Looking for the best tours in Iceland? You have come to the right place. Iceland is an amazing country full of waterfalls, rugged landscapes, and some breathtaking sights. In fact, there is so much to do in Iceland it can be overwhelming deciding what are the best Iceland day tours and the best Iceland guided tours.
We will go through the best tours in Iceland one by one so you can get to see the best of Iceland’s incredible natural wonders and make the most out of your trip.
Whether you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience such as whale watching, exploring an ice cave, or seeing the spectacular Northern Lights, seeing the Blue Lagoon, or you just want to enjoy the Icelandic scenery with a tour of The Golden Circle, we have covered them all.
These Iceland guided tours will make your Icelandic experience even more unforgettable.
Whether you go in the winter or the summer there is always something to see and to make the best of your Iceland adventure make sure you are prepared and dress accordingly for the weather and terrain.
Best Day Tours In Iceland Worth The Cost
Secret Lagoon Tour From Reykjavik ( 5 hours)
Bath in a hot spring in the village of Flúðir, In this Secret Lagoon Tour With transfers from Reykjavik you will visit Gamla Laugin, as it is known locally, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. Fully renovated it has an indoor changing area, lockers, showers, and food and drink are available to buy.
About a 1 ½ minutes’ drive outside of Reykjavik you get to spend two whole hours relaxing at the secret lagoon before returning.
Don’t forget to bring your swimwear and a towel and a water bottle as you will need to stay hydrated at the springs.
One of the best tours in Iceland for a realizing coupe of hours.
Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition ( I hour)
Only in Iceland can you explore an underground lava tunnel. This Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition meets at Raufarhólshellir (30 minutes drive from the capital) and you get to explore the longest and best-known lava tunnels in Iceland.
The tunnel is a work of nature and you will see the incredible lava formations that are rarely seen outside of Iceland. The terrain can be rough and crampons are provided in winter, the surface is often uneven and you will walk up and down steep stairs, so be aware. You will experience the ever-changing colors, landscape, and geological features while getting all the history and information you need form the experienced guide.
One of the more unique best tours in Iceland.
From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour ( 11 hours)
One of the best Iceland tours if you wanting to see the spectacular volcanic craters of Kirkjufell and Ljósufjöll. this Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour is packed full of beautiful scenery.
You will also get to visit the charming fishing villages of Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi and Hellnar and the black beaches of Djúpalónssandur. This is one of the Iceland day tours that pack in a lot.
Departing from Reykjavik, this leisurely tour also takes in the majestic glacier of Snæfellsjökull. You will see volcanic peaks, golden and black beaches, sparkling fjords, fishing villages a majestic glacier. It’s a one day Iceland experience that is well worth the money.
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Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields (2 hours)
Horse riding through Lava fields –only in Iceland !
With an optional pick up in Reykjavik, this Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields is one of those only in Iceland experiences. From the Íshestar Stables in Hafnarfjörður, you will experience a 1.2 – 2 hours horseback journey through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides.
The horses are friendly and the riding paths excellent so you don’t need to be an experienced horse rider to enjoy this experience. The stables are 10 minutes drive from Reykjavík and are set in beautiful surroundings. The horses are well looked after and the staff take pride in their job.
All equipment needed will be provided and there are lockers on site. There really is nothing like seeing incredible rock formations in the lava from the saddle of a horse.
Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience 5 -14 hours
One of the best ways to explore Iceland is on foot and this is one of the best Iceland guided tours to do that. This Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience is a must for anyone who loves hiking.
This Iceland day tours allow you to enjoy Southern Highland of Fjallabak taking in the wonders of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Soothing hot springs, extraordinary colored mountain peaks, clear blue lakes and an active volcano; this is a unique tour. You get to take in some of Iceland’s most unique destinations, all with the expert support of your guide.
The 4-hour hike starts off with lunch and you walk through lava fields to the Brennisteinsalda mountain, known for its colorful peak and steaming vents. You then start the descent through the Grænagil canyon, which is like nothing we have ever seen.
Depending on the time and conditions you can also climb a 60,000-year-old volcano and bath in hot natural pools.
A real outdoors experience
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik
No trip to Iceland would be complete without a visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and this Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik is a great way to see it.
This tour is one of the best Iceland tours if you want to explore the dramatic landscape of the south of Iceland. You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik then you will travel up the southern coast to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
The lagoon is an incredible sight; it’s the largest and deepest glacier lagoon in Iceland with some of the icebergs speckled blue and black, and thousands of years old.
During the summer season, you can go on a boat trip to get closer to the lagoon and surrounding area. You will also get to visit the nearby diamond beach, which is an incredible sight. You then make the return trip to Reykjavik with a stop off at the beautiful Seljalandsfos waterfall, which you can walk behind, weather permitting, and there is an additional stop in Iceland’s southernmost village at Vík for dinner.
A full day out with lots to see.
Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion (2-3 hours)
With so much to see in Iceland, we can often forget the incredible animal life that Iceland has to offer.
We highly recommend taking a whale-watching excursion while in Iceland, it really is one of the best Iceland tours.
Your tour starts with a boat trip from Reykjavik harbor where you will start to see the rich marine life that Iceland’s waters have to offer. From minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins, there is a lot to see. The peak whale watching season is April to October but you never know what you might catch a glimpse of.
The tour lasts between 2-3 ½ hours depending on the time of year and an added bonus is the Icelandic scenery which looks so majestic from the water.
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Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure – Small Group Adventure 2-4 hours
A unique and exotic underwater experience in the waters of Iceland’s Thingvellir Lake. This top-rated dive site has great visibility and is one of the great Iceland guided tours. Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure is an incredible experience.
This tour takes you from Reykjavik to the heart of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. You can enjoy the stunning scenery on the way before taking an hour’s snorkeling experience with your guide.
You will swim over the divide between the American and European continental plates where the underwater views are breathtaking. It is one of the best places to see on your Iceland Itinerary!
All required equipment will be provided.
South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour (3 hours)
One of the best tours in Iceland has to be a visit to a Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour. And this South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour is a great one. The ice caves are formed by the water in the summer that runs down from the glacier forming an extraordinary natural phenomenon.
The position, structure, and condition of these caves changes yearly and your guide will make sure you get to explore the best magical blue ice cave on your tour.
This tour meets at the cafe at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and then the caves are approximately a 20 to 30-minute drive where you get to enjoy the scenery of the Vatnajökull National Park.
The walk to the ice caves is then approximately 5 -15 minutes and you will get between one and one-and-a-half hours to explore inside.
A really unique and breathtaking tour tour
Reykjavik 3-Hour Small-Group Northern Lights Tour
If you are visiting Iceland during the winter months then you want to see the Northern Lights, I mean that is why most people travel to Iceland during the winter. Obviously seeing the Northern lights is never guaranteed but if you do it will be a lasting memory.
If you are thinking of the best Iceland tours to take the Reykjavik 3-Hour Small-Group Northern Lights Tour is a good option.
You spend an evening searching for the Northern Lights with an experienced guide and if you are lucky you will catch this spectacular natural phenomenon.
This tour is a small group and we love the added extra of hot chocolate and ginger biscuits. If you are looking for more, we have the 10 Best Northern Lights Tours In Iceland!
Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater ( 8 Hours)
No visit to Iceland would be complete without a tour of the delights of the Golden circle. The Golden Circle is a tourist route in southern Iceland. It covers approximately 300 km and contains some of the most loved and well-visisted tourist attractions.
On this Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater you get to see the best of southwest Iceland with someone else taking the driving strain.
Starting in Reykjavik, this tour takes in the spectacular Geysir area, the cascading Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, and the active hot spring of Strokkur. And you will of course also see the volcanic crater at Lake Kerið.
This is a packed itinerary which lets you see a unique selection of what Iceland has to offer and of course you get to enjoy and marvel at the passing scenery. If you still aren’t sure, we have a blog post that breaks down some of the Best Golden Circle Tours in Iceland!
Here are a few more Golden Circle tours for you to also have a look at. They are some of the best Iceland tours all with a slightly different itinerary.
Best Multi-Day Tours Of Iceland
If you really want to make the best of Iceland then it may be that you want to embark on a multi-day tour. They are some of the best tours in Iceland and allow you to sit back while someone else does all the work. If you are not someone who likes planning, organizing and researching then leaving it all up to someone else might be the perfect option for you.
You will get to see some of the most incredible sights in the knowledge that an experienced guide is leading you.
You can get Iceland yours anywhere from 2 – 10 days the most popular seeming to be 5 days or 3 days.
These multi-day tours will allow you to combine a more leisurely trip with some extreme sightseeing, giving you the best of both worlds.
Choosing a tour depends on your budget, the time available to you, and the areas you want to see. We have listed some of the best and highly rated Iceland guided tours below. There is a tour for everyone so we are sure you will find one perfect for you. Whichever tour you decide we know you will have the most incredible time and we can’t wait to hear all about it.
Reykjavik: 3-Day Relaxation and Exploration Package
This tour has you relaxing in the Secret Lagoon, exploring the landscape of the south coast, and taking in the beauty of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Notable places you visit include: Secret Lagoon, Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Solheimajökull glacier and the fishing villages of Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur, Hellnar, and Arnarstapi
A great three day experience of Icleand
Iceland 5-Day Snaefellsnes, South Coast, and Northern Lights
This is a 5-day, south Iceland tour which offers stunning waterfalls, black beaches, hot springs, and stunning scenery.
Explore the best of Snaefellsnes and the South of Iceland on this 5-day tour. See the famous Golden Circle, stunning waterfalls, hot springs, black sand beaches, and so much more on this small-group tour.
Notable places you visit include: Snaefellsnes, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Reykholt, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, the black beach of Djupalonssandur, Mt. Kirkjufell Mountain, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. You also spend a magical day at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave Adventure
If you have the time and money this really is a trip that is well worth it and allows you to see so much.
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Iceland 3-Day Tour Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, & Ice Cave
This three-day adventure starts in Reykjavik and allows you to see many of the natural attractions Iceland has to offer.
Notable places you visit include: Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and an ice cave visit. You will also visit Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring area and spend a day glacier hiking
This is a jam-packed three day adventure
Iceland 3-Day Akureyri, Myvatn, and North Iceland Tour
This tour allows you to explore the wonders of North Iceland in a small group. You will visit the colorful villages of Akureyri and Myvatn as well as visiting geothermal fields, stunning natural attractions, and volcanic landscapes
Notable places you visit include: Grabrok volcanic crater, Hvitserkur basalt stack, Godafoss waterfall, Lake Myvatn Region and a whale watching adventure
A great multi tour in the often-overlooked Northern region.
From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour
This multi-day comes in multiple formats and takes in the famous ring road areas and some hidden spots that are often uncrowded.
Notable places you visit: Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Glubrabui waterfalls, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach, Dettifoss and Godafoss, at Hvammstangi Seal Center and Kolugjufur Canyon
A trip that really takes in most of the sights and will be a tour that you will never forget.
And if you go on these tours in the winter there is always a possibility that you will also see The Northern Lights.
As you can see, Iceland has a lot to offer. It really is one of those countries that has something to suit everyone. We hope this list of the best tours in Iceland has helped you decided which is the best for you. We know you will have an incredible time whatever you decide and we wish you an amazing trip.