3 Days in Iceland: Top 3 Recommendations

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Ideal for those looking for a long weekend getaway, 3 days in Iceland is still enough to be able to take in the main sights of the country and get a sense of how Iceland ticks. From the famous nightlife of Reykjavik to a landscape dotted with active volcanoes, smoking springs, and glittering glaciers, there is no limit to what you can experience with a day Iceland trip. Looking for a quick sojourn through the land of ice and snow? Go on a whirlwind journey with our 2- and 3-day Iceland adventures below.

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1. South Coast Summer Tour: 2 Days in Iceland

Reykjavik is a charming city with a lot of activities.
Reykjavik will have you discovering an emerging art scene, steaming hot springs, and vibrant architecture.
Day 1 Explore black-sand beaches and waterfalls
Day 2 Watch icebergs cleave in Jökulsárlón and walk Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Tick off Iceland’s most famous natural landmarks from your base in Reykjavik during this two-day tour. Stand behind the cascading waters of Seljalandsfoss and set foot on the Soheimajokull glacier. Look out for puffins in Reynisfjara and take in the famous Diamond Beach, named after the pieces of ice that constantly wash ashore. Then learn more about Icelandic history in one of just six remaining turf-built churches before heading out to celebrate nature’s power in Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. See all tours to Iceland

2. Silver and Golden Circle: 3 Days in Iceland

glacier tour on jokulsarlon in iceland
Take in the stupendous view of Jokulsarlon glacier in Iceland.
Iceland-Best places to see the northern lights
 The northern light is an umissable view that can be seen from anywhere in Iceland.
Day 1 Visit Barnafossar and Hraunfossar, explore the ice cave beneath Langjökull
Day 2 Explore the epic Golden Circle
Day 3 Go on a glacier walk, visit waterfalls

Never let it be said that three days is not enough time to truly explore Iceland. Despite being short, this trip is packed with impressive attractions. Starting amid cascading Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfalls, you will continue on to Iceland’s biggest ice cave, tunneling its way through the Langjökull Glacier. If anything, the experiences get better on day two, when you will scour the Golden Circle for its ethereal highlights. But be sure not to end your visit unless you have walked across a glacier and gawked at the attractions along the south coast. Get in touch with our local travel experts for a customized trip to Iceland

3. Golden Circle and More: Iceland in 3 Days

Blue lagoon one of the hottest spots in Iceland
Enjoy one of the most relaxing geothermal spas in Iceland, also known as the Blue Lagoon.
Day 1 Discover sights along Iceland’s Golden Circle
Day 2 Explore legendary landscapes of ‘Game of Thrones'
Day 3 Gaze at Diamond Beach and uncover the island’s history

With three days in Iceland, you have got no time to lose, so start as you mean to go on by tackling what is perhaps Iceland’s biggest draw – the Golden Circle. See geysers shoot steaming water high into the air, experience water tumbling down Gullfoss, and discover Thingvellir National Park. Then make your way to the Sólheimajökull glacier for the rare chance to walk across this mass of solid ice. Finally, learn more about the constant evolution of icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, where ice crystals glisten on black volcanic sands.

As seen from the itineraries above, 3 days in Iceland is enough for an Iceland tour. For more ideas, browse through our list of 3-day tours in Iceland. If you want to spend some more time in the country, check out our guide on how many days to spend in Iceland. Want to design your own journey? Talk to one of our travel experts in Iceland.

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Published by Leah Taylor, updated on July 6, 2023

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