When you visit the famous Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa from Reykjavik, then it is an excellent idea to visit other attractions on the peninsula in one private full day tour, taking 8-9 hours.

But if you prefer different setup at Reykjanes peninsula you can select below other type of tour:

The surroundings when bathing in the Blue Lagoon is other worldly, being in the middle of a 800 years old lava field, and now close to the new lava from recent eruptions. It is one of the world most famous attraction, an incredible experience.

The Blue Lagoon is ranked as one of 12 best hot springs in the world according to Travel+Leisure

The warm water (37° C to 40° C) is a geothermal seawater which originates at 2000 meters below surface of the earth. When flowing to the earth surface due to pressure as wet steam, it includes substances like silica, algae, and some minerals which are all proved to have positive impact for your skin.

If you like to learn more about Geothermal in Iceland then click what is Geothermal power

If you need further information about Blue Lagoon tour, pls do not hesitate to contact us; info@embracingiceland.is

Geological Marvels of Reykjanes:

Reykjanes is a fascinating area with a rugged and otherworldly landscape.  It is dominated by lava field covered with moss.  Everywhere you look, no matter in what direction, lava fields stretch to the horizon.  Reykjanes features high temperature geothermal activity, including fissures, lava cracks, tectonic faults, volcanic craters, geysers, mud pools, lava fields, caves, and more.

Unforgettable shore excursion in Iceland. This half day tour is an excellent choice if you have limited time in Iceland.

The Golden Circle classic day tour links some of the country’s most impressive natural attractions, such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir in one day. It certainly can be done in half day if we organize the itinerary differently and with shorter stops at all the attractions.

The attractions we will visit

This first stop is usually Thingvellir National park, which is an interesting place both from a geological point, but also historically. Geology is very special as Thingvellir is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries. You literally see how the two tectonic plates separate North America and Europe. The fissures have been moving apart at the rate of 2 centimeters every year which gives the fissure spectacular appearance. Here you will also see the amazing clear glacier water which can be found in some fissures which opened in a earthquake in the year 1789. Thingvellir is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historically, the world first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD, also known as "Althing". Althingi General Assembly continued to convene there until 1798 when it was moved to Reykjavik. In the eyes of Icelanders this place is a national shrine and is protected area by law since 1928.

The Golden Circle classic trip will take you to the most beautiful Waterfall in Iceland named Gullfoss (translated Golden waterfall). From Gullfoss we will go to the bubbling geothermal hot springs at Geysir area. You will see the hot spring Strokkur spouting hot water 30 meters (100ft) into the air every 5-10 minutes interval.

Additional information

If you prefer to choose a full day tour, then click here:

Click here to see the tour location and classic route on a map

A visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa is a must.

We can pick up up either at a hotel in Reykjavik, from a Cruise ship at the harbor in Reykjavik, or from the airport in Keflavík.

If you have more time, then you may select different type of setup and include for example the excursion to other attractions on the peninsula. Select below if you prefer to include Reykjanes peninsula:

The surroundings when bathing in the Blue Lagoon is other worldly, being in the middle of a 800 years old lava field. It is one of the world most famous attraction, an incredible experience.

The Blue Lagoon is ranked as one of 12 best hot springs in the world according to Travel+Leisure

The warm water (37° C to 40° C) is a geothermal seawater which originates at 2000 meters below surface of the earth. When flowing to the earth surface due to pressure as wet steam, it includes substances like silica, algae, and some minerals which are all proved to have positive impact for your skin.

If you like to learn more about Geothermal in Iceland then click what is Geothermal power

If you need further information about Blue Lagoon tour, pls do not hesitate to contact us; info@embracingiceland.is

Private Tours & Customized day tour packages

The best way to enjoy Iceland is to go on a private tour with experienced driver who also is Certified Tourist Guide.  If the predefined private day tour packages do not fit your agenda, then do not hesitate to contact us and ask us to bespoke your travel in line with your preferences.  Let us local experts assist you.

Before you leave your home for the Icelandic holiday, we will assist you preparing your trip in Iceland as you feel suitable for you.  We will send you a proposal for a fully prepared itinerary but remember, still you will always have the flexibility to change once you are in Iceland, based on your day-to-day experience.

Choose any of the existing tours we offer and give it your personalized twist by adding special activity and inclusion to the itinerary.  You could also adjust the itinerary to fit a certain theme. (History, geothermal, famous film setting, caves etc)

Or simply design a brand-new itinerary to any destination you like to visit in Iceland

Please fill in the form or just contact us by email info@embracingiceland.is, and we will be happy to assist you and send our day tour suggestion from “Spectacular Iceland Tours” based on your preference.

Remember we are here to help you plan your perfect trip.

The Airport transfer to Reykjavik takes only 40-45 minutes. If you have a hotel booked in Reykjavik, and if you are arriving early in Keflavik airport, then why not use the time efficiently and learn to know the city before the check-in time.

Reykjavík City is the country capital, with inhabitants of around 230.000 people if you count all the municipality around the main city.

The city is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest city in the world.  We can tailor make your Reykjavik City tour based on your interest.

Whether on foot or by car, we´re flexible to accompany you based on your preferences. Whether you're into art or prefer scrolling the old city, our guidance adapts to your preference. There are many interesting places to explore. Reykjavik City tour boasts interesting places like the Hallgrimur church, the sculpture museums of Asmundur Sveinson and Einar Jónsson (if interested), and the Reykjavík Art Museum. The city pond with vibrant bird life and city hall integrated into the pond in 1992, is another notable spot. If you fancy a geothermal swimming pools, it's a fantastic option, though it requires additional time in the itinerary.  The Pearl offers a panoramic view of the city along with captivating museums and restaurants. On top is the restaurant, constructed on top of five tanks storing geothermal hot water.

If you have limited time, and not able to travel outside Reykjavik, then we recommend including in the program a visit to “Fly over Iceland" which is a simulation tour in a helicopter over some beautiful natural wonders of Iceland.

Some like to take whale watching tour, which we can be included in the program if preferred.  Contact us and tell us about your interest and preferences, and we will send you a proposal.

Choose an experienced local driver guide when you need Airport transfer together with Reykjavík City tour.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you like to discuss your various options of our airport transfer

Due to volcanic eruptions and seismic activity at Reykjanes peninsula we currently have road closure, which limit certain attractions (Click here for more information)

Use our private airport transfer to Reykjavik to explore Reykjanes peninsula at the same time. A region of extraordinary geothermal wonders, including fissures, lava cracks, tectonic faults, volcanic craters, mud pools, and caves.

Attractions at Reykjanes peninsula

Reykjanes peninsula is perhaps one of the most underrated places in Iceland.  Recognized as UNESCO Global Geopark since 2015, this 829 km2 area is a testament to the earth's raw power. The landscape is rough and a bit alien looking. Not much grass, but mostly lava field covered with moss.

Here you can witness the Atlantic Ridge emerging from the sea, showcasing diverse volcanic activities that have shaped the peninsula. Walk across the bridge between the drifting tectonic plates of Europe and North America, marveling at the geological wonders beneath your feet. 

Along the coastline, stunning rock formations and dramatic cliffs. Keep an eye of the seabirds, enhancing the natural beauty of the unique region.

High temperature Geothermal areas

The Reykjanes Peninsula boasts high-temperature areas like the must-visit hot spring attraction named "Gunnuhver". These regions showcase vibrant colors with clay formations displaying grey and white color, the Sulphur with beautiful yellow texture, and the copper amalgamation taking on mesmerizing blue-green tones. Fumaroles, common in this area, erupting and splatter the surroundings with blue-grey clay.

What makes this area truly remarkable is the utilization of the high-temperature geothermal energy. Since the 1980s' the region has harnessed renewable and eco-friendly energy sources producing 175 MW of electricity and providing district heating for all the houses in the region. Read more about geothermal energy HERE

Recent volcanic eruptions

Seven volcanic eruptions have taken place at the Reykjanes peninsula in the last 3-4 years. If you like to learn more about the eruptions in Iceland then CLICK HERE

Don't hesitate to contact us if you like to discuss your various options of our airport transfer

Choose private airport transfer to Reykjavik and discover the enchanting beauty of Iceland youngest region. Explore Reykjanes peninsula where Keflavik International airport is located. While many visitors opt to drive straight to the city, it's worth taking the time to experience the beautiful scenery instead.

One of the peninsula's standout attractions, situated near the international airport is the renowned Blue Lagoon. Don't miss the chance to unwind in the geothermal pool, famous for its therapeutic benefits. Treat yourself to a relaxing experience and pamper your skin before heading to your hotel.

Learn more about the Blue Lagoon by clicking HERE

If you have extra time, we can explore other Reykjanes Peninsula attractions, like Seltún geothermal site. Here you will encounter vibrantly colored soil in shades of bright yellow, red, and green. Sulphur and calcite precipitation. In the 18th century, miners extracted Sulphur deposits from this location and exported it as a valuable commodity, mainly used for gun powder.

Furthermore, other interesting sites are the geothermal site in Reykjanes, featuring the famous Gunnuhver, and a beautiful lighthouse situated along the coast, providing excellent opportunities for bird watching.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you like to discuss your various options of our airport transfer

Volcanic and Seismic activity on the peninsula;

We regret to inform you that due to Volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula, we are unable to guarantee day tours exactly as described here. (updated 17th of March 2024)

This full day private tour to Reykjanes peninsula offers an experience lasting 8-9 hours, visiting various attractions on this underrated area in Iceland. You have the flexibility to tailor the experience to your available time, ranging from minimum 4-5 hours tour to a full day of 8-9 hours. Please choose your preferred option from the various selections below.

Geological Marvels of Reykjanes:

Reykjanes is a fascinating area with a rugged and otherworldly landscape.  It is dominated by lava field covered with moss.  Everywhere you look, no matter in what direction, lava fields stretch to the horizon.  Reykjanes features high temperature geothermal activity, including fissures, lava cracks, tectonic faults, volcanic craters, geysers, mud pools, lava fields, caves, and more.

UNESCO Global Geopark Designation:

Since November 2015, the Peninsula was recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark covering an area of 320 mi2 (829 km2). Explore the underrated beauty of the peninsula. Standout attractions like the Blue Lagoon, and the six recent eruptions since 2021, featuring the new lava formation.

Private tour guide, and geothermal expertise:

Embark on a guided tour with our certified guide who have over 15 year experience working in the geothermal sector. Learn about Icelander's use of geothermal energy, which is an environment friendly and renewable energy source. Visit three high-temperature geothermal areas, including the famous hot spring “Gunnuhver”, and old lighthouse built 1907. On the coast we have Valahnúkur mountain with its unique geological formation.

Diversity of Geothermal Features:

Explore the distinctive characteristics of geothermal areas on the peninsula. Attractions such as hot springs and mud pools are common, erupting with blue grey clay splatters. Diversity of colors characterize geothermal areas. We will see brown and white hues from clay, beautiful yellow textures from Sulphur, and blue-green shades from copper amalgamation. Read more about Geothermal HERE

Abundance of high-temperature geothermal energy resources generate 184 MW of electricity. As a byproduct, the power plant supplies hot water to the district heating network into all houses at Reykjanes (about 190MW thermal).  Interesting development which started in the eighties utilizing the renewable and environment friendly energy. The deepest geothermal "well" in Iceland is there, reaching almost 5000 meters in depth.

Volcanic and Seismic activity on the peninsula;

We regret to inform you that due to Volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula, we are unable to guarantee day tours exactly as described here. (updated 17th of March 2024)

A tour from Reykjavik to Reykjanes peninsula can be organized, depending on your available time, and preferences. This private half day tour may take from 4-5 hours. If you prefer a full day tour with an option to include and experience the Blue lagoon in the agenda, then click here. If you only prefer to include the Blue Lagoon then please see other options and click here

The Peninsula is perhaps one of the most underrated places in Iceland.  Recognized as UNESCO Global Geopark since 2015, this 829 km2 area is a testament to the earth's raw power.

When choosing Reykjanes peninsula tour, then you experience the beautiful magic scenery of the youngest part of Iceland. An interesting area seen from a geological point.  The landscape is rough and a bit alien looking.  Not much grass, but mostly lava field covered with moss.  In fact, everywhere you look, no matter in what direction, lava fields stretch to the horizon.  Reykjanes showcases high-temperature wonders like fissures, lava cracks, tectonic faults, volcanic craters, bubbling geysers, mud pools, lava fields and caves.

The peninsula provides a unique opportunity to see the Atlantic Ridge rising above sea level, showcasing various volcanic activity that have shaped the region.  Visitors can observe the boundaries between Europe and America, where the ocean plates drift apart. You literally can walk over a bridge, between the tectonic plates dividing Europe from North America. 

By the sea, there are many places with amazing rock formation astonishing cliffs, most of them dark grey. Additionally, you may see some colonies of sea birds, black sand, and beaches.

A visit to the “High temperature” Geothermal areas, the famous hot spring “Gunnuhver”, Lighthouse if very popular. High geothermal areas have several characters.  The main features are diversity on colors. The clay gives a brown and white color, the fool’s gold seems dark grey, the Sulphur has a beautiful yellow texture, and the copper amalgamation are blue green. Fumaroles are common on the peninsula, and they sometimes erupt with blue grey clay splatters.

In this area, we harness the high-temperature geothermal resources for electricity production (around 184 MW) and district heating for all the houses on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  Interesting development which started in the eighties utilizing the renewable and environment friendly energy.

Volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall began on 19th of March 2021, following frequent earthquakes, lasting until late September of the same year. Another eruption occurred on August 3 2022 just a few hundred meters away in a area called Meradalir, lasting only few weeks. In July 2023, a third eruption began not far away from the previous two, lasting few weeks as well. These eruptions, popular among tourists when active, still attract visitors for short hiking tour to witness the new lava. In December 2023 the fourth eruption occurred lasting only few days, followed by fifth eruption in January 2024 near the village of Grindavik. Road closure due to the last two events makes it impossible to offer the full Reykjanes tour. However, we may be able to arrange a hiking tour for you to experience the new lava Click here.

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Explore the wonders of Reykjavik with our guided city tour, where you will delve into the city's rich history, culture and must see attractions.

Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, is home to around 260.000 inhabitants. Our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating facts about the city's evolution, from its Viking roots with the first settler Ingólfur Arnarson in 874 to gaining town status in 1785 shaping the urban landscape we see today.

Discover Reykjavík's cleanliness, greenery, and safety as you embark on a tailor-made tour tailored to your interest. Whether you prefer to walk on foot or not, we accommodate your choice. Explore iconic sites like the Hallgrímur Church, the old harbor, and the city pond teaming with various bird species, and enjoy the popular activity of bird feeding. If you are artist or a museum lover then we may visit the sculpture museum of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, and the Reykjavik Art Museum.

Consider visiting one of Reykjavík's many geothermal swimming pools for relaxing bath or swim.  The "Pearl" offer stunning city view featuring interesting museums and dining option atop five big geothermal tanks.

After your city tour, explore downtown Reykjavík and explore "Grandi" harbor area once an industrial fishing hub. In recent years, it has become a lively part of town, offering various activities and museums, shopping, and dining options. Don't miss "Fly over Iceland" a captivating helicopter simulation featuring natural wonders of Iceland, and the Whale museum.

Some like to take whale watching tour, which we can arrange if preferred.  Contact us with your interest and we will craft a personalized proposal, ensuring an unforgettable Reykjavík experience.

Please note that this tour is only possible during summer time.

Link to road authority showing road condition and if open or closed

The highlands of Iceland are unique area which you should not miss when visiting Iceland.  Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland.  You will see beautiful lava areas covered with moss, colorful mountains and geothermal areas allowing you to bath in the natural pool. Short hiking tours (1-2 hours) is an option or visit a former volcanic craters. On the way back you have the option to visit the waterfall Haifoss and an old Viking cottage.

The name Landmannalaugar translated directly to English means “Peoples pool”.  The areas with its colorful mountains and lava fields are extremely beautiful and unique.  It is very popular hiking areas.  You may choose to take an easy hiking circle around the area, or walk up a mountain, whichever you prefer. Beyond hiking, visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the natural hot springs, where they can unwind and soak in the therapeutic waters while surrounded by panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Geologically this area is interesting and rare mostly formed in an eruption in 1477.  You will see rhyolite mountains, and other type of stones. Shades like red, pink, green, blue and golden yellow makes this place ethereal beautiful.

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The tour into Iceland highlands is only possible during summer time.

Kerlingafjöll is a famous geothermal site in the center of the Iceland highlands.  It used to be a popular skiing resort during summertime, but due to rising temperature and the retreat of the glaciers that is hardly possible today.  But if you have an interest in geology, particularly geothermal surface manifestations featuring boiling hot springs and colorful rhyolite mountains you will certainly experience that up close and witness the stunning beauty of this place. The area also features lot of steam rising up from the hot fumaroles.  The surrounding mountains retain glaciers and combined with colorful rhyolite, dark and bright tuff stones, create a uniquely photogenic landscape. This popular tourist spot, requires both appropriate vehicle and experienced driver via gravel roads (named Kjalvegur). Fortunately, that's exactly what we are offering our guests.

When we are 700 meters above sea level, we may expect all kind of weather, so be well prepared.

Hveravellir, just an hour and a half drive from Kerlingafjöll is another geothermal hot spot offering distinctly different experience.  This popular oasis in the highlands allows you to bathe in a natural hot spring pool, followed by a cup of hot chocolate and slice of a cake. Please be aware that in the nature there is no facility to change cloths. 

What makes this hot spring so special?  Many praise its beautiful surroundings nested in the middle of the highlands between two of Iceland's biggest glaciers, Hofsjökull and Langjökull.  The place has interesting history which you will learn about during the tour.

We will pass both Gullfoss and Geysir the famous golden circle attractions on the way to Kerlingafjöll.  Therefore it is ideal if requested to make a short photo stop on the way to the highlands.

Please note that roads in the highlands are only accessible during summertime from July until early September

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