Reykjavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Iceland

Introduction to Reykjavik, Iceland

Overlooked by the impressive Hallgrímskirkja bell tower, Reykjavik is a stunning city with a number of interesting museums and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders within easy reach. Highlights include the Blue Lagoon Spa, Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and the Geysir hot spring area.

Reykjavik – Iceland’s stunning capital – is the country’s cultural centre. Home to a number of museums, galleries and exhibitions and boasting an impressive array of cafes, restaurants and bars, there is so much to enjoy in this vibrant, picturesque city.

Located in southwest Iceland - an area characterised by vast peninsulas, coves, straits and islands - Reykjavik is only a short distance from some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders and interesting locations. The Blue Lagoon Spa, the Thingvellir National Park and the Althing – the world’s oldest parliament – are all within easy reach. The renowned Gullfoss waterfall, ‘Golden Falls’ and the incredible Geysir hot springs are slightly further afield, but are worth making the effort to visit.

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – Reykjavik’s little bit of paradise - is not-to-be-missed. The geothermal is a very popular tourist attraction thanks to its sandy beach and geothermal lagoon where cold sea and hot geothermal waters meet to produce higher temperatures. Here you will find hot-tubs, steam baths and various water sports to try.

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Icelandic food

A TASTE OF ICELAND

  • Savour the true tastes of Iceland with a delicious langoustine meal
  • Discover a different view – taking you to the lesser known areas
  • Enjoy the ever changing landscapes of Iceland 
Activity Tour
Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

This tour offers some of Iceland’s most memorable sights, along with a feast of authentic Icelandic langoustine.

Your tour begins with a leisurely drive through Reykjavík and then, leaving the city behind, you will soon admire the wild landscape dotted with flowers, grassy lowlands, bogs and marshes. As you approach the small town of Eyrarbakki you might be able to see the active volcano Mountain Hekla in the distance. Arriving in Stokkseyri, a pretty coastal town famous for its black sand beach and museums dedicated to Iceland’s ghosts, elves and trolls, it will be here that you head to the local restaurant that specialises in Icelandic lobster and langoustine, plucked fresh from the ocean.

With your stomach full, you will next drive along the coast towards Lake Kleifarvatn. The barren, moonscape surroundings are uniquely beautiful and fascinating. At the southern end of the lake there is a colourful geothermal field, Seltún. Embark on a short stroll to admire the powerful jets of steam that escape from below the earth’s crust, which create multi coloured pools of boiling mud which bubble and pop continuously. At the northern end of the lake you will enjoy another short stop to enjoy the enchanting scenery before heading back to Reykjavík and your awaiting ship.  

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will include a minimal amount of walking; there will be an approximate 20 metre walk to reach the restaurant for lunch. Although walking is limited, there will be an optional 500 metre walk at Seltún, over a wooden walkway - guests can remain on the coach if they wish, however guests will not be able to see the multi coloured pools from the coach. Places of interest may be seen in a different order to that described.

 


Njarovik Viking Museum in Rekyjavik, Iceland

GEOTHERMAL LANDSCAPE AND VIKING HISTORY

  • Experience Icelandic images including unforgettable bubbling mud pools
  • Immerse yourself as Iceland’s Viking past is brought to life
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

The Reykjanes Peninsula holds many geological wonders – one of the country’s deepest lakes and bubbling and steaming earth. This tour visits these remarkable places along with a museum dedicated to the nation’s Viking history.

Start with a pleasant drive through Hafnarfjörður town, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. Continue along the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, where you have a short photo stop of one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. You will then head to the geothermal fields of Krýsuvík where the striking landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions. Witness the powerful jets of steam escaping from deep below the earth’s crust, and multicoloured pools of boiling mud of the fumaroles.

After viewing the geothermal fields of Krýsuvík you drive though the bustling fishing village of Grindavík over the lava-covered Reykjanes peninsula to the outskirts of the small town of Njarðvík and the Viking Museum. You will see Icelander (Islendingur) - a fully seaworthy replica of an average sized Viking ship. It is 23 metres long and 5.25 metres wide and would have carried a crew of 70. The shipbuilder Gunnar Eggertsson travelled onboard the replica to America and back in 2000, to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of his countrymen navigating to and discovering North America.

The return drive goes back through the Reykjanes lava fields, to reach your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking on this tour – approximately two hours in total - over some uneven and sloping ground, and steps will be encountered. The geothermal area can be seen from the coach, there are also wooden walkways around part of the site. At the Viking Ship Museum there are stairs (and a lift) to an upper floor overlooking the ship. All tour participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Part of the journey may be over uneven gravel roads, however the majority of the journey will be on tarmac roads. It should be noted that refreshments are not included, but can be purchased at the Museum if you wish.


Super Jeep Patrol, Reykjavik, Iceland

GLACIER EXPERIENCE

  • A once-in-a-lifetime chance to adventure onto a glacier 
  • Your super truck will take you through the dramatic scenery
  • Have your camera ready for the amazing sights you will see
Activity Tour
Price£350.00-£400.00
DurationApproximately 9 Hours
LimitationLimited spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

This exhilarating 4x4 glacial adventure takes you on an unforgettable journey to the second largest ice cap in Iceland. It is an adventure of a different kind as we’ll visit a new attraction – the man-made glacier cave, “Ice Cave Iceland”, located high on Europe’s second largest glacier.

At the pier you will board your 4x4 Super Truck and drive to the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss – two picturesque waterfalls that provide an ideal photo opportunity. From the waterfalls you’ll drive to Húsafell – a green oasis near the edge of the glacier where you will enjoy lunch. You’ll get back in your Super Truck and continue up on to the glacier, drive on the white wilderness until you reach the ice cave.

Langjökull Glacier is the second largest ice cap in Iceland. Your expert driver will drive across this wilderness of ice and snow. You’ll stop on the glacier to visit a man-made ice cave which will take you closer to the ‘heart of the glacier’. Here you will walk through halls of blue ice and experience the colours and density of the glacier.

From the glacier you’ll re-board your bus and travel through the dramatic Kaldidalur (‘Cold Valley’). This mountain road is one of the highest mountain roads in Iceland and is only open for a limited time during the year. Eventually you’ll reach your final destination, Þingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that ranks at the top of Iceland’s attractions.

Þingvellir is situated in a rift valley that offers incredible views of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Not only is the area of tremendous geological interest, it is also where the legislative parliament, the Alþing, was founded in the year 930.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires a certain amount of stamina so is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Participants will have approximately one hour of walking in total and need to be able to board the super truck - we can not guarantee a completely smooth ride. We do not recommend this tour to guests suffering from neck or back injuries or pregnant ladies. Please wear sensible shoes and warm clothing – layers, including a windproof jacket, that you can remove if necessary are best - as even on a sunny day it will be cold on the glacier. Please note that the glacier drive will last approximately one hour, subject to weather and snow conditions. Please note that this tour will be operated with a driver and English speaking guide.  Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Any changes made on the day of the tour may incur a charge to your onboard account.

 


Waterfalls in Reykjavik, Iceland

GLACIER EXPERIENCE

  • A once in a lifetime chance to adventure onto a glacier 
  • Your super truck will take you through the dramatic scenery
  • Have your camera ready for the amazing sights you will see
Activity Tour
Price£160.00 - £200.00
DurationApproximately 8.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Your adventure begins at the pier, as you board your larger than life super truck and head into the Icelandic landscape for an amazing day.

Travel to Iceland’s first National Park – Thingvellir. The outstanding scenery here is of tremendous geological and historic interest. The area is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plain of green moss and wild flowers. Continue through the hinterland, along the dramatic ‘Cold Valley’ and onto the ice cap. The spectacular Langjökull Glacier is a continuous, solid shield of ice, in places up to 900 metres thick and approximately 1,000 square kilometres in area - it is the country’s second largest glacier.

Here your expert driver will take your super truck adventure to the next level as he takes you on a once in a lifetime journey over the ice and snow. After this amazing experience you will head back to the woodlands of Húsafell and to your lunch venue. Refreshed you will drive to the nearby waterfalls of Hraunfoss and Barnafoss – two of Iceland’s most picturesque. The water emerges in many small falls from beneath a lava field. Your return to Reykjavík takes you through the Hvalfjordur tunnel and along the coastline.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires a certain amount of stamina so is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Participants will have approximately one hour of walking in total and need to be able to board the super truck - we can not guarantee a completely smooth ride. We do not recommend this tour to guests suffering from neck or back injuries or pregnant ladies. Please wear sensible shoes and warm clothing – layers, including a windproof jacket, that you can remove if necessary are best - as even on a sunny day it will be cold on the glacier. Please note that the glacier drive will last approximately one hour, subject to weather and snow conditions. Please note that this tour will be operated with a driver and English speaking guide.  Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


Reykjavik, Iceland

HIGHLIGHTS OF REYKJAVIK

  • Discover the city of Reykjavík from the comfort of your coach
  • Enjoy this classic city tour to take in the highlights
  • Admire the wonderful view from the Pearl
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

With around 190,000 inhabitants, Reykjavík – meaning ‘smoky bay’, from the geothermal activity taking place in the area – is certainly amongst the smallest capital cities in the world. Discover some of the many highlights from the comfort of your coach.

Begin with a drive through the city’s main recreational and sports area of Laugardalur, passing the Olympic sized, open-air swimming pool, which is filled with thermal water, and open all year round. The pool is considered a prime example of the seemingly endless natural hot water source, which supplies Iceland.  

Drive past the open-air museum at Arbaer where selected old houses have been reconstructed. The museum has been created around the old farm of Arbaer, first mentioned in written records in 1464. Continuing you cross the Ellida River - one of the world’s cleanest salmon rivers known to flow through a capital city, before stopping at The Pearl or Perlan. Here, the panorama from the viewing platform is splendidly clear making it a great place for a view of Reykjavík!

Next, drive past the Hallgrímskirkja Church, and head for the charming old quarter of Reykjavík with its colourful wooden houses and narrow streets. Passing the city lake, Tjornin, with its rich birdlife you skirt the university complex, before heading towards the old harbour area. Returning to the pier you follow the coastline, passing the Hofdi house where the summit meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Russia Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev was held in 1986.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is predominantly a driving tour to see some of the many highlights Reykjavík has to offer. An approximate 30 minute stop is scheduled at the Pearl vantage point where there are toilet facilities. Walking is limited, optional at the short photo stop, but includes approximately 50 metres to and from The Pearl - lifts are used to reach the viewing platform but there could be a short wait to use them. Places of interest may be seen in a different order to that described.


Blue Lagoon, Reykjav�k, Iceland

ICE & FIRE: GLACIERS & VOLCANOES

  • Take off on a flightseeing adventure over Iceland’s natural wonders
  • Have your camera ready to capture glaciers and volcanoes from above
  • This once in a lifetime tour will give you memories to treasure
Activity Tour
Price£450.00-£500.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours (1-1 ½ hours flying time)
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

If you think that Iceland looks good from the ground – wait until you have seen it from the air. This never-to-be-forgotten trip shows the sharply contrasting faces of Iceland’s natural features – glaciers and volcanoes.

This magnificent tour will take you over the Tindfjallajokull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers – and volcano of the same name, which brought the world to a standstill when it erupted in 2010. Between the ice and snowfields you will see Hekla, the most famous of Iceland’s volcanoes which last erupted in 2000. Other places of interest viewed will include Thingvellir – site of the world’s oldest parliament – the Gullfoss golden waterfall and Geysir – one of the world’s outstanding geothermal areas and the origin of the English word ‘geyser’.

The valley of Thórsmörk is considered one of the pearls of Icelandic nature. In the shelter of three glaciers, a most glorious oasis has formed. This magnificent valley is only accessible by jeep, due to numerous glacial rivers. You will also fly over the area of Landmannalaugar – a region that lies in the highlands of Iceland and is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country because of its various volcanoes and the special colouring of the landscape. Pink and blue ashes as well as black lava are found at the volcano Blahnjukur and red, brown and yellow are seen at the sides of another volcano next to it.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions, and can be cancelled at the pilot’s discretion. Please note that although there is not a maximum weight allowance, guests are not permitted to take up more than one seat. For safety reasons, guests cannot be carried on to the aircraft – there will be steps. The size of plane used will depend upon actual numbers booked. Kindly note that flight routes taken are subject to weather conditions and may vary accordingly. Transfers to and from the domestic airport are included. Please note that this tour will not be guided.


Harpa building in Reykjavik, Iceland

PEARLS OF ICELANDIC SONGS

  • Experience a memorable, traditional performance
  • Glimpse the delicate life of Icelanders in the past, performed through song
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Be invited to enjoy a special concert featuring traditional Icelandic songs in Reykjavík’s new Concert Hall and Conference Centre - Harpa.

Driving from the quayside you will travel to the Harpa Concert Hall, where you will embark on a guided visit of this intriguing building. It is a fairly recent, but long-awaited, addition to Reykjavík’s cityscape. It is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. The building dominates the old harbour with modern architectural lines and an impressive glass façade. The design was inspired by Icelandic nature and the main idea was to create geometric shapes reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland.

After the guided visit, you will then attend a concert showcasing traditional Icelandic songs performed by some of Reykjavík’s finest musical acts. For many years the Icelandic nation have had to survive natural difficulties such as volcanic eruptions, dark winters and harsh weather and in an effort of creativity they attempted to make life more meaningful by singing songs for one another. After this special concert you will drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a minimal amount of walking with five flights of stairs inside the concert hall - there will be lifts, however there may be a wait to use them. The performance will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Please note that the concert may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests.

 


Puffins, Iceland

PUFFIN PARADISE

  • Spot the beautiful puffin and other birdlife
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to admire these wonderful little birds
  • Take a relaxing journey on a charming wooden boat which hugs the island’s coastline
Boat Tour
Price£70.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This tour offers the unique opportunity to get closely acquainted with the colourful Atlantic puffin and its protected island habitats near the coastline of Reykjavik. 

Iceland is the largest breeding ground for the Atlantic puffin and has been a constant companion to the coastal communities since the settlement. This proximity and the puffin’s prominent appearance have earned it the affectionate nickname “archdeacon”. Its monk-like attire and the way in which the birds hold themselves upright on land and waddle along, rather like old distinguished men, has attributed to the moniker. 

The puffins are colonial nesters that prefer the cliffs of islands that are free from terrestrial predators. Near Reykjavik they inhabit the islands of Akurey and Lundey while raising their offspring. Fifteen thousand pairs are believed to nest on Akurey, while approximately ten thousand pairs nest on Lundey. In order to preserve these large nesting grounds the islands have been protected as nature reserves and no one is allowed on land during the nesting season.

The expedition begins from Reykjavik harbour where we’ll board our boat that is especially designed to get close to the islands. We’ll get an excellent view of the numerous birds that rest on the islands. The guide on board has excellent knowledge of the ornithology of the area. Besides the puffins guests are likely to spot fulmars, cormorants, eider ducks, black guillemots, lesser-backed gulls and black-headed gulls. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that guests will need to board the boat via a gangplank which can be quite steep; there may also be steps to negotiate. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users unless they are able to board the boat unaided. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions – warm layers are recommended. Certainly bring binoculars if you have them. We cannot guarantee which birdlife will be seen.


Blue Lagoon, Reykjav�k, Iceland

RELAXING IN THE BLUE LAGOON

  • Indulge in the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Set in the heart of the Icelandic landscape, discover one of the island’s most prominent and unique attractions
Activity Tour
Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Blue Lagoon – a geothermal spa – is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Spend approximately two hours here to relax and enjoy the wonderful landscape.

The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. The mineral rich water of the lagoon – reputed for its healing properties – is a warm 37-39°C (99-102°F). The blueness of the water, the steam and the four metre high lava wall surrounding the lagoon create a unique atmosphere. This natural and very popular health spa is now a major attraction in the region, and one of the most visited places on the island. The facilities here include a tax-free shop, café and good changing room facilities.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the Blue Lagoon is not a swimming pool for regular swimming – rather a unique, relaxing bathing experience. There are separate changing areas and showers for men and women. For reasons of hygiene, participants must take a shower without swimwear before entering the lagoon. Lockers are provided. If you forget your own towel, one can be hired for approximately £5 (payable in Icelandic Krona, Euros or credit card). There is a walk of approximately 200 metres each way, to and from the coach park, over even and paved but slightly sloping ground. The coach journey to the Blue Lagoon will take approximately 45 minutes each way. 


Tuk Tuk in Reykjavik, Iceland

REYKJAVIK’S OLD TOWN BY TUK TUK

  • Discover the wonderful city by a unique mode of transport – a tuk tuk
  • The tuk tuks provide great access through the tiny, quirky streets of the old town which larger vehicles cannot access
  • Hop in and enjoy a ride through Reykjavík’s old town
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 1 ½ hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Experience the intriguing history and diverse architecture of the oldest part of Reykjavík in a different and eco-friendly way.

Leaving the quayside by tuk tuk, you will embark on a historical journey - your guide will tell exciting tales from the past and present. Travel through the oldest parts of Reykjavík, from the fishing cottages by the harbour to the finer houses on the hill of Þingholt. See how the modern day meets the ancient fishing shacks in Grandi, and explore the unique neighbourhoods where every house is of a different colour. Marvel at the city’s landmarks such as the City Hall, Parliament, the city pond and Harpa concert hall before arriving back at the quayside and your awaiting ship. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Each tuk tuk will carry up to six guests and be operated by your driver/guide. Please note that the tuk tuks will enjoy three different stops - participants can remain in the tuk tuks at any of the stops if they wish, although this is not recommended in order to get the most out of this tour. Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate wheelchair users. There will be an inside visit at the City hall, explanations will be given, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. Each vehicle is specially modified with a heating system and wind covers to meet the ever changing Icelandic weather.

 


4x4 tour in Reykjavik, Iceland

SUPER 4x4 ADVENTURE

  • Get ready for an action-packed adventure
  • Enjoy an exhilarating off-road journey in a 4x4 super truck
  • Admire the magical landscape, carved by ice, volcanoes and time
Activity Tour
Price£130.00-£170.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Crafted for uniquely tough conditions, super trucks - a result of decades of insular technical innovation and evolution – are a great way to see this unique landscape!

This 4x4 adventure will take you to places magically created by the power of volcanoes, ice and time; places where the forces of nature have effortlessly carved their way through the nation’s history, leaving the most wonderous terrain for man and machine to explore.

Leaving Reykjavík behind, heading up the mountain road of Úlfarsfell, you will have a spectacular view over the city and the bay. Continue to the Hengill Mountain area – Hengill is an active volcano, evidenced by its numerous hot springs and fumaroles even though the last eruption occurred approximately 2,000 years ago. The energy is captured at the geothermal power plant of Nesjavellir. Stop near here at a vantage point with a panoramic view over Lake Thingvallavatn and the surrounding area known as Bláskógar, or Blue Forests – a truly breathtaking view.

From Nesjavellir you take the gravel road along Lake Thingvallavatn, driving through lush woodlands to Hveragerði Village, where you make a short comfort stop before continuing on your adventure. Heading off the beaten track, by way of a trail known as the Thousand Waters, your convoy will then wind its way through numerous rivers, mud banks and streams – enjoy the ride and savour the unique opportunity to experience Iceland’s untamed natural beauty. Finally returning to tarmac, you will head back to the city of Reykjavík.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that, to reach the summit of Mount Úlfarsfell, you will be required to walk approximately 250 metres. Guests will be required to negotiate a deep step in order to board the vehicle; therefore this tour is regrettably not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be travelling off road so please be prepared to be bumped around. We do not recommend this tour to guests suffering from neck or back injuries or pregnant ladies. This tour may operate in a different order to that described, and some sites may be substituted for similar natural attractions.


Golden Circle, Rekjavik, Iceland

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

  • Discover the fascinating natural landscapes of Iceland
  • Visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights
  • Admire the ‘Big Three’ natural phenomena 
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 8.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Discover the ‘Big Three’ of Reykjavík – Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. Collectively they are known as the Golden Circle – the fantastic natural wonders for which Iceland is justly renowned.

Leave the pier and head for Thingvellir National Park, approximately 50 kilometres inland to experience some of the most outstanding scenery in the country. Thingvellir ranks at the top of Iceland’s tourist attractions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The outstanding scenery here is of tremendous geological and historic interest. The area is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plain of green moss and wild flowers.

Your tour then continues to the mighty Gullfoss – the ‘Golden Waterfall’ – the most famous of the country’s many waterfalls. Here the Hvita River drops 30 metres in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. During your next stop, at the Geysir area, you can admire the hissing springs and other geothermal activity. The active Strokkur geyser spouts every few minutes. Lunch is served at a restaurant in the Geysir vicinity.

On the way back to Reykjavík you will have a short comfort stop at the greenhouse village of Hveragerði.

L1720 - This tour will operate in the afternoon on the 31st August 2017

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, and wheelchair users, as most of the sights can be viewed from the coach, however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided and to get the most from this tour some walking is required. Please note that walking will be required at the Geysir area to get to the lunch venue. At the various sights visited there is approximately three hours of walking and standing in total, as well as steps involved. At Thingvellir there is a slow walk of approximately 25 minutes on gravel and rocky paths as well as even wooden walkways, including less than ten steps in total. To fully experience the power and beauty of the cascades of the Gullfoss waterfall, a walk down to the river involves a long flight of wooden steps and an uneven, sloping gravel path is required. This walk should take five to ten minutes for guests with good fitness, and you will have the return uphill walk. To fully enjoy the hot spring area, and get close to the active Strokkur Geysir, walking of 400 metres over paved, gravel and mud paths is required. We recommend wearing sensible shoes and warm clothing – layers, including a windproof jacket, that you can remove if necessary are best. Lunch is usually a two course set menu with water included. Toilet facilities will be available throughout the day, but please bear in mind that this tour is usually very popular so some queuing may occur at busy times and there may be a charge to use facilities. Places may be visited in a different order than that described. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Any changes made on the day of the tour may incur a charge to your onboard account.


Whales in Midnight Sun, Reykjavik, Iceland

TOUR EV - Whales in the Midnight Sun

  • Whale watch in the magical light of the midnight sun
  • Observe the nocturnal habits of whales and dolphins under the colourful light
  • Iceland is an incredible place to go whale watching, as it is home to so many different species!
Price£100.00-£120.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This is a truly unique whale watching experience in the magical light of the midnight sun.

The trip begins with a short drive to the harbour area in the old city centre. A friendly crew welcomes you aboard as you embark on your whale spotting adventure. The mystical midnight sun and the nature of the bay provide a truly special wildlife experience. As whales never fully sleep, you can expect to see minke whales, white beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales.

Whale watching in Iceland has had one of the highest growth rates for whale watching in the world and is often referred to as the whale watching capital of Europe. Although no sightings can be guaranteed, the prospects of whale watching in Iceland are excellent.

Eleven species of whales dwell in Icelandic waters but up to twenty-three species have been spotted around the country. The most common sightings are minke whale, porpoise, white beaked dolphins and humpback whales. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The boat is boarded by a ramp and there are a few steps down to reach the covered lower deck and toilet facilities. Therefore, it is not recommended for guests in wheelchairs. The top deck, which is not covered, gives good viewing opportunities but it can be rather cold. Warm clothing and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. We can not guarantee the success rate of seeing the whales, as these endangered creatures live in their natural free environment. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. This tour will be accompanied by an escort, but will not be guided.  


Bj�rsk�linn, �lger�in, Taste the Saga, Reykjavik, Iceland

TOUR EVE - Taste the Saga

  • Taste some of Iceland’s varied, locally produced beer and spirits
  • Hear of the past, when alcohol was illegal, and the present day drinking culture
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The Ölgerðin Brewery - Iceland’s oldest - invites you to an evening tasting of the quirky beverages of Iceland. You will also hear about the nation’s drinking culture as it was in the past and how it has evolved to the present.

On this light hearted evening adventure you will take a look at the brewery, dive into the drinking habits of the locals and experience the spirit of Iceland, both literally and figuratively, at Ölgerðin’s stylish headquarters in Reykjavík.

Your expert guide will introduce you to Icelandic mead - this is what the Vikings brewed and it is not for the faint hearted. You will also taste a beer substitute so you can get an idea of what Icelanders drank during the prohibition years. Make sure you down a shot of Brennivín - schnapps made from potato pulp and caraway seed which is sometimes called ‘The Black Death’. Other extraordinary beverages you will try include Gull Beer and Malt and Appelsín. This taste of Iceland’s fascinating liquor line-up could be viewed as a treat for your taste buds, a boost to your immune system or a noteworthy addition to your cultural edification – we hope you will see it as all three, and have some good memories to take back to the ship with you.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? drive will take you to the brewery. There is limited walking so the tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users – all participants must be able to board the coach unaided, and please advise when booking if you will need to take your wheelchair.

 


Whale Watching, Iceland

WHALE WATCHING

  • Iceland is an incredible place to go whale watching, as it is home to so many different species!
  • Experience an exciting seafaring adventure as you go in search of these gentle giants
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The potential for whale watching in Iceland is excellent! There are many species of whales (blue, fin, humpbacks, minke and sei included) – in fact about half of the 36 whale species which are present in European seas can be seen in Icelandic waters. 

A short drive from the ship will take you to Hafsulan – a 23 metre catamaran type vessel. Due to its double hull it is far more stable than most ships of the same size. The ship is equipped with a quiet, yet powerful double engine, which propels it at up to 40 kilometres (24 miles) per hour. This allows you to cover a large area in a relatively short space of time, a great opportunity to locate more types of whales. There is seating on the ship's deck, making it ideal for those who want to enjoy a close proximity to the spectacular Icelandic nature.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 ARCTIC & ICELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The boat is boarded by a ramp and there are 12 narrow steps down to reach the covered lower deck and toilet facilities. Therefore, it is not recommended for guests in wheelchairs. The top deck, which is not covered, gives good viewing opportunities but it can be rather cold. Warm clothing and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all, as are sunglasses and sun cream on a bright day. You will be at sea for approximately three hours. It should be noted that the boat used may not be a catamaran, so details may differ from that described, and there may not be enough seats for all passengers - so standing may be required. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. We can not guarantee the success rate of seeing the whales, as these endangered creatures live in their natural free environment. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. This tour will be accompanied by an escort, but will not be guided.  


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