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Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

1. Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

When you enter the venue, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and given a complimentary poncho and gloves. Then, cross the threshold into an arctic wonder whose walls are covered in magnificent ice carvings. These carvings tell the adventure-filled stories and myths of the Norwegian Viking sailors who made their way over the rough Atlantic seas long ago to start a new life in the land of fire and ice. Ice sculptures also take a proud place in the gallery, each one intricate and beautiful. To top off the experience, receive an included Magic Ice Bar signature drink, in a glass made of ice. Sip on this locally-sourced beverage as you explore the intricate stories formed in ice all around you. Extra drinks are available to purchase. This attraction is perfect for people of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and individuals. Magic Ice also regularly hosts corporate events, adding another level of wow factor to your next work party. The only thing you need to bring is yourself, your camera, and some warm clothes, then take in the wintery art that surrounds you.

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Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

2. Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

After being collected from your Reykjavik accommodation, you will be driven to the tour starting point where you will meet with your horses. Your tour ill be between 5-7 kilometers depending on the experience of the riders, with this tour suitable for beginners and those with more experience too. After setting off, you will ride along a beautiful and smooth path along the Redhills, for groups of more experienced riders, you will ride by Rauðarvatn. On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a wonderful setting for horseback riding where you will get to know these friendly Icelandic horses. Your total tour duration will be 2.5 hours, with a total of 1.5-2 hours of horseback riding. You will be provided with rain clothing during your tour if required, and there will be complimentary tea and coffee on hand for your comfort. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

3. Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Travel from Reykjavik on a quest for one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Marvel at this breathtaking display, as the Northern Lights dance across the night sky and light up the heavens. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the darkness of Iceland's countryside, on a 4-hour tour that operates from September to April. If the lights are not visible during the tour, reschedule for free. The group size will be a maximum of 15 people, providing a more intimate experience and flexibility. Enjoy more free time and spontaneous encounters than would be possible traveling in a larger group. Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour from the time it is announced whether the tour is on (by email and on the website). 

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Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields

4. Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields

Treat yourself to a 1.5 to 2-hour Icelandic horse riding excursion. From the Íshestar Stables in Hafnarfjörður you can enjoy the friendly horses on excellent riding paths. Ride through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides. Look for different rock formations in the lava while experiencing the special gait of these horses, known as tölt. The Íshestar Stables is unique in Iceland with facilities as good as they get. It’s set in beautiful surroundings just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, about 10 minutes drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the fascinating area provide endless opportunities of riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The locker room of the Stables is well equipped. All customers are provided with warm overalls, rain gear, riding boots, and helmets in their sizes. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs, as well as secure the safety of everybody. Departure/Days of week: Every day at 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM and 04:00 PM (July-August only) Season: All year Duration: 4 hours (with transfer) Riding: 1.5-2 hours, with stops. Transfer starts from: 09:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Age limit: 8 years. Children 8 - 15 years receive a 50% discount. Please note that you cannot take any backpacks or bags with you on the ride but there are safety boxes at the Riding Centre where you can store your valuables.

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South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

5. South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

You adventure begins with you being picked up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the south. Your first stop will be the almighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall, bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. Following this, you will progress onward to the Skógafoss waterfall. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60-meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will then reach a blue ice cave, where you will have the opportunity to hike through this natural phenomenon Following the ice cave, you will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting your highly trained glacier guides you will hike on the ice for 1.5 hours, a truly spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. In the evening you will arrive at your hotel in the southeast, where you will have dinner before meeting your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis. You will then visit a black sand beach, home to many types of Iceland birds and other wildlife, before retiring back to your accommodation for the night. Day 2 will begin with a venture to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. You will be able to witness icebergs floating from this glacier lagoon out into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. Your day will conclude with your return to Reykjavík.

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From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

6. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

Experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle on a small group tour from Reykjavik. Listen to Icelandic music as you travel by minibus to Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Gaze in awe as you get a clear view of this massive geological activity. Watch the water melt from Iceland's second biggest glacier as you make your way to Gullfoss Waterfall. Marvel as hot spring water erupts from the earth in the geothermal area of Geysir. Then, snorkel in the extraordinary Silfra rift, considered one of the top dive sites in the world. Glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater.

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Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

7. Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

Get picked up in Reykjavík and set off for the experience of a lifetime, as you hike to a volcanic eruption at Geldingadalur. Head for the volcanic eruption at the Reykjanes Peninsula – where the first volcanic activity in the area for about 800 years is happening. The lava slowly coming up to the surface gives you a chance to experience this amazing natural wonder from a close distance. Our guide will hike up to the volcano with you and tell you all you need to know about the new Fagradalsfjall volcano. The hike is about 1.5-2 hours and has a moderate level of difficulty. Once you arrive, you'll get the chance to see the hot flowing lava of the volcanic eruption. We'll hike around the Fagradalsfjall volcano until we find the best location to sit and enjoy the view, before heading back down.

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Northern Lights Tour with Hot Chocolate & Icelandic Pastries

8. Northern Lights Tour with Hot Chocolate & Icelandic Pastries

Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service from your centrally located hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will hop in your tour vehicle and set-off for your destination that evening. Your tour guides, with the close consultation of Meteorologists, will pick a new and unique location every night. Each tour will take you to a location based on the reports of the Meteorologists, thus giving you the best chance of witnessing this fleeting, magical display.  During your tour, your guide will offer you information and great insight into the Icelandic culture, nature, history and the Icelandic people. You will also get the chance to sip on a hot chocolate, a sure treat to warm up the blood on those frosty winter nights. You'll also get to snack on traditional Icelandic pastries. Each night, your tour guide will pick a location that is as far from light pollution as possible, the Northern lights are best viewed in pitch black. This tour is only available during the winter months as the amount of light during the summer months ruins your chances of seeing them. The probability of seeing the lights is always fair however your tour guides will cancel the tour if there is little chance of catching them. However, your voucher will still be redeemable on another date free of charge in the event of cancellation. 

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Reykjavik: Beer & Booze Tour

9. Reykjavik: Beer & Booze Tour

Experience one of the best ways to get a feel for a new city as you sit down and have a few beers with the locals. Get a heads-up on the best Icelandic craft beers to enjoy on your trip with this beer and booze lovers' tour.  Discover how Icelandic people have a short but proud history of making beer (they need to put their lovely, freshwater to good use). They'll fill you in on the history of beer from the Vikings, right through to the resurgence of microbreweries today. Did you know that beer was once banned in Iceland for 74 years? Thankfully, this is not the case anymore! Learn all about this bizarre story, and their unique drinking culture on the tour. The beer tasting tour is guaranteed to leave you with a warm buzz. This isn’t your average pub crawl: visit some favorite bars in Reykjavik where you’ll get the chance to sample 10 different Icelandic beers, or if you prefer, 5 different varieties of snaps and spirits. You might even be able to sample a brand new craft beer from an Icelandic microbrewery that isn’t available on the market yet. The group sizes are small so you can chat about not just beer, but all things Icelandic. It’s the perfect way to kick off your night in Reykjavik or make the most of your stopover.  You can even pick your guide's brain about the best place to eat after the tour or where to party if your night is heading that way.

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Blue Lagoon: Retreat Spa Experience & Private Changing Suite

10. Blue Lagoon: Retreat Spa Experience & Private Changing Suite

Ideal for couples, the Retreat Spa offer gives two guests a private changing suite and four extraordinary hours at this subterranean sanctuary. Proceed into a remarkable concourse of lava that encompasses endless possibilities: a sauna, a steam cave, a wood-burning fireplace, a nesting area, a refreshment area, a panoramic viewing deck, a cold plunge well, and the mesmerizing waters of the Retreat Lagoon.  Begin the experience with check-in and a briefing on the spa area and the best way to enjoy the services. You will then be shown to your private changing suite, decked out with a large shower and dry area and equipped with towels, bathrobes, flip-flops, and Blue Lagoon beauty amenities. The best place to start is the Retreat Lagoon, filled with the same blue thermal waters as the regular Blue Lagoon, but without the crowds. Here you can soak and unwind, order a drink of your choice, and take in the serenity.   The Retreat Spa is an indoor sanctuary that takes your relaxation to the next level. There are multiple areas to relax and enjoy the views over the Retreat Lagoon. There is also a sauna, steam cave, and areas to treat your skin with the Blue Lagoon skin care products. The pinnacle of the journey is the Blue Lagoon Ritual — an exhilarating cycle of wellbeing where you commune with the Blue Lagoon's transformative elements: silica, algae, and minerals. Indulge in a full-body, self-applied treatment pampering session with salt scrub, silica mask, algae mask, and nourishing face and body oil. The spa also features a restaurant with menus based on the finest, freshest local ingredients. It is a place of gourmet nourishment with expansive windows revealing marvelous views of the surrounding mineral-rich waterscape and the centuries-old lava. Before, during, or after your spa journey, the restaurant makes for a memorable culinary experience. No reservations are needed.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Brilliant tour well worth doing. We where really lucky and got to see the North lights. The guide Felix was excellent. Bring lots of warm clothes it gets super cold late at night. A must see.

Very good lovely to see , we didn't stay in there that long as We felt to cold but a must see

Kind stuff, nice addition to your Reykjavik stay. Complementary drinks were tasty

Great experience, the girls that take you for ride are lovely.

Just beautiful, lovely team, brilliant Xmas day ride