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4 day summer tour to explore all the best locations in Iceland
This 4 day excursion combines many of the most famous locations in Iceland. We will explore the most popular locations in the Golden Circle and the South Coast. See our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, Vatnajokull – Europe’s largest glacier – and travel to the one of the most visually stunning areas of Iceland – Snaefellsnes peninsula. Not to forget the DC-3 plane wreck on Sólheimasandur black beach.
✅ Small Group Experience
✅ Golden Circle.
✅ Þingvellir National Park.
✅ Gullfoss waterfall.
✅ Geysir geothermal area.
✅ Strokkur geyser.
✅ Efstidalur farm also known as the “Ice cream farm”
✅ Kerid volcanic crater
✅ Vatnajokull glacier – one of Europes largest glacier.
✅ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Skógafoss waterfall
✅ Reynisfjara black sand beach.
✅ Skaftafell National Park.
✅ Vatnajokull National Park
✅ Glacier Hike in Vatnajokull National Park
✅ Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
✅ Dragon Glass Katla ice cave
✅ Jökulsárlón boat tour (optional extra)
✅ Diamond Beach.(optional extra)
✅ Snæfellsnes Peninsula
✅ Kirkjufell Mountain
✅ Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall
✅ Djúpalónssandur pebble beach
✅ Búdakirkja, “the Black Church of Búdir”
✅ Arnarstapi fishing village
✅ Ytri-Tunga beach and seal colony
✅ Snaefellsjökull glacier (sightseeing)
✅ Lóndrangar and basalt cliffs
✅ Saxhóll crater
✅ Ólafsvík fishing village
Available: April – September
Duration: 4 days.
Minimum Age: 8 years.
Pick up: 8.00 / 9.00 from your hotel or nearby meeting point in Reykjavik– The pick up might take up to 30 minutes.
Return: between 20.00 and 23.00 – as always in Iceland, nature is somewhat in charge of the itinerary.
Group size: Maximum 18 persons.
Departs from: Reykjavik.
Luggage:The limit is 24″ suitcase per person, and no multiple luggage allowed. If there is limited space in the car you might need to leave part of your luggage in our luggage storage, free of charge.
Accommodation for 3 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast and private bathroom is included on this tour.
These are the hotels that we try to book for every tour. It might happen that some of these accommodations are not available, and then we will book a similar accommodation in the same area.
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Join us on this tour to explore all the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Our friendly and experienced guide will lead your way over 4 days full of sightseeing and activities.
This is the perfect tour if you want to make the most of your 4 days in Iceland. You will get the chance to see so many beautiful places and participate in some great activities.
On this tour we will visit the famous Geysir and the geothermal area around, the powerful waterfall of Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle. You’ll also be taken to with our local favorites to see the impressive Kerið crater and visit a traditional diary farm where you’ll try ice cream, free of charge.
You can’t go to Iceland without visiting the extraordinary South Coast. We will of course stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach and see the beautiful cave. We will visit the stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier. We will also visit all the popular waterfalls, glaciers and national parks along the way.
Next we will go to the beautiful hidden gem of West Iceland – Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Snæfellsnes is also known as “Iceland in a nutshell” because it is characterized by magnificent and picturesque sites. This includes glacial-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, coastal cliffs topped off by the volcanic glacier Snæfellsjökull.
You will be picked up from your accommodation, and from there, set out to see the best that Iceland has to offer in four days.
This iconic narrow mountain has become the landmark of Snæfellsnes in recent years. It became famous after being presented as the “Arrowhead Mountain” on Game of Thrones. The erosive powers of the glaciers during the last ice age about 12,000 years ago gave this mountain its shape. Due to this unique look, it is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland and just across you will see the beautiful waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss which completes your perfect shot of the mountain. There are numerous vantage points for the perfect photograph and our guides know them all!
On the south coast of the peninsula, there’s a village with only a hotel and a tiny black church called the Búðakirkja that sits alone among a field of lava rocks. Búðakirkja was built on the spot in 1703 and reconstructed in 1987 after a claim by a single member that lobbied to have it back. It has an historic graveyard, a bell and chalice from the time it was erected. It is a listed building, owned by the National Museum of Iceland, but it is in the care of the Búðir parish. Without a doubt, this picturesque chapel has a romantic air about it and is a real attraction to the site.
This tiny fishing village has picturesque coastal cliffs which derived from glowing magma hitting the wild waves of the Atlantic. Known in Iceland as the most beautiful harbor of the country. Thousands of years later erosion has formed beautiful stone arcs and a remarkable marine geyser. Enjoy a walk along the coastline while your guide tells you all about Bárður, half-man half-troll, and his misdeeds in the area.
Ytri-Tunga is a sandy beach that has a little secret hidden away down by the sea, behind the farmhouses… a seal colony! Seals love to spend their time on the rocks of this beautiful beach. They are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks for you to spot them from a distance.
The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland and are remnants from a bigger crater which has mostly eroded away. Looming over the entire southern coastline, Lóndrangar, a set of 75-meter high basalt pinnacles set the tone for what’s to come. They host a variety of seabirds, northern fulmars and puffins, and others.
A beach of black volcanic sand and stones where for centuries Icelandic fishermen rowed out to the fertile fishing grounds of the Atlantic ocean. Still today we find the so-called “lifting stones” which fishermen of yore used to test out their strength and prove themselves worthy of the physically straining life of Atlantic rowboat fishing. You can try to lift them yourself! In 1948 a British fishing trawler stranded on the sand reefs of Djúpalónssandur. Five men perished while 14 were rescued by local rescue squads. The remains of the ship are still there, strewn across the beach as an eerie reminder of the awesome power of nature.
Formed over 4,000 years ago, this volcanic crater has now been made accessible via an iron staircase giving you the option of hiking it. The hike is not too challenging and gives you a 360° view of the lava fields with Snæfellsjökull glacier looming over.
The Geysir geothermal area hosts hundreds of colorful hot springs and two geysers, erupting hot springs. One is called “Geysir” and name giving for all the geysers in the world. Today, however, it erupts very seldom. The other geyser is called “Strokkur” and erupts every 5 minutes up to 40 meters.
A stunning volcanic crater with a lake in the middle which formed in an eruption 3,000 years ago. Some believe that it was formed in a vast explosion. The more likely theory is that the volcanic cone collapsed into its own magma chamber after the eruption finished. Kerið is the perfect location to learn more about Icelandic geological history and observe a mind-blowing natural wonder.
The melting water from Iceland´s second biggest glacier, Langjökull, falls into a deep canyon forming the majestic “Golden Falls”. On a sunny day, you can see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and enjoy a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall, an Instagram blockbuster waiting to happen!
We visit Efstidalur farm owned by the same family since 1850. This Icelandic family-run business sticks to traditional Icelandic farming culture and focuses on cows and cattle breeding. You will be able to enjoy their tasty farm-to-table dairy products, see the stunning mountain view and pet the friendly animals. Tröll Expeditions will invite you to taste the ice cream yourself and meanwhile watch the animals relaxing in the stable.
We visit the place where the two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. Few places in the world offer a better and clearer view of this massive geographic activity. The biggest natural lake in Iceland is also located at Thingvellir National Park and hosts a great variety of fish and bird life. Thingvellir is also an important place for Icelandic national history. At Thingvellir Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 a.d. where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”.
After you had seen all these magical places, you’ll get back on the bus and we’ll take you to the hotel to rest and get ready for the second day of your tour.
The adventure begins when we pick you up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the South. Our arrival is announced by the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic Instagram blockbuster!
Further east along the coast is Skógafoss waterfall. Skógafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60 meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count your steps on your way up.
We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country, Vatnajökull. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on our safety and glacier equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes we hike on the ice for an hour and a half. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. Skaftafell area has been used as a filming location for many famous TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones, Interstellar, James Bond, and others… Follow the steps of your favorite characters into the glacier!
Heading off day nr. 2 is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs come from Breiðamerkurjökull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice that floats south. Try walking alongside the glacier lagoon enjoying the magnificent views and dead silence of Icelandic nature.
On the other side of the road the icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts, guaranteed to make your Instagram account pop!
Heading further east, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dýrhólaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.
After the glacier hike we head out to Sólheimasandur desert where a US Nacy DC3 crash landed in 1973 after running out of fuel in midair. The wreck has since then been immortalized in numerous music videos and viral photographs. Hike over volcanic sand and ash towards a black sand beach containing a crashed Navy airplane deemed too far away to salvage. Enjoy!
This is the ultimate Icelandic experience on a minibus with a small group and friendly experienced guide guaranteed. On this tour you will make the most of your 4 days in Iceland with sightseeing on all the best locations and some great activities.
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