Take in the highlights of Iceland's famed Golden Circle and much more with this 3-day group tour, which starts and ends in Reykjavik. See the plunging waterfalls of Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, admire the erupting Strokkur gesyser and explore Thingvellir National Park. In winter, hike on Vatnajokull Glacier and search for the Northern Lights. In summer, explore a fascinating natural ice cave.
Reykjavik - Kirkjubajarklaustur. Our Icelandic adventure begins as we depart Reykjavik - you will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 09:00. Our adventure begins with sightseeing of all the main natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Take in sights including Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geothermal Area, where you'll see the mighty Strokkur geyser erupt every 10 minutes or so.
We also visit the famous waterfalls of Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss, with the opportunity to walk behind the falls for a different view! Then it's on to Vik and our hotel in Kirkjubajarklaustur, a great base for spotting the Northern Lights in the winter months from September to April.
Please note that we strongly recommend arriving in Reykjavik the day before your tour starts. We are happy to help you book pre-tour accommodation if required.
Today's touring starts with a visit to the black sand Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Admire the giant icebergs here, which have broken off from the Vatnajokull Glacier. During the winter months, we will enjoy a hike on the glacier itself before visiting a natural ice cave. In summer, we will instead head to the natural Katla ice cave near Vik. This is the only ice cave in the country that can be visited all year round.
We then return to the hotel. There will be another chance to see the Northern Lights tonight if travelling in winter.
Overnight: Kirkjubajarklaustur | Breakfast
Kirkjubajarklaustur - Reykjavik. Departing our hotel, we begin to make our way back to Reykjavik, with plenty of stops along the way.
Weather permitting, we visit Fjadrargljufur Canyon. We also see the dramatic lava field at Eldhraun and stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Keep an eye out for the towering basalt columns located just offshore.
Our final stop is Skogafoss, another of Iceland's incredible waterfalls. If you wish, you can climb the 527 steps to the top of the 60m cascade. Enjoy panoramic views of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused so much travel misery in Europe when it erupted in 2010.
We'll arrive in Reykjavik between 16:00 - 19:00 when your tour will come to an end. If you'd like to stay in the city for a few days to further explore, then we are happy to arrange post-tour accommodation for you!
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Adventure Hotel Geirland, Kirkjubajarklaustur
Adventure Hotel Geirland is set just outside the quiet village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. All rooms offer tea/coffee facilities and views of the surrounding mountain ridge. Some of Geirland’s cosy rooms are set in individual cottages in the garden. Free Wi-Fi and a TV are available in the main building. Guests can enjoy an onsite restaurant and bar. Lunch packs can be made on request. Skaftafell National Park is 60 minutes’ drive from Adventure Hotel Geirland.