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Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

1. Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

Snorkel at a site that National Geographic called one of the top dive sites in the world with this tour of the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park. Stay warm as you explore this magical underwater glacial world with a high-quality dry suit. Swim through pure, filtered glacial meltwater. Keep your eyes peeled for local plant species and marine life like the dwarf char. Explore the valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park.

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

2. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

Begin the experience at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel and explore one of the longest and best-known lave tubes in Iceland. As the tunnel is a work of nature, the terrain can be quite rough and hard to maneuver. Follow the route of the footbridge with your guide as they explain the geological formations. Marvel at the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations. Hear entertaining tales of Hollywood adventures and other enjoyable tidbits about the cave's history. Enjoy approximately 1 hour of pure adventure.

Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

3. Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

Enjoy a snorkeling tour of the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the famous Golden Circle route. Float between two tectonic plates in the clearest water in the world with 300 feet, or 100 meters, of visibility. Once you arrive at Silfra, you will be divided into groups of 6 people, one group per guide. Gear up in a wetsuit to keep you warm and comfortable in the cold water. After a safety briefing, make your way to the entry platform to spend about 45 minutes in the water. Float through what is called the Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them. The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. If you look from the right angle, you can see all the way to lake Thingvallavatn, over 150 meters away.  Enter the Silfra Cathedral at the depth of 23 meters and feel like you’re flying over the boulders and glacial silt. End the snorkeling adventure at the Silfra Lagoon. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies to warm up. Chat with your guide and ask any questions you might have.

Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Tour with Transfers

4. Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Tour with Transfers

Discover Iceland's iconic Golden Circle route on this guided bus trip from Reykjavik. Visit the historic Thingvellir National Park, watch a geyser erupt at Strokkur, marvel at Gullfoss Waterfall, and journey to in the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Board a climate-controlled bus in Reykjavik and relax on the drive to visit the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic Divergent Ridge at the Thingvellir National Park. See eruptions of up to 20 meters high at Strokkur, which erupts every 5 minutes. Take in views of the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall which is considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. Pay a visit to the stunning volcanic crater at Kerið and admire it from above at a viewpoint.  End your day with a relaxing soak in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Be sure to reserve your admission ticket for the Blue Lagoon for 5:00 PM, as the tour will arrive at that time. After you finish at the Blue Lagoon, head back to Reykjavík and be dropped off at the meeting point where your tour began.

Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Aurora Tour

5. Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Aurora Tour

Make the most of a short trip to Iceland with a combined Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Northern Lights tour departing from Reykjavík. Spend a magical day traveling through waterfalls, craters, and natural pools, then marvel at the iconic Northern Lights at night. Get picked up from your hotel and start the day by visiting the three main Golden Circle attractions. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park, witness several eruptions at Geysir, and stop by Gullfoss waterfall, a powerful multi-drop waterfall. Gaze at a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater at Kerið crater lake, before moving on to the renowned Blue Lagoon. Discover a unique thermal spa, featuring a vast geothermal pool, saunas, steam bath, and an in-pool bar. Receive an entrance ticket along with a towel, face mask, and free drink. Enjoy around 90 minutes of free time to relax and grab dinner at your own expense, then head out on your evening Northern Lights hunting tour. Travel far beyond the city limits, searching for darkness and cloud-free skies. Warm yourself while you wait with a hot chocolate drink. Drive to a few different locations searching for the aurora. Find them shimmering across the night sky in mesmerizing green shades. Allow your guide to assist you with photo settings for the perfect picture, then be dropped off back in the city.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a geothermal hot spring. Landmannalaugar is known as the pearl of the highlands for good reason. The variety of landscapes you will see is remarkable, with new vostas emerging with every turn. Here you have about 4 hours to enjoy the best of what the area has to offer. We take the 1.5-2 hour easy Lauga-loop hiking trail along which we pass the renowned colourful ryholite hills, striking obsidian rock formations, ascend toward the steaming geothermal pools and negotiate the trail through the foothills of Bláknúkur mountain. After the hike you have the opportunity to bathe in the geothermal hot-spring pool, as reward for your exertions on the trails. Enjoy great views as you linger in the healing waters. We enjoy other great sights on our way to and from Landmannalaugarþ. We see the waterfalls at Hjálparafoss, Glanni and Háifoss. Háifoss waterfall is Iceland's fourth largest. We also pay a visit to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water, contrasting with the desolate desert sands of the surrounding landscape. We return to Reykjavík tired but content, with memories of untouched nature to enjoy for years to come.

Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

7. Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

With the Iceland complete audio guide, you get all the information that a tour guide would otherwise give you. Using GPS, the app recognizes where you are on your round trip and provides you with exciting information in the right places. So nothing stands in the way of your individual rental car tour. Your digital Iceland travel guide for the whole island of fire and ice! This audio guide offers more than 340 stations (7.5 hours of playing time) with information about the country, people, and sights in all parts of the country. It includes not only the Ring Road and the Golden Circle but also the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, the Westman Islands, the East and West Fjords, and the wild Icelandic Highlands.

Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

8. Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

Discover how Iceland produces green, sustainable energy at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Selfoss. This self-guided tour will allow you to see the front lines of Iceland‘s work toward environmental sustainability and the history of geothermal energy in the country. Your experience begins at the Hellisheiði Power Plant, located roughly 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík. The power plant is located beneath Mount Hengill and is surrounded by lava fields, moss, and scenic mountain landscapes. Start your self-guided tour by making your way through the interactive exhibition with commentary from your informative audio guide. Experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at the largest single-site geothermal power plant in the world. Included in your tour is a stop in the Carbfix room, where you will learn about the plant‘s partnership with Carbfix. Carbfix is one of the leading solutions for the climate crisis and global warming. Throughout your visit, take advantage of the viewing platforms inside the exhibition that let you get an even better look at the beautiful Icelandic nature. You are also welcome to ask the on-site staff any questions you might have during your tour.

Volcano Exhibition and Cinema - Lava Centre Iceland

9. Volcano Exhibition and Cinema - Lava Centre Iceland

Journey through the geological history of a nation as you explore the fiery heart of Iceland at awarded Lava Centre overlooking the great volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla. Learn by using interactive displays and videos. Become immersed in an experience that blends education with artistic displays of the various natural forces that created Iceland. Go to the Trembling Earth section and learn how diverging tectonic plate movements and rising magma cause frequent earthquakes. Experience the drama of a simulated earthquake. In front of the Fiery Heart of Iceland display, learn about the normal up-flow of magma at the diverging plate boundaries and how they interact with a mantle plume (hot spot) beneath Iceland, pin-pointed in the central highlands. Once the gaseous molten rock in the earth’s crust and mantle, known as magma, is expelled during a volcanic eruption, it is termed lava and tephra (airborne material). There are 30 volcanic systems in Iceland containing many types of volcanoes, with a strong impact on nature and the rapidly developing landscapes. In the Magma Learning Center, get an insight into many volcanic structures. Tephra forms when magma encounters water or ice, or if the gaseous magma is very viscous. The magma splinters into pieces of various sizes that may spread over large areas. Get a panoramic view of 4 large, active but dormant volcanoes and a group of volcanic islands in the Local Volcano section, or from the viewing deck. All are of a different type and nature, and two of them are among the most active and productive volcanoes in Iceland!   

From Reykjavík: Small Group South Coast Day Tour

10. From Reykjavík: Small Group South Coast Day Tour

This tour brings together everything the Icelandic southern coast has to offer in the form of waterfalls, a black beach, basalt rocks, glaciers and volcanoes. We begin our adventure driving by the charming agricultural town of Selfoss, where the Viking Trail unfolds before us. As we venture further south, the enchanting lowland vistas gradually give way to majestic mountainous panoramas, unveiling a breathtaking display of nature's grandeur. Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Skógarfoss, a dramatic masterpiece that plummets an impressive 60 meters. Here, we pause to relish in the magnificence of Mother Earth's artistry, capturing a moment that will forever be etched in our memories. Continuing along the Viking Trail, we then make our way to the captivating black sand beaches of Reynisfjara. The mighty North Atlantic crashes against the ebony shores, creating a symphony of power and beauty. Take your time to explore this dramatic wonderland, immerse yourself in its captivating atmosphere, and be captivated by the indelible image that unfolds before you. Our next destination is the charming coastal town of Vík í Mýrdal. This unique gem, untouched by harbors, offers a panoramic vista that stretches beyond the village, encompassing the mesmerizing coastal tapestry that unfolds before our eyes. From the vantage point of its charming church, capture a moment of tranquility and beauty that will forever hold a special place in your heart. Continuing our journey, we then head towards the awe-inspiring Sólheimajökull glacier. As our adventure draws to a close, we make our final stops at the iconic Seljalandsfoss and the hidden gem of Gljúfrabúi. Seljalandsfoss entices with its ethereal beauty, allowing you to venture behind its cascading curtain of water, an experience that will leave you in awe. And nestled discreetly within the mountainside, Gljúfrabúi unveils its hidden splendor, inviting you to discover its secret charm. With your heart full of memories and your camera filled with captivating photos, we return to Reykjavik, where you can reflect upon the magnificent scenery that this tour has offered. Join us on this unforgettable journey, where every stop unveils a new chapter in the story of Iceland's South Coast.

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A must-do activity to do if you come to Iceland. Jana and Luce take great care, they do their best to ensure that we enjoy the experience. During the dive we are very well equipped, it is not cold at all. Only the face and hands are in contact with the water but the water quickly reaches room temperature in the gloves which means that it is lukewarm in contact with our hands throughout the activity. The view is magnificent, take full advantage of everything you see! Jana takes photos with a GoPro to immortalize the moment and sends them to us in the evening. A great activity with great guides!

Was an amazing day seeing the golden circle was spectacular. Our guide was amazing telling us all about Iceland and things we passed on the way. The small mini bus was lovely and it was really nice doing it as a small group.

Our guide was really humorous. The walk is easy for us 20's not fit. Mixed aged group and we could all leisurely take our time or go at it

A bucket-list experience for sure, and one that will get a reaction from your friends when they see your photos. Worth the money!

Excellent-hard but a memorable experience for sure. Our guide Lusa was fantastic as was the rest of the team!