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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 Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

See all the main attractions in Iceland, including Reykjavík, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. And travel all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the East, through the South Coast of Iceland first. This tour is for everyone who would like to relax on their vacation and let us take care of the details of planning the perfect trip to Iceland.  This tour is all-inclusive, making the most of your stay in Iceland. It includes accommodation for 4 nights, all transportation and tours of all the best locations. You can also opt to hike on a glacier with a gorgeous view of the South Coast before you reach Jökulsárlón and the Diamond beach. You'll see plenty of waterfalls, a black sand beach, glaciers, and volcanoes. You'll also have the chance to explore Reykjavík and you can add on extra options during your day on the famous Golden Circle route if sightseeing at some of the most popular places in the nation isn't exciting enough. You can, for example, go horseback riding through a geothermal field near Gullfoss waterfall. For more action, go snowmobiling on top of Langjökull glacier. Or, for some real geological excitement, snorkel in Silfra gorge and float between two Continental plates, exploring the mysteries of the deep blue waters. You'll make your home in the city center of Reykjavík for 3 nights, spending another night in Vatnajökull National Park so that you can fully embrace nature. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the hiking trails in the countryside, just as much as the art galleries, museums,  and cafés in the capital.  Enjoy the long summer days and explore all the best the country has to offer on this perfect 5-day itinerary! Reserve now to save on costs and choose a date to check for availability. 
4.9
63 reviews

Duration:
5 days
Available:
Mar. - Oct.
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8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself an 8-day adventure to Iceland. Explore the stunning attractions of Iceland’s South Coast, Eastfjords, North and West as you travel the full Ring Road. This road trip is for anyone who likes to discover new places at their own pace, rather than having tour guides in control.   Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see the most spectacular of the country's natural wonders and capital in eight days. This will include the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North'. You'll also visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, the most stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, quaint rural towns and countless other attractions.  During the booking process, you can also add some exciting activities to your trip. For instance, you can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hike on a glacier or snorkel between two continents in Þingvellir National Park. Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon boat tour, go whale watching from Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the rugged countryside, explore the darkest places of the Earth on a lava caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier. Each addition will leave you with incredible lifelong experiences from the land of fire and ice. There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters in the midst of a dramatic volcanic landscape. We’ll make sure to provide you with your personalised itinerary which you'll receive upon booking. There you'll find many spots where you can be virtually alone, at incredible locations most visitors have never heard of. You'll also find in the itinerary information of your full comfort accommodation selections which will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast. So don't hesitate, grab the wheel and grasp this unique opportunity for the perfect stay in Iceland. Explore the top attractions of the Ring Road as well its many hidden gems at your own pace. Check availability by choosing a date and book your adventure to Iceland today.
4.8
92 reviews

Duration:
8 days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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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
452 reviews

Duration:
8 hours
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
281 reviews

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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Small Group Golden Circle Tour with visit to 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. 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
290 reviews

Duration:
9 hours
Available:
All year
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Blue Lagoon Shuttle | Bus Transfer

Jump aboard this quick and comfortable bus transfer from Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, to the world-famous spa, the Blue Lagoon. Go direct to the Blue Lagoon and unwind in the azure waters. This is the perfect opportunity for 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 volcanic 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 enjoy a glass of something at the swim-up bar or simply relax and enjoy the water upon your skin, renowned as it is for its incredible healing properties. Surrounding the spa itself is a plethora of gorgeous scenery, from snow-blanketed rocks to distant mountains making it the perfect destination for travellers to relax and enjoy the views. 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 ample time to make the most of your time at the Blue Lagoon.  Return transfer to Reykjavík is included. However, if you would prefer to visit the lagoon at the end of your holiday in Iceland, you can continue to Keflavík International Airport straight after your soak at the spa. It can be the perfect way to unwind and relax before a flight, or to break up your trip by spending time in the lagoon’s famous waters. 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 and book today.
4.7
248 reviews

Duration:
4 hours
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
384 reviews

Duration:
11 hours
Available:
Jan. - Nov.
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Thrihnukagigur Volcano Tour | Go Inside a Magma Chamber

Descend into the vast and vibrant magma chamber of a dormant volcano. Journey into the depths of Þrihnukagigur volcano for a once in a lifetime experience. Iceland is the only place in the world where a tour like this exists, so don't miss your chance for a great adventure. This trip will begin when you are picked up from Reykjavík and taken to the Blue Mountains Country Park, Bláfjöll, which sits just on the outskirts of the capital area. From here, it is just a 3.2 kilometre (two-mile) hike to Þríhnúkagígur volcano, where you will descend into the volcano itself. Once you reach the crater, you will find an opening and an elevator crane. After being equipped with a helmet and harness, you will enter the lift's basket and begin your descent. Nowhere else in the world can you enter a magma chamber this way, which is part of what makes this tour so unique and worthwhile. This lift journey toward the centre of the earth covers 198 metres and takes about six minutes. During your slow descent, the beauty of the magma chamber will become instantly apparent. Intense heat and pressure from Þríhnúkagígur’s most recent eruption, over four thousand years ago, gave the rocks an incredible colouration and texture. Expect to see smooth walls and bizarre formations in yellows, blues, reds, violets and oranges, so vibrant that it’s difficult to believe that they could be natural. It is not just the beauty of the space that will awe you, it is also the sheer scale of it. To give some perspective on the size of the chamber, enormous monuments such as the Statue of Liberty and Reykjavík’s iconic Hallgrímskirkja church could easily fit inside it. The ground within the chamber is even large enough to fit three basketball fields in this otherworldly experience.  Once your descent down the chamber is complete, your guide will let you out of the elevator, and you can explore for half an hour on the ground of the volcano. You will want your camera on hand, as everything, from the blades of light falling from overhead to the most minute details of the lava rock, is worthy of a photograph.  Remember as you explore that it is only by a strange, unexpected geological process that this tour is even possible. When a volcano becomes dormant, the magma chamber usually cools and solidifies, yet for some reason in Þríhnúkagígur, it drained away, leaving behind this unimaginably beautiful space. After your exploration, you will return to the elevator for a gentle ascent, back into the bright, open world. Once you reach the surface, you will have a meal of Icelandic meat soup waiting for you, along with hot beverages and snacks, which you can enjoy before hiking back to the van. This experience is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to descend into a dormant volcano and explore its stunning magma chamber. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. Check availability by choosing a date and book a volcano adventure like no other.
4.8
227 reviews

Duration:
6 hours
Available:
May. - Oct.
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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
150 reviews

Duration:
11 hours
Available:
All year
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4.8
250 reviews

Duration:
3,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Drysuit Snorkeling in Silfra with Underwater Photos | Transfer included

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
225 reviews

Duration:
4,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Into The Underworld | Vatnshellir Caving Tour

Explore this 8,000-year-old lava cave by booking this exciting tour to Vatnshellir Cave, found in the forever-sublime Snæfellsjökull National Park. This tour is perfect for thrill seekers, nature lovers and those travellers looking to experience something truly unique whilst in Iceland! Given that this cave has only been open to the public since 2011, you can be guaranteed that this is one of Iceland's most exciting new activities. Vatnshellir can be located just 10-minutes drive from the village of Hellnar, making it easily accessible to those travelling through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  You'll receive all the necessary gear (ie; a helmet and headlamp) to help you see deep below the earth. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the volcanic rock beneath your feet can be quite difficult to traverse! When everyone is ready, there is a spiral staircase to descend into this naturally formed underworld.  You will follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave, 35 metres below the surface, to see some truly amazing colours and lava formations. The cave is an easy walk, but the ground is sharp and uneven, so children age 5 and up are welcome, as are visitors in good health and physical fitness - the tour provider prefers everyone on the tour to be able to walk unassisted! At the bottom of the cave, you'll turn off your lights for a moment to experience the all-consuming darkness! In the modern era, we are used to having easy access to light, so it can be startling to imagine life before electricity! After feeling a little spooked, you will proceed to explore a number of chambers hidden within the cave.  Throughout the tour, your guide will be eager to tell you all about the bursting eruption which cracked the earth open to form this cave, as well as the folklore woven into the fabric of the peninsula. So what are you waiting for? Don't miss this opportunity to see the strange, subterranean beauty of Vatnshellir cave! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.8
43 reviews

Duration:
50 minutes
Available:
May. - Mar.
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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
110 reviews

Duration:
4 hours
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
43 reviews

Duration:
10,5 hours
Available:
All year
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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
129 reviews

Duration:
9,5 hours
Available:
All year
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10 Day Self Drive Tour | Top Ring Road Attractions & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this extensive 10-day self-drive tour. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all the famous natural wonders Iceland has to offer, and many sights you may not even know exist. Travel around Iceland on your own schedule and enjoy a complete adventure. This self-drive package helps you save money without sacrificing any of the experiences. You will drive around the entire Ring Road, taking you around the whole country, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the famous Golden Circle. Better yet, it offers full comfort - your accommodation will always have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is included. Best of all, you have total freedom to choose where to drive and when to leave. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about. You're free to spend as much time in each spot as you'd like, taking in Iceland at your own pace. At Guide to Iceland, we want you to experience the best of the natural beauty this country has to offer. We hope you'll leave feeling revitalised and exhilarated by the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. To help with this, we've handpicked hidden locations across the land where you can be almost entirely alone, far from noisy people or busy streets. These are included in our travel plan, which you'll receive after you book.  Customise your vacation during booking so that it's precisely what you've been dreaming of. On your way around the Golden Circle, snorkel in the space between two continental plates, go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or explore the inside of a volcanic magma chamber (if you're here between May and November). You can also take a tour to an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier and visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Furthermore, you could hike atop a glacier or board a ship to see the giants of the deep in the whale watching capital of Europe. You can also get the lay of the land with a horse riding trek, journey into dark lava caves, or even walk inside man-made channels within Langjökull glacier. Check out how many stunning sights and activities you can see and do in Iceland on this fantastic trip! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
100 reviews

Duration:
10 days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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Golden Circle and Kerid crater | Classic tour with a little something extra

Ease into your seat for this bus tour of Iceland’s most unforgettable landscapes. You’ll see the three most popular sites in Iceland on the famous Golden Circle, along with two more! This tour is for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the unique volcanic scenery of Iceland, or for anyone who wishes to make the most of a short stay here. You’ll be picked up in Reykjavík and taken down the beautiful south coast, full of eye-catching crags of black rock, fields of tall grass and grazing sheep. You’ll view the waterfalls and rivers, lava fields and velvety moss expanses that make Iceland unique. Your first stop will be Kerið crater, a volcanic feature approximately 3,000 years old. Cupped in the bottom of the caldera, streaked with colours from mineral deposits in the rock, is a beautiful lake.  From the crater, you'll move on to the Golden Circle. First up is the Geysir geothermal area, most famous for the Great Geysir, a hot spring which has been active for more than 10,000 years. The oldest accounts of gushing hot springs here date back to 1294! Nearby Strokkur is nothing but energy and excitement. Travellers come from all over the world in hopes of seeing an eruption, and Strokkur does not disappoint: Every 10 minutes, scalding water is flung as high as 40 m (131 ft) in a thrilling display. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! The delights continue at Gullfoss, a powerful waterfall on the Hvítá river. Propelled by a glacial runoff, the water crashes over the two-tiered fall and plummets into a deep canyon below. Finally, is the beautiful Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site selected for its great contribution to world culture. Þingvellir is filled with geological features, and it is here where the Vikings convened at the world’s first parliament.  Don’t miss your chance to see these sites for yourself in the countryside of Iceland! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.8
63 reviews

Duration:
8,5 hours
Available:
Apr. - Feb.
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4.7
43 reviews

Duration:
6 days
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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Ice caving tour from Vik in South Iceland

Join this brilliant "Fast Track" Ice Cave tour, hands down the fastest way to experience the joys of ice caving in Iceland. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those travellers a little pressed for time, but still hoping to fit a spot of ice caving into their schedule.   This tour will begin from the meeting point in the village of Vík, from where you will embark on a beautiful and exciting Super Jeep ride to one of thirteen glaciers in Iceland, taking no more than an hour's travel. Throughout your transfer to the ice cave, you will be privy to a wealth of gorgeous scenery, ranging from distant mountainscapes to the rugged coastlines of the South Coast.  Once at the glacier area, you will borrow gear (i.e. helmet, headlamp, and crampons, etc.) and listen as your local guide provides an educational brief on safety and what to expect in the ice cave.   You’ll then take a super fun walk to the glacier ice cave (5-10 minutes) and go inside to explore it. Inside of the ice cave, you will have your mind blown by the stunning shades of blue. Skidding, scooting and shuffling your way through this fantastical, subterranean world, you'll pass intricate, naturally formed ice sculptures and glittering tunnels, proving once and for all that ice caving takes any holiday experience to the next level.  You will have a total of 45-60 minutes in the glacier area for photos and exploration.  Your local guide will give you a little more insight into how the ice cave was formed and answer any questions you may have.   After ample time for your photos and selfies, you'll hike back out and take the gear off.  Then it’s time to get you back to the village of Vík so you can continue with your plan for discovering Iceland! So what are you waiting for? Hurry now, and you too can experience the joys of ice caving in Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.9
32 reviews

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater | Sightseeing Small Group Day Tour

Join this classic sightseeing adventure around the three world-famous sites of the Golden Circle, as well as the lesser-known volcanic crater-lake Kerið. This is an essential tour with a unique twist and is sure to delight anyone coming to Iceland to see the sights. Furthermore, there is a maximum of nineteen passengers per minibus, ensuring your trip is both personalized and comfortable. You will be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík in the morning, then head to the first location on this incredible trail: Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is a fascinating place for its geology and beauty, as it is located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This rift valley, which runs all the way through Iceland, is more visible here than in any other part of the country. The tension created by how the plates are pulling apart means the area has many ravines filled with crystal clear water and beautiful stretches of moss-coated lava rock. Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, although this has nothing to do with the park’s geology. The reason for this is its history; in 930 AD, early settlers formed a representative-style parliament here that still continues to this day, making Þingvellir the original site of the world's longest-running continuous parliament. As you walk through this area, you will find many information signs discussing its long and fascinating history. Following Þingvellir, you will head to the Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal area renowned for its geysers. The greatest of these, which gave all others their name, Geysir itself, is inactive at the moment, but it’s nearby neighbour, Strokkur, erupts every ten minutes, blasting water up to 40 metres high. You will have a chance to see it go off several times, as you wander around the area’s many hot-springs and steaming vents. The final stop on the traditional Golden Circle is Iceland’s most famous and distinguishable waterfall, Gullfoss. Otherwise known as ‘the Golden Falls’, this magnificent feature drops in two tiers into an ancient valley with enormous power. In fair weather, it is possible to walk to a platform right where the water is falling for the best views, and there are also viewing platforms opposite and above it. While most Golden Circle tours would leave back to Reykjavík at this point, you get an additional stop; you will head to the volcanic crater lake Kerið. This is a stunning natural feature, 270 metres wide and over 55 metres deep. The rocks surrounding the water are stained fiery reds and oranges, which contrast beautifully with the azure lake which sits in the crater year round.  Experience the Golden Circle in an essential sightseeing minibus tour, and the chance to visit Kerið is a great bonus. Do not miss your opportunity to jump aboard this budget-friendly tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.7
160 reviews

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Apr. - Feb.
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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
124 reviews

Duration:
6 hours
Available:
All year
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Zodiac Boat Tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Meet on Location

Get up close and personal with the icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with this fantastic Zodiac boat tour. Cruise around the serene lagoon, zigzag between the massive bergs and try and spot some resident seals that can often be found lounging about on the ice. Nature lovers looking to get a unique perspective of ‘The Crown Jewel of Iceland’ should grab this chance now. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is one of the most beloved spots in the country. It is located in the realm of the great Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. It is here where icebergs that have broken off outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull float on aquamarine waters as they make their way towards the Atlantic Ocean. For this tour, you will meet your guide at the parking lot of Jökulsárlón, located just by Iceland’s road number 1, the Ring Road. After a short introduction and explanation of your upcoming adventure, you will be provided with a floatation suit and a lifejacket.  Then you will board the Zodiac boat and head on out to the lagoon. The boat is a speedy little vessel that can easily hold a number of people while navigating between the huge icebergs. You will also be able to get closer to the ice than on another vessel, providing you with a fantastic experience and great photo opportunities.  The icebergs on the lagoon are as varied as they are many. You will be able to watch as they drift by, sometimes bumping into each other or flipping over. Their electric blue and pure white colours are sure to mesmerise you, as well as the crackling sound they make as they move about in the water. While you take in the beauty of the lagoon, your guide will tell you all about glaciers and this stunning area. You should also keep an eye out for some resident seals, as you could spot a few swimming in the water or resting upon the ice. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with this fantastic Zodiac Boat tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
54 reviews

Duration:
1,8 hours
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Whale Watching on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Come along on an excursion of the marine life of Breiðafjörður Bay. This whale watching tour is perfect for all nature lovers who are travelling the Snæfellsnes peninsula and want to add an adventurous twist to their holiday. You will set sails from the little village of Ólafsvík and head straight out into Breiðafjörður Bay, where your captain will find the best place to spot the magnificent whales. As you cruise the ocean, your expert guide will tell you all about each creature you see and answer any questions you may have about the area. The oceans along the Snæfellsnes coastline is the best place to see two of Iceland’s top predators; Orcas, also known as killer whales, and sperm whales. The Orcas are apex predators, which mean that no other animal feeds on them, while the majestic sperm whale is the world’s largest predatory animal. Other species of whale also make Breiðafjörður Bay their home, such as minke whales, harbour porpoises, acrobatic white-beaked dolphins and enormous humpback whales. On rare occasions, pilot whales have been spotted migrating from the high seas towards the island in search of food. Breiðafjörður Bay is also known for its diverse birdlife, so you should keep an eye out for those brightly coloured beaks of puffins and arctic terns as you sail along the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snæfellsnes combines all the wonders of Iceland. There you can find stunning waterfalls, imposing cliffs, jagged lava fields, sandy shores and amazing wildlife. Looming over the area is Snæfellsjökull, a 7000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit. Don't hesitate. Grab your chance now to see the whales, dolphins, birds and breathtaking landscapes of West Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
23 reviews

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
Mar. - Oct.
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The Circle of Iceland in Winter 8 Day Guided Adventure

Join this small group guided minibus tour to travel the full circle around Iceland in 8 days. Explore and experience the country's most iconic natural attractions. This tour is tailored to travellers who are looking to maximise their vacation time by experiencing the full breadth of Iceland's unmatched diversity. From the snow-wreathed mountains of the Eastfjords to the rugged, dried lava fields of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, there's no telling of the adventure that awaits. Throughout this 8-day winter journey, you will visit numerous towns and coastal villages, scale glaciers, discover charming lakes, marvel at cascading waterfalls, and so much more.  There is also ample opportunity to add extra excursions to your trip during the booking process. You can go glacier hiking up Sólheimajökull, venture into a lava tube at Vatnshellir Cave, go horse riding, or partake in the incredible chance to go inside an authentic ice cave. You will spend time in many of Iceland's wondrous national parks and nature reserves, including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull National Park. For landscape photographers and nature lovers, these regions offer a fantastic opportunity to revel in Iceland's incredible landscapes and geology.  This is a guided tour, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities to soak up the Icelandic culture, ask questions and garner a real understanding of the geological makeup and natural phenomena that make the country so attractive. You'll not only be shown around but get the most out of every experience as you explore the wonders of Iceland. Every night will conclude with a possible display of the celestial phenomenon,  the Northern Lights. Their appearance can never be guaranteed, but exploring the country in wintertime is your best chances of spotting them. You will also rest at the end of each day at the best available accommodation available throughout your entire stay. So, don't delay - hop on this fantastic guided bus excursion and you, too, can experience the best of Iceland's natural delights! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure now.
4.8
231 reviews

Duration:
8 days
Available:
Sep. - Mar.
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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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