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  • Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

    1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

    Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during the winter months. Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light. Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. The locations visited differ from day-to-day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work. As the tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear.  Explore Northern Lights in the Aurora ...

    long wait for them to show up but came briefly, you needed a good camera to capture the colours ( no colours with the naked eye)

  • Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    2. Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across tan outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell visitor center to pick-up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

    Highly recommend this glacier hiking tour! Erica, our tour guide, was super knowledgeable and wonderful ! Even though it was rainy and cloudy when the hike started, the sun came out halfway through and we saw the most incredible up-close views of the glacier and surrounding valleys. Unforgettable!

  • From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

    3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

    Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity! Take control of a snowmobile – or travel as a passenger – to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull for an hour. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

    It was a great trip but I think the time traveling should be explained in the brief as this is quite a lot of the time out....also the actual time you get on the snowmobile was very misleading. We had half that time and the experience was very disappointing. It should explain that you literally go up and around in a circle following everyone which was very un impressive and not worthy at all of the cost of this. Next time I would probably not bother doing the snow mobiling as I felt it wasn’t a true experience of what it was Described as.

  • From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

    4. 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, 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 gl...

    Excellent is all I will say. Such an amazing place and experience. This is a must

  • Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

    5. Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

    When you enter the venue, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and given a complimentary poncho and gloves. Then, cross the threshold into an arctic wonder whose walls are covered in magnificent ice carvings. These carvings tell the adventure-filled stories and myths of the Norwegian Viking sailors who made their way over the rough Atlantic seas long ago to start a new life in the land of fire and ice. Ice sculptures also take a proud place in the gallery, each one intricate and beautiful. To top off the experience, receive an included Magic Ice Bar signature drink, in a glass made of ice. Sip on this locally-sourced beverage as you explore the intricate stories formed in ice all around you. Extra drinks are available to purchase. This attraction is perfect for people of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and individuals. Magic Ice also regularly hosts corporate events, adding anothe...

    It was a fun place to take some photos and the guy managing it single handedly was doing a great job. Fun quick tourist attraction.

  • From Reykjavik: 3-5 Hour Northern Lights Mystery Tour

    6. From Reykjavik: 3-5 Hour Northern Lights Mystery Tour

    Join this mysterious trip on a dark winter’s night to search for the Northern Lights. This spectacular natural display can be witnessed at any time from the onset of the autumn darkness to the light nights of spring. Far from the glow of the city you will hunt for the magnificent Aurora Borealis – known as the Northern Lights. On a clear night you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the sky in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. The expert tour guides will always check the weather forecast around the south-western part of Iceland before the tour begins. Using their experience and intuition, the tour guide will decide where to lead your journey to have the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights.

    The driver and guide were so friendly and accomodating, just a shame we didn't see the lights but it can't be helped

  • From Reykjavik: Hot Spring, Ice Cave & Snowmobile Tour

    7. From Reykjavik: Hot Spring, Ice Cave & Snowmobile Tour

    Driving through the Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs, you will head straight toward Langjökull Glacier for a snowmobile tour. The surrounding snowfields will take your breath away while you enjoy the thrill of dashing across Europe’s second largest glacier. Continue to a glacial ice cave, going over 300 feet deep into the ancient ice. Marvel at the layers of ash from past volcanic eruptions. For your last stop of the day tour in Iceland, be taken near the small village of Flúðir. Ease into a secret outdoor lagoon, a natural hot spring, for a luxurious bath to soothe all your cares away.

    Snow mobile was a lot of fun. We did not get to go to the ice cave. Not really an explanation of why, the guide said people were checking it out and we never heard anymore. The secret lagoon was good, nice and warm. Very crowded for a winter's afternoon.

  • Iceland Secret Lagoon Admission Ticket

    8. Iceland Secret Lagoon Admission Ticket

    Originally built in 1891, the ‘Gamla Laugin’  is Iceland’s first swimming pool. Spend time in this relaxing setting feeling your worries slip away. A natural hot spring feeds the lagoon with 38-39°C water  that bubbles up from deep within the earth at a rate of 10 litres per second, constantly replenishing itself so that there is a steady supply of fresh clean water in the pool at any given time, letting you rest as long as you need.  Enjoy brand new facilities at the Secret Lagoon including changing rooms, showers, resting rooms, bar and restaurant area.  Situated in a remote location in Fluðir, the Secret Lagoon is just an hour away from Geysir, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Reykjavik and 2 hours from Vik making it a great desination on your trip to Iceland. 

    The Secret Lagoon is delightful resting 'activity' to add to your adventure travels in Iceland. We had been horse-back riding and hiking a whole lot and felt a bit tired and sore. Floating in the lagoon was just the perfect cure for that! It seemed like a much less formal and sophisticated version of the Blue lagoon, which we also visited, and I liked it all the more for that. Definitely worth visiting!

  • Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

    9. Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

    Travel from Reykjavik on a quest for one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Marvel at this breathtaking display, as the Northern Lights dance across the night sky and light up the heavens. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the darkness of Iceland's countryside, on a 4-hour tour that operates from September to April. If the lights are not visible during during the tour, reschedule for free! The group size will be a maximum of 15 people, providing a more intimate experience and flexibility. Enjoy more free time and spontaneous encounters than would be possible traveling in a larger group. Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour from the time it is announced whether the tour is on (by email and on the website). 

    Bustravel Iceland are fantastic - when we went on this tour we witnessed a fantastic Northern lights show (after rescheduling due to poor weather). We were lucky enough to have Siggi as our tour guide, who went above and beyond to show and tell us about the Northern Lights. His passion for the Northern Lights was infectious and his predictions about when and how they would show were pretty much spot on. Not only did he tell us how to spot the lights, he also showed us how to capture them on our phones/cameras and was kind enough to share his spectacular photographs, which he captured on his DSLR, with us at the end of the tour. Fabulous.

  • From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

    10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

    Experience the dramatic scenery and natural phenomena of Iceland on a 2-part combination tour, starting with a morning tour of the legendary "Golden Circle." Depart Reykjavik to visit Iceland's 3 iconic natural treasures, including the Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the earth's North American and Eurasian plates pulled apart at Geysir and watch the geothermal waters and steam spout skywards from the geyser. Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, where a glacial river thunders 32 meters into a canyon. Then, take a 3 to 6-hour break and grab dinner before your evening Northern Lights tour. When night falls, search for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Icelandic wilderness, depending on the weather forecast and visibility conditions. Only visible during the winter months, the spectacular phenomenon is one of Iceland's biggest and mos...

    Fantastic tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and pick up was on time. Waterfall and geyser are a must see. Unfortunately we didnt get to see the lights but great experience none the less

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Very difficult to know bus rout from city center to correct stop at museum. Bus driver on #8 was rude and said he didn’t know where to stop. #8 from transerfer #3 at 11AM ON Thursday 9/09/2021. All other bus drivers were professional. I would highly recommend your museum tour , beautifully presented and informative. The entire experience was well worth the effort to get there and we will provide exact details to friends and family who visit and do not have a car.

My son and I absolutely loved our hike and hot spring visit. It was a beautiful hike, not too strenuous and our guide was very friendly and helpful. Sitting looking at the mountains while soaking in the warm water in the river was really special. It started to drizzle and the cool water on our faces felt great. Highly recommend this hike!

Terrific guide who was very committed to hunting the Northern Lights. Gave us great insight into what causes the Northern Lights including some of the mythical/magical stories involving the elves.

Everything was well organized and the guide told interesting things about the formation of the glaciers and was also in a good mood;)

Wonderful excursion, the guide Marcelo really nice and incredibly prepared. A great experience!