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Activity tours in Iceland offer diverse experiences that allow travelers to immerse themselves in the country's breathtaking landscapes and unique culture. 

As Iceland is also known for its varied terrain, these excursions are designed to provide adventurous and unique ways to explore each natural wonder. These include trips to glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and remote areas accessible only by specialized vehicles. Experienced guides lead these tours, so even first-timers are welcome to join.

For the adventure-seekers, Iceland offers a playground of thrilling experiences. Snowmobiling, ice climbing, and ice cave explorations on glaciers provide adrenaline rushes amid Iceland's icy wonders. For example, this snowmobiling tour on Langjokull glacier allows you to zoom across vast snowy plains.

ATV and buggy tours take participants off-road to traverse lava fields, mountains, and rugged terrains. If you want to ride across these landscapes, joining this midnight sun ATV tour near Reykjavik is an excellent option.

In summer, popular activities like horseback riding, hiking, and river rafting open new dimensions of the country's beauty. At the same time, the long nights of the winter season make northern lights hunting possible.

Activity tours in Iceland are not just about experiencing the beauty of the land but also about connecting with its people and their stories. With a wide range of options available year-round, you can tailor your experience to match your preferences and create unforgettable memories.

Frequently asked questions

What is an activity tour in Iceland?

Wondering what to do in Iceland? An activity tour in Iceland is a tour that allows you to take part in one or several different experiences offered by our vendors. These activities may be high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled, or physical activities. You're bound to have a great time no matter which activities you choose! An activity tour is a great way to get a taste of some of the exciting adventures Iceland has to offer.
Activity tours can either be day tours or multi-day tours. Multi-day tours can cover your whole Iceland vacation. Day tours can fit in around your other plans in Iceland.
Activity day tours include transport from a pick-up point as well as the activities. Multi-day activity tours include transport, accommodation, and activities.
Activity tours include fun activities like snowmobiling, glacier hiking, and ice caving. Finally, if you're looking for activities in Reykjavik, we also have a wide selection of city tours in Iceland.

What are the best activity tours in Iceland?

The best activity tour in Iceland will depend on your interests and the season of your visit.
One of the best activity tours in Iceland includes glacier hiking in Skaftafell. It's rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by more than 300 travelers.
Another top-rated activity tour is ice climbing and hiking on the Vatnajokull glacier. More than 90 adventurers rated the experience 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Alternatively, this multi-day northern lights winter tour in Iceland is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by around 30 travelers. The tour incorporates sightseeing with northern lights hunting and snowmobiling.

What are the cheapest activity tours in Iceland?

The cheapest activity tour in Iceland is this horseback riding at Gasir farm in North Iceland, priced at approximately 86 USD.
Another affordable activity tour in Iceland is this easy and accessible Solheimajokull glacier hike, which costs around 120 USD and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by more than 10 travelers.
The third-cheapest activity tour in Iceland is this 3-hour glacier hike on Falljokull glacier with a certified guide, which costs about 106 USD.

Are activity tours in Iceland worth it?

Yes. Activity tours in Iceland are worth it for the exceptional experiences they offer, the safety they prioritize, and the opportunities they provide to connect with Iceland's remarkable landscapes and culture. Whether hiking, exploring ice caves, or participating in other thrilling activities, you'll create lasting memories in the land of fire and ice.

Are activity tours in Iceland suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

Activity tours in Iceland often cater to a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Many tours offer options for both beginners and experienced adventurers. It's essential to check the specific tour descriptions and requirements to find the best fit for your abilities and interests.

Do I need to have prior experience or skills to participate in certain activities?

While some activities, like horseback riding and ice caving, are suitable for beginners, others, such as ice climbing and snorkeling, may require prior experience or specific skills. Tour operators typically provide equipment, guidance, and restrictions to ensure participant safety and enjoyment.

Do activity tours in Iceland offer the equipment you need for the activities?

Yes, most activity tours in Iceland offer the equipment that you will need for the activities. This is usually included in the price of the tour. Equipment you may need for your Icelandic adventure includes safety equipment, weatherproof clothing, and activity equipment.
This small group 4.5-hour glacier hiking adventure with a certified guide includes all the required glacier gear, such as an ice ax, helmet, and crampons. The five-hour ATV ride and helicopter tour with a mountain-top landing includes overalls, helmets, balaclavas, and gloves.
Check the tour description of your chosen tour to see what equipment is included, and remember that the weather in Iceland can be very dynamic.

Can I bring my own equipment for certain activities, such as hiking or diving?

In many cases, tour operators provide the necessary equipment for activities. However, if you have specific gear you prefer to use, you can inquire with the operator to see if it's possible to bring your equipment.

What is the best time of year for activity tours in Iceland?

The best time for activity tours in Iceland depends on your interests. Summer offers long daylight hours and access to activities like hiking and birdwatching, while winter provides opportunities for activities like ice cave explorations and northern lights tours.

Do activity tours in Iceland offer hotel pick-up?

Yes, some activity tours in Iceland offer hotel pick-up, especially those departing from Reykjavik. This will depend on which activity tour you choose. If you have selected an activity tour with hotel pick-up, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Hotel pick-up can be a very convenient option. It can save you time if you go on a tour starting early in the morning.
However, please note that not all activity tours offer hotel pick-up. Some excursions have meet-on-location requirements.

Do I get dropped off at my hotel in Reykjavik after my activity tour?

Some activity tours in Reykjavik (and elsewhere in Iceland) offer hotel pick-up/drop-off. This will depend on which activity tour you choose. If you select an activity tour that includes hotel pick-up, then you will be picked up and dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Hotel pick-up can be a convenient option. It’s especially useful if you choose a day tour which starts early in the morning and finishes late in the evening. This means that you don’t have to spend time finding a pick-up point.
This four-hour lava tube tour at Raufarholshellir and buggy adventure offers hotel pick-up. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and dropped off there after the tour.

When do activity tours in Iceland usually start?

Activity tours in Iceland usually start in the morning, but it depends on which tour you choose. Be sure to check the specific tour description to ensure that the start time is convenient for you. Most adventure tours departing from Reykjavik leave in the morning so that you can make the most of your day in Iceland.
Some activity tours, like the four-day tour on Iceland’s South Coast with glacier hiking, have flexible starting times. This means they can be adjusted to fit your plans. This is convenient if you arrive in Iceland and go straight onto the tour.

How long is the average activity tour in Iceland?

The average length of an activity tour in Iceland is usually between a few hours and a half-day, but it will depend on which activity tour you decide to book. Activity tours in Iceland can be either day tours or multi-day tours.
Multi-day tours can cover your whole trip to Iceland. These tours include transport, accommodation, and any activities. Multi-day adventure tours in Iceland can last between two and seven days or more.

Is lunch usually included in an activity tour in Iceland?

Lunch is included in some activity tours in Iceland, but it depends on which specific tour you decide to book. You should check the tour description before you book to see if lunch is included.
The extreme five-hour rafting tour on the East Glacial River includes a hot soup lunch. This is perfect for warming up after your outdoor adventures. Some tours may include hot drinks or snacks instead of lunch.
This river rafting tour in North Iceland includes hot chocolate. Of course, if lunch isn't included in the tour, you can bring a packed lunch so you don't go hungry on your Icelandic adventure. There may also be the opportunity to buy lunch at a local cafe or restaurant.

Do I need travel insurance for activity tours in Iceland?

It's highly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers activities and outdoor adventures, especially if you plan to participate in adventurous or potentially risky activities. This insurance can provide peace of mind in case of unexpected events.

Are activity tours in Iceland canceled in bad weather conditions?

Safety is a top priority for tour operators in Iceland. Some tours may be subject to weather-related cancellations or delays, particularly those involving outdoor activities in distant locations. In such cases, tour operators often offer alternative dates or refunds.
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