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Iceland Express

5 Days | Your gateway to glaciers, geysers and geothermal hot spots

4.9 out of 5 based on 47 reviews submitted.
USD $1,465
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Want a big adventure in a short amount of time? Travel to Iceland and explore the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this five-day trip. Traverse the Golden Circle and marvel at the explosive power of the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gulfoss waterfall. Walk the black sand beaches of the Jokulsarlon lagoon and decide whether take an optional walk on the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier. This fast-paced adventure focuses on the natural, untamed beauty of Iceland – taking you straight to the heart of the action with a local leader by your side.

Trip overview

Map of Iceland Express including Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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This trip generates 12.98 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • This five-day tour is perfect for those who are after an express jaunt around to Iceland’s hotspots. See the wonders including the Golden Circle, southern Vik, and Jokulsarlon’s glacial lagoon.
  • Explore Reynisfjara, the famous beach where black sand meets towering basalt columns and rocky cliffs where seabirds rest.
  • Spend time exploring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, perhaps walking along nearby Diamond Beach where chunks of icebergs wash up on the black sand, or opting for a lagoon cruising experience.
  • Stand at the bottom of Skogafoss – a waterfall with a 60-metre cascade – then hike along a winding wooden staircase to the fall’s crest for views of the coastline.
  • Spend the night in a local guesthouse that is leading the way in sustainable Icelandic tourism, with the chance to give back to the environment by planting trees to combat deforestation and soil erosion.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The destinations visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially between November and April. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be the rare occasion where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In this case an alternative will be offered.
  • Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group. On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus with complimentary wi-fi.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin or multishare, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. Twin-share, quad-share and multishare bunk accommodation may be used depending on the season and the make-up of the group. A single supplement is not available on this trip. Please also be aware that many guesthouses in Iceland offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small, and at times you may be accommodated a short walk away from the main building.


Map of Iceland Express including Iceland



2 breakfasts


Private minibus with free wi-fi


Guesthouses & Farm Stays (4 nights)

  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park
  • Golden Circle - Strokkur Geysir
  • Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss - Waterfall Visit
  • South Coast - Dyrholaey Viewpoint
  • South Coast - Black Sand Beach
  • South Coast - Reynisfjara Rocks
  • South Coast - Laki Lava Fields
  • Reykjavik - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon
  • Vik - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Jokulsarlon - Diamond Beach
Add on activities
  • Reykjavik - National Museum Reykjavik - ISK2500
  • Reykjavik - Laugardalslaug Pool - ISK1150
  • Hvolsvollur Valley - Responsible Travel Tree Planting Activity - ISK2500
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon - ISK3300
  • South Coast - Skogar Folk Museum - ISK2000
  • South Coast - Solheimajokull Glacier Hike - ISK12000
  • Jokulsarlon - Boat Ride on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - ISK6000
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3000
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2050
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3400
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - ISK18980
  • Reykjavik - Whale Watching - ISK12490
  • Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
  • Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400
  • Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip - ISK21900

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Important notes

1. Iceland can be an expensive destination, especially in terms of eating out. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at onsite restaurant. Please make sure you read the itinerary carefully in order to know what is and what isn't included in the trip price. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money.
2. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 47 reviews submitted.
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Tim · Traveled September 2023
This trip fit our limited time window perfectly. It was excellent! A great way to see a slice of Icelandic geography, climate and culture. Our tour guide was terrific...patient, knowledgeable and funny! Other participants were good people from all over the world.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2023

William · Traveled September 2023
A lot to pack into a short trip.All the major natural sites visited on the Golden Circle route.Our guide Ari was excellent.Above all the trip was fun.
Review submitted 13 Sep 2023

Chris · Traveled September 2023
A wonderful exploration of Southern Iceland . It’s a very busy and full 3 days with a good variation. It was good to have the opportunity to choose other activities if you wanted to. Ari was a fun, approachable and knowledgable guide
Review submitted 13 Sep 2023

Athena · Traveled August 2023
My group was filled with super nice and caring travellers, whom came from all over the world. We had tons of fun together to see the beautiful Iceland. Our leader, Stefan, was fantastic. The trip was short, but full of wonderful memories. It exceeded my expectations. Strongly recommend to anyone who want to see the beauty of Iceland.
Review submitted 13 Sep 2023

Ryan · Traveled August 2023
If you are looking for a great adventure in a short window of time. This is the perfect trip for you. I am also a photographer and easily one of the best countries I photographed.
Review submitted 03 Sep 2023
Iceland Express
USD $1,465