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About Tours by Attractions in Iceland

Iceland varies greatly from south to north and east to west, and although most tours depart from Reykjavik, many depart from other parts of the country as well. In North Iceland, you can enjoy tours from Akureyri or Mývatn; tours from East Iceland depart from Egilsstaðir; and tours of the Westfjords depart from Ísafjörður.

You can take sightseeing tours to the South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Snæfellsnes peninsula, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Highlands and the Westman Islands.

1. What is there to see and do in Reykjavik?

There are plenty of attractions in Reykjavík, including Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, the old harbour, City Hall, multiple shopping streets, museums, galleries, theatres and live entertainment venues. There are also numerous sculpture gardens and parks, avenues lined with street art, restaurants and cafés.

2. What can I see and do on a day tour from Reykjavik?

You can travel the Golden Circle, visit the Blue Lagoon, see the sights of the South Coast, the West of Iceland, Reykjanes peninsula or Snæfellsnes peninsula. In summer you can even visit the Highlands on a day tour. Or you can do an activity such as whale watching, horseback riding, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, snorkelling or driving an ATV.

3. What is there to see and do in Akureyri?

Akureyri is the second largest town in Iceland, and has a number of shops, galleries, cafés, swimming pools and the iconic Akureyri church. There is also a great botanical garden, a famous ice cream shop and an active music and art scene. Beautiful mountain and fjord views can be seen from central Akureyri, and in winter the town boasts the best ski area in the country, Hlíðarfjall. Nearby are many natural attractions, such as Goðafoss waterfall, and many interesting towns and villages.

4. What is there to see and do at Lake Myvatn?

Lake Mývatn itself is known for its stunning flora and fauna, but surrounding it are multiple craters and beautiful rock formations. Visit Skútustaðagígar, hike around Hverfell, walk the trails of Dimmuborgir, bathe in the Mývatn Nature Baths, admire the colours of Námaskarð pass and visit the famous Grjótagjá cave. You can also visit the crater Víti in Krafla volcano or see Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.

5. What is there to see and do in the Westfjords?

The Westfjords are the most remote area in Iceland, and hard to access during wintertime (but great for off-piste skiing). In summer, however, you can kayak the fjords, hike its table-top mountains, visit a number of interesting museums or go hot spring hunting. Also available to you is bird watching, spotting seals on the red sands of Rauðasandur and, of course, admiring Dynjandi waterfall, the crown of the Westfjords.

6. What can I see on the South Coast of Iceland?

Iceland’s South Coast has many popular attractions, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi and Skógafoss, Seljavallalaug pool, Reynisfjara black sand beach and Sólheimajökull glacier. The villages Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur can also be found here, as can the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, Dyrhólaey cliffs, Skaftafell nature reserve and Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon.

7. What can I see and do on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

Snæfellsnes peninsula is often called Iceland in miniature because it is home to an incredibly diverse array of natural features; a glacier and a volcano, craters, lava fields, caves, waterfalls, black and white beaches, beautiful fishing villages and much, much more. See Snæfellsjökull glacier, Kirkjufell mountain, Djúpalónssandur black beach, Búðir black church, Gatklettur rock by Arnarstapi, the surf at Hellnar and stunning views in all directions.

8. What is there to see and do in East Iceland and around Egilsstadir?

If you like hiking, then you have plenty of options with the spiky mountains in East Iceland. Hike to Stórurð from Borgarfjörður Eystri, up Mt. Snæfell, into the mountain ranges Kverkfjöll and Dyrfjoll, the stunning Hafrahvammsgil canyon or to Laugarvallalaug natural hot spring waterfall. For shorter hikes, walk through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and try to spot a monster in Lake Lagarfljót. Alternatively, trek up to Hengifoss waterfall, visit the colourful and arty town Seyðisfjörður or go on a super jeep tour to Askja in the Highlands.

9. What is there to see and do around Skaftafell?

Skaftafell used to be a national park in its own right until it was expanded and merged with Vatnajökull National Park. Multiple glacier hiking tours run from here, as well as to Svínafellsjökull glacier. Always go with a guide when glacier hiking. A campsite and service centre is found in Skaftafell, and a hotel is close by.

10. What is there to see and do in the Icelandic Highlands?

The Highlands are the wildest and harshest landscapes you’ll find in Iceland. There are lakes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes throughout. Popular areas include Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Kerlingarfjöll, Hveravellir and Víti crater in Askja volcano.

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