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Top Day Trips from Reykjavik

By Viator, March 2018

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With vast glaciers, glistening fjords, and looming volcanoes all within a few hours’ drive of Reykjavik, exploring Iceland’s otherworldly wilderness couldn’t be easier. Here are our top picks for day tours from Reykjavik.

The Golden Circle — 25 miles (40 km) away
One of the most in-demand tours from Reykjavik is a 186-mile (300-kilometer) loop nicknamed the Golden Circle, a circular route around the dramatic Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, and the thundering Gullfoss Waterfalls. Covering some of Iceland’s most spectacular scenery, the Golden Circle takes in the famous Geysir geyser, the Kerið volcanic crater, and the Hellisheiðarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant.

Blue Lagoon — 30 miles (49 km) away
Iceland is famous for its hot springs, and the Blue Lagoon is hands-down the most visited of all the country’s geothermal spas. Combine a soak in the steamy waters with a tour of the surrounding Reykjanes Peninsula (a UNESCO Global Geopark), including the sulfur springs at Seltun, Lake Kleifarvatn, or the Hafnaberg sea cliffs.

Langjökull Ice Cave — 95 miles (153 km) away
Exploring an ice cave is a popular activity for adventurous travelers, and Langjökull is one of Iceland’s most accessible, tunneling beneath the Langjökull glacier. Tours are often combined with a visit to nearby Víðgelmir, the country’s largest lava cave.

Sólheimajökull Glacier — 99 miles (160 km) away
The frozen landscapes of the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue make a dramatic backdrop for a glacier hiking or ice-climbing expedition, with bubbling water cauldrons, natural ice sculptures, sinkholes, and vast ice walls. Full-day tours often take in the highlights of Iceland’s south shore along the way, such as the black-sand beaches of Vik and Reynisfjara, the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, or the Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. 

Landmannalaugar — 109 miles (175 km) away
The highlands of southern Iceland offer ample opportunities for hiking, and Landmannalaugar is an ideal destination in this region. Venture off-road on a 4WD tour, then set out on a guided hike to admire the valley’s multicolored rhyolite mountains, azure-blue lakes, and rugged lava fields.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon — 230 miles (370 km) away
Hidden away on Iceland’s southeast coast, a visit to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon means a long day trip from Reykjavik—but it’s worth it for the views alone. Make the most of the journey by passing through Skaftafell National Park (part of Vatnajökull National Park) and the volcanic desert of Skeiðarásandur, then walk along the shores of the Jökulsárlón Lagoon.

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1922 Reviews

Want to see some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on a day trip from Reykjavik? From spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.14
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Experience a day full of glaciers, icebergs, and waterfalls at Iceland's jewel. This guided day tour takes you along the south coast of Iceland with views of ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.90
Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 486 Reviews

Adventure through the dramatic landscape of Iceland during this full-day tour of the southern coastline. Explore lava fields, icebergs, and glaciers with help ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.90
Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir

4.5 star rating: Recommended 273 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour from Reykjavik to experience geysers, waterfalls and some of the most exciting natural phenomena Iceland has to offer. In just six hours ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.20
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

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An extended one-day tour that takes you along almost all of the South Coast, including stops at two striking waterfalls and the visually stunning ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.38
Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Reykjavik, Day ... 
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

This tour combines the very popular Golden Circle tour with the adventure of a lifetime - a one-hour snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, Iceland's ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.00
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 169 Reviews

The Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon are two of the most famous attractions in Iceland.  Join this tour to discover both in a unique one day adventure.  ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.00
Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

The Golden Circle is a collection of Iceland's most famous natural wonders and a must-see for any visitor to Iceland. You will see the famous erupting geyser ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.85
Into the Glacier Ice Cave Tour and Lava Cave Day Trip from Reykjavik with Live Guide and ... 
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Into the Glacier Ice Cave Tour and Lava Cave Day Trip from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

On this day trip from Reykjavik, you'll discover what lies beneath the surface of a glacier as well as the surface of the earth as you visit a man-made ice ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $387.56
Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 328 Reviews

This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to the most popular sights where you can experience the three highlights of the South West of Iceland: Geysir, Gulfoss ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.90

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