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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

1. From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks at Reynisfjara, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid, & Secret Lagoon Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid, & Secret Lagoon Tour

Embark on a bus tour of Iceland’s legendary Golden Circle and soak in the thermal waters of the Secret Lagoon. Explore the southwest, including the spectacular Geysir area, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park. After pickup in central Reykjavik, head to the Secret Lagoon and have 1.5 hours to unwind in the thermal waters and admire the peaceful surroundings. Continue to the active hot spring of Strokkur and watch it spout steaming water 30 meters every 8 minutes. Arrive at Gullfoss Waterfall and feel the spray of the glacial Hvítá River as it plummets down into a 32-meter-deep crevice. Next, visit Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters every year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

3. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

4. The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir Hot Springs where the Strokkur Geyser shoots water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in an impressive display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat, which Iceland has in abundance.

From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

5. From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

Depart Reykjavik and travel to the amazing Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the magnificent cascades and get some memorable photos. Continue to Solheimajokull Glacier and hear the ancient ice crack as you hike the glacier tongue with a certified guide. Next, marvel at the black sand beach and basalt columns of Reynisfjara. Go for a stroll to see the cliffs and sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. End with a visit to the majestic waterfall of Skógafoss and walk right up to the 60-meter high cascade to feel the spray on your face. Get a bird's eye view of the landscape of an optional climb of the 527 steps.

From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

6. From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Landmannalaugar, more commonly referred to as the 'People's Pools', on this private day trip from Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the area's renowned geology and beauty and see for yourself why Landmannalaugar is one of musician Björk's favorite places to visit. After getting picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik, travel along the breathtaking Highland Road to reach the colorful Landmannalaugar. Here, admire the unique mountains with shades of red, pink, green, blue, and golden yellow. Upon arrival, enjoy a bike ride through the Jökulgil valley. See caves, lava, and volcanic craters. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this natural wonder and witness geothermal activity up close. Don't forget your swimwear if you fancy a dip in one of the area's many geothermal pools. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Golden Circle Tour and Caving in Leidarendi Lava Tunnel

7. Golden Circle Tour and Caving in Leidarendi Lava Tunnel

Combining caving and the Golden Circle tour in Iceland gives you a unique experience of the Icelandic nature. See the wonders of the Icelandic nature while driving through the countryside and exploring the underworld wonders of the Icelandic lava fields by visiting the cave, Leiðarendi.  Leiðarendi is a 900-meter long lava tube offering unique rock formations, such as stalactites and shelves. Some light crawling may be required yet Leiðarendi cave has rather easy access to the underworld of Iceland. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. Start your tour at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir, where Althing, was established around 930 and at Þingvellir the two continents, Europe and America, meet. Also visit the geothermal active valley Haukadalur where among others the hot spring geysers Geysir and Strokkur are and check out the waterfall Gullfoss.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

Journey through the heart of Iceland as you visit Kerid Lake which is set inside a 3,000-year-old caldera, where expansive views and striking blue water make for incredible photo opportunities. Next, travel to Fridheimar Greenhouse, where you´ll see the latest in the country´s horticultural engineering and enjoy some unique treats grown right on the property. Move on to Geysir, where the land has been shaped for thousands of years by the oldest recorded geyser in the world. Watch as several smaller geysers blast off every few minutes before heading to Gullfoss. Take in views of this gorgeous waterfall on the Hvita river, where 140 cubic meters of water roar over the falls every second. Stop by the Thingvellir to see where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Highlights and Eco Tour

9. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Highlights and Eco Tour

Develop an understanding of the Icelandic way of life and sustainable living on this guided tour. See some of the country's most iconic sights as you visit highlights of the Golden Circle, a route that loops from Reykjavik through the countryside as well as places related to green living.The tour will begin by heading from Reykjavik to Hellisheiðarvirkjun, The Geothermal Energy Exhibition. This exhibition is located at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant where visitors can learn about how Icelanders have been using geothermal energy for hundreds of years.The next stop is at Ljósafossvirkjun, a hydro-based power plant. This is a perfect spot for photos of water running down with tremendous force.Then you'll be heading down to Sólheimar Eco Village where you'll be getting a very insightful lecture about sustainable development in Iceland. Afterward, you'll have some time to walk around the area as well as visit a greenhouse.After spending the first part of a day learning and understanding Icelandic sustainable living we'll be heading towards the most iconic Golden Circle's "must-sees" - visiting the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. Check out the geyser Strokkur located in the Geysir area, with shoots of boiling water rising between 66 to 131 feet high. Last but not least, pay a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the home of the first Icelandic parliament.

From Reykjavik: Explore the Waterfalls of the South Coast

10. From Reykjavik: Explore the Waterfalls of the South Coast

Explore the waterfalls of the south coast of Iceland on this unforgettable tour for all ages. Travel to the more well-known tourist hotspots and some secret spots, and be led by a professional geologist guide. Begin the tour in Reykjavik and be picked up at bus stop 8 (Hallgrimskirkja) and begin the drive on the famous ring road towards the south. Visit six different waterfalls in one day, every one unique and beautiful. Take the opportunity to hike up on Stóra-Dímon, a small hill with a stunning view of Iceland's south coast. Learn about the many geological peculiarities behind these wonderful landscapes from the professional guide, while taking some amazing pictures of some of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Visit well-known and unknown waterfalls, such as Thorstein's Grove, Gluggafoss, Gljúfrabúi, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Kvernufoss.

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Incredible tour!! Had a wonderful time with Jakob our amazing, funny and very knowledgeable tour guide! The driver was also extremely amazing; great driving and a very nice, clean bus!! The golden circle, kerid, geysirs were so incredibly beautiful, and I got some wonderful pictures and I also made new friends on the tour! The secret lagoon was an awesome experience and a very nice addition to the golden circle tour. All in all, it was a super experience and I would definitely recommend it!!!

Pick-up went smoothly and we were on our way in a few minutes.! Tom was an incredible guide - it was a very long day, so his great sense of humor definitely added color and kept us smiling. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited, shared some wonderful tidbits about Norse mythology and showed us a few extras along the way. Pride for the natural wonders of his country, shone throughout the trip! Would highly recommend !

Just utterly amazing! We thought we'd see some fantastic things but this exceeded our expectations a million times over! Simon, the guide, was absolutely fantastic - so informative, so much fun and obviously has such a passion for this incredible country. It was a trip that has provided memories for a lifetime. Completely recommend it and cannot wait to come back to Iceland for more wonderful adventures!

Omar the guide was very informative about the Country he was obviously proud of. The history and geology of Iceland made this a memorable Tour.

Very nice experience of travel. Guide was very good and also Time management was good.