Grand Golden Circle and Glacier Lagoon Hotel Bus Tour
Join this 3-day, 3 night tour of Iceland's spectacular South Coast to see the best attractions Iceland has to offer! Besides visiting the famous Golden Circle attractions that include National Park Thingvellir , The Golden Falls and Geysir Geothermal Area, you'll also see the wonders of South Iceland.
You will stay in our luxurious HotelBus equipped with beds and large tables. Every day we go to new places around Iceland experiencing everything from the most beautiful Icelandic waterfalls to a “glacial lagoon”.
During the entire trip, everyone gets a seat at one of the large tables as well as a bed made up with duvet and pillow! see pictures.
In the evening, we will stop at campsites, etc., where you will have the opportunity of taking a shower and socialize with each other during a good dinner before going to bed.
What is included?
Guided tour with local english speaking guide, Steward, full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner), free coffee and water, bed made up with duvet and pillow and all attractions.
Thursday before the tour. It is possible to have a Accommodation at Keflavik airport in HotelBus Iceland for free.
The Bus stays at Keflavik airport from 7 pm - 9 pm. Than the HotelBus drive to overnighting stay at Gardskagi Lighthouse. It is possible to buy food in the restaurant.
Wednesday night after the tour. It is possible to stay in the HotelBus at Keflavik airport. Check out 10 am Thursday morning.
Day 1 - The Grand Golden Circle
We departure from Gardskagi Lighthouse at 8.00 am and pick up at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik 9.00 am.
The tour consists of the magnificent sights of Thingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir in South Iceland.
Þingvellir National Park is almost considered a sacred place in Iceland. This is where the Icelandic parliament was established in year 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance.
At Þingvellir you can see clearly how the Eurasian and North-American plates are drifting apart, literally standing on the boundaries between Europe and America. Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gullfoss is by many considered the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. The iconic waterfall fed by the second biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull, falls 32 meters into a canyon offering a spectacular view surrounded by walls up to 70 meter high.
Close by is the famous hot springs area where we will see the legendary Geysir, the first geyser described in a printed source and which the English word geyser is derived from. Here you will be able to experience the forces of an active geyser, Strokkur, erupting ones every 6-10 minutes.
At Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you get the chance to walk behind it, which is exceptional experience for waterfalls. The waterfall falls from the cliff with immense power, forming a deep pool at the bottom. Continuing east, the next stop is the picturesque waterfall Skogafoss. We offer you an opportunity to go for a hike to the top, providing you with an incredible view.
- Gullfoss, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.
- National park Þingvellir (pronounce Thingvellir).
- The famous Geysir and geothermic area.
- The amazing waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.
Day 3 Black Sand Beach, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
After breakfast, we drive to the dramatic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. The waves have forged the shore and basalt cliffs over time, forming many of the famous natural gems in the area. The Reynisdrangar sea stacks are just off the shore, flanked by the amazing 120m (400ft) high Dyrholaey promontory, which is the southernmost tip of Iceland.
Dyrholaey is the hometown for many different art of sea birds ex. LUNDI. From Reynisfjara, we continue our journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery.
Vatnajökull glacier dominates the area we are approaching in all its glory. The magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is our next stop. The lagoon and a close by beach, filled with icebergs of different size and shape, are dreamlike sights in the twilight of the afternoon. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon.
- - Reynisfjara
- - Dyrholaey
- - Skaftafell
- - Svinafellsjökull
- - Jøkulsarlon
Day 4 - Skaftafell, Reykjadalur with Hot Spring and Reykjavik
We start the day with a hike to the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss. We drive back through the mighty lava field Eldhraun, where we learn about the 1789 volcanic eruption that nearly wiped out the entire population of Iceland, resulting with the King of Denmark contemplating whether the entire island should be evacuated.
We stop at several places and drive into the valley Nauthusagil. This is one of the highlights on the tour a little secret place we will enjoy. At last before we arrive in Reykjavik we stop in Reykjadalur which is a hiking trail just outside of Hveragerdi, a short 40-minute drive from Reykjavik. Reykjadalur directly translates to “steam valley” and it holds true to its name with steam floating in the air everywhere on this hike! Here we hike 3 km each way with bathing in the hot springs. (remember to bring your bathing suit). At last we drive to Reykjavik.
- - Skaftafell
- - Svartifoss
- - Nauthusagil
- - Reykjadalur
Remember: Bring warm clothes, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
Local English, Danish guidance, accommodation with steward and full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner served. Free coffee and water on board.
What do I need to bring?
Warm clothes, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.