9 Must Do Activities in Reykjavik

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When you think of Reykjavik, The Northern Lights immediately spring to mind. However, there are so many other once-in-a-lifetime experiences to uncover in this fascinating destination… especially in the summer months when the lights aren’t such a feature. Below are nine of the best things to do in Reykjavik, and in reality, we’ve narrowed it down quite a lot!

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The Blue Lagoon

Now the Blue Lagoon is always on people’s bucket list when they’re heading to Iceland, but it can actually be incorporated into your break before you even arrive at your hotel. As the lagoon is located between the airport and the city itself, it’s a great idea to stop off on the way into town. Spend a couple of hours relaxing after a tiring flight, then head to your hotel refreshed and ready to explore! The best part – it maintains a toasty 36 degree Celsius temperature all year round.

Prime Time: All Year Round

Golden Circle

One of our key tours in Iceland, the Golden Circle Tour allows you to see some of the main highlights of the area. With two daily departures throughout the year, it’s a great addition to any break whatever month you visit. With either a full day, morning or afternoon tour, you’ll head to the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, where both the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, Gullfoss Waterfall, and see the world-famous Geysir geo-thermal area. In summer, there’s also a trip to a greenhouse where you can learn about how the locals make the most of their natural resources.

Prime Time: All Year Round

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Snorkelling between Continents

This has shot to the top of my bucket list, and it should definitely be on yours if you love a little adrenaline! The joining of the two tectonic plates allows you to swim between them in the Silfra, with visibility up to 140 feet! Discover the beauty of this underwater paradise with all equipment provided. But be warned – it’s still very cold!

Prime Time: Spring – Summer (April – August)

Warm Bath, Cool Lights

This tour does exactly what it says on the tin. Head over to the geothermal baths of the Laugarvtn Fontana and the Gufan steam baths, before making the iconic trip into the snowy landscape to spot the Northern Lights. The guides will help you spot the phenomenon, plus you’ll enjoy a delicious local buffet before your trip.

Prime Time: Winter – Spring (October – March)

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South Shore Beaches

Beaches aren’t exactly what you’d associate with the wintry, Icelandic setting, but trust us… they’re worth a visit! Take the South Shore Tour across the coast of the island, and witness the stunning beauty of the black sand beaches, courtesy of the volcanic landscape. You’ll also visit the quaint village of Vík í Mýrdalsee, famous for its jagged cliffs, home to thousands of local birds and wildlife, plus you’ll also have chance to see the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.

Prime Time: All Year Round

Mountain Biking through Lava Fields

Another one for the adrenaline junkies, this tour starts and ends at the Blue Lagoon (which you’ll definitely need to visit after this experience!). Take a mountain bike tour through the black lava fields and Green Moss, which changes colour with the weather. This scenery is like nowhere else on Earth and is definitely one to add to your itinerary.

Prime Time: Spring, Summer & Autumn (April – October)

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Whale Watching

A popular activity on a break in Reykjavik, our tours take you around the bay beside Reykjavik to see these mighty creatures in their natural habitat. With a 95-98% chance of sightings, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll enjoy this boat trip to remember. The tour guides will also give you thermal overalls and raincoats so you can enjoy the trip whatever the weather! The package also includes a seafood gratin meal & drink, as well as access to the Elding Whale Watching Boat Museum!

Prime Time: All Year (April-October is best)

Snowmobiling to the Glacier

Not for the faint-hearted, you can get to grips with super jeeps and snowmobiles allowing you to head on up to the glacier itself. Located in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, you’ll explore Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. All protective clothing and safety equipment will be provided, but the driving…well that’s up to you!

Prime Time: All Year Round

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Courtesy of @ReykjavikExcursions on Instagram

Ice Cave Experience

Hop aboard the 8-wheeled monster truck and brave the cold in Langjokull Ice Cave. This man-made cave offers an extraordinary experience below the surface of the rugged terrain. You can even see the multiple layers of ice that have frozen over the years! On the way back, you’ll take on the Kaldidalur, a rough highland road between mountains and glaciers completely void of vegetation!

Prime Time: Summer, Autumn & Winter (June to January)

See… we said there’s much more to Reykjavik and Iceland than meets the eye! It’s one of the most popular destinations of the year, so don’t be the one to miss out! For a full list of Iceland activities, see our Iceland Attractions page!