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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on an evening trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Hear fascinating facts about them from your guides, visit the Aurora Museum, and search to see the lights firsthand. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during the winter months. Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light. Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. The locations visited differ from day-to-day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work. As the tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear.  Explore Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complementary ticket to visit the museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. 

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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

2. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

See the best of southwest Iceland on an 8-hour Golden Circle tour by bus from Reykjavik. Visit the spectacular Geysir area, and go to the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Þingvellir National Park. Travel to the geothermal area of Geysir. Marvel as the active hot spring of Strokkur spouts steaming water 30 meters into the air every 8 minutes. Continue to one of Iceland’s most iconic features at the Gullfoss Waterfall (“Golden Falls“). Feel the spray of the waters of the glacial River Hvítá as it plummets down into a 32-meter deep crevice. Next, enter Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural value in 2004, and is the site of a stunning rift valley and the Rock of Law, the first Viking parliament. Marvel at the volcanic crater at Lake Kerið, and pass through the Icelandic farms of the south on your drive around the Golden Circle, before returning to your original starting point in Reykjavik.

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Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

3. Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

Take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and snorkel at a site that National Geographic called one of the top dive sites in the world. Gear up in all the necessary snorkeling equipment provided, including neoprene hoods and gloves, a thermal undersuit, dry suit, and your own mask, snorkel, and fins. Then, swim through the pure, filtered glacial meltwater for the ultimate bucket list experience. Only a few spots are available each day, so secure your place now. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the Silfra Fissure lies in a valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year. 

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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

4. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap and lead you up to the cave. This glacier is the highest peak of Iceland’s tallest mountain range. On a clear day, be sure to look out - you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

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Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

5. Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Experience the majestic beauty of a natural ice cave on a tour of Vatnajökull Glacier. Meet your certified glacier guide at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and then take a 20-30 minute scenic drive to the ice cave.  Get ready to see a magical world of blue ice as you enter the ice cave. Your guide will ensure that you are safe and secure once inside the cave. Gear up with all necessary glacier gear, provided for your safety. Cast your eyes on the heavenly shades of blue ice once you are inside the cave. Take stunning photos of the ice as you spend approximately 40 minutes exploring this miracle of Mother Nature. Discover all that the ice cave has to offer before heading back to Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon.

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Reykjavik: Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport

6. Reykjavik: Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport

Enjoy a safe and reliable airport transfer between Reykjavik Keflavik Airport (KEF) and your accommodation in Reykjavik or BSI Bus Terminal. Travel stress-free knowing that your seat on the bus is guaranteed and that you will not have to wait long for the service. Benefit from air-conditioned vehicles that are regularly maintained to high hygienic standards. Choose a one-way service to or from the airport and feel safe knowing that your service is reliable and secure. Save yourself the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey. Due to an environmental standpoint, the City of Reykjavik does not allow larger coaches on many of its streets. Therefore, during your transfer, you might have to change from a larger to a smaller bus at the BSI Bus terminal. The staff will make sure you feel confident and provide you all the information on the spot. Do not worry about waiting too long - the buses are scheduled to depart 30-45 minutes after each flight for your convenience. The only thing left to do will be to relax and enjoy the views from the comfort of your seat.

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Reykjavík: Half-Day Guided Hike of Fagradalsfjall Volcano

7. Reykjavík: Half-Day Guided Hike of Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Enjoy an afternoon or evening hike in Geldingadalur Valley, where lava flows from erupting volcanoes, to witness the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Learn the history of the volcanoes of the area from your expert guide. Get picked up in Reykjavík and set out on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views towards the Fagradalsfjall Volcano and Geldingadallur Valley. Once at the valley, put on your hiking gear and head towards the volcano to hopefully see some live lava flowing. Bring snacks along with you and enjoy them while you watch the spectacular natural show. Afterward, as you drive along the peninsula, your guide will fill you in on the history of volcanos in the area — many long-dormant, now covered by soft green lava moss.

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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks in the town of Vik, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

9. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the Aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white lights. The tour is conducted in a small group, so your experience will be both personal and memorable. Don't worry if there is rain or wind, as the decks are partially covered to provide shelter from the elements. If you wish to stay inside during the trip, you will find a lovely bar and lounge area inside where you can relax in comfort. If the lights do not show up, the captain and crew will still make sure that your journey is enjoyable. You will be given the chance to taste Icelandic delicacies such as shark, dried fish, and brennivin, the local liquor. 

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Húsavík 3-Hour Original Whale Watching Tour

10. Húsavík 3-Hour Original Whale Watching Tour

Experience the Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has turned Húsavík into Iceland’s whale-watching capital. On this 3-hour activity you’ll marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi and have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins and sea birds. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in a traditional Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This tour has been recommended by thousands of satisfied visitors to Iceland from around the world. The Original Husavik Whale Watching tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

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Majestic waterfalls, the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights, volcano tours and whale watching excursions are just some of the fascinating attractions waiting in Iceland. Join the Golden Circle Classic tour which begins in Nesjavellir and moves to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home of Iceland's largest natural lake. Head on to Gullfoss, the most famous waterfall in Iceland, where visitors can see water fall 105 feet down into a canyon and stand so close to the edge that they will feel the mist of the falls.

For a truly unique experience, take the Whale Watching and Blue Lagoon to Keflavik tour. The boat sails on Faxaflói Bay where visitors get the chance to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. White-beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises can also be seen on his tour. Bird enthusiasts will love seeing the puffin, the Arctic tern, the Gannet and several types of Gulls. After lunch, visitors head over to the Blue Lagoon, the most famous geothermal spa in Iceland, where they can swim in the milky blue water or try one of the massages or spa treatments that are offered.

Ice glacier hiking at Sólheimajökull, snorkeling or diving at Silfra and the mysterious beauty of the Aurora Borealis are a few more of the attractions in Iceland.

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