3 Days in Reykjavik: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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When compared to other European capitals, Reykjavik is rather small; the population of its metro area barely tops 200,000, and Reykjavik proper is home to about 125,000 souls. However, what it lacks in people, it makes up for with thoroughly modern accoutrements and a cosmopolitan vibe on par with the best of its neighbors on the continent. Reykjavik’s roots are reflected in its Old  Town, from which you can reach most of the city’s attractions. Coupled with its heritage are an upscale business climate and a lively bar scene, making Reykjavik one of Europe’s most fantastic cities.

Day 1: Take in Reykjavik

For a relatively small city, Reykjavik is practically bursting with things to do. On the first day of a three-day trip, you should book a city tour; these run about 2.5 hours, which is plenty of time to catch the best of the city’s sights. You’ll see the modern Hallgrimskirkja church, the Presidential Residence at Bessastadir, the famous Fish Market, the Open-Air Museum Arbaer and the recreational valley of Laugardalur. You can pair this tour with a trip to famous Blue Lagoon Spa in the afternoon, relaxing in the spa’s blue-green waters and its geothermal steam baths. Add a spa treatment for a reinvigorating experience, and then hit the town for dinner and drinks. With over 100 bars (open until 6 am), Reykjavik is a reveler’s dream come true.

Day 2: Follow the Golden Route

If you went to bed at a reasonable hour, spend your next day touring the famous Golden Circle in an Icelandic Super Jeep. This all-day tour is a breathtaking ride past Iceland’s best-known natural wonders, culminating in a ride down the Langjkull Glacier on a snowmobile. You’ll start out at Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s first Parliament in 930 AD. From here, the views of the rugged Icelandic terrain are amazing, and you’re sure to fill up a memory card snapping photos. You’ll visit the Geyser geothermal area, where geysers explode every few minutes and hot springs bubble and percolate like cauldrons. Following Geysir, you’ll visit the magnificent waterfall at Gullfoss and then mount a snowmobile for a thrilling ride down Langjkull Glacier. The last stop before disembarking is at the greenhouse village of Hverageroi, supplier of most of Iceland’s vegetables.

Day 3: Waterfalls and Ice

On your third day, book a trip to Thorsmork (Thor’s Woods) and the South Coast. You’ll travel past a backdrop of beautiful scenery, including, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can actually walk behind this breathtaking cascade. The highlight is Thorsmork, a nature preserve protected by mountains, glaciers and rivers. Its remoteness requires experienced drivers, making for a thrilling drive in a Super Jeep. Upon arrival, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the woods – Thorsmork is a must-do for hiking enthusiasts.

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Whale-Watching Tour from Akureyri

Watch out for whales, dolphins, puffins and more on a 3-hour whale-watching tour. Choose a start time to suit your schedule with an optional hotel pickup and ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.29

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Board a whale-watching boat in Reykjavik and head out on an adventure to see the numerous whales of Faxaflói Bay. Stay warm on the boat with complimentary ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours

From USD $69.71

Reykjavik Helicopter Tour: Mt Esja Summit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Fly to the summit of Mt Esja on a 40-minute helicopter tour from Reykjavik, and enjoy bird’s-eye views of Iceland’s dramatic scenery! The morning or afternoon ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $219.46

Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Embark on an adventurous journey from Reykjavik to Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier. Your expert guide will take you glacier hiking and ice climbing ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.80

Day Trip from Reykjavik: Cave Exploring in Gjábakkahellir and Snorkeling in Silfra

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

This adventurous tour is your chance to go cave exploring and snorkeling in one incredible day. On this day trip from Reykjavik, visit Iceland's ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $233.66

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.71

'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik

Spend a day exploring some of the incredible locations used in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ on this 6-hour tour from Reykjavik. With a professional ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.33

Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

See puffins up close on the puffin express tour from Reykjavik. The specially designed boat takes you close to the rocky shore of Akurey island to see the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.60

Day Trip to Vatnajokull National Park including Glacier Walk and Lagoon Boat Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This tour is your chance to go on a unique outdoor adventure in southeast Iceland. From Reykjavik, visit Vatnajökull National Park, home to the largest ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $294.33

Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River

Experience Iceland from a completely different perspective on this rafting adventure down the Hvítá River! After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.16

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