Excursions Wednesday 4 June

Puffin watching

lundaskodun minniThe charismatic puffin has attracted locals and tourists' attention around Iceland for many years. It is most likely their prismatic appearance and curious behaviour that gives rise to all the attention they get. Their most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is the brightly coloured bill which, added to their striking piebald plumage, has given rise to nicknames such as "clown of the ocean" or "sea parrot".
Iceland has the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in the world and close to Reykjavík there are two colonies, the island Akurey with its 12,000 pairs and the island Lundey with its 10,000 pairs of puffins. The first puffins come to shore in April after a long winter on the sea and return in August.
Our puffin watching tours are boat tours where we sail to either Akurey or Lundey. In order not to disturb the puffin's breeding we are not allowed on the island but we get as close as possible. How close we get depends on the tide and wind conditions. Luckily the puffins can stay put for a while so they are fairly easy to photograph.

Price: DKK 335
Departure: at 14:30
Duration: 1 – 1 ½ hours

Horseback riding - The Elfin Tour

Elves are important creatures in Iceland. They get to decide where roads can go and houses can be built. On this tour we see some places populated by these special creatures. We pass the small cleft Alfakví and the old sheep’s house that cannot be removed without serious consequences. Some elves are musical; Skjólklettur is the place of the elves' church, where singing has been heard. On our way to the elfin hill, Einbui, populated by friendly and sometimes singing elves, we also experience good tölt paths.

Price: DKK 635
Departure: Pick-up at hotels and guesthouses between 08:15 - 08:45.
Return to Reykjavík ca. 13:00.
Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours riding and a light lunch at Hotel Eldhestar

Excursion Friday 6 June

The Blue Lagoon

bl parThe Blue Lagoon Express is not to be missed while you are in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon's warm water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the Blue Lagoon white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The mineral salts balance and relax body and soul. This tour departs at 14:00 and you can return at one of our flexible return times. The Blue Lagoon Express offers the ideal way to visit the Blue Lagoon.
Other available departures at 08:30, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00. Return times are always flexible.

Price: DKK 545
Departure: at 18:00. NOTE! Pick up at hotels/guesthouse at 17:30
Return: Departure from the Blue Lagoon at 21:00
Included: Return bus fare and admission to the Blue Lagoon

Excursions Saturday 7 June

Whale watching

hvalur.elding3 minniSummer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, giving us the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.
Currently, we know of 85 different species of Whales, dolphins and Porpoises collectively called cetaceans. These range from the largest animal that has ever lived on our planet the Blue Whale to the smallest the Hectors dolphin. They are found in every one of our oceans and even some of our rivers. Anyone that has been whale watching and seen these magnificent mammals up close can tell you that it is an experience never forgotten and a feeling of amazement and happiness not quite understood.
23 species or cetaceans have been known to frequent the surrounding oceans and seas of Iceland. Not including the numerous seabirds, seals and basking sharks.

Price: DKK 525
Departure: at 09:00. Pick up at hotels and guesthouse between 08:15 – 08:45
Duration: 2,5 - 3,5 hours
Tips: Bring your sunglasses!

Classic Reykjavik bike tour

bike2Classic Reykjavik is our most popular tour. The route may include but is not limited   to the following places; Reykjavik’s south facing beach - Ægissida, University   of Iceland campus, Nordic House, Reykjavik’s Catholic Cathedral, Parliament   building, Reykjavik's Old Harbour, Tjörnin City Lake and City Centre. We also pass the home of some of Iceland’s most famous people. We love Reykjavik and happily share our personal stories and insights with you. We'll show you places only locals know and we'll do our best to entertain you with our knowledge.

Price: DKK 310
Departure: at 10:00
Meeting point: Reykjavik harbour, see map here
Duration: +/- 2,5 hours

Golden Circle tour

geysirisOn the Golden Circle tour you can walk around the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. One of the Golden Circles many highlights is the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland's waterfalls. Finally, but no less spectacular is a visit to the Thingvellir National Park. This is the original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates. Lunch and refreshments not included.

Price: DKK 515
Departure: 09:00. NOTE! pick up at hotels and guesthouses at 08:30
Duration: 8 hours
Included: Bus fare, guidance

Take a Walk on the Ice Side - IMG01

icewalk.4The most popular tour in the book! On this Iceland day tour you will be guided through the labyrinth of a glacier tongue extending down from the fourth biggest glacier in Iceland.
Only two hours from Reykjavík you find the Eyjafjallajökull massif, and just a little further east the Sólheimajökull glacier, a tongue extends down from its mother glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth largest. On this tour you will go on a safe and easy walk on crampons up onto the ice field where you will discover a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses, and learn about the glacier and the effect of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 on the glacier and its surroundings. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use the basic ice equipment necessary for this tour. On the way back there’s a stop at the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. An Iceland glacier walk is a great way to experience nature and a tour on the Sólheimajökull glacier is an ideal way to spend the day!
Click here for a recent Sky article about Take a Walk on the Ice Side.

Price: DKK 1.220
Departure: At 08:30. Pick up at hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik at 08:30. Note the pick up is operated by Reykjavík Excursions
Duration: 9 - 10 hours total, 3 - 3,5 hrs on the ice
We provide: Transport, guiding, services, glacier gear and safety equipment
You bring: Warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and lunch
Note: Boots can be rented and we lend rain coats to those who need

Thorsmork & The South Coast

jeppi thorsmork minniWe start by driving in our modified super trucks along the south shore, heading for one of the places that Icelanders appreciate most, Þórsmörk (The Woods of Thor). From Þórsmörk it is possible to view the volcano that recently erupted in Eyjafjallajökull glacier.
On the way we make a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall to walk behind the waterfall and at a small glacial lagoon. Many glacial rivers have to be crossed on the way to Þórsmörk which is situated in a valley the south of Iceland surrounded by three glaciers and mountains which create favorable circumstances for growth for the over 170 plant species you can find in the area.
Many walking paths are marked in Þórsmörk, making it an ideal place for short hikes with views of glaciers, woodlands and other colorful landscape.

Price: DKK 1.890
Pick up time: Between 08:30 – 09:00
Duration: 9-10 hours
Included: Pick up from hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and guided super jeep tour
Minimum: 4 passengers

Choices of roads are condition dependent.
Lunch and refreshments are not included in the prices.
Cancellations must be made 12 hours prior to departure. No shows are fully charged.

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