Reykjavik

Hauntingly beautiful, with cool breezes tempered by heat rising up from the land, modern yet still in touch with its Viking past, Reykjavik is a series of surprises, a perfect city break destination.

Insider Tip

If you are peckish pay a visit to Baejarins Bestu hot dog stand. Wait in the queue, chatter to the locals then order one with everything on it. Delicious!

No need to carry cash around, credit cards are accepted everywhere, even for small purchases and taxi fares.

Iceland is justly proud of its local food. Fish is often found as salt cod, the dried then reconstituted chunk of fish is found in many regional dishes. The lamb is delicious and is found in the traditionally hearty meat and vegetable soup that is common at lunchtime. Seabirds are fairly common on the menu, with puffin being the most prevalent.

The city centre of Reykjavik is full of delightful boutiques, craft shops, fine fashion venues and souvenir stalls.

Langavegur is the prime shopping area of the city. Much of the focus is on clothing with many exotic designs, Icelandic one off creations, and quirky items available.

Excursions

There are many ways to enjoy this fascinating country and whether you do this on a coach tour, by boat or the thrilling 4x4 Superjeep (max 6 people), you will not be disappointed.

4x4 Superjeep Excursions Aim is to offer guided, thrilling excursions through the spectacular nature of Iceland. You will be picked up from your hotel ready to start your adventure.

Northern lights by 4x4

Everyone is fascinated by the phenomenon of the Northern Lights, they are completely mesmerising. Given clear skies and a little bit of luck, sightings can occur from autumn through to spring. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights can also appear.

Departs: Daily, September-April (weather permitting. Duration: 3-4 hours.
Adult from £109.

Golden Circle by 4x4

Explore and experience some of Iceland's greatest natural phenomena by 4x4 Jeep. Some of the highlights are a visit to the geothermal area in Haukadalur, the waterfall at Gullfoss, watch and wonder at Stokkur, the powerful geyser, as it bubbles and erupts, see Kerid the 3000 year old crater and spend some time exploring Thingvellir National Park. Optional snowmobiling is available, subject to weather conditions and available at a charge which is payable locally.

Departs: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Duration: 8-9 hours.
Adult from £199.

South Shore & Volcano Eyjafjallajokull Sights

South Iceland is a lowland region with a diverse landscape of lush farmland, dramatic sandy coat line and striking waterfalls. Some of the highlights are the mighty Skogafoss abd beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfalls; walk on the black sand beaches, pay a visit to the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. Optional snowmobiling is available, subject to weather conditions and available at a charge which is payable locally.

Departs: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Duration:9-10 hours.
Adult from £209

Thorsmork & Eyjafjallajokull

Drive along the distinctive south coast until the beautiful waterfall of Seljalandsfoss comes into view. Walk the path leading up to this elegant waterfall, then carry onto Thorsmork, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. Drive into this beautiful valley, surrounded by steep mountains, cross raging rivers and gentle streams. Pass caves and stop at a glacial lagoon. Walk around and possibly hike to the edge as it spills down from the summit of a volcano.

Departs: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Duration: 8-9 hours.
Adult from £209

Landmannalaugar & Mount Hekla

Visit Mt Hekla and the geological wonders of Landmannalaugar. Drive through the magnificent Valley Thjorsardalur, stop at the cobalt blue lake Ljotipollur, colourful mountains and geothermal activity.. A walk on ash, through lava, beautiful scenery over the mountains and glaciers, along with bathing in a natural hot pool are amoung many great things to experience on this tour.

Departs: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Duration: 9-10 hours
Adult from £235

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes is a beautiful area and only a few hours from Reykjavik. A sandy coastline with high bird cliffs and spectacular landscapes. The Snaefellsnes Galcier is said to have magical powers and is a gateway to another world. Along the coast line you take in the farmland and visit the fishing villages of Olafsvik & Stykkisholmur.

Departs: Daily (weather permitting. Duration: 8-9 hours
Adult from £235

Europe's largest Hotspring Waterfall & Lava Tubing

From the stress of the city, you drive through Kjalarnes and to Hvalfjordur, a fjord chained with beautiful mountains and rough coastline at times. From here, visit Deildartunguhver & Hraunfossar on the way to the 2nd largest Galcier of Iceland Langjokull. Drive home through the desert valley Kaldidalur & Thingvellir National Park.

Departs: Daily (weather permitting). Duration: 8-9 hours.
Adult from £199

Glacier Lagoon, Volcanic Beach & Stunning Icebergs

Take a full day to see the wonders of Iceland's south shore, including the glacier lagoon, Jokulsarlon. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes break off from the glacier and float in the lagoon so walk the shores to look at and photograph this surreal scenery.

Departs: Daily, mid May-mid September (weather permitting). Duration: 11-13 hours
Adult from £235

Nesjavellir/Hellisheidi Half Day Super Jeep Safari

You will be taken up to Mt. Ulfarsfell, a spectacular 395 meter high mountain with the most incredible view over Reykjavik and the surrounding area. We visit Nesjavellir via Hengill, a high-temperature geothermal area that supplies about 25% of hot water needed to provide central heating to Reykjavik. In Nesjavellir you can witness powerful steam jets and even feel the earth tremble. Continue through Grafningur passing the hydro power station, Ljosafoss and onto the greenhouse community Hveragerdi before returning via Hellisheidi.

Departs: Daily (weather permitting). Duration: 4-5 hours
Adult from £159

Reykjanes Peninsula & The Blue Lagoon (Half Day)

Take in lake Kleifarvatn and Krisuvik, a geothermal area where you can walk amongst hissing steam vents, solfataras and bubbling mud pots with the unmistakable smell of sulphur hanging in the air. You will also be able to feel the power of Mother Nature beneath your feet as the ground rumbles. Take a visit to a small fishing village, the roaring sea and huge bird cliffs that guard the lava fields. Get a chance to cross a small bridge that lies between the two tectonic plates, the European & North America plate. Optional visit to the Blue Lagoon available, entrance not included.

Departs: Daily (weather permitting). Duration: 4-5 hours
Adult from £159

Reykjavik Excursions by Coach

A large selection of coach tour are available. You will be picked up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour by minibar, which will then take you to the main bus terminal for you to transfer to your coach and begin your excursion.

Northern lights by coach

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic artic sky. The locations visited are different every tour since you travel where you will most likely see the Northern Lights each day. This tour is dependent on weather and sightings are not guaranteed.

Departs: Daily, September-April(weather permitting). Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Adult from £28

Blue Lagoon Express

Soothe and refresh body and soul in a pool of mineral rich geothermal seawater. Bathe surrounded by snow or in the long summer daylight. Drop off service between Reykjavik hotels and the blue lagoon. Includes blue lagoon entrance fee.

Departs: Daily(weather permitting).
Adult from £55

Blue Lagoon to Keflavik airport or vice versa

Soothe and refresh body and soul in a pool of mineral rich geothermal seawater. Bathe surrounded by snow or in the long summer daylight. Service from Reykjavik hotels to the Blue Lagoon, then onward transfer to Keflavik airport or from the airport upon arrival to Blue Lagoon. Includes Blue Lagoon entrance fee. There is a charge payable locally for luggage storage.

Departs: Daily, please call for schedule to ensure this fits your flight times. Adult from £55

Golden Circle by Coach

Enjoy Iceland's natural wonders. The world famous geyser area and show, see the hot spring Strokkur and visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. The tour also includes a visit to the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a place of historic events and exceptional beauty. You will also visit the idyllic Frioheimar greenhouse cultivation centre.

Departs: Daily. Duration: 8 hours
Adult from £48

Whale Watching

Whale watching tours are operated from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik. The whales most frequently seen are Minke whales, Humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises, other species are sometimes spotted. Special suits are available on board for comfort and warmth and indoor seating is available.

Departs: Daily, April-October (weather permitting). Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours
Adult from £57

South Shore Adventure

You will have the opportunity to stand behind the plummeting Seljalandsfoss waterfall, walk up to the Skogafoss waterfall and gaze at the formations. Travel along the South Coast as far as Vik I Mydral, a small charming village surrounded by high bird cliffs. Highlights of the day are stunning views of the glaciers, black lava sand coastlines and impressive rock formations.

Departs: Daily. Duration: 10 hours
Adult from £66

Gullfoss Geysir Direct

The Geysir has spouting springs of various formations, bubbling hot water and exploding geysirs. While at Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching its enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep meandering gorge.

Departs: Daily. Duration: 5.5 hours
Adult from £41

Reykjavik Grand Excursion

A detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik's past and present. Including a look at Reykjavik's unique proximity to nature with visits to Ellioaa, the Salmon river and the thermal beach at Nautholsvik. Also included are visits to The Pearl, Hallgrimskirkja church, the harbour and the famous 101 Reykjavik neighbourhood. The main attractions are highlighted on foot and by bus.

Departs: Daily. Duration: 2.5 hours
Adult from £28

The Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Bath

Visit three of Iceland's most famous places: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area with spouting springs and Thingvellir National Park. You will also stop at a quaint little town of Laugarvatn, famous for its natural sauna, built above a real live hot spring and is complemented by a dry sauna plus hot tubs of varying temperatures and descriptions.

Departs: Daily. Duration: 9 hours
Adult from £77

Special Tours by Boat

All of these boat tours depart from Reykjavik's Old Harbour and there is an experienced guide and friendly crew in every tour. You will need to be at the Old Harbour at least 15 minutes before your departure time.

Puffin Tour

Depart from the old harbour for the islands of Ludney & Akurey, both of which are located in the Reykjavik Bay area, only 15 minutes from the harbour. The on-board guide will share their expert knowledge on the puffins and other birds which may be seen during the tour. These may include Northern Fulmars, Gulls, Artic Terns and Black Guillemots. Binoculars are provided on board and the boats are specially designed to get as close to the islands as possible.

Departs: Daily, May-mid August (weather permitting). Duration: 1 hours
Adult from £18

Whale Watching Express

Your whale watching adventure will start at Reykjavik's Old Harbour in a luxurious, purpose-built new whale watching boat, Rosin. You will arrive in the whale watching area where your experienced guides will share their wealth of knowledge on the whales. The most common whales spotted include Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and even Humpback Whales. Warm overalls are provided on board.

Departs: Daily, April-mid October (weather permitting). Duration: 2.5-5 hours
Adult from £39

Northern lights by boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won't forget. Warm overalls are also included since it gets chilly in the winter and most of the time is spent outside gazing at the night sky. Free entry to Aurora Reykjavik museum.

Departs: Daily, October-March (weather permitting). Duration: 2 hours
Adult from £44