Best of the South
Private South Coast Family Tour
Best of the South
There is a reason why the South of Iceland has become so popular. You get the lunar-like highlands. The green and lush countryside. The volcanic Westman Islands. The famous waterfalls and ancient glaciers…all within short travel distance.
We have put together the best of it all in one tour, which is a perfect introduction to Iceland for first-time visitors. You will go glacier hiking, puffin spotting, river-jetting, volcano hunting and much, much more!
This tour is for those, who want to see it all, and do it all in one tour.
Private South Coast Family Tour
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Here is a rough itinerary suited for families with kids from 8 years and up.
Day 1: Golden Circle & River Jet
Today we set out to explore Iceland’s most recognizable highlights: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the afternoon, you climb aboard a thrilling river jet boat ride through the white waters of Hvita river just below Gullfoss Waterfall.
You will speed through narrow basalt canyon, be exhilarated by 360 spins on the “milky white” river and jump the rapids like James Bond! You will also get to enjoy the amazing scenery from open deltas, dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids to rich bird life. The 40-minute river ride guarantees an adrenaline rush for both young and old!
Day 2: Thorsmork by Super Jeep
As we drive off the asphalt road onto the bumpy gravel road we head into another world. Thorsmork is known as the Valley of the Norse Thunder God: Thor. Known for its beauty and magic scenery.
We drive along Krossá River into the aftermath of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic eruption that stopped all air traffic in 2010. You will see enormous flood planes and volcanic rocks and black ash scattered everywhere. The powers of nature are visible and very strong here.
You will also see what is left of Gigjokull Glacier, which is an outlet of the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier that covers the volcano. Here we stop at the remains of a glacial lagoon below the glacier of Gigjokull.
Day 3: South Shore & Glacier Hike
Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.
First stop will be the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical.
We continue past the famous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajokull up tour our next stop the stunning Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!
And now to the highlight of the day: Glacier hiking! We drive up to Solheimajokull Glacier, put on our crampons and grab our ice axes. As we step onto the glacier we will be reminded of the vast forces of nature and the massive, untameable powers that carved out the mountains and fjords of Iceland. You will see layers of volcanic ash capsuled within the ice, deep crevasses and mysterious moulins. And we will see the visible signs of climate change and talk about how it affects us all.
Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns that have inspired many landmarks like Hallgrims Church, Harpa music hall, and our National Theatre.
Day 4: Westman Islands: Puffin Kingdom
Today we will visit the world’s largest puffin colony and marvel at the Pompei of the North.
We catch the first ferry to the Westman Islands/ Vestmannaeyjar. After 35 min. we will reach the islands that are most famous for puffins and volcanoes.
First, we will take a look at the serious consequences of living in a volcanic active country. During the night of January 23rd, Eldfell volcano erupted without warning. It destroyed nearly one-third of the houses in Heimaey and buried most of the island in thick ash. At the museum Eldheimar, we will see one of the houses that got buried in the ashes but now on display. Of course, we will also explore the amazing volcanic surroundings and scenery around the Eldfell crater.
And from there to something very different: Puffins! We go to the very local aquarium to watch fish and sea-creatures, but most importantly to see if the local celebrity Toti the Puffin is up for a meet and greet.
Then it is time for lunch in the cozy town of Heimey where we will see several great puffin murals and cool street art and other great photo options.
And then we move on to the world’s largest puffin colony at Stórhöfði, which also happens to be the windiest place in Europe. This is a unique chance to get up close and personal with these funny little fellas in their natural habitat.
We join a boat cruise to see more wonders of nature in Vestmannaeyjar, including colourful ocean caves, millions of seabirds and with a bit of luck maybe whales too. On the way back we will pass the ocean cave of Klettshellir, which is famous for its natural echo.
This can be upgraded to a rib-safari tour around the islands and watch more puffins, seabirds, and scenery.
Then we head back to the mainland and back to Reykjavik.
This tour can, of course, be costumed 100% to your family.
This tour package includes.
- Private guide
Car and gas
Super Jeep Tour
River Jet (join in)
Glacier hike (join in)
3 Nights at a hotel on the south shore
No hotel is guaranteed, it all depends on the availability
Guide Accommodation & food
All Taxes & Planning Fees
We would give Goecco and our tour guide Atli 6 stars if we could for our fabulous private tour of South Iceland. Understanding that a private tour is not for everyone, we still think the value was incredible as we did so many things we never otherwise would have or could have without the flexibility of being on our own, combined with our guide Atli’s enthusiasm to show us every nook and cranny the South coast has to offer.
We saw all the popular tourist sites mentioned on Goecco’s website and then made countless stops in between and beyond that only an experienced guide would be able to show us. We modified the itinerary/order of activities on the fly based on the weather and even went to the same place twice if we could get better pictures. Goecco was extremely responsive and honest about cost and options all the way through the process and they were able to accommodate specific requests – like fitting in a glacier snowmobiling excursion on the last day.
Most important to the experience was our guide Atli, who went out of his way time and time again to share the beauty and culture of Iceland with us every step of the way. “No” was not in his vocabulary and even the little things he did made the biggest difference (from allowing us to use his phone as a mobile hotspot while on the road to making sure we had plenty of drinks and snacks for the longer drives). He shared all of the photos he took over our three days immediately after the tour and we look forward to staying in touch with him about Iceland and beyond. Our thanks again to Goecco and Atli for an amazing experience.
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My daughter and I had the pleasure of taking two tours with Goecco during our trip to Iceland in March 2016. The first was the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour, with guide Damen. The second was the 2-day Chasing Ice tour, with main guide Anna and ice cave guide Alf. Both trips were the highlight of our vacation. Jonas and Christina (Goecco’s owners) were very communicative via email prior to our trip, and answered all of our questions. I like the theory behind their tours … that is, not to just tell tourists how high this peak is, or other information that we’ll soon forget.
Goecco takes you out to some of the most beautiful places in Iceland, off the beaten path, and their guides are so unique and interesting. These were unlike any other tours we’ve ever had, and that’s definitely a GOOD thing! When we return to Iceland in the future, which is a given, we’ll be sure to book tours through Goecco again!
To those of you reading this review. If you haven’t yet, flip for the private/semi-private tours. The personal attention and relaxing conditions are SSSSSOOOOO very much better than the monstrous public tours…. miss the huge crowds at the sites, the over crowded busses, and the lack of one on one….
Absolutely Awesome time.
We are family of 4 (kids 12&10) who travel a lot and are always looking for new adventures off beaten path. This time we booked 3 days private tour with Goecco and we had just a dream vocation! Our driver guide Atli was the best guide we ever had. He met us at the airport at 6am (even though Goecco warned us that earliest pick up was 9am).
His knowledge of the places he showed us, his constant attention to every detail, his concern about our safety- and about our fun- was truly one of a kind. This man is a walking encyclopedia- he told us so much about the history of Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes, even types of rocks we came across- and kids loved his stories about trolls and old heroes! Atli went above and beyond taking us to more places than we ever dreamed to see- and doing his best to beat the crowds (successfully so!).
In spite of busy Christmas vocation week he made us feel that we were alone in the beautiful wonderland of Iceland- we found ourselves in an icy cave with waterfall, listened to the glacier slowly moving in the dark of the night and hiked up the glacier where there was no one- just sun, wind and ice… truly unforgettable experience! Atli’s kindness and sense of humor made us feel that we knew him for a long time- and we are looking forward coming to Iceland again in summer and hopefully see our friend again.
Where to begin planning your adventures in Iceland? Start Only With Excellence !!! Halli Hansen, with Goecco was absolutely dedicated and up to the challenge of showing a young professional photographer, my 15 year old son, parts of Iceland free of tour busses and bazillion tourist! My son returned from his private photo tour beyond ecstatic and the photos minus tourist where breath taking. Halli even took photos of my son while on tour and emailed them to us!!! Now how fantastic is that!!!!!!!
After coming down with pneumonia while traveling with my teenage son, I needed to find a company that I felt I could trust. Plus meet the very high standards of a professional photographer. Fridrik from GOecco exceeded all expectation in providing, coordinating and pairing my son with Halli for a private photo tour. Looooove this company!!!!!!!!
Looking for a non touristy photo adventure ? Book your private excursion with GOECCO! If you are luck you might just get Halli Hansen, in fact you should ask for him directly to be your guide for a remarkable experience that all travelers to Iceland should have. Bravo Goecco! Bravo Halli!!
Best of THE South4 Days/3 Nights - Price from
- 2 People – 4.600 USD/ person
- 4 People – 3.250 USD/person
- 6 People – 2.549 USD/person
- Price incl. activities, hotel, breakfast.
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