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Our most recommended Western Region, Iceland Outdoor Activities

Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

1. Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of this island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. Have an opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. The peak season for whale watching runs from April to October, but of course, the ocean is always full of magical creatures, and you never know what you might see. Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. You will be free to listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales, and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast as you spot local wildlife. Take a break and warm up in the heated indoor area. Relax on board the boat and enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating, and purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. You will experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at higher speeds, and will be able to share your adventure live on social media with the onboard WiFi.

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

2. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

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.

Reykjavik: 2-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

4. Reykjavik: 2-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

Join an amazing evening yacht cruise on the Amelia Rose to celebrate the New Year and say bon voyage to 2021. The luxury yacht Amelia Rose leaves the harbor at 10:00 PM, and returns approximately half an hour after midnight. The view from the sea gives you the chance of seeing the world-famous fireworks over the city and the surrounding towns. If the skies are clear, you might be able to catch the Northern lights too! Receive a complimentary glass of Champagne as midnight approaches and, as the clock strikes 12, raise a toast to the New Year. Three panoramic decks will ensure that you will get the best view possible of the fireworks, the Reykjavík coastline, and if the skies are clear hopefully catch the Northern lights too.

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

5. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will travel west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the charming Glanni Waterfall and Deildartunguhver Geothermal Area. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland, and just a few meters away, you will find another interesting waterfall.  The highlight of the tour is a visit to a colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. Just shy of 1,600 meters in length, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize just how powerful eruptions of volcanoes can be. Lastly, visit the Reykholt historic site where you can learn about the history of Iceland and see Snorralaug, small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. This place was first mentioned in medieval writings OF Snorri Sturluson, the famous Icelandic poet, and politician who used to bathe there.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small-Group Tour

6. Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small-Group Tour

See colorful wildlife throughout your 12-hour tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain, rising 463 meters out of the sea. Stop at the charming village of Arnarstapi to see the breathtaking cliff formations. Visit the black-pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes National Park. Hear interesting stories from your guide of shipwrecks and adventures. Travel past impressive landscapes on the way to the northern side of the peninsula. Enjoy views of Gerðuberg Natural Heritage Site and the dramatic lava field of Berserkjahraun. Stop by the picturesque black church, Búðakirkja

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

7. Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

Discover the puffins of Iceland on a wildlife watching tour by RIB Boat, These boats cover a larger area and get closer to the puffins than on a conventional vessel. Watch the birds as they nest, dive and fly, and learn about their characteristics as you cruise around the rocks and cliffs. Make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour in the early morning and meet the captain of your RIB. Listen to a short safety briefing, put on your provided coveralls, climb aboard, and take hold of the grab rail as your boat sets off. Take in the views of Faxaflói Bay as your RIB zips out over the ice-cold waters. As you cruise, watch for Iceland’s wildlife, including the many species of sea birds that frequent the bay and its islands in summer. As well as puffins, gannets, auks, fulmars, and Arctic terns all visit the local waters. Bump over the waves toward the rocky islands and sea cliffs, and sail up close to the rocks and inlets to view the puffins that nest here between May and August. As you watch the puffins, listen to interesting facts about the species from the expert guide and captain. Hear about their natural behaviors and diet, and snap photos of them nesting, diving, and flying as you sail around the little inlets.  After about an hour on the sea, arrive back at Reykjavik harbor where your puffin watching cruise ends.

From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

Start with pickup from Reykjavik and discover the Borgarfjordur region. Travel with your private group, and see the natural and historic landmarks of the region.  First, stop at the Deildartunguhver hot springs. These springs have the highest flow rate in Europe, and the water measures at 97 degrees celcius. Learn how the water is used to heat the nearby towns of Borgarnes and Akranes. Next, visit Reykholt Church which has a history dating back to the 12th century.  Continue the tour by visiting the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where water cascades down a former lava flow. Then, admire stunning panoramic views of Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Europe. Discover a variety of rock formations formed by recent volcanic eruptions throughout the tour.

From Reykjavík: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Private Day Tour

9. From Reykjavík: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Private Day Tour

In one day, you will experience diverse Icelandic scenery. Volcanic Craters, Arnarstapi sea cliffs, bird live and costal rocks, Black sand of Djúpalónssandur, the majestic peak of Kirkjufell which is shaped like an arrowhead, the seal colony and birds live, the black church, lava fields of Berserkjahraun etc. Snæfellsnes National Park is a peninsula in Western Iceland. The peninsula is a detour from the ring-road, worth visiting. You will witness breathtaking attractions. Snæfellsjökull the glacier which is the main attraction and one of a three volcanic systems on the peninsula. It is now an active independent volcanic system away from the main Atlantic rift system. The glacier itself is a cone shaped volcano which erupted last time 1700 years ago. Snæfellsjökull and its surroundings was the first national park established in Iceland and known as the Jewel of the West. Attractions are also the iconic black church to the towering Kirkjufell mountain which was made popular by Game of Thrones. Others are are dramatic sea cliffs/rocks with spectacular bird life , fishing villages, colorful beaches and Volcanic lava landscapes with moss.

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What people are saying about Western Region, Iceland

Had a great day out and can totally recommend this tour! The combination of beautiful waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the historic sights and the huge lava cave was brilliant, and our guide, Thor, explained everything so well and I just had a very fun and interesting time.

The ship was on time, went out quickly, the guide explained everything very well and was able to show us many whales and dolphins. We were very lucky with the tour.

Incredible experience for a good rate! Managed to see some 40 whales and dolphins as well! The tour guide was friendly and explained things well!

Excellent time Just needed a railing into the baths Otherwise wonderful staff and a wonderful time

We had such a great day, tour guide Thor was brill and loved the cave. Would recommend.