3 Days in Reykjavik: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, May 2015
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.
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Spot whales and see the world’s greatest light show on this unforgettable Iceland Super Saver from Reykjavik. Choose which days and in what order you wish to ... Read more
Duration: Whale-watching cruise: 3.5 hours
Northern Lights cruise: 2.5 hours
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
Duration: 6 hours