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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.

Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

2. Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

When you enter the venue, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and given a complimentary poncho and gloves. Then, cross the threshold into an arctic wonder whose walls are covered in magnificent ice carvings. These carvings tell the adventure-filled stories and myths of the Norwegian Viking sailors who made their way over the rough Atlantic seas long ago to start a new life in the land of fire and ice. Ice sculptures also take a proud place in the gallery, each one intricate and beautiful. To top off the experience, receive an included Magic Ice Bar signature drink, in a glass made of ice. Sip on this locally-sourced beverage as you explore the intricate stories formed in ice all around you. Extra drinks are available to purchase. This attraction is perfect for people of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and individuals. Magic Ice also regularly hosts corporate events, adding another level of wow factor to your next work party. The only thing you need to bring is yourself, your camera, and some warm clothes, then take in the wintery art that surrounds you.

Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

3. Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Travel from Reykjavik on a quest for one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Marvel at this breathtaking display as the northern lights dance across the night sky and light up the heavens. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the darkness of Iceland's countryside on a 4-hour tour that operates from September to April. If the lights are not visible during the tour, you can easily reschedule for free. Hop in a premium minibus and enjoy a more intimate experience with better chances to hunt down the auroras. Get plenty of free time and prepare for spontaneous encounters. As an added perk, booking this northern lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour from the time it is announced whether the tour is on (by email and on the website). 

Húsavík: Whale Watching on a Carbon Neutral Oak Boat

4. Húsavík: Whale Watching on a Carbon Neutral Oak Boat

The original whale watching tour is now available carbon neutral. The local tour operator has adopted an active environmental policy based on the idea of sustainable development. In 2015, it became the first whale watching company in the world to offer carbon neutral whale watching. In cooperation with some other actors, a unique hybrid propulsion system that allows running the ship on renewable energy instead of fossil fuel has been developed.  Experience the tour on a carbon neutral boat and discover the magnificent nature of Skjálfandi Bay observing whales, dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat. Enjoy smooth sailing and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and cinnamon buns. Join the tour and enjoy an authentic wildlife adventure with the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

5. 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.

Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

6. 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.

From Reykjavik: Thrihnukagigur Volcano Guided Day Trip

7. From Reykjavik: Thrihnukagigur Volcano Guided Day Trip

Enjoy a hiking tour towards the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. After your transfer and drop-off at the Bláfjöll mountain cabin, walk to Thrihnukagigur Volcano, a moderate hike of approximately 45-50 minutes, enjoying the breathtaking lava scenery en route. The hike is classified as moderately difficulty, with straight walks and limited elevations. But the surface is hilly and uneven. Upon arrival at the crater, descend 400 feet (120 meters) inside the volcano, and experience an extraordinary natural phenomenon. You will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave inside the volcano, wearing a helmet and harness at all times. Each group is split into a smaller party of 4-5 people for safety and intimacy. After a slow 10-minute descent, to ensure the safety of passengers and provide ample opportunities to experience the amazing views, spend up to an hour inside the volcano (or less if you prefer). Expert guides will be with you at all times. End with a feast of traditional Icelandic meat soup or a vegetarian soup along with hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea or water.

Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

8. Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

Take part in a unique baking experience in the heart of the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Take a stroll around the geothermal area and learn about the history of this baking technique. Witness firsthand how the dark rye dough is prepared and then buried in the warm ground with a lively 30-minute demonstration. Discover how the slow cooking of 24 hours gives the bread its memorable taste. Get to sample a fresh batch of lava bread, placed in the ground the day before. Geothermal bathing is also offered at Laugarvatn Fontana, however, tickets for bathing must be booked separately.

Reykjavik: 3-Hour Foodie Adventure Walking Tour

9. Reykjavik: 3-Hour Foodie Adventure Walking Tour

Join the tastiest sightseeing tour in Iceland, and explore the best of Reykjavík through its food. Sample 8 delicious dishes that you won't find on typical tourist trails. Explore the downtown area of Reykjavik with a knowledgeable and fun local guide. They will take you to six different restaurants and shops for a total of 8 food tastings. Go to famous restaurants and small, family-run businesses. Discover secret hangouts known only to locals. Try some delicious Icelandic lamb soup, and experience what every Icelander grew up eating. Indulge your taste buds with some homemade ice cream made from a secret family recipe. Sample local cheeses and seasonal meats. Get an introduction to authentic skyr, and try a hot dog from Iceland's most famous hot dog stand. Taste the “best lobster soup in the world,” and a unique dessert unlike anything you have ever had before!

Reykjavik: Icelandic Food Tour

10. Reykjavik: Icelandic Food Tour

They say that sharing a meal is the best way to get to know each other but a walking tour with 4 to 6 foodie stops is even better! The stops include the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik, a legendary hot dog stand, the local's favorite food market if open and one of the top restaurants in Iceland. This tour samples many different Icelandic dishes; both traditional classics and modern favorites. Your guide knows all the best spots to get the famous Icelandic meat soup (just like mamma makes it), flatkake with smoked lamb, delicious lobster soup, and more yummy treats.  Even try some fermented shark, if you dare. Learn what the Vikings ate and how Icelandic people have survived harsh winters thanks to their special cooking and preserving methods.  The tour runs everyday and you’ll walk around 2.5 kilometers, making plenty of stops along the way. With no more than 12 people on a tour, you’ll be able to ask any questions about Icelandic food and culture, plus make a few new friends. And, you certainly won’t leave feeling hungry.

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Alvaro was a great guide! He was very knowledgable but also let us appreciate the quiet while we were snorkeling. The gear worked very well, and we did not get wet at all. We wore leggings, wool socks, and long sleeve shirts underneath the dry suit. Even though the water was cold, we felt comfortable while we were snorkeling because of all the gear. The meeting place is a short walk to the parking lot. We were glad that we did the first snorkel of the day, because we did not have to wait in line to get into the water. The parking lot was also empty when we arrived but was full upon leaving, so I would recommend the earlier time slot. The water was extremely clear, and this was truly an unforgettable experience. Also, the pictures that they take are a bonus. They are included in the trip cost and are easy to download after your snorkeling experience. I highly recommend!

Siggy was very knowledgeable and upbeat during a physically demanding 12 km hike. He engaged all group members and connected on a personal level regardless of nationality. Siggy was safety conscious and assisted in the descent where I could not do so myself due to physical limitation.

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

Pablo was absolutely amazing! We all loved the experience and it will definitely be a memory that lasts for ever.

A fantastic way to experience the wonders of Iceland with a first class guide.