The 10 Best Guided Tours in Iceland

Iceland's Guided Tours offer Sights, Rides, and Adventures...

Glacial Ice Cave, Svinafellsjokull glacier, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
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It's easy to see Iceland in all its beauty with a guided tour. Here are the 10 best tours of Iceland for any kind of traveler: From jeep tours and horseback riding to thrilling ice cave tours and geysir trips. Guided tours in Iceland are available in any price range and most pick you up for free at hotels in Reykjavik. So, take a look at the favorites below and pick the one that's right for your visit to Iceland!

If you also want to visit the Blue Lagoon during your guided tour in Iceland, take a look at the most popular guided tours of the Blue Lagoon.

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    Sunrise over gullfoss waterfall in Iceland
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    If you want to see all the must-see sights in Iceland in one day, I think Golden Circle's Classic tour is for you. It includes stops at the high-temperature area Nesjavellir, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir, as well as the Skalholt cathedral. This popular tour of Iceland shows you the must-see sights, in my opinion. It departs daily year-round, with free pickup from your Reykjavik location.

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    Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
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    Ah, the Northern Lights. You can't come to Iceland in fall, winter, or spring, and pass on this unique natural phenomenon of Scandinavia. I love that the Northern Lights guided tour takes you away from the bright lights of Reykjavik to a great viewing location in Iceland. The length of this guided tour depends on Mother Nature, of course, and on how long the Northern Lights are visible during the night of your tour. During bad weather in Iceland, you can get a rain check. Departs every night from 15 September - 15 April with free hotel pickup.

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    Sunset at Strokkur Geyser
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    This guided tour is great fun for all ages and a perfect Icelandic day tour for families! Everyone can enjoy riding on Icelandic horses bred by the Vikings. And after a relaxing lunch break, the tour took me to the famous Gullfoss waterfalls, the National Park of Iceland, and the unique Geysir area. Departs daily year-round with pickup from your hotel, at 10 am. About USD $130/GBP £85 (per adult).

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    Whales Swimming In Sea Against Snowcapped Mountains
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    Let's go sailing! The guided whale & puffin tour brings Iceland visitors close to the native wildlife in its true, natural environment. First, visitors sail on Faxafloi Bay to see several kinds of whales and dolphins along with the native Puffin birds, then the tour lets you visit the vessel "Fífill" with its whale exhibition. This tour is also great for families ​and departs April through September three times daily from Reykjavik Harbor.

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    Woman takes camera phone shot of Gulfoss waterfall
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    If you have limited time in Iceland, this popular excursion will only cost you one afternoon (and a low tour price). This is a great guided tour for families, I think. It shows you the most important sights in Iceland within a few hours, e.g. the National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, a geothermal village, and even the hot springs themselves, Geysir and Strokkur. Departs at 1 pm daily year-round, with pickup from hotels in Reykjavik.

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    Cityscape of Reykjavik at dusk, Iceland
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    Reykjavik sightseeing in an afternoon. If you just want to see the most important sights around Iceland's capital Reykjavik, this tour is for you. The tour offers a visit the Presidential Residence and the famous Fish Market, lets you see the Open Air Museum as well as the Laugardalur valley. The last stop for us was the famous shopping stop Kringlan in Reykjavik. A great tour if you have little time or a small budget. Comes with a complimentary pickup at your accommodation in the Reykjavik area, daily at 9 am (year-round).

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    Aurora borealis
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    This guided tour of Iceland combines sights, exhilaration, and speed. We loved this guided tour of Iceland because they operate in small groups and the Jeep ride across Iceland's lava and snow fields is a lot of fun. This guided tour makes a nice stop at Lake Kleifarvatn and its interesting hot springs. It's suitable for families, but it is especially popular especially among adult-only travelers. A guided Jeep safari in Iceland is a good alternative to renting a car and driving by yourself. English tour guide. Departs daily year-round with free hotel pickup in Reykjavik around 1:00 pm. 

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    Glacial Ice Cave, Svinafellsjokull glacier, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
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    From May through September, this is a true all-day (8 am - 10 pm) guided tour of Iceland you shouldn't miss. The tour takes visitors on a scenic drive to Skogarfoss waterfall and Skaftafell National Park. Then, you get a boat ride on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, which I really enjoyed. You'll see movie settings used for James Bond's Die Another Day and A View to a Kill, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. This tour is operated several times a week, with free pickup from hotels in Reykjavik.

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    Snorkeling in Iceland
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    This unique snorkeling tour in Iceland shows visitors of all ages what our planet looks like under water, at Lake Silfra in Iceland's National Park Thingvellir. With a visibility of more than 150 meters (500 feet), you can see into a deep wondrous fissure between the Eurasian and American plates which really impressed us. The location of this snorkeling tour is also one of the world's top ten diving sites! This Icelandic tour includes all equipment needed and departs daily, picking you up in Reykjavik.

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    Tourists in The Crystal Cave, Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, Iceland
    ••• Tourists in the Crystal Cave at Breidamerkurjokull Glacier. Arctic-Images/Getty Images

    Want an unusual tour and a taste of adventure? I think this is the one for you, then. After crossing lava fields, you will enter ancient caves with beautiful stalactites, ice formations, and lava ropes. See Iceland's caves the way they looked thousands of years ago and enjoy a caving tour like no other. Includes a full set of caving safety gear and a warm overall suit (thank goodness!). This tour departs with free pickup at your hotel at 1 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays (year-round).

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