6-Day Guided Summer Package of Golden Circle, South Iceland & Snæfellsnes
See and do more with this 6-day summer package of the Golden Circle, South Iceland, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Travel around the country with a professional local guide and get to know the culture, history, and the spectacular nature of Iceland.
Let us take care of all the arrangements so you can travel to some of the country’s most popular attractions with ease. From the moment you touch the ground to the moment you leave, we will take care of transport, accommodation, and itinerary. So, all you have to do is enjoy Iceland’s stunning nature. And make sure to take plenty of photos of features such as Gullfoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
We’ll even book extra activities should you want to unwind at the Blue Lagoon, snorkel between continents or sail amongst seals on a glacier lagoon.
With a guided tour, you’ll get insider knowledge of Iceland’s culture and nature. Your guide will show you their favourite spots on the south coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and point out great places to visit in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
Get to know the best of Iceland with this fantastic 6-day summer package. Book now to secure your spot.
Welcome to Iceland
On your first day in Iceland, you will land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the country’s Southwest corner. Once you have your bags, hop aboard a bus that will take you across the lava landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
En route is the world-famous Blue Lagoon, which is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight. If you wish, you can stop there on the way to your hotel to soak in the spa’s warm, blue waters. It is the best way to eliminate any jet lag you might have.
Once in the city, you’ll find your accommodation in the downtown district, which means that close by are some of Reykjavík’s most iconic attractions. Within walking distance, you can discover Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church, and the Parliamentary building, to name but a few.
Golden Circle´s National Park, Geysers & Waterfalls
After breakfast, a guide will pick you up to take you on a 3-day tour of South Iceland. You’ll start with the three sites that make up the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route.
Your first stop is Þingvellir National Park. This is the birthplace of Iceland’s democracy, and the Vikings, who used to gather here, must have sensed that this is a special place. You see, aside from being a historical place, this park is also a geological wonder as it sits between two tectonic plates.
As you walk through the Almannagjá Gorge, you’ll have the North American tectonic plate to the West and the Eurasian plate to the East. For a completely unique experience, you can even swim between the two continents on a snorkelling tour. Silfra fissure is located on the tectonic boundary. It is filled with crystal clear meltwater from a nearby glacier, providing unparalleled visibility for snorkelers and divers.
From Þingvellir, you’ll travel to Geysir Geothermal Area. As the name suggests, this place is filled with hot springs, hissing steam vents, and, most importantly, erupting geysers. Here, you’ll see Strokkur explode in a column of boiling water, reaching a height of up to 25 metres. Strokkur goes off regularly every 5-10 minutes, so make sure you keep your camera ready!
The last stop on the Golden Circle route is Gullfoss Waterfall. Gullfoss cascades down more than 32 metres, in two tiers, into an ancient canyon. It looks stunning under the bright summer sun, surrounded by Iceland’s velvet-green landscapes.
You’ll end the day at a nearby comfortable countryside hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast
You’ll start your day by visiting two beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former falls in a narrow stream over a cave you can enter. The latter, Skógafoss, is much broader than its neighbour. It doesn’t plummet into a river or a basin below but on a sand flat, making it possible to walk right up to the falling water.
Next up is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. This stunning stretch of shoreline is known for its strong waves, strange rock formations, and cliffs made of hexagonal basalt columns. In the summer, seabirds such as gulls and puffins nest in the cliffs.
You’ll travel with views of majestic glaciers to the North and the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the South. You’ll have the chance to get to know these glaciers better with a glacier hike. You’ll be provided with crampons and a helmet and follow a guide up the ice cap for a fantastic view of the glacial landscapes found there.
At the end of the day, you’ll spend the night at accommodation in the area.
Boat Ride on a Glacier Lagoon
Today after breakfast, your driver will take you further East, taking you into Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.
Here, you’ll find Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a beautiful body of water filled with massive icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier. The atmosphere at the lagoon is usually very calm. Watching these gigantic blue and white bergs float gently on the lagoon is quite soothing, and so is listening to them crackle as they melt in the summer sun.
You’ll have the option to get close to these enormous icebergs on a boat tour on the lagoon. You’ll board a slow-paced amphibious boat that can zigzag between the ice, providing you with a fantastic view of the whole lagoon.
Close to the bergs is The Diamond Beach. Here you can see glistening icebergs stranded on the black powder beach. They’ve been smoothed by the ocean into shiny, crystalline bergs that resemble diamonds.
You’ll then begin your journey back to Reykjavík, but with a few stops first. Your knowledgeable local guide will show you some of their favourite places on the South Coast, some hidden gems not mentioned in any guidebook.
Snæfellsnes Day Tour
Waking up in Reykjavík, you’ll begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, a guide will pick you up and whisk you out of the city for an adventure in West Iceland. You’ll travel through green farmlands that will turn into lava landscapes once you reach the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
You’ll start at Ytri-Tunga, a white sand beach that is usually filled with seals lounging about in the sunlight. From there, you’ll travel around the peninsula’s southern coastline, stopping at charming fishing villages with fantastic ocean views.
You’ll visit Djúpalónssandur, a black pebble beach that can only be reached after walking through a maze of free-standing lava pillars. On the beach are three ancient stones. They were used to determine one’s position on a fishing boat. The heavier stone you could lift, the better job you got. See how you would fare on an old-timey Icelandic fishing boat by trying to lift them.
No tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be completed without a visit to Mt. Kirkjufell. This cone-shaped mountain is one of the most iconic features of Iceland. So make sure you capture a classic photo of the Kirkjufell with Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in the foreground.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to your hotel in Reykjavík for your final night in Iceland.
After an unforgettable few days in Iceland, it is time to bid farewell to this land of fire and ice. If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you can store your luggage at the hotel and do a little bit of exploration around the downtown area.
Some of the city’s most iconic buildings are close to your hotel, such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church, and the Parliament Building. You’ll also find the city lake Tjörnin here and Laugavegur Shopping Street, which is filled with countless boutiques, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Once it is time to head to the airport, you will board a bus that will take you across the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula and to Keflavík Airport. Then there is nothing left but to board your plane with incredible memories in your luggage.
All accommodations for this tour have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.
Single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person. Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.
We do our best to accommodate special requests, but additional costs may incur.
Comfort Level Accommodation
Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included.