’ll admire the icebergs’ proportions and their hues of blue. Please take care not to walk out on the frozen lagoon as the ice can easily twist.

Today we take a 1-2 hour glacier hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. There’s no need to be in a particularly good shape for this activity, but we urge you to dress warmly. You’ll have crampons and axes for support. Please follow the instructions of your experienced guide – the glaciers are ever changing and wandering off by yourself is dangerous. This new hiking adventure is worth every second of the tour.

On the way back to Reykjavik we might have time to take a closer look at some of the places we were unable to visit on our way to Jökulsárlón.

Drop-off at your accommodation in Reykjavik is estimated to be between 19:00 – 21:00 in the evening of the third day. We hope you’ve had a great time and that the memories of this tour will stay with you forever! 🙂

Daylight:

During the shorter December and January days our guides must keep to a tight schedule to make the most of each tour. Sometimes certain stops will be short but this will help you see each sight during daylight whenever possible. Longer hours of darkness do mean, however, that there are better chances to see the Northern Lights once it is dark!

Weather:

Icelandic weather is notoriously changeable. Poor road conditions require careful driving and changing snow and ice conditions at tour attractions mean your Guide must make on-the- spot safety assessments. It is your Guide’s responsibility to advise all clients about what is possible at each location. Instructions given by your Guide must be followed in the interest of your own safety.

THE car fleet:

The car fleet consists of minibusses and super jeeps which are specially chosen for Icelandic weather conditions. Our priority is getting you between places (which can actually be a big challenge during Icelandic winter time) in a fun and informative way and never in too big groups as we always want to give excellent and personal service.

Disclaimer:

All guests participating in Glacier activities do so under their own responsibility. Although Extreme Iceland takes all necessary precautions to ensure guests´ safety during all activities, the company cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage arising from negligence or failure to follow Guide´s instructions during the tour. By purchasing an Extreme Iceland tour you agree to follow all instructions when asked to do so by your Guide. Occasionally glacier hikes and/or ice caving tours can be canceled due to poor weather and/or other safety reasons. In the event of an activity being canceled, we will try to replace it with another activity when possible, and refund the cost of the canceled part of the tour.

Ice caves:

Ice caving is something you won‘t get the opportunity to experience often. It is truly amazing but due to its popularity and the rarity of the caves they tend to get quite busy in the short time they are open over the year. Every winter the ice caves form in the glaciers in Iceland as they melt away in the summer time. Conditions have to be perfect for it to be safe to enter these uniqueness wonders. We will cancel the caving part if the circumstances are not right. Safety comes first.

Clothing Required:

The weather in Iceland is ever changing and winters can be very cold (we get a lot of rain and snow but also some very strong winds at times). It is very important to dress accordingly.

  • Hiking Boots (over ankle)*
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Warm Hat, Gloves, and Scarf
  • Woollen or Fleece Sweater
  • Thermal Baselayers (preferably woollen, no cotton)
  • NO jeans or trainers/sneakers/athletic shoes.

Note:

Good hiking boots are needed. If you do not have these, then they are available for rent from us. Please state your size when booking your tour.

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