Visit the world's Northernmost capital and some of its great, nearby attractions. This short tour includes airport transfers, accommodation and guided excursions from Reykjavík. Enjoy city sightseeing, a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon and an exploration of the three sights that make up the fabulous Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Springs. You can also add extra nights and other great optional excursions to this tour.
On arrival at Keflavik Airport, transfer by airport bus to your hotel. The city centre is a small area, characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, there are numerous restaurants with many taking advantage of the abundant local seafood, meat and game. The city also has wonderful museums including the National Museum, displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, for an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture. The Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. You may also like the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.
Today enjoy a short Reykjavik city tour. See Althingi (Parliament House), Hallgrímskirkja church, Tjornin Lake in the city centre which is inhabited by numerous waterfowl and modern suburbs contrasting with the older parts of the city, with their colourful little houses and more. This afternoon, take a non-guided coach transfer from the city to the Blue Lagoon, passing lava fields along the way. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the rejuvenating, aquamarine waters, rich in minerals and possibly healing powers. Return to Reykjavik by coach, at the conclusion of your visit - you can choose between several departure times.
This exciting excursion takes you to three of the 'must see' sights. Drive around Southern Iceland's fertile farming area and visit one of the most magnificent waterfalls, Gullfoss. Onwards to the erupting hot springs in Geysir area, before arriving at beautiful Þingvellir National Park. Here, the world's oldest parliament was founded in the year 930AD and the European and American tectonic plates almost meet in a spectacular setting.
Arrangements end with coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.
You can add on extra nights and some great optional excursions which include the following: (plus there are more, please ask us)
Snaefellsnes National Park - 11hrs (all year)
Discover the wonders of Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland with its white and black sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters and charming fishing villages. The stunning landscapes have captured imaginations world-wide, ever since Jules Verne wrote Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Amazing Snaefellsjokull glacier is where that trip began and even now, it continues to inspire great works of art. Most recently featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you will also travel through Stykkisholmur village.
Ice Cave Classic - 11hrs (all year)
After almost five years of preparation by top engineers and geo-physicists, you can now explore Langjokull ice tunnel, located high on Europe's second largest glacier. This is the world's first and biggest, man-made Ice Cap Glacier tunnel and your adventurous journey starts by travelling from Reykjavík. At the glacier, hop on board a monster, 8-wheel, glacier truck to reach the ice cave's entrance. Inside, you'll see unimaginable colours of blue and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history. Spend around 50 minutes within the glacier. Stop for lunch, then continue through the Borgarfjordur valley. See Hraunfossar, a beautiful lava waterfall almost a mile long gushing through a wall of lava.
South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - 14hrs (all year)
Drive along Iceland's stunning south shore to extraordinary Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. En route you pass small villages, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and Skaftafell National Park - the green oasis at the foot of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. At Jokulsarlon, enjoy a magnificent 40 minute boat tour (from May to September only) between floating icebergs and other large blocks of ice, as they make their way towards the ocean having originated from Vatnajokull Glacier, which sits on the edge of the lagoon's still, cold waters. Late evening return to Reykjavík.
Game of Thrones - 8hrs (all year)
Travel to Þingvellir National Park and walk down the impressive Almannagja gorge, stomping ground of the White Walkers, as well as the trail of the Wildlings from North of the Wall. You'll be able to soak up the raw, dramatic and magnificent natural atmosphere, as you hear from the guide about the symbolic significance of the setting, in context with the Game of Thrones plot. Also explore Thjorsardalur Valley and the Settlement Era Viking Lodge. The tour was designed with help from Hafthor Juliusson, the Icelandic actor better known as The Mountain. Indulge your senses and imagination in some of Iceland's other film locations, including some used in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
South Shore Adventure - 10hrs (all year)
Drive along the country's South Coast, one of the most scenic regions, as far as Vik village and it's surrounding high bird cliffs. En route, we stop at gorgeous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, were you can walk behind it and through to the other side. Also stop at much-photographed Skogafoss Waterfall, with its 60m drop. Other highlights include views of amazing Myrdalsjokull glacier, the black sand coastline and impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations.
Whale Watching - 3-5hrs (all year)
Depart from the Old Harbour, Reykjavík, on this great tour. Whales are beautiful animals and one of nature's most extraordinary sights. Experienced guides on board will share their wealth of whale knowledge, as well as some interesting facts and old sea stories about encounters with these magnificent creatures. The whales around these parts are not shy, often surfacing quite close to the boat and, as our sea-faring guides will tell you, to see a whale up close is truly is a sight to remember.
Into and Above the Glacier Snowmobiling - 10-11hrs (all year)
Set off from Reykjavíik towards Husafell in Borgarfjordur by coach. From Husafell, ascent to the Langjokull Ice Cap. Begin your guided snowmobiling trip from the base camp at Jaki, on the west side of the glacier. After snowmobiling across the glacier, walk down into a magnificent man-made Ice Cave beneath the ice cap. Includes helmet, gloves, snow-suit. A valid driver’s licence is required. Two persons per snowmobile.
Northern Lights Hunt by Boat - 2-3hrs (01 Sep - 15 Apr)
Sail out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík to a location away from the city lights, perfect for aurora hunting! The guide will share facts and myths about the magical phenomenon.