Golden circle, Snæfellsnes, South coast & Glacier hike
Day 1: 9 hours
Day 2: 12 hours
Day 3: 14 hours
Day 1: Snæfellsjökull, Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Saxhóll, Kirkjufell
Day 2: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir, Efstidalur farm, Faxi, Kerið
Day 3: Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrarbúi, Skógafoss, Sólheimajökull, Sólheimasandur, DC3 airplane wreck, Secret Lava Cave
English Speaking Guide
Small Group (max 19 persons)
Icelandic traditional food tasting (day 1 and 2)
Wi-FI and Icelandic Music on the minibus
What you need to bring:
Joy and happiness!
Gloves and hat
A Combo Tour that includes the best of the West, the South, and the Golden Circle? How does it sound? How do you feel about joining for these adventures? Let’s do it!
This is our favorite combo tour! You will be joining for 3 of our favorite tours departing from Reykjavík.
Note that this are separate day tours that you are purchasing so you will be back in the city every day after your tour. Accommodation is not included in our combo tours.
Day 1 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Would you like to join an unforgettable Expedition with an awesome small group? Then this full day Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour is your choice.
You will enjoy the wild nature of remote places and see landscapes which are out of this world. Steep mountains, endless beaches, moss covered lava fields, impressive craters and bizarre coastal cliffs are crowned by the omnipresent glacier on top of the volcano Snæfellsjökull.
Additionally Snæfellsnes is packed with an incredible amount of tales and legends. Your guide will hand pick his favourite stories and might get deep into the famous icelandic saga literature from the middle ages. On top of all stories the majestic volcano Snæfellsjökull was immortalized in the book “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne in 1864.
We visit the famous mountain Kirkjufell, the beach Djúpalónsandur, the fishing village Arnarstapi and some off the beaten path sights. Finally Troll Expeditions will invite you to taste some authentic icelandic snacks.
All our buses have wi-fi and Icelandic music for you to enjoy.
This tiny fishing village has pittoresque coastal cliffs which derived by glowing magma hitting the wild waves of the atlantic ocean. Thousands of years later erosion has formed beautiful stone arcs and remarkable blow holes. We will have a walk along the sea shore and enjoy plenty of viewpoints.
We will visit the 75 metre high rock pinnacles of basalt standing by the sea. They are hosting a variety of seabirds, for example northern fulmars and puffins. Among the locals it is believed that these rock formations are a sacred place for the hidden people.
A beach out of black volcanic sand and stones where Icelandic fishermen were rowing out onto the atlantic ocean for centuries. Still today we find the so called “lifting stones” which helped to evaluate applicants for the hard and physical fishing business. You can try to lift them yourself! In 1948 a british fishing trawler wrecked at the beach and metal parts of the vessel are still scattered in the sand.
You have the option to walk up the stairs to the volcanic crater of Saxhóll and get a 360˚ view over the Snæfellsjökull National Park. The eruption which formed this crater happened more than 4.000 years ago.
This narrow mountain has become the iconic landmark of Snæfellsnes in recent years. Today’s shape was formed by the erosive power of the glaciers during the last ice age about 12.000 years ago. There is a beautiful waterfall next to it which completes your perfect photo of the mountain.
Day 2 – The Golden Circle
We visit the famous Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, and eat some homemade ice cream at a local farm.
The logistics of the tour allows you to have plenty of time at each location to take Instagram-worthy photos and for you just to enjoy being in the moment in this beautiful nature. We emphasize on avoiding the big-bus crowds, and please book well ahead of time as this tour is very popular. All our buses have wi-fi and play samples of Icelandic music.
Thingvellir National Park
We visit the place where the two tectonic plates, the north american and the eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. You can see an impressing fissure and the biggest natural lake in Iceland hosting a great variety of fish and bird life. Furthermore at Thingvellir the Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 A.C. where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”
The melting water from Iceland´s second biggest glacier falls into a deep canyon forming the majestic “Golden Falls”. On a sunny day you will even see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and have a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall.
The Geysir geothermal area hosts hundreds of colorful hot springs and two geysers, erupting hot springs. One is called “Geysir” and name giving for all the geysers in the world. It erupts today very seldom. The other geyser one is called “Strokkur” and erupts every 5 minutes up to 40 meters.
Ice Cream Farm
We will stop at the farm Efstidalur where the owners produce ice cream from the milk of their cows. Troll Expeditions will invite you to taste the ice cream yourself and meanwhile watch the animals relaxing in the stable.
Faxi waterfall is small but beautiful. It is situated in the Tungufljót river which is a famous salmon river. Sometimes you can see salmon jumping in the waterfall and in the salmon staircase right next to it. Fishermen are often trying their luck at the waterfall in the summer months.
A stunning volcanic crater with a lake in the middle which formed in an eruption 3.000 years ago. The former believe that it formed in a vast explosion was withdrawn by most scientists. The more likely theory is that the volcanic cone collapsed into it’s own magma chamber after the eruption was finished.
Day 3 – South Coast Elements
In this unique activity tour you will hike a glacier, descend into a lava cave and ride a fat bike to the famous plane wreck on Sólheimasandur. You will see the spectacular south coast waterfalls and bath in a geothermal pool. All in one day! We are steering clear of the crowds and experience a full day of incredible attractions in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind and feel the vibrations of the water hitting the ground. Right next to it is the waterfall Gljúfrabúi which is hidden in a small gorge. To see the waterfall you have to balance over stones in the river.
Prepare to meet the pearl of the south coast, Skógafoss waterfall. It is dropping 60 metres from a cliff and producing a lot of mist which makes beautiful rainbows in the sunshine. Try to warm up for the glacier by running up the 527 steps to the top!
Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike
The adventure continues at Sólheimajökull glacier which is part of the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland, Mýrdalsjökull. We will get some helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes and hike on the ice for 1 to 1,5 hours. A spectacular experience to learn more about this breathtaking natural phenomenon.
DC3 Airplane Wreck on Sólheimasandur
After the glacier hike we head out to a black sand beach with a plane wreck. This DC3 airplane from the U.S. Navy ran out of fuel in 1973 and crash landed about 4 km from the main road. We will cycle down to the wreck in style with the coolest fat bikes ever.
Seljavallalaug geothermal pool
By now, you’ll be waiting to swim in Seljavallalaug geothermal pool, which has been chosen one of the best pools in the world by the guardian. It was built in 1923 in a beautiful valley surrounded by steep mountains and inspiring lava rock formations. Just make sure to bring along your swimwear to relax in the midst of tranquil scenery. (Due to the lack of daylight the pool is not visited in the winter time, October to April)
Secret Lava Cave
But we still have our final blow! Get ready to explore the inside of lava cave which formed in a volcanic eruption 5000 years ago. Equipped with helmets and flash lights we will scramble over big lava rocks and crawl into the darkness of the Icelandic underground.
How does this sound? Are you ready to join us for this incredible adventure?