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Iceland Reykjavik City Break

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Location: Iceland

Day 1: WELCOME to ICELAND: Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 2: Great city tour: On this tour, you will get the highlights of the history and culture of Reykjavík, Iceland’s beautiful capital. This three-hour long tour takes you to the most important places of Reykjavík, including the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, named after the 17th-century poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. It is the highest church in Iceland at 74,5 metres high (244 ft.) and it took 41 years to build. Construction began in 1945 and didn’t end until 1986. It additionally houses the largest church organ in Iceland; it has 5275 pipes, is 15 metres high and weighs 25 tons. Other stops are, for example, Höfði, where the US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev President of the Soviet Union met to end the Cold War, and Bessastaðir, the official residence of the Icelandic president located at the beautiful Álftanes peninsula. Bessastaðir was first settled in the year 1000 and has since then been an important place in Iceland. Snorri Sturluson, the author of Snorra-Edda, lived there in the 13th century and later on it became a Royal Fortress and the residence of the Norse King’s highest ranking officers and officials living in Iceland. The tour ends at the beautiful Harpa concert hall and conference centre in downtown Reykjavík, which was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson. The guide will provide you with all the essential information regarding Reykjavík‘s rich culture, history and natural environment. This is the essential introduction to Iceland‘s capital!

Tour duration: 13:00 – 16:00.

On this tour you will see:

  • Höfði
  • Sólfarið
  • Harpa
  • Höfnin
  • Hallgrímskirkja
  • Harpa
  • Bessastaðir
  • Hafnarfjörður

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 2: Golden Circle Tour

Highlights

  • Visit Þingvellir, the birthplace of Iceland’s age-old democracy
  • Hear hair-raising stories of Þingvellir’s grislier sites
  • Witness the hypnotic power of Gullfoss falls
  • Watch a large geyser erupt and see Geysir, the namesake of all geysers
  • Explore Skálholt archeological site

ITINERARY

The Golden Circle is by far our most popular day trip, and for good reason! It’s packed with arguably the country’s most important sites and guided by some of our finest tour experts with extensive knowledge and experience of Iceland’s most revered sites.

A HARROWING HISTORY & FABULOUS FALLS: Our first stop is Þingvellir, the mainland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is not only where the tectonic plates are pulling apart creating a rift valley, but also the birthplace of the Althing, the world’s longest-running democratic parliament since 930 AD. Here we’ll learn the chilling stories behind Drowning Pool, Gallows Rock, Burning Gorge and Sand Banks of Slaughter. Deep in the interior we’ll find Gullfoss as it cascades into narrow Hvítárgljúfur canyon. The geology of the massive falls means it’s nearly impossible to photograph completely—you simply have to see it with your own eyes.

BUBBLING WITH EXCITEMENT: At Geysir geothermal area we’ll see a geyser hurling boiling water up to 30 meters in the air every 3-7 minutes, so you’re sure to catch the thrilling moment. The entire area is alive with geothermal activity, including bubbling mudpots, steam vents and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers.

ENCOUNTERING HISTORY: After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, which allows salmon to “climb” upstream, we reach the archeological museum under Skálholt church. Skálholt was the epicenter of culture, politics and learning in Iceland for over 700 years. Outside we’ll explore a replica turf house, Iceland’s heritage building style.

STORIES OF A LIFETIME: While any one of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their own nuances by our brilliant storyteller guides. It’s not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time. Don’t just see the sites—experience Iceland through the eyes of a tour expert with Arago Travels.

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 3: South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike Tour

Highlights

  • The picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Black volcanic sand beaches and rock formations
  • Walking on Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Reynisdrangar rock pillars

ITINERARY

This tour takes you to south Iceland travelling through lush farmlands with views of powerful volcanoes and glaciers, black sand beaches and thundering waterfalls. First in a series of natural landmarks is Skógafoss waterfall, arguably the country‘s most iconic waterfall and one of south Iceland‘s star attraction. Viking legends tell of a treasure buried in a cave behind the waterfall. From Skógafoss we travel east to Reynisfjara beach that features the dramatic and imposing Garðar, a pyramid of basalt columns known as the “organ pipes” that jostle the surrounding cliffs and caves. From Reynisfjara you travel west to Sólheimajökull glacier for a 2 hour walk in a spellbinding glacier landscape. Combination of expansive views, jagged peaks, cool blue glaciers and wide-open sky provide a steady stream of amazing photographic opportunities. Heading back to Reykjavik from Sólheimajökull your last but by no means the last is the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can literally walk behind a curtain of water which is certainly a moment you’ll want to capture on camera.

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 4: Explore Reykjavik on your own. In the evening REYKJAVÍK WHALES IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN tour. Witness the whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds of Faxaflói Bay in the most exciting way possible: beneath the Midnight Sun. This tour from Reykjavík should not be missed by those who love wildlife and nature. You will start this nighttime adventure at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, where your whale watch boat will be awaiting you. You will board, but if you are early, can explore a floating museum first, which is home to several interactive exhibitions on the great creatures of Iceland’s seas. As soon as you set out, you will get fantastic views of the city and the surrounding nature; you will see Mount Esja, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Whale Fjord, Hvalfjörður. In very clear weather, you’ll also be able to see all the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. While all of these sites are beautiful throughout the year, they are even more special when beneath the midnight sun, which paints the sky vivid oranges and pinks. Faxaflói Bay has a wealth of life, which peaks in the summer. Both Humpback and Minke Whales use the waters as feeding grounds, and White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises are year-round residents. Puffins bob on the surface of the water, amongst many other species of seabird, while Basking Sharks are, on occasion, seen cruising beneath. You’ll spend three hours marvelling over this spectacular wealth of wildlife. Even in summer, it can get a little chilly on the seas, but worry not. You can borrow overalls, there is an indoor saloon, and a cafe at which you can warm up with a hot drink or an alcoholic one. Marvel over the animals of Faxaflói Bay, under the midnight sun.

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 5: Explore Reykjavik on your own.

Blue Lagoon Tour: Get the most out of your stay in the spectacular Blue Lagoon. Included in the premium package is entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of a bathrobe and a towel, slippers, 1st drink of your choice, algae mask, table reservation and sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant. Reykjavik Excursions offers great flexibility in Blue Lagoon tours. After having enjoyed all that the Blue Lagoon has to offer you can either return to Reykjavík. Please make sure to view our Blue Lagoon Schedule for your return. The return ticket is flexible/open and can be used on all departures from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavík.

Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Day 6: After beakfast Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.