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Day Trips from Reykjavik

By Viator, September 2013

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With vast glaciers, glistening fjords and looming volcanoes all within a few hours drive of Reykjavik, exploring Iceland’s otherworldly wilderness couldn’t be easier. To fuel your wanderlust, here are some of the best day trips from Reykjavik.

1. The Golden circle
One of the most popular tours from Reykjavik is a circular route around the dramatic Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal valley of Haukadalur and the thundering Gullfoss Waterfalls – a 300km loop nicknamed the ‘Golden Circle’. Covering some of Southern Iceland’s most breathtaking scenery, the Golden Circle takes in the famous Geysir geyser, the Keiro volcanic crater and the Hellisheiðarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant.

2. Sólheimajökull Glacier
Discover the vast frozen landscapes of the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue by hiking through its icy heart. A glacial hiking and ice climbing expedition on the Sólheimajökull glacier takes in bubbling water cauldrons, natural ice sculptures, sinkholes and vast ice walls. Tours often include a visit to one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls – the Skógafoss Falls.

3. Reykjanes Peninsula
The youngest volcanic landscapes in the country are located on the enchanting Reykjanes Peninsula and exploring the vast lava fields makes for some spectacular photo opportunities. Visit the sulphur springs at Seltun, walk the banks of the majestic Lake Kleifarvatn or take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a natural pool of geothermic seawater that’s renowned for its healing properties.

4. Boat Cruise
Take a boat cruise around the Reykjavik Bay area, where you’ll get fantastic views along the coastline as well as the opportunity to spot some of the area’s famous marine life. Sail out to Lundey Island, where the shoreline is teeming with Puffin colonies and Arctic Terns; spot minke whales, humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins in the open ocean; or try your hand at sea fishing.

5. Northern Lights
One of nature’s most wondrous natural phenomenon, catching sight of the colorful streaks of the Northern Lights is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. Lights spotting expeditions are hugely popular in the north of the country, but from Reykjavík the best chance of seeing the famous Aurora is on a boat cruise. Special Northern Lights Viewing Cruises run from the city, sailing the coast of the Faxaflói Bay in search of the Northern lights.

Contributed by Zoe Smith

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 480 Reviews

Want to see some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on a day trip from Reykjavik? From spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Iceland South Coast and Jokulsarlon Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 91 Reviews

Head out to the magnificent glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon, and follow in the footsteps of James Bond in "Die Another Day" and Lara Croft in "Tomb ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 49 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 $76.51

Reykjavik Super Saver: Blue Lagoon Round-Trip Transport plus Gulfoss and Geysir Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 147 Reviews

Combine two tours in one Super Saver for the perfect Icelandic experience. Start your morning relaxing at the Blue Lagoon surrounded by lava fields and snow ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Golden Circle Tour by Super Jeep Including Glacier Snowmobiling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See the sights of Iceland’s legendary Golden Circle on a full-day tour by 'super jeep'’ a spacious SUV specially designed to travel over the rugged Icelandic ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Gulfoss and Geysir Express Half-Day Trip from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 109 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour from Reykjavik to experience geysers, waterfalls and some of the most exciting natural phenomena Iceland has to offer. In just six hours ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.98

Viking Horse-Riding and Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

For a full-day experience with a difference, ride a Viking horse in the morning then spend the afternoon touring Gulfoss, Geysir and other Icelandic natural ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
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Blue Lagoon Spa Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 185 Reviews

Find the ultimate relaxation when in Reykjavik on this excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Blue Lagoon is a ...  Read more

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Duration: Flexible

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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.)

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

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