Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is a land of volcanoes and glaciers, lava fields and green pastures, boiling thermal springs and ice-cold rivers teeming with salmon. This unspoiled demi-paradise is also home to a very old and sophisticated culture. The northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik was founded in 874 when Ingolfur Arnarson threw wood pillars into the sea, vowing to settle where the pillars washed ashore. Today, Iceland is an international center of commerce and home to one of the most technologically sophisticated societies in the world.

Reykjavik is the gateway to Iceland's natural wonders, which range from ice fields to thermal pools. The island is in a continual process of transformation much like its society, which blends Nordic tradition with sophisticated technology.

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Points of Interest

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur
  • Geothermal Power Plant
  • Krysuvik Solfataras
  • The Pearl
  • Eyrarbakki Fishing Village
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  • Blue Lagoon

    One of Iceland's hottest destinations, this stunning outdoor geothermal spa offers steamy mineral-rich water, a boon for the skin and certain skin conditions, that's fed by the excess underground water drawn by Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant.

  • Thingvellir National Park

    Established in 1930 to protect an area of true historical, cultural and geological value, this remarkable national shrine features Iceland's largest natural lake and amazing views of the continental rift known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

  • Gullfoss Waterfall

    The "Golden Waterfall," often complete with rainbows, wows as its rushing water tumbles down three natural, curving cascades then plunges down into a deep gorge to once again flow southward with the wide Hvítá River.

  • Strokkur

    With explosive eruptions every few minutes, this awe-inspiring geyser stuns as it hurls boiling water up to 60 feet skyward. Mud pools, algal deposits and stark terrain add to the drama at this geothermal hotspot.

  • Geothermal Power Plant

    Iceland's second largest power plant, Nesjavellir, sits near active volcano Hengill and Thingvallavatn, Iceland's chief natural lake. Using nearby boreholes from 1947, this geothermal plant produces the nation's top high-temp field.

  • Krysuvik Solfataras

    Situated in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge's fissure zone, this famous geothermic field naturally produces steam vents, hot springs and super-heated mud pots whose sulfur deposits lead to a myriad of colorful crystal deposits.

  • The Pearl

    Spectacular in form and function, this 10-story geothermally heated masterpiece serves greater Reykjavik's water storage needs while thrilling visitors with mesmerizing panoramic views and a glass-domed restaurant that revolves.

  • Eyrarbakki Fishing Village

    Nestled on Iceland's serene south coast, this idyllic fishing village charms with majestic vistas, a sparkling shoreline with excellent bird watching and the country's oldest preserved timber dwelling, a Norwegian kit home from 1765.

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Easy Reykjavik

2.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-290

You'll board your motorcoach and set out on an excursion to view a sample of both Hafanarfjordur and Reykjavik's ancient and modern past. After a short drive you will arrive in the town of Hafnarfjordur. This lovely town is a friendly seaside community and for the true believers, the home to 'huldufolk', those mysterious but friendly elves who live in the many lava rocks that are scattered throughout the town. Hafnarfjörður is also known as the town of lava and Vikings and it has a very nice town center that you'll be able to see on your panoramic drive. Back in Reykjavik, your guide will be on board to point out the city's fascinating points of interest and share stories of the Viking explorers who settled over a thousand years ago. One of the first sights you'll see is Laugardalur Park, which is a sports and recreational area comprised of several parks. Next is Bessastadir, the residence of the President of Iceland. Your next point of interest is the Höfdi house, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit between President Reagan and Soviet Union Secretary-General Gorbachev. In the heart of the city is Iceland's largest private university. Before returning to the ship you'll pass Hallgrimskirkja Church, the largest church in Iceland.

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Reykjavik Highlights

3.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-225
  • The Pearl

The history and architecture of Reykjavik await your discovery on this comprehensive half-day adventure that takes in all of this capital city's top attractions. Your comfortable motorcoach takes a scenic route to the Árbær Open-Air Museum, where you'll stroll among beautifully preserved Icelandic heritage homes for a glimpse into the past. Resume your drive past Reykjavík's largest outdoor swimming pool and the sculpture garden adjacent to the Asmundur Sveinsson Museum. Pause to photograph the Höfði House, where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took steps to end the Cold War. Next, stop to visit The Pearl, a magnificent glass-dome structure with a viewing deck that showcases 360-degree city vistas. Complete your drive with some sights of the city center, including the City Hall, a bold modern structure that was specifically designed to attract bird-life.

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Lunar Landscapes & Viking World Museum

4 hours | Reykjavik | REK-210
  • Krysuvik Solfataras

Your four-hour excursion begins with a scenic drive along the coast past Lake Kleifarvatn and into an unspoiled landscape to the geothermal fields of Krysuvik. Here, you can see natural steam vents, hot springs and, boiling pools of wildly colored mud known as solfataras. Then, you'll tour Vikingaheimar, also known as Viking World. On permanent display is an amazing full-scale replica of the famous Gokstad Ship, a Viking long ship that was discovered in Norway in 1882 and excavated almost completely intact. Learn about Viking history while taking in the amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into creating this historic ship. On your return trip to the pier you'll drive back through the Reykjanes peninsula, the southwestern most point of Iceland and also the youngest. The North Atlantic ridge comes ashore here and visible signs of volcanic activity can be seen all over the peninsula.

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Flyover Iceland Virtual Experience

1.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-800

Get your head in the clouds without ever leaving the ground and see Iceland like never before! FlyOver Iceland is a unique, exhilarating virtual ride that combines history, scenery and storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. From volcanoes and glaciers to Vikings, trolls and more, it's a powerful and memorable experience. Before taking off, an Icelandic storyteller will welcome you into an ancient Viking longhouse where you'll join him by the light of the fire to hear mesmerizing ancient tales. Then, you'll head to the boarding zone and embark on an adventure where spectacular aerial footage simulates the graceful motion of flight. Thrill as you're raised high into the air in front of a 65-foot wraparound screen and glide over a volcanic crater lake, descend into the magma chamber of an extinct volcano, and feel the Arctic wind as you swoop over icy glaciers. Back on earth, you'll return to the pier.

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Moonscapes, Hot Springs & Lobster Feast

4 hours | Reykjavik | REK-115
  • Eyrarbakki Fishing Village
  • Krysuvik Solfataras

Board your motorcoach for a scenic drive through Iceland to the small town of Eyrarbakki you may be able to see the Hekla, the country's largest volcano, off in the distance. You'll continue on to Stokkseyri, a coastal town famous for its black sandy beach, and disembark at a local restaurant that specializes in Icelandic lobster plucked fresh from the ocean. Sit down and enjoy a scrumptious feast of Icelandic lobster (langoustine), cucumbers, salad, couscous, and grilled potatoes. After lunch, you'll drive along the coast to Lake Kleifarvatn. The barren, moon-scape surroundings are uniquely beautiful and fascinating. Near the lake's southern end lies Krýsuvík, a geothermal area. If you look closely, you can see powerful jets of steam escaping from beneath the earth's crust and sulfurous gases rising from numerous vents. On your way back, travel through Reykjavík before returning to the pier.

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Iceland on Horseback

2.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-430

Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally introduced by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past lovely vistas of mountains, shimmering lakes, and windswept moors. Your 2.5-hour adventure begins when you depart the pier for a short, scenic drive just outside of Reykjavik's city center to the Ishestar Riding Stables. This exceptional facility has been offering riding tours for over 35 years. Begin with comprehensive instruction on the basics of horse riding followed by a visit to the paddock to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident. A quick turn in the arena gets you ready to set off on a well-travelled route through picturesque rural Iceland accompanied by an expert rider. The smooth gait of the sure-footed Icelandic horses makes for a most pleasant experience when combined with the crisp air and the stunning rustic landscapes, flowing rivers and tiny cottages.

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Best of the Golden Circle (Guided in German)

8 hours | Reykjavik | REK-103
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur

Soak up the magnificence of Iceland's Golden Circle and more during this full-day journey that starts with a scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park. Established in 1930 as a historical, cultural and geological shrine, this breathtaking rift valley features Iceland's largest natural lake and a rich history tied to the formation of Icelandic Parliament in 930 A.D. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose rushing water tumbles over a natural tiered 'staircase' to plunge down a deep ravine. Explore Strokkur, an explosive geyser whose steamy spouts sometimes blast 60 feet skyward. Savor an Icelandic lunch and shop for souvenirs before visiting Hellisheidi, the world's second largest power station, which employs geothermal forces from three volcanic systems dating back 11,000 years.

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Best of the Golden Circle

8 hours | Reykjavik | REK-100
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur

Soak up the magnificence of Iceland's Golden Circle and more during this full-day journey that starts with a scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park. Established in 1930 as a historical, cultural and geological shrine, this breathtaking rift valley features Iceland's largest natural lake and a rich history tied to the formation of Icelandic Parliament in 930 A.D. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose rushing water tumbles over a natural tiered 'staircase' to plunge down a deep ravine. Explore Strokkur, an explosive geyser whose steamy spouts sometimes blast 60 feet skyward. Savor an Icelandic lunch and shop for souvenirs before visiting Hellisheidi, the world's second largest power station, which employs geothermal forces from three volcanic systems dating back 11,000 years.

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Meet Snorri Jónsson at Distillery 64°

2.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-305

Your 2.5-hour spirited adventure begins with a panoramic drive through scenic Hafnarfororour to view its highlights before heading out to the °64 Reykjavík Distillery. Established in 2009, it was the first Icelandic distillery of its kind. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by your host, owner Snorri Jonsson, before embarking on a comprehensive tour of the facility. You'll see the production facilities and learn about its history, the distillery process and Iceland's foraging culture. Jonsson and his team of distillers are passionate about capturing the diverse flavors of Iceland, and they harvest all the ingredients locally. The flavorful infusions include blueberries, crowberry, juniper, rhubarb and fragrant wild herbs. After your guided tour, you'll participate in a tasting of the handcrafted spirits' wonderfully bright and refreshing flavors. Settle in for a relaxed drive on the pretty ride back to port.

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Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

3.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-590
  • Blue Lagoon

Indulge in the pure beauty of the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's hottest destinations, during this sensational half-day outing that begins with a scenic drive through Hafnarfjordur, Iceland's third most populated city and home to an annual Viking festival. Soon, arrive at the dreamlike Blue Lagoon, a dazzling, geothermally warmed pool continuously replenished from a mile underground by Svartsengi Power Plant. Swimsuit on, head into the inviting mineral-rich water, known to rejuvenate skin and soothe skin conditions. Delight in the water's milky, aquamarine blueness, a mix of white silica mud and blue-green algae, and the surrounding volcanic rocks. Wade in further to bridge two continents; the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet below the surface. Before leaving, discover an array of Blue Lagoon products in the spa's lovely gift shop. Experience the expansive fields of ancient basalt lava along the Reykjanes Peninsula during the return trip to port.

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Bathing in the Blue Lagoon (Guided in German)

3.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-593
  • Blue Lagoon

Indulge in the pure beauty of the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's hottest destinations, during this sensational half-day outing that begins with a scenic drive through Hafnarfjordur, Iceland's third most populated city and home to an annual Viking festival. Soon, arrive at the dreamlike Blue Lagoon, a dazzling, geothermally warmed pool continuously replenished from a mile underground by Svartsengi Power Plant. Swimsuit on, head into the inviting mineral-rich water, known to rejuvenate skin and soothe skin conditions. Delight in the water's milky, aquamarine blueness, a mix of white silica mud and blue-green algae, and the surrounding volcanic rocks. Wade in further to bridge two continents; the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet below the surface. Before leaving, discover an array of Blue Lagoon products in the spa's lovely gift shop. Experience the expansive fields of ancient basalt lava along the Reykjanes Peninsula during the return trip to port.

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Best of the Golden Circle & Icelandic Horse Show

8 hours | Reykjavik | REK-125
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur

Experience the divine beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle on a full-day excursion that begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its historic beauty. Your second stop is Gullfoss Waterfall, a spectacular three-tiered waterfall that plunges 104 feet. The Golden Circle's final stop is Strokkur, an amazing explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes. Witness the mind-blowing power of the steamy spouts, which erupt from the ground at boiling temperatures and blast as high as 60 feet. Next, is lunch followed by a horse show featuring Icelandic horses, which is a pure breed dating back 1,000 years. After the show, visit the stables, touch the horses, take pictures and talk to the riders while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the scenic ride on your way to Reykjavík, before ending at the pier.

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Super Truck 4X4 Adventure

4 hours | Reykjavik | REK-465
  • Geothermal Power Plant

Embark on a wild off-road adventure during this amazing half-day tour on an uber-tough "super truck" designed to tackle Iceland's rugged sub-Arctic tundra. Completely unique to Iceland, these powerful 4X4s employ the world's largest (?) road-legal tires. With a trained professional at the wheel, climb the Mountain Ulfarsfell in the outskirts of Reykjavik for a spectacular view over the city, then onwards to see stellar views of ancient volcanic terrain and Iceland's largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn, whose glasslike surface reflects the surrounding rocky tundra. Visit active volcano Hengill to view Iceland's second largest power plant, Nesjavellir, renowned for developing the nation's largest high-temperature field. Zip through lush farmland and birch forests to enjoy refreshments at Thrastarlundur then venture off the beaten path to navigate the Thousand Waters Trail, a luxuriant path crossing dense mud banks, crackling streams and flowing rivers. Relish the chance to experience Iceland's unique natural beauty at such close range before returning to port.

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Into the Blue Snorkeling Adventure

3.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-775
  • Thingvellir National Park

A true Icelandic adventure awaits when you take to the sparkling waters of Thingvellir National Park on an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Your snorkeling gear is included but please bring outdoor clothing and warm socks. This experience is suitable for beginners, as a guide will be on hand to assist. Travel via motorcoach from Reykjavik on an approximately 45-minute drive to the designated UNESCO national park, where you'll visit the Silfra fissure, a deep cleft formed when the two plates that separate Europe and North America drifted apart. Slip on a provided dry suit and snorkel gear and marvel at the water's clarity, offering up to 100 meters of visibility, as you float along on the gentle current. Frequently rated as one of the world's top dive sites, Silfra's underwater ecosystem, algae and rock formations make for dramatic photographs. After an hour of snorkeling, relax on the drive back to port.

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Glacier Walk & Waterfalls

9 hours | Reykjavik | REK-400

Journey to a frozen world of jagged ice formations, deep blue crevasses and dramatic sinkholes on this full-day, strenuous adventure into the other-worldly landscapes of Iceland's glaciers. Please wear warm and waterproof outdoor clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. Set off on a two-hour motorcoach ride that heads along the south coast through quaint villages and up along magnificent mountains and volcanoes en route to your icy destination. Along the way, stop to photograph spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Your glacier hike begins at Sólheimajökull, the frozen glacial tongue. Walk on the glacier as your guide imparts the history and observations of its breathtaking surroundings. It is an other-wordly scene, rugged, raw and an ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. On your return to Reykjavík, stop at Skógafoss waterfall for a late lunch before heading back to the city.

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Thingvellir National Park & Snow Truck Glacier Adventure

9 hours | Reykjavik | REK-475
  • Thingvellir National Park

Spend a day surrounded by glorious Mother Nature on an unforgettable excursion that begins with a scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge, an aboveground portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American plates. Then, get ready to climb up 2,200 feet over the mountain pass of Kaldidalur and have your cameras ready to photograph the stunning snow-capped Ok Mountain. Continuing on, you'll make your way to Langjökull, Europe's second largest glacier. Here, you'll transfer to a heated snow truck for an hour-long tour across the icy wilderness. After lunch in a nearby mountain hut, you'll reboard your coach and venture down into Borgarfjördur valley, home of the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Your day's final destination before returning to Reykavik is a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.

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Lava Fields & Lobster Tails by 4WD

6.5 hours | Reykjavik | REK-470

Your six-and-a-half-hour journey begins as soon as you board your 4x4 vehicle and make your way to Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. Here, you can get out, stretch your legs and take in the breathtaking views. Then, you'll continue to the lake's southern end for a walk near Krysuvik, a geothermal area known for its boiling pools of wildly colored mud known as solfataras. After a brief photo stop you'll continue on to Strandarkirkja church. The present structure was built in 1888 but a church has stood on the same spot since 1200 A.D. Next, is a delicious, langoustine lobster lunch in Stokkseyri, a coastal town famous for its black sandy beach. Finally, you'll wind your way back to Reykjavik over a trail of rivers, mud banks and an otherworldly terrain of steam vents and bore holes known as "The Thousand Waters."

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Countless Craters by Helicopter

1.75 hours | Reykjavik | REK-805
  • Blue Lagoon

Soar over Iceland's countryside and coastline and the lunar-like volcanic crates of Reykjanes Peninsula on an aerial flight adventure that showcases the spectacular geology and unique beauty of the island. After a short transfer by motorcoach, meet your expert pilot and settle into your helicopter seat for an approximately one-hour flight. Lift off above the stunning Reykjavik landscapes and great expanse of the ocean thundering along the coast. Thrill to vistas of untouched wilderness, the Seltún geothermal area, the rugged coastline, Blue Lagoon, and lakes Kleifarvatn and Grænavatn. At Eldvörp in the southwest part of the island, you'll spy a 10-km. crater bubbling with geothermal activity and steam rising from the depths of the earth creating an other-worldly experience. Your pilot offers an informative narrative about Iceland's volcanic history and ensures that you capture the very best photo opportunities from your nimble helicopter. Back on terra firma, return to the ship with a camera and heart filled with memories.

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