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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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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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This tour is so wonderful! I was so lucky with our small group and made some amazing new friends! Our guide Sol was so nice! You could see that he enjoyed being a tourist with us in his beautiful country! I've been on other trips in Iceland but I would say this one is a must see. I was amazed by all the scenery and had a wow moment at every location!

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Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

5 average rating | 10 reviews

Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

I did this tour with Siggi who is a 100% Troll but lives amongst humans. The tour was wonderful and every 15 minutes there is something magnificent to see and Siggi told us stories of his TrollTribe and hidden people and kept us energized with music and humour all day. I felt safe and comfortable, was a little scared at somepoints, I am not use to walking in nature but Siggi took great care of me and made sure I did not miss a thing. Thank you Siggi Troll and Troll Expeditions for the best day of 2018 so far.

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This experience was amazin our tour guide was full of information he was proud to share with us! We got to avoid the crowds and experience the beautiful coast! They were so helpful and friendly which made us enjoy the day even more. They even helped us to take all our pictures

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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.7 average rating | 98 reviews

Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This tour was the best tour that I have done in Iceland. Altough you have to get up early it is worth it to get out of bed early. The pick up near the guesthouse has been on time and everthing was well organised. I am not sure if we had luck with the weather for said our prayers well, but the weather has been very good, the sun came out for the entire day and it was quite warm. Albert who was our tourguide has been friendly and charming all the way. He provided us with loads of information and there hasn't been a dull moment. The tour is very long, but there are several bus stops where you can use the facilities and buy a drink or a snack. A lunchbreak and a stop for dinner was planned as well. My personal hightlight was the glacier lagoon. I have never been so close to a glacier and icebergs. The additional booked boat trip was defenitly worth the money. My second hightlight was walking behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I have enjoyed the shower :-) Time flew by and the 14 hours were over too soon. I could have stayed on that tour for several more hours. Iceland is such a beautfiful and fascinating country. Booking a tour is a very stressless and good way to get around. Thank you Albert for being such a great tour guide. I can highly recommend booking this tour. I am sure that I will come back to Iceland, maybe next time in winter. This tour operator will be my first choice for another tour.

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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

4.8 average rating | 124 reviews

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

An amazing experience!

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The tour was excellent! Our guide (Sölvi) was a gentle guy with rich knowledge of Icelandic history and culture. He carefully picked tons of Icelandic music during our drive. The scenery is great as long as it's not raining, which is something you can't expect in Iceland. Highly recommend this tour if you want to know more about Iceland.

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2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

4.8 average rating | 25 reviews

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3

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Mystery Super Jeep Tour | South Coast or the Highlands

5 average rating | 5 reviews

Mystery Super Jeep Tour | South Coast or the Highlands

The best Snowmobiling experience of my life! The Midgard people were so kind and fun to hang out with. I've been on many snowmobiling tours in Iceland and this was by far the best one! I could not be happier with my Midgard experience, the hot tub on the roof was amazing with the northern lights. Food was amazing and the sleeping area was cosy. The family feel of Midgard really shines through and they make you feel like part of the family.

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It was amazing! The tour was informative and covers a lot of places in such a short period amount of time but we didn’t feel rushed at all. Thorstenn was very helpful, funny and informative!

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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

4.7 average rating | 20 reviews

3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

Everything is as advertised above. It is a nice choice for beginner and quite worthwhile .

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Overall, it was a fantastic 3 day tour . Although the weather is changeable, our tour guide Heimir rearrange the order of the stops flexibly to make sure we could join both glacier hiking , ice cave and other spots. To be honest, I felt a little disappointed about the glacier hiking due to the time we staying on the glacier. The time was quite short but I thought is was disrpted by the bad weather. The storm came right away when we arrived the parking lot. As for ice cave, we were really lucky to see a quite big and beautiful one . And we had enough time to take pictures in the cave and there were only our group. We finished these two activities on the second day because the weather was awful on the third day. Besides, we were unlucky that it wasn’t the right time to see the dimonds on the beach ,which I eager to see, however; our gide Heimir took us to another place th see the dimonds near the glacier . Dimonds there were really spectacular and was one of my favorite spots in Iceland . To conclude, I felt thankful for the all arrangement of our guide , or we might miss those activities and amazing sceneries if I we went by ourselves . I definitely satisfy this 3 day tour!

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Our tour was in early March 2018. We were lucky with the weather and it was beautiful every day. The tour was easy to setup up just note the communications might not be immediate depending on time zone (I am in US). It did not affect any of the travel. I recommend at your hotel to ask where the tour buses pick up passengers. Ours was not clear and our guide Sveinbjorn had to search us out. Sveinbjorn was a fantastic guide. Was a safe driver and could definitely relax and watch the scenery without worry. He takes pride in his country and enjoys talking about it with a passion. He made sure were on time and had it set where we arrived earlier at places then other tour groups which made it easy for us to get around. If the place was dangerous he made sure the group knew (multiple times). What I liked is I learned more about Iceland from him then any other resource. Now more about the trip. Each day we were on the road by 8 local time so the day starts early. All the hotels were nice and there were some brand new ones. A travel note is once you are at a hotel expect to be there and no other exploring since they are isolated. I personally was nervous about hiking the glacier but our guide (did not remember his name) kept me at ease and it was a great experience. The ice caves were fantastic and a lot of it was due to our guide Faye. She kept us entertained and played Icelandic rock music for us. All the places we stopped were interesting and we were glad we did the extended tours to the east side of the island (away from most of the tourists). I think my only frustrating thing was the end of the tour from Akureyri back to Reykjavík. We did not spend any time in Akureyri because our plane left about 11:00am local time. Might have been nice to seen more of Akureyri. And once we arrived back in Reykjavík we assumed there would be transportation since the tour asked where we were staying once we got back in Reykjavík but we had to find it ourselves. Plenty of taxis just be aware. I recommend a new visitor to the island to use a tour company and I think you will enjoy your stay

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Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

4.8 average rating | 45 reviews

Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

Highly recommend

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The best day I spent in Iceland. This trip was amazing and the schedule was managed very well. Our guide Michael was very patient, knowledgeable and handsome. He made the trip very flexible to ensure we have the best experience. Highly recommend!

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