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With active volcanoes, sparkling blue lagoons, impressive geysers and impossibly black beaches, it's no wonder that Iceland is the Land of Fire and Ice. You can venture to the heart of Vatnajökull for a Northern Lights adventure display like no other, see the literal highs and lows on the Ring Road , photograph the many wonders of Thingvellir National Park, bask at the incredible waterfalls of the Golden Circle, or trek the glaciers of the South Coast , or check out the street art of bustling Reykjavík.

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Northern Lights Escape Tour

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Northern Lights Escape

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Land of the Northern Lights - 5 days Tour

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6 Day - Around Iceland Adventure Tour

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6 Day - Around Iceland Adventure

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Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days Tour

Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days

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Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle Tour

Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle

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5 Days Land of Northern Lights Tour

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5 Days Land of Northern Lights

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8 Days Northern Lights Exploration Tour

8 Days Northern Lights Exploration

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Best of Iceland Tour

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Best of Iceland

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5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights

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Iceland Discovery Tour

Iceland Discovery

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8 Day Around Iceland Winter Minibus Tour Tour

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8 Day Around Iceland Winter Minibus Tour

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Iceland Escape Tour

Iceland Escape

Iceland Discovery Tour

10 Days Complete Iceland | Ring-Road, Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Roundtrip airport transfer (Group Tour)

Iceland: See & Experience it ALL in 9 Days, 1st Class Custom Tours Tour

Iceland: See & Experience it ALL in 9 Days, 1st Class Custom Tours

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Frequently Asked Questions About Iceland Tours

What is the best way to tour iceland.

Iceland is a unique country with lots to see and do, but navigating your way around the public transport system can be tricky, and rental cars can be expensive. The best way to see the highlights of the country, then, is to take a guided tour with bus travel. That way, you can be sure you're seeing the top attractions but don't need to worry about how to get around.

How many days in Iceland is enough?

From the Northern Lights to the Blue Lagoon, there is a wealth of attractions in Iceland. To make the most of your trip and see as much as possible, we recommend spending 7-10 days in the country. That way, you can see the highlights and explore one of your favourite areas in a little more depth.

What is the best month to see Iceland?

July and August are the warmest months in Iceland - although they're not typically very warm, with temperatures in the low 20°C range. However, the daylight hours during the summer are very long, with upwards of 20 hours of daylight, meaning you can really make the most of your time. Winter is very cold in Iceland and some roads may be closed due to snow, but you must visit during this season if you want to see the Northern Lights, which are visible any time from September to March.

How much does it cost to visit Iceland?

The cost of your trip to Iceland will depend on various factors, including whether you choose budget or luxury accommodation, what activities you decide to do and, of course, how long you stay for. Iceland is generally quite an expensive country, and a one week tour of Iceland usually costs around $200 per day.
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  • Blue Lagoon : Enjoy a therapeutic soak in the steaming aqua waters of the geothermal hot springs.
  • Glacier : Visit the natural ice cave at Breidamerkurjokull Glacier.
  • Jökulsárlón : Encounter the active volcano brewing beneath a glacier and bathe in the blue lagoon.
  • Tingvellir : Spot seals as you float through the serene glacier lagoon and try lobster.
  • Jokulsarlon : Climb a real volcano crater and learn about the turbulent Icelandic history.
  • Myvatn : Dive into the hot springs of Mývatn Nature Baths.
  • Akureyri : Learn about living next to an active volcano and learn all about the hardy Icelandic horses.
  • Skaftafell : Learn about an unique horse breed and lunch with locals.

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"My trip to Iceland was part of my bucket list for many years which I was able to tick off last year. I was astonished during the trip when I saw the beauty of the place. I absolutely recommend this G Adventure trip to anyone who wants to experience Iceland."
"Iceland was more than what I had hoped for. I joined the tour operated by funtravel.is and we had so much fun as our tour guide took us to some of the most fascinating places. We were given time to explore on most days but on some days we felt a bit rushed. We stayed on farms and guest houses with shared bathrooms mostly in the middle of nowhere but we still had a good time."
"I have been to two Thirsty Swagman tour and had an amazingly good time. I made friends and the tour was worth every penny."

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The 18 best iceland tours: northern lights, waterfalls & more.

Enjoy glacier hikes, whale watching cruises and the northern lights on these Iceland tours.

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Aerial drone view of Seljalandsfoss waterfall at sunset, Iceland

No matter where you go on a tour in Iceland, you're guaranteed to see stunning landscapes and likely some beautiful waterfalls. (Getty Images)

With terrain shaped by volcanic eruptions and shifting tectonic plates and the surrounding waters filled with glaciers, icebergs and whales, Iceland is like no other place on Earth. It's also an ideal spot to observe a seasonal phenomenon above the Earth: the northern lights  (or aurora borealis).

The following Iceland tours, determined by U.S. News to be the best available thanks to expert input and traveler sentiment, provide ideal ways of experiencing all that this extraordinary place has to offer. All of these excursions are conducted by knowledgeable guides eager to share their insights into their country's special features.

Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours – Zodiac Boat Tour

Price: Adults from 13,900 Icelandic króna (about $102); kids from 8,500 króna (about $63) Duration: 75 minutes

Explore the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – part of Vatnajökull National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Europe's largest glacier – aboard an inflatable rigid boat on this expedition. In addition to icebergs and the glacial wall, you might also spot wildlife like seals and various bird species. Tourgoers consistently describe the guides as passionate and knowledgeable, and say photo opportunities abound.

Trips are available from May through October several times a day, with departures in both the morning and the afternoon. Tours take approximately an hour and 15 minutes, including transportation between the check-in point and the dock and at least an hour on the boat. Tickets cost approximately 13,900 króna (about $102) per person ages 15 and older; children ages 6 to 14 can join for 8,500 króna (approximately $63). Riders must be at least 6 years old. The park containing the lagoon sits in the southeast part of the country, about 236 miles from Reykjavik . Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours also runs private excursions.

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NiceTravel – Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Kerid Volcano

Price: Adults from 16,900 króna (about $124); kids from 14,900 króna Duration: 11 hours

Visit the Golden Circle's top sights, including Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss, plus a volcanic crater and a pristine lagoon on this daylong journey. The park is of both geological and historical significance as its straddles a fault line between two tectonic plates and was the site of a Viking parliament that ruled for hundreds of years starting in A.D. 930. Other highlights include Geysir, a hot spring that shoots plumes of vapor into the air; Gullfoss (aka the Golden Waterfall) over which water cascades down more than 100 feet into a narrow canyon; Kerid, a colorful red-earth volcanic crater; and a two-hour stop at the heated waters of the popular Blue Lagoon . Tour-takers invariably find the scenery spectacular and the guides friendly and informative.

Tours happen daily all year long. Pickup from various locations in Reykjavik happens between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and minibuses return to the city around 8 p.m. Prices start at around 16,900 króna (about $124) for adults and 14,900 króna (about $110) for kids ages 5 to 15, and covers admission to all attractions (but not lunch or bathing suits).

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Reykjavik Sailors – Whale Watching

Price: Adults from 11,990 króna (about $88); kids from 5,995 króna (about $44) Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours

While April to October is considered peak season for whale watching off Iceland's coast, humpback, minke and orca whales, as well as porpoises and dolphins, inhabit the waters all year. Reykjavik Sailors, located on Reykjavik's Old Harbour, offers whale watching boat trips throughout the year starting at 1 p.m. with additional 9 a.m. departures from March through mid-November and 5 p.m. departures from mid-May through September. Tourgoers report spotting ample wildlife, and appreciate that the guides take the time to point out and identify the various sea creatures.

Trips generally last from three to 3.5 hours. Tickets cost approximately 11,990 króna (about $88) for adults and 5,995 króna (about $44) for children 7 to 15. (Kids 6 and younger can tag along for free.) Transportation from area hotels is available for an additional fee. Snacks and beverages are available aboard the boat, which features outdoor viewing platforms as well as heated indoor space. Reykjavik Sailors also operates tours of the northern lights , among other options.

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Arctic Adventures – Crystal Ice Cave Tour Iceland

Price: Adults from about $188; kids from around $141 Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Take a ride in a rugged vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to the edge of the massive Vatnajökull glacier and then hike to an ice cave on this small-group excursion. The tour, with up to 14 travelers, also allows you to witness the result of calving – the process of icebergs breaking off of glaciers. Tourgoers frequently praise the capable and personable guides.

Trips depart from the lagoon daily from October to mid-April beginning at 9:40 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tours last two to three hours. Tickets, which cover transportation to and from the cave, as well as use of safety gear, cost approximately $187.65 for adults and $140.74 for youths ages 6 to 15. While the hike to the cave is rated as easy, children younger than 6 are not allowed on this trip. Arctic Adventures conducts a variety of ice cave tours, glacier hikes and more.

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BusTravel Iceland – South Coast Waterfalls, Glacier & Black Sand Beach Tour

Price: Adults from 13,990 króna (about $103); kids from 6,995 króna (about $52) Duration: 10 hours

This daylong outing affords opportunities to explore the glaciers, volcanos and other distinctive features of Iceland's southern coast . Highlights include Skógafoss, a nearly 200-foot waterfall beside the Eyjafjallajökull volcano; the slightly taller Seljalandsfoss waterfall; Reynisfjara, a beach on the north Atlantic Ocean with black volcanic sand and basalt columns; a stop for lunch in the fishing village of Vik; and Sólheimajökull glacier. Tour-takers consistently call the scenery extraordinary and the guides informative.

Fees start at around 13,990 króna (about $103) for adults, 10,493 króna (about $77) for youth 12 to 15 and 6,995 króna (about $52) for children ages 2 to 11. Transportation from various Reykjavik locations is available for an additional charge. Pickups occur between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and in all the bus trip lasts approximately 10 hours. Prices do not cover any food and drink in Vik. Note: Reaching the glacier involves walking on uneven ground. BusTravel Iceland also leads tours exploring the Golden Circle, the northern lights and more.

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Your Friend in Reykjavik – Walk With a Viking

Price: Adults from $42; kids from $25 Duration: 2 hours

See the sights of Reykjavik on this two-hour walking tour of the city's center. Highlights include Harpa (an incredible performance venue), Hallgrímskirkja church, the Parliament building and Reykjavik harbor, as well as the first Viking house. Tour-takers find this stroll to be a great way to get to know the city and consistently describe the guides as friendly, educational and enthusiastic.

Groups of up to 12 depart from Ingólfur Square daily at 10 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. Prices start at $42 for adults and $25 for children 7 to 15. (There's no charge for children 6 and younger.) Your Friend in Reykjavik also offers private walking tours.

Wake Up Reykjavik – Reykjavik Food Tour

Price: Adults from 15,900 króna (about $118); kids from 9,990 króna (about $77) Duration: 3 hours

Sample an array of Icelandic cuisine on this three-hour walking tour of downtown Reykjavik. Try eight traditional dishes, including fish and grass-fed lamb, as well as ice cream and street food. (Vegetarians and those with allergies or other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated.) Between stops, you'll stroll past notable sites, such as the Parliament building and city hall. Food enthusiasts generally appreciate the accommodating guides' extensive knowledge about both culinary and historical topics.

Tours start outside Harpa concert hall every day beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets start at around 15,900 króna (about $118) for adults and 9,990 króna (about $77) for children 4 to 12. Wake Up Reykjavik also organizes daytrips to the Golden Circle, the South Coast and more.

Troll Expeditions – Snorkeling in Silfra

Price: From 21,900 króna (about $162) Duration: 3 hours

Snorkel between tectonic plates in the only place where that's possible during this adventure. Located in Thingvellir National Park about a 30-mile drive northeast of Reykjavik, Silfra fissure lies in the space where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have slowly moved apart. Its water, from the melted ice of the Langjökull glacier, is exceptionally clean, boasting visibility of about 330 feet. Snorkelers laud the attentive, professional guides as well as the one-of-a-kind experience.

Snorkeling trips are available year-round at least twice a day; start times vary depending on the season, but with the earliest tour at 8 a.m. and the latest at 4 p.m. Prices begin at around 21,900 króna (about $162), which covers the use of all necessary snorkeling equipment as well as underwater photos. Tours last about three hours, including instruction on how to snorkel, with about 50 minutes in the water. Groups are limited to six people and participants must be at least 12 years old and no older than 69. Travelers should note, those who are between the ages of 60 to 69 must have a doctor's note clearing them to participate. Those who can't swim or are pregnant may not take part in the tour. This excursion also has weight restrictions. Troll Expeditions also offers guided glacier hikes, daytrips and multiday excursions around the country to the South Coast, Ring Road and more.

Adventure Vikings – Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling

Price: From 20,900 króna (about $154) to 27,990 króna (about $206) Duration: 2 to 4.5 hours

Iceland straddles the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The tour, located in Silfra, is part of the Thingvellir National Park. Travelers will be allowed to explore the pristine glacial waters between the two plates. Snorkelers rave about the Silfra fissure's beauty and appreciate the adept guides' helpfulness.

The tour lasts up to 4.5 hours depending if round-trip transportation is needed. Fees start at around 20,990 króna (about $154) or 27,990 króna (about $206) if you opt for transportation between your Reykjavik hotel and Thingvellir National Park. Prices include use of snorkeling equipment. You can rent a wearable GoPro camera for an additional 6,900 króna (around $51). Tours are available year-round with 9 a.m. and noon start times from March through October (and an additional 3 p.m. tour from July through August), and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. start times from November through February. Snorkelers must be at least 12 years old; groups have no more than six people per guide. Participants preferring to don a less restrictive (but also less warm) wetsuit instead of a dry suit have that option. There are height and weight requirements for this tour. Adventure Vikings also leads surfing and stand-up paddleboarding tours, among other outings.

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Reykjavik Excursions – Northern Lights - Small Group Tour

Price: Adults from 11,999 króna (about $90); kids from 6,000 króna (about $45) Duration: 3 hours

The kaleidoscopic colors of the northern lights typically appear above Iceland from late August to April, which is when this small-group bus tour occurs. The Reykjavik Excursions team studies the weather and aurora forecast each night to determine the best viewing locations away from the city lights, meaning buses may not go to the same location each tour. Tourgoers enjoy the informative guides' commentary, as well as the opportunities to observe the aurora borealis.

During the viewing season, trips with up to 25 participants are offered daily starting when it's dark, around 9:30 p.m. Trips usually last three hours. Ticket prices start at around $90 per person ages 16 and older and around $45 for youths ages 6 to 15. Reykjavik Excursions also offers city tours and trips to the Blue Lagoon, among other outings.

ĺshestar – Lava Tour

Price: Adults from 15,900 króna (about $117); kids from 11,925 króna (about $87) Duration: 2 hours

See the green hillsides and lava fields outside Reykjavik on this two-hour small-group horseback riding tour. Travelers frequently describe riding an Icelandic horse as a fantastic experience, and they generally appreciate the professionalism of the staff who lead the outing.

Rides depart every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prices start at 15,900 króna (around $117) for adults and 11,925 króna (around $87) for children 7 to 15. The cost includes the use of helmets and boots, as well as post-ride coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Round-trip transportation from Reykjavik is available for an additional fee and starts an hour before the tour. Groups are limited to 20 participants; all must be at least 7 years old and weigh less than 240 pounds. No prior horseback riding experience is necessary. Longer, multiday trail rides, as well as private tours are also available.

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Special Tours – Northern Lights by Boat

Price: Adults from 12,900 króna (about $95); kids from 6,495 króna (about $48) Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Admire the northern lights from the water on this two- to three-hour boat ride. Along the way, guides regale passengers with stories, myths and scientific facts about the aurora borealis. Travelers praise the amazing views as well as the humorous, helpful guides.

Cruises are available nightly in the fall and winter. Departure times vary by time of year, but boats typically sail from Reykjavik's Old Harbour at 10 p.m. in September and mid-March to mid-April; they depart at 9 p.m. from October to mid-March. Prices are approximately 12,990 króna (about $95) for adults and 6,495 króna (about $48) for children 7 to 15. Children 6 and younger can ride for free. Prices include the use of overalls to keep riders warm. If you don't see the aurora borealis on your first trip, you can take another one at no charge. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. The company also offers whale watching excursions, fishing trips and more.

BusTravel Iceland – Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour

Price: Adults from 16,900 króna (about $125); kids from 8,495 króna (about $62) Duration: 11 hours

In addition to its tours of the southern coast, BusTravel Iceland offers a daylong tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an area northwest of Reykjavik that boasts black sand beaches, lava fields, beautiful waterfalls , rock formations and more. Highlights include Berserkjahraun lava fields, which date back to a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago; the 1,520-foot Kirkjufell (aka Church Mountain); the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls; Snaefellsjökull National Park and the cliffs of Arnarstapi harbor, once a bustling fishing area. Travelers typically enjoy both the dramatic landscapes and the guides' commentary.

Tours last approximately 11 hours. Ticket prices start at around 16,990 króna (about $125) for adults, 12,743 króna (about $93) for youth ages 12 to 15 and 8,495 króna (about $62) for youngsters 2 to 11; pickup from various Reykjavik locations is available for an additional 1,590 króna (about $12) per person. Tours happen daily starting at 8 and 9 a.m.

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GeoIceland – Premium Golden Circle Tour

Price: Adults from 18,900 króna (about $140); kids from 14,900 króna (about $110) Duration: 9 hours

Visit the rift between two tectonic plates, the powerful waterfall and the geothermal area comprising Iceland's famed Golden Circle and more on this daylong tour. In addition to the high cliffs of the rift valley in Thingvellir National Park, the often rainbow-adorned Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir, this tour stops at the Kerid volcanic crater, as well as a tomato farm. Tour-takers frequently cite both the stunning scenery and the friendly, amusing guides as highlights of this journey.

Buses depart from the Aurora Reykjavik museum daily at 9 a.m. and return approximately nine hours later. Prices – approximately 18,900 króna (about $140) for adults and 14,900 króna (about $110) for children 3 to 12 – include admission to all attractions, but exclude lunch at the tomato farm's restaurant. GeoIceland also runs tours that depart from other cities in Iceland, including Akureyri and the Lake Mývatn area.

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Iceland Everywhere Tours – Northern Lights Midnight Adventure Tour

Price: From 11,200 króna (around $70) Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Spend the night searching for the northern lights on this seasonal outing. During the trip, guides not only provide information about the aurora borealis, local history and Icelandic culture, but also assist participants with finding the right setting on their cameras or smartphones to capture the best images. Free professional photographs are also available if you'd prefer to simply admire the sky. Reviewers often rave about the colorful lights and appreciate the knowledgeable guides' insights and willingness to take pictures.

These minibus rides happen every night from September to mid-April starting at 9 p.m. and last from three to five hours. Prices start at 11,200 króna (around $70). Transportation from area hotels is available. There is a maximum of 15 participants per each tour. Iceland Everywhere Tours also offers guided excursions to the South Coast and the Golden Circle.

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Funky Iceland – The Funky Food & Beer Walk

Price: Adults from 15,000 króna (about $110); kids from 7,500 króna (about $55) Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a culinary adventure on this three-hour walking tour of Reykjavik. The tour has five food stops featuring nine traditional Icelandic dishes, such as lamb stew, dried fish and fermented shark, as well as five locally craft beers. Foodies tend to relish the savvy guides' insights into Icelandic culture and cuisine.

Tours start outside the Hallgrímskirkja Church at 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and Tuesday. Tickets cost approximately 15,000 króna (about $110) for adults and 7,500 króna (about $55) for children 12 to 15. There's no charge for kids 11 and younger. Groups range in size from two to eight people.

CityWalk Reykjavik – Free Walking Tour Reykjavik

Price: Free Duration: 2 hours

Stroll among the main attractions of downtown Reykjavik , including the statue of Jón Sigurðsson and the Harpa concert hall, on this approximately two-hour, 1.3-mile tour. Guides will regale you with stories concerning Icelandic history, as well as lore involving elves, Vikings and more, which tour-takers deem highly entertaining.

Walks start at 10:30 a.m., noon or 1:30 p.m. every day at the Austurvöllur (the city's main square) and conclude at city hall. Bookings open up about five days in advance. While there's no fee for this tour, guides do appreciate tips. There are no age or group-size limits. CityWalk Reykjavik does offer a slightly longer, small-group tour for a fee.

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Icelandic Mountain Guides – Blue Ice Experience

Price: Adults from 13,990 króna (about $102); kids from 9,793 króna (about $71) Duration: 3.5 hours

Hike among the ice formations, crevasses and frozen ridges of the enormous Vatnajökull glacier on this small-group expedition. Outings of up to 15 people commence at the welcome center at Skaftafell (about 200 miles southeast of Reykjavik) and last about 3.5 hours, including up to 1.5 to 2 hours on the ice. Past participants consistently describe the scenery as stunning and the guides as professional and informative.

Tours are available multiple times a day, beginning at 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Adult tickets start at 13,990 króna (about $102). Corresponding costs for youngsters 10 to 17 are 9,793 króna (about $71). Children younger than 10 may not join the tour. Prices include the use of ice axes, harnesses and crampons. Icelandic Mountain Guides conducts a variety of glacier walks, snowmobile tours and guided hikes.

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"Iceland is like nowhere else on the planet - the waterfalls, views and landscapes are absolutely stunning - and that's without even mentioning the Northern Lights"

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Explore the quirky capital of Reykjavik

No guided tour of Iceland is complete without a visit to the most northern capital of the world, Reykjavik; a city small in size, but gregarious in style. Take in the creative intensity of the city’s people, which has flourished into a unique art and culinary scene that embraces Nordic culture and the avant-garde. All set amidst storybook gabled houses, jagged basalt rock and the sea.

Journey through Iceland's volcanic landscapes

For a land named after ice, it can be bewildering to find this country is also one of fire. Connect with this geothermal mecca of over 130 volcanic mountains by traversing raw moonscape lava fields, exposed black sand beaches and the fringes of volcanoes.

Admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss

Of the 10,000 plus waterfalls that can fill Iceland trips, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are two of the standouts. At Seljalandsfoss, water cascades off a cliff that was once part of Iceland’s coastline, flowing into pools surrounding lush green fields. At Skógafoss you will find an old-world majesty, with mythology speaking of trolls, elves and hidden pots of gold.

Swim in turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon

The country’s iconic Blue Lagoon is a hot spring of milky blue waters, flooded with minerals from underground rock. Immerse yourself in its waters for a soul-stirring and relaxing experience complete with healing properties of the water. Don't forget to cover yourself in silica rich mud.

See the Northern Lights

Watching spirals and wafts of blue green lights dance over Iceland’s stars is a natural phenomenon that will stir you to the very core. Caused by solar wind disturbances in the magnetosphere, the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are most likely encountered in the months of late August through to April.

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Known for its natural phenomena, from geothermal activity and hot springs to light sky displays, Trafalgar will surprise you with another side of Iceland. Step into the country's Viking past, music traditions and cultural quirks.

National Museum of Iceland

In the centre of Reykjavik sits Iceland’s National museum – a brutalist building with an igloo shaped dome. Explore Viking weaponry, Norse mythology and Lion-Knight legends, then wander upstairs to gain an understanding of the fight for independence from Danish rule. This museum shares the unbelievable chronology of the island’s history.

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Located in Reyjavik, the Icelandic Phallological Museum contains the world's largest display of penises. The extensive collection includes 280 specimens from 93 animal species including whales and seals, and land animals ranging from bulls to hamsters.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum

An island nation wedged between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, fishing has always been a vital part of Iceland’s livelihood. Learn of a modern emergence through fishing and uncover artefacts of violent cod fish wars at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum - a chronicle of the Icelandic people’s seafaring ways.

Best museums in Iceland

Iceland’s extremist landscape ranges from volcanic fields of dried magma to jutting glaciers that spike like crystals. But the contours of its people are just as intriguing to explore. Nowhere do their stories unfold better than the varied museums we take you to in the capital of Reykjavik.

Smoked Puffin

Despite their fishing heritage, Icelanders take much of their cuisine from the land. The national bird of Iceland, the puffin, is one that historically saved its residents from starvation. Today, it is considered a local delicacy. Sample it for yourself accompanied by lashings of delicious blueberry sauce.

Icelandic hot dog

Hotdogs are abundant in Iceland, found at petrol stations, roadside stands, malls and ferry terminals. They are most often made of local, organic, grass-fed lamb as a result of meat import restrictions and a population of sheep that doubles that of humans. Eat yours topped with sweet brown mustard, remoulade, capers, herbs and raw onions.

For centuries, Hardfiskur has been a staple of Icelandic cuisine. This protein-rich snack is made by curing the bacteria of oily fish in the icy Atlantic air before pounding it soft with a mallet. See the fish hanging up to dry all over the island; an insight into traditional Nordic cooking processes.

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Much of Iceland’s fascinating food is steeped in the history of Viking times and woven with greater Nordic culture. Trafalgar will indulge you in many obscure delicacies from this self-sufficient country and our tours of Iceland start and end with a surprising local dish.

What to pack for Iceland

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With rain falling an average of 213 days a year in Iceland, a raincoat is definetely an item you won't want to forget. A much needed extra layer for the subarctic climate, it will also provide protection from overzealous waterfalls.

Having a dry layer of warmth close to your skin is something to have handy for Iceland whether summer or winter. It’s especially helpful to have close for those for those who love to spend time outdoors exploring the country’s extreme landscapes.

Exposing your ears to the elements can send chills through your body - easily preventable with a warm pair of ear-muffs.

Icelanders take bathing very seriously. With more pools per capita than any country in the world, you may wish to take a few pairs of swimming costumes to ensure you always have one dry.

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With towering tundras of fast-flowing falls, giant gleaming glaciers and hidden hot springs, it’s no wonder Iceland has a nickname of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. And to think that barely even covers what can be found on the ground, let alone the mystical Northern Lights that swirl through the night skies or the majestic marine mammals that inhabit the surrounding waters.

We’re sure this Viking-made country is on your must-see list, but since there’s so much to see when you’re there, we’ve scoured high and low for the top tips, the must-dos and the need-to-see sights. However, if you really want the most out of your trip, consider a small guided tour with one of our expert local leaders.

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1. Roam around Reykjavik

The Sunvoyager found by the Reykjavik harbour, Iceland

It may be hard to say and even harder to spell, but this Icelandic capital city is worth the trek to get here. As this is likely your home base during your Iceland venture, you should take some time to wander its many attractions. One of the most recognisable sights is the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral towering over the rooftops and roads. Climb to the top to see the city’s mountainous backdrop or, simply marvel this impressive building from the outside.

If the call of the Vikings has led you to Iceland, we’d recommend a few sights that honour the country’s settlers. See the impressive Sólfar (Sun Voyager) Viking boat statue standing tall over the harbour, or stop by the National Museum for a glimpse at the nation’s journey from the 9 th century to modern times.

Speaking of modern times, this eclectic city is home to artists, music makers and creators alike – all culminating in a fascinating cultural scene. Other notable stops include:

  • National Gallery of Iceland
  • Akureyri Art Musuem
  • Perlan Speciality Musuem

2. Glide over glaciers

Black and white striped glacier at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

With a name like ‘Iceland’, you’d probably expect some impressive feats of frozen water, and boy does this northern land deliver. Come upon frozen landscapes fit for a fairytale ice queen and prepare to be wowed by the otherworldy make-up of floating glaciers and chilled-out water.

Glacier hiking is a popular pastime in these parts. Or, see icy spectacles like the Jokularson Glacier Lagoon from another angle by boarding a boat or paddling over in a kayak. Popular spots also include the Solheimajokull Glacier, where you can explore the ice caves and hike the glacier surface, and Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap.

3. Visit an Icelandic beach

The Vik black sand beach, Iceland

What you may not expect from Iceland is that a beach visit is well worth the trip to the coast. Unlike most beaches found throughout the world, Icelandic shores can consist of unique black sand that greets frosty-looking arctic waters framed by unique stone structures. When venturing south, stop by Reynisfjara beach, found by the charming village of Vik. While here, see the basalt columns known as Reynisdrangar, an incredible natural stone formation.

Other worthy beaches include the Djúpalónssandur beach found west on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Diamond Beach on the southeast coast , aptly named for the diamond-like iceberg fragments that wash ashore.

4. Hop through the Golden Circle

Visitors to Gullfoss Waterfall stand overlooking the water with wildflowers growing nearby

If you’re hoping to see some of Iceland’s marquee attractions all in one go, you’re in luck because they’ve made it as simple as a circular drive. Well, not quite a perfect circle, but still. Named the Golden Circle for its ovular route, this journey takes you from Reykjavik to the major sites of Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall and, if you’re in the know – the (not-so) Secret Lagoon.

Thingvellir National Park is notable for it was the location of Iceland’s first parliament. While little remains of this history, some old foundations can be seen if you know where to look. Within the national park is also the site of two neighbouring tectonic plates: the North American and Eurasian plates, slowly splitting apart. Here is also where the Silfra dive site is located – but more on snorkelling and scuba diving later.

The other two attractions of the Golden Circle are the sites of the Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser. The Gullfoss is Iceland’s largest waterfall, with two drops that equate to a total height of 32 meters (105 ft). In winter, the site may become partially frozen and, arguably, even more stunning to behold. The Strokkur Geyser is an active geyser in the Geysir Geothermal Area that erupts every five to ten minutes with an impressive height that can sometimes get up to 40 meters (131 ft). 

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5. Wander the waterfalls

The Kvernufoss waterfall on Iceland's south coast

If you’re not someone who gets to see many grand water features in your everyday life, then you’re in for a treat. Iceland waterfalls are some of the most powerful and magical in the entire European continent. What’s also amazing is that many of them have a unique story to them, giving life to these thunderous natural occurrences. Because there are a few to see, we’ve listed some of the most iconic and noteworthy.

  • Skogafoss : a favourite among travellers and locals alike due to its staggering beauty and folklore. If you’re even going to go out of your way to see a waterfall, it should probably be this one. Those in luck may even catch a rainbow rising from the waters.
  • Seljalandsfoss : if you’ve looked up Iceland, you’ve likely seen a picture of this waterfall, as it’s among the favourites of visitors. The Seljalandsfoss also has a bit of a splash zone with a path around the back of the falls that allows you to see out from behind the falling water – meaning you’ll likely get a little wet.
  • Selfoss : a waterfall in the northern region that looks like a series of falls due to its length. An impressive natural wonder that’s worth a mention in your itinerary.
  • Svartifoss : not often does a waterfall inspire architecture, but that’s exactly what the Svartifoss did for prominent Reykyvik designs such as the Hallgrimskirkja Church. The 20 meter (65 ft) tall falls tumble off a series of grey basalt columns into a pool of eroded rocks. The columns are so pristinely shaped into rectangles it’s hard to believe they’re not man-made.
  • Godafoss : a waterfall named ‘Waterfall of Gods’ for its poignant history in relation to the turn to Christianity. The story goes that in the year 1000, the lawspeaker threw his statues of the Norse Gods into the falls, an act that signified his decision to make Christianity the official national religion.  
  • Gullfoss : found on the Golden Circle route and named the ‘Golden Falls, ’ this waterfall also has political significance as a local woman threatened to throw herself into the falls if a construction project were to begin on the site.
  • Detifoss : as the second most powerful waterfall in Europe, the Detifoss (translation ‘Tumbling Falls’) is understandably an impressive visual. These falls are less known for beauty and more for its thundering force and discoloured white-grey water.
  • Kvernufoos : a close companion to the better-known Skogafoss, but with its moss and stone-framed gorge, it’s definitely one to add to the list. It’s also usually a little quieter than its popular neighbour.

6. Hike glaciers, volcanoes and mountains

Hikers on the Solheimajokull Glacier-

No matter if you’re a trekker, a hiker or just someone who enjoys a leisurely stroll, the natural wonders of Iceland provide ample places to explore at your own speed. What’s even more impressive is that these aren’t your average treks. No, here in Iceland, you can hike glaciers and volcanoes alongside beautiful mountains and valleys.

Some of the most notable hikes are the Vatnajokull or Fimmvörðuháls Glacier hikes, the Mount Esja climb and the Thórsmörk (Valley of Thor) Nature Reserve trek. If you’re looking for a volcano to climb, the Litli-Hrútur – a freshly made volcanic landscape in Iceland’s southwest, is a must-see.

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7. soak up the minerals..

The pale blue waters of the Blue Lagoon hot springs, Iceland

So, we’ve covered the ice part of ‘The Land of Ice and Fire’, but what about the fire part? Well, that comes in the form of decadent hot springs and geothermal pools that are dotted throughout the country. The now world-famous Blue Lagoon is just one of the many locations to benefit from Iceland’s hot-spot activity, and while it’s certainly a beautiful location, there are plenty of other places to warm up after a long day of glacier hiking. Many of them even have water that’s beneficial for your body, with minerals that can ease certain skin conditions and even sore joints.

Before you swim in some of the more off-the-beaten-track springs, be sure to check for warnings, as some of Iceland’s naturally formed hot springs aren’t suitable for swimming.

8. Encounter an animal

Puffins on a hill, Iceland

Not to be outdone by the scenery are the non-human inhabitants of Iceland. From enormous whales and pointy-toothed sharks to orange-beaked puffins and fluffy horses, the wildlife of Iceland deserves a shout-out of their own. Many of the animals you’ll see on land are not native to the island, with the first settlers bringing over sheep, horses, cattle and dogs alongside other notable species such as reindeer.

Learn more about the creatures of this icy land at the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum or while operating on a horseback ride – courtesy of the traditional Icelandic horses.

What was native to the land were the arctic foxes, along with many species of birds, such as the adorable puffin, which can be found here each year from around April. You can look for these birds by land or sea, sometimes even aboard a whale-watching tour. With our expert guides on our carbon-neutral sailing boat tours , you may just be able to tick off a minke and humpback whale sighting, as well as plenty of other marine life who call the Arctic waters their home.

Searching for Puffins at Iceland’s Latrabjarg Cliffs

9. Glimpse the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

Depending on the time of year, you may be in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: seeing the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is most often seen from September to late March, especially around the equinoxes on the 21st and 22nd of March and September.

Clear and dark conditions are the best for aurora-spotting, although they can never be completely guaranteed. Head away from the lights of the big cities and towns for the best chance to view the mesmerising movements and shifting colours of the solar particles entering and ionising in our atmosphere.

Our resident guides are well-equipped to find the best viewing spots and give you the best chance of seeing the show. They can also give you a history of the ancient folklore surrounding the lights, which is as interesting as the display itself! Iceland also has a daily forecast during this time of year for when you’re most likely to glimpse the shimmering spectacle, so keep an eye out.

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10. Scuba dive or snorkel

If you’ve ever wanted to swim between tectonic plates (because doesn’t everyone), Iceland has you covered. Known as the Silfa Fissure, this freshwater dive spot is famous. First, for its incredible 70-meter visibility and second, it’s likely the only place in the world where you swim between continents. You’ll need a dry suit to keep your temperature up as the water sits at a toasty 2°C (36°F) year-round.

There are other places around Iceland for snorkelling, such as the Kleifarvatn geothermal lake, where underwater hot springs and sulphide deposits bring life to the otherwise quiet water.

11. Explore an ice cave or two

A group walking across the Sólheimajökull Glacier

The Icelandic ice caves are yet another seasonal sight to see. Used throughout the centuries for shelter, nowadays, Iceland’s caves are primarily popular tourist attractions. There are about four types of caves found in Iceland: glacier, lava, ice, as well as man-made, and some even include swimming spots.

During winter in Iceland , glaciers can form holes and make glacier ice caves. None is perhaps as famous as the Crystal Cave in the Kverkfjöll caves within the Vatnajökull glacier. Close by is another favourite, the Katla volcanic cave. Caves can be dangerous and even hard to find. You should always wear a helmet and other safety gear. For that reason, it’s recommended to seek out ice caves with the help of a guide or on a tour.

12. Taste the delicacies of Iceland

Famous Icelandic lobster

Eating in Iceland may seem at first to be a little different than other destinations; however, there’s plenty to sample during your time here. Famous spots include the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand in the Reykjavik main square or the Hlemmur Mathöll and Grandi Mathöll food halls, which serve everything from traditional local delicacies to internationally-beloved favourites like tacos, pizzas, sushi and more.

There’s a smorgasbord of high-quality restaurants serving the country’s specialties , including Icelandic salmon, lobster tails, trout, liver sausage, and the nation’s drinks , such as schnapps and craft beers. You can also find local makers when exploring the country, including on the Reykjanes Peninsula , where native ingredients are sustainably used to create herbal teas, jams and more.

6 local cuisines to try in Iceland

We’ve combined some of the most popular attractions alongside some lesser-known spots on our Iceland tours. Experience the magic of Northern Light hunting, whale watching, waterfall chasing and much more on our small group adventures through this magical country.

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The brilliant 'Golden Falls', Gullfoss waterfall, widely considered to be the second most powerful in Europe.

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Lake Mývatn is known for its rich flora and fauna, and breathtaking to look at on calm summer days.

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Skógafoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast in a popular destination for visitors to Iceland.

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Cruises and Shore Excursions in Iceland

Cruising in Iceland presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore the striking beauty of the North Atlantic with its diverse itineraries and shore excursions. These voyages invite travelers to immerse themselves in Iceland's dramatic landscapes, where the promise of adventure beckons from the bustling harbors of Reykjavik to the serene waters of Akureyri.

Cruises navigating these waters often feature an array of onboard amenities. They are known for their scenic routes that pass by glaciers, fjords, and volcanic terrains, offering a front-row seat to the raw beauty of Iceland.

Shore excursions complement the maritime experience, allowing guests to delve into the island's rich cultural tapestry, historic sites, and abundant wildlife. Whether through guided tours that introduce vibrant local cuisine, whale-watching excursions in the wild Atlantic, or hikes across the stark and beautiful Icelandic terrain, these on-land adventures are carefully curated to suit visitors of all ages and interests.

Designed to align with cruise schedules, these excursions ensure that guests can effortlessly enjoy their time on land, with many offering convenient pick-up and drop-off services at the ports.

The destinations and the journeys between them define the experience of cruising to and around Iceland. With a focus on providing memorable experiences, cruises to Iceland are staffed by multilingual crews ready to assist and enhance the voyage.

Each journey through Iceland's waters and each foray onto its shores is an invitation to witness the country's magnificent natural wonders and partake in its hospitality, making every cruise and shore excursion a potential story to cherish for a lifetime.

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Many travelers to Iceland only see Reykjavik and its outer environs, but the true heart of the country can be found in its remote landscapes, vast interior, and hard-to-reach coastal gems. Exploring on a small-ship expedition opens up incredible possibilities and provides a unique perspective of this subarctic island. Arrive by Zodiac at the base of world-class waterfalls, sail into dramatic fjords, and come ashore in secluded seaside towns to discover the daily rhythms of bucolic life. When you travel by ship, you can also sail beyond the beauty of Iceland, taking in more of the wildlife, landscapes, and culture that await in neighboring Arctic nations.

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  • Circumnavigate the Island of Fire and Ice, from its wealth of wildlife and striking geological formations, to its cultural history steeped in saga and exploration history
  • Explore a variety of landscapes across the island from lava fields, seismic faults, geothermal springs, and thundering waterfalls
  • Hike up mountain trails, kayak in protected fjords, bike through remote villages, or take a Zodiac cruise around a seabird colony

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Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland

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  • Sail into Norway’s spectacular fjords and explore secluded inlets and coves by kayak or Zodiac
  • Encounter the Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses of Jarlshof, a prehistoric settlement in the Shetlands
  • Discover the unique culture of the Faroe Islands, where residents cling proudly to their Viking heritage
  • Observe nesting seabirds amid the towering peaks of the Lofoten islands
  • Sail past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Faroes to see cliff-nesting puffins, gannets, and northern fulmars

Iceland & Greenland: Edge of the Arctic

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  • Hike the dramatic Dynjandi Waterfall in Iceland's remote Westfjords peninsula, and visit a farm that produces eiderdown
  • Delve into Greenlandic culture with visits to Uummannaq and Qilakitsoq to see the archaeological site of the 5,000-year-old mummies and visit the National Museum in Nuuk where they can be viewed
  • Cruise among the dazzling icebergs calved by the Ilulissat Icefjord and search for whales amid impressive tidewater glaciers in West Greenland

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

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  • Discover the wild west coast of Iceland with its incredible geology, quiet coves, and majestic waterfalls
  • Hike to a remote waterfall, explore the fjords by kayak, or enjoy a Zodiac cruise alongside stunning scenery in the Westfjords of Iceland
  • Explore the largest national park in the world—Northeast Greenland National Park—and search for polar bears, musk oxen, whales, and more

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  • Venture into little-known parts of the Arctic, using satellite imagery and the ice-strengthened hull of our ship to explore the ice—including Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world
  • Focus on wildlife, with an itinerary driven by opportunities to observe walruses, whales, reindeer, and polar bears in their natural habitat
  • Glide between massive ice floes and encounter astonishing icebergs from water level while exploring by kayak and Zodiac

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  • Actively explore Iceland’s pristine fjords and mysterious lava fields on daily hikes, Zodiac cruises, and more while accompanied by a dedicated team of naturalists
  • Delve into the rural history of Iceland at a turf farm or float down one of its glacial rivers in the northern region of Skagafjörður
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the remote Westfjords and watch for humpback and minke whales in the surrounding waters

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Known as the ‘land of fire and ice,’ Iceland is a place of geological extremes and rich culture which we’ve been exploring for over 50 years. Go beyond the Blue Lagoon to hike past massive glaciers in Ísafjördur, witness lively puffin colonies on the cliffs of Grimsey, marvel at the volcanic crater in Heimaey where the earth is still hot from lava flows in 1973, or let the Viking spirit guide you along rugged shorelines where turf-footed cottages and fascinating archaeological sites bring the legends of ancient seafarers to life. Many of our Arctic itineraries pair Iceland with an array of other destinations—from the remote Faroe Islands to neighboring Arctic nations like Greenland and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago—allowing you to explore the greatest depths of the far north in one expedition.

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It is a privilege to visit Iceland, one of the planet’s most interesting places, and to this privilege, each of our Iceland-bound ships adds the luxury of comfort. Featuring a uniquely rewarding quality of life aboard and deluxe amenities, each ship enhances the exhilaration of discovery provided by our authentic expedition style of exploration. 

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Exploring the Wild Wonders of Iceland by Ship

A voyage with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic puts you up close with wide-open wilderness, local luminaries, and the less-traveled side of this beloved country. Discover why this subarctic island is even more compelling when it’s seen by sea—and start dreaming of your own Icelandic adventure.

Music of Iceland

Lindblad's ethnomusicologist, Jacob Edgar, has forged a strong cultural connection between our expeditions and Iceland’s renowned music community. He curates the musical components for all of our Iceland expeditions, whether it’s inviting local artists to perform aboard our ships or arranging special performances at select venues ashore. Jacob has also developed our exclusive Wavelengths collect ion , featuring an Icelandic playlist including artists our guests hear live during voyages.

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Director of Expedition Photography and geologist Ralph Lee Hopkins is reporting from Iceland. Check out these jaw-dropping photos and video clips from the Fagradalsfjall volcano which has been erupting since March 2021.

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Can you imagine being close to an active volcano? Geologist Ralph Lee Hopkins just returned from several weeks in Iceland where he got up-close views and jaw-dropping photos. 

10 Fun & Fascinating Facts About Iceland's Puffins

They may not be the official bird of Iceland, but puffins are certainly synonymous with the island nation. Before you go, get to know more about everyone’s favorite roly-poly “sea parrots.”

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On Lindblad Expeditions’ Iceland trips, chefs on board the  National Geographic Explorer serve up the country’s spectacular food specialties every day, creating some of the most unforgettable taste epiphanies on earth—or sea.

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Experience the majesty of Iceland with more sailings in and out of Reykjavík than any other cruise line

You’ll quickly fall in love with the majestic landscapes and old-world charm of Iceland. And with the most sailings in and out of Reykjavik of any cruise line, Norwegian’s Iceland Cruise options are plentiful. The country's colourful capital may be hard to pronounce (it's RAKE + YUH + VIK), but its history, culture and natural beauty make it impossible to forget. Visit nearby sites like The Blue Lagoon, the flower-filled lava fields of Thingvellir National Park, and the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall (aka The Golden Waterfall). Sail to Iceland's remote Westfjord region offering everything from hiking to watersports, then continue to Akureyri - the centre of Icelandic folk culture. Along the way, you’ll see fjords and flowers in every direction. Discover greater Northern Europe on your cruise with stops to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, London, or Paris, and visits to lush sceneries like Norway and Scotland.


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Discover The Golden Circle

As one of Norwegian's top Shore Excursions, The Golden Circle is a must-see day trip only 30 miles from Reykjavik. The Circle consists of three sites starting with Thingvellir national park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains. This park is a lava plain filled with wildflowers. The second stop is the spectacular Geysir Geothermal Area – populated by hot springs and other geothermal phenomena. And the final site is the famous Gullfoss waterfall, or The ‘Golden Waterfall’. The Golden Circle is also called The Golden Ring and the journey there is referred to as “Ring Road.”

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Discover the Westfjords & Isafjordur

From remote fishing villages to outdoor activities to cascading mountains, Iceland’s Westfjords are one of a kind. Isafjordur , the home of the largest fjord, offers cultural heritage and colourful valleys. Drive through the breathtaking West Fjord mountains, populated by quant farms and villages. Stop in the old shark-fishing town of Flateyri.  Don’t miss Skrudur, Iceland’s oldest botanical garden. And embrace the great outdoors – the region is renowned for its excellent hiking, kayaking and birdwatching. Culture, history, maritime life and breathtaking landscapes make this area an unforgettable experience.

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Discover More of Iceland with a Shore Excursion

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer a variety of pre-planned excursions to choose from to give you the most relaxing but engaging holiday experience possible. Explore the Golden Circle in Reykjavik or enjoy whale watching in Akureyri when you book a shore excursion with Norwegian.

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Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to the nearby geothermal power plant. The water of the Lagoon is 98° F warm, mineral-rich and reputed for its healing properties. This natural and very popular health spa is now a major attraction in the region, one of the most visited places on the island.

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri, Iceland

Nestled along the shores of one of the most breathtaking fjords in Iceland, Akureyri is the nation's second largest urban area and a centre of Icelandic folk culture. Whale watching and waterfalls are just the beginning of the natural wonders available to explore in this charming Icelandic port.


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23 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Iceland

Written by Anietra Hamper Updated Mar 14, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Anietra Hamper has traveled throughout Iceland tackling outdoor adventures, from four-wheel driving over lava fields and fishing to taking in the waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic drives.

Iceland, the island of fire and ice, has become one of the world's top travel destinations , not only for thrill-seeking adventurers but also for nature lovers looking for something different.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

Here, you'll discover active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields, and fjords, for this sparsely populated country, resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle, sits atop one of the world's most volcanically active areas.

One way to explore Iceland is on your own with a rental car, from several days to a week, including a trip along the Ring Road that runs in a complete circle around the country.

Another way to plot your adventure in Iceland is with tours that can take you to the best options to see the northern lights; ATV trekking; and on day trips from Reykjavik to see some of Iceland's most stunning natural beauty, like the Blue Lagoon and waterfalls.

Find out more about the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Iceland.

1. Explore Reykjavik by Foot

2. ride to the top of hallgrímskirkja, 3. soak in the blue lagoon, grindavík, 4. gullfoss waterfall, 5. spot whales out of reykjavik, 6. watch spectacular geysers, 7. take in the northern lights, aurora borealis, 8. hike in landmannalaugar nature reserve, 9. maelifell volcano & myrdalsjökull glacier park, 10. attend a concert at harpa, 11. explore the skaftafell ice cave, vatnajökull national park, 12. visit an active volcano at askja caldera, 13. feel the spray of dettifoss waterfall, 14. kirkjufell mountain, grundarfjördur, 15. hiking at mount esja, 16. walk the town of akureyri, 17. bird-watching at lake myvatn & nature reserve, 18. the pearl observatory (perlan), 19. rev up adventure with an atv trek, 20. float along a glacial lagoon, 21. reynisfjara black sand beach, 22. tour the raufarhólshellir lava tunnel, 23. visit iceland's quirky museums.

Colorful houses in Reykjavik

The best way to start your trip to Iceland is by sightseeing in the capital city of Reykjavik . This is a walkable city with many museums, restaurants, attractions, public art, and entertainment.

Take a stroll to see some of the iconic locations in the city, like Hallgrimskirkja church and the Sun Voyager sculpture, or relax in one of Reykjavik's 17 thermal pools. You will enjoy walking up and down the city streets and perhaps stop into one of the many artsy and boutique shops to buy a wool sweater or lava pottery.

You can also book a Reykjavik Food Walk Tour and nibble your way through Reykjavik's food scene enjoying local cheeses, or try an authentic Icelandic hot dog.

Some of the best resorts in Iceland are in Reykjavik, so you can base yourself in the city and take day trips. An extremely popular way to visit nearby areas is on a South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik .


A Reykjavik modernist icon, this visually striking church is one of the city's top attractions, and when you see it, you'll understand why. Hallgrimskirkja is the tallest and most recognizable building in the country .

The Black Falls (a basalt rock formation), which is one of Iceland's natural wonders, inspired the architectural design. A climb to the top of the 73-meter-high tower is particularly rewarding. Here, you'll be treated to spectacular views across the city and surrounding landscape. At the front of the church is a statue of Icelander Leifur Eiriksson ("Leif the Lucky"), the first European to discover America around 1,000 CE. It seems he beat Christopher Columbus by around 500 years or so. For a small fee, you can take the elevator to the top and get the best panoramic view of Reykjavik.

Address: Hallgrímstorg 1 101, Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon, Grindavík

Just 40 minutes' drive from Reykjavík, the Blue Lagoon , the most iconic of geothermal spas, is a must-see tourist attraction. Here, you'll find natural bathing in pale blue water in the shadow of a power station.

An entire Blue Lagoon industry has grown around this attraction since it first became a hit with locals in 1976. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37-39 degrees Celsius and is said to be highly beneficial for both health and skin. If the die-hard Icelanders are anything to go by, don't knock the theory. Aside from bathing in a unique setting, there's a shop selling skincare products, a range of spa treatments, and places to eat and drink. Don't visit Iceland without coming here.

Rub on a mask of natural mud in minerals from one of the tubs located on the edges of the lagoon. For the ultimate relaxing visit, you can stay at one of the two hotels at the Blue Lagoon and add on a day at the Retreat Spa.

It is easy to book a bus trip to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik, but if you want to add an extra element of Iceland adventure, you can book a day trip on an ATV that will have you drive there over lava rock paths and take you back by coach to your hotel.

Address: Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík

Gullfoss Waterfall

Magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall lies around 90 minutes west of Reykjavik and is one of the best waterfalls in Iceland . The river Hvítá plummets into a canyon, which forms three-step terraces, creating a powerful torrent. Gullfoss encompasses two cascades; the upper one drops 11 meters, while the lower one cascades about 21 meters.

Torrents of water flow over Gullfoss at an average rate of 109 cubic meters per second, although heavy floods have recorded an astonishing rate of nearly twenty times that. A word of warning: there are no rails or barriers, just a spine-tingling spectacle to enjoy amid surroundings as nature intended.

Whale Watching, Reykjavik

No matter what time of year you plan to travel to Iceland , whale watching happens year-round, although summer is the most popular time to see these gentle giants. During the warmer months, trips run day and night, including whale watching in the midnight sun.

Tour operators say there's an 80-95 percent chance of seeing these magnificent creatures, depending on the time of year. Best of all, surfacing often happens right near the boats, so you may well enjoy a ringside seat for one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles.

Other ocean-going tours are also available, such as bird-watching and island visits. Tours are convenient since there are several types available, and they depart from Reykjavik's Old Harbor. Stop for a dinner of fresh cod after you return in one of the many small, rustic restaurants located in the harbor area.

Address: Ægisgardur 5, Reykjavik's Old Harbor


An easy 50-minute drive from Reykjavik , Strokkur Geysir (after which all geysers are named) is the most popular fountain geyser in the country and is famed throughout the world. This highly active hot spring area lies in the southwest of Iceland beside the Hvítá River and is a favorite stop along what's known as the Golden Circle.

Boiling mud pits and around 100 other smaller exploding geysers are waiting to be explored here. Every few minutes, Strokkur shoots water 30 meters into the air. Visit the Geysir Center for exhibits and informative presentations year-round.

A memorable experience is digging up Geysir or "hot spring" bread, rye bread that has been baking underground for 24 hours. Visitors can also help a chef boil eggs in a hot spring to accompany the bread. One popular day tour to the area is the Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik, which has several stops and can ensure you get the iconic geyser photo from your trip.

The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis

The northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, are among the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. This is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights .

Auroras are linked to solar wind, a flow of ions radiating from the sun. These particles become ensnared in the earth's magnetic field and collide with atmospheric molecules, causing bursts of energy, which appear as large circles around the poles. This spectacular natural light show is best admired in remote places and is particularly impressive at times of increased solar activity. Since the appearance of the northern lights is unpredictable, most hotels and lodging operators can provide you with nightly predictions before you go to bed and add you to an overnight call list.

They will call your room if the lights appear, as they may only be visible for a short window of time. For one of the most optimal opportunities to experience the northern lights, you can take a tour like the Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik, which takes you to the remote countryside for the best chance to see this natural wonder.


In the south of Iceland, 180 kilometers from Reykjavik, is Landmannalaugar National Park, one of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations. The main features of this mystical landscape are the multi-hued rhyolite mountains, Hekla volcano , and extensive lava fields.

Hiking and horse riding are popular things to do here, and hikes range from a couple of hours to several days. You can visit from June to late September, after which the road is closed. A mountain lodge ( Landmannalaugar Hut ) with basic facilities accommodates 75 people. Expect raw nature, rugged scenery, and utterly spectacular views.

Maelifell Volcano

South of Landmannalaugar lies Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park, which for safety reasons can only be visited during summer. Large amounts of rain soak the area, particularly in winter, when roads can be severely damaged. Maelifell volcano is the undisputed jewel-in-the-crown of this wild, rugged glacial landscape.

The perfect cone shape gives Maelifell the look of a classic volcano, however during the warm season, a lavish green covering of moss gives it a surreal, otherworldly appearance. The park is full of volcanoes, hot springs , and other remarkable sites. To the west of Myrdalsjökull is a smaller glacier, Eyjafjallajökull (Island Mountain Glacier). A popular and thrilling way to explore is by snowmobile.

Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik

As you plan your time in Iceland, set aside an evening for a concert at the magnificent Harpa , Reykjavik's premier concert hall. If time or performance schedules do not fit your schedule, plan to at least stop by to admire the award-winning architecture of the building. Nighttime is one of the best times to see the array of colorful lights emanating from this honeycomb-shaped structure.

Harpa is a treasured landmark in Iceland, attracting international performances ranging from violinists and classical music to performing arts.

This venue makes for a great night out in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner at one of Harpa's two restaurants and go for a stroll outside along the waterfront after the performance. The gift shop is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs, many made by local artists.

Address: Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavik

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park

In the south of the country, Vatnajökull National Park is a land of glaciers and magnificent ice caves that attracts adventurers from across the globe. This vast national park (one of three in Iceland) is divided into four sections and consists of Vatnajökull glacier and its surroundings.

You'll find a number of visitor centers; those in Skaftafell Ice Cave and Höfn are open year-round, while Skriðuklaustur and Jökulsárgljúfur are closed in winter. The best time to visit Skaftafell Ice Cave is during winter after heavy rain has washed the top layer of the glacier away.

If seen at the right time, the cave is bathed in spectacular blue light. Group visits to all areas can be arranged off-season. If you are in good shape, you might consider doing a glacial trek with an experienced guide. The treks get you on the ice for an unforgettable experience to see glacial cracks and caves and even drink fresh water from small pools on the surface.

Askja Caldera

In the northern region of Vatnajökull National Park, the Askja caldera and the geothermal pool in the Dyngjufjöll Mountains are not for the faint-hearted. However, if you'd like to say you've taken a dip in a live volcano, then this is for you.

Askja is an impressive 50 square kilometers in size. The surrounding mountain range was formed during volcanic activity, and Askja was partly created by an eruption of burning ash that collapsed the roof of the central volcano's magma chamber.

The water in Viti , the geothermal pool and volcanic crater, is generally around 30 degrees Celsius. A word of warning, the banks can be very slippery, particularly in wet weather.

Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss, in the north of Vatnajökull National Park, truly is a breathtaking example of the raw power of nature. Plunging 45 meters and with a width of 100 meters, it's said to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Generally, it's best to approach on the east side of the River Jökulsa, where the road is better. Along easy paths from Dettifoss, Selfoss is a smaller waterfall around one kilometer upstream with a drop of around 10 meters. Below Dettifoss, the Hafragilsfoss waterfall tumbles 27 meters into a steep canyon. It's more advisable to drive than walk to Hafragilsfoss.

Kirkjufell Mountain, Grundarfjördur

Around 2.5 hours' drive northwest of Reykjavik is the small town of Grundarfjördur, a charming fishing village centrally located on the north coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The town lies in a picturesque fjord, surrounded by mountains, with Mt. Kirkjufell looming as a striking landmark.

Dotted about the surroundings, you'll discover small streams and waterfalls. During winter, Kirkjufell is a great place to watch the awe-inspiring northern lights . Eyrbyggja Heritage Centre holds exhibitions on Grundarfjördur's seafaring history and is the information center for the whole peninsula.

View of Mount Esja from Reykjavik

A 30-minute easterly drive from Reykjavik brings you to Mount Esja in Kjalarnes. The mountain is 914 meters high and very popular with hikers. Even for the inexperienced climber, it's a relatively easy hike. There are terrific views of Reykjavik and the surrounding landscape and ocean.

You can take several routes to the summit depending on your energy levels and how much time you have. You can get to the main starting point at Mount Esja by a 10-minute bus ride on public transportation that leaves out of the Hlemmur main station towards Artun. Check bus schedules and times before your visit.


In the north of the country, Akureyri lies amid mountains on the longest fjord in Iceland about 40 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. With a population of around 18,000, Akureyri's landscape and culture make it one of the best cities in Iceland . Summer days occasionally reach 25 degrees Celsius, and although winters bring heavy snowfall and cold weather, calm and still weather generally prevails.

Despite the town's isolation, cultural life and entertainment flourish here, and a wide range of shops offer brand-name products. The skiing area is the best in the country. Points of interest include the Akureyri Museum and the impressive Aviation Museum at Akureyri Airport .

Lake Myvatn

A little over an hour's easterly drive from Akureyri is Myvatn in northern Iceland. It is a lake district famous for its wealth of birdlife, rich fauna, and large shallow body of water. It's estimated that the area was formed around 2,500 years ago by a gigantic lava eruption.

Today, the surroundings are volcanically active, with an eruption occurring as recently as the mid-1980s. Bubbling clay pits, sulphuric fumes, and lava formations all form part of this unique landscape, which is still in flux.

One of the most interesting scenic features of Myvatn is the rootless vents formed by the volcanic eruption. While the landforms resemble craters, they did not have a lava flow, but the volcanic activity still resulted in their creation, adding to a stunning and unique appearance around the lake.

The name Myvatn literally means "midge-water," a reference to the prolific midges here, especially during summer, so be sure to pack some insect repellent. The area is also a bird-watcher's paradise.

The Pearl Observatory (Perlan)

Originally the site of the city's gigantic thermal water tanks, " Perlan ," as it's known locally, is one of Reykjavik's landmark buildings. It occupies an enviable location on Öskjuhlíð hill, where there are in excess of 176,000 trees.

The hill is particularly pleasant, with bicycle trails and footpaths zigzagging up and down. The observatory affords stunning views over the city. Also on-site is a revolving restaurant , as well as gourmet and souvenir shops.

In addition, Perlan regularly hosts concerts and exhibitions in the Winter Garden. The observation deck is a real treat. The new planetarium is spectacular with a virtual trip of Iceland featuring the country's natural elements.

Address: Varmahlíð 1, 105 Reykjavík

ATV trekking

A popular thing to do and one of the most adventurous ways to experience Iceland is on the back of an ATV, trekking across rugged lava fields, riding up dormant volcanos, and passing pastures with roaming wild Icelandic ponies.

These are views of Iceland that you will never forget and one of the best ways to get up close to the country's most scenic natural environment. Tours like the two-Hour ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik lets you experience ATV off-road adventure without a huge time commitment. Many tours depart from Reykjavik but they are available in most regions of the country.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

While Iceland is full of natural wonders, one of the most spectacular is the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will ride in a boat through large chunks of ice that have separated from the glacier.

The floating ice in the lagoon ranges from the size of small pebbles to the size of cars, but since you are floating in the lagoon with them, they are close enough to touch. Witness the blue hue of glacial cave formations and birds flying above in this natural environment.

The South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik is a popular tour for visitors who want to set up a home base for their visit to Reykjavik and do a day trip to this top attraction. The tour also includes visits to two beautiful waterfalls and spectacular views of mountains and glacial rivers along the south coast.

Reynisfjara black-sand beach

While Iceland has some stunning beaches, the Reynisfjara black-sand beach on the country's southern coast has an other-worldly appearance. This unique beach is known for its black sand and rocky sea stacks that protrude from the oftentimes ferocious waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean.

The eerie yet stunning landscape of natural beauty at Reynisfjara beach is one of the reasons it was selected as a filming location for films like Star Wars. The lighting at this beach adds to its contrasting allure, which is why it is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys photography.

As with many natural locations in Iceland, Reynisfjara black-sand beach has dark folklore associated with it. Iceland legend says that the rocky basalt sea stacks were once trolls pulling seafaring ships to shore in the night, and they turned to stone during sunrise.

You are not likely to see any trolls during your visit, but you might see some of the thousands of seabirds, like puffins, guillemots, and fulmars, that nest in the columns.

The 2.5-hour drive to the beach is easy from Reykjavik, or you can take a guided trip along the southern coast that includes this as a stop if you want to spend more time at some of the other features on that side of the island.

Read More: Best Black Sand Beaches in the World

Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel

The land of fire and ice has so many intriguing natural elements that visiting is an exciting science lesson into how volcanos work. One way to find out is by visiting the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel in southwest Iceland.

At 4,461 feet, it is one of the longest lava tubes in the country. You can take a guided tour through the cave to get up close to the stunning lava rock formations and colorful walls that have formed below the earth.

A tour through the tunnel will walk you through the path where lava flowed during a volcanic eruption of the Bláfjöll Mountain Range more than 5,000 years ago. These tunnels were formed as flowing magma hardened and thickened, creating a crust roof resulting in a lava tube.

Outside the lava tube, you will see stunning green moss covering lava rock and craters formed from the eruption. It is only about a half hour from Reykjavik, and you can visit year-round. If you visit in the winter, plan on wearing extra layers and sturdy boots for icy and wet conditions.

Árbær Open Air Museum

Iceland has an intriguing history of Vikings that settled on the island and folklore involving trolls and other creatures that still influence the culture today. One of the most interesting ways to learn about the varied tentacles of Icelandic culture is by visiting some of its museums. Some of them are seemingly mainstream, while others, sometimes found off the beaten path, explore some rather unusual finds.

In Reykjavik, the National Museum of Iceland is a good place to visit to explore Icelandic history and settlement. The Saga Museum also gives insight into the Viking heritage, with life-sized replicas of early settlers, offering a nice history lesson before you venture into some of the other types of museums.

Start your quirky museum visit with The Punk Museum on the back street of Reykjavik, which delves into Iceland's punk music scene that emerged in the 1970s. The Árbær Open Air Museum (within the Reykjavik City Museum) is another experience worth trying as you see more than 20 buildings that form a small early settlement village.

Not far from Reykjavik in Njarðvík is the Viking World Museum , which has an exact replica of a Viking ship that was discovered in Norway in the late 1800s and exhibitions detailing the Norse settlement.

One of the more unique museums in Iceland is the Sigurgeir's Bird Museum at Mývatn . The tiny museum features a collection of more than 300 preserved bird specimens representing over 180 species and an extensive collection of eggs.

The Library of Water in Stykkishólmur will give you insight into Iceland's natural environment, with dozens of columns holding water from ice caps. The Nonsense Museum in the Westfjords is a quirky stop to enjoy a large collection of random items, from sugar cubes to police hats that came from forces around the world.

For those who are interested in a deep dive into the history of Iceland's folklore, you should visit The Museum of Icelandic Witchcraft and Sorcery in the Westfjords in Hólmavík village. This museum gives insight into some of the tales and history on which Icelandic beliefs are based. This can be a tough visit for some, and parents should give it a preview before taking their children inside.

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Last updated on November 2, 2023 by Touropia Editors and Alex Schultz - Leave a Comment

Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where volcanically active hot spots and enormous glaciers can be found side by side. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where strange and desolate landscapes lay just outside the colorful capital of Reykjavik.

Set in an isolated spot in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Nordic nation is amongst the most sparsely populated in Europe. While expansive lava fields, endless tundra and glinting glaciers coat much of its interior, fabulous fjords and black sand beaches punctuate its long, indented coastline. The island is also home to a huge number of impressive waterfalls, each more breathtaking than the last.

See also: Where to Stay in Iceland

Needless to say, almost all of Iceland’s main tourist attractions in Iceland relate to its arresting array of natural riches. Whale watching tours and trips to see the Northern Lights are also popular things to do.

Certainly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Iceland is an absolute treat to travel about with its spectacular landscapes and scenery wherever you look.

In this post, we'll cover:

27. Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Often featured in travel magazines and on TV shows, Fjadrargljufur Canyon will definitely provide some of your best photos in Iceland (and that’s really saying something!). Its stunning, moss-coated cliffs and winding river lie just off the Ring Road, along the South Coast.

Stretching two kilometers in length, the dramatic-looking gorge was formed some two million years ago during the last Ice Age. Plunging up to a hundred meters deep, its sheer cliffs make for fantastic viewing what with the Fjadra river below and pretty waterfalls cascading down their grey and green rock faces.

From the car park, it is just a short hike up hill to three lovely viewpoints overlooking the incredible canyon. Although the isle is home to so many spellbinding nature spots, we still found this to be one of the most special places we came across.

26. Kerid Crater

Kerid Crater

Sparkling in the sun, the Kerid Crater stands out delightfully against the dark slopes of the collapsed volcano all around it. Located along the Golden Circle, just outside Selfoss, it is a nice spot to stop by quickly on your way to the Geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss Falls and Thingvellir National Park.

One of several crater lakes in the area, its colourful caldera is thought to have been created roughly 6,500 years ago after an enormous eruption. Visitors can amble along its rugged rim and walk down a short flight of steps to the glittering waters down below. Unusually for Iceland, there is a small fee to visit the fascinating nature site.

As it is the color of the rocks and reflective surface that make the lake so remarkable, we probably wouldn’t recommend visiting the crater in winter when it is usually covered in snow.

25. Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach

Although Vatnajokull National Park boasts lots of unique landscapes and astounding natural sights, Diamond Beach (Fellsfjara) still manages to shine bright. A photographer’s dream, its striking black sands and the large ice chunks dotted about them lie right next to Jokulsarlon Lagoon along the South Coast.

Almost sure to be unlike any beach you’ve ever visited before, its dark, volcanic sands create quite the contrast with all the white fragments of icebergs that wash ashore. Its arresting scenery perfectly encapsulates just why Iceland is endearingly known as ‘the Land of Ice and Fire’.

For the best photos and views, try and head here around sunset which is when the sea and small bits of ice are so magically lit up in a myriad of warm colors. From afar, it almost looks like thousands of diamonds have been scattered about the black sands of the beach.

24. Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

One of the most isolated parts of the isle, the humongous Hornstrandir Nature Reserve occupies the northernmost reaches of the Westfjord peninsula. As it is so hard to get to, its mountains, meadows and fjords are completely untouched and unspoiled with loads of birds and Arctic foxes living here.

Established in 1975, it protects a vast swathe of rich but fragile vegetation that mostly only survives because barely any people visit. The hardy hikers and birdwatchers that do make it here are in for a treat with Hornvik Bay’s colossal cliffs and jagged rock formations being just one of its main sights.

If you are not up for days spent trudging about bogs and through rough terrain or just don’t have the gear, you can always take a guided tour. A couple of companies run challenging but rewarding hikes to its windswept wilderness where you can see nesting birds, seals and foxes in their natural habitat.

23. Dyrholaey


Sometimes skipped by visitors short on time, the small peninsula of Dyrholaey is yet another of the South Coast’s most picturesque parts. Asides from panoramic views of breathtaking black beaches, basalt columns and sea cliffs, it has some cute little puffins and a historic lighthouse for you to see.

Once a volcanic island, the promontory merged with the mainland at some point in the distant past with its sheer, rocky cliffs towering 120 meters in height. From up high next to the 1927 Dyrholaey lighthouse, you can gaze out over the renowned Reynisfjara Beach and a stupendous sea arch being pulverised by the waves below.

As it is set at the southernmost tip of Iceland and is quite exposed, watch out for the sudden gusts of strong winds that sweep the clifftop. While we found it rather unpleasant being buffeted about and left before long, it didn’t seem to bother the hundreds of puffins that nest amidst the cliffs below.

22. Mount Kirkjufell

Mount Kirkjufell

Thanks to its cylindrical shape, nearby waterfall and the swirling Northern Lights overhead, Mount Kirkjufell is one of west Iceland’s most photographed landmarks. Although it is now often overrun by Instagrammers trying to get the perfect photo, you have to visit if you can as there is something strangely captivating about its unique setting and scenery.

Featured in Game of Thrones as the ‘arrowhead mountain’, the 463-meter-high hill rises dramatically above the sea and the rest of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Situated just outside of the small village of Grundarfjordur, it lies by the wonderful little waterfall of the same name with several small streams and some stunning coastline also located nearby.

As several people have sadly died up on its steep sides over the years, you can no longer climb the mountain though there is some great hiking to be had in the region. At night, lucky visitors can often see the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis dancing about the dark skies above its distinctive cone.

21. See wild Reindeer in Eastfjords


As it is one of the least developed areas along the Ring Road, roadtrippers can sometimes spy huge herds of wild reindeer ambling about the achingly beautiful Eastfjords. In total, around 6 – 7,000 of the charming creatures now inhabit its snowy mountains, glimmering glaciers and green valleys.

The largest animals on the island, they were actually only introduced to Iceland in the late 1800s by royal decree. While most of the herds slowly died out over the decades, those in the remote reaches of the Eastfjords have thrived despite the harsh winters, cold weather and limited food supply.

As they mostly roam about the far-off highlands in summer, your best bet is seeing them in winter when the reindeer migrate to the lowlands, closer to human settlements, in search of food.

20. Akureyri Botanical Gardens

Akureyri Botanical Gardens

When people imagine the Nordic nation’s astounding scenery and nature, they don’t tend to include immaculately manicured gardens full of pretty flowers and water features. A very pleasant surprise, the Akureyri Botanical Gardens can be found towards the outskirts of the ‘Capital of North Iceland’.

Created by a group of local women in 1912, the country’s first public park now contains over 7,000 species of plants, flowers, trees and shrubs. Most of these actually hail from overseas with blooming poppies, dahlias and even sunflowers all spied alongside its tranquil paths and green open spaces.

One of the northernmost botanical gardens in the world, it lies just south of the Arctic Circle with a cute cafe and some rustic wooden houses dotted about its grounds. It actually ended up being one of our favourite stops in the north just because it was so unexpected and looked so different from the rest of the wild, rugged region.


Askja is a huge caldera that is located in the Dyngjufjoll Mountains. It is a popular day tour that takes approximately 11 to 14 hours in total to complete. To reach Askja, visitors must first travel through Odadahraun, which is Iceland’s biggest desert.

The landscape in this area is so otherworldly that two American astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, actually trained here before rocketing to the moon in 1969. A popular spot in Askja for visitors is a geothermal lake that can be found in a crater called Viti.

This lake is filled with warm milky blue water that visitors can bathe in, if they so choose. Lake Askja, the second deepest lake in Iceland, can also be found in this caldera.

18. Breidavik Beach

Breidavik Beach

Breidavik Beach is, arguably, Iceland’s most beautiful beach. It boasts pretty turquoise blue waters, rugged cliffs that have been carved by glaciers and a wide stretch of golden sand.

It is a lovely area to go camping or to explore on an ATV as it is not a huge tourist destination. It is, however, the closest town to the Latrabjarg bird cliffs, which is Europe’s largest sea-bird cliff and home to millions of birds, including northern gannets, razorbills and puffins.

Because many of the birds in this area, especially the puffins, have become accustomed to humans, the cliffs have become a popular spot for bird lovers and photographers to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.

17. Dettifoss


Having said that, you can’t visit Dettifoss and not be blown away by the sheer power and majesty of the mighty waterfall. Part of the popular Diamond Circle route which includes the ‘nearby’ Husavik and Lake Myvatn, it is certainly a must-visit when you’re in the north.

Said to be the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe, the 100-metre-wide falls plunge their way 45 meters down the side of a colossal canyon. The churning wall of white water makes for an absolutely incredible sight with the dull roar you hear beforehand only increasing the anticipation.

Featured in the film Prometheus, it is set in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park with the smaller Selfoss and Hafragilfoss waterfalls also lying nearby. While the viewpoint on the west side is easier to reach, the one to the east arguably affords you an even better view as you get a lot closer to the fabulous falls. It does, however, involve a long, bumpy drive along an uneven gravel track.

16. Hallgrimskirkja


An important symbol of Iceland’s national identity, the huge Hallgrimskirkja sits atop of a large hill overlooking the rest of Reykjavik . One of the capital’s standout sights, its unique Expressionist-style architecture makes for some phenomenal photos with the views from its tower being just as good.

Designed to resemble the distinctive basalt columns found all about the island, the massive modern cathedral was built between 1945 and 1986. While it is renowned for its curved spire and side wings that are so striking and unusual, its nave and sanctuary are much more traditional in comparison.

After basking in marvelous panoramas over the city, sea and far-off snowy mountains from its 74.5-metre-high belltower, check out the superb statue of Leif Erikson below. Standing triumphantly atop a pedestal, it depicts the famous Icelandic explorer who is assumed to have discovered the Americas 500 years before Columbus did.

15. Svartifoss


After having visited Hallgrimskirkja, you can hardly fail to notice its resemblance to the remarkable wall of hexagonal basalt columns found at Svartifoss. Located a couple of hours’ drive northeast of Vik along the Ring Road, it is yet another of Vatnajokull National Park’s most popular landmarks.

Meaning ‘black waterfall’ in Icelandic, it is so named due to all the dark lava columns that lie either side of its sparkling white waters. These make for some fantastic photos thanks to the clean-cut look of the columns that almost seem have been chiselled into individual pillars by hand.

To reach the waterfall, visitors have to hike a couple of kilometers along a winding path which takes you past a few other falls and some fine viewpoints. While the trail isn’t too taxing, it does get a bit slippery in places and is mostly uphill. Afterwards, you can always carry on to the Skaftafellsjokull glacier nearby or explore the rest of the national park of the same name.

14. Snorkel Silfra


One of the most unforgettable things to do in Iceland, this exciting experience sees you actually snorkel between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Even if you don’t fancy plunging into the freezing cold water, just go. There’s a reason why Silfra is rated one of the top dive destinations in the world.

Part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the gigantic underwater rift lies at one end of Thingvallavatn Lake and reaches a maximum depth of 63 meters in some places. Several companies run both snorkel and scuba dive trips here with expert instructors guiding you through the iconic abyss.

Once you’ve put on your dry suit and slipped into Silfra’s crystal-clear waters, you’ll instantly forget the sub-zero conditions and focus on the scenic rock formations of the fissure on either side. While it is a bit pricey, slowly swimming past the jagged walls of two continents is a thrilling feeling that we thought was worth every penny.

13. Skogafoss


Another of Iceland’s innumerable natural sights that regularly features in films, travel brochures and TV shows is the spectacular Skogafoss. Set along the South Coast, not all too far from both Vik and Dyrholaey, its thundering waters are a must-see for their size, scale and splendor.

One of the largest waterfalls in the country, its white curtain of water cascades its way off the top of a cliff that used to make up part of the island’s coastline. Standing at the bottom of the 60 meter falls and gazing up is a humbling experience with its fine spray often producing a lovely double rainbow on particularly sunny days.

If you want to see it from the top, you can always climb up its flight of 430 steps and take some pics of Skogafoss from the precipitous viewing platform overlooking it.

12. Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

With its inky black sand, rugged basalt columns and large crashing waves, Reynisfjara Beach can appear at times almost otherworldly. This gorgeous beach, which is also home to comical puffin birds, is located near the village of Vik on Iceland’s south coast.

Not surprisingly, this beach’s strange appearance has inspired at least one tale. According to local legend, the basalt sea stacks that can be seen in the ocean were formed when two trolls tried to drag a three-masted ship to the shore during the night. But they were unsuccessful and when the sun rose, the daylight turned the trolls to stone.

A word of warning — the raging waves at this beach can be very dangerous so tourists are warned to keep their distance.


Sprawling across a massive part of northern Iceland are the reflective waters of Lake Myvatn which has long been considered one of the world’s best places to birdwatch. Conveniently located right by the Ring Road, the volcanic area also has soothing natural baths and unusual looking lava fields for you to explore.

Formed around 2,300 years ago by a large basaltic lava eruption, the shallow lake is still surrounded by all kinds of fabulous volcanic landforms. Amidst its lava pillars and pseudocraters, you can spot hundreds of species of waterfowl such as tufted ducks, common loons and whooper swans.

As its name means ‘Midge Lake’ in Icelandic, make sure to bring insect repellent if you don’t want a miserable time constantly swatting mozzies away from your face. Somewhat similar to the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon, the Myvatn Nature Baths are heavenly to soak in while the Dimmuborgir lava fields also attract lots of attention.

10. Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir is a protected national shrine that was the open-air site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th century. Because of this, it holds a very important place in this country’s history.

Over the years, Thingvellir has also been the site of many large gatherings and celebrations. In June 1994, for instance, a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Icelandic Republic was held at this site.

Thingvellier, which sits on the rift between the European and the American tectonic plates, is also known for its unique geological features. Today, Thingvellir, which was made a national park in 1930, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

9. Seljalandsfoss


In a country of what seems to be a million waterfalls, each mightier and more majestic than the last, Seljalandsfoss still manages to standalone. This is because visitors can actually walk behind its over 60-meter-high falls and gaze out at the jet white waters tumbling down before them.

Yet another of the South Coast’s standout sights, the ginormous glacier-fed waterfall lies just off the Ring Road, in between Hella and Vik. Although the colossal cliffs and Gljufrabui waterfall next to it already look impressive, the sizeable cave behind the falls is the reason why most people visit.

Due to its huge popularity, we’d recommend visiting either very early or late in the day so you miss all the crowds and tour buses. It’s also worth wearing something waterproof or bringing a towel and change of clothes as you could end up getting soaked on very windy days.

8. Husavik Whale Watching

Husavik Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most popular things to do in Iceland. Husavik, which sits on Skjalfandi Bay, is considered to be one of the best places in the world to see whales. The waters of the bay are rich in plankton, which attracts large numbers of baleen whales that feed on the small organisms.

Some of the most common whales seen in Skjalfandi Bay are humpbacks, blue and minke, but many other species have also been seen near Husavik. In addition to whales, visitors should keep an eye out for the puffins. These adorable birds nest in large colonies in this area.

7. Vatnajokull Ice Caves

Vatnajokull Ice Caves

Visitors to Iceland have the opportunity to embark upon a very unique excursion — exploring ice caves that have been carved by rivers of meltwater deep underneath the Vatnajokull Glacier.

Inside of these caves, explorers will discover a mesmerizing world where they will be surrounded by surreal blue ice formations. In some areas, black volcanic ash trapped in the ice have created a ribbon effect against the blue.

Tours of these caves, which are also known as Crystal Caves, can only be done in the winter, as there is always a danger of collapse during the warmer summer and spring months, and visitors should only enter them with a trained guide.

6. Laugavegur Trail

Laugavegur Trail

One of the best ways to get to know Iceland is by foot on the Laugavegur. At 79 km (49 miles), Laugavegur is Iceland’s longest hiking trail, stretching from Landmannalaugar to Skogar.

This popular trail takes hikers through some of this country’s most gorgeous scenery and past geysers, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls. Experts recommend that hikers plan on taking about five days to cover the trail if they want to enjoy it a leisurely pace.

It can, however, definitely be done in more or less time. Hikers can either pitch a tent along the way or rent one of the huts that can be found on the trail.

5. Haukadalur Geothermal Area

Haukadalur Geothermal Area

If you want to see steaming hot springs and spurting geysers, then the Haukadalur Geothermal Area is definitely the place to go. One of only a few such fascinating sites in the entire world, its smallish yet surreal valley can be found along the Golden Circle, not too far from Gullfoss.

Since the eighteenth century, tourists have flocked to see its otherworldly landscapes regularly erupt with boiling water bursting up into the air and mud pots bubbling away below. While the fountain-like Strokkur is very dependable and emits a column of water and steam roughly every five minutes or so, Geysir, from which we get the word, now only rarely erupts.

Keep your camera at the ready as the giant geysers and whispy smoke of all the fumaroles make for some marvellous photos and videos.

4. Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the first things that comes to most people’s minds when they think about famous tourist attractions in Iceland. This geothermal spa is located in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

The manmade lake is fed by superheated seawater vented from a nearby lava flow. Many people believe that its milky blue waters, which contain minerals, silica and algae, can actually soothe and improve certain skin conditions, such as eczema.

It is important to note that travelers who want to enjoy a dip in the Blue Lagoon should book well ahead of their visit. This attraction is so popular that it is often sold out.

3. Gullfoss


Gullfoss means Golden Falls, and it gets its name from the brownish hue of its water. These falls are truly magnificent and are known for being the largest volume falls in all of Europe.

It is also notable for having two distinct drops that are at right angles to each other. From the main overlook, the view is slightly obscured, so it appears as if the lower falls plunges away into an abyss. Today, it is hard to imagine that this popular tourist attraction was almost lost.

At one time, foreign investors proposed to build a hydroelectric powerplant on it. But a local woman fought vehemently against the project, even threatening to throw herself over the falls if the plant was constructed. Thankfully, her efforts paid off and Gullfoss was saved.

2. Watch the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Although Iceland boasts an almost endless list of amazing mountains and beaches, geysers, glaciers and volcanos, one of its top attractions is something that isn’t linked to an actual site. Also known as aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are an unpredictable natural phenomenon that you won’t forget in a hurry!

Predominantly seen in high-latitude regions, the swirling polar lights are created by solar winds and charged particles interacting with the Earth’s magnetic fields. In reality, this means that a bewitching display of different dancing colours are painted across the dark night’s sky.

Loads of tours take you out to see the unusual occurrence with the best times being between August and April during the colder, darker months of the year. Sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, watching the Northern Lights swirl about above was one of our favorite parts of our whole trip around Iceland.

1. Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Almost outdoing the spectacular natural light show are the ever-changing ice formations that bob all about the gorgeous Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Featured in films like Die Another Day and Tomb Raider, it is yet another of Vatnajokull National Park and the South Coast’s must-see sights.

Said to be the deepest lake in all the country, it lies at the head of the glistening Breidamerkurjokull glacier from which chunks of ice break off and slowly float around the bay. While some are big and blue, others are small and milky white with the lagoon’s shimmering surface and the snow around it only completing the picture-perfect scene.

Visitors can either hike along its shores, clamber about the glacier or take scenic boat trips amongst all the icebergs. What’s more, sleek seals can often be spotted swimming about or hanging out on its great chunks of drifting ice.

Map of Tourist Attractions in Iceland

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Reach for the Sky

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters into the spire, where you'll enjoy panoramic views. In the surprisingly understated interior, you'll find the vast 5,275-pipe organ, upon which an organist performs near-daily concerts.

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Worldwide Wonder

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Grab the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions that include a man-made ice cave, a planetarium and an interactive glacier show. The observation deck puts your attention on the natural wonders of Iceland, including mountains, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

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Built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy, the famous Blue Lagoon is an easy 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. There's plenty to do on dry land as well with cruises to Iceland — relax in a steam room, dine at LAVA Restaurant or shop for skincare products to bring a piece of Iceland home.

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Reykjavik holds culinary pleasures both high and low. Many local spots serve up hearty Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and lots of herbs. Seek out creamy lobster stew and locally caught langoustine tails. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.

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Laugavegur, or "the Wash Road," is the hippest shopping street in this compact city. An easy walk from port, the district offers a wide range of designer clothes, artisan wools and housewares. It's also home to an excellent bookstore and several spots for modern, design-driven home goods that bridge the gap between decorative and utilitarian.

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Natural attractions abound in Norway and Iceland, your gateway to dazzling fjords, cascading waterfalls and black-sand beaches. Navigate through Geiranger’s winding waterways to Seven Sisters Waterfall where currents rush 800 feet down the rugged cliffside. Or take a dip in the rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. Admire Mother Nature’s masterpieces on some of our best European cruises.


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Rooted in Greek mythology, Athens is alive with stories from civilizations of the past. On a cruise to Europe departing from Athens, arrive early to tour the remains of ancient lores — like the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis — dine at the city’s lively tavernas and admire iconic sculptures bathed in natural light within the Acropolis Museum.

Until it was popularized by the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona was a hidden gem amidst Europe’s diverse landscapes. Now it’s widely recognized for its architectural masterpieces and spirited customs. On European cruises from Barcelona, leave enough time before you depart to visit Park Güell — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and feel inspired by the colors and unique artistry that lies in the park and throughout the entire city.

Copenhagen boasts equal parts charm and culture. Before you set sail on your European cruise, indulge in thrills at Tivoli Gardens, and ride a bike along Nyhavn’s waterways, passing multi-colored homes on the way. Tour ancient fortresses, like Kronborg Castle, which inspired Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Or make a stop to see Copenhagen’s most famous symbol, The Little Mermaid.

From double-decker buses and telephone booths to medieval castles and monuments, experience the best of the city and countryside on a European cruise from Southampton. Ride on the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Then head west and walk the hallways of Windsor Castle, or travel even further to learn about the mystery of Stonehenge.

Italy’s capital city is something of a dream. Grand chapels and stone angels line the roads, whispering secrets of Rome’s past. On a cruise to Europe from Rome, arrive early to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, you’ll be guaranteed return to The Eternal City. Then walk in the footsteps of Emperors at the Colosseum, and receive a blessing from the Pope at St. Peter’s Square.

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Revel in first-class experiences without the first-class price tag. On a European cruise, unpack once and save on transportation and baggage fees as well as dining and entertainment costs. Independent land travel through Europe adds up fast — between accommodations, restaurants, train travel, taxis and more. But with Princess, you can spend more time exploring Europe and less time checking into your next hotel.

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See the many faces of the world with seasonal European cruise sailings from Princess. In the spring, shop France’s colorful outdoor markets for hand-crafted souvenirs. Frolic through Norway’s landscapes when they fully bloom in summer. Or visit Italy in the fall to taste the first wines of the season.

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Where history books come alive

Between the castles, towers and ruins, Europe is teeming with ancient architecture. On a European cruise, sail into Le Havre and choose to visit the beaches of Normandy or ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Walk through the Colosseum in Rome, and stop by Livorno to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or explore hidden gems — like Belfast’s Giant’s Causeway.

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In Europe, there are activities for all. With exciting tours through age-old cities, kids can see textbooks come to life and return with their own stories to tell. Parents can relish in romance and relaxation amidst fairytale landscapes, and grandparents can relive stories of memories past with their loved ones. Whether on board or ashore, find activities created with every type of guest in mind on a cruise to Europe.

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See multiple international cities without the hassle of transportation or additional planning. Cruise from one destination to the next with world-class entertainment, fresh food and relaxing accommodations at your fingertips. When you return to the ship, continue your exploration with unique activities and global cuisine, or enjoy the familiar comforts of home with your favorite foods — all on our best European cruise ships.

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From thrilling kayak voyages in Flåm to relaxing beach days in Mykonos, find shore excursions that match every guest’s preference with Princess. In Rome, taste local delicacies like wood-fired pizza, fine wines and homemade gelato. Walk past medieval buildings in Bergen, stopping by the Schøtstuene Museum on your way back. Or hike Mt. Fløien and revel in panoramic views of Norway’s woodlands, fjords and cityscapes.

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Don’t just cruise to Europe, experience it alongside those lucky enough to call it home. Our Local Connections program introduces you to each region with award-winning shore excursions. Enjoy a food and wine pairing in the home of a local Tuscan farmer. Capture snapshots of Glasgow’s breathtaking scenery with the help of a Scottish photographer. Or set out on a guided beer walk through Copenhagen.

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Dive even deeper into the flourishing cultures abroad with More Ashore late-night departures and overnight stays on select European cruise itineraries. Visit one of Dublin’s pubs and enjoy a night of Irish song, dance and Guinness. Go glamping in Alta and spend the night under the evening sky for a chance to see the Northern Lights. Or dance into the evening at a party in Mykonos — an island famous for its nightlife.

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A sensory tour of Europe

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Iceland earthquake 2023: is it safe to travel and will the volcano erupt?

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Tuesday November 14 2023, 09:13am

There is a “significant likelihood of a volcanic eruption in the coming days”, according to the latest data from the Icelandic Met Office, following increased seismic activity around the town of Grindavik (around 35 miles southwest of the capital of Reykjavik) and discovery of magma running 800m below the earth’s surface. The office has warned that there is a “considerable risk” of an eruption, which could be “on a timescale of just days”. There is also the possibility that ash clouds and lava fountains may form. 

“The likelihood of a submarine eruption has also increased, so preparations must be made for the possibility of explosive activity,” it says. 

A local meteorologist has stated that a 15km-long magma-filled crack emerged “extremely quickly” on Friday afternoon in Grindavik and the town’s 3,000 residents have been moved to evacuation centres.

The Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions, is just four miles north of Grindavik and remains closed following hundreds of mini-earthquakes over the past few days that first prompted fears of a possible volcanic eruption.

Icelandic civic authorities have declared an “emergency phase” and the town of Grindavik is being evacuated as a precaution, with all roads to the town also closed and visitors warned to stay away from the area. If you’re travelling to Iceland soon, here’s what you need to know.

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Is it safe to travel to Iceland right now? 

The Foreign Office is not advising against travel to Iceland , but has issued new guidance for tourists. It has stated that earthquakes and indications of volcanic activity have “increased above normal levels” on the Reykjanes peninsula. It cautions visitors that the town of Grindavik has been evacuated and that they are advised to stay away from the area.

“While there is no current eruption, it is increasingly possible that one could occur. You should monitor local media for updates and follow the authorities’ advice on travel to the area,” the Foreign Office says.

Map of the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland

Where are the earthquakes in Iceland? 

There has been a swarm of earthquakes near the area around Mount Thorbjorn and the town of Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula over the past few days. As at 12.30pm on Sunday, November 12, the Iceland Met Office had recorded around 1,000 earthquakes in the past 24 hours, mainly around the town of Grindavik; following thousands of mini-tremors in the previous days. Residents have been evacuated from Grindavik and an operation is in place to remove pets and livestock from the affected region.

Earlier this week these tremors were focused around Mount Thorbjorn. These mini-earthquakes have been felt at the Blue Lagoon, a popular spa resort southwest of the capital, Reykjavik. 

Icelandic authorities are also building defence walls around the Svartsengi geothermal plant, also in the southwest of the country, in the hope that they will protect the plant from any potential lava flows.

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How likely is a volcanic eruption? 

The Icelandic Met Office says that at 6pm on Saturday, November 11, a “ground deformation” near the town of Grindavik, thought to be a channel of magma, indicated that the likelihood of a volcanic eruption is very high and that it could possibly occur in the next few days. At 12.30pm on November 12, the Met Office said that the magma channel had slowed, possibly indicating it was moving closer to the surface.

Before the eruption of Fagradalsfjall in 2021, there had been no volcanic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula for around 800 years. The volcano also erupted in 2022 and there was an eruption to its north in July 2023.

How long is the Blue Lagoon closed for? 

The Blue Lagoon is to remain shut until 7am on November 19 — a decision it says was taken “proactively” due to seismic concerns, although this closure may be extended due to the new guidance. In its latest update, the Blue Lagoon says that the risk level indicates “escalating danger”.

“The earthquakes may intensify beyond what has already occurred, potentially leading to an eruption,” reads an update on its website. “However, as of now, there are no indications of magma reaching the surface. The progress is being closely monitored.”

The shutdown affects stays at the lagoon’s associated hotels and facilities, such as Silica Hotel and the Retreat Hotel and Spa. The Northern Light Inn, next to the Blue Lagoon, also announced it would close until November 19 as a precaution.

Bathers at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Kristijan Svajnzger, Iceland general manager for adventure travel specialist Intrepid, said on November 10: “Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Iceland. Each year, thousands of tremors shake the country, many uneventful or unnoticeable.

“However, the activity has ramped up recently, with over 1,000 in the last 24 hours, particularly close to Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon. Our tours running at the moment do not visit Grindavik. Other tourism spots such as the Golden Circle, the south coast and northern lights tours are not affected and remain open for travellers.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and following the advice of our local team and the authorities. All of our tours are running as planned.

“If you are due to travel to Iceland, my advice would be to check the Foreign Office advice and speak to your travel agent or tour operator for the latest guidance.”

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How common are earthquakes in Iceland?

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American plates meet — the ridge is even a tourist attraction due to the fact that visitors can stand on both sides at once. This is why seismic activity — including volcanoes and earthquakes — is very common. As of November 12, the Iceland Met Office had recorded 1,000 earthquakes in 24 hours, on top of thousands of smaller tremors in the previous days. Most were small tremors, but the agency also detected seven earthquakes scoring more than 4, with the largest measuring 4.8.

The divide between the North American and Eurasian plates in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

When was the last big earthquake in Iceland?

Before the 5.7-magnitude eruption of Fagradalsfjall in 2021, there had been no volcanic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula for around 800 years. Fagradalsfjall erupted again in 2022 and an earthquake measuring 5.4 hit the southern peninsula on July 31 of that year causing moderate damage. On May 29, 2008, a pair of earthquakes measuring 6.1 hit Iceland between the towns of Hveragerdi and Selfoss, close to the capital Reykjavik . No fatalities were reported but 30 injuries were recorded and sheep were killed.

An eruption at Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland

Can the volcano affect flights?

Currently only the area around southwest Iceland, near the capital Reykjavik, Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon, is affected by increased seismic activity. The rest of the country is unaffected. Flights are departing and arriving at Keflavik airport as normal, as are services to Akureyri airport in the northeast.

Visit Iceland says in a statement: “At this moment, it is not possible to conclude what effects a possible volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula might have on flight traffic to and from Iceland. It is not possible to say when an eruption might unfold or accurately pinpoint where it might surface. The eruption’s location and size will determine whether or not this event will affect flight traffic. Please contact your airline for further info.”

The Solfar (Sun Voyager) sculpture, representing a Viking longboat, on Rykjavik's waterfront in Iceland

Is Reykjavik affected?

The Icelandic capital is around 35 miles from Grindavik, where the seismic activity is concentrated. At the moment, the city is not affected, but it’s uncertain what impact any eruption might have.

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