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Nature tours take you a step closer to Iceland's wild and unbound landscapes. Explore unmatched natural attractions and discover the creeping glaciers, ancient volcanoes and roaring waterfalls that make Iceland stand out amongst the world's top travel destinations.

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Nature tours take you a step closer to Iceland's wild and unbound landscapes. Explore unmatched natural attractions and discover the creeping glaciers, ancient volcanoes and roaring waterfalls that make Iceland stand out amongst the world's top travel destinations.
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5-Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon

Come along on a 5-day journey and visit the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the Blue Lagoon and an authentic Ice Cave with this all-encompassing winter package. Your five days will be brimming with Icelandic culture, history, and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter.  Those wanting to travel with ease and comfort to Iceland's best sights, should not miss this winter package as this trip includes all accommodation, transportation, and visits to incredible natural attractions with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland. With this winter package, you'll not only get to relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa and visit the famous Golden Circle, but you'll also journey down to the South Coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park where you'll visit a rare, natural blue ice cave. You'll also get to hunt for the beautiful Aurora Borealis with a complimentary Northern Lights tour where you'll be either driven to the Icelandic countryside or sail out to the ocean in search for these dancing lights. And if you'd like to add more adventures to this action-packed winter journey, you can opt for tours where you'll snowmobile on a glacier, snorkel between continents or ride around the wild nature on an Icelandic horse. Don't hesitate and reserve this all-in-one winter package now! Discover the stunning Icelandic landscape while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the sky above you.  Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
253 reviews

Duration:
5days
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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4.8
168 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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​Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier | Departure from Jokulsarlon

Join this incredible experience to see the extraordinary beauty of two Icelandic ice caves in winter. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore these natural wonders hidden beneath Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.  Your ice cave experience will begin at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon base camp. Here you will enjoy some complimentary tea or coffee in the warmth of a purpose-built bus with a working fireplace. This is the perfect place to get excited about the adventure ahead. You will then board a modified monster truck and head off towards the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. One thing that sets this tour apart from others is that you will be driven right to the mouth of the ice cave; there’s no hiking necessary, meaning you get the most out of your time exploring. Along the way to the caves, your experienced guide will tell you all about the surrounding landscape and how ice caves form. Once you arrive at the first cave, you will be guided inside. Ice caves are unique and form each year during the regular melt and freeze cycles of glaciers. Each ice cave is as unique as a fingerprint, making a visit to one a truly unique experience. You will then be driven to the next cave. Because you will visit two ice caves on this tour, you will get to see for yourself just how they differ.  The two ice caves visited are used exclusively by us. This means the group sizes remain smaller when compared to other ice cave tours. You will have plenty of time inside to experience icy walls, dappled in stunning blues. Your guide will be with you the whole time to share a wealth of information, answer any question and help you get the best possible photos of your experience. You will then be taken back through the enchanting landscapes of the south to the base camp. Along the way you will make a stop to take in the natural surroundings, making for another incredible photo opportunity. Before your tour ends, you will have experienced two unique natural wonders that few ever get to see and take home some spectacular memories of the icy beyond. This is one of the highest-rated ice cave tours available. Because of its popularity, it often books out so don’t delay, check availability by choosing a date and get ready to explore some natural wonders.   
4.5
738 reviews

Duration:
2.5hours
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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Northern Lights Minibus Tour

Reserve your place on this cosy minibus tour and go hunting for the Northern Lights in the company of new friends! This tour is for anyone who has ever admired pictures of the Northern Lights and wished they could run away to Iceland. You’ll finally see them yourself on this special evening. With a small group, you can have your own communion with nature, and ask your guide all the questions you have. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and whisked off to the country away from the noise and bright lights of Reykjavik, allowing you to hunt for the Northern Lights in the silence and darkness of the Icelandic winter. You’ll be outside in the elements while you hunt for the Aurora, so be sure to bundle up and wear your favourite woollen socks. Your tour guides will help to keep you warm with a supply of hot chocolate and ginger biscuits. Remember that although they are fascinating, the Lights are also unpredictable: the Aurora Forecast in Iceland gives a likelihood every day of where they may be found, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you are unlucky and don’t spot any Northern Lights on your tour, you can book yourself another night - for free! The Northern Lights can be white, blue, green, pink or even red. These colours are caused by particles from solar winds slamming into the earth’s magnetic field. When these charged particles hit the oxygen-rich atmosphere, they react with the different chemicals and burst into glorious colour! Don’t miss this brilliant display of natural wonder. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.4
287 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
Aug. - Apr.
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Blue Lagoon Shuttle | Bus Transfer

Jump aboard this highly efficient bus transfer from Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, to the world-famous spa, The Blue Lagoon. This is the perfect opportunity for all of those looking to reach this relaxing spa without having to worry about directions or driving the winter roads. This Blue Lagoon transfer takes you from Reykjavík to the famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The transfer itself will take approximately forty-five minutes, during which time you can organise your return journey and enjoy the spectacular and diverse landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula as they pass by your window.   Once you arrive at the Blue Lagoon spa itself, you will be immediately taken by the soothing milky blue waters and the large white clouds that billow from the water's surface. Why not enjoy a massage or a face mask? If not that, then try smothering yourself with the silica mud at the lagoon's bottom, renown for its incredible healing properties to the skin. Surrounding the spa itself is a plethora of gorgeous scenery, from snow-blanketed rocks to distant mountains. The entrance ticket to the lagoon itself needs to be pre-booked separately in advance. This is because the lagoon is often fully booked, and thus places are competitive. The most suitable timing of the entrance ticket should be an hour and a half after the pickup time of the bus transfer. This should give you enough time to fully maximise your time at the Blue Lagoon.  Return transfer to Reykjavík is included or, if you rather visit the lagoon after a holiday in Iceland, you can continue to Keflavík International Airport after a soak at the Spa.  Don't miss out on this essential Icelandic experience, relaxing in the warm and magical waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
238 reviews

Duration:
4hours
Available:
All year
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Golden Circle Minibus Tour | Full Day Excursion

Hop on board a minibus for the essential Iceland experience: a tour of The Golden Circle. This journey will take you on a ride to Iceland’s most famous attractions, without the rush and hassle of the big buses. This tour is for those who wants to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture; you will not only see main sights, you will also get to know Icelandic music and cuisine. The tour starts in the morning when you are picked up by a small but comfortable minibus. You’ll then be driven to the south of Iceland to a little, hidden treasure called Faxi waterfall. Nestled in a quiet spot, not visible from the main road, Faxi is a low but wide waterfall, named after the mane of the Icelandic horse. From the little Faxi, you’ll head towards the enormous and mighty Gullfoss. The glacial river Hvítá takes a dramatic 32-metre plunge into a canyon, creating this stunning and beautiful waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions. Next, you will visit the Geysir geothermal area. Located in Haukadalur valley, the ‘Great Geysir’ is a hot spring that’s been active for approximately 10,000 years. Although Geysir is now mostly dormant, nearby is another geyser called Strokkur, which spouts water 10-15 metres up in the air every 10 minutes or so, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture the perfect photo. The last part of the Golden Circle is the Þingvellir national park, a place of great historical and geographical significance. Þingvellir is where Iceland’s parliament, the Alþingi, was founded in the year 930, making it the oldest running parliament in the world. It is also a place where two tectonic plates are drifting apart, which can be seen in the cracks and rock fractions which traverse the region. Along the way, your tour guide will not only tell you everything about the places you'll be visiting, he will also introduce you to Icelandic culture through music and give you samples of traditional Icelandic food and beverages. You’ll listen to some of Iceland’s best musicians while travelling the Golden Circle. If you like the music, you’ll be able to find it right away on Spotify with the free wifi on board the minibus. This way you can relive the experience when you get back home. Don’t miss out on a unique and first-hand introduction to Iceland through this fascinating day tour! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
444 reviews

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Small Group Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Crater & the Ice Cream Farm

Hop aboard this full day minibus tour around the famous Golden Circle route and explore and discover Iceland's mesmerising natural landscapes for yourself. You'll not only travel this favourite trail, but you'll make a couple more exciting pit stops along your way back, to guarantee you have an unforgettable experience.  Once you have been picked up from your preferred location in Reykjavík, you will make your way to the stunning Þingvellir National Park. This is where Iceland's first parliament was established and is today identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will get the chance to explore the park at your own pace, learning more about the sites' cultural importance to Icelanders, and see firsthand Silfra fissure, the beautiful underwater canyon dividing the Eurasian and North American continental plates. Soon after, you will be driven to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most popular waterfall, situated on the rafting river Hvítá. Fed by Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull, the river Hvítá plunges down into an ancient canyon, creating the spectacular falls in the process. From Gullfoss, you'll make a stop at Geysir, in Haukadalur Valley. Here, the geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes, reaching heights between 15-20 metres. Giving you plenty of chances to get a great photo.  You will make a stop at a farm in Efstidalur valley. The place is commonly known as the "Ice Cream Farm" as they produce great tasting ice cream from the milk from their cows. There, you'll have a chance to sample this delicious frozen treat while watching the cows relax in the barn. Before you return to Reykjavík, you will make a final stop at the crater lake Kerið. Around 3,000 years ago a volcanic cone emptied in an eruption and collapsed into its own magma chamber, which later got filled with water, creating this stunning crater lake. You'll have the option of walking along the rim of the crater, seeing how the red walls of Kerið contrast the azure blue water. In addition, this tour offers a more private and comfortable service. It is operated using a minibus with a maximum of 19 people. This provides more comfort and tranquillity when compared to a large coach. The minibus is also equipped with wi-fi and the tour guide will be playing Icelandic music along the way for your enjoyment. If you're looking to explore Iceland's Golden Circle in comfort (with some added extras), look no further than this fantastic minibus tour. Come and experience nature in all its amazing glory! Check the booking availability by choosing a date
4.9
271 reviews

Duration:
9hours
Available:
All year
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Drysuit Snorkeling in Silfra with Transfer- FREE Photos

Dive into this drysuit snorkelling tour of Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conducted at the edge of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland, this tour is sure to enthral and mesmerise you! You'll have an unforgettable view down into the depths below, thanks to the silvery water which gives Silfra its name. The water is so clear, you'll be able to see as far as 100 m (almost 330 ft) down, to the shadowy caves that are formed by centuries of earthquakes widening the fissure and releasing the pressures of the earth's crust. It's the only place on earth where you can swim between a meeting place of worlds: the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Witness the strength and power of the land as you drift on the current. Plants resembling troll hair grow on the rocks, floating in the water, and you'll see many shades of green and yellow algae. Silfra was recently ranked #15 on the World's Best Dive Sites, chosen by CNN News. With this tour, you can experience the mysteries below without being a fully qualified diver, and make a fun afternoon of it while you enjoy the national park. There are also several walking trails around Silfra if you'll like to enjoy the scenery by the water. Because you're wearing a drysuit, you'll view Silfra from the surface while the slow current carries you through a stunning underwater landscape. You stay dry underneath the drysuit, and you'll be warmer in the water, which is usually around 2–4 °C (36–39 °F). It's so cold because it is meltwater from Langjökull glacier, filtered through porous lava rock for as much as 100 years before finally flowing into the fissure at the height of purity. Go ahead, take a sip! Don't miss your chance for a refreshing dip in the purest water on earth! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
218 reviews

Duration:
4.5hours
Available:
All year
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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavík

Jump aboard this affordable bus tour for your chance to see one of nature’s greatest marvels, the Northern Lights. This tour is for those travelling outside of the summer months, who seek to tick ‘seeing the aurora borealis’ off of their bucket list. You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation in the evening and whisked away from the bright lights of the city. Departure times differ depending on the time of year. There is no itinerary or a specific set of locations, instead, your guide and driver will use their experience and knowledge of the weather conditions to take you the most promising viewing spots. The tour will last approximately three hours, and you will be taken to the areas with the clearest skies for the best view, so you’ll be able to enjoy the wonder and beauty of the sky when the auroras start to descend from the canopy of stars above. Each time they emerge, they dance differently, and in ever-changing colours. Most of the time, they will appear green but can be purple, pink, red, white, or blue depending on their strength and the atmospheric conditions. Your experience with them will be entirely unique, and all the more special for it. Solar winds and cloud cover dictate whether or not the northern lights will show and so your best chance of catching them will be on a clear night. Iceland is one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to see this incredible phenomenon. The tour is weather dependent, so if the auroras are not expected to be visible, the tour will not run. If you join the tour and the lights do not appear, fear not, you are welcome to join the tour again another night, free of charge.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this incredible natural wonder and give yourself a magical winter night in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date
4.2
202 reviews

Duration:
3.5hours
Available:
Aug. - Apr.
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The Popular Golden Circle Tour | Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir

Join this tour to see the "Big Three" of essential travelling locations in Iceland: Geysir hot spring area, Gullfoss waterfall and the always beautiful Þingvellir National Park. Throughout your Golden Circle tour, you will be privy to a fantastic plethora of aesthetic beauty; rolling farmlands, distant mountain tops, trickling rivers and picturesque valleys. Don't be surprised to find yourself taking photographs from the vehicle window! Your first destination on the Golden Circle is the incredible Geysir geothermal area, a natural spectacle that defies the imagination. The area is made up of deep bubbling mud pools and shooting hot springs, the most famous of which are Geysir and Strokkur. The former no longer erupts but the latter is a mighty one, erupting every 4-8 minutes and reaching on average 15-20 m (65 ft) into the air; sometimes it will reach the amazing height of 40 m (131 ft). The next stop is the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, on the popular rafting river Hvitá. It plummets 32 m (104 ft) into the river gorge and you can get close enough to feel the water spray on your face. This is Iceland's most famous waterfall and definitely one of the most beautiful. Nothing can quite describe the roar that comes with such a thunderous cascade! You'll end your tour at Þingvellir  National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Here, you will literally walk between the continents of Europe and America. Þingvellir was also the founding site for Iceland's national parliament, the first of its kind, in 930 AD. Of particular interest is the impressive Almannagjá canyon, marking the eastern boundary of the North American tectonic plate. Don't miss your chance to get on this tour and see some of Iceland's most important natural, historical and cultural sites. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
123 reviews

Duration:
6hours
Available:
All year
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Blue Lagoon Transportation From Keflavik Airport

Join this highly useful bus transfer to travel directly from Keflavík International Airport to the world-renown Blue Lagoon Spa, a hot pool complex that draws visitors from across the world. This is the perfect opportunity for those travellers looking to relax immediately after their flights, getting straight into the holiday spirit with a luxurious soak in the lagoon's azure waters. After spending some time in the warm, milky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, you can then take a bus onwards to Reykjavík and be dropped off at a designated drop-off point near your hotel or guesthouse. This not only makes the process of getting to your accommodation a piece of cake, it also means that you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and authentically Icelandic experience in between the legs of travel. It's easy to see why the Blue Lagoon spa is so popular amongst locals and international visitors alike, and that's just given the sheer aesthetic of the place. Aside from the glorious temperature of the water, the lagoon is surrounded by a plethora of gorgeous nature, from volcanic hillsides to distant mountains, and silica mud, proven to possess healing qualities beneficial for the skin. Plus, there is always the opportunity for a massage, a face mask or even a bite to eat at the Blue Lagoon's accompanying bistro. Please note that the entrance ticket to the Blue Lagoon is not included and that you need to pre-book it in advance.  It is better to do this in a timely manner as the lagoon is very popular and places are competitive. Make sure to avoid any disappointment on arrival by having your entrance tickets book well in advance.  So what's the delay? Make sure to unwind in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon as soon as you arrive in Iceland and beat off the jetlag. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
103 reviews

Duration:
4hours
Available:
All year
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Snaefellsnes National Park | Small Group Day Tour

Jump aboard this captivating tour to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Sometimes called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its vast diversity of landscapes, this is the perfect trip for those who seek to capture the true spirit and beauty of this incredible island. This is a small-group minibus tour for a maximum of 19 people, allowing for a comfortable and personal experience. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík in the morning, then head north-west. While the immediate surrounding scenery will be of rolling farmlands, it will diversify as soon as you reach the peninsula. You will cruise between the beautiful, rocky coast and a long range of mountains to your first destination: the Snæfellsjökull subglacial volcano. Often called ‘the crown jewel of the peninsula’, Snæfellsjökull is a magnificent, cone-shaped volcano adorned with ice throughout the year. Its beauty has inspired writers and artists for centuries, most notably Jules Verne; his novel ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ is set here. After admiring this incredible natural landmark, you will head to the charming farm of Ytri-Tunga to see its resident seal colony. These creatures, which spend hours hauling out on the shore, are a pleasure to observe, as they lazily sun themselves with little concern for those observing them. Animal-lovers would do well to keep an eye on the ocean around here too, as Snæfellsnes is one of the best places in the country to spot orcas from the shore. You will next see the charming villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, which are said to be steeped in magic and folklore. They are located in a lovely coastal area, which is dotted with beautiful rock formations and dramatic cliffs. The most notable of these geological formations are the two basalt columns called Lóndrangar, so tall and striking that many have compared them to a castle. Near these, you will have a chance to wander along a gorgeous black beach, Djúpalónssandur, the cliffs of which are home to many nesting seabirds. At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are ‘lifting stones’, once used to measure the strength of fishermen who worked and lived along the coasts here. Your guide will tell you what each was called, and you can see how well you would have risen to the challenge of moving them. Your final stop will be at the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland. Kirkjufell rises alone from a sea of green hills and wildflowers, surrounded by trickling rivers and little waterfalls; it is without a doubt one of the most scenic areas in the country. You’ll want to have your camera on hand when exploring this beautiful feature. The Snæfellnes peninsula is one of the country’s most beautiful spots. Don’t miss your opportunity to see 'Iceland in Miniature'. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
371 reviews

Duration:
11hours
Available:
Jan. - Nov.
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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

See Iceland's most iconic attraction and take a wild snowmobile ride on this incredible day tour. You’ll take in the sights of the famed Golden Circle and then plant your feet on the pedals of a zippy snowmobile, to spend an hour whizzing across the colossal ivory snows of Langjökull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. After hopping on a tour bus at, or near, your hotel or guesthouse, your odyssey will take you to Þingvellir National Park; a place known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance. Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrating the world's longest running democratic parliament, the Alþingi, which was founded there in 930 AD. The second stop is at the scorching geothermal area known as Geysir which is home to Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland, as well as countless steam vents and fumaroles, that characterise the area.  From there, you will head to the top of Langjökull for an exhilarating one-hour snowmobile tour on the vast snowcap. Hiking the glacier is refreshing and eye-opening, to be sure, but you’ve not experienced it fully until you hit the ice at high speed. The view from this location is breathtaking, and on a clear day, a major portion of the Icelandic highlands and several other glaciers are visible. On our way back to Reykjavík, we will stop by the final location on the Golden Circle, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall. At Gullfoss, you will have the opportunity to take a path to the cliffs which directly overlook the immense falls, and see massive quantities of water plummet violently into a deep, meandering gorge. You can feel the brisk spray on your face and truly breathe in the experience! Don't miss out on this tour which offers a peek into Iceland’s astounding history and geography, as well as the unforgettable feel of the frosty wind in your lungs as you speed across the glacial ice cap of Langjökull. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
79 reviews

Duration:
10hours
Available:
All year
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The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Small Group Day Tour of the Famous Sites

Discover the pure power of Mother Earth as you explore areas of untouched nature, tectonic shifts and geothermal activity in this tour of Iceland’s most popular attractions. This tour is essential for the country's visitors as it includes Iceland’s best-known natural phenomena; Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park and the world famous Blue Lagoon.  The geothermal area of Haukadalur valley is the home of the Geysir hot spring. Although Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features other spectacular hot springs, such as Strokkur. Bring a camera because Strokkur hot spring spouts columns of water 15-20 metres up in the air every 10 minutes or so, giving you numerous opportunities to take great photos.  Geysir area is one part of the Golden Circle, a trio of scenic areas in southern Iceland which include Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park. On your tour of the south, you will also visit a volcanic crater called Kerið. The second part of the Golden Circle is the incredible waterfall, Gullfoss. The waterfall is located in the canyon of the river Hvítá which runs from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful as it cascades in two steps down into a 32-metre crevice. If the conditions allow, you'll be able to stand close enough to feel the water spraying gently on your face. Þingvellir national park is not only an incredibly beautiful area, it is also historically significant and geographically unique. The national park is where the Vikings founded Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930, the oldest still working parliament in the world. Þingvellir is also a place where the continental drift between two tectonic plates is happening. You can clearly see evidence of this in the cracks and gorges in the region.  Last on your tour before you head your way west again is Kerið, a volcanic crater with a lake in the middle. At approximately 6500 years old, Kerið is more than 55 metres deep, 170 metres wide and 270 metres across. Kerið is comprised of red volcanic rocks, green moss grows on its sides, and the lake in the middle is filled with minerals which give the water a vivid aquamarine colour. This offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery. You will end the day at the Blue Lagoon, arriving there in the early afternoon for a relaxing time in the amazing hot geothermal waters. You will spend 2 hours in total at the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavík, just remember to book your voucher beforehand.   Bring a camera, pack your swimsuit and don’t miss out on seeing the pearls of Iceland on this day tour of the most famous sites. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
145 reviews

Duration:
11hours
Available:
All year
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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik

Join the adventure on this magical South Coast tour to the majestic icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. On your journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you will be privy to a plethora of amazing natural sights; countless waterfalls cascade majestically down towering cliff faces, meadows of quintessential farmland sprawl to the shores of the Atlantic, gentle rivers trickle and slice the landscape. From your seat, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a magical fantasy land, a world that almost defies the imagination. On top of all that, you will traverse the black sand deserts of Skeiðarársandur and Sólheimasandur. You will also pass through the charming fishing village of Vik, see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and even the highly popular Vatnajökull National Park, with its giant of a glacier and unique flora and fauna. At Jökulsárlón, you will be left speechless and enthralled at the sight of diamond-blue icebergs bobbing and moving gracefully through the water, the glacier tall and mighty in the background. Many of you might recognise the glacier from such films as Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! If not, you’ll certainly recognise the feeling of peace and tranquillity that overcomes you on first sight of the icebergs. The sound of the icebergs rubbing and scraping against one another creates a satisfying groan, made all the more perfect by happy seals playing together in the water. You can also check out the shoreline, where the icebergs move off into the sea, creating fantastic photo opportunities! This is a holiday location you will never want to forget! So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay in booking this fantastic day tour across the beautiful landscapes of South Iceland, finally arriving at the tour highlight, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Check availability by choosing a date!
4.6
167 reviews

Duration:
14.5hours
Available:
All year
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Northern Lights Bus Tour

Gaze up at the stunning Northern Lights as you journey outside of the capital city, Reykjavik, to some of Iceland’s darkest, and most beautiful corners. This tour is for anyone and everyone who has heard of this famous cosmic phenomenon and dreams of ticking it off the bucket list! You’ll be picked up at a selected pickup location to be taken out of Reykjavik on a journey to see the bright dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Visitors to Iceland come from far and wide during the winter months in the hope of seeing these sparkling bands of colour decorating the night sky. Throughout history, ancient people looking up at these strange, glimmering colours have searched for an explanation - messages from beyond? The spirits of the dead? Though we know now that the Northern Lights are caused by collisions between gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere, it is hard not to think of the supernatural when you bask in their magical illuminations. It is best to see the aurora display on a night with good atmospheric activity and clear skies. Your guides will endeavour to find the best location that meets these conditions, giving you the best possible chance to see the Northern Lights during your trip. Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time we announce whether the tour is ON (by email and on our website). The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund. There is no set location for this tour due to the unpredictability of the lights; you’ll go where the forecast takes you! As this tour is weather-dependent and sightings are not guaranteed, you are welcome to join the Northern Lights tour on another night, free of charge, if you have no luck on your first try. Don’t miss your chance to see the Northern Lights, set against the beauty of a cold winter’s night! Check the booking availability by choosing a date. Please note that children under 8 years old cannot join the tour as it is very late at night and tiring.
4.4
58 reviews

Duration:
4hours
Available:
Oct. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Hunt | Superjeep Tour With A Photographer

Hop on board a super jeep and travel in style on this hunt for the breathtaking Northern Lights. Take in the stunning scenery of the Icelandic landscape while keeping an eye on the sky for this elusive but incredible sight. This tour is perfect for those who'd like to witness one of the world's greatest wonders in comfort.  You will be picked up in Reykjavík in the evening by a custom 4x4 super jeep, built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain. You will be driven far away from the lights of the city to the darkened countryside for the best possible view of these bright dancing lights.  On your journey, you will be driven by an expert guide who will look for gaps in the clouds and signs of the aurora borealis. They will pick the best location to see this beautiful light display and entertain you with information about the Icelandic nature.  On the way to the perfect spot, you will be driven through the stunning Icelandic landscape. You will travel past fields and mountains and get an unbelievable nighttime view of the country.  The super jeep, in which you will be travelling, provides comfort unmatched by the big buses. Its size allows the driver to reach places the big buses cannot. You will also travel in a small group, which makes the experience exceptionally private and peaceful. You will get a chance to exit the super jeep for a better view of the green, pink and white colours in the sky. The Northern Lights are only visible during the wintertime and only in countries in the far north. So dress warmly for this unique opportunity to see this rare natural phenomenon.  Don't miss your chance to see the incredible Northern Lights with your own eyes. Come along for an intimate, awe-inspiring experience that you will never forget. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.3
83 reviews

Duration:
4hours
Available:
Jan. - Apr.
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Golden Circle and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages

Come along for two essential Icelandic experiences: sightseeing around the Golden Circle, and hunting for the Northern Lights. This tour should appeal to all those who seek to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature and witness one of the world’s greatest wonders. Your tour starts at Reykjavík Terminal where you will meet up with your guide or you will be picked up (available at extra cost) from outside your accommodation to board a bus that is part of a brand new fleet and has Wi-Fi, a tablet for each guest, and an audio guide which provides commentary in 10 different languages. Of course, there will also be an expert guide on board to help you with any queries. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. This is the most important historical site in Iceland, where early settlers founded their first parliament in 930 AD. This parliament continues to this day in Reykjavík, making it the longest-running, ongoing institution of its kind. Þingvellir is located in the valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is the only place this rift comes above sea level, and nowhere is it more apparent than here. The next stop will be the Geysir Geothermal Area in the Haukadalur Valley. This area is renowned for its hot-springs, most notably its two geysers. Geysir itself no longer erupts regularly, but its neighbour Strokkur blasts water up to 20-metres (65 feet) high every five to ten minutes. Once you have seen it erupt several times, you will move onto the third and final stop of Golden Circle, Gullfoss. This is a magnificent waterfall, falling in two tiers from a height of 32 metres (105 feet) into an ancient canyon. You can witness the majesty of these falls at a viewing platform right beside where the water is dropping. With the three sights of the Golden Circle complete, you will return to Reykjavík where you'll have a few hours to unwind before you are picked up again for the Northern Lights hunt.  Once you set off on your Northern Lights hunt, there are no set destinations; your guide will follow the weather online and direct your driver to the spots with the least cloud cover. They are experts at finding the Northern Lights and know all the darkest, most secluded viewing locations. Watching the auroras descend from the stars is a magical experience. If you want to take some photographs, your guide can help you with the settings of your camera. There will also be tripods on board which you can use to get the best results. After a three-hour hunt, you will return to Reykjavík. If you are not lucky enough to catch the lights, you will get another try for free. So do not hesitate. Jump aboard for a tour that combines two incredible, essential Icelandic experiences. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.6
78 reviews

Duration:
10.5hours
Available:
Aug. - Apr.
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The Golden Circle & the Secret Lagoon | Sightseeing & Hot-Spring Bathing

Join an unforgettable excursion where the mesmerising Golden Circle Tour is topped off with a dip in the Secret Lagoon. The first stop of the Golden Circle tour is the Þingvellir National Park which is renowned for both its geological and historical significance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated on the continental rift that separates the European and American tectonic plates and is home to Þingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. It is also the place where Iceland's first parliament was founded over a thousand years ago. After exploring the national shrine of Þingvellir, you will visit the Geysir geothermal area where you walk among bubbling mud pots and boiling streams while the iconic Strokkur geyser shoots fuming water 40 meters into the air. Stay back or you might get wet! The last stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss, the Waterfall of Gold, whose seemingly endless power can not only be seen but also felt. On the paved path that takes you to the cascade, you can feel the vibration of the water flooding by and taste the spray as huge gouts of mist spout into the air by the eternal churning of glacial water. Your day comes to a perfect end with a dip in the Secret Lagoon, a secluded hot spring that is located in a stunning setting in the midst of the Southern countryside. The pool is lined with natural rock, with soothing water temperatures of 36-40°C (96-104°F).  Enjoy two of the most treasured activities in Iceland, strolling the countryside and relaxing in a natural hot spring. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.7
124 reviews

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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4.8
243 reviews

Duration:
3.5hours
Available:
All year
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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk

Add some excitement to your holiday and come along on an exhilarating glacier hike on top of an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. This exciting tour is perfect for those travelling the south coast of Iceland and want to combine incredible landscapes with a thrilling adventure.  A stop at Skaftafell is a must for travellers on Iceland’s south shore. It is a stunning area of amazing contrasting scenery; where enormous white glaciers are surrounded by jet black sands. Scaling one of those glaciers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed, and this tour will allow you to hike up a glacier tongue of the largest glaciers in Europe.  You will meet your certified glacier guide by the company's trailer 150 meters south of the Skaftafell Visitor Center. They will give you all the necessary equipment and then take you on a short 15-minute drive to the glacier tongue, where you will receive all the equipment and knowledge necessary to scale the massive ice cap. You’ll learn the basics of glacier hiking before heading out on the ice.  On this tour, you will be given the unique opportunity to hike up a glacier and see firsthand it's constantly changing environment. Your expert guide will lead you through this frosty wilderness, past incredible ice formations, deep cracks and blue crevasses. Standing on top of the glacier might give you a feeling of being alone in the world, surrounded by nothing other than the blinding whiteness of the glacier. Once you reach the ice cap, you’ll get plenty of time to marvel at the surrounding landscape and take in the views. During this tour, on a clear day, you might see the magnificent Hvannadalshnúkur, the country’s highest peak.  Discover the ancient and untouched wilderness of Vatnajökull glacier surrounding areas. Book now to secure your place on this unforgettable glacier hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
268 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
All year
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Full Day South Coast Tour | Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Reynisfjara

Come see some of the fairest landscapes in Iceland belonging to the sun-dappled South Coast. The attractions you will be seeing include the iconic Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Vík Village and Reynisfjara volcanic beach, among others, on this day tour perfect for any nature-loving sightseers visiting Iceland.  Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 m (197 ft). The waterfall is a charming interlude in the rocky, rolling countryside, and includes a path right up to the waterfall, behind it, and out the other side. Feel the spray on your face as you venture in. The next waterfall, Skógafoss, is one of the largest waterfalls in the country, with a width of 25 m (82 ft) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall produces, a single or even double rainbow is often on display when it's sunny. The picturesque village of Vík then gives you a place to buy souvenirs, refuel with a cool drink or a snack and practice your Icelandic with the locals. A short distance from the village is Reynisfjara beach, full of volcanic stones worn smooth by the water and black sand pounded by the surf. Have your picture taken in front of Garðar, the basalt columns which characterise the cliffs. Listen to the waves crash against the shore and the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar out in the ocean. You'll find the beach teeming with birdlife nesting on the cliffs and wheeling through the sky. On the way back to the city, we will pass through lush farmlands with the sheep and horses that make Icelanders so proud. Your tour guide will share some of the fascinating histories of the region on your return, highlighting the wind-swept Icelandic countryside. Don't miss out on this popular jaunt to Iceland's most thrilling natural attractions belonging to the South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
39 reviews

Duration:
10.5hours
Available:
All year
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Family Friendly Ice Cave Tour | Vatnajokull Glacier from Jokulsarlon

Come along on a fantastic family-friendly Ice Cave tour in Vatnajökull glacier. Those travelling to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon should not miss this excursion as an ice cave tour is truly a unique experience. Your adventure starts at Jökulsárlón where your guides for the day will meet you and hand out equipment for the ice caves. You'll then board a modified 4x4, or a super jeep, to get to the caves. The drive up to the caves takes only about 20-30 minutes, but it is exciting, and the magnificent scenery on the way up there will surely take your breath away. The guides are very informative and entertaining; they will tell you facts about the area, stories from the community, fairytales and everything you would like to know, so please do not be shy to ask them questions about anything that comes to mind. When you arrive, there is a short walk to the ice caves, and your guides continue to inform you about the great Vatnajökull glacier. Once in the cave, you will get a good time to explore, take pictures and just enjoy yourself on your vacation. There is no hurry. The ice caves are formed naturally and each fall the guides go “ice cave hunting”, looking for new caves and see if any of the old ones are still there. So, the structure and condition can vary significantly between years. Each day, the guides decide which cave they will visit, all depending on the weather and, of course, the safety of the guests. On your way back, there will be a little twist to your tour as you'll stop on the way to explore a bit more, but what you will see is for you to discover, we wouldn't want to spoil the fun and tell you about it all now!
4.9
19 reviews

Duration:
2.5hours
Available:
Jan. - Mar.
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The Secret Lagoon | Transfer & Entrance

Bask in one of Iceland’s most beautiful geothermally heated swimming pools: the Secret Lagoon. This magical place is the perfect destination if you wish to relax and unwind during your time in Iceland. You will be picked up in Reykjavík in the morning and from there you will start your trip over to the lagoon. Your journey will take you through the diverse scenery of West Iceland, so keep your camera ready; you are sure to pass some dramatic features, and probably a few Icelandic horses. It takes just over an hour to reach Flúðir, the town of the Secret Lagoon. This is a mystical place due to the high level of geothermal activity in the area; steam rising from hot springs, fumaroles, and even a geyser shroud your destination, giving it a fantastical air of mystery. If you want to do more than just relax, you will be able to take a short walk around this geothermal area. The Secret Lagoon is the oldest community swimming pool in Iceland and has plenty of historic charm. Though the pool itself has barely changed since its establishment in 1891, it has a wealth of modern amenities, such as a cafe, showers, and changing facilities, so you do not need to sacrifice your comfort to enjoy the timeless setting. Make sure you remember your swimsuit for this tour, but do not worry about towels; they will be provided. If you do forget your swimming gear, it is possible to rent once you arrive. As soon as you ease into the water, which is around 40 degrees Celsius, any stress or tension built up over your vacation will instantly wash away. Lying in the serene waters, the beautiful nature around you veiled in swirling steam is simply divine. If you are travelling with children, they will more than happily entertain themselves with the floats available. Once you have fully recharged and admired the area, you will return to your bus for the scenic drive back to Reykjavík. You will arrive in the capital in the late afternoon, with enough time to make evening plans. Give yourself an afternoon to just unwind. Relax in the Secret Lagoon on this convenient, simple, and tranquil tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
28 reviews

Duration:
5hours
Available:
Feb. - Dec.
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About Nature Tours in Iceland

Most travellers visit Iceland to explore the many and diverse natural marvels that make up the country's landscapes—and nature tours allow you to do just that. These day- and multi-day tours are specially designed to immerse you in Iceland's raw and unbound nature.

1. What are the most popular natural attractions in Iceland?

The most popular attractions to visit from the capital, Reykjavík, are the Golden Circle (a sightseeing route consisting of Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall) and the waterfalls and black sand beaches that adorn Iceland's South Coast towards Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In the North, you should neither miss the town of Akureyri nor the incredibly scenic Lake Mývatn area—and West Iceland's beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula deserves a visit any time of the year. Of course, this is a very limited summary, so have a look at our Explore Iceland section and discover more.

2. What is so unique about Icelandic nature?

Iceland’s nature is considered unique because of the multiple contrasting natural elements that make up the island’s unbound landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and fire erupts from ice.

3. What are the main dangers one is faced with when travelling in the Icelandic wilderness?

The Icelandic wilderness can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. The major risks factors are the ever-changing weather patterns and the rough terrains that make up the uninhabited wildlands. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on a journey, and make sure that you are fully prepared for what you are getting yourself into.

4. What is the weather like in Iceland?

The weather in Iceland is moderate, but extremely volatile and can change in an instant. The average temperature in summer (June to August) is around 10°C (50°F) in urban areas, and approximately 0°C (32°F) during the depth of winter (December to February), but the windchill can make it feel much colder. The air does not contain much humidity except when it rains or snows. Outside urban areas (on mountaintops, glaciers and beaches) it is usually colder.

5. What is there to see and do in Iceland besides going on nature tours?

Multiple cultural activities are available all over the country; museums, galleries and theatres are found in every major town, and the capital, Reykjavík, is a hub of music, art, culture and entertainment.

6. What should I wear in Iceland?

It depends on when you visit and what you plan to do. However, you would always be well advised to pack warm and waterproof layers and sturdy footwear.

7. How long is the summer in Iceland?

Icelandic summertime starts in late May and lasts throughout August. It can, however, snow in May in Iceland. During spring, millions of migratory birds visit the island and the cliffs around the country fill up with multiple nesting bird species, including the Arctic Puffin. In autumn—as early as mid-August, in fact—the northern lights can be seen dancing in the sky when the night is dark and cloudless.

8. How long is the winter in Iceland?

According to the old Icelandic calendar months, winter is considered to start in September and end in April. 

9. What are Iceland's daylight hours like?

From mid-May to mid-August there is perpetual daylight in Iceland because the midnight sun only sets for around three hours on average per day. During midwinter, Iceland sees roughly five hours of sunlight per day.

10. Why does the hot water smell strange? Can I drink the tap water in Iceland?

In Iceland, the hot water is only used for cleaning and bathing but not for consumption; it is pumped straight from the ground where it has been warmed by the exposure to the island’s volcanism and it, therefore, smells of sulphur. The cold water, however, is amongst the cleanest in the world and is drunk straight from the tap.

11. Is it safe to drive in Iceland?

Yes, the ring road that encircles the whole island is entirely paved and accessible to any car type, but the maximum speed never exceeds 90 km/h (56 mph). During heavy winter storms, roads might close, so always check the weather forecast before driving in Iceland in winter.

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