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Make the most of your 5 days in Iceland
Explore the highlights of Iceland on this 5 day tour that will take you along the South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Glacier Hike, Crystal Ice Cave & Northern Lights are included in the tour.
✅ Small Group Experience
✅ Golden Circle.
✅ Þingvellir National Park.
✅ Gullfoss waterfall.
✅ Geysir geothermal area.
✅ Strokkur geyser.
✅ Vatnajokull glacier – one of Europes largest glacier.
✅ Blue Ice Cave Tour
✅ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Skógafoss waterfall
✅ Reynisfjara black sand beach.
✅ Skaftafell National Park.
✅ Vatnajokull National Park
✅ Glacier Hike in Vatnajokull National Park
✅ Crystal Ice Cave
✅ Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
✅ Diamond Beach.
✅ 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: November– March
Duration: 5 days.
Minimum Age: There is no minimum age for this tour. However, 8 year old is the age limit for glacier hike and ice caving and 5 years old for the lava cave. If children under those ages are on the tour, an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
Pick up: 8.00 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 21 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 4 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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Do you want to make the most of your 5 day sin Iceland and witness the amazing natural features it has to offer? on this tour we will visit Iceland’s most popular destinations, see all the major attractions along with a few hidden gems in Iceland.
This 5 day Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes tour covers all the major attractions in Iceland.
Your trip will start of with a visit to viking heritage location in Borgarfjörður. Here we will see the amazing waterfalls Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Next you will be headed to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland, the home of Snæfellsjökull glacier and the world famous mountain Kirkjufell. Kirkjufell is one of the most photographed mountain in the world and was featured in the popular series Game of thrones among other popular TV shows and movies. On the Peninsula you will also visit an exhilarating lava cave.In the evening we will hopefully see the amazing Northern Lights dance above us in the skies. The next day the Golden Circle awaits you with all its popular and unique tourist attractions, such as Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park.
Iceland has many breathtaking waterfalls in every part of the country. Each one different from the last and equally beautiful. You will get a chance to visit many waterfalls in this tour. Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls will welcome you on your way along the south coast heading east. You will enjoy a glacier hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park with guidance from our highly trained glacier guides. In Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon you can see enormous icebergs float in the lagoon. Jökulsárlón is an outlet from Europes largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The icebergs float down to the Atlantic ocean and turn up on the Diamond beach.
We will also visit an incredible blue ice cave where your experienced guide will share his expertise about the ice caves and make sure you don’t miss a thing. The clear walls of ice in the cave appear in all colors of blue when the sunlight travels through and hits the crystal-like ice.
The first day begins in West Iceland. Prepare to explore amazing things like, lava fields, dreamy waterfalls, dark caves, black and white beaches, historical locations and the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier of the west.
You will be picked up in the morning by a guide and a driver and you will be heading straight towards the mountain Esja, which overlooks Reykjavík. Driving along side it you will reach Hvalfjörður fjords, the name of it translates to “whale fjord”. You will enjoy the features of the area, towering snow capped mountains and open fields. You will be able to see an old abandoned naval base, which was occupied by the British during WWII.
After Hvalfjörður you will head on to Borgarfjörður, a region filled with historical heritage, Viking sailors reached land and settled there after leaving their homeland.
Reykholtsdalur valley is your next location, there you can learn all about the forces of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. From there you will journey to the village of Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson, the poet, lawmaker and historian used to live during the Middle ages. Snorri wrote many codices that are invaluable records of mythology and the Old Norse language.
Not far from there are you will find two very different but equally beautiful waterfalls, Hraunsfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar are a series of streams rushing through dark lava fields and Barnafoss, a bright blue stream speeding through a narrow ravine.
You will then head to your accommodation for a restful sleep. Keep an eye out for the magical Aurora at night, especially if the sky is starry and clear.
The glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull towers over the Peninsula in all its glory. The glacier played an important role in the novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by Jules Verne, where it was the opening point to a great underground journey. You will have a nice breakfast and then head out for a adventure where you will be exploring the underground.
Once you have reached the Snæfellsnes Peninsula you will visit Gerðuberg Cliff, a large basalt column wall. Next you will be able to explore a white sand beach at Ytri-Tunga, which is unusual for Icelandic beaches, most of them have black sand. The sand in Ytri-Tunga is golden and the location is great for spotting seals.
The village of Arnarstapi is your next destination, a small fishing village surrounded by basalt ravines and lava pillars. You can see old fisherman landing spots and you can follow a path leading you along the coast with the Atlantic Ocean waves crushing against Gatklettur arch rock.
You will head to Djúpalónssandur, a black pebble beach, to get there you will trek through a unique field of lava pillars and rocks, a very special location, unlike anything else. When you reach the beach you can walk on the pebble shore and take in all the incredible features of the location.
As the Professor Otto Lidenbrok along with his uncle Axel from Verne’s novel, you will venture into the volcanic tube towards earths core, you wont reach the centre of the earth but Vatnshellir lava cave is an exhilarating experience. In the cave you will follow a path of lava that was created over 8,000 years ago.
After you resurface from the lava cave you will continue to explore Snæfellsnes and head to the northern part of the Peninsula. The iconic Kirkjufell mountain will welcome you with all of its unique features. As you may know, the mountain was featured in the popular series, Game of Thrones and has become one of Icelands most popular sites.
On your way back to the capital, you will past Hraunsfjörður, a beautiful fjords surrounded by mountains covered in snow you will be able to see the dark lava field of Berserkjahraun, and your guide will give you some knowledge about the road’s construction.
Remember to keep a look out for the magical sight in the sky when it gets dark, the Northern Lights with their unbelievable colours cant wait to put on a show for you. You then will reach your accommodation in Reykjavík in the evening where you can relax, that concludes your journey to West Iceland.
On the day 3 of your tour, you’ll get the chance to experience everything that the area has to offer, including geothermal areas, waterfalls, and our favorite locals.
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.
Continuing with Gullfoss Waterfall, 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!
Finally, you’ll visit Thingvellir, 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 third day of your tour.
The adventure begins with he 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.
Later, 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!
Arriving at our hotel in the Southeast, you will move into your room, have dinner and then meet your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will walk out with you in the vicinity of your hotel a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis
Day 5 begins with Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200 meter 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!
The journey continues with a super jeep ride to explore the ice cave. We recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles and have hard sole. Iceland’s nature is dominated by glaciers and it is only possible to explore them with a certified guide and safety equipment. Your guide will share with you his expertise about the ice caves, allowing you to truly appreciate this amazing natural phenomenon – spoiler alert… it will be blue.
Further West, you’ll 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.
The adventure ends when your guide drops you off Reykjavík at designated location and then you can go home to tell all tours friends about the wonders that Iceland has to offer.
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