Outskirts of Reykjavik
The Golden Circle Classic
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Overview: This popular excursion introduces you to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Visit Nesjavellir power plant, a high temperature geothermal area situated in the picturesque landscape of Lake Þingvallavatn. Enter Þingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in 930, which makes it the oldest known functioning parliament in the world.
The tour continues to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss and from there towards the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. Proceed to Skálholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops. On the way back, a photo stop by the colorful volcanic crater Kerið is included. Continue through fertile agricultural areas to Hveragerði, a small and charming horticultural village.
Golden Circle Afternoon (Geysir Express)
Duration: 6 hours
Overview: This tour includes the National Park Pingvellir, where the ancient parliament was established in 930 and a highly interesting geological area, the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the mixed high-and low temperature area, containing a few spouting hot springs, Geysir, Strokkur and others. See the Kerid crater as you proceed to the horticultural community of Hveragerdi, where geothermal energy is widely exploited for the greenhouse cultivation of many kinds of vegetables, exotic fruits and flowers.
Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour including Snow Scooter
Duration: 9 hours
Overview: See some of Iceland's most famous and exciting natural phenomena. First stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a most important historical site where Iceland's first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. Drive along mountain tracks to the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring.
Then continue to Gullfoss waterfall. Its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland's second largest glacier. Make a short photo stop at the colorful Kerið crater caldera and pass by the greenhouse village in Hveragerði, on your way back to Reykjavík.
In the Footsteps of Leif Eriksson
Duration: 9 hours
Overview: Travel to Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a living history museum replica of their home, discover their history and taste traditional Viking fare. The travel route provides spectacular natural landscapes and rustic pleasures along the way.
The journey begins with a visit to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, through the fertile farmlands of Budardalur to reach Leifssafn Museum's Vineland Exhibit of Leif Eiriksson. Then, a short drive to the highlight, Eiriksstaðir, where you meet a modern day Viking and get a hands-on experience with swords, helmets and tools, which are historic reconstructions based on Viking design. Visit the local dairy, Erpsstadir to be introduced to Icelandic farming life. Taste freshly made organic dairy products like traditional skyr, cheese and ice cream.
South Coast & Jökulsarlón
Duration: 13 hours
Overview: Drive along the beautiful south shore of Iceland to the extraordinary glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon. Pass charming villages and Skaftafell National Park, at the feet of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. On arrival at Jokulsarlon, enjoy a stunning boat tour between floating icebergs and other large blocks of ice. These originate from the Vatnajokull glacier, which plunges into the still, cold waters of the lagoon and slowly float towards the ocean. Return to Reykjavik.
Westman Islands - Pompeii of the North
Duration: 11 hours
Overview: The Vestmannaeyjar or Westman Islands are a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland and truly a wonder of nature! Drive along Iceland's south shore (approx. 1 hour) and board a ferry for a short sail (approx. 30 min) to the Westman Islands.
Join a bus tour around the island, surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and seabirds. The volcanic eruption in the Westman Islands in year 1973 is considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. Besides walking up the crater of this volcano, walk around the "Pompei of the North", excavation of the houses that were buried under ash and lava. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour around the islands, but in winter time it's replaced by a one hour volcano show, during which a soup is served.
Sea Angling with hotel pick up/drop off
Duration: 3 hours
Overview: Sea angling is a fantastic experience. The crystal clear air and the excitement of catching a fish in the happy company of first-timers and experienced fishermen make this a must-do trip. The most commonly caught fish are cod, haddock, pollock and catfish. You might even catch a giant halibut! All the equipment needed for fishing is provided as well as assistance from experienced guides.
Whale Watching Safari with hotel pick up/drop off
Duration: 3 hours
Overview: Spot some of the whales swimming close to the coast line, including minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales. The majestic fin and sei whales and the killer whales (orcas) are also occasional sighted. See sea birds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns and many more. Go past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffin, a great photo opportunity! Between June and August you can even take part in the midnight whale watching adventure!