2 Days in Iceland – Golden Circle & The South Coast

2 Days in Iceland - Golden Circle & The South Coast
2 Days in Iceland - Golden Circle & The South Coast
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  • Duration2 days
  • Group Size1-18 travelers
  • Meeting LocationReykjavik
Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our customizable 2-day tour from Reykjavik, showcasing the best of Iceland’s natural wonders! On Day 1, immerse yourself in the iconic sights of the Golden Circle, where you’ll witness the awe-inspiring power of Gullfoss Waterfall, marvel at the erupting geysers of Geysir Geothermal Area, and explore the historic tectonic plates at Þingvellir National Park.
 
But the adventure doesn’t stop there! On Day 2, journey along the stunning South Coast, where dramatic landscapes and breathtaking vistas await. Customize your itinerary to visit highlights like the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, uncover the hidden gem of Gljúfrabúi, and stand in awe of the picturesque black sand beaches at Reynisfjara.
 
Our personalized tours allow you to tailor your experience to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography buff, or simply seeking adventure, our expert guides will ensure an unforgettable journey through Iceland’s most iconic destinations. Book your custom 2-day tour now and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of the Golden Circle and the captivating South Coast!

What's Included

  • Expert and fun-loving driver guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel/accommodation
  • Comfortable tour vehicle

Good To Know

  • We can arrange for suitable accommodation but that is extra
  • Not including food or any added experiences

Accommodation

Your Friend in Reykjavik will be more than happy to help you arrange your lodging in the heart of Reykjavik, within walking distance of all restaurants, shops, and the city’s attractions.

The approximate price of a double room in a high-quality hotel is 200-300 USD per night, but we will suggest and book the accommodation according to your needs.

Golden Circle & South Coast Itinerary

Day 1

Our expert guide will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavik at 8:30 AM.

09:30 Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a captivating blend of history, nature, and geological wonders.

Visitors can hike through the majestic Almannagjá Canyon, which showcases the tectonic plates that separate Europe and North America. Wandering along this stunning fissure is a humbling experience that allows one to witness the forces of nature at work.

However, what sets Thingvellir apart is its historical significance as the birthplace of Iceland’s parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once home to the world’s oldest parliament, Althingi, Thingvellir witnessed the establishment of democracy in Iceland over a thousand years ago. Visitors can explore the remnants of the assembly site, known as the Lögberg, where lawmakers would gather to discuss and settle disputes. Standing in this historic location provides a profound sense of awe, knowing that decisions made centuries ago helped shape the nation we see today.

Moreover, the park is home to the impressive Silfra fissure, where adventurous snorkelers and divers can immerse themselves in crystal-clear glacial water. This otherworldly experience provides a unique opportunity to swim between two continents, offering a sense of exhilaration and connection to the Earth’s geological marvels.

For those seeking tranquility, Thingvellir National Park boasts idyllic landscapes, including stunning waterfalls such as Öxarárfoss and Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake. These peaceful retreats offer a place to unwind, surrounded by Iceland’s untouched beauty.

11.30 Geysir Geothermal Area

The Haukadalur Valley is known for its geothermal activity, with an erupting geyser, bubbling mud pots, and steam vents scattered throughout the landscape.

The word “geyser” comes from the now mostly dormant Geysir, but the site is also named after it. Geysir would hurl boiling water and erupt almost 70 m (230 ft) into the air, but it has been years since it erupted last. It used to erupt regularly but stopped after a series of earthquakes. Instead, you can see its brother Strokkur erupt every few minutes. It isn’t as large as Geysir, but its eruptions can reach up to 30 m (98 ft).

Geysir Geothermal Area is surrounded by stunning scenery, with lush green hills, mountains, and colorful geothermal pools.

There is a vast tourist center with a good quality souvenir shop, many restrooms, and tasty food in a modern, Nordic-vibe restaurant.

12.40Gullfoss Waterfall

Situated on the Hvítá River (White River), Gullfoss is located in the beautiful and scenic Hvítárgljúfur Canyon. The waterfall is formed as the river cascades down in two stages, creating a stunning double-tiered drop. The first drop is approximately 11 meters (36 feet) high, while the second plunges down 21 meters (69 feet) into a narrow canyon, creating a spectacular sight for anyone lucky enough to witness it.

Gullfoss also holds deep historical and cultural significance for Iceland. It was first owned by the farmer Tómas Tómasson, who fought to protect the waterfall and surrounding land from being dammed and used for hydroelectric power. His daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, continued the battle and eventually succeeded in saving Gullfoss, ensuring that it remained preserved in its natural state.

Gullfoss is truly a testament to the raw power and splendor of nature. Its immense size and awe-inspiring appearance make it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Iceland. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, or a photographer searching for the perfect shot, Gullfoss will leave you in awe and appreciation of our planet’s natural wonders.

14.00 Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse

Enjoy a unique food experience at Friðheimar Greenhouse restaurant, with tomatoes growing all around! Tomato soup, fresh-baked bread, tomato beer, and other goodies are served in a charming environment among the plants.

As the name suggests, tomatoes are grown all year round despite Iceland’s long dark winters. They use artificial lighting in greenhouses to do that. Visitors can enjoy a taste of their crop; many agree you will get the best tomato soup you will ever taste there!

The farm grows about 370 tonnes of vegetables yearly (primarily tomatoes and cucumbers).

https://fridheimar.is/ 

16.00Kerið Crater

Kerið Crater is a part of the larger Western Volcanic Zone – it was formed around 3,000 years ago during a volcanic eruption, leaving behind a massive caldera with a depth of about 55 meters (180 feet) and a diameter of approximately 270 meters (890 feet).

What makes Kerið so unique and captivating is the vivid colors of the rocks and surrounding vegetation. The slopes of the crater display vibrant shades of red, russet, and deep browns, creating a picturesque contrast against the azure blue water that has collected at the bottom. The changing colors of the surrounding vegetation throughout the seasons further accentuate the ever-evolving nature of this unique geological site.

Kerið is also home to a rich ecosystem, with various plant species finding a niche within its volcanic walls. Mosses, lichens, and hardy grasses cling to the rocks, creating a burst of green amidst the barren, rocky landscape.

Visitors to Kerið can walk around the crater’s perimeter, marveling at the picturesque scenery from various viewpoints.

17.30 Your accommodation in Reykjavik city center

Your Friend in Reykjavik will be more than happy to help you arrange your lodging in the heart of Reykjavik, within walking distance of all restaurants, shops, and the city’s attractions.

The approximate price of a double room in a high-quality hotel is 200-300 USD per night, but we will suggest and book the accommodation according to your needs.

Day 2

Our expert guide will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavik at 8 AM.

10.30Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder that captivates visitors from around the world. With its impressive height of 60 meters and a width of 25 meters, this majestic waterfall offers a truly awe-inspiring sight.

The sheer power and beauty of Skógafoss are truly remarkable. As the water cascades down the cliff, it creates a mesmerizing mist that adds to the waterfall’s ethereal atmosphere. The rushing water sounds soothing and refreshing, creating a sensory experience that is hard to forget.

Skógafoss is not only a sight to behold but also steeped in Icelandic folklore. Legend has it that a hidden treasure chest lies behind the waterfall, waiting to be discovered by those brave enough to venture behind the cascading water. This adds an air of mystery and intrigue to the already enchanting experience of visiting Skógafoss.

11.45Sólheimajökull Glacier

Sólheimajökull Glacier is a part of the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and covers an area of approximately 11 square miles (28 square kilometers).

What makes Sólheimajökull Glacier truly remarkable is its stunning icy landscape that features dramatic ice formations, deep crevasses, sparkling blue ice caves, and massive ice ridges. As it slowly inches its way down from Mýrdalsjökull, it flows into the Sólheimar River, creating a picturesque view for visitors.

Like most glaciers around the world, it is subject to the effects of climate change. Over the years, Sólheimajökull has been receding at an alarming rate, leaving behind evidence of its previous boundaries and revealing stark reminders of the impact of global warming.

13.15Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

After another 30 minutes of driving, we will reach the famous Reynisfjara Beach Sand Beach. It is a mesmerizing coastal gem showcasing nature’s raw power and beauty. With its unique black sand, towering basalt columns, and dramatic cliffs, this beach offers a truly unforgettable experience.

As you set foot on Reynisfjara, you are immediately struck by the contrast between the dark volcanic sand and the crashing waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. The black sand, formed from volcanic lava, creates a striking and otherworldly landscape, unlike any other beach you may have visited.

One of the most iconic features of Reynisfjara Beach is the impressive basalt columns that rise from the ground, resembling a natural cathedral. These hexagonal formations, created by the cooling and contracting of lava, add a sense of grandeur and mystique to the beach. They serve as a reminder of the powerful geological forces that have shaped Iceland’s landscape over millions of years.

The towering cliffs surrounding Reynisfjara Beach provide a dramatic backdrop to the stunning scenery. Carved by the relentless waves and winds, these cliffs create a sense of awe and wonder. As you explore the beach, you can’t help but feel a deep connection to the forces of nature that have shaped this rugged coastline.

Reynisfjara Beach is a visual feast and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The beach is home to various seabirds, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Watching these graceful creatures soar above the crashing waves adds an extra layer of enchantment to your visit.

However, it is essential to note that Reynisfjara Beach can be unpredictable and should be approached with caution. The powerful waves and strong currents make swimming dangerous, and visitors should always be mindful of their surroundings and adhere to safety guidelines.

14.15 The Soup Company

We will stop at the recommended restaurant for lunch. The Soup Company serves delicious soups, pasta dishes, freshly baked bread, and desserts. The Red Hot Lava Soup in a black bread bowl is without a doubt their best seller! Vegetarian options are available.

https://www.thesoupcompanyiceland.com/

Food is not included in the tour’s price.

15.00 Vík í Mýrdal

Nestled at the foot of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Vík is a picturesque and charming destination that offers visitors a unique glimpse into Icelandic culture and tradition.

Despite its small size, Vík boasts a vibrant community and is a popular stop for travelers exploring the region. The village is known for its distinctive church, Víkurkirkja, which stands proudly on a hill overlooking the town. This iconic red-roofed church has become a symbol of Vík and is one of the most photographed landmarks in Iceland.

Vík is also home to a handful of local shops, restaurants, and accommodations, making it a convenient base for those exploring the surrounding attractions. Visitors can enjoy a warm meal at one of the local restaurants, sample homemade Icelandic delights, or pick up souvenirs to remember their trip by.

15.40Dyrhólaey

The next stop is the Dyrhólaey peninsula, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and the Atlantic Ocean. One of its most distinguishing features is a massive arch-shaped rock formation eroded by the crashing waves over time, giving it a unique and dramatic appearance.

The name “Dyrhólaey” translates to “door-hole island” in Icelandic, perfectly fitting for this natural wonder. Visitors can hike up the steep cliffs to the top of Dyrhólaey, where they will be rewarded with panoramic views of the black sand beaches, nearby mountains, and the vibrant birdlife that inhabits the area.

In addition to the impressive geology and wildlife, Dyrhólaey also offers historical significance. The promontory was once used as a defensive point during times of conflict, and remnants of an old lighthouse can still be seen atop the cliffs. Exploring this area allows visitors to immerse themselves in natural and cultural wonders, making it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Iceland’s southern coast.

16.40 Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Our last attraction is Seljalandsfoss – one of the country’s most famous and breathtaking waterfalls, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Standing at approximately 60 meters (197 feet), Seljalandsfoss is a true natural wonder. What sets it apart from other waterfalls is the fact that visitors can walk behind the cascading water curtain, creating an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. The waterfall is fed by the Seljalandsá River, which originates from the highlands of Iceland.

The hike to reach Seljalandsfoss is an adventure in itself. As you approach the waterfall, you will be greeted by the thundering sound of the water crashing into a serene pool below. The scenery surrounding the waterfall is equally spectacular, with lush greenery, wildflowers, and moss-covered rocks adding to its charm.

The opportunity to capture the stunning scenery from different angles and perspectives makes it a dream destination for those passionate about photography.

Please make sure you have a waterproof coat while walking around Seljalandsfoss.

17.30 Gljúfrabúi

Not as well-known as its neighboring waterfall, Gljúfrabúi has a unique charm that attracts adventurous visitors from around the world.

One of the main features that sets Gljúfrabúi apart is that it is partially hidden behind a large cliff, making it somewhat of a hidden gem. Visitors must first pass through a narrow opening in the rocks to reach this stunning cascade, almost like entering a secret chamber.

Once inside, they are greeted by the magnificent sight of Gljúfrabúi, surrounded by towering moss-covered cliffs.

The waterfall tumbles down from around 40 meters (131 feet), creating a breathtaking sight as the water cascades into a small pool below. The mist from the falls often fills the air, adding an ethereal touch to the surroundings. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, visitors may witness a stunning rainbow forming within the water droplets, creating a truly magical experience.

Drop off - Reykjavik

We will be back in Reykjavik at about 8 PM.

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