Discover the best things to do in Iceland with this handy guide. The best Iceland adventure tours for you to check out.

An adventurer’s paradise, there are so many incredible activities in Iceland. From spotting the Northern Lights and embarking on a whale watching cruise to diving between continental plates. No wonder then that it’s a destination on so many bucket lists.

These Iceland adventure tours will get you booking the next flight to the Land of Fire and Ice.

Brilliant Activities in Iceland

Marvel at the Sky on a Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights

First of all, no trip to Iceland’s southern regions is complete without heading out on a Northern Lights tour.

This four hour tour starts at Reykjavik and sees you travel to the Aurora Museum before getting the chance to (hopefully) spot the phenomenon for yourself. The guides will follow the meteorologists aurora predictions closely, transporting you around the country to wherever your best chance of spotting them is.

Wondering when the best time to visit the country to spot the Aurora Borealis is? You’ll want to head to Southern Iceland in spring or autumn; this is when the skies are less cloudy and the Northern Lights are most active.

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Take a Dip in the Blue Lagoon + Sky Lagoon

Iceland Tour Lagoons

If you’re looking for total indulgence, look no further than Iceland’s incredible lagoons. Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon are both unmissable attractions.

The Sky Lagoon is actually one of Iceland’s newest attractions, opening in 2021 and offering bathers a chance to enjoy Iceland’s rugged coastal scenery with the added comfort of a soak in a geothermal pool.

The lagoon is situated in Kársnes Harbour, not too far from Reykjavik. The pool’s temperature lies between 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for enjoying the views from the 230-foot ocean-view infinity edge.

Blue Lagoon, however, has a lot more history to it. In fact, it’s one of the best things to do in Southern Iceland. The spa is actually tucked away in a lava field near Grindavík, in front of Mount Þorbjörn on Reykjanes Peninsula.

What’s so special about this pool? Well, the location is famed for its geothermal power, and uses water from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.

Go Snorkelling and Diving in Silfra

Silfra Iceland Tour
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Fancy diving between two continents? Well, in Thingvellir National Park, you can.

Don your drysuit and get ready to snorkel or dive between the Silfra Rift, a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away in the park. Whether you decide to snorkel or dive depends on you (and your ability). But either way, this rift boasts 100 metres of underwater visibility – get your GoPro charged, you’ll be needing it.

Most people opt to snorkel here, while scuba diving is popular for those with more experience (and more cash to burn). That said, if you can dive, this is one of the top diving spots in the world because of the clarity of the water.

Be Wowed on a Whale Watching Cruise

Whale Watching Iceland

Iceland might be filled with impressive natural beauty but, on this tour, you’ll also get to admire some of the country’s most beloved wildlife. Specifically, whales.

Iceland’s marine life is rich, which is why you’ll want to take a whale watching tour between April and October – the ideal time to spot the creatures. This tour begins at Reykjavik Harbour and takes you on a journey to spot minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins.

You’re treated to drinks and snacks onboard, and there’s WIFI. What more could you want?

Take a Volcano tour

Iceland Tour Volcano

Part of our curiosity with Iceland is related to the fact that the country is home to around 32 active volcanoes. Sure, it’s a little daunting, but taking an Iceland volcano tour is one of the most exhilarating excursions in the country.

Don’t believe us? Test your bravery with a guided tour to the most recent eruption at the Meradalir volcano. This seven hour trek allows you to spot the newly formed lava field and marvel at the fissure in Geldingadalur valley.

Or, if you’re looking for a less risky way to spot lava, The Lava Show is fun for kids and adults alike, allowing guests to get up close and personal with molten lava. The fun science show allows you to learn more about the eruptions that have shaped the country.

Embark on a Magical Golden Circle Tour

Gulfoss Iceland Tour

This next tour might just be the best Golden Circle tour Iceland has to offer. How does seeing the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, plenty of lakes, and Strokkur geyser sound? Pretty cool, we think.

But that’s not all – this tour also allows you to marvel at Thingvellir National Park and an impressive volcanic crater at Kerið.

In fact, if you’re only in Iceland’s southern region for a limited amount of time, this might just be your best chance at spotting the country’s most famous landmarks and attractions.

Visit Black Beaches and Waterfalls ON A South Coast Tour

Black Sand Beach, Iceland Tour

You’ll get to admire the Land of Fire and Ice in all its glory on this killer Icelandic tour. First up, you’ll get to stroll along the Reynisfjara black sand beach and admire the rugged basalt columns.

You’ll also get to gawp at the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano (yes, the very same one that erupted in 2010) and be wowed at the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

Kayak on a Glacier Lagoon

Iceland Kayak Tour

When it comes to Iceland adventure tours, this one might just be our favourite. You might have been kayaking before, but have you kayaked your way through a glacier lagoon before? We thought not.

As you paddle, you’ll be able to spot the likes of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and Vatnajökull Glacier. There’s no better way to see Vatnajökull National Park than from the water. Navigate your way through the icebergs as you take in the breathtaking surroundings of the park.

Zip Through the Landscape on a Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Snowmobile Iceland Tour

Next up: Another epic Golden Circle tour in Iceland, though this time you’ll get to ride a snowmobile through the frosted wilderness.

But that’s not all – this majestic tour allows you to see an erupting geyser, hotsprings, and Gullfoss Waterfall. History nerds will adore the chance to learn more about the Vikings in Thingvellir National Park, too.

All whilst zipping around on a snowmobile? We’re completely sold.

Head Out on an Excursion to Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach, Iceland Tour

One of the reasons we love Iceland so much is because, around every single corner, there’s an impressive flex of mother nature’s beauty. And Diamond Beach is no different.

Why the luxe name? Well, Diamond Beach is littered with giant orbs of glittering ice that resemble (comically large) diamonds. It’s the result of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which has slowly melted and caused these mini icebergs to form.

It’s truly a photographer’s paradise, so come with a full battery – and plenty to spare.

Take an Exhilerating Quad Bike Tour

Iceland ATV Tour

Admiring Iceland’s rugged beauty on two feet is overrated (we kid); it’s time to embark on a quad biking adventure throughout the mountainside.

This tour is short but sweet – you’ll only get one hour on the ATVs, but boy, it’s a a thrilling ride. Imagine adrenaline pumping through your veins as you zoom across the landscape.

Oh, and did we mention that this tour takes place along the volcanic paths of Mt. Hafrafell – panoramic views of Reykjavik are guaranteed.

Head Out on an Ice Cave Tour From Vik

Ice Cave, Iceland Tour

If you just so happen to be in Vik (and you totally should, it’s a remote seafront village and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful), you’ll want to make sure you take on an ice caving excursion. This is another of our favourite Iceland adventure tours.

What’s that, we hear you ask? Well, first you’ll board a private jeep, where you’ll be whisked away to the Icelandic mountains. From there, you’ll be able to soak in the impressive views of Katla volcano as you make your way across the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.

You’ll then discover the many secrets of how the Kötlujökull glacier and Katla ice cave formed, before getting to witness a mesmerising natural light show on the cave’s walls.

Go Rafting down the Hvítá River

The thought of propelling yourself down the river on a raft in Iceland might be a little bit daunting, but we promise you’ll love this ridiculously fun rafting tour in Hvítá.

Hvítá is a class 2 rafting river, which means it’s not too scary, even if you’re a total newbie. The guides are friendly and will be on hand to answer any questions and to help you get the most out of your experience. The team will either meet you at Drumbó River Base, or from Reykjavik if that’s more convenient.

Oh, and if you needed any more convincing – there are hot tubs, a sauna, and a restaurant on site. Treat yourself to a hearty meal and a cocktail or two, you deserve it.

Iceland Adventure Tours: What to Know Before You Go

How to Get to Iceland

Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland Tour

Travelling to Iceland is simple; plenty of major airlines will fly to the country’s main airport, Keflavík International. From there, you can take bus 55 to the city centre of Reykjavik.

Where to Stay in Iceland

Wondering where to base yourself for your Iceland adventure? There are so many gorgeous hotels in Reykjavik that you won’t struggle to find somewhere to stay, though we’ve got a couple of recommendations.

Reykjavik Natura

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For those on a tighter budget, Reykjavik Natura doesn’t compromise on style or comfort. Rooms are spacious and decked out in simple but sophisticated decor, while the hotel breakfast is ridiculously delicious.

Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel

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If you’ve got a little bit more wiggle room in your budget, the Radisson Blu 19191 Hotel is a stunning option in the very centre of Reykjavik.

Snooze in total comfort, surrounded by modern industrial-chic decor. There’s an onsite gym and the breakfast is sure to set you up for a fun day filled with Iceland adventure tours.

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