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Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

1. Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

Vök Baths is a geothermal destination on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland. Located only 3.1 miles northwest of Egilsstaðir, the largest settlement in the East, Vök Baths is an essential stop on any visit to this part of the country. Vök Baths harnesses the geothermal power of the region to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the rest of the lake and the surrounding area. Fully immerse yourself in Iceland’s unique and untouched landscape and become one with nature at the country’s first series of geothermal floating pools. An Icelandic hot spring destination like no other, the hot water is so pure, it’s certified as drinkable. Compared to the rest of the country, there are relatively few hot springs in East Iceland, making Vök Baths an attraction you won’t want to miss during your exploration of the East.

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Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Discovery Group Tour

2. Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Discovery Group Tour

Meet at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, from where you kick-start your ice cave journey to Iceland's biggest glacier: Vatnajökull. Travel by jeep to get up close to this massive glacier. Make your way through glacial moraines, gravel, and glacial ice. Experience all the beautiful glacial features of different ice caves. Follow your expert guide into the cave and take in the surreal soft blue and glistening ice in the cave. Snap plenty of photos of this other-worldly environment. Get the best adventure possible on the glacier with a local guide who understands the ever-changing nature of the caves, and can fine tune the tour to suit the needs of the day. Know that your guide has scouted for the most picturesque caves. Bask in the splendor of caves ranging from 30-100 meters in length. Visit a spot that changes each season. Hike this natural wonder for 2-3 hours.

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Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

3. Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

Your 8-day Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik, then sets out along the Golden Circle, passing by Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. As you admire the hot water spouting from the earth, learn about the history of Iceland from your expert guides. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades, and hike on an ancient glacier. The highlight of the day is a trip to the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Explore Skaftafell National Park on day 3 and marvel at the white sheets of ice as they contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, explore an Ice Cave and blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlon. Spend the evening looking out for the stunning Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On day 4, follow your guides through the East Fjords in search of native wildlife such as wild reindeer. As you pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live, learn about the culture and way of life in the nearby small villages. After a cozy night’s stay in a sleepy Icelandic village, explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Then continue to the Námaskarð Pass where the earth boils and bubbles in front of your eyes. On day 6, visit the fjord of Eyjafjörður, spend some time getting to know local farmers at Kaffi Kú, and stop by Hauganes for a Whale Watching Tour. Try some Icelandic delicacies if you fancy it, then stay overnight in Borgarnes. On day 7, explore the capital of the north at your own leisure, before heading out to the Saga Trail to visit Reykholt where the medieval poet Snorri Sturluson lived. On day 8, see the incredible Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes Peninsula and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy an optional underground tour of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave first, then head on South to see the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano spewing actual lava. In the evening, you’ll return back to Reykjavik, where your 8-day adventure ends.

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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

4. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

Explore one of the amazing, naturally formed ice caves on Falljökull glacier, which are only accessible in the winter time, when the meltwater from the dynamic outlet glacier freezes over and leaves behind giant ice tunnels. Begin the tour in Skaftafell, a nature reserve in Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your highly trained and certified glacier guide, who will provide the necessary glacier gear for this expedition — an ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmet. Step aboard the glacier bus, which will take you to the glacier terminal face. Listen to a safety briefing and learn how to use the necessary equipment. Follow the guide as you step onto the glacier and navigate through a labyrinth of deep crevasses, beautiful ice formations, and high ridges before you reach the highlight of the day, the deep blue ice cave. Take in the beauty of the cave and capture the memory as a perfect photograph. Listen to how and why these ice caves are formed. After exploring the cave, return to surface and head back over the glacier to the bus before returning to Skaftafell where your tour began.

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Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

5. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on this luxurious private Jeep tour. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want. This tour is perfect for any free-spirited adventurers that wish to travel in style and comfort. This tour will not only provide you with a large 4x4 Super Jeep, specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain, but also a personal guide that will spend a full day taking you across this marvelous country.  You can go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. You will also have the chance to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands, all the while keeping your base in Reykjavík. With this tour, whatever is possible to do within 12 hours will become a reality. The spacious Super Jeep will pick you up in the morning, at which point the day is yours. Your luxurious vehicle’s capabilities when it comes to alternative terrains means you have the option to see more sights than on the standard bus. There are also no other guests to delay or rush you, outside of those that you choose to bring along.  If you are not sure where you want to go, your expert guide can help you make up an itinerary to the most popular places or take you away from the crowds to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Just tell them your wishes, and they will plan accordingly. You'll be surprised just how much of this island you can see in a day.

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Iceland: eSim Unlimited Mobile Data with Phone Calls

6. Iceland: eSim Unlimited Mobile Data with Phone Calls

Enjoy an eSim high-speed data pack to stay connected with your friends and family as you travel in Iceland. Never get lost. Find the best restaurants. Post pictures of your adventures immediately on social media. Choose from packages for 3, 7, or 15 days. Top up and extend packages without any hassle. Don't worry about needing a physical Sim card with the eSim. Place a limited number of outward bound phone calls even without a phone number. Never lose connectivity when you use the eSim. Continue to browse or make calls using messenger services even while streaming longer media or using on multiple devices. Enjoy the security of guaranteed service for the duration of your journey.

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Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Small Group Tour

7. Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Small Group Tour

Your day will begin as you are picked up from Reykjavik, at which point you will be whisked away down the picturesque south coast. You will pass gorgeous meadows, rugged coastlines, and traditional farmsteads on the way. You will begin with a visit to the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, considered a staple stop for sightseeing trips down the coast. You will then make a refreshment stop at the southernmost village of Iceland, VikiMyrdal. Continuing along the south towards the east, you’ll be amazed as the scenery transforms from rich farmlands and dramatic mountains to darkened outwash plains, black deserts and staggering areas of natural elevation. If the conditions allow, you can also pay a visit to the stunning river canyon of Fjadrargljufur. Finally, you will reach the highlight of the day, Jokulsarlon, where you will be immediately taken within its ethereal ambience, glittering icebergs, incredible panoramic views, and lively wildlife. If you're lucky, you will also be able to witness the curious seals and dive-bombing Arctic Skuas. You will also be able to walk between the icebergs on the so-called “Diamond” or “Crystal” Beach. This is a black sand beach at the coastline near the glacier lagoon, and very often, there are many icebergs washed up on to the beach which makes for a spectacular view. On the way back you will stop to look at an old turf church, which coincidentally resemble "hobbit holes", which you will discover more about on your tour.

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From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

8. From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

Your Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik and heads out along the Golden Circle. Marvel at the natural landmarks of Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir and Þingvellir National Park, admire hot water spouting from the earth, and learn about the history of Iceland while you travel. Spend your first night at a cozy hotel on the South Coast. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascades for a truly breathtaking experience. From here you'll embark on a hiking tour to a nearby ancient glacier before heading back to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Spend the night in the small village of Vík, and enjoy free time in the evening to explore the local area or mingle with your fellow travelers. On day 3, discover Skaftafell National Park, where glistening white sheets of ice contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, take a tour of a stunning ice cave and see huge blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Spend the evening looking for the world-famous Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Day 4 takes you on a wildlife exploration through the East Fjords in search of wild reindeer and other native animals. Next, learn about the culture and way of life of nearby local villages then pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live! Marvel at the forests of Hallormsstaðaskógur before spending the night at a sleepy village. Explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn on day 5 and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Continue to the Námaskarð Pass to gaze at the earth boiling and bubbling before your eyes, then spend the night in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Finally, on day 6, wander along the breathtaking fjord of Eyjafjörður and visit Kaffi Kú to get to meet local farmers. You'll stop by Hauganes for a whale watching tour, included in this adventurous getaway. At the end of a busy and exciting 6-day trip, travel back to Reykjavik where your adventure comes to an end.

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Iceland 6-Day Ring Road Adventure

9. Iceland 6-Day Ring Road Adventure

Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast The adventure begins with a pickup in Reykjavik then visit the popular Golden Circle attractions of Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Experience spouting geysers, historical and geological wonders, and the beautiful golden falls of Gullfoss. Then make your way to the impressive South Coast where you will be greeted by the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before reaching your accommodation for the night. Day 2: Vik, Skaftafell, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon After breakfast at your hotel, journey further south towards the charming village of Vik. Make a stop at the unique and photogenic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. After visiting Vik, make your way to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with its floating icebergs. The nearby Diamond beach is also on today's agenda. See icebergs that have washed ashore glistening like diamonds on the black sand beach, leaving you feeling like you just stepped into a movie scene. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Hofn area, known for delicious lobster. Day 3: East Fjords Today is all about exploring the East Fjords of Iceland. Driving along the coastline is an experience like no other. It is characterized by narrow roads and remote peninsulas. Before reaching Egilsstadir town, where you will be spending the night, visit Djupivogur fishing village. Take a hike to Hengifoss waterfall and stop by the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall. Day 4: Dettifoss, Myvatn, and Akureyri Drive through the wilderness of Modrudalur to make your way to the capital of the North, Akureyri. Today's highlights include a visit to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Then Lake Myvatn, where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the hot spring pools of Myvatn Nature Baths. Finally, see the dreamy Godafoss waterfall. Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Akureyri.  Day 5: Whale Watching, Siglufjordur, and Trollaskagi The day starts with a drive through the charming town of Akureyri towards Dalvik for a whale-watching adventure. Humpback and minke whales are a common sight and sometimes you might even be able to spot a majestic blue whale. After your adventure at sea, try out your sea angling skills then enjoy a team barbeque with your catch of the day. Make your way to your accommodation for the night in the Bifrost area. Drive through the fishing village of Siglufjordur, which is a charming village rich in history, and the Trollaskagi peninsula, with some of the best ocean scenery you will see.  Day 6: Visit the West Iceland region The day begins with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade. You'll also visit Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet, and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. On the way back to Reykjavik you'll drive around the scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord).

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Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

10. Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

Discover the natural beauty of Iceland on a thrilling hike that takes you through crevices and icefalls of the Falljökull glaciers located inside the Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your guides, hop on the 4X4 Super Jeep, and start your journey through picturesque landscapes and up to the base of Falljökull, one of the outlet glaciers of the vast Vatnajökull ice cap.  Get a unique perspective of the glacier as you drive into the glacier valley. Once inside, you will learn how to use crampons and have a short safety briefing before embarking up onto the ice. Spend the next 3 hours hiking through the stunning icefall, which Falljökull is famous for. Look closely and be amazed by the fascinating features of the ice. Learn about the geology, geography, and history of the local area as you are led to the highest point to marvel at the unforgettable views of the glacier valley. This tour is perfect for those who have been on a glacier before or those who enjoy long hikes, but novices looking for a bit of adventure are also welcomed on the tour.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

My family and I agree that this was best vacation (tour) we’ve ever taken. Our guide, Rocky was fantastic. Everyone on the tour was captivated by his knowledge of the island. We very much enjoyed his tales; myths and truths! The minivan experience was very comfortable. Rocky’s playlist was on-point and thoughtfully arranged. The activities and guides were spectacular. On this tour we participated in glacier hiking, cave touring, horseback riding and whale watching. The stops along the trip were breathtaking; we saw beautiful waterfalls, caves, geysers, black sand beaches, glaciers, lakes and even reindeer! My family and I plan on returning to Iceland again and I will recommend Troll Expeditions to everyone I know!

We were a small group of 6. Everything was was well organized and our guide was the best. We started each day around 8-9 am and arrived before dinner at the next stop. The minibus was comfy and Wi-Fi was available all time. Our guide made us feel like guests, not just customers. I would travel again this tour.

Being able to bathe in hot water (38 degrees) and throw yourself for fun in the lake (at 15 degrees) while sipping a drink ... it's just magic.

This was an amazing experience. Very knowledgeable guide. We were able to experience the glacier in a way we could never have otherwise.

Guide was excellent. Learned so much history and personal experiences because he had lived there for many years.