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Top Day Tours In & Near Reykjavík, Iceland

Anne
Published Jul 08, 2019

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the country’s largest city. The city nestles on the coast and offers a mixture of impressive modern and classic Icelandic architecture. Visit the National and Saga museums to learn about Iceland’s Viking history. Visit the Perlan glass dome to enjoy sweeping views over the surrounding hills and ocean. View the attractive concrete Hallgrimskirkja Church or relax at the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa close to the town of Grindavik. Shoppers are spoiled for choice with the Laugavegur’s boutiques and the weekend flea market in Kolaportid. The Old Harbour features souvenir shops, as well as a concert hall and beautiful views of Mt. Esja. In the winter months, visitors can experience the Northern Lights in the city’s rural areas. Read below to find out some of the top day tours in and near Reykjavík, Iceland.

1. See the sights on the one-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus (from USD 34)

The red, double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus is the best way to take in the city of Reykjavik at your leisure. A one-day pass allows visitors to climb on and off the bus wherever they please, visiting the Harpa Concert Hall, City Hall, National Gallery of Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja Church and other iconic locations in the city. The buses run through the city every thirty minutes, giving plenty of time to see all the sights in comfort.

Hop On and Hop Off Bus in Reykjavik

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2. Classic whale- and dolphin-watching cruise in Reykjavík (from USD 88)

Climb onboard a modern vessel for a classic whale and dolphin watching cruise from the city of Reykjavik. The boat has a number of different viewing platforms and other amenities while you meet the white-beaked dolphins, Minke whales, and harbor porpoises along the way. Marine biologists give information about the marine animals during the cruise. Should no dolphins or whales be spotted during your cruise you will receive a complimentary ticket for another cruise from Reykjavik or Akureyri, valid for two years.

Classic Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise in Reykjavík

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3. Experience the taste of Iceland on a food tour (from USD 112)

Experience dining in Iceland on a food tour in Reykjavik while also getting a sense of the history of Iceland. Explore the streets of the city, stopping off in a brand-new gastropub, a legendary hot dog stand, the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik and experience Seabaron and Icelandic fish and chips. Your tour guide will give all necessary information about the food. Possibly the only bad aspect of the tour is the fermented shark, but it is an experience to discover in Reykjavik!

Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

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4. Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik (from USD 242)

Enjoy a tour of nature in the Langjökull glacier, with its man-made ice cave. The one-day tour reveals the surface of the ice cap, before being taken into the heart of the glacier to see the Hraunfossar waterfalls. Along the way, visit the small village of Husafell. Along the way, listen to a live guide and also receive information from a personal touch-screen audio guide on the bus to your adventure.

Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide

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5. Full-day Iceland Game of Thrones tour (from USD 109)

Along with many other fascinating venues, Iceland has starred in the popular TV series “Game of Thrones.” This day tour takes you to the stomping grounds of the White Walkers and north of the wall while visiting the dramatic Þingvellir gorge. Learn more of the significance of this setting in the plot of the show. Also visit Þjorsárdalur and the “Settlement Era Viking Lodge,” where the greatest massacre was filmed in the show. Also, get to meet some of the Icelandic horses that starred in “Game of Thrones.”

Full-Day Iceland Game of Thrones Tour

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6. Reykjavik combo snorkel adventure in Silfra Fissure and Lava Caving (from USD 193)

Enjoy a full-day snorkeling and lava caving adventure from Reykjavik in the Thingvellir National Park. This exciting tour takes you beneath one of the lava fields of Iceland, allowing you to see firsthand the results of past volcanic activity. Head through the lava tube cave, while learning all about its formation and experiencing every shade of blue.

Reykjavik Combo Snorkel in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving

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7. Northern Lights tour and Secret Lagoon buffet dinner from Reykjavik (from USD 144)

Experience the oldest, geothermal swimming pool in Iceland at Secret Lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the luxuriously warm water before dining on a delicious, buffet-style dinner which offers a variety of traditional Icelandic food. Following dinner, head out to hunt for the iconic and fascinating Northern Lights for an experience of a lifetime.

Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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8. Golden Circle day trip from Reykjavik with snowmobile glacier ride (from USD 253)

On this tour, head out in the footsteps of the Vikings in Thingvellir National Park, with its beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. This tour takes you between the European and American continents as you experience the fabulous scenery. End the tour by climbing on a super truck, heading into the central highlands with its glaciers, before climbing onto a snowmobile to enjoy a ride over one of the largest glaciers in the world.

Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience

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9. South Coast day trip from Reykjavik (from USD 88)

This day tour from Reykjavik takes you to the beautiful south coast of Iceland where you will visit two wonderful waterfalls. Walk behind Seljalandsfoss, then visit Skógarfoss, a unique waterfall coming directly from two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. If you have the stamina, climb the 370 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the coastline of Iceland. You will then get to visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach which has been voted among the top 10 non-tropical beaches in the world. Lastly, walk to the edge of Sólheimajökull glacier and see its incredible ice formations.

Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik

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10. Visit Snaefellsnes National Park and its natural wonders (from USD 102)

Enjoy an eco-tour on the Snaefellsnes peninsula on the west side of Iceland. An expert guide will take you to visit Ytri Tunga Beach, with its many seals and seabirds. Head to Port Arnarstapi, a small fishing village with a beautiful coastline. Stop at the Londrangar View Point to gaze at the amazing Þúfubjarg rock formations. Head to Djupalonssandur Beach, where the beach pebbles are so smooth they are known as black lava pearls. Journey to the Kirkjufell Mountain, the country’s most photographed mountain, which is renowned for its triangular shape and featured as Arrowhead Mountain in “Game of Thrones.”

Snaefellsnes National Park and Natural Wonders

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Take in the nature of Iceland

Experience the hospitality of this unique and fascinating country while exploring the history and food of the capital city. Also head out of the city to enjoy exciting tours into the surrounding natural environment, on some of the top day tours in and near Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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