Southern Region, Iceland Culture & history

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From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

1. From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

This tour is a combination of the Viking Horse Riding Tour and Golden Circle Express Tour, and is perfect for visitors to Iceland who don’t have a lot of time to spare but want to make the most of a day. In the morning you’ll enjoy a ride on an Icelandic horse through the idyllic landscape of Laxnes, located just out of Reykjavik city. The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to Iceland in the 9th century. The riding tour is suitable for all ages and experience levels, from beginner to expert. After your morning ride and a short break you’ll head out on the afternoon portion of the tour, to Þingvellir National Park. Admire its remarkable geological features and see Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament. Iceland’s Parliament is the oldest still-functioning parliament in the world, and was founded on this site in 930 A.D. Visit the impressive Gullfoss glacial waterfall, the geothermal area around Geysir, and Strokkur with its spouting geysers. You’ll pass through fertile agricultural areas before heading back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain heath.

Reykjavik: South Coast Private Guided Car Tour

2. Reykjavik: South Coast Private Guided Car Tour

Experience the natural wonders on the south coast of Iceland on this guided car tour from Reykjavik. Observe the raw power of the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Walk on the black sand beach in Reynisfjara. Stop in the village of Vik. Upload your pictures faster with onboard Wi-Fi.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Relax on the scenic drive through the Icelandic countryside on the way to Skogafoss waterfall. Hear the water cascading down 60 meters and watch to see if there are rainbows in the mist. View the glittering ice of the Sólheimajökull glacier. Continue to the masterfully sculpted basalt column cliffs that surround the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. See the waves of the north Atlantic beating the shore before heading to the small village of Vik. Stroll through Vik, which has a population of only 320 people. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch or take a walk on the beach to see the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. Make your way to the 66 meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Hike around the waterfall to see it from every angle. On a clear day, take in views of the Westman Islands or the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Return to your accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of your tour.

Reykjavík: 2-Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike

3. Reykjavík: 2-Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike

Explore Iceland's South Coast on a 2-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Experience stunning views of Solheimajokull glacier and listen to the waves crashing into Reynisfjara black sand beach. Spot seals swimming in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and admire Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfall of Glufrabui. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you can take part in an optional glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. Admire the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. After overnighting in an Icelandic countryside accommodation, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. Choose to enhance your experience with a 1.5-2 hour-long guided glacier hike. Pick this option and have with all the necessary safety equipment to enjoy the stunning blue ice. Visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and take an optional amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. See the huge chunks of ice crack off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. See icebergs lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. Spot seals swimming around the huge icebergs before visiting the turf-roofed church Hofskirkja and Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. The canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during a glacial period, leaving a snaking river behind when the ice sheet retreated.

Reykjavik: Private Golden Circle and South Coast Tour

4. Reykjavik: Private Golden Circle and South Coast Tour

You will start your premium Golden Circle and south coast tour by driving along the beautiful Nesjavallaleid scenic route with your jeep. This road winds through mountains and volcano craters, offering great views of Thingavallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake. The first stop of the tour is the Thingvellir National Park, which is famous for being the site of the first parliament both in Iceland and the world. You will then continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area. Geysir erupts every 8-10 minutes, and you can walk around the area and take pictures of the hot springs before we head to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, another unmissable place to see in Iceland. Your journey then continues towards Fludir, stopping at Faxi Waterfall first and then reaching the Secret Lagoon (only during the months of April - September). This beautiful natural hot pool is one of the oldest in Iceland and is definitely a gem you should not miss. After a relaxing bath in the Secret Lagoon (optional and at your own expense), you will continue towards the South Coast. As you drive south, you will get closer to one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, Hekla. In the middle ages, Hekla was known as the “gateway to hell”. You will have a beautiful view of the volcano as you drive towards the Lava Centre, your next stop, where we can observe the monitoring of active volcanic systems, earthquake activity, and surface movements in Iceland. You will then make a quick lunch stop at Katla Restaurant, which is in the Lava Centre. Following lunch, you will continue to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Get your cameras ready and make sure you wear a raincoat, as you will have time to walk behind Seljalandsfoss, becoming drenched in the pristine cascading water. Following the waterfall, you will drive past Iceland’s most infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that froze air traffic in 2010 and made Iceland famous all over the world. Your next stop is Solheimajokull, a beautiful glacier tongue which is easy to walk to. Here you have a chance to walk close to the glacier and admire its blue, white, and black ice. You will finally continue to the Dirholey Cliffs and Reynisfjara, where you can admire black sand beaches, sea stacks, and basalt columns.

Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

5. Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

Combine the Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Express tours, and make the most of your day out exploring Reykjavik and Iceland. Start your tour of Iceland's capital city with a visit the Presidential Residence at Bessastaðir and Hafnarfjörður, the town where humans and the "hidden people" of Icelandic legends live together in harmony. Stop at Perlan Restaurant, where you have an incredible view over Reykjavík and its surroundings. You'll also visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, the University area and the Old Town Center, where you can see the Alþingi–Iceland's Parliament. You'll have free time to have lunch and explore colorful Reykjavik on your own before continuing on to the Icelandic countryside and Þingvellir National Park, renowned for its historic legacy and geological intrigue. Marvel at the unique and barren landscapes of the geothermal area surrounding the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, then see majestic Gullfoss glacial waterfall. After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain, taking in the incredible scenery.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,637 reviews

The tour was absolutely brilliant and I’m so glad I decided to do a 2-day one for the South Coast. This way, it was about 5 hours of driving each day, not 10 and we got to see more and didn’t have to rush at every stop. All the sights we visited were absolutely stunning and beautiful. We were super lucky with the weather, but I’m sure everything would be well worth it even in the rain. The glacier hike was amazing and our guide, Christina, made sure that everyone was safe and could participate. We could not have asked for a better guide! Christina was super fun and shared so much helpful and interesting information about Iceland with us. She also adjusted the order of the itinerary so we could avoid some crowds and make the best of the weather that was forecast. And she also made a few very nice and stunning extra stops that everyone loved, making sure we could really get the most out of our trip. I definitely strongly recommend this tour, especially with Christina as the guide!

Hello, first a note. The beautiful Icelandic name means Golden Circle. That's why I accidentally booked twice. Nevertheless, there were some new impressions. The horses were super nice and well trained and, despite the occasional speed, also manageable for "non-riders". It was an impressive experience to ride through a wonderful landscape in the middle of a group. The ride was an absolute highlight of my trip

David was an amazing tour guide and he spoke to us the history of all the sites as well as bringing us to all our check points on time. He was taking care of the group well especially during the glacier hike. Lots of places visited and he included appropriate rest stops during the way!

Christina is a wonderful tour guide. The plan is well communicated throughout the day, and she’s very attentive. We enjoyed the trip and would highly recommended it

Amazing experience. Our guide Mika made the trip very enjoyable.