Regions

Southwest

Starting Point

Reykjavik

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Family getaway

Activity Level **

2/5

You don't have to miss out if you only have a few couple of days to explore the wonders of Iceland. water-spitting geysirs, relaxing hot springs, mysterious volcanic caves and breath-taking landscapes can be found on Reykjavik's doorstep. Enjoy the comfort of guided tours taking you from your central Reykjavik hotel to discover the wilderness and amazing nature in the southwest of Iceland, topped by a visit to the inside of an extinct volcano and the wonderful experience of relaxing in the soothing geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ admire spitting geysers and thundering waterfalls along the Golden Circle
✓ relax and enjoy the thermal hot waters of the Secret Lagoon
✓ meet the gentle giants in the North Atlantic on a whale watching tour
✓ explore Iceland's underworld while descending into a dormant volcanic vent

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival to Reykjavik - overnight in Reykjavik
Day 2 - highlights along the Golden Circle - visit to the Secret Lagoon bath - overnight in Reykjavik
Day 3 - whale watching tour from Reykjavik - free time - overnight in Reykjavik
Day 4 - descent to the inside of a volcano - overnight in Reykjavik
Day 5 - departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO ICELAND
A very warm to Iceland! A private transfer will collect you from the airport and bring you to your centrally located hotel in Reykjavik. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the colourful streets of the small lively town, venture around the harbour area and try some of the local chocolate delights!
Overnight in Reykjavik.

DAY 2 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE - SECRET LAGOON
Today, you will follow along the famous Golden Circle route, holding some of Iceland's most fascinating natural wonders along the way. You will visit the Thingvellir National Park, home to Iceland's ever first parliament, where you will have some time to enjoy the stunning nature and stroll in the tectonic rift between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates! Admire the geothermal power of the always active geysers at geysir, spitting hot water fountains into the air every couple of minutes, before heading on to the powerful Gulfoss Waterfall, thundering into a narrow canyon over two stages. You will finish the day with a relaxing splash in the naturally heated geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon, one of Iceland's oldest natural swimming pool.
Overnight in Reykjavik.

DAY 3 - WHALE WATCHING
Today you will head out to the waters of the North Atlantic ocean to meet the gentle marine giants in their natural habitat. A small cruise tour will take you to the waters outside Reykjavik, to safely encounter a variety of whales native to the waters around Iceland. Depending on the season, you might meet Humpback whales, Minke whales, Porpoises and Dolphins.
The afternoon is free to spend in or around Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.

DAY 4 - VISIT TO A DORMANT VOLCANO
A very special adventure is waiting for your today as you will descend into the inside of an extinct Icelandic volcano through an empty vent! A guided tour will take you to the outskirts of Þríhnúkagígur volcano, which has been dormant for over 4,000 years. After a hike to the top of the volcano, you will descend into the crater in an open cable car to admire the amazing colours and the enormous space found inside the volcano. You will be welcomed back to the surface with a hearty traditional Icelandic meat soup.
Overnight in Reykjavik.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels and/or guesthouses
- activities, transfers and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
The main season and most popular time for visitors to come to Iceland is between June and August when the days are long and large parts of the country are free from ice and easily accessible. The hinterland offers great hiking conditions during this period as most of the terrain is now fairly dry.
May and September also allow travelers to get to most places in Iceland, but some of the higher areas and the heartland might be restricted because of snow. The weather is colder, wetter and breezier than over the summer months, but you will be rewarded with less crowded landscapes and viewpoints.
Even though most of the side roads are closed and the days are shorter, October to April is a rewarding time to visit Iceland. This is the perfect time to experience the Northern lights flickering on the dark sky and to venture off on a real snow and ice adventure.

How to travel
Keflavik, Iceland’s international airport, is located around 50km southwest of Reykjavik. Icelandair and many other international airlines offer frequent connections to Keflavik usually a few times a week. There are many direct flights from the European continent and it’s also possible to connect through major European hubs. You will also find frequent connections to North America due to the fact that Iceland had recently become a popular stopover destination between North America and Europe and the flights take only a couple of hours.
It is easiest to rent a car upon arrival and discover the island in your own time. Alternatively, if you prefer not to drive, there is a wide range of organized tours starting from Reykjavik nearly every day, bringing you to many exciting places in Iceland.

Traveling with children
Travelling with kids in Iceland is easy. Even though there are not many activities only for kids, the overwhelming landscape, the many swimming pools and the friendly hospitality of the Icelandic people make a trip to Iceland with kids very enjoyable. Curious children will be eager to find out more about the volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers and will be delighted by the sheer amount of seabirds. Adventure activities are available for kids from 8 years (sometimes older) and the easy hikes, horse riding adventures, speedboat or whale watching tours will keep them easily entertained. The route should be planned carefully as some of the distances between the attractions can be quite far. Reykjavik has the biggest choice for kids. Kids pay half price (or often nothing) in museums and pools. Most of the accommodations offer family rooms and cater for smaller children.

What to bring
Regardless of the time of the year that you are travelling, you should come prepared for all kind of weather in Iceland and plan a lot of layers. Make sure to pack smart and to stay warm and dry. So your luggage should always contain the following items:
- fleece jacket or wooly sweater/jumper
- rain and windproof jacket
- rain pants
- sturdy walking shoes with good grip
- proper waterproof hiking boots
- gloves and a scarf
- hat (sun hat also)
- swimsuit
- thermal underwear
- warm socks
- quick dry towel

As you will encounter the midnight sun over summer, it can also be helpful to bring some eye shades for sleeping. Sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended. Midgets are common over the summer months, so bring an insect repellent.

A very warm, ideally insulated jacket should always be packed if travelling over the winter months.

Remember that you will most likely also hit town in Reykjavik, so make sure to pack a nice outfit and shoes.

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Iceland, please visit our Useful Information on Iceland page.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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