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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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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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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
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Blue Lagoon Spa with Roundtrip Transport from Reykjavik

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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik

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South Coast Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik with Guide and Touchscreen Audio

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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

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

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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour, Reykjavik, Night Cruises
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Viking Horse-Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Viking Horse-Riding Tour and Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

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