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Travelers head to Reykjavik for its colorful culture and culinary scene, but they stay for Iceland’s wild landscapes and natural beauty. From glacier trekking to wildlife spotting, here are the top outdoor adventures in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Cruises and Boat Trips
Surrounded by the ocean on all sides, Iceland is home to a rich array of native wildlife. From the harborside city of Reykjavik, boat tours run to Akurey Island—home to arctic terns, gulls, and puffins. Out in the deeper waters of Faxaflói Bay, porpoises and humpback whales splash through the waves while travelers look on from sightseeing boats.  And as night falls, the open waters far from the city lights provide the perfect setting to hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights.

Off-Road Adventures
For an action-packed day, escape the capital on a Golden Circle jeep tour, taking in powerful geysers, the cascading waterfalls of Gullfoss, and the UNESCO–listed Thingvellir National Park. Travelers in search of high-octane thrills can traverse the icy terrain of Langjokull—Iceland's second-largest glacier—by snowmobile, or explore the rugged landscapes of Mt. Hafrafell and Mt. Úlfarsfell by quad bike. For something a little more sedate, combine a horse-riding excursion with a trip to the steamy Blue Lagoon.

Volcano and Glacier Hikes
From massive icefields to underground lava caves, there’s a wealth of exhilarating hikes and climbs to tackle from Reykjavik. Delve inside Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and discover lava caves dating back 4,000 years, or harness up to scale the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier—where cracks, crevasses, and ridges dominate the landscape. Elsewhere, destinations such as Snaefellsnes National Park and the picturesque valley of Reykjadalur offer further opportunities for outdoor exploration.
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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show

Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show

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Combine pre-booked admission tickets to the Perlan’s Wonders of Iceland exhibition with a planetarium show on the elusive, green dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Walk through a reconstructed Ice Cave, learn about Iceland’s glaciers in an interactive display, and see a replica of a bird cliff. Then, sit back and relax as you embark on a multimedia Northern Lights journey.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
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  • 7 hours
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FlyOver Iceland

FlyOver Iceland

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If you don't have time to explore the length and breadth of Iceland in reality, FlyOver Iceland offers the next-best thing. Settle into your seat and enjoy the sensation of flying through the air as you take off on an exhilarating journey across the country.
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  • 30 minutes
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
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South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

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Travel by luxury minibus through a volcanic landscape along the south coast of Iceland. See the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier on this day trip from Reykjavik. Spot puffins, if you’re lucky, and get a look at Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in 2010. Round-trip hotel transport is provided.
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  • 10 hours
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$112.00
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The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

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Explore Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest lava tunnels in Iceland, with ease on this stress-free tour. With a helmet and headlamp, see some of the tunnel’s most interesting features and learn about the changing colors of the lava rock formations from a guide. The tour departs regularly, making it easy to slot this tour into even the busiest sightseeing schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
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  • 2 hours
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$116.01
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South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik

South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the scenery of southern Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Journey past lava fields, icebergs, and glacier lakes as you explore the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Keep your camera poised as you admire the black-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations of Vik, as well as the mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
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  • 10 hours
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$93.00
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Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík
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Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík

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The winter months in Reykjavik are the perfect time to spot the Northern Lights. During this midnight adventure, taking place between September and April, journey to the perfect place to see the Aurora Borealis, and learn about this beautiful phenomenon from your guide. Your guide also captures the colorful night sky so you don't have to fuss around with your own camera or a professional photographer. Note: sightings cannot be guaranteed and operated tours are not refundable.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included
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Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included

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Explore one of Iceland’s unique geological features during this tour. Snorkel between the North American and European tectonic plates at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. This area is known as the Silfra Fissure and is home to a number of unique marine species as well as incredible shades of blue. All necessary snorkeling equipment is provided as well as GoPro photos taken during the excursion.
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  • 3 hours
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Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Mountain Full Day Tour from Reykjavik

Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Mountain Full Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore the fire-and-ice landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on a full-day, small-group tour from Reykjavik. Walk along the coast in the village of Arnarstapi, find perfect views of Snæfellsjökull, and visit black pearl beaches at the edge of the peninsula. Pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Reykjavik hotels.
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  • 11 hours
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Glacier Walk and South Coast Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

Glacier Walk and South Coast Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

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Get to know Iceland's southern coast and embark on a glacier hike during this full-day tour. With your small group of fellow travelers (less than 20 for any tour), visit the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Sólheimajökull Glacier. Round-trip hotel transportation via minibus and all safety gear (harness, ice axe, carabiners, and crampons) included.
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  • 12 hours
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Watch for minke whales, dolphins and humpbacks on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik, and take in views of the coast from an open viewing platform or an enclosed cabin. Get the ultimate whale watching experience during the peak season from April through October, when over 20 kinds of whale flock to the North Atlantic. Cruise the harbor in comfort and style, enjoy access to an indoor saloon stocked with snacks and drinks (sold on board), and spot Iceland’s diverse aquatic species with help from the experienced crew.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Lights small group tour, with hot chocolate, pastries and photos
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Northern Lights small group tour, with hot chocolate, pastries and photos

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Watching the Northern Lights is top of the bucket list for many visitors to Iceland and this evening tour from Reykjavík maximizes your chances of catching nature’s dazzling light show. Venture out into the countryside after dark, stop at remote viewpoints according to the Aurora forecast, and tuck into Icelandic pastries and hot chocolate as you wait for the Lights to make an appearance.
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  • 4 hours
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Sea Fishing Experience from Reykjavik

Sea Fishing Experience from Reykjavik

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Enjoy an unforgettable angling trip on Iceland’s icy waters on this sea fishing trip from Reykjavik. Whether you’re an aspiring or experienced sea angler, pull on some warm coveralls, and sail into Faxaflói Bay on a comfortable fishing boat. Then, with instructions from the crew, set up the supplied fishing rods and bait, and wait for a bite. If you’re lucky, catch species such as cod, halibut and haddock, and choose to either grill the catch on board or let us prepare your catch for you to take back to your hotel/apartment to be cooked.
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  • 3 hours
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2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik
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2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

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Get ready for an Icelandic off-road adventure on this quad bike tour of two Icelandic peaks. Zoom off on a single-seater or double-seater ATV to see natural attractions like Lake Hafravatn during the tour. Admire panoramic vistas of Reykjavik and the Blue Mountain range from the summits of both mountains. Feel the thrill of cruising across the rugged wintry wonderland and up and down steep mountain tracks. Use of all safety gear and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Tick off three of Iceland’s most popular attractions in only one day on this full-day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. In addition to visiting the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geyser, you’ll experience an exhilarating snowmobile ride on the Langjökull glacier. During the tour, you will also see the Gullfoss Waterfall.
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  • 10 hours
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$240.00
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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, draw hopeful travellers to Iceland from across the world, but knowing how to boost your chances of the best sightings requires skill and practise. On this Northern Lights bus tour, enjoy round-trip travel from your Reykjavik hotel and head out into the Icelandic countryside with your experienced guide. Hit the best spots for the clearest visibility, and reschedule for free if you don’t get lucky.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Excellent Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

Excellent Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

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Brave the winter chill in search of the Northern Lights on this guided Aurora Borealis tour from Reykjavik. After pickup from your Reykjavik lodging, head out away from city lights in a comfortable minivan until reaching a secluded spot in the Icelandic countryside. Watch the natural light show, and then return to your Reykjavik hotel.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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Get up close and personal with puffins on this eco-adventure from Reykjavik. With your local nature guide, step aboard a custom boat that lets you glide right up to Akurey Island's jagged shore and see the adorable animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy engaging commentary about the puffins's biology and behavior from your guide. Use of binoculars for viewing bird life is included.
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  • 1 hour
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Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling - Meet on Location | Free Photos

Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling - Meet on Location | Free Photos

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Swim between tectonic plates on this snorkeling tour to Silfra, located in Thingvellir National Park. Clear glacial waters make it easy to see stunning underwater landscapes, while included dry suits help keep you warm throughout the tour. This small-group tour is capped at six people for a more intimate experience and includes optional hotel pickup from Reykjavik.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Lights Yacht Cruise
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Northern Lights Yacht Cruise

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Most people chase the northern lights in a car but you can see this natural phenomenon aboard a yacht. Depart from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and sail past small islands until you reach an area with little to no light pollution, spotting whales and dolphins along the way. Watch the colorful lights dancing across the sky on the observation deck and warm up with a drink from the onboard bar.
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  • 2 hours
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Whale Watching Cruise on a Yacht in Reykjavik
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Whale Watching Cruise on a Yacht in Reykjavik

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See Reykjavik from a different perspective and observe local wildlife during this whale-watching cruise from the Old Harbor. Board a spacious yacht, featuring panoramic viewing windows, and sail through Faxalfoi Bay. While you sail, keep your eyes peeled for cetaceans in the water including minke, humpback, and sometimes even killer whales. If you don’t see any wildlife on your tour, receive a ticket for another day.
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  • 3 hours
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