Specialises in rafting trips on local rivers.
Specialises in rafting trips on local rivers.
Housed in the same building as the tourist information centre, the popular and professional West Tours organises a mind-boggling array of trips in the area. There are tours of Vigur and kayaking excursions all year. You can visit the abandoned village at Hesteyri on a day trip, or organise an extended tour package to explore Hornstrandir over several days.
Stop by Cafe Kró to sign up for boat or bus trips with the friendly folks at Viking Tours. Leaving at 11am and 3.30pm everyday, they zip right around the island, slowing for the big bird-nesting sites on the south coast, and sailing into the sea cave Klettshellir, where the boat driver gets to show off his saxophone skills! His wife, Unnur, often runs 1½-hour bus tours at 1.
One-hour tours (Ikr7000) run everyday at 2pm in a rubber zodiac that bounces on the waves as it jets through the archipelago. The small size of the boat means that the captain can navigate through small caves and between rocky outcrops for up-close views of the area’s bird colonies and world’s biggest elephant (you’ll see!).
Find the ultimate relaxation when you’re in port in Reykjavik on this shore excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa outside the city where you can bathe in the warm waters, have a water massage or enjoy a spa treatment. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
Pólar Hestar , one of the best-known stables in northern Iceland, offers a great introduction to riding for the uninitiated, as well as acclaimed six- to eight-day horse-riding tours (five or six days in the saddle). The farm has over 100 horses and the owners’ little boy has memorised all of their names. Complimentary pastries are served during breaks.
Elding is the original flavour of whale watching off the coast of the capital. It is also considered the most professional and the most ecofriendly, limiting its power expenditure on its wooden boats. Refreshments are sold onboard, and every trip is staffed by a scientist.
Ferðafélag Akureyrar organises hut-to-hut hiking tours (Ikr49,000 per person) geared towards Icelanders. The route starts from the Þórsteinsskáli hut at Herðubreiðarlindir and follows the Öskjuleið route to Svartárkot in upper Bárðardalur. The route runs via the huts at Bræðrafell, Dreki, Dyngjufell and Botni.
As well as glacier walks of varying duration and difficulty, Glacier Guides also offers rock climbing and mountain biking from Skaftafell Its beginner-level walk is family-friendly ‘Glacier Wonders’, a 2½-hour tour with a stroll up Falljökull (adult/child Ikr7500/5500, minimum age 10 years); trips depart from Skaftafell four times daily mid-May to mid-September.
Although some locals were rather upset that the crude sauna has been replaced with a skankier soaking spot, Fontana has been steadily luring the masses much like its big brother, Blue Lagoon. There are three wading pools, and a cedar-lined steam room that’s fed by a naturally occurring geyser-like vent down below.
For golf-lovers, there’s something strangely appealing about teeing off at midnight. At only a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, Akureyri’s Jaðarsvöllur basks in perpetual daylight from June to early August. In summer you can play golf here around the clock; book ahead for the midnight tee-off.
Enjoy a unique, adventurous way to see the stunning beauty of Iceland. This trip has it all -- gorgeous natural beauty, stories of the country's interesting history, amazing geological wonders and a fun river-rafting adventure! With your professional rafting guide, embark on a river-rafting adventure down the white-water Hvítá River.
Find out if you have second sight on a 90-minute Hidden Worlds tour, a guided storytelling walk around the homes of the hidden people, departing from the tourist office. It’s rather pricey, although a copy of the Hidden Worlds map is included in the cost, marking the Hafnarfjörður homes of elves, fairies, hermits and dwarves.
One of Iceland’s most respected riding outfits, with its helpful office just off the Ring Road on Rte 752. It offers one-/two-hour tours along the Svartá river for €40/65, and full-day rides for €120. Longer trips are also available (book well in advance), including eight-day trips (five days in the saddle) along lesser-known routes through the highlands (€1870).
See the top attractions in Reykjavik on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided. Some of the sights you will see include Reykjavik harbor, Reykjavik pond, town hall, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa.
Iceland’s most famous clinic, Heilsustofnun Náttúrulækningafélags Íslands,has mainly treated prescription-only patients in the past. However, it has now opened its doors to visitors seeking relaxing massages (Ikr5850 to Ikr9500) and deep-heat mud baths (Ikr5200).