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Top Reykjavik Outdoor Activities

Travelers head to Reykjavik for its colorful culture and culinary scene, but they stay for Iceland’s wild landscapes and natural beauty. From glacier trekking to wildlife spotting, here are the top outdoor adventures in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Cruises and Boat Trips
Surrounded by the ocean on all sides, Iceland is home to a rich array of native wildlife. From the harborside city of Reykjavik, boat tours run to Akurey Island—home to arctic terns, gulls, and puffins. Out in the deeper waters of Faxaflói Bay, porpoises and humpback whales splash through the waves while travelers look on from sightseeing boats.  And as night falls, the open waters far from the city lights provide the perfect setting to hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights.

Off-Road Adventures
For an action-packed day, escape the capital on a Golden Circle jeep tour, taking in powerful geysers, the cascading waterfalls of Gullfoss, and the UNESCO–listed Thingvellir National Park. Travelers in search of high-octane thrills can traverse the icy terrain of Langjokull—Iceland's second-largest glacier—by snowmobile, or explore the rugged landscapes of Mt. Hafrafell and Mt. Úlfarsfell by quad bike. For something a little more sedate, combine a horse-riding excursion with a trip to the steamy Blue Lagoon.

Volcano and Glacier Hikes
From massive icefields to underground lava caves, there’s a wealth of exhilarating hikes and climbs to tackle from Reykjavik. Delve inside Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and discover lava caves dating back 4,000 years, or harness up to scale the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier—where cracks, crevasses, and ridges dominate the landscape. Elsewhere, destinations such as Snaefellsnes National Park and the picturesque valley of Reykjadalur offer further opportunities for outdoor exploration.
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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep - FREE photosNature & Wildlife

Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep - FREE photos

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Seek out the northern lights on this 4-hour tour from Reykjavik by ‘super jeep,’ a SUV adapted to travel through Iceland’s rugged terrain. Travel out of the Icelandic capital and deep into the countryside, where you’ll search for the best spots from which to view the spectacle. If luck isn’t on your side and you don’t see the lights, simply rebook with the operator to take the tour again at no extra cost. This tour is a small-group tour ensuring a more intimate experience.
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik Day Trips

Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Tick off three of Iceland’s most popular attractions in only one day on this full-day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. In addition to visiting the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geyser, you’ll experience an exhilarating snowmobile ride on the Langjökull glacier. During the tour, you will also see the Gullfoss Waterfall.
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Ice Cave and Bathing in the Secret LagoonDay Trips

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Ice Cave and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon

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Combine a snowmobile glacier ride with a bath in thermal hot springs on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Traveling by super truck, pass the Geysir geothermal field en route to the Langjökull glacier, Europe’s second-largest. Zoom over the ice on a snowmobile ride, check out a natural ice cave, and then break for lunch and dip in a thermal hot spring.
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2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from ReykjavikHalf-day Tours

2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

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Get ready for an Icelandic off-road adventure on this quad bike tour of two Icelandic peaks. Zoom off on a single-seater or double-seater ATV to see natural attractions like Lake Hafravatn during the tour. Admire panoramic vistas of Reykjavik and the Blue Mountain range from the summits of both mountains. Feel the thrill of cruising across the rugged wintry wonderland and up and down steep mountain tracks. Use of all safety gear and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels is included.
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2-Hour ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

2-Hour ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience the fun of an adrenaline-pumping 2-hour tour by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) through the Icelandic countryside near Reykjavik. Your expert guide leads you to the top of Mt Hafrafell and Mt Úlfarsfell where you enjoy breathtaking views of the Reykjanes peninsula, including Mt Esja the Hengill geothermal area, the city of Reykjavik and Faxaflói Bay. Expect to cross rivers and scale mountains on your sturdy ATV, with all equipment included. You can even visit a local farm and see animals such as horses, sheep and chickens.
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Red Lava Horse Riding TourNature & Wildlife

Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

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Get off the beaten path and travel over Iceland’s volcanic fields, by horseback. On this special, small-group riding tour, you’ll enjoy around four miles (7 km) of natural riding paths along the Redhills or around scenic Lake Raudavatn. Tours are suitable for all levels, and include a complimentary coffee or tea plus free winter clothing rentals.
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Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour and SnowmobilingDay Trips

Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling

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Capture the wild spirit of Iceland's spectacular natural highlights on a full-day tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Alongside a professional guide, discover magnificent landmarks like Þingvellir National Park and the explosive Geysir Hot Spring Area. Marvel at the magnificent power of Gullfloss Waterfall and then head to the Langjökull glacier to experience an exhilarating snowmobile ride across the ice. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Reykjavik hotel on this unforgettable tour.
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from ReykjavikNature & Wildlife

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
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Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from ReykjavikNature & Wildlife

Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik

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This tour in Hafnarfjörður offers more than the typical horse-riding excursions. You first spend time with the horses at the stables, helping to groom them and learning about the unique breed from staff. Afterward, you can take a ride around the paddock while taking in the dramatic landscape. A maximum group size of 15 ensures personal attention and you can upgrade to include round-trip transportation from your Reykjavik hotel.
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Ice Cave & SnowmobileSki & Snow

Ice Cave & Snowmobile

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The adventure begins long before you reach the ice cave on this tour of the Langjokull Glacierglacier, a great choice for thrill seekers. Traveling by off-road vehicle allows you to conquer the otherwise impassable roads of the glacial highlands, while a snowmobile ride reveals other-worldly terrain at the mouth of the ice cave.
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland's Golden Circle on this day tour from Reykjavik by 4x4 vehicle. You'll travel along a route that features three of the country’s top natural sights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Transport is by Land Rover Defender 'super jeep,' which is equipped to navigate Iceland's rugged terrain.
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Reykjanes secret G spotsDay Trips

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Reykjanes secret G spots

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Discover some of Iceland’s most stunning volcanic landscapes during this in-depth, full-day tour, capped at four people per guide. Travel between locations in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped vehicle, and explore deep in the earth’s surface with provided helmets, headlamps, and crampons. Highlights include two ancient lava caves, scenic Kleifarvatn Lake, a hike across steaming lava fields, and a glimpse of the iconic Blue Lagoon.
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2hr Midnight Sun ATV Adventure from ReykjavikHalf-day Tours

2hr Midnight Sun ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

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Experience Iceland’s near-endless summer sun on a midnight quad bike adventure from Reykjavik. Ride a quad along asphalt roads and gravel tracks behind an expert guide, all in the eerie light of the midnight sun. Then, scramble up the mountains of Hafrafell and Úlfarsfell as midnight nears to watch the sun set and rise again within a few minutes, flooding the sky in gold and orange. Soak up the views of Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula from the summits before continuing across rivers and off-road trails back to base.
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Icelandic Horseback riding at LaxnesNature & Wildlife

Icelandic Horseback riding at Laxnes

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Do more than just admire Iceland's beloved horses during your stay in the country—take one for a spin on this horseback riding tour with transportation from Reykjavik. Atop a sturdy, sure-footed Icelandic horse, you’ll take a beautiful ride in the countryside just outside the city. This tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike.
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Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from ReykjavikSki & Snow

Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

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Zip across Iceland’s second-biggest ice cap by snowmobile and visit an ice cave on an 8-hour Langjökull glacier trip from Reykjavik. Ride a snowmobile over the ice toward a glacier cave, admiring the views over snow fields and peaks. Then, descend into the cave on foot to view the blue ice inside the glacier before snowmobiling back. Return transportation, with central Rekyjavik hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from ReykjavikNature & Wildlife

Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

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Make an adventurous descent inside the remains of Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano during this small-group excursion from Reykjavik. Traverse the surreal landscapes of Iceland’s countryside on your way to the Blue Mountains, hiking through the area’s craggy lava fields. Then follow your guide inside the geological site's immense subterranean interior, its walls still scalded from an eruption that took place 4,000 years ago. This small-group excursion, limited to 18 guests, also includes all necessary safety equipment and round-trip hotel transportation.
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Hiking in Reykjadalur Valley - Hot River | Small Group Day Trips

Hiking in Reykjadalur Valley - Hot River | Small Group

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During this small-group (only 8 participants per guide), half-day guided tour, you’ll embark on a scenic hike through picturesque Reykjadalur, followed by an optional soak in a thermal hot spring. Escape the capital and enjoy a short drive into the stunning valley in one of the island’s most popular hiking destinations. Then, reward your efforts with a dip in the piping hot river.
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Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour - Highlands of IcelandHiking & Camping

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour - Highlands of Iceland

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Delve deep into Iceland’s geothermal wilderness and discover breathtaking natural beauty on this full-day Landmannalaugar hiking tour from Reykjavik. Follow your certified hiking guide along rugged hiking trails through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Admire panoramic views over lava fields, glacial lakes and towering peaks, and gain insight into the region’s complex geology. Head through the mighty Vondugil Canyon and climb the slopes of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano, where powerful geysers shoot hot steam into the air. Descend through the Grænagil Canyon to Mount Bláhnúkur, then take a dip in the soothing hot springs.
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South Coast: Fire & Ice | Glacier Hike, LAVA, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach Day Trips

South Coast: Fire & Ice | Glacier Hike, LAVA, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

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Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts bubbling mud pools and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and hike over the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
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1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure

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Rumble through the otherworldly Icelandic wilderness on a quad bike adventure from Reykjavik. Cruise along gravel tracks to the shores of Lake Hafravatn, and get your heart pumping as you speed up to the summit of Reykjavik Peak. Take in sweeping views of the capital and mythical-seeming mountain ranges in the distance before you make your way back down safely. Ride solo (1-seater) on one of the sturdy all-terrain vehicles or partner up with a friend or family member on a 2-seater bike. All gear and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels are included.
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Gullfoss WaterfallSki & Snow

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Gullfoss Waterfall

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Experience the exhilaration of riding a snowmobile over the frozen landscapes of the Langjökull glacier, one of Europe’s largest, on this tour from Gullfoss Waterfall. Following a brief introduction to driving a snowmobile, you’ll glide over the surface of the Langjökull glacier and absorb views of volcanic craters and dramatic mountain ranges. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six participants. All drivers must hold a valid driving license. 
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from ReykjavikSki & Snow

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Reykjavik

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Drive a snowmobile across Langjökull Glacier on this full-day tour from Reykjavík that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel, equipment, and riding time at the glacier. Follow a mountain guide across the second-largest glacier in the country, and experience Iceland’s mountains at their most extreme.
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Glacier Hike and South Iceland Sightseeing from ReykjavikSki & Snow

Glacier Hike and South Iceland Sightseeing from Reykjavik

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See the wild landscape of Southern Iceland up close during this glacier-hiking tour from Reykjavik. Unlike snowmobile or bus tours, you’ll actually get to hike through some of the area’s most popular glaciers, and you’ll also fit in visits to both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Plus, all equipment is provided for you, and a guide leads the way, keeping you on track during your journey through Iceland.
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SuperSaver: Small Group Silfra Snorkeling and Lava Caving Adventure from ReykjavikNature & Wildlife

SuperSaver: Small Group Silfra Snorkeling and Lava Caving Adventure from Reykjavik

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Spend an adventurous day exploring two of Iceland's most unique geological features during this full-day tour from Reykjavik. First, wander through the otherworldly Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel, with its colorful rock formations. Then, visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a snorkeling adventure. Swim in the impressive Silfra fissure, for a chance to snorkel between the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia. Round-trip transportation from downtown Reykjavik and all necessary gear are included.
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