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South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

1. South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

You adventure begins with you being picked up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the south. Your first stop will be the almighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall, bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. Following this, you will progress onward to the Skógafoss waterfall. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60-meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will then reach a blue ice cave, where you will have the opportunity to hike through this natural phenomenon Following the ice cave, you will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting your highly trained glacier guides you will hike on the ice for 1.5 hours, a truly spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. In the evening you will arrive at your hotel in the southeast, where you will have dinner before meeting your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis. You will then visit a black sand beach, home to many types of Iceland birds and other wildlife, before retiring back to your accommodation for the night. Day 2 will begin with a venture to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. You will be able to witness icebergs floating from this glacier lagoon out into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. Your day will conclude with your return to Reykjavík.

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley. Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice. Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart. Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

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South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

3. South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

Your tour will start with a morning Reykjavik pick-up at authorized pick-up locations. You are then driven from the capital to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will get the opportunity to follow a pathway that leads you behind the fall. Traveling onwards through sensational scenery you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for an easy glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with crampons and other glacier equipment. As you explore you will learn about the glacier, its movements, crevasses and formation. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves. Next up is the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the basalt columns and cave, the stunning Reynisdrangar cliffs and the impressive basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. Lastly, you will come to the smashing Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, where you will get a view of the falls and the rainbows that appear on clear days. Iceland is a volcano country and on a clear day, you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast. This tour has a friendly atmosphere and your questions are gladly answered by your guides. You will be dropped off at your original pick-up location in Reykjavík around 7:00 PM. You will have free time to get some dinner, and then be picked-up again from your original point for the northern lights tour. From the capital you will go and hunt for the jewel-bright colors of the Northern Lights in the countryside. Green, yellow, white and sometimes purple northern lights are usually seen. Northern Lights can never be promised but your guide will do their very best.

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

Experience the dramatic scenery and natural phenomena of Iceland on a 2-part combination tour, starting with a morning tour of the legendary "Golden Circle." Depart Reykjavik to visit Iceland's 3 iconic natural treasures, including the Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the earth's North American and Eurasian plates pulled apart at Geysir and watch the geothermal waters and steam spout skywards from the geyser. Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, where a glacial river thunders 32 meters into a canyon. Then, take a 3 to 6-hour break and grab dinner before your evening Northern Lights tour. When night falls, search for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Icelandic wilderness, depending on the weather forecast and visibility conditions. Only visible during the winter months, the spectacular phenomenon is one of Iceland's biggest and most magical draws.

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Golden Circle & Northern Lights Winter Small Group Tour

5. Golden Circle & Northern Lights Winter Small Group Tour

Your winter adventure combo tour starts with an afternoon pick up at 1:00 PM from authorized Reykjavik pick up points.  From Reykjavik, you will head towards the Golden Circle, the historical and geological site of Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for holding one of the world’s oldest still existing parliaments, Althingi. Situated between the North American an Eurasian tectonic plates it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Make sure to drink in the history of Thingvellir before continuing your Golden Circle journey. Next up is Geysir hot spring area. Experience gurgling geysers and spouting Strokkur, spouting water every 6-10 minutes sometimes up to 40 meters high. The last stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall, better known as the Golden Waterfall. This stunning waterfall is one of Iceland’s most renowned sites. Cascading water elegantly down a wide curved staircase. Gullfoss is the perfect photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera. After exploring all that the famous Golden Circle route offers, you will be dropped off at your original pickup location. You will have free time to get some dinner, and then picked up again from your original pick-up location for the Northern Lights adventure. Your expert northern lights guide will take you to the best spots to see the lights out in the countryside. Since the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and very hard to predict your guide will decide which spot will provide you with the best opportunity to catch the dancing lights. Due to this fact, there is no guarantee that you will see the lights, but the team will try their best to secure a great night. If no lights are seen, you will be offered a rescheduling for this part of the tour, free of charge, though subject to availability. Spotting the magical lights is an experience you will definitely not forget. The lights can appear in various different colors such as green, red, violet and purple although green, yellow and white are the most common ones.  You will return back to Reykjavik around midnight where your guide will drop you off to your original pick-up point. It is important to note that this tour is a combination tour of 2 separate tours, that is the popular Golden Circle sightseeing and an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights. 

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From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

6. From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

Your Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik and heads out along the Golden Circle. Marvel at the natural landmarks of Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir and Þingvellir National Park, admire hot water spouting from the earth, and learn about the history of Iceland while you travel. Spend your first night at a cozy hotel on the South Coast. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascades for a truly breathtaking experience. From here you'll embark on a hiking tour to a nearby ancient glacier before heading back to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Spend the night in the small village of Vík, and enjoy free time in the evening to explore the local area or mingle with your fellow travelers. On day 3, discover Skaftafell National Park, where glistening white sheets of ice contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, take a tour of a stunning ice cave and see huge blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Spend the evening looking for the world-famous Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Day 4 takes you on a wildlife exploration through the East Fjords in search of wild reindeer and other native animals. Next, learn about the culture and way of life of nearby local villages then pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live! Marvel at the forests of Hallormsstaðaskógur before spending the night at a sleepy village. Explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn on day 5 and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Continue to the Námaskarð Pass to gaze at the earth boiling and bubbling before your eyes, then spend the night in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Finally, on day 6, wander along the breathtaking fjord of Eyjafjörður and visit Kaffi Kú to get to meet local farmers. You'll stop by Hauganes for a whale watching tour, included in this adventurous getaway. At the end of a busy and exciting 6-day trip, travel back to Reykjavik where your adventure comes to an end.

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Reykjavik: Northern Lights Tour with Local Snacks

7. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Tour with Local Snacks

Admire the stunning, ever-changing lights of green, blue, and pink that adorn the night sky on this small group tour to see the Aurora Borealis, also known as the "Northern lights." Enjoy this astronomical phenomenon alongside some traditional Icelandic drinks and snacks.Departing from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, drive to a calm and quiet spot that the expert team has picked out after extensively studying the weather forecasts. Learn different facts about the Aurora Borealis that will make the Northern Lights phenomenon even more magical.  Enjoy some of Iceland's most famous and traditional snacks and drinks such as Dried Fish, Twisted Doughnut, Flat Bread with Icelandic Butter, Slowly Smoked Lamb Meat, Fermented Shark, Icelandic shnaps, Homemade Hot Cocoa and other mouthwatering treats. In the case that some unforeseen circumstance makes the Northern Lights impossible to see, you are invited to join another tour free of charge within a two-year period.

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Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

8. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

See Iceland’s Golden Circle on an afternoon and search for the Northern Lights on the same evening tour from Reykjavik. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience. Travel inland in a comfortable 4x4 designed to negotiate rugged terrain, and hear from your guide about Iceland’s volcanic geology. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how the landscapes have been formed over millennia, and absorb the contrast between the lush green vegetation and rich, black ground. Travel on to Geysir, a geothermal field of hot springs, steam vents and the remnants of an old volcano. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose name means ‘Golden Falls,’ a reference to the shimmering, multi-colored mists that can sometimes appear above the waters. As dusk falls, begin your quest for the Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the world’s best places to see them, and your all-terrain 4x4 and knowledgeable guide will allow you to identify and access the best potential viewing sites. The pulsating colors of the lights, usually green and blue, split the darkness and sometimes shine brighter than the moon.

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From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

9. From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel on the first day of your tour, head to the geothermal area and see the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. While traveling along the Golden Circle, you will also visit a traditional dairy farm where you can try some ice cream, free of charge. On the second and third day, explore the famous South Coast. Along the shore, visit the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and a stunning glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, in Vatnajökull National Park. Here, explore Europe’s largest glacier and enter the crystal caves, a true masterpiece of nature. If nature allows, you may even get to witness the magnificent Northern Lights. On the fourth day, travel through beautiful Western Iceland. Here, explore the hidden gem of the West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a nutshell”. Visit several magnificent and picturesque sites here: glacier-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, and coastal cliffs. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik: Northern Lights and Secret Lagoon Trip

10. Reykjavik: Northern Lights and Secret Lagoon Trip

Bask in the soothing waters of the Secret Lagoon hot spring while (if you’re lucky) marvelling over the incredible Northern Lights. This classic Icelandic winter experience is the perfect combination of relaxation and inspiration. You will first be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík, and once your group is gathered,you will head straight out of the city to the charming village of Fludir. Here, you will find the Secret Lagoon, immersed in nature. This is Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, established in 1891, and is a place where history and natural beauty combine. Watching the auroras descend from the canopy of stars above while basking in the lagoon is an incredible experience. The dancing, swirling lights, usually green but occasionally red, white, purple and blue, will captivate you for hours, and make sure that this evening will stay with you for life. As with many things in nature, however, there are no guarantees that the Aurora Borealis will show. If they are acting elusive and your guide does not believe they will come out, you will get to visit more hot springs instead, or perhaps even go caving as an alternative, based on the desires of your group.

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What people are saying about Southern Region, Iceland

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 19 reviews

You see a lot in one day. The golden circle is a must see if you’re in Iceland and this tour combines golden circle with northern lights so you won’t feel like it was a waste of money if you don’t get to catch northern lights (they’re a hit or miss and seeing them is not always guaranteed). The golden circle tour showed most some of the most iconic sights of the country, which you would not be able to see unless you have your own means of transport. Unfortunately we did not see the northern lights in the tour - yet, ironically enough we saw them on our way back home from the tour! - but our guide was very knowledgeable about the local culture and customs, so during this visit he spoke mainly about the cultural aspect of Iceland which was also very interesting and engaging. Both tour guides were very knowledgeable and approachable. This tour was good value for what it offers.

My family and I agree that this was best vacation (tour) we’ve ever taken. Our guide, Rocky was fantastic. Everyone on the tour was captivated by his knowledge of the island. We very much enjoyed his tales; myths and truths! The minivan experience was very comfortable. Rocky’s playlist was on-point and thoughtfully arranged. The activities and guides were spectacular. On this tour we participated in glacier hiking, cave touring, horseback riding and whale watching. The stops along the trip were breathtaking; we saw beautiful waterfalls, caves, geysers, black sand beaches, glaciers, lakes and even reindeer! My family and I plan on returning to Iceland again and I will recommend Troll Expeditions to everyone I know!

This tour was fantastic! I was travelling with my 18 year old daughter and 14 year old twins and they all loved it. It was interesting enough for them and the glacier hiking was something to remember. The guide on the mini bus was great and stopped twice on the way back to see the northern lights which were making an unusually early appearance. We only had a very short time (45 minutes) between being dropped back in Reykjavik and being picked up again for the northern lights tour so bear in mind you’ll need somewhere in mind to grab something to eat quickly. The northern lights came out again for us in the evening, the highlight of the trip for me :) I’d definitely recommend this trip to anyone

We were a small group of 6. Everything was was well organized and our guide was the best. We started each day around 8-9 am and arrived before dinner at the next stop. The minibus was comfy and Wi-Fi was available all time. Our guide made us feel like guests, not just customers. I would travel again this tour.

We had the most amazing experience on our 4 day tour through Iceland. Our guides Rocky and Siggi were both wonderful, hilarious and very knowledgeable. My friend and I would highly recommend traveling with this company!