Come to the weekly three-hour course run by Magnús Skarphéðinsson, the Headmaster of the Elf School, and collect your Diploma in Elf Studies. There are many tales of Iceland’s invisible elves (huldufólk) and in one afternoon you can become an expert. Pancakes included. ££
This is a multimedia exhibition about the aurora borealis: the famous ‘northern lights’. There are scientific and photographic exhibits, a 20-minute video show, plus a photo booth where you can learn how to adjust your camera’s settings to take your own photographs of the lights. £
They call them the ‘berserkers’. These were the legendary Viking warriors, who entered a trance-like state to go into battle as the ultimate human fighting machines. Set the violent bloodshed to one side and you can still learn to throw an axe like a berserker at this target-practice range. ££
Bryggjan Brugghús, Iceland’s first microbrewery and bistro, offers a fun 90-minute tour covering all things related to beer, the brewing process and Iceland’s beer culture and history. There are beer selection tasters along the way and dinner can be booked in the bistro afterwards. ££
The number one attraction in Iceland, situated between the airport and the capital city. A luxury geothermal spa, set in ancient lava, with a sauna, steam room, waterfall, massage area, top class restaurant and in-pool bar. A great way to end your holiday. World famous and rightly so. £££
A classic guided bicycle tour of Reykjavík covers 4½ miles over about 2½ hours and takes in all the major landmarks. Longer tours are available in the countryside (with transfers) and you can also hire bicycles by the hour if you’d prefer to explore without a guide showing you around. ££
Travel among nature and in this unusual and novel style as a pack of happy hunting huskies pulls you across the Arctic countryside. Wrap up warm for the winter snow, or feel the breeze across the summer fields, the fit and healthy dogs will take you on an adventure the whole year round. ££££
Efstidalur dairy farm makes for a fun pit stop on any Golden Circle day tour. One of the farm’s barns has been converted into an ice cream parlour, selling many tempting varieties of gelateria-style ice cream in waffle cones. There’s even a viewing window overlooking the cattle stables. £
A third of the town of Heimaey was buried by volcanic ash during the 1973 eruption of Eldfell. A journey to the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) takes you to Eldheimar: the Pompeii of the North, where excavations have revealed the preserved 1970s town for you to explore. £
Reykjavík has four escape rooms: Prison Break, Taken, The Scientist and Hangover. The puzzles involve teamwork, logical thinking and trial and error. They last for 60 minutes and groups of two to six people can participate at one time. It’s all indoors and it’s located in central Reykjavík. ££
Iceland’s only Viking banquet, in a themed restaurant on the outskirts of Reykjavík. If you like a hearty meal and you don’t take yourself too seriously (the staging is more hysterical than historical), then book this evening of Norse fare and festivity. You can even stay the night in a Viking cottage. ££+
This extraordinary and unique indoor immersive experience puts you on board a moving ride while you feel the sensation of flying over Iceland. Visit the volcanoes, fjords, iceberg lagoons, cliffs and, of course, witness the spectacular northern lights. And all in just a few exhilarating minutes. ££
Located on the popular Golden Circle route, Fontana is a unique experience of the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the adventurous, take a dip in the cold refreshing lake. ££
Reykjavík’s number one gastronomic experience in 2017 according to tourists on Trip Advisor. You’ll have a six course lunch, with each course presented by a different restaurant, in a four hour culinary tour. The focus is on the best Icelandic food, not the infamous scary dishes! ££££
Visitors enjoy the special experience of entering a geothermally-heated greenhouse with its natural fresh fragrances. You can sit down among the tomato plants to a feast of the famous Friðheimar tomato soup with fresh-baked bread. Horse shows are also staged. £
The oldest swimming pool in Iceland has been refreshed and is now open as the ‘Secret Lagoon’. It was first opened in the village of Flúðir in 1891 and it is the opposite of its more famous ‘Blue’ cousin to the west: Gamla Laugin has a local feel and is inexpensive, rustic and ancient. ££
The villagers at Laugarvatn, halfway round the Golden Circle, have for decades been baking bread in the ground, thanks to geothermal heat from a magma chamber under the village. They’ll dig up a fresh loaf for you, and it’s delicious with salty butter and smoked salmon. ££
We only offer glacier walks using professionally trained and qualified Icelandic mountain guides. 1 and 2 hour glacier walks are available in the south of Iceland (Skógar) and the south east (Skaftafell) and some tours can include ice climbing if you wish. All equipment is provided. £££
A round in Iceland is an unforgettable experience. First, there’s the lava rocks everywhere. Then, of course, there’s the wind. Icelandic golf courses are uniquely challenging and it’s unlikely you’ll play a more northerly course in your life. We have 9 and 18 hole courses. £££
The Hamburger Factory is the most famous restaurant in Iceland and it is hugely popular with families and groups. The square hamburgers and superb ice cream sundaes are served in a happy atmosphere where every addition to Iceland’s population is cheered and added to a scoreboard. ££
The most exclusive way to see the unique and breathtaking landscapes of Iceland. Your personalised helicopter tour will take you to the top of a mountain, a volcano, a glacier, or all three in one memorable trip. You can even take the famous Golden Circle day tour by helicopter. £££££
You can have a one hour tour of this geothermal energy plant which provides electricity for Reykjavík and the capital region. The energy driven by steam from underground water, heated to boiling point by the magma chambers of the Hengill volcano, right underneath the power station. £
The Icelandic horse is famous for its size and its two additional gaits: the comfortable tölt (amble) and the rapid skeið (pace). It is a ‘must’ for all equestrian enthusiasts. Countryside riding is available for novices and experienced riders alike, and tours vary from one hour to several days. £££
On an exciting and unusual day tour, you will explore the naturally-formed tunnels and caves of one of Iceland’s many glaciers. The tunnels and caves are formed by summer meltwater, and so are only safe to visit during the months of winter. All equipment is provided. ££££
Speed through the narrow basalt canyon of the Hvitá river, experience 360 degree spins and jump the rapids at pace. An ideal add-on to any Golden Circle tour, the high speed white water jet boat operates from April to October. Protective and waterproof gear is all provided. ££££
The most beautiful and breathtaking location in Iceland. This large lake is located between a glacier and the sea, and is clustered with huge blue icebergs. Boat tours last 45 minutes and operate in the summer. It is 230 miles from Reykjavík so it is not advisable as a day trip. ££
The tour on top of the Langjökull glacier was popular enough thanks to the spectacular view from the 8WD modified glacier vehicle (left). But then a 300 metre foot tunnel was bored under the glacier, creating a superb and unforgettable – not to mention unique – three hour tour. ££££
Icelanders lived in caves as recently as the 1920s. Initially used by shepherds for their flocks, these caves were converted to houses in 1910 and were inhabited until 1922. They were recently painstakingly restored and now you can visit them to see for yourself. £
Iceland is a showpiece of geological history. This multimedia exhibition depicts the volcanic activity, earthquakes and glacier burst floods that have contributed to the creation of Iceland over millions of years, and tells the stories of the most recent eruptions. ££
An enterprising pair of scientists have found a way of creating basaltic pahoehoe lava at 1100°C in a safe and contained environment. They put on a show in which molten lava is poured into a room while you watch, feel the heat and hear the sizzle. It’s one of Iceland’s most unique attractions. ££
Perlan offers experiences of Iceland’s rare and astonishing natural sights. Geothermal marvels, glaciers, and volcanoes are brought to life using cutting edge technology and science. An observation deck provides an aspect over the city, and there’s even a revolving restaurant. ££
A professional photographer, driver, guide and four-wheel drive vehicle are yours for the day or night. They’ll take you wherever you want to go, and they’ll show you how to get the best shots, whether it’s landscapes, romantic portraits or the northern lights you want to capture. £££££
From May to August only, you can take a small boat which hugs the calm shore of the bay around Reykjavík looking for the summer colonies of these fascinating birds. With their unique flying style and their curious nature, these animals are always hugely rewarding and lots of fun to visit. ££
Also known as the all terrain vehicles (ATV), quad bikes are enormous fun to drive. The black beaches and jagged rocks of south Iceland are the perfect location for a one or two hour tour. You’ll also visit the famous 1973 US Navy airplane wreck. A full driving licence is required. £££££
A private Arctic fishing paradise offers fly fishing in a diverse four-rod river with clear spring water flowing in beautiful micro canyons along with traditional fast and slow running pools. It is a technical river where stealth is needed. The quarry is brown native trout and monster chars. £££££
With a captain and crew of skilled fishermen, set out from Reykjavík harbour in search of cod, halibut, catfish and pollock. If you’re a novice, you’ll be shown how to do it, and sea clothing is all provided. It’s even possible for us to barbecue your catch on board if you wish. £££
The Segway machines are fantastic personal transporters that amaze people right from the start. If you have never tried riding one, this is the perfect place to try it out. Spend two hours gliding effortlessly along Reykjavík’s scenic and rugged coastline with a qualified tourist guide. £££
Reykjavík’s ‘skate hall’ offers ice skating all year round. It is in the Laugadalur valley, just to the east of the city centre and next to the city’s botanical garden and the Reykjavík park and children’s zoo. Skate hire is always available. Groups of over 10 people may be pre-booked. £
In our opinion, this is very best museum in Iceland. It reconstructs how Icelanders lived before about 1910 when geothermal heating, hot water and stone housing arrived. The reconstructed buildings show the astonishing ingenuity of the people in using every resource they had. £
A summit ascent (1446 metres) of the glacier-topped volcano made famous when Jules Verne sent his characters into its crater on their Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This is a full-on mountain adventure with all the equipment and qualified guides. Planning and training are provided. £££££
Also known as the Skidoo, snowmobiles are the only fast way of getting around Iceland’s snow and ice. The exhilarating tours of one to four hours take you on top of the ice cap at Mýrdalsjökull, right next to the famous ‘ash cloud’ volcano at Eyjafjallajökull. A full driving licence is required. £££££
You hike for 45 minutes to reach the top of this extinct volcano. You get into an open cable lift for six people. You are lowered 120 metres down into the magma chamber. You explore deep inside the volcano. No, we’re not making this up. This is the only experience of its kind in the world. £££££
Travel by ferry to spend a day on Heimaey (Home Islands), the largest of the islands off the south coast, and climb the volcano Eldfell. In January 1973, the volcano appeared out of nowhere in an eruption which forced the overnight evacuation of this isolated and windswept community. ££
30 minutes on a ferry takes you to the peaceful island of Viðey, with its ancient ruins and modern installation art. It is home to Iceland’s first stone building (pictured) and a network of foot and bicycle trails with lovely views towards the city of Reykjavík and the surrounding mainland. £
Shortly after the settlement of Iceland in the ninth century, a lava eruption north of Reyjkjavík created a mile-long underground ‘lava tube’ along which the molten rock flowed. The empty tunnel is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and is open for you to explore and admire. ££
This photographic studio, right in the centre of Reykjavík, has devoted staff who are experts in Viking life. Using the same costumes and props that they provided for Game of Thrones, the historians will turn you into a real Viking for a series of wonderful keepsake photographs. ££
A theatrical production lasting 75 minutes and held on selected dates at the landmark Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík. The colourful and interactive performance in English tells the outlandish and amusing tales of the Vikings who discovered and colonised Iceland in the ninth century. ££
This is a multimedia exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic eruptions, including two 25-minute films: one about the eruption at Heimaey in 1973, and the other about the ‘ash cloud’ eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. Lectures with a geologist from the University of Iceland can also be booked. £
Operating from Reykjavík over the Faxaflói bay, these ocean-going boat tours aim to locate minke, fin, killer or humpback whales and occasionally dolphins too. April to October are the best months to try, but take your sea legs with you: three hours in the Arctic Ocean is an adventure! £££
After a few years of being a young malt, Iceland’s first whiskey has now been unveiled by the Eimverk distillery. It’s called Flóki, a three-year single malt made from 100% Icelandic barley and spring water. You can taste the first impression, as well as various young malts and gins. ££
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We have 50 activity partners who offer exciting and contrasting options to add to your holiday. Those marked ● are in Reykjavík. Those marked ◊ are elsewhere in Iceland, but the + sign denotes that there is a dedicated shuttle service from Reykjavík to that activity. Prices fluctuate according to the exchange rate, but costs are approximately as follows: £ means under £20 per person; ££ means £20 to £50 per person; £££ means £50 to £100 per person; ££££ means £100 to £200 per person; £££££ means over £200 per person.