Excursions in Iceland

Excursions in Iceland

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What is the best excursion in Iceland?

One of the best-rated excursions in Iceland is an 11-hour small-group tour of Snaefellsnes National Park, providing a captivating look at diverse landscapes, which has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 427 travelers. This day tour costs around 136 USD.

Another popular tour in Iceland is a three-day northern lights tour that takes you around the Golden Circle with glacier hiking and ice caving adventures, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 845 travelers. This tour costs approximately 678 USD.

You might also consider this excursion out of Reykjavik that spends two days on the South Coast, allowing travelers to reach the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore a breathtaking crystal ice cave, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 342 travelers. This tour costs about 500 USD.

What is the cheapest excursion in Iceland?

One of the cheapest excursions in Iceland is a three-hour northern lights bus tour from Reykjavik, allowing you to conveniently and affordably marvel over an incredible display of the aurora in Iceland. This experience costs around 53 USD and is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by 250 travelers.

Another affordable trip in Iceland is a six-hour Golden Circle tour around Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the Gullfoss waterfall, providing a brilliant insight into the country’s nature. This guided tour costs approximately 57 USD and is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 133 travelers.

Finally, an a budget-minded excursion in Iceland is a slightly longer Golden Circle tour with a stop at the Friedheimar geothermal greenhouses and their adjacent horse farm, lasting eight hours. This unique tour costs about 72 USD and is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 54 travelers.

How long is the average excursion in Iceland?

The length of excursions in Iceland varies and will depend on which tour you choose. There are both day trips and multi-day tour options available. Multi-day tours are usually between two and eight days long.

One of the longest multi-day excursions available is the small group eight-day guided summer tour of the complete Ring Road, during which you will encircle the entire country and enjoy a wealth of features and landscapes. One of the shortest multi-day excursions is this 2-day West Coast and Snaefellsnes Peninsula with lava caving and northern lights tour, a region so beautiful and diverse it is sometimes called "Iceland in miniature".

Day tours in Iceland also vary in length but offer tourists a convenient escape from Reykjavik. One of the shortest day tours available is the three-hour super jeep and ice caving tour, perfect for winter travelers looking for a quick adventure from Vik. This South Coast sightseeing tour with glacier hiking and northern lights hunting is more suited to those in Reykjavik looking for a full day of adventure, as it lasts 16 hours.

Do excursions offer hotel pickups at Reykjavik hotels?

Some excursions in Iceland offer hotel pickups, depending on which tour you choose. Please check the detailed description of the tour to see whether hotel pickup is included to avoid disappointment. Hotel pickup means that you will be collected from your accommodation in Reykjavik. It is a convenient option that will save you time. Instead of pickup from your Reykjavik accommodation, some tours offer collection from meeting points. These meeting points are usually in well-known places close to major hotels, such as Laugavegur shopping street or Ingolfstorg square.

When do excursions from Reykjavik usually start?

The time that excursions start will vary according to each trip. Some tours begin in the morning to help you make the most of your day. Some excursions begin in the afternoon, and some even start in the evenings. For example, northern lights tours are conducted at night as the auroras are not visible during daylight hours. This four-hour super jeep aurora hunting adventure from Reykjavik, which includes hot chocolate and biscuits is an example.

Do I get dropped off at my Reykjavik hotel after an excursion?

On some excursions in Iceland, you will get dropped off at your accommodation once the tour has finished. If tours offer hotel pickup, you will be picked up from and dropped off at your accommodation. Rather than hotel drop-offs, some operators provide drop-offs at bus stops within Reykjavik. These spots are easy to find and close to major hotels. Other tours require you to meet on location. This three-hour super jeep adventure around the volcanic and glacial landscapes of South Iceland, for example, departs from a meeting point in the village of Vik. If you have any questions about hotel dropoff for your Reykjavik excursion, contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is.

Is lunch included on excursions in Iceland?

Lunch is included on some excursions in Iceland, depending on which excursion you choose. A lunch buffet is available on this relaxing 10-hour tour of west Iceland with a dip in a set of secluded canyon hot springs for an additional cost. If lunch isn’t included on your chosen tour, then you can bring a packed lunch with you. On some trips, there is the opportunity to buy lunch from a local cafe or restaurant. On the small group eight-hour sightseeing tour of the Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater, you will break for lunch at either Gullfoss waterfall or the Geysir Geothermal Areas, both of which have restaurants.

Do excursions in Iceland offer all the equipment that you need?

Yes, most excursions in Iceland offer all of the specialist equipment you might need to do the activities on offer. Gear like crampons and helmets are included on the ice caving tour and glacier hike at Katla, conducted over one of the country's most active volcanoes. Of course, you should be sure to bring sturdy hiking boots and warm, waterproof clothes whenever you are embarking on outdoor excursions in Iceland.