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  • Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

    1. Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

    Hang suspended, feet dangling, in front of a 20-meter spherical screen while a film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Soar over land, sea and ice. Move with the arctic winds. This is an immersive flight experience. The ride utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flying. Special effects, including wind, mist and smells, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience.  Before your flight begins, a storyteller and resident troll Sú Vitra will lead you through two unique adventures that’ll ignite your imagination with stories of Iceland, its people and the natural forces at work. Rides commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours. The total experience will take approximately 35 minutes, including the 8.5 minutes you’ll spend on the ride.

    Professional and friendly staff. Really immersive and organised process, but the actual experience was first class. I am glad that there aren't cameras etc allowed in as it would spoil the surprise of the attraction.

  • Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - Small Group Adventure

    2. Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - Small Group Adventure

    Undergo a unique underwater experience by snorkeling in the Silfra fissure on a half-day tour from Reykjavik. Frequently rated as one of the world's top 10 dive sites, Silfra offers up to 100 m (300 ft) of underwater visibility.

    Admire views of Iceland's stunning landscape as you ride from Reykjavik to the heart of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Snorkel in this location for 1 hour with your guide, before returning to the warmth of the tour van and heading back to Reykjavik.

    The cold waters melt off a glacier 50 km (30 miles) away, and make their way through lava fields to beautiful Thingvellir Lake.

    Although the chilly waters are too cold to support much in the way of marine life, Iceland's Silfra crack runs down between the American and European continental plates a...

    Fantastic experience! Beautiful, clear water, helpful guide, and lovely views all around. This was one of my favorite things we did in Iceland. I was very worried that my hands and feet were going to be too cold (I get Raynaud's), but actually while hands were quite cold, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting (I think partly because the dry suit keeps your body completely warm), and they warm you up quite quickly with hot cocoa afterwards. Very well worth doing--don't let the cold put you off!

  • Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    3. Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across tan outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell visitor center to pick-up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

    Highly recommend this glacier hiking tour! Erica, our tour guide, was super knowledgeable and wonderful ! Even though it was rainy and cloudy when the hike started, the sun came out halfway through and we saw the most incredible up-close views of the glacier and surrounding valleys. Unforgettable!

  • From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

    4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

    Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity! Take control of a snowmobile – or travel as a passenger – to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull for an hour. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

    It was a great trip but I think the time traveling should be explained in the brief as this is quite a lot of the time out....also the actual time you get on the snowmobile was very misleading. We had half that time and the experience was very disappointing. It should explain that you literally go up and around in a circle following everyone which was very un impressive and not worthy at all of the cost of this. Next time I would probably not bother doing the snow mobiling as I felt it wasn’t a true experience of what it was Described as.

  • Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

    5. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

    See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the Aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white lights. The tour is conducted in a small group, so your experience will be both personal and memorable. Don't worry if there is rain or wind, as the decks are partially covered to provide shelter from...

    Unfortunately we didn't get to see the northern lights, but we were offered a free ticket that we will use next time we go to Iceland. Crew were extremely helpful ans the board was also a nice one as well as drinks purchased on board

  • From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

    6. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

    Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun, traveling by new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide (available in 10 languages) to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Then, take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the gl...

    Excellent is all I will say. Such an amazing place and experience. This is a must

  • Inside the Thrihnukagigur Volcano: Day Trip from Reykjavik

    7. Inside the Thrihnukagigur Volcano: Day Trip from Reykjavik

    Enjoy a hiking tour towards the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. After your transfer and drop-off at the Bláfjöll mountain cabin, walk to Thrihnukagigur Volcano, a moderate hike of approximately 45-50 minutes, enjoying the breathtaking lava scenery en route. The hike is classified as moderately difficulty, with straight walks and limited elevations. But the surface is hilly and uneven. Upon arrival at the crater, descend 400 feet (120 meters) inside the volcano, and experience an extraordinary natural phenomenon. You will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave inside the volcano, wearing a helmet and harness at all times. Each group is split into a smaller party of 4-5 people for safety and intimacy. After a slow 10-minute descent, to ensure the safety of passengers and provide ample opportunities to experience the amazing views, spend up to an hour inside the volcan...

    Inside the vulcano was beautiful and very special! The colors are amazing!! I really liked it! It was very nice. The hike to the vulcano was long and extremely cold because of the weather. When we arrived there was no time too warm up. We had to go in a hurry inside the vulcano and when we were inside we had only 25 minutes to enjoy the surrounding. For me this was too much in a hurry and too short for the value of money. But despite all that the experience was really amazing!

  • Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

    8. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

    Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local art...

    I did this experience on the 12th September. The driver was wonderful, he was a great communicator, very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I learned a lot about the history of the area. The van had USB ports and wifi and was very comfortable. The tour was similar as a lot of others, you some of the many waterfalls of Iceland. What made it special was the visit to Husafell, the original strongman stone and the hot pools nearby.

  • From Reykjavik: Hot Spring, Ice Cave & Snowmobile Tour

    9. From Reykjavik: Hot Spring, Ice Cave & Snowmobile Tour

    Driving through the Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs, you will head straight toward Langjökull Glacier for a snowmobile tour. The surrounding snowfields will take your breath away while you enjoy the thrill of dashing across Europe’s second largest glacier. Continue to a glacial ice cave, going over 300 feet deep into the ancient ice. Marvel at the layers of ash from past volcanic eruptions. For your last stop of the day tour in Iceland, be taken near the small village of Flúðir. Ease into a secret outdoor lagoon, a natural hot spring, for a luxurious bath to soothe all your cares away.

    Snow mobile was a lot of fun. We did not get to go to the ice cave. Not really an explanation of why, the guide said people were checking it out and we never heard anymore. The secret lagoon was good, nice and warm. Very crowded for a winter's afternoon.

  • From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    10. From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik and take great photos before you a...

    An excellent trip! Well organised with a very friendly and knowledgable guide!! Saw two whales which was magical! Would very highly read this trip!! Thankyou!!

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What people are saying about Capital Region of Iceland

We had two guides, Hallur and Ronan. It was because of them that this trip was so enjoyable! The waterfall was majestic and extremely windy. The geysir was tiny but still worth a visit. Then Hallur brought us for some delicious ice cream. It shocks the body to enjoy ice in the cold but the texture was just too good to put down the ice cream. Then, we went snorkelling with Ronan. Right off the bat, he was friendly and most kind. He got to know each one of us personally. He was a diver in the navy so you can rest assured that you're in safe hands! Ronan made the snorkelling experience like a party. We had so much fun. The waters were clear and mesmerizing. And the hot chocolate that comes after was the best thing ever. I was nervous about the cold before, but the cold didn't cross my mind at all while snorkelling. It was an awesome experience. Ronan was amazing too, as he always went out if his way to help us. Amazing trip overall! Highly recommended! The guides should get a raise too ;P

We all were collected right on time in a comfortable bus. Peter or guide took wonderful care of us, and snapped loads of photos during our excursion. The gear provided in addition to my smart wool base layer kept me warmer than I expected, which allowed me to focus all my attention on the beautiful and unique scenery. The cup of hot chocolate and biscuits after we returned to base was a tasty treat. Fantastic job. Team Arctic Adventures. I can't wait to snorkel again with you! Many thanks!

This was by far the best tour I did in Iceland. I honestly wish I had known about Troll tours before so that I couldn’t have booked all my tours with them. Our guide Michael was very nice and entertaining and made sure we had enough time to go see everything on the south coast. The glacier hike was also beautiful and the highlight of the trip and something I recommend everyone do!

Unfortunately we didn't get to see the northern lights, but we were offered a free ticket that we will use next time we go to Iceland. Crew were extremely helpful ans the board was also a nice one as well as drinks purchased on board

Stunning underwater view. Real cold water but very good equipment. Really cool Guides