Top 10 Day Trips from in Iceland, Iceland

May 17, 2022 Misti Hsu

Iceland (/ˈaɪslənd/ ( listen); Icelandic: Ísland, pronounced [ˈistlant]) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 348,580 and an area of 103,000 km (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population.
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1. Private Iceland South Coast with Glacier Hike Tour

David the Guide
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Private transportation on the Ring Road to Iceland's scenic South Coast while your professional guide provides local knowledge and insights. Points of interest are: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Black Sand Beach and Dyrhólaey, and the Sólheimajökull glacier amidst famous Icelandic volcanoes and a summertime glacier lagoon. 3 hour private hike on glacier led by your guide. No equipment required. Camera highly recommended! Guests 8 years and older, please. David the Guide EHF is authorized by the Iceland Tourist Board.

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Reviewed By Judy L

My husband and 4 friends have recently returned from a 4 day trip to Iceland and what an experience it was .Yes Iceland is a stunningly beautiful country but we had the good fortune to have booked David the Guide . From the moment he picked us up from the airport he was an amazing guide , entertaining, funny and so passionate and enthusiastic about his country . He went out of his way to ensure that we got the bedt experiences and we did ! I would highly recommend “David the Guide “

2. Private Jeep Tours - Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon & Lava Tunnel

Iceland Premium Tours
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From Reykjavik, we drive to Raufarhólshellir, one of the most significant lava tunnels in Iceland, where a local guide will tell us all about its spectacular colors and rock formations. After an hour-long tour of the tunnel, we head to the beautiful Reykjanes Peninsula, home of the Reykjanes Geopark, UNESCO site and one of Iceland’s geological gems, a place rich in geothermal energy, seismic activity, and tectonic movements. We will visit the beautiful lakes Kleifarvatn and Grænavatn, the multi-colored hills on Krýsuvík and the geothermal areas of Seltún and Gunnuhver with their hot spring and mud pools and much more. After all the sightseeing, we will make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. Here you will have time to walk around and take pictures or enjoy a coffee in the cafe overlooking the blue pool. If you wish, you can take a relaxing bath in the warm lagoon while enjoying a drink or put some silica mask over your body. (Entrance tickets must be purchased in advance)

Inclusions: Coffee and/or Tea, Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, WiFi on board

Exclusions: Entrance to Blue Lagoon, Entrance to Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Reviewed By Kennyteo80

We booked 5 days private tour with Iceland Premium Tours, and we were hosted by none other than the CEO Orvar himself. He has been very accommodating towards our request, and provided his unparalleled understanding of Iceland itself. We have been hit by bad weather thru the week, he never stopped a moment to suggest alternate alternatives, without compromising of safety. When we were on the way to the airport, knowing that we did not managed to see the aurora, he took a last effort and drove us to a location for a last ditch effort. And we managed to catch a glimpse of it finally! Thank you Orvar!

3. Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon in 1 day

Your Day Tours
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We combine two of the most popular attractions in the same tour. Golden Circle and the famous Blue Lagoon . After the Golden Circle you will take a bus to the Blue Lagoon where you can enjoy and relax for as long as you like in the lagoon. The bus journey back to the city departs the blue lagoon every hour.

Inclusions: WiFi on board, All Fees and Taxes, Comfort ticket to the Blue Lagoon

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Reviewed By VikkiBee

I actually visited back at the end of January 2020 just before the start of the pandemic and with all the drama of Covid, I never actually got round to posting a review. What an incredible tour this was! The waterfalls and landscape were just breathtaking as was the stop off for lunch! Our guide was very helpful and the bus journeys were comfortable. I cannot fault this company, booking was very easy and we were picked up right outside our hotel! I am a massive geography fan so this was a dream come true for me and the black beach is just stunning. The waterfalls are incredible (almost on par with Niagara Falls). I 100% recommend taking this tour to see some of Iceland’s beauty.

4. Enchanting Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Semi-Private Day Tour including Lunch

Hidden Iceland
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This semi-private tour explores the best of West Iceland. The Snæfellsnes peninsula has some of Iceland’s best sights, with the beauty and mystique inspiring world famous novels, enchanting visitors every day. This semi private tour is a one day trip that you will not forget. We start the day departing from Reykjavik on the ring road heading north. As we get closer to Snæfellsnes, we will start to notice a change in the scenery, with everything becoming more dramatic. We will start to pass through enormous lava fields, mountains that seem to rise from the ocean, charming fishing villages and endless bays and beaches. Included is a delicious lunch at one of our favoruite local restaurants. This tour is run by request with a minimum of 4 people to depart, as part of a semi private tour (max 8 people). If you are less than 4 get in touch with Hidden Iceland to find out when we are already scheduled to run and you can join this one day adventure.

Inclusions: Lunch at Local Restaurant, Professional and personable guide, Pickup and drop-off from designated bus pickup points, Transport by air-conditioned minivan as part of semi-private tour (max 8 people)

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Reviewed By Destination428169

Ahhh. The tour not taken. I jumped on a great last minute airfare to Iceland from the US and had little time to plan, so I was panicking, a bit. I read reviews and decided to contact two tour companies, one being Hidden Iceland. They responded immediately with a detailed outline of a private tour that met EXACTLY what I asked for in terms of sights, type of accommodation, level of activity, adventure and flexibility specific to a mom traveling with teenagers. Family friends learned of our trip and decided to join us and ultimately the decision was made to self explore. However- this company’s response was very impressive and I will be envious of those who take a vacation with Hidden Iceland!

5. Diamond Circle Day Tour from Akureyri

Imagine Iceland Travel
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Discover the incredible Diamond Circle of North Iceland with an experienced local tour guide in a small group. This tour uncovers the natural beauty of the utterly unique landscape of Northern Iceland. As we travel through the diverse glacial and volcanic geothermal areas we visit top attractions including the amazing Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park and an opportunity to enjoy the GeoSea Geothermal baths.This great value tour includes pick up and drop off. Our first stop is at Godadoss waterfall, the famous 'Waterfall of the Gods' and then we visit the Lake Myvatn area for photo stops. Next is Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe's most powerful waterfall and you can also visit Selfoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park, We also visit Jokulsargljufur Canyon, Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs, Asbyrgi Canyon, Tjornes Peninsula Cliffs where Puffins nest in the summer and then Husavik town where you can use the GeoSea Geothermal Sea Bath (optional add-on, entrance fee not included)

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Transport, guided tour, pick up and drop off

Exclusions: Food and Drink, Entrance fee to GeoSea geothermal baths (optional add on)

Reviewed By Janice242

We saw some lights and Armann was amazing. It seems many people on other tours weren’t so lucky but I think it was our guides local knowledge that nailed it for us. What’s more we had a running commentary about the old Gods and local history that was fascinating. I would do this tour again.

6. South Coast Adventure with Glacier Hike Full-Day Tour

Reykjavik Tourist Info
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The land of Fire and Ice. Explore Iceland's magnificent South Coast and top it off with an adventurous Glacier Hike. We focus on small group tours and on this tour the group size is no bigger than 14. We provide you with all the necessary safety equipment and your knowledgeable guide will ensure that you'll enjoy your tour at any time. The South Coast of Iceland truly offers some of the most beautiful places in the country. Thundering waterfalls, black sand beaches, and charming fishing villages are waiting for you. One of the tour highlights is our glacier hike. This tour is not only about nature, we can also find sagas and fairytales behind every rock and your guide will share all the interesting stories with you. Book hassle-free with us! We guarantee all our departures without minimum participation.

Inclusions: Glacier Hike at Sólheimajökull Glacier (Hike and Gear included in the tour), Pick-up and Drop-off, Wifi, English-speaking guide

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Reviewed By Adventures_1909

This was our second tour with Reykjavik Tourist Info and Toni. Again, we were picked up in a nice car and we have been the only ones on the tour. This was probably the best tour I have ever done. We visited 10 or more places, each more beautiful than the one before. When I did my research before our trip, it seemed to me that the tour to this Peninsula isn't as popular as other tours, but believe me, this is one of the best tours you can do. The landscape is unreal and it is definitely worth the money. Once again, I highly recommend Reykjavik Tourist Info, as their service is top-notch.

7. Hike To an Active Volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula

Glaciers and Waterfalls
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This is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget to an active volcano in Iceland! Join us on this unique tour to see the volcano at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland. You can expect a hike for about an hour and a half each way making this a combined hike of 3 hours through the rugged and raw terrain on the Reykjanes Peninsula. We focus on spending time at the volcano itself meaning we will stay by the eruption for at least two hours. We include photos on this tour, and try to view the volcano from different angles (weather depending).

Inclusions: Crampons (if needed), WiFi on board

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Reviewed By pdileepan

We had a 1:30 pm reservation, but in the last minute we wanted to change it to 3:30 pm so that we can do the currently active volcano in the morning. They accommodated our request. Our guide Einar Samuelsson was friendly, full of knowledge and funny. He was most helpful holding our hands to help us with difficult to navigate slopes. He made it one of the best highlights of our trip. I can't praise them enough.

8. Reykjanes secret G spots

G spot Iceland
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In these uncertain times… When tourism became just a business. When all offered tours are overpriced and you became just a number in a crowded bus, when you want to feel special.. Who you gonna call..? G spot Iceland !!! We will take you on a travel through Reykjanes peninsula to understand how land of Ice and Fire was created. Unique landscapes, numerous types of volcanoes, open fissures and faults, geothermal areas and lava fields. You'll see inside out how whole process of land creation was happening. Unforgettable landscape, amazing forms, interesting history and subtle smell of mother nature. Amazing caves, steaming craters, hot pot bathing and nearly no tourists around us. Also on our lunch break we will cook for you some eggs on a energy harvested from hot springs. You have a option to choose from 3 different paths on this tour including one with a visit to recent 2021 eruption site ! And remember - as our guests say at the end of the route.. this is not a normal tour :)

Inclusions: Helmets, headlamps, crampons, Coffee and/or Tea, WiFi on board, Eggs boiled at hot springs !

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Reviewed By rleeroyjenkins

Excellent, one of our best experiences in Iceland. Przemo put on a great tour and was super knowledgeable. Took great care of us going through the lava tube and checking out some of the geysers and geothermal hot spots outside if Reykjavik. Totally above and beyond what we expected, highly recommend these guys to anyone visiting Iceland.

9. Active Fagradalsfjall Volcano Full-Day Hike from Reykjavik

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Don`t miss your chance! Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience to hike up to Geldingadalir to see an active volcanic eruption.

Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, Transport to and from Reykjavík, Guided hike to the eruption site, Headlamps

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Reviewed By sjoakar

We had the best time at Sólheimajökull with our best tour guides, Francesco, Bilbao and Mark. Perfect Icelandic weather????

10. Geldingadalir Eruption and Reykjanes Full-Day Volcanic Tour

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Go on the Volcano Themed Adventure and witness both ever-changing active eruption site and landscapes shaped by the volcanic activity. Optionally, you can soak all your cares away in two beautiful hours at the Blue Lagoon SPA

Inclusions: Professional English-speaking driver/guide (guide will be with the group during all stops), Transport for the whole tour in a minibus, Free Wi-Fi on board & USB chargers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Guided Active Volcano Hike, Comfort Blue Lagoon Admission SPA (if option "Tour with Blue Lagoon admission" is chosen)

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Reviewed By dodoboy2021

David is a genius. This dude knows everything about everything, not just the mountains, rock formations and volcanoes you'll see on the tour, but every single possible thing that you can think of. Honestly, the tour was spectacular. We had so much fun. By the end of the tour, David was more a friend than a driver. His driving is great, communication skills on point, knowledge extensive and humor dark :) The tour started at 8:30, he was there at 8:30. Overall, it was an amazing experience.

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