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Adventures Around South Iceland

Hiking and Biking

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Your summer adventure awaits in South Iceland

Gear up for some adventure on your summer break with this guided small group tour along the south coast of Iceland. Enjoy long light-filled days while visiting the classic Icelandic nature highlights such as the Golden Circle, the waterfalls of the south coast, and the dramatic glacier lagoon. On this tour you will also experience fun activities such as hiking, going on a glacier walk, enjoying a thrilling bike ride, sailing among the icebergs at Jökulsárlón. This active tour is great to soak up the scenery, while getting close to nature through carefully-selected activities.

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— Why book this tour

  • More included options and no hidden fees
  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts
  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Experienced local guides
  • 100% guaranteed departures

Tour Highlights

  • Get out and experience Iceland by foot on this active tour
  • Explore Iceland‘s rugged terrain during a fat bike tour
  • See the different colours, shapes and textures of a glacier during a guided glacier hike
  • Visit the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i


Active i

Activity level

Level 3/4 (Challenging) i


Jun - Aug

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Driving distance

994/617 km/mi


A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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    Welcome to Iceland! Your time in Iceland kicks off with an airport transfer to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Along the way you can relax as you are driven through the lava fields before getting to the city. After you have settled in, head out to explore the exciting city centre. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, restaurants, outdoor spaces, and places to get delicious ice cream—all within an easy walk. In the evening, meet with your guide to get an introduction of the days ahead and ask any last minute questions you may have about the itinerary.  Then, have dinner at one of Reykjavík‘s many restaurants (not included) and spend the evening at leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Exeter Hotel or similar.

    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
    • Meet & Greet with guide at hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

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  • Day 2: South coast & Glacier hike

    You will start the day travelling to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the roaring cascade on a footpath, followed by the magnificent 60-metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall. Next, you will enjoy more time outdoors during an exciting glacier hike on Sólheimajökull. You will continue towards the most famous volcanic black sand beach in Iceland, just make sure to keep a good distance from the sea. You can also get some great photos by the basalt columns on the beach or the unique Reynisdrangar columns jutting out of the ocean.

    After a day of sightseeing and activities, your guide will take you to your carefully selected boutique hotel.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Klaustur or similar.

    • Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 261 km / 162 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 10 hours

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  • Day 3: Vatnajökull Glacier and Glacier Lagoon

    Get ready for more outdoor adventures today! You will start your day with a hike to the cascading waterfall Svartifoss, which is located in Vatnajökull National Park, a region of great natural beauty. You will then enjoy lunch at Fjallsárlón before continuing to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs in shades ranging from milky white to bright blue. You will board a boat and marvel at the gigantic icebergs, a unique experience, and hopefully you will spot some seals lounging about on the ice. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed ashore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Klaustur  or similar.

    • Hike to Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park
    • Zodiac Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch at Fjallsárlón

    Average Driving Distance: 247 km / 153 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 hours

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  • Day 4: Hiking & Biking over the Lava field

    Get ready to see Iceland by bike, and below ground! You will be driven to the Laka lava field, where you will be taken on a guided cave tour inside one of the largest cave systems in Europe. After exploring one cave, you will be offered coffee and kleinur (Icelandic donuts) before embarking on a thrilling fat bike tour. You will get to traverse Iceland’s rugged terrain while surveying its vast beauty.

    After the cave and bike tour, you will be driven to Fjaðrárglúfur, a canyon with surreal beauty, revealing valleys, lush green landscapes.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Klaustur  or similar.

    • Fat biking tour
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 20 km / 12 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

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  • Day 5: The Classic Golden Circle

    This morning you will head to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, where you can see white water thrash and tumble down two-tiers, falling metres below. Then head to the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs, before continuing to Þingvellir, a national park where you can roam the historical grounds and enjoy walking in the Almannagjá canyon where the tectonic plates are moving apart. You will then return to Reykjavik, where you will spend the evening.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Exeter Hotel or similar.

    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 368 km / 228 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 10 hours

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  • Day 6: Departure from Iceland

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional).

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to one of our other Nordic destinations.

    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Optional Extras


Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.


Our local experts carefully select the best accommodation for your trip, based on ratings, location, quality and personal experience.

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts. You can expect a to have a private WC and shower or bath, and all accommodations provide breakfast (included in the price).

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

Tour Information

We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour. 

Please be advised that this tour is not suitable for children.

Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travellers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some tricks up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.

Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on quality, excellent ratings and comfort. To view the detailed list of hotels available for this tour, please view the accommodation section for this tour.

Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms.

Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the mini-bus and at each hotel.

A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy two included dinners. They will include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients.  You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

The average cost of meals depends on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2.500 ISK to 3.500 ISK per person. The average cost of dinner can range from 3.000 ISK up to 6.500 ISK per person for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7.000 ISK to 11.000 ISK per person.

We include a zodiac boat tour at the Glacier Lagoon in your package. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide who will explain to you the geology of the region and interesting facts about the lagoon. Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

A glacier walk is also included in your package. An experienced local guide will provide the necessary gear and help you put on the crampons.

A fat bike tour is included, which is an ideal way to explore Iceland’s rugged terrain. A professional guide will lead the tour.


  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.

To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.

All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday. 


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