Day 1 in Reykjavik
Welcome to Reykjavik! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do.
This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour, taking in the city`s character, culture, and architecture. Some highlights include the Presidential Residence at Bessastadir, the famous Fish Market, the modern Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Open-Air Museum Arbaer, and much more.
Grab a hot dog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur stand, which has been operating since 1937 and is recognized as the best hot dog stand in Europe. Afterwards, unwind with the locals at Vesturbaejarlaug thermal pools for a relaxing dip. You`ll get a great taste of the culture by talking with all the locals that go here after work.
Finally, finish the evening with a tour of the Northern Lights. It is recommended to book the Northern Lights Tour for the first night. Whether or not the Northern Lights will be visible is a very scientific process. If there is no chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, tour operators will cancel by mid-afternoon. If the tour is canceled, simply re-book with the company for the following night. This will give you more of a chance to see the Northern Lights!
Day 2 in Reykjavik
Start the day off early and explore the essential sights of the Golden Circle, practically a requirement when visiting Iceland. This day long excursion will take you on a breathtaking ride around 186 miles of Iceland`s best-known natural wonders such as the the boiling pools of water at Strjokkur Geyser, the massive Gullfoss Waterfall, and the exposed edge of the North American tectonic plate at Thingvellir National Park.
After a busy day of sightseeing, stop at the Blue Lagoon for dinner and a relaxing soak in the milky blue waters while admiring the spectacular surroundings.
Day 3 in Reykjavik
Explore Iceland`s South Coast to see more natural wonders on an even more adventurous route than the Golden Circle. If you`re nervous about driving yourself, then we would recommend a bus tour since your guide will offer some great insight into the history and culture of the attractions and scenery you will be witnessing.
Some of the highlights on the South Coast will include the thundering Skogafoss Waterfall, one of Iceland`s biggest; Solheimajokull, which translates to `Home of the Sun Glacier`, about 8.5 miles long; the Black Sand Beaches at Vik, (a great lunch stop as well); Skogar Museum, packed with 15,000 historical artifacts from the area, this is no ordinary museum; and Seljalandsfoss, well-known for the fact that the water falls in front of a cave, which makes it possible to walk behind it.
Whatever your pleasure, be sure to check out our optional sightseeing tours for availability and prices.
Additional Days in Reykjavik
Should you be able to spend additional days in Reykjavik be sure to experience more of the sights and sounds of the capital city with its multitude of delicious restaurants, things to do, and nightlife. Start your day at the Church of Hallgrimur. Built between 1945 to 1986, it is an iconic symbol of Reykjavik and the largest and tallest structure in Iceland, visible from 12 miles away. For a magnificent view of the city, make sure you take an elevator trip up the 250 ft high tower. After, head to the Old Harbor on the edge of the city taking in the mountainous landscapes in the distance. Two sights to see along the way: the HARPA Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture.
Plan to grab some lunch at the Old Harbor for the Catch of the Day or fabulous fish and chips at Reykjavik`s oldest restaurant, Kaffivagninn, established in 1935. Enjoy the views across the harbor toward Hallgrimskirkja. Then hop on one of the whale watching cruises right from Old Port and gain some insight into some of Iceland`s most magnificent native wildlife. The tours usually last a couple hours, depending on what you choose, which will get you back in time for dinner and nightlife on Laugavegur Street.
Your Last Day In Reykjavik
Depart your hotel for the airport for your return home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer, if so a representative will meet you at the hotel, in time to take you to the airport for your flight out.