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Day Trips from Reykjavik

By Viator, February 2015

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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 989 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.)

From USD $74.82

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 363 Reviews

Don't miss the opportunity to take a mysterious night trip to witness the famous Northern Lights, one of nature's most spectacular displays. Far from the glow ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 - 5 hours

From USD $50.70

Blue Lagoon Spa Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 350 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

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $74.82

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 106 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 $69.15

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

Indulge in a tour of the Golden Circle - the relaxing way, and explore some of Iceland's most famous sights, including: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00

South Iceland Tour from Reykjavik: Waterfalls, Volcanoes and Glaciers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Discover dramatic black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls and ancient volcanoes and glaciers that typify south Iceland on a full-day tour from Reykjavik! ...  Read more

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

From USD $198.40

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 258 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.)

From USD $146.25

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 134 Reviews

Set off in search of minke whales, humpbacks and more on this whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik. Pull on a pair of provided coveralls and then stay on the ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.15

Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to the most popular sights where you can experience the three highlights of the South West of Iceland: Geysir, Gulfoss ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00

South Iceland Day Trip and Northern Lights Hunt from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the South Coast of Iceland on this day trip from Reykjavik; go glacier hiking, see amazing waterfalls, visit a black-sand beach and then hunt for the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.40

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