Skálholt Tours

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From the eleventh to the eighteenth centuries, the town of Skálholt served as one of two episcopal bishoprics in Iceland. As a center for Christianity, it became one of the wealthiest and most influential settlements in the country. In 1550, the last Catholic bishop was beheaded (along with his two sons), marking the end of the Reformation in the area. The town remained a Lutheran center until the seat was moved to Reykjavik in 1797.

Modern-day visitors will find a large Protestant cathedral in Skálholt, built between 1956 and 1963 to replace one destroyed by an earthquake in the 1700s. An underground vault below the church houses what are believed to be the sarcophagus remains of Pall Jonsson, one of the town’s most powerful bishops, which were discovered during an excavation in 1954.

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Skálholt is located along Road 31 in the lower Biskupstungur Valley.
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Address: Skálholt 801, Iceland
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

Make an adventurous descent inside the remains of Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano during this 5-hour, 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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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Small-Group Golden Circle Plus Tour: Hot spring, Waterfalls, Dairy Farm & Kerid Crater From Reykjavik

Tick off more of Iceland’s natural wonders in less time on this small-group, 9-hour tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Departing from Reykjavik, you’ll marvel at Geysir Geyser, Gulfoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates collide. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland’s famous natural landscapes as the sun sets on this 6-hour Golden Circle evening trip from Reykjavik. Travel into the Icelandic countryside as a guide sheds light on Iceland’s fascinating geography. Delve into UNESCO World Heritage–listed Thingvellir National Park — where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet — and discover top attractions such as the old Icelandic parliament. Watch as the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall gushes and cascades over the rocks, then explore Haukadalur — where geothermal mud pools and geysers animate the landscape.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Small Group Golden Circle and Skalholt Minibus Day Tour from Reykjavík

Experience the best of Iceland’s fire, water and history on a full-day tour of the ‘Golden Circle’ in a comfortable minibus. Take in the rugged, rock-strewn landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Hear stories about Iceland’s natural history and culture as you enjoy sweeping views of the countryside around the 105-foot (32-mt) Gullfoss waterfall. Make a final stop at an active geothermic zone to see the steaming Strokkur geyser before returning to Reykjavík.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Golden Circle with Blue Lagoon Private Tour from Reykjavik

See the highlights of Iceland's Golden Circle and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon on this 12-hour private tour from Reykjavik. Drive through Thingvellir National Park, see geothermal and seismic activity at Laugarvatn and Geysir and snap photos of the impressive Gullfoss waterfall. Finish your tour with a stop at the Blue Lagoon to bathe in the world-famous restorative waters. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention; round-trip transportation from Reykjavik accommodations is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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