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Travelers head to Reykjavik for its colorful culture and culinary scene, but they stay for Iceland’s wild landscapes and natural beauty. From glacier trekking to wildlife spotting, here are the top outdoor adventures in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Cruises and Boat Trips
Surrounded by the ocean on all sides, Iceland is home to a rich array of native wildlife. From the harborside city of Reykjavik, boat tours run to Akurey Island—home to arctic terns, gulls, and puffins. Out in the deeper waters of Faxaflói Bay, porpoises and humpback whales splash through the waves while travelers look on from sightseeing boats.  And as night falls, the open waters far from the city lights provide the perfect setting to hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights.

Off-Road Adventures
For an action-packed day, escape the capital on a Golden Circle jeep tour, taking in powerful geysers, the cascading waterfalls of Gullfoss, and the UNESCO–listed Thingvellir National Park. Travelers in search of high-octane thrills can traverse the icy terrain of Langjokull—Iceland's second-largest glacier—by snowmobile, or explore the rugged landscapes of Mt. Hafrafell and Mt. Úlfarsfell by quad bike. For something a little more sedate, combine a horse-riding excursion with a trip to the steamy Blue Lagoon.

Volcano and Glacier Hikes
From massive icefields to underground lava caves, there’s a wealth of exhilarating hikes and climbs to tackle from Reykjavik. Delve inside Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and discover lava caves dating back 4,000 years, or harness up to scale the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier—where cracks, crevasses, and ridges dominate the landscape. Elsewhere, destinations such as Snaefellsnes National Park and the picturesque valley of Reykjadalur offer further opportunities for outdoor exploration.
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Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included

Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included

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Explore one of Iceland’s unique geological features during this tour. Snorkel between the North American and European tectonic plates at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. This area is known as the Silfra Fissure and is home to a number of unique marine species as well as incredible shades of blue. All necessary snorkeling equipment is provided as well as GoPro photos taken during the excursion.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling Including Free Photos

Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling Including Free Photos

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Swim between tectonic plates on this snorkeling tour to Silfra, located in Thingvellir National Park. Clear glacial waters make it easy to see stunning underwater landscapes, while included dry suits help keep you warm throughout the tour. This small-group tour is capped at six people for a more intimate experience and includes optional hotel pickup from Reykjavik.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Including Pick Up from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horseback Riding Including Pick Up from Reykjavik

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Do more than just admire Iceland's beloved horses during your stay in the country—take one for a spin on this horseback riding tour with transportation from Reykjavik. Atop a sturdy, sure-footed Icelandic horse, you’ll take a beautiful ride in the countryside just outside the city. This tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour with Pick up

Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour with Pick up

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Experience Iceland’s incredible geology from underwater on a 5-hour snorkeling tour at Silfra from Reykjavik, including round-trip transport. Travel to Silfra, a water-filled fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park. Then, don a dry suit and snorkel through the ultra-clear waters, admiring the luminous plants and rocks at the only place on earth where you can snorkel between continental plates. All equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.00
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Circle & Snorkeling in Silfra From Reykjavík with Free Photos

Golden Circle & Snorkeling in Silfra From Reykjavík with Free Photos

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If you’ve got limited time in Iceland, and want to see the best of the Golden Circle and go snorkeling too, this tour is a great choice. You’ll save time organizing how to get between sites and leave te logistics to your guides as you visit many Iceland highlights in a day including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir. With snorkeling at one of the world's top spots in Silfra.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Silfra Wetsuit Snorkeling - Meet on location | Free Photos

Silfra Wetsuit Snorkeling - Meet on location | Free Photos

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 While most people don't associate Iceland with snorkeling, the cool Nordic country actually offers plenty of underwater marvels -- you'll just need a wetsuit. With this experience, a professional guide will take you to Silfra, a fissure between North America and Europe in Thingvellir National Park that marks where the two continental plates are slowly drifting apart. You and your group will get a chance to spend around 40 minutes in the water before heading back to shore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

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Get ready for an Icelandic off-road adventure on this quad bike tour of two Icelandic peaks. Zoom off on a single-seater or double-seater ATV to see natural attractions like Lake Hafravatn during the tour. Admire panoramic vistas of Reykjavik and the Blue Mountain range from the summits of both mountains. Feel the thrill of cruising across the rugged wintry wonderland and up and down steep mountain tracks. Use of all safety gear and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.00
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Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour Self-Drive

Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour Self-Drive

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Silfra is one of the world’s most dramatic snorkeling sites—it’s a glacier meltwater-filled rift formed by the drift of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This tour makes snorkeling the rift as easy as possible by including a guide, dry suit and snorkeling equipment, and Silfra entrance fees. After you’ve snorkeled, you’re offered hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.00
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Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik

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This tour in Hafnarfjörður offers more than the typical horse-riding excursions. You first spend time with the horses at the stables, helping to groom them and learning about the unique breed from staff. Afterward, you can take a ride around the paddock while taking in the dramatic landscape. A maximum group size of 15 ensures personal attention and you can upgrade to include round-trip transportation from your Reykjavik hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure

1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure

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Rumble through the otherworldly Icelandic wilderness on a quad bike adventure from Reykjavik. Cruise along gravel tracks to the shores of Lake Hafravatn, and get your heart pumping as you speed up to the summit of Reykjavik Peak. Take in sweeping views of the capital and mythical-seeming mountain ranges in the distance before you make your way back down safely. Ride solo (1-seater) on one of the sturdy all-terrain vehicles or partner up with a friend or family member on a 2-seater bike. All gear and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels are included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik

South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik

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Get to know Iceland's southern coast and embark on a glacier hike during this full-day tour. With your small group of fellow travelers (less than 20 for any tour), visit the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Sólheimajökull Glacier. Round-trip hotel transportation via minibus and all safety gear (harness, ice axe, carabiners, and crampons) included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Gullfoss Waterfall

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Gullfoss Waterfall

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Experience the exhilaration of riding a snowmobile over the frozen landscapes of the Langjökull glacier, one of Europe’s largest, on this tour from Gullfoss Waterfall. Following a brief introduction to driving a snowmobile, you’ll glide over the surface of the Langjökull glacier and absorb views of volcanic craters and dramatic mountain ranges. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six participants. All drivers must hold a valid driving license. 
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Ice Cave and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Ice Cave and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon

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Combine a snowmobile glacier ride with a bath in thermal hot springs on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Traveling by super truck, pass the Geysir geothermal field en route to the Langjökull glacier, Europe’s second-largest. Zoom over the ice on a snowmobile ride, check out a natural ice cave, and then break for lunch and dip in a thermal hot spring.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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For a day out with horses and hot springs, look no further than this full-day tour from Reykjavik. After a horseback ride on a unique Icelandic horse, take an express tour of some key Golden Circle sights: Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, and the village of Hveragerdi. The ride is suitable for all levels of experience, and takes in the rugged countryside on the capital’s outskirts.
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  • 9 hours
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Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

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Zip across Iceland’s second-biggest ice cap by snowmobile and visit an ice cave on an 8-hour Langjökull glacier trip from Reykjavik. Ride a snowmobile over the ice toward a glacier cave, admiring the views over snow fields and peaks. Then, descend into the cave on foot to view the blue ice inside the glacier before snowmobiling back. Return transportation, with central Rekyjavik hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Superjeep Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Superjeep Tour from Reykjavik

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Go in search of the Northern Lights on this 4-hour night tour from Reykjavik. Traveling by 4x4 Land Rover Defender or 6-door Ford Excursion, aka a 'super jeep,' you'll leave the city to get away from light pollution in order to better your chances of seeing this natural phenomenon also known as Aurora Borealis. With a little luck and clear skies, sightings can occur from fall to spring.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

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Explore Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest lava tunnels in Iceland, with ease on this stress-free tour. With a helmet and headlamp, see some of the tunnel’s most interesting features and learn about the changing colors of the lava rock formations from a guide. The tour departs regularly, making it easy to slot this tour into even the busiest sightseeing schedule.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Watch for minke whales, dolphins and humpbacks on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik, and take in views of the coast from an open viewing platform or an enclosed cabin. Get the ultimate whale watching experience during the peak season from April through October, when over 20 kinds of whale flock to the North Atlantic. Cruise the harbor in comfort and style, enjoy access to an indoor saloon stocked with snacks and drinks (sold on board), and spot Iceland’s diverse aquatic species with help from the experienced crew.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Day Tour at Laxnes Farm

Icelandic Horseback Riding Day Tour at Laxnes Farm

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Saddle up for a day of horseback riding, great scenery and fun during this 7.5-hour excursion from Reykjavik. Novice and expert riders alike are sure to enjoy this journey to Laxnes Farm, located in the idyllic Mosfellsdalur Valley, spending the day riding amidst the local terrain of mountains and lush green meadows. In between rides you’ll stop by the farmhouse for a light lunch accompanied by tea and coffee. A guide, riding helmet and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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South Coast: Glacier Hike, LAVA Centre, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

South Coast: Glacier Hike, LAVA Centre, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

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Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts bubbling mud pools and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and hike over the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Tick off three of Iceland’s most popular attractions in only one day on this full-day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. In addition to visiting the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geyser, you’ll experience an exhilarating snowmobile ride on the Langjökull glacier. During the tour, you will also see the Gullfoss Waterfall.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.00
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SuperSaver: Small Group Silfra Snorkeling and Lava Caving Adventure from Reykjavik

SuperSaver: Small Group Silfra Snorkeling and Lava Caving Adventure from Reykjavik

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Spend an adventurous day exploring two of Iceland's most unique geological features during this full-day tour from Reykjavik. First, wander through the otherworldly Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel, with its colorful rock formations. Then, visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a snorkeling adventure. Swim in the impressive Silfra fissure, for a chance to snorkel between the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia. Round-trip transportation from downtown Reykjavik and all necessary gear are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik

2-Hour ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience the fun of an adrenaline-pumping 2-hour tour by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) through the Icelandic countryside near Reykjavik. Your expert guide leads you to the top of Mt Hafrafell and Mt Úlfarsfell where you enjoy breathtaking views of the Reykjanes peninsula, including Mt Esja the Hengill geothermal area, the city of Reykjavik and Faxaflói Bay. Expect to cross rivers and scale mountains on your sturdy ATV, with all equipment included. You can even visit a local farm and see animals such as horses, sheep and chickens.
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  • 2 hours
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