Taste of South Iceland with Golden Circle - Small Group Adventure

5 days / 4 nights
The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer
Lupines in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Soak up the jaw-dropping sights around Iceland's south coast

Get a taste of the Land of Fire and Ice on this 5-day small group tour of South Iceland. Hop on a minibus with other like-minded travelers, and an expert local guide will take you to the region’s top natural wonders.

This short break is the perfect introduction to some of the country’s most iconic attractions.

Start your trip in the buzzing capital of Reykjavík, where you can experience the city’s culture and thriving foodie scene. Your guide will then whisk you away to explore dazzling glacier lagoons, bubbling hot springs, and stunning black sand beaches along the south coast.

Plus, you’ll tour Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, with its spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls, and historic Þingvellir National Park.

This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Travel styleGuided Small group
Trip length5 days / 4 nights
(24 Apr-11 Sep)
Starts fromReykjavík
Minimum age12 years
Tour codeGT09

On this tour you will...

  • Tour iconic attractions on the unmissable Golden Circle route

  • Soak up the local culture in Iceland’s trendy capital, Reykjavík

  • Sail between huge icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

  • See rugged mountain peaks and spot wildlife in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

  • Check out jaw-dropping waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Gullfoss

  • Walk the Diamond Beach and see sparkling icebergs dotting the shores

Top attractions

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles


A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day


Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Mountains in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve on a cloudy day

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Strokkur erupting on a sunny summer day

Golden Circle

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

Why book a guided group trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Pick from wide range of departure dates

  • Expert local guidance in English

  • Small and big group options available

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • Handpicked local accommodation options

Your 5-day guided group itinerary

Your 5-day guided group itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Transfer from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel in Reykjavík (included).

Touch down at Keflavík Airport and meet your driver, who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. If you arrive early, you could add a stop to the Blue Lagoon (optional, not included). Soaking in the geothermal spa’s mineral-rich waters is a great way to unwind after your flight.

Once you’ve checked in, take some time to explore Iceland’s lively capital city. Laugavegur, the main street, is dotted with restaurants, shops, bars, and cozy cafés. Come evening, tuck into local cuisine or international dishes at the many restaurants and trendy food halls in town.


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

Woman relaxing in the Blue LagoonExtra

Arrival/Departure via Blue Lagoon

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

A whale breaching near Húsavík in IcelandExtra

Whale Watching from Reykjavík

Group on a horse riding tourExtra

Horse Riding from Reykjavík

Staying inKirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance260 km (162 mi)

Today, your guide will take you to Hveragerði, where you’ll see Iceland’s geothermal energy in action. Here, you can boil eggs in a hot spring and taste rye bread baked overnight in geothermal steam.

Then, head to the Lava Center, an interactive exhibition about the country’s volcanic activity and earthquakes. Next, visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, 2 of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls. At Seljalandsfoss, you’ll get the chance to walk behind its powerful curtain of water.

Your tour will then take you past the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano before stopping off at Reynisfjara. This black sand beach is made up of ancient volcanic rocks that have eroded over time.

After a day of sightseeing, enjoy dinner back at your accommodation (dinner is included).

Staying inKirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance390 km (242 mi)

This morning, you’ll make your way east, where some of the country’s most jaw-dropping sights await.

First up is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Hop aboard an amphibian boat for a guided tour of the lake's turquoise waters and floating icebergs.

Next, you’ll discover the nearby Diamond Beach, where chunks of ice are sprinkled on the sandy shores like diamonds. Stop by the smaller Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon before grabbing lunch.

Later, head toward Skaftafell Nature Reserve, inside the vast Vatnajökull National Park. Walk along one of the many hiking trails to see Iceland’s mind-blowing nature at its best.

Back at your accommodation, you and your group will be treated to a delicious dinner (dinner is included).

*Please note that the glacier lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead, the group will enjoy lunch together in the area.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance370 km (230 mi)

Get ready to explore the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most famous touring route. But first, your guide will take you to a local farm, where you’ll learn about life on a typical Icelandic farm.

Next, it's time to see the top 3 natural attractions on the Golden Circle route: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Þingvellir National Park. Stop to admire the powerful Gullfoss waterfall before visiting bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur geyser.

Lastly, you’ll head to Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart.

Staying inDeparture
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík International Airport (included).

After an unforgettable adventure around Iceland’s south coast, it’s time to say goodbye and return home.

What’s included?

Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

2 dinners, either set menu or dinner buffet, with local ingredients

Airport transfer

Local transport with guidance in English

Visit to the Geothermal park in Hveragerði

Admission to Lava Center

Guided Amphibian Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Visit to Vorsabær farm

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Choose your accommodation level

More info

Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by experts.

On this trip, you’ll stay at the following hotels or similar:

  • Day 1 – Centerhotel Miðgarður
  • Day 2 – Magma Hotel
  • Day 3 – Magma Hótel
  • Day 4 – Centerhotel Miðgarður 


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FAQs about our guided group trips

On this type of tour, you’ll travel around Iceland by bus with the same driver-guide for the length of your trip. Guided group tours are a great way to make like-minded friends, as you’ll spend time with the same travelers for your whole vacation.

You’ll get to stay in accommodation around the country, and some tours include a few evening meals too. After a day’s exploring, you’ll go back to your private room and meet your guide and group the next morning to continue your trip.

All of our guided group tours start and finish in Reykjavík.

There are 2 group sizes available:

  • Small group: Up to 16 people
  • Big group: Up to 36 people

Small groups offer a more intimate travel experience, whereas big groups are more wallet-friendly.

You’ll likely be with people from a whole mix of backgrounds, from different countries and of different ages. Your guide will entertain you with fun facts and jokes as you journey around Iceland. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be laughing along with your group!

There will most probably be a mix of solo travelers, couples, and small groups of friends and family.

The luggage restrictions on guided group tours 3 days and longer are as follows:

  • 1 suitcase or large bag per person for clothes and overnight items
  • 1 day bag for essential items, like a camera, extra clothes, and valuables

The luggage restrictions on guided group tours up to 3 days are as follows:

  • 1 small carry-on luggage, bag size: 50 x 30 x 60 cm (19.9 x 11.8 x 23.6 inches)
  • If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage while on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can pay an extra fee per luggage (2000 ISK) with 72 hours notice.

Each day your luggage will be loaded onto the bus. In the evening, you’ll take all your bags with you to your room.

Our guided group tours have fixed start dates and itineraries. While it’s not possible to customize the actual tour, you can tailor your trip with extra days and activities before or afterwards.

For example, you could add a couple more days in Reykjavík at the end of your trip. Fill these with day tours or exciting activities like ice caving and snowmobiling.

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