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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 and keep your eyes peeled for local plant species and marine life like the dwarf char. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, explore the valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year. 

Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

2. 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.

2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

3. 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfalls of Glufrabui, Kvernufoss, and Irafoss. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. A bit further is the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. You will be staying overnight in a very cosy accommodation, close to the famous Seljalandsfoss. On the second day you will take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you drive to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and the National Park in Skaftafell, where you will stop to buy lunch. Then you head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will have an amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash onto the shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs. After enjoying this wonderful experience, you will head back in the afternoon towards Reykjavik.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

4. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

Experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle on a small group tour from Reykjavik. Listen to Icelandic music as you travel by minibus to Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Gaze in awe as you get a clear view of this massive geological activity. Watch the water melt from Iceland's second biggest glacier as you make your way to Gullfoss Waterfall. Marvel as hot spring water erupts from the earth in the geothermal area of Geysir. Then, snorkel in the extraordinary Silfra rift, considered one of the top dive sites in the world. Glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater.

Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

5. Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

Your day of adventure will begin as you are collected from your Reykjavik hotel at 8:30AM. From here you will climb into your fully-equipped super jeep, specifically designed to navigate the rugged terrain of Iceland's wilderness. You will first travel to Thjórsárdalur, a green valley dotted with rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and birch woods. Whilst here you will explore the two-tiered Hjálparfoss Waterfall, where you will be able to walk down an easy path to see the plunge pool, which is framed by lava structures and basalt formations. The tour's next stop is a deep blue crater lake called Hnausapollur, which makes for surreal photos. From here you will continue to Frostastadavatn, another lake with lava flows that plunge directly into the water. At Landmannalaugar you will be able to see the black lava flows running through the multicolored cryolite mountains. You can take the walking path to the Brennisteinsfjöll Volcano, special for its vibrant color scheme of dark lava fields, yellow sulfide, and green lichens. Following your hike, you will take a relaxing hot bath in the natural pool at the foot of the Laugahraun lava field. Your last stops are Haifoss, Iceland's third-highest waterfall, and Lake Ljótipollur, which is surrounded by dark-red crater walls. You will later return to Reykjavik for drop-off at the conclusion of your tour.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

6. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

Join this 16 people maximum tour, You will be picked up from either your hotel, guesthouse or bus stop starting 30 minutes before departure time (Please allow a thirty-minute window for everyone to be picked up) The journey will take us outside of the city limits away from any light pollution as the Northern Lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. To which location it is hard to say, it will depend on the cloud coverage and activity in the evening. The drive will be kept as short as possible and you might stop at several locations as the lights can be quite elusive and often it will be a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, which might be perfect while your guide sets up his camera for the free photoshoot of your group. On this journey we are going to offer you blankets, hot chocolate, and snacks.

Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

7. Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

This amazing day trip includes diving in the volcanic Silfra Ravine, one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. It is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an otherworldly scene, located directly on top of the rift between the continents of America and Europe, where the crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along with the lazy current. Visibility is amazing and is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 30 to 100 feet (10 to 30 meters), making it without question one of the best dive sites in the world. PADI open water or compatible is required to take the tour, and PADI advanced and dry suit certificates are also mandatory. All dives are performed in a dry suit. But if you meet the requirements, you will enjoy an otherworldly scene that is famous for its heavenly shades of blue. Please also note the following:  This is a challenging dive and you need to be capable of carrying heavy equipment up to 400m. It is highly recommended that your last dive was within 24 months. If your last dive was not within this time period it is recommended that you take a refreshment course before diving in Silfra.  It is strongly advised to wait 24 hours after diving before flying.

Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

8. Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

See some of the most amazing sites in southern Iceland on this 3-day guided tour. On day one, you'll start your tour by visiting the highlights of the Golden Circle. You'll visit Thingvellir National Park where you can stand with one foot in Europe and one in America, and see Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Marvel at the Geysir Srokkur as it erupts every 5-10 minutes, and discover the Mars-like landscape of Kerið, a magical crater lake of brilliant blue-green water surrounded by bright red soil. You'll spend the night in a cozy guesthouse near the great waterfall of Seljalandsfoss You'll start day two of your tour by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as the two lesser-known waterfalls of Glufrabui and Irafoss. Then drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap where you'll enjoy a 1.5-hour glacier hike to get a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. End the day at the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes on the black sands, and you can see the hexagonal basalt columns and black rock sea stacks. Overnight at the same guesthouse as the first day. On the last day of your tour, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you'll drive east to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and Skaftafell National Park. Then, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will have a boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs. At the end of your tour experience, head back to Reykjavik with an estimated arrival time of 9:15 PM.

Reykjavik: Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting

9. Reykjavik: Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting

The tour begins with an introduction to the distillery and a welcome drink. Following the introduction, listen to your guide reflect upon the history of whiskey in Iceland and how it came to be produced at Eimverk distillery. Guests are encouraged to participate with questions, so don’t be afraid to interact if there’s something you want to know. After you’ve learned a bit about the history of the distillery, it’s time for the tasting to start. As you go through the products, your guide will explain and reminisce everything from the initial thought process to the current state of development of Eimverk’s spirits. When the first half of the tasting is over, head towards the distillery’s production facility. Learn about the steps of the process right from the beginning of the barley harvesting, to the delicious glass of liquor at the end. Take some photos of the fascinating production area, and then head back to the tasting room for the second half of the sampling. As you taste the spirits, listen to your guide share interesting stories and explanations about the drinks, and mingle with the other guests on the tour.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

10. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

See Iceland’s Golden Circle on an afternoon and search for the Northern Lights on the same evening tour from Reykjavik. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience. Travel inland in a comfortable 4x4 designed to negotiate rugged terrain, and hear from your guide about Iceland’s volcanic geology. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how the landscapes have been formed over millennia, and absorb the contrast between the lush green vegetation and rich, black ground. Travel on to Geysir, a geothermal field of hot springs, steam vents and the remnants of an old volcano. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose name means ‘Golden Falls,’ a reference to the shimmering, multi-colored mists that can sometimes appear above the waters. As dusk falls, begin your quest for the Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the world’s best places to see them, and your all-terrain 4x4 and knowledgeable guide will allow you to identify and access the best potential viewing sites. The pulsating colors of the lights, usually green and blue, split the darkness and sometimes shine brighter than the moon.

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What people are saying about Southern Region, Iceland

It was an awesome experience , I still have another 4 days in Iceland but I’m worried that I did the best first ;) was beautiful , some of the videos I took is like a nature documentary I booked this tour and was super excited. But it managed to beat my expectations. The diamond beach , the glacier hike and the boat tours were amazing as well the canyons and waterfalls Our guide David was super awesome, he did bunch of Extra stops as well just for us. He was very professional during the glacier hike and it was super smooth and amazing . I can’t say enough good things about the tour and the guide. I liked nicetravel so much that I canceled one of my tours and I booked another tour with them Also the minibuses are modern and they all have usb chargers and wifi I’m a solo traveler so I was a bit worried about the shared bed and breakfast situation , it turned out that getyourguide didn’t update their website and you just get a single room with private bathroom covered

My sister and I took this tour in February; everything was covered in snow and so beautiful! The guides were well equipped to help us deal with the weather by provided any necessary gear and outerwear - no worries there. The horses are friendly and easy for a beginner. We passed a road (convenient to get to the farm, but not scenic), but soon were in a snow-covered lava field. We were far from the road and the pictures the guide took were great. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Five-star tour ⭐️ Great ride! The instructor was nice and helpful since I’m a beginner in horse riding. Beautiful landscapes and quite relaxing activity to do in Iceland. Horses are super cute and friendly. Also the pick-up and drop-off was on time and comfortable.

Everything was fantastic. Great for all rider levels. Instructors are patient and the horses are gentle and smart. The variety of terrain is excellent, especially the Red lava! I highly recommend this activity. Pickup is possible and very punctual.

Fantastic experience. The girls who took me out for a ride were great guides and good company as I was travelling on my own. Would recommend to anyone who is staying in Reykjavík as it is very close to the city.