Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Lagoon
The travelers’ honeypot of Iceland. From the impressive waterfalls, through the lush highlands, up to stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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This tour takes you on an adventure along the South Coast that contains one of Iceland's most famous natural wonders. It begins in the well-known Golden Circle, where you visit the historical area of Þingvellir, famous Geysir, and roaring Gullfoss waterfall. After this popular attractions, you get away from the crowd and enter seemingly undiscovered territory of Þórsmörk. It is a green paradise where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. Impressive waterfalls, black beach, cliffs housed by the puffins, and much more awaits you on this tour. Like if it was not enough, a real dessert is scheduled for the end. A surrealistic scene of luminous-blue icebergs floating between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the North Atlantic Ocean through the narrow passage under the Ring Road will take your breath away. Do not miss it!
What's included in the Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Lagoon tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
Not included in this tour
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk - needed from 16th October to 30th April.
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items
Explore the Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Lagoon tour day-by-day
Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
You pick up your car in Reykjavík and drive a short distance to Þingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Þingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagja gorge. Next you drive to Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-140km.
Today you embark on highlands adventure. After driving along the rough gravel F261 road deeper in the interior, you suddenly enter a green paradise of Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. It has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush green valleys below. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking scenery and try out one of several hiking trails. You also have a chance to see an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010, and affected by the eruption volcanic area of Gígjökull where its glacier lagoon was greatly diminished. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-111km.
Seljalandsfoss- Skógar - Vík
You begin a day by driving the F-road through the glacier rivers and rocky surfaces up to the Road 1. The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. Right before you turn to the Ring Road, stop by spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. Then head towards the East along the main road up to the point when you spot an impressive Skógafoss to the left-hand side, in a little distance from the road. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You can visit a little charming community of Vík. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-85km.
Stunning scenery of distanced glacier caps reaching out to the roads by the waters of the glacial rivers and vast sandurs rewards today´s rather long drive. Do not let your legs get numb and use each opportunity to stop by for a little walk of photo shooting. Skaftafell is definitively one of the places that you should not resist. You can visit it either today or on the way back to Reykjavik. It is one of the pearls of the whole Vatnajökull National Park. You can go there on a glacier walk with mountain guides that are based on the spot or simply hit one of the trails, e.g. to famous Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. After about an hour drive, you finally reach Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. A surrealistic scene of luminous-blue icebergs floating between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the North Atlantic Ocean through the narrow passage under the Ring Road will take your breath away. You can take a walk along the shore to admire the view. Alternatively, you may take a memorable amphibious boat trip where you get really close to the icebergs as well as to the seals swimming around.
Driving distance is +-317km.
Fjaðrárgljúfur - Reykjavík
Today it is the time to head back to Reykjavík. You have many opportunities to explore more attractions on the long way to the city though. You should definitely visit Skaftafell if you have not done it yesterday. Also, Fjaðrárgljúfur is worth a little detour from the Ring Road. It is a stunning about 100-m deep canyon. Go for a walk either along the upper edge or along the Fjaðrá river on the bottom. There are the waterfalls deeper in the canyon. It is a great spot for a lunch picnic too. Enjoy the drive in the South Coast with the beautiful views around.
Driving distance is +-248km.