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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

1. South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains. Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Then, take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Bus Tour w/ optional Blue Lagoon

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Bus Tour w/ optional Blue Lagoon

Explore the natural treasures of Iceland on a full-day bus tour of the Golden circle. See the Gullfoss Waterfall and explore Þingvellir National Park. Travel in comfort and enjoy audio commentary on the bus. Arrive at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. This is also the site where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia have pulled apart, creating a rift valley on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Visit the Geysir Hot Springs, home to the original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Here, the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skyward from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall, an awesome sight to behold. A powerful glacial river cascades down 2 levels for 32 meters with a thunderous roar into a narrow canyon. Board a new bus equipped with WiFi and connected computer tablets at each seat. On the tablet, you’ll be able to use the GPS-sensitive audio guide (available in several languages) to get to know about Iceland and the places you visit on the tour. There will be a host on board, happy to answer any questions you might have about the country. Each seat is equipped with a USB charger.

Reykjavik: Day Trip to Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon

4. Reykjavik: Day Trip to Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon

Experience the raw natural beauty of Iceland's Golden circle with this day tour from Reykjavik. Feel the rush of watching the Strokkur geyser erupt. Take a swim in the warm relaxing waters of the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa. Be picked up in Reykjavik and take in the country landscapes as you are transported to Thingvellir National Park. Walk between two continents at the location where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet. Discover interesting stories about Viking history at the site of the first Viking parliament. Next, head to the geyser geothermal area where you can see the geyser Strokkur erupt every few minutes. Marvel at Strokkur at the geyser sends boiling hot water up into the sky. Continue to the Gullfoss waterfall to watch as millions of gallons of ice-cold, glacier-fed water plunges 30 meters into a canyon. Finish your day with a trip to the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa. Experience Icelandic bathing culture first-hand with a relaxing swim in a 250-foot infinity pool. Admire views of the dramatic coast as you lie back in the warm soothing waters. Have the freedom to swim up to the cave bar for a refreshing cocktail. Try the revitalizing Icelandic 7-step ritual that includes a fog misting, an indulgent body scrub, and a trip to the steam room.

From Reykjavik: 7.5-Hour Golden Circle Express Tour

5. From Reykjavik: 7.5-Hour Golden Circle Express Tour

Climb aboard a modern bus with USB chargers and Wi-Fi-connected computer tablets in each seat, and use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide to track your way around Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Choose from one of the 10 available languages, and ask the accompanying local guide any questions you might have. Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park to see the site of the world's oldest existing parliament. Marvel at the rift valley where the huge tectonic plates of America and Eurasia drift apart, and cast your eyes on the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake. Continue to the hot springs of Geysir to experience Iceland’s most famous natural attraction at the site of the nation's original geyser. Feel the ground shake and watch the steaming hot water of the Strokkur Geyser erupt every few minutes into the sky. End your Golden Circle tour with a visit to Gullfoss, where you can take an easy walk to the edge of the waterfall for a truly mesmerizing sight. Watch as the powerful glacial river flows down 32 meters on 2 levels, descending into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

6. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

Experience the dramatic scenery and natural phenomena of Iceland on a 2-part combination tour, starting with a morning tour of the legendary "Golden Circle." Depart Reykjavik to visit Iceland's 3 iconic natural treasures, including the Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the earth's North American and Eurasian plates pulled apart at Geysir and watch the geothermal waters and steam spout skywards from the geyser. Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, where a glacial river thunders 32 meters into a canyon. Then, take a 3 to 6-hour break and grab dinner before your evening Northern Lights tour. When night falls, search for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Icelandic wilderness, depending on the weather forecast and visibility conditions. Only visible during the winter months, the spectacular phenomenon is one of Iceland's biggest and most magical draws.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

7. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Vikings as you explore the dramatic geothermal landscapes of Iceland. Depart Reykjavik and head towards Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of America and Europe are pulling apart! Make use of the Wi-Fi connected computer tablets in each seat, including a GPS-sensitive audio guide available in 10 languages. A local guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. See the oldest parliament in the world in Þingvellir National Park, and feast your eyes on the rift valley along the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake. Watch boiling water shoot from the earth at the hot springs of Geysir. End with a visit to Gullfoss Waterfall. Walk down to the edge of the cascades where the powerful river runs into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar!

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.

Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Tour

9. Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Tour

See the best of the Golden Circle all in a single day during this private trip starting directly from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Travel with your own personal guide to Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Kerid Crater, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Blue Lagoon, entry fees included. Pack your bags and come ready for an adventure. You’ll see Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense historical significance. This site has the world’s oldest existing parliament. Marvel at crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains. The Geysir Geothermal Area is also on the agenda. This site is a treat for those who always dreamed of witnessing a live hot spring. Located in the Haukadalur Valley, this spot is the oldest known geyser in the world. Arrive at the Gullfoss Waterfall, which originates from Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Take advantage of unbeatable photo opportunities thanks to the multiple viewpoints of this elegant waterfall. Another memorable site along the route is the Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, a 3000-years old volcanic lake with a unique appeal. You’ll see blue-colored lake water surrounded by dark lava rocks. A simple walk along the crater will bring you to amazing views of this unique volcanic lake. After the tour, you’ll visit the Blue Lagoon before being driven back to your hotel.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

Travel through the famed Golden Circle route on this tour from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and the lake at the Kerid volcanic crater. Uncover the natural beauty of Iceland with some unexpected stops along the way.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation and sit back and relax as you take in the stunning serenity of the Icelandic countryside on the the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Thingvellir National Park. Discover the historical l importance of this park. After seeing some of the crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains in Thingvellir. Continue to the Geyser geothermal Area in the Haukadalur valley to see one of the oldest geysers in the world.  Head to Gullfoss waterfall which flows from Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in the country. Capture pictures of waterfall from a viewpoint before driving to the Kerid volcanic crater lake. Admire the contrast of the blue lake with the dark lava rocks around it.  Take a walk along the crater before returning to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Southern Region, Iceland

Amazing activity! Golden circle is great but snowmobile is just incredible, I strongly recommend taking an extra snowmobile. It'll cost 15.400 ISK for both but worth every penny in my opinion!

Great fun - highlight of my trip. Instructor David, the driver Jose and staff all around made it a fantastic experience. Would highly recommend!

The drive was smooth and amazing. Yoav the guide, kept us engaged throughout the trip. Overall it's good and I will recommend

Excellent tour with ATVs. Tour guide was amazing...full of interesting stories plus extra stops. A must do!

Welcoming staff. Very informative and interesting exhibition.