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Explore Reykjavik on this short 3-day trip with a 2-night stay in a Reykjavik hotel. Spend your time leisurely exploring the city and see some of Reykjavik's main attractions, including Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church. Spend a full day to get into the nearby highlands as you tour the Golden Circle Route with a private local guide. Visit Thingvellir National Park, the site of the oldest parliament in Europe and one of two places where the two plates diverge above the Earth's surface. Continue on to observe the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall as well as observe the spouting of the old Geysir after which the term geyser was derived. Spend your free time in Reykjavik wandering the quaint shops and trying various restaurants, or spend your free time with a hike to Thorsmork or a dip in the Blue Lagoon. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Reykjavik
Day 2 : Golden Circle Tour
Day 3 : Free Day Reykjavik


  • Spend two nights in a comfortable hotel in Reykjavik
  • Tour the Golden Circle on a small group tour and see the main sites
  • Explore shops and cafes in Reykjavik or tour South Iceland or Thorsmork

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Fosshotel Baron
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss Falls
  • Keflavik International Airport
  • Reykjavik
  • Þingvellir National Park


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower Gullfoss on the Golden Circle Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik Stunning landscape of Thingvellir Stokkur Geyser in Thingvellir Standing at the fissure in Thingvellir Street view of old town Reykjavik Strokkur Geyser bubbling up

Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive to Reykjavik early this morning where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and set out to explore the city this afternoon. Reykjavik offers a variety of shops, cafes, and art museums and displays that intrigue many passersby. Visit the new and famous Harpa Concert Hall, or see inside the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the most iconic in Iceland. The day is yours to spend as you like. Settle in this evening.

Day 2 Golden Circle Tour

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Set out this morning for a guided small group tour of the Golden Circle Route. Your private guide meets you at your hotel to pick you up and head out on the popular full day tour to the highlands. Visit today the main attractions along the route at your own pace. Þingvellir National Park is your first stop today. This is the original location of Europe's oldest parliament as well as one of two places in the world where two diverging tectonic plates can be observed above the earth's surface. Continue on to see Geysir and Strokkur geysers, whose frequent eruptions are sure to wow onlookers. Stop also at the picturesque and powerful Gullfoss Waterfall. For lunch stop at a local tomato farm where you can enjoy homemade tomato soup and bread in the farm's greenhouse and learn about the challenges of raising fruits and vegetables in a country with such a short growing season. Return to Reykjavik later this evening after a full day of sightseeing.

Day 3 Free Day Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend today as you like. If you prefer get out to tour the highlights of South Iceland. Or opt to go on a hiking or biking tour in Thorsmork or Skaftafell Park. The Blue Lagoon hot spring is also a nearby attraction that allows for some rest and relaxation with stunning views. Transfer yourself back to the airport today in time to catch your return flight home or next leg in your adventure in Iceland.

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Rates based on private group of 3 or more in double occupancy.
$1125 per person for private group of 2.
Rates based on Icelandic Krona and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.


  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • Meals not Included
  • Optional Excursions
    • Guided small group tours average $100-$300/day
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