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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

1. South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains. Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

2. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun, traveling by new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Then, take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

South Coast of Iceland and Glacier Snowmobile Ride

4. South Coast of Iceland and Glacier Snowmobile Ride

The tour kicks off with an action-packed snowmobile ride to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier beneath which lurks the much-feared active subglacial volcano, Katla. The diverse scenery is simply breath-taking with glaciers looming majestically to the north and miles of coastal black sand beaches to the south. On the way back to Reykjavík we stop at the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, where a short walk up a flight of steps offers a panoramic view of magnificent scenery. You next stop at the 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, renowned for the hidden pathway behind it. This is the ideal tour for those seeking that extra thrill while ticking off some of Iceland’s most popular natural treasures. The tour includes a fun, scenic, and comfortably challenging snowmobile ride. It´s the ideal way to step off the beaten track and experience Iceland´s glorious wilderness. You will be provided with all the special clothing and equipment needed for the trip so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable ride. No special skills or snowmobile experience is necessary.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Bus Tour w/ optional Blue Lagoon

5. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Bus Tour w/ optional Blue Lagoon

Explore the natural treasures of Iceland on a full-day bus tour of the Golden circle. See the Gullfoss Waterfall and explore Þingvellir National Park. Travel in comfort and enjoy audio commentary on the bus. Arrive at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. This is also the site where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia have pulled apart, creating a rift valley on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Visit the Geysir Hot Springs, home to the original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Here, the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skyward from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall, an awesome sight to behold. A powerful glacial river cascades down 2 levels for 32 meters with a thunderous roar into a narrow canyon. Board a new bus equipped with WiFi and connected computer tablets at each seat. On the tablet, you’ll be able to use the GPS-sensitive audio guide (available in several languages) to get to know about Iceland and the places you visit on the tour. There will be a host on board, happy to answer any questions you might have about the country. Each seat is equipped with a USB charger.

Reykjavik: Whales of Iceland Exhibition Entrance Ticket

6. Reykjavik: Whales of Iceland Exhibition Entrance Ticket

Visit the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition, and see 23 life-size models of whales spotted in the waters in and around Iceland. Spend a few hours gaining a new perspective and greater appreciation for these majestic animals. Take a leisurely 20-minute walk (or a short drive) from the heart of Reykjavík to the harbor. Upon arrival at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition, play with interactive displays and read detailed information about 23 species of aquatic mammals. Marvel at the leviathan of the sea at a display of a blue whale that stretches nearly the length of a basketball court. Learn more about the narwhal, the “Unicorn of the Sea” and see the “horn” or “tusk” that is actually an elongated tooth. Stroll among the displays of beluga, humpback, minke, and killer whales.  Absorb in-depth information about the marine mammals around Iceland with an audio guide. Visit the Fin Whale Room to learn more about the threats that whales face and what we can do to resolve them. Be sure to watch a screening of the film Sonic Sea, shown daily at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. All ticket holders are welcome to join the daily guided tours in English at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. On your way out, stop by the Whale Cafe for a drink and a snack beneath the whales.

From Reykjavik: 7.5-Hour Golden Circle Express Tour

7. From Reykjavik: 7.5-Hour Golden Circle Express Tour

Climb aboard a modern bus with USB chargers and Wi-Fi-connected computer tablets in each seat, and use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide to track your way around Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Choose from one of the 10 available languages, and ask the accompanying local guide any questions you might have. Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park to see the site of the world's oldest existing parliament. Marvel at the rift valley where the huge tectonic plates of America and Eurasia drift apart, and cast your eyes on the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake. Continue to the hot springs of Geysir to experience Iceland’s most famous natural attraction at the site of the nation's original geyser. Feel the ground shake and watch the steaming hot water of the Strokkur Geyser erupt every few minutes into the sky. End your Golden Circle tour with a visit to Gullfoss, where you can take an easy walk to the edge of the waterfall for a truly mesmerizing sight. Watch as the powerful glacial river flows down 32 meters on 2 levels, descending into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.

Reykjavik: Day Trip to Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon

8. Reykjavik: Day Trip to Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon

Experience the raw natural beauty of Iceland's Golden circle with this day tour from Reykjavik. Feel the rush of watching the Strokkur geyser erupt. Take a swim in the warm relaxing waters of the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa. Be picked up in Reykjavik and take in the country landscapes as you are transported to Thingvellir National Park. Walk between two continents at the location where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet. Discover interesting stories about Viking history at the site of the first Viking parliament. Next, head to the geyser geothermal area where you can see the geyser Strokkur erupt every few minutes. Marvel at Strokkur at the geyser sends boiling hot water up into the sky. Continue to the Gullfoss waterfall to watch as millions of gallons of ice-cold, glacier-fed water plunges 30 meters into a canyon. Finish your day with a trip to the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa. Experience Icelandic bathing culture first-hand with a relaxing swim in a 250-foot infinity pool. Admire views of the dramatic coast as you lie back in the warm soothing waters. Have the freedom to swim up to the cave bar for a refreshing cocktail. Try the revitalizing Icelandic 7-step ritual that includes a fog misting, an indulgent body scrub, and a trip to the steam room.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Stars Bus Tour

9. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Stars Bus Tour

Embark on an excursion to see the northern lights, one of the most beautiful celestial displays found in nature. In addition, there are many other cosmic wonders waiting to be discovered. Board one of the fleet’s new buses in Reykjavík, and take a comfortable seat where you’ll find a computer tablet and an in-bus audio guide (available in 10 languages). You’ll also find a USB charger and have access to the free WiFi onboard. Get some useful tips on how best to capture the northern lights with your camera from the audioguide. Search for the lights as you gaze up at the night sky. Find out how to spot various constellations as you search for the northern lights. Learn about these stellar formations and what they mean to various cultures. One you've spotted the lights, let your guides teach you the basics of northern lights photography. Capture some pictures to remember this magical experience.

Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

10. Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

Get a unique perspective of Reykjavik on a panoramic helicopter flight over the city, and land on a mountain summit for some panoramic views like no other! Make your way to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, only a 5-minute drive from the city center. Climb aboard the waiting helicopter and glide up and over Reykjavik’s landmark sights. Look down at attractions such as Hallgríms Church and the Harpa Concert Hall in the harbor. See the colorful rooftops of city houses from above, and get a bird’s eye view of where the Icelandic president lives. As the colorful rooftops slip away, brace yourself for the beautiful landscape surrounding the city. Land on top of one of the nearby mountains for unique photo opportunities, and maybe a selfie of you with the whole of Reykjavik in the background.

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This was much more eventful than whale watching I've done on the east coast of the US. We were fortunate to have several whale sightings some within a few hundred feet from the boat. Dress for colder temperatures and stronger wind than on land. Our captain pointed the boat straight at whales that we sighted so position yourself to have a good forward view vs. picking one side of the boat or the other. We saw humpbacks and minke whales. I was hoping to see orcas but I learned later than orcas do not frequent these waters because their prey do not live in this area. The Whales of Iceland exhibit was a nice add-on and a great way to visualize the true size of these animals. It's worth a visit and we were in/out in under an hour.

Tour was great, definitely recommend. I don't remember tour guy's name on this day, but "Gary" was amazing. I had great time, trip was great, plus I learned few new interesting things about Iceland. Thank you "Gary"^^!

Brilliant tour. Glorious weather making each stop just magical. The snowmobiling was great funny if just a tad scary. So glad we did it. Combining the 2 tours was perfect.. golden circle is stunning.

The South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik was hugely enjoyable as we were lucky enough to get amazing weather, breathtaking views/scenery and multiple rainbow-filled waterfalls.

The locations of the tour are stunning. The tour guide Ralph was great. Value for money unbeatable. Again and again with this team.