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Exploring Excursions in Iceland

Iceland, a land of breathtaking natural beauty, offers many exciting excursions for adventurous travelers. 

One of the most popular excursions is the Golden Circle, which includes stops at the geothermal wonders of Geysir and Strokkur, the historic Thingvellir National Park, and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. 

Another must-see is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa with its milky-blue waters, perfect for relaxation. 

For those seeking a more adrenaline-pumping experience, exploring the ice caves of Vatnajokull Glacier or descending into the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is an unforgettable adventure.

Iceland is also renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes. The South Coast boasts black sand beaches, like Reynisfjara, and the impressive Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. 

Glacier hikes and ice climbing on Solheimajokull glacier provide a unique way to experience the icy wonders. 

The Akureyri region in North Iceland provides opportunities for whale watching and exploring the picturesque Lake Myvatn area, complete with geothermal fields and bubbling mud pots.

To truly appreciate Iceland's natural wonders, consider a multi-day excursion around the Ring Road, offering an all-encompassing experience. 

These adventures allow you to witness the diverse landscapes, from glaciers to volcanoes, hot springs to waterfalls. 

In a land of geological marvels, Iceland's excursions promise an unforgettable journey into the heart of the earth's elemental forces.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best excursion in Iceland?

One of the most popular tours 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.

Another best-rated excursion 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.

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.

Is it worth taking an excursion in Iceland?

Yes, an excursion in Iceland is often worth it to appreciate the country's natural wonders and cultural richness fully. Excursions offer guided experiences to iconic locations like waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, and glaciers, providing valuable insights and convenience.

Knowledgeable guides enhance your understanding of Iceland's unique geography, history, and traditions. While some travelers prefer self-guided exploration, excursions are an excellent choice for those with limited time or looking for a hassle-free way to discover the country's highlights.

Consider your interests, budget, and desired level of guidance to determine if an excursion aligns with your travel goals and enhances your Icelandic adventure.

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.

What are the best times to visit Iceland for excursions?

The best times for excursions in Iceland are during the summer months (June to August) for milder weather and longer daylight hours. Summer is the season of the midnight sun in Iceland, where you can experience nearly 24 hours of daylight, allowing for extended exploration and outdoor activities.

Winter (November to March) is ideal for northern lights excursions when the dark, polar nights provide the perfect backdrop for witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon.

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.

Are excursions in Iceland suitable for families with children?

Yes, many excursions are family-friendly, and there are activities suitable for children, such as easy hikes, sightseeing, whale watching, and visiting geothermal pools.

This Excellent 10 Hour South Coast Tour from Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Reynisfjara is suitable for the whole family. Enjoy the remarkable attractions on the South Coast on this tour, available all year round.

This Family-Friendly 8-Hour Horse Riding and White Water Rafting Combination Tour in North Iceland requires a minimum age requirement of 6 years old. The combination of horseriding and white water rafting makes it ideal for both thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts.

This Private 8 to 10-Hour Customizable Super Jeep Day Trip to Your Dream Locations from Reykjavik is suitable for families who want to personalize their excursion to their preferences and choose age-appropriate activities and attractions.

What should I pack for an Icelandic excursion?

It's essential to pack warm clothing, waterproof layers, sturdy footwear, and outdoor gear suitable for varying weather conditions.

Don't forget to bring a swimsuit and towel for hot springs and geothermal baths.

Excursions with relaxing baths include this Golden Circle With Kerid & Blue Lagoon Tour with Entry Tickets & Pickup from Reykjavik. After enjoying the iconic attractions and the Kerid Crater, you get to rejuvenate and soak in the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.

If you prefer the road less traveled, join this Small Group 10 Hour Tour of the Silver Circle with Canyon Baths, Waterfalls & Reykholt. Enjoy the healing waters and views of the mountainous wilderness at the Husafell Canyon Baths.

What's the best way to get around during excursions in Iceland?

Renting a car or joining guided tours are common ways to explore Iceland. The choice depends on your preferences and the specific excursion.

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.

Are there any safety considerations for Icelandic excursions?

Yes, safety is paramount in Iceland's unpredictable environment. It's crucial to follow your guide's instructions, respect local regulations, and be prepared for rapidly changing weather condition
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