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About Sightseeing Tours in Iceland

Sightseeing tours explore all corners of Iceland, allowing you to witness the vast array of natural landscapes and features that make this country a unique travel destination. The most popular travel trails around the island are the Golden Circle, the Diamond Circle and the South Coast sightseeing routes, but there are many more options.

1. What are the major attractions on the Golden Circle sightseeing route?

The three major sites visited on the Golden Circle sightseeing tours are Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.

2. What are the major attractions on the South Coast?

Along the South Coast, guests can expect to see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black sand beach Reynisfjara, Skaftafell Nature Reserve and the “Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There are, however, two types of South Coast tours; ones that take you all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and others that do not take you so far east and turn back to Reykjavík after stopping at Reynisfjara black sand beach. For details, please check the highlights of each tour.

3. What are the major attractions on the Diamond Circle sightseeing route?

The four major stops on the Diamond Circle sightseeing tours are Húsavik, Ásbyrgi canyon, Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss waterfall, all of which are situated in North Iceland. Diamond Circle sightseeing tours depart from Akureyri

4. How long will guests have at each attraction? 

It largely depends on the stop, but at each attraction, guests can expect 10-60 minutes to take photographs and appreciate the scenery.

5. Is lunch included?

Unless otherwise specified, lunch is not included on sightseeing tours, though there is a half hour break to purchase food or eat a packed lunch.

6. What time of the year do the sightseeing tours operate?

Sightseeing tours operate the year round. Northern lights sightseeing tours can only be undertaken during the winter months and midnight sun sightseeing tours can only be taken during summertime.

7. Which language will our tour guide speak?

All tour guides speak fluent English. If you wish to partake in a tour with another language, please contact your tour provider directly.

8. Will I be able to be picked up and dropped off at my accommodation?

The majority of operators pick up from all major hotels and guesthouses in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. However, those staying at Airbnb or private accommodation must travel to the tour meeting point themselves.

9. Can I sign up for a sightseeing tour if I am a solo traveller?

Of course! Let us know and we will fit you onto a tour that suits you.

10. What type of vehicle will we be using on the tour?

The type of vehicle used depends on the sightseeing tour you choose to partake in. You could be looking at the attractions from a minibus or from a luxury coach.

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Sightseeing in Iceland

Sightseeing in Iceland offers travellers a unique plateau of geological features, from domineering mountainscapes to carved and crooked coastlines.

Iceland’s formation started about 18 million years ago, as lava rising from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, then cooling on the ocean’s surface. This process continues today. 
The primordial energy that shaped the land seen today is often exposed at the surface, with geothermal areas and hot springs dotting the country. This intense mixture of the elements has produced many other natural features, including fumaroles, geysers and bubbling mud puddles, providing the unique chance to see, and smell, the earth as it jostles and moves under heat and pressure. 
Water is a central feature of Iceland’s scenery, having long sculpted the island with huge carving glaciers, heavy rainfall, crashing Atlantic waves and flowing rivers. Waterfalls are prolific, whether they are gentle trickles emerging from lava plateaus or thundering cascades plummeting from the interior highlands; there are simply too many to count, and they make up an integral part of any sightseeing route around the country. 

Ice dominates much of the landscape, with glaciers covering 11% of the island. Visitors can admire these glaciers from a distance or take the opportunity to see them up close. The spaces these glaciers leave behind create dramatic fjords, now an iconic feature of the Icelandic coastline.

Fantastic rock formations are plentiful and varied. From erupting sea-stacks to basalt columns, there’s no end of wonder to gaze upon. Dramatic lava fields cover much of the surface of this ancient land and are often covered with thick moss.

Travellers to Iceland will always find something new, as the countryside transforms dramatically with each season. Grand waterfalls, accented with rainbows, are a staple sight in the summer but become ice-riddled behemoths in the winter time.

No matter where or when you choose to embark on a sightseeing tour, you’re promised a unique and memorable experience, not to mention countless subjects to feast your camera lens upon.

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