Icelands best day trips

Updated: Mar 30

Some countries you visit will steal your heart and for me, Iceland is everything you can dream of and you will never run out of things to do or new places to explore.

Reykjavik is Iceland's capital city home to approximately 123,000 people and is one of the most popular locations for tourists. If you are exploring the city make sure not to miss the Hallgrimskirkja Church, this unique building divides opinions but whether you love it or hate it it is undeniably an impressive structure. The entrance to the main building is free but if you want to go up the tower tickets are 1000 ISK pp (Approx. £5.60), tickets are sold in the church shop.


Opening Hours can vary seasonally so make sure you check before you plan your visit.


Top Tours Golden Circle

This tour will take you round some of the most spectacular sights and give you some amazing photo opportunities. Visiting the geothermal area which is littered with geysers and hot pools where there will also be some shops and a cafe. Next stop is Gullfoss, one of Icelands most striking waterfalls and the perfect place for photos. You will then visit Þingvellir National Park which has some breathtaking view and showcases the Great Atlantic Rift. (Lunch is not included in the tour.) Price - £56 Duration - 8 hours


Whale Watching

This is one of the most popular excursions Iceland offers while allowing you the chance to encounter whales and dolphins in the Faxaflói bay. Tours are around 3 hours, make sure you wear a warm layer as even with the suits they provide it can still be very cold.


If you are thinking about booking a tour check out Elding Whale Watching which is the company I used during my visit where I saw both Humpback and Minke whales. If no whales or dolphins make an appearance on your tour this company will give you a complimentary voucher which you can use on another night of the trip.


Price - 10990 ISK pp (Approx. £61)




Northern Lights

If you’re visiting between October and February you will have the best chance to see the Northern Lights (also known as aurora borealis) although can still see them in other months it is uncommon. Most tours are either by boat or coach but whichever you choose sightings are highly unpredictable. If you are lucky enough to see them it will be like nothing you've ever witnessed before and something you will certainly remember forever.




















Horse Riding

With trips catering to beginner and experienced riders, this is one of my ‘must do’ trips. Icelandic horses are the perfect way to explore unspoilt landscapes. Price - £50 - £90 Duration - 2-4 Hours

















Here are a few other things to check out on your visit...

  • Harpa Concert Hall and Old Harbour

  • Sun Voyager Sculpture

  • Ice caves tours

  • Puffin tours

  • Black beach trip

  • Fishing trips

  • Glacier tours

  • Lava tunnels tours

  • Snaefellsnes National Park tours



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