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Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

1. Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

Hang suspended, feet dangling, in front of a 20-meter spherical screen while a film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Soar over land, sea and ice. Move with the arctic winds. This is an immersive flight experience. The ride utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flying. Special effects, including wind, mist and smells, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience.  Before your flight begins, a storyteller and resident troll Sú Vitra will lead you through two unique adventures that’ll ignite your imagination with stories of Iceland, its people and the natural forces at work. Rides commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours. The total experience will take approximately 35 minutes, including the 8.5 minutes you’ll spend on the ride.

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 will 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. Enjoy 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.

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

3. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

4. From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

Spend 4, 5, 6 or 7 days on a road trip around the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry about getting around. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience. Day 1 – South Coast of Iceland Departing from Reykjavík, see the Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Glubrabui waterfalls and admire the black-sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach. Take in the views on a glacier hike. Day 2 – Adventure in the East Start the day in style with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (a boat tour between icebergs is included) and the nearby Diamond Beach. Drive to the Vestrahorn and Studlagil canyons before continuing along the dramatic east coast which boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks. At the end of the day, take a soak in Vök Geothermal Floating Pools. Day 3 – Lake Mývatn and waterfalls Today, discover the unique natural volcanic environment of Lake Mývatn. Encounter geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, imposing rock formations, unique birdlife, and fauna. Explore highlights such as the magnificent Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Góðafoss - the waterfall of Gods. Relax at the end of the day with a visit to Mývatn Natural Geothermal Spa and plunge into silky, blue waters rich in skin-healing minerals. Day 4 – Northern Iceland Start your day at Akureyri, the capital of the North. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town and take part in whale-watching boat tour. While driving through the North Coast towards Reykjavik you will have a moment to enjoy the Hvítserkur and Kolugjufur Canyon. Day 5 (optional) – Borgarfjörður and Lava Caving Admire the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of almost 300 ft. Afterwards, see the majestic Barnafoss waterfall and Reykholt Historic Site. Later, head inside the biggest lava cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir, before finishing the day at Deildartunguhver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. Day 6 (optional) – Snæfellsnes National Park Spend the day exploring Snæfellsnes National Park. This park has often been referred to as "Iceland in miniature", due to its many varieties of geology. Don't miss a visit here if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. Day 7 (optional) – Golden Circle Finish your time in Iceland with a journey along Iceland's most popular route. Spot Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and Kerið Volcano, all of which are must-sees for visitors. You may also choose to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon to your tour today.

Reykjavik: 1-Hour Puffin Watching Tour

5. Reykjavik: 1-Hour Puffin Watching Tour

The charismatic puffin has attracted local and tourist attention around Iceland for many years. It is their prismatic appearance and curious behavior that gives rise to this intrigue. Their most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is their brightly colored bill which, added to their striking piebald plumage, has given rise to nicknames such as “clown of the ocean” or “sea parrot.” Depending on tides and weather conditions, you will head to Akurey, Engey or Lundey on a 1.5-hour cruise. These islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife, and in addition to puffins you will have the opportunity to view other birds, such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots, cormorants, fulmars, geese and oystercatchers. The islands' shores are rocky, but the captains know the best spots to get close to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right he might even turn off the engines so that you can listen to the birds' calls. Luckily the puffins usually stay put for a while, so they are easy to photograph. Although you get close to the islands, the puffins are comparatively small birds and the free use of binoculars on board comes in handy. You can also borrow a rain jacket to keep your dry, and sip authentic seaman's coffee to keep warm.

Vík: Icelandic Lava Show Entrance ticket

6. Vík: Icelandic Lava Show Entrance ticket

Experience the thrill of seeing molten lava with this ticket to the Icelandic Lava Show in Vik. Combine an educational experience with fun as you learn about volcanos by recreating an exhilarating eruption.  Get to the show early to grab some good seats and purchase a cool drink. Witness the recreation a volcano eruption, similar to what the Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcanos are famous.  See molten lava which reaches a temperature of 1100°C, pour into the showroom and over ice. It is an epic battle between the elements and a unique opportunity to get close to red-hot lava, see it flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the intense heat that radiates from it.

Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

7. Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

Start your day snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - one of the top dive sites in the world. You can choose between a drysuit or wetsuit for the more daring participants and depending on the season. After the tour you will enjoy a hot chocolate and your guide will show you how to access your underwater photos after they have been uploaded. Then head back to Reykjavik area where you can quickly grab a bite before getting picked up for your horseback riding in the beautiful rugged landscape. After your ride you will be dropped off back in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

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

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

Reykjavik: Rock Climbing Experience with Gear Included

9. Reykjavik: Rock Climbing Experience with Gear Included

Meet your guide and take off from Reykjavik to start your half-day of rock climbing. Learn about your gear, how to climb, and get assessed by your guide on the most suitable climb for you. Upon arrival at one of the 3 rock climbing locations that are only 20-40 minutes away, your guide will go over the day and explain how the climbing gear works and teach you how to climb. According to rock climb grades from 5.4 to 5.14, find something that fits your skill level. Rest assured knowing that most of the climbing is top rope climbing, so any possibility of falling is not an issue. Feel free to ask your guide all the questions that you want to know related to climbing. After 4 hours of thrilling climbing, head back to Reykjavík for drop-off. This country is known for glacier and ice climbs, but it also has great rock climbing places. Iceland offers everything from 8-meter climbs up to 400-meter routes, so every climber can find something that fits them.

Reykjavik: The Bank Heist Escape Room Experience

10. Reykjavik: The Bank Heist Escape Room Experience

The bank is closing their branch. Customer’s are returning their safety deposit keys and retrieving their valuables before the safety deposit boxes will be destroyed. An employee of the bank knows that one of the most valuable stamp collection in Iceland is laying in one of the safety deposit boxes as the owner has not yet shown up to retrieve it. He has prepared everything for you to get in, steal the stamp collection and get out quickly. Can you steal the stamp collection and get out of the bank before you raise suspicion?

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What people are saying about Northeastern Region, Iceland

We were picked up at hotel by a friendly young girl . she was prompt with time of pick up. They found the right horses for me and my husband. They rode along side of us giving us tips as needed. We got to go fast at times. the staff were excellent and the horses were calm and knew exactly what was required of them.

The staff was wonderful and considerate. I would caution about larger guests trying to ride these horses. The suits didn’t quite fit but everyone did their best to make it work and we had a great ride. I would recommend to my friends and family for sure.

Amazing tour. Beautiful and very well tempered horses. Both me and my partner loved it, the instructors were very helpful and happy to answer questions. Lots of time to soak in the gorgeous views of the lava fields and all the volcanic rock

This was a fun activity. I enjoyed looking at the scenery on a horse. The horses are professional and nice.

absolutely stunning views and an amazing experience!