Guide To Hot Springs Around Reykjavík

HOT SPRING TOURS - HOW TO CHOOSE?
HOT SPRING TOURS - HOW TO CHOOSE?
HOT SPRING TOURS - HOW TO CHOOSE?

Which Hot Spring Day Tour in Iceland will be right for you?

Come with us on a fabulous day tour to experience one of Iceland’s famous hot spring spas!

Spending time in a geothermal hotpot is a daily ritual for Icelanders and part of the national identity, so it’s the perfect way to meet the locals and make new friends.

Before there were coffee shops and bars, this is where Icelanders got together to chat about their day!

Now you can “do as the locals do”!

Enjoy incredibly relaxing and soothing experiences in stunning locations that are easy to reach from Reykjavík, where the rejuvenating waters will nurture your body and soul.

After exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, there’s no better feeling than to immerse yourself in the warming waters of a geothermal spa and soak up the spectacular surroundings!

But which one is right for you?

There are many geothermal areas in Iceland, so you might wonder what the differences are between them?

We’ve picked three of the best, offering day tours to each of them from a convenient pick-up in the capital.

Here’s our guide to The Blue Lagoon, the Canyon Baths, and Sky Lagoon, which will help you select which hot spring day tour is the best bathing experience for you!

What do these spas look like?

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes peninsula in a dramatic jet-black lava field, surrounded by clouds of superheated steam vapor rising high into the air.

Fueled by the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal power station, the Blue Lagoon offers an enormous milky-blue spa filled with countless rocky coves to explore.

You’ll glide on smooth silica sand between steam rooms, saunas, a swim-up bar, and a piping hot waterfall!

There’s a modern visitors complex with restaurants, a gift shop, and a rooftop viewing platform.

Geologically, this is Iceland’s youngest region, and you’ll enjoy a stunning landscape of jagged volcanic rocks while relaxing in luxury!

The Canyon Baths offer a unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic Icelandic hot pot experience deep in the Viking heartlands of West Iceland.

Inspired by the circular stone baths used by the famous medieval warrior-poet Snorri Sturluson, the Canyon Baths are located deep in a secluded mountain valley, far away from the crowds!

There are two geothermally-heated pools and a cold spring to refresh you, with simple timber changing rooms just a few feet away.

The Canyon Baths are more like the natural hot springs the Vikings would have visited, offering you a taste of genuine Icelandic hot pot history!

One of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas, the Sky Lagoon offers astonishing ocean views from a spectacular 250-foot infinity pool surrounded by towering rock formations.

Located a short drive from the capital, you’ll be dazzled by the beauty of the building and its luxurious wood-lined interiors.

Once in the waters, you’ll gaze across Faxa Bay to the glacier on Snæfellsnes peninsula and float happily between the swim-up bar, the hot waterfall, and the cold pool.

If you’ve selected a premium pass, you can access the dry sauna with its full-length ocean-view window, the steam and body scrub rooms, and the fog-mist showers!

How busy will it be?

Blue Lagoon Tour People

The Blue Lagoon is located close to Keflavík, Iceland’s international airport. That makes it a very popular place for people to relax after their flights when they first arrive in Iceland or as a last treasured moment before they leave. 

Named as one of the “25 Wonders of the World” by National Geographic magazine, it’s the country’s largest and most visited geothermal spa.

But there’s no need to worry about it being too crowded! 

That’s because admissions are timed and spread evenly throughout the day, so your Blue Lagoon experience will be unforgettable and relaxed – the ultimate spa day!

The Canyon Baths in Húsafell are set in serene surroundings, hidden in a remote canyon in West Iceland, a couple of hours’ drive from Reykjavík. 

In contrast to the Blue Lagoon, no more than 20 people are admitted to the Canyon Baths at a time. 

That means you’re guaranteed a sublime and peaceful experience in unfiltered Icelandic nature, with only a few other guests for company while you soak in the soothing waters. 

It’s an idyllic spot, which can only be reached on organized tours like ours, taking four-wheel drive vehicles through a spectacular mountain pass.  

Sky Lagoon infinity pool

Sky Lagoon is one of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas, opening in 2021 and quickly becoming a top-rated destination.

It’s located in Kópavogur, just a few kilometers away from Reykjavík. The spa enjoys fabulous views from a 250-foot infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Like the Blue Lagoon, admissions are scheduled at set times, keeping the numbers attending at any one time at relaxed levels.

Sky Lagoon operates an “adults only” policy, so no children are allowed to visit. As a result, you’ll be able to unwind in a way that has no equal in Iceland!    

What’s the water like?

bluelagoon-fields

The Blue Lagoon is fed with superheated water from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station. First built in the 1970s, locals soon started bathing in the waters nearby, and the Blue Lagoon has grown in size since then.

The warming waters are a 70/30 mix of seawater and freshwater, which bubbles up from more than two kilometers beneath the surface.

Richly packed with silica, algae, and other minerals, the waters of the Blue Lagoon have healing properties. Slap on some soft white silica mud and see for yourself!

The waters are perfectly regulated at 38 degrees, with a 2.5% salt content and a pH of 7.5; you’ll find “hot spots” near the vents if you want!

The three hot pots at the Canyon Baths blend naturally into the spectacular surroundings of the Hringsgil ravine.

Environmentally conscious, the pools were constructed with locally-sourced sustainable materials. Shampoos and soap cannot be used to help minimize environmental impacts.

The two hot pots vary in temperature between 30-41°C or 86-105°F. If you need to cool off, there’s a cold-water pool and a cooling shower too.

Your visit here will echo the experience of the Viking chieftain Snorri Sturluson who lived nearby in Reykholt. His private pool looked just like this, a circular stone hot pot fed by a geothermal spring nearby.

Sky Lagoon

Like many other Icelandic hot spring spas, Sky Lagoon is an artificial geothermal pool using superheated water from a nearby natural source.

Hot water is piped in from 25 miles away, arriving at Sky Lagoon at about 75 degrees Celsius.

It’s then mixed with fresh cold water to reach approximately 38–40° C (100–104° F), a perfect level for you to enjoy.

Sky Lagoon enjoys astonishing ocean views from the edge of Kársnes harbor.

Of course, there might be some windy conditions at times, but the spa is protected on three sides by towering rock formations, which keeps the wind away!

What’s the “wow” factor?

Blue Lagoon SPA (optional)

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most iconic sights in the country, a premier wellness destination, and a “must-do” for your bucket list.

Conveniently located near the airport and easily reached from the capital, it’s a place that cannot be missed on your trip to Iceland.

The country’s most famous spa is packed with the most modern facilities, including restaurants, a gift shop, and a rooftop viewing platform.

Enjoy a drink from the swim-up bar, get a massage, or slap on some of that famous silica mud and lie back in one of the world’s finest soaks at the Blue Lagoon!

Langifoss

The Canyon Baths offer an entirely different experience – off-grid, peaceful, and uncrowded.

In a magical setting, hidden away in a secret canyon, you’ll dip into the Viking spirit with a soothing soak in spectacular surroundings, with majestic mountains rising all around you.

With no more than twenty visitors at a time, it will be a more relaxed and serene experience. But there will be a thrilling 4WD drive to get you there from the visitors center at Húsafell, with a stop to see a thundering waterfall on the way!

Lie back and enjoy soaking up the views of the steep-sided canyon and the glittering glaciers all around!

Sky Lagoon sauna

Sky Lagoon may have the best view of all the geothermal spas in Iceland, with unbroken sightlines of the Atlantic from a 250-foot infinity pool.

The spa’s design was inspired by Icelandic nature and Viking heritage, with a turf-roofed visitors center and towering volcanic-like rocks surrounding it on three sides.

You can wade from one cove to another and enjoy a drink from the swim-up bar.

As well as that, you can opt for the seven-step Sky Ritual, which immerses you in authentic Icelandic bathing culture. And you can look out to sea from Iceland’s largest single-pane window!

As a sophisticated adults-only experience, Sky Lagoon is hard to beat!

Iceland offers you the chance to unwind in a perfect place of peace and relaxation, where you can experience the healing powers of geothermally heated waters.

With dozens of hot pots, geothermal springs, and wellness spas all around the country, we’re giving you the chance to pick the pool that suits you best.

If you want that iconic Instagram image, Blue Lagoon is your place.

Are you looking for a taste of authentic Icelandic bathing culture in a more peaceful setting? In that case, the Canyon Baths are the ideal choice.

Do you want epic ocean-side views in a child-free environment? Then pick Sky Lagoon.

Whichever hot spring day tour you choose, you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable experience that will refresh and rejuvenate you – body and soul.

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Beaches

See the best of Iceland’s multicolored beaches on our tours
RAUÐISANDUR (WESTFJORDS)
REYNISFJARA (SOUTH COAST)
YTRI-TUNGA (SNÆFELLSNES)
DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR (SNÆFELLSNES)
DIAMOND BEACH (JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON)

If you like taking energizing walks on colorful beaches with breathtaking views, you’ll love your time in Iceland! Our tours follow the coastal Route 1 all around the country, giving you endless opportunities to visit Iceland’s famous volcanic black sand beaches.

The best-known is Reynisfjara, which TripAdvisor and National Geographic both name as one of the best beaches in the world! You’ll see this beautiful beach on our South Coast and Ring Road tours. If you pick our Westfjords tours, you’ll also see white, golden, and even red sand beaches!

Lava Formations

Explore Iceland’s astonishing lava formations on our tours

ARNARSTAPI (SNÆFELLSNES)
ARNARSTAPI (SNÆFELLSNES)
REYNISDRANGAR (SOUTH COAST)
ELDHRAUN (SOUTH COAST)
STUÐLAGIL (RING ROAD)
DIMMUBORGIR (RING ROAD)

On our tours of Iceland, you’ll see an ever-changing country packed with breathtaking geological marvels, including beautiful basalt columns, jagged pinnacles, and jet-black lava flows. Home to some of the fiercest volcanoes ever known, more than a third of the world’s recorded lava since the Middle Ages has poured across Iceland! On our Ring Road and South Coast tours, you’ll see how lava has shaped the country into what it is today, where more than 30 active volcano systems have created astonishing sights like Stuðlagil Canyon, the Eldhraun lava field, and the black sand beach at Reynisfjara.

Dyrhólaey

See the “Arch with a Hole” summer home to Puffins

DYRHÓLAEY
DYRHÓLAEY
DYRHÓLAEY
DYRHÓLAEY

Offering some of the best views on the South Coast, Dyrhólaey (Door Hill Island) is a spectacular promontory rising more than a hundred meters high above the Atlantic. Close to the most southerly point in Iceland, fierce waves pound the shores below. You’ll enjoy phenomenal panoramic views of towering stone arches, gleaming glaciers, brooding volcanoes, and Iceland’s famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara. If you look closely, you’ll see the Reynisdrangar too!  In the summer, thousands of puffins and other seabirds flock here, so it’s an excellent spot for bird watching!

Blue Lagoon

Take a dip at Iceland’s famous Geothermal SPA

BLUE LAGOON
BLUE LAGOON
BLUE LAGOON
BLUE LAGOON

Experience a spa day like no other with a trip to Iceland’s iconic Blue Lagoon. This geothermal paradise guarantees relaxation and rejuvenation after a day of exploring. Some of our Golden Circle & Ring Road tours include an option to visit here, where you can lie back in the warming waters, admire the astonishing views of the jet-black lava fields, exfoliate, and enjoy a drink at the swim-up bar. Close to the airport and the city, the Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to sample the best of Iceland’s famous hot pots, where the mineral-rich healing waters will send you to heaven! 

Whale Watching

Enjoy an unforgettable whale watching tour in Iceland!

WHALE WATCHING
WHALE WATCHING
WHALE WATCHING

With more than twenty types of whales visiting Iceland every year, it’s one of the best places in the world to take a whale watching tour. When we visit Akureyri in North Iceland on our Ring Road tours, get ready to spot humpbacks, minke whales, orcas, dolphins, and porpoises. If you’re lucky, you might see a Blue whale, the most enormous creature ever known! Whales and other cetaceans come to Iceland to feed in the nutrient-rich waters, and some stay all year round now. Imagine the joy of seeing whales and dolphins in the wild – you can do that when you visit Iceland!

Waterfalls

Explore the land of ten thousand waterfalls on our tours!

GULLFOSS (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
HRAUNFOSSAR (SILVER CIRCLE)
DYNJANDI (WESTFJORDS)
SELJALANDSFOSS (SOUTH COAST)
SKÓGAFOSS (SOUTH COAST)
DETTIFOSS (RING ROAD)

Iceland is covered by glaciers and snow-capped mountains, so that means there’s a lot of crystal-clear meltwater tumbling over cliffs and rushing to the sea. Some say there are over 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland, and you’ll see some of the most famous falls on our Golden Circle, South Coast, and Ring Road tours. There are hidden waterfalls, multi-tiered falls, widescreen cascades where rainbows dance on sunny days, and even waterfalls where you can walk behind the waters! We’ll show you some of the best fosses in Iceland – and they’re all easy to reach too!

Volcanic Craters

See Iceland’s spectacular volcanic craters on our tours!

KERIÐ (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
GRÁBRÓK (WESTFJORDS)

Iceland is less than 20 million years old, created by underwater volcanoes rising up along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge with a pipeline of molten magma straight from the Earth’s burning core. Dozens of volcanoes dot the country, and many are still active, which means you can explore fascinating volcanic formations at different geological stages! On our Golden Circle tours, you’ll see the multicolored crater at Kerið. Grábrok Craters are included in itineraries for our Westfjords Tours. There are countless more craters to be seen on our Ring Road and Silver Circle tours!

Seal Watching

Go seal spotting while you’re on tour in Iceland!

YTRI-TUNGA (SNÆFELLSNES)
JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
HVITANES (WESTFJORDS)

Iceland is a haven for several seal species, with little colonies of these captivating creatures dotted around the country. On our South Coast & Glacier Lagoon and Ring Road tours, you’ll have a chance to spot them at Jökulsárlón, where seals are often seen basking on the floating icebergs. Iceland’s coastline features golden sandy beaches where Harbor and Gray seals make their home, including Ytri-Tunga, a stop on our Snaefellsnes tour in West Iceland.

Notably the highest chances to see them is when taking one of Westfjords Tours. It’s your best chance to see these gorgeous creatures in their natural habitat!

River Rafting

Take a ride on a thrilling river rafting tour experience!

RIVER RAFTING
RIVER RAFTING
RIVER RAFTING
RIVER RAFTING

Iceland’s fast-flowing glacial rivers offer you a fantastic adventure experience when you join one of our adrenaline-pumping river rafting tours. Jump on sturdy rafts not far from Gullfoss waterfall on the Golden Circle, and paddle through the twisting turns of the Brúarhlöð volcanic rock canyon on the White River! Soak up the stunning scenery as you float downstream, safe in the hands of expert guides, with all the equipment you’ll need provided. It’s one of the most exciting adventure activities you can take in Iceland!

Northern Lights

Want to see the Northern Lights? Then book an Multi-Day Tour during winter time!

NORTHERN LIGHTS
NORTHERN LIGHTS
NORTHERN LIGHTS
NORTHERN LIGHTS

Seeing a display of the magical Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience, and Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the world to witness this colorful cosmic spectacle. Clear, dark skies are needed to see the Northern Lights at their best, far away from streetlights. So when you book a winter multi-day tour, you’ll have the best chance to see the Northern Lights when you stay overnight in the remote Icelandic countryside. The darker the nights get, the brighter the lights can be seen. Choose one of our winter tours for an experience you’ll never forget!

Ice Caving

Explore Iceland’s unique ice caves on our exciting tours!

ICE CAVING
ICE CAVING
ICE CAVING

More than a tenth of Iceland is covered by glaciers, making it the perfect place to get a close look at these astonishing frozen wonders. On our South Coast tours, you can opt for an unforgettable Ice Cave experience at Vatnajökull. Iceland’s glaciers are constantly changing, so your ice cave trip will be unique – nobody else will see the same sight again! Strap on some crampons and discover fascinating ice formations, including stalagmites, stalactites, and spectacular blue ice caves, safe in the hands of our experienced glacier guides. Tours operate between late October to April. 

Lava Caving

Explore Iceland’s unique underground lava cave on our tours
LAVA CAVING
LAVA CAVING
LAVA CAVING

Iceland is a hotbed of volcanic activity formed by superheated lava and molten rock from countless eruptions over millions of years. When the lava stops flowing, the top crust cools more quickly, leaving hollow caves and tunnels behind. You can explore these incredible underground spaces when our Silver Circle tours visit The Cave at Víðgelmir in West Iceland. Enjoy a 90-minute expedition on well-lit walkways with expert guides and learn about stalagmites and stalactites in colorful caverns. Viking outlaws used these places as hideouts – now you can explore here too!

Golden Circle

See Iceland’s most famous sights

GOLDEN CIRCLE
GOLDEN CIRCLE
GOLDEN CIRCLE

Tour the Golden Circle to see the glittering jewels in Iceland’s crown. In one convenient day trip from the capital, you’ll see the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal wonders of Geysir, and the spectacular rift valley at Þingvellir National Park. The Golden Circle offers you the best of Iceland’s natural beauty and history, where you can walk in Viking footsteps between two continents! Stand back as a geyser erupts at Haukadalur Geothermal Area every few minutes and admire the view at Gullfoss, a tremendous two-tiered waterfall fed by glacial meltwater.

Hot Spring Bathing

Take a dip in Iceland’s famous geothermal spas on our tours

BLUE LAGOON
SKY LAGOON
CANYON BATHS (SILVER CIRCLE)
KROSSNESLAUG (WESTFJORDS)
VÖK BATHS (RING ROAD)
HOT TUBS (HVERAGERÐI)

Enjoying a dip in a geothermal hot spring spa or pool is a daily ritual for Icelanders, like going to a coffee shop or a bar. There are dozens of natural hot spring spas, swimming pools, and outdoor hot pots all over the country, waiting for you to jump in and relax! Our Golden Circle tours include options to visit the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon near Reykjavík, while our Silver Circle tours include an authentic stone-walled hot pot in a remote canyon! Our Ring Road tours also feature several geothermal swimming pools around the country, where the locals love to relax too.

Glaciers

Take our tours of Iceland to admire its gorgeous glaciers

SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL
VATNAJÖKULL

Close to the Arctic Circle and just 300 miles wide, Iceland is the perfect place to explore glaciers and ice caps. These frozen blue wonders can be seen easily as you explore Iceland on our Ring Road tours. That’s because outlet glaciers and glacier tongues reach down from  Sólheimajökull on the South Coast and from Vatnajökull in the East right down to the coast, making it easy to get up close to these majestic sights. Centuries of snow and ice have created these incredible glaciers, but they are retreating now due to climate change. Don’t miss your chance to see these marvels while you can!

Glacier Hike

Experience an adventure like no other on a Glacier Hike tour

GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE

Did you know that a tenth of Iceland is covered in glaciers and that 269 of them have been named? Iceland is the ideal place to come if you want to explore these natural wonders at close quarters. That’s because our South Coast tours visit Sólheimajökull in South Iceland, where you can strap on crampons and take an unforgettable stroll across this ever-changing environment. Gaze at incredible ice formations, crossing crevasses, and exploring ice caves, all in the hands of knowledgeable expert guides. Note: Our Glacier Hike tours operate between April and October.

Geysers

Did you ever wonder where the word “geyser” comes from?
STROKKUR (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
GEYSIR (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
GEOTHERMAL PARK (HVERAGERÐI)

Iceland is a country filled with incredible water features, including hot springs, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. But did you know that the word “geyser” comes from here? On our Golden Circle tours, you’ll see the “OG” of geysers everywhere at the Haukadalur Geothermal area. While Geysir has fallen silent recently, nearby Strokkur erupts in steam explosions and spray every few minutes, sending superheated water flying high into the sky. Geysir means “gush” in Icelandic, and that’s where the name comes from! If you book a package with stay in Hveragerði you can also admire smaller cousin of Strokkur that erupts every 15-20 minutes.

Geothermal Areas

Discover Iceland’s active geothermal areas on our tours

HAUKADALUR (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
DEILDARTUNGUHVER (SILVER CIRCLE)
GEOTHERMAL PARK (HVERAGERÐI)
HVERIR (RING ROAD)

Iceland’s fiery volcanic origins mean it’s a hothouse of geothermal activity with several colorful geothermal areas you can explore on our tours. The Blue Lagoon is the most famous, close to the airport, and you can visit the Haukadalur Geothermal Area on our Golden Circle tours. On our Silver Circle tours, you can see the most powerful hot spring in Europe at Deildartunguhver. And if you choose one of our Ring Road tours, you’ll see the almost alien landscapes at Hverir, where fumaroles fizz and hot pools bubble and boil! Feel the ground tremble and smell the sulfur!

Canyons

Admire Iceland’s astonishing geological gems on our tours
VATNSJFÖRÐUR (WESTFJORDS)
FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR (SOUTH COAST)
ÞINGVELLIR (GOLDEN CIRCLE)
STUÐLAGIL (RING ROAD)
KÓLUGLJUFUR (RING ROAD)

Iceland is a “country in the making” formed by volcanoes and earthquakes and sculpted by gigantic glaciers.

That offers you a variety of breathtaking and unique landscapes, such as Stuðlagil and Fjaðrárgljúfur, two of the most stunning places in Iceland! At Stuðlagil, you’ll see twisting basalt columns line a gorgeous glacial river canyon, a magnificent location that has only recently been discovered. Fjaðrárgljúfur (Feather River Canyon) is a surreal sight – a marvelous sheer-walled river canyon covered in blankets of velvet-green moss. But there are more stunning canyons in Iceland, like Vatnsjfjörður, Kólugljúfur or Þingvellir just to name a few.

Boat Tours

Get up close to the Glacier Lagoon icebergs on a boat tour or go river rafting!
BOAT TOURS (JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON)
BOAT TOURS (JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON)
BOAT TOURS (JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON)

Our tours will take you straight to the most spectacular sights in Iceland, but there are ways of getting even closer if you want to! At the Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón), you can jump into an amphibious vehicle for an unforgettable tour around the lagoon, sailing amongst the glittering giants.

Imagine the thrill of seeing these gigantic chunks of multi-coloured ice from just a few feet away! Where else will you get a chance to cruise between towering icebergs as they sway around the spectacular lagoon? Don’t miss this magical experience! Note: Boat tours are available from May to October.

Bird Watching

Enjoy Iceland’s famous bird-watching spots on our tours
LÁTRABJARD (WESTFJORDS)
DÝRHÓLAEY (SOUTH COAST)
LÓNDRANGAR (SNÆFELLSNES)

Everyone wants to see Iceland’s famous puffins when they visit in the summer months (late May until mid-August). Iceland is also home to countless more species of birds, some of which stay all year round.

On our South Coast and Ring Road tours, you’ll also have a chance to see Arctic terns, kittiwakes, guillemots, and razorbills. Lake Mývatn in North Iceland attracts thousands of ducks each summer, making it a bird watcher’s paradise! Look out for the Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin ducks, gyrfalcons, gannets, and ptarmigans! Our Westfjords and Snæfellsnes tours also include visits to bird-filled cliffs along the route.

Geysir

Visit the “original” Geyser on our Golden Circle tours

GEYSIR
GEYSIR
GEYSIR

Iceland’s fierce volcanic activity fuels gushing geysers all around the country, and the most famous hot spring is Geysir, one of the highlights of our Golden Circle tours. Geysir was the first erupting hot spring discovered by Europeans, and its name is the Icelandic word for “gush”, giving its name to all hot springs worldwide. Geysir is quiet these days, but Strokkur sends hot water and vapor high into the sky every few minutes! You won’t have to wait long to see it blow sky-high. So get your camera ready – this will be one of the best photo opportunities you’ll have in Iceland! 

Gullfoss Waterfall

Discover the glorious Gullfoss on our Golden Circle tours

GULLFOSS
GULLFOSS
GULLFOSS

One of the highlights of the famous Golden Circle route, Gullfoss is a thundering two-tier waterfall fueled by Langjökull, the “Long Glacier”, which you’ll see far inland if it’s a clear day. Tumbling more than thirty meters into a dramatic rock canyon, Gullfoss is one of the most thrilling waterfalls in the country, and you can see the falls from several viewing platforms. Watch out for rainbows on sunny days, and wear waterproofs – millions of gallons of water crashing over the cascade creates lots of spray!

Traditional Architecture

See the famous turf-roofed buildings!

TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE
TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE
TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE
TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Traditional Icelandic architecture is characterized by its simplicity, functionality, and integration with the natural environment. During our tours you will be able to see couple of its examples. 

Eiriksstadir is a reconstructed Viking-era longhouse in Iceland, which provides a glimpse into the architectural style of the early settlers. Hlíðartúnshúsin (located in Borgarnes) is a collection of several turf houses that were first built more than a hundred years ago. You’ll see a sheep barn, a cowshed, and even a hut used to store potatoes!

Iceland is also famous for turf-roofed churches, such as the iconic Viðimýrarkirkja and Hofskirkja, showcasing the continuation of this architectural tradition into religious buildings.

Akureyri

Enjoy an evening and overnight stay in the capital of the North

AKUREYRI
AKUREYRI
AKUREYRI
AKUREYRI

Akureyri is the unofficial “second city” of Iceland, located in the far north about six hours from Reykjavik, nestling at the end of the longest fjord in the country.

Once a little 17th-century fishing village and trading station, Akureyri is now a bustling town. You’ll find funky cafés, restaurants, art galleries, design stores and a botanical garden to explore.

Even though it’s very close to the Arctic Circle, the 20,000 people who call Akureyri their home enjoy some of the country’s warmest and most stable weather.

As you walk the streets of Akureyri, make sure you take a look at the traffic lights. All the red lights are heart-shaped!

Sólheimajökull Glacier & Lagoon

See the slowly disappearing glacier and a glacial lake forming in front!

SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL
SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL
SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL
SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL

Sólheimajökull is a magnificent glacier located on the South Coast of Iceland. It is an outlet glacier that descends from the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. Sólheimajökull is famous for its breathtaking ice formations, including deep crevasses, ice caves, and dramatic ice ridges. 

The glacial environment of Sólheimajökull provides a unique opportunity to witness the effects of climate change, as the glacier has been receding in recent years. This caused new Glacial Lagoon to appear on the map of Iceland, where huge chunks of ice slowly float on its surface.

Húsafell Canyon Baths

Bathe like Icelanders did in the old days!

CANYON BATHS
CANYON BATHS
CANYON BATHS
CANYON BATHS
CANYON BATHS

This place offers a unique and natural relaxation experience, nestled within a stunning canyon surrounded by lush greenery. This is a spellbinding place that has to be seen to be believed, with three geothermally-heated pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), a cold-water pot and a cooling waterfall, all designed to blend seamlessly into the natural environment. 

These are traditional and authentic Icelandic bathing pools, inspired by the age-old ways used by the locals in this area for a thousand years. Sustainably built in the traditional stone-bath style in an off-grid location, it’s a unique combination.

Rauðisandur Red Beach

Find yourself on the Westernmost Beach in Europe!

RAUÐISANDUR
RAUÐISANDUR
RAUÐISANDUR
RAUÐISANDUR

Rauðisandur is a stunning golden sandy beach located in the Westfjords region of Iceland. Its name translates to “Red Sand,” but the beach is actually a unique blend of golden, beige, and reddish hues. The vast expanse of Rauðisandur stretches for nearly 10 kilometers and is backed by stunning cliffs and mountains. The beach is known for its tranquil beauty and peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for solitude and relaxation.

The remote location and untouched beauty of Rauðisandur make it a hidden gem that captivates those who venture to this off-the-beaten-path destination.

Bolafjall Sky Walk

Take a walk on top of one of the most beautiful summits in Iceland!

BOLAFJALL
BOLAFJALL
BOLAFJALL
BOLAFJALL

Bolafjall is a prominent mountain located in the Westfjords region of Iceland. Rising up to an elevation of 638 meters, it offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding fjords and coastal landscape. 

In the recent year, on the summit of Bolafjall impressing viewing platform with sky walk was constructed, just right next to old American radar station. It allows you to witness the beauty of the rugged terrain and the vast ocean beyond. The road leading to the top is very steep and narrow, but no worries! You will be taken there by our experienced drivers. 

Dettifoss

See the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe!

DETTIFOSS
DETTIFOSS
DETTIFOSS

Dettifoss is a mighty and powerful waterfall located in Northeast Iceland. It is known for being the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with a massive volume of water cascading over its rocky edge.

The sheer force and thundering sound of Dettifoss are awe-inspiring, creating a mesmerizing spectacle for visitors. The waterfall is situated in the Vatnajökull National Park, surrounded by rugged landscapes and dramatic cliffs. Accessible via a well-maintained trail, Dettifoss offers breathtaking viewpoints from which to admire its grandeur.

Gljúfrabúi

Discover the hidden gem of the South Coast with us!

GLJÚFRABÚI
GLJÚFRABÚI

Gljúfrabúi is a hidden gem located in Iceland, near the popular tourist attraction, Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

It is often referred to as the “Secret Waterfall” or “Cave Watefall” due to its concealed location and the fact, that is very often missed by many! To reach Gljúfrabúi, you´ll need to walk through a narrow opening in the rock and wade through ankle-deep water in a small canyon. Inside, you will be greeted by a magnificent waterfall cascading down from a steep cliff. Remember to wear solid shoes and take your raincoat with!

Diamond Beach

Take a walk among the “Diamonds”!

DIAMOND BEACH
DIAMOND BEACH
DIAMOND BEACH

Diamond Beach, also known as Jökulsárlón Beach, is a mesmerizing natural wonder located in Iceland. It is situated near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where icebergs from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier float into the Atlantic Ocean.

The beach gets its name from the sparkling icebergs that wash up on the black sand, resembling diamonds on the shore. The contrast between the glistening ice and the dark volcanic sand creates a breathtaking sight. Diamond Beach is a photographer’s paradise, offering stunning opportunities to capture the beauty of nature.

Arnarstapi

Walk on a lava arch and see many stunning sights!

ARNARSTAPI
ARNARSTAPI
ARNARSTAPI
ARNARSTAPI

Arnastapi is a small village located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. It is known for its stunning coastal scenery, with cliffs, gorges, and rock formations.

The village offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers. One of the main attractions in Arnarstapi is the famous Gatklettur, a natural arch rock formation that stands tall against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. There, you can also take a walk on the Lava Bridge and pose for a unique picture.

Borgarnes

Enjoy an evening and overnight stay in the capital of the West

BORGARNES
BORGARNES
BORGARNES
BORGARNES

Borgarnes bubbles with life, packed into a picturesque promontory overlooking the broad waters of Borgarfjörður, the “City Fjord”.

It’s one of the busiest towns in West Iceland, a focal point for fishing, culture and commerce for a thousand years. But you can still feel its Viking roots wherever you look!

You’ll discover that it has a cheerful small-town vibe that makes it a delight to explore. So take a walk around its pretty streets and rocky shoreline, and enjoy the stunning views across the fjord to Hafnarfjall!

We usually arrive there around 5-6 pm, crossing the fjord over the second-longest bridge in Iceland, with stunning views to enjoy on both sides of the waters.

Hveragerði

Enjoy an afternoon and overnight stay in the charming, geothermal village

HVERAGERÐI
HVERAGERÐI
HVERAGERÐI
HVERAGERÐI
HVERAGERÐI

Hveragerði catches your attention with steam vents billowing vapor into the air everywhere you look. You’ll be amazed by the endless rows of geothermally-heated greenhouses, where bananas and other fruits are grown all year round!

The town is surrounded by moss-covered lava fields and towering volcanic mountains. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through this area, so there are frequent earthquakes. That means new hot springs are constantly opening up in this highly active area, even in people’s homes and gardens! 

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there’s a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Some even use geothermal power for carbon-neutral cooking! Make sure you try the tomato soup while you’re here!

We usually arrive there around 4 pm – which gives you plenty of time to enjoy this charming town.

Hraunfossar Lava Waterfalls

See a unique waterfall when you book a Silver Circle tour

HRAUNFOSSAR
HRAUNFOSSAR
HRAUNFOSSAR
HRAUNFOSSAR

Iceland is filled with unique sights, and one of the most mesmerizing is the “Lava Waterfalls” at Hraunfossar. Part of the Silver Circle tour route, glacial meltwater gently cascades down a series of steps from the middle of moss-covered lava cliffs, with the falls stretching for hundreds of meters. The waters seep through the Hallmundarhraun lava field until reaching the White River before tumbling gracefully below. You can enjoy the Lava Waterfall from different perspectives at several viewing platforms. It’s an extraordinary sight!

Westfjords

Explore Iceland’s wildest region

WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS
WESTFJORDS

If you want to see Iceland at its wildest, the Westfjords await you! Lonely Planet picked the Westfjords as its No.1 place to go – here’s your chance to see it! 

The Westfjords are one of Iceland’s oldest regions, and coming here is like taking a step back in time. A spectacular series of stunning fjords cut through dramatic peninsulas dotted with pretty fishing villages, thundering waterfalls, towering cliffs, and colorful beaches, reached by winding mountain roads. Few people live here, so it’s one of the most peaceful and relaxing regions Iceland has to offer. Look out for seals, puffins, and Arctic foxes – there are more of them than people! Take the Westfjords Way with us – a road trip you’ll never forget!

Vik í Myrdal

Charming, southernmost village in Iceland

VIK VILLAGE
VIK VILLAGE
VIK VILLAGE

The picturesque village of Vik í Myrdal is perfect for a photo stop on our South Coast and Ring Road tours. Atlantic waves roll in with full force at the most southerly point on Iceland’s mainland, pounding the black sand beaches. Vík is the warmest coastal town in the country, and the summer air is filled with migrating birds. Walk its pretty streets and admire the gorgeous hilltop church atop the town’s highest point! Enjoy another view of the Reynisdrangar from there!

Þingvellir National Park

Where two continents split apart

ÞINGVELLIR
ÞINGVELLIR
ÞINGVELLIR
ÞINGVELLIR

A place of outstanding natural beauty, Þingvellir National Park offers you a unique opportunity to walk in Viking footsteps between two continents. The tectonic plates of North America and Europe are pulling apart along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge here, increasing Iceland’s size every day! The early Viking settlers held their parliaments (the Alþingi) here for a thousand years, and Iceland declared its independence from this stunning location in 1944, so this is a sacred place for all Icelanders! It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a must-see stop on our Golden Circle tours.

South Coast

See the best of Iceland’s stunning South Coast

SOUTH COAST
SOUTH COAST
SOUTH COAST
SOUTH COAST
SOUTH COAST

Explore the treasures of the South Coast on our tours, discovering stunning landscapes lined with thundering waterfalls, immense glaciers, towering volcanoes, and dramatic black sand beaches! Easily reached from the city, the South Coast is an unforgettable dreamland of astonishing natural wonders. Hike across a glacier at Sólheimajökull, or maybe discover a hidden waterfall? Walk on an endless black sand beach at Reynisfjara or enjoy a thrilling walk behind a waterfall at Seljalandsfoss? These are just some of the magical experiences you can enjoy on a tour of the sensational South Coast!

Snæfellsnes

See the “Iceland in Miniature”

SNÆFELLSNES
SNÆFELLSNES
SNÆFELLSNES
SNÆFELLSNES
SNÆFELLSNES

Close to the capital and easily reached, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is an ideal tour to discover all of Iceland’s best features in just one day! The “Snow Mountain Peninsula” is often called “Iceland in Miniature” because you can find photogenic mountains (including Kirkjufell), beautiful beaches, plunging waterfalls, seal colonies, ancient lava fields, and a towering stratovolcano in one place! Some say the peninsula has mystical qualities as one of the planet’s many “chakra” centers. It also inspired Jules Verne when he wrote “Journey to the Center of the Earth”!

Sky Lagoon

Soothe yourself after a day on tour with a dip at Sky Lagoon

SKY LAGOON
SKY LAGOON
SKY LAGOON
SKY LAGOON

One of Iceland’s newest and most impressive geothermal spa experiences, Sky Lagoon offers you a memorable experience with astonishing views of the Atlantic. Relax in the perfectly regulated waters surrounded by volcanic rocks and a turf-roofed visitor center. Enjoy the 75-meter infinity pool, and order a drink at the swim-up bar! You can opt for an authentic Icelandic bathing experience with the Seven-Step Ritual, including saunas, cold mist showers, and exfoliating scrubs. It’s one of the most spectacular geothermal spa experiences in the world!

Seljalandsfoss

Take a walk behind a waterfall on our South Coast tours

SELJALANDSFOSS
SELJALANDSFOSS
SELJALANDSFOSS
SELJALANDSFOSS

Seljalandsfoss is a graceful waterfall that tumbles over 60 meters from Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano on Iceland’s stunning South Coast. It has a special feature that makes it even more exciting – there’s a path you can take all the way around the cascade! It can be slippery, but the views are unforgettable if you don’t mind getting wet! The chute is fueled by glacial meltwater from the volcano that stopped air traffic in 2010, putting Iceland on the map! A “secret” waterfall called Gljúfrabúi is nearby, hidden in a little green rock canyon – we’ll show you where to find it!

Reynisfjara Black Beach

See one of the most famous beaches in the world 

REYNISFJARA
REYNISFJARA
REYNISFJARA

If National Geographic and TripAdvisor both say Reynisfjara is one of the best beaches in the world, then you have to add it to your list of “must-see” places to visit when you’re in Iceland. With miles of jet-black volcanic sands stretching into the distance and fierce Atlantic waves pounding the shoreline, it’s one of the most dramatic coastlines you’ll ever see! Lined with beautiful basalt columns, the Reynisdrangar completes the cinematic scene, towering sea stacks looming offshore! Some say these were trolls trying to catch a ship, frozen in time when the sun rose!

Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon

Explore Iceland’s spectacular Glacier Lagoon on our tours

JÖKULSÁRLON
JÖKULSÁRLON
JÖKULSÁRLON

Where else can you get up close to immense icebergs in a glacial meltwater lagoon? On our South Coast Multi-Day and Ring Road tours, you can visit the astonishing Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsárlón, where you’ll see gigantic icebergs floating serenely around a spectacular lake, which only formed about 80 years ago. As the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier retreats, giant pieces break off the edge and sail out to sea. The Glacier Lagoon is the “waiting room” on the journey! Come and see these multicolored icy marvels for yourself at this bucket-list location, and look out for seals basking on the bergs too!

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Walk into the cave hidden behind the falls!

Seljalandsfoss behind

Hveragerði has several fine restaurants and cafés, and some offer unique dishes that use the underground heat! For example, Ölverk Pizza & Brewery specialize in wood-fired pizzas while using geothermal heat to brew their high-quality craft ales. You can also have a snack inside the greenhouse at Rósa Kaffi. Nearby, The Greenhouse Hotel is also home to a food hall with several options, including tacos, burgers, fried chicken and Asian cuisine. More options are available here, so you’re guaranteed a great meal, whatever you’re in the mood for.