Just as Iceland is a unique country, rugged and remote, yet modern and enjoying Nordic standards of affluence, so Reykjavik is a beautifully diverse capital city. As Iceland's capital and its main center of population, the city of Reykjavik offers a fascinating mixture of the traditional and the very technically advanced. In addition, its natural beauty leaves a lasting impression. Visit the remarkable solfatara fields of Krýsuvík where you’ll discover an expanse of steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs, framed dramatically by a range of multi-colored hills.

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  • Flightseeing Ice and Fire - Glaciers and Volcanoes

    Discover the sharply contrasting faces of Iceland's most formidable natural features during this unique flightseeing tour over the country's glaciers and volcanoes.

    The geological age and structure of Iceland offers some of the richest and varied topography in the world. As the land of fire and ice, Iceland delivers a wealth of geological sites for the flight-seeing visitor; impressive mountain ridges, ash cones, table mountains, volcanoes, craters, vast lava fields, and glaciers can all be found here.

    Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the domestic airport. Upon arrival, you will board your airplane; receive your flight instructions and lift-off for a magnificent ride over the Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull Glaciers. As you pass between the ice and snowfields, you will fly over Iceland's most famous volcano, Hekla, which last erupted in 2000. Other places of interest to be seen during your flight include Thingvellir, site of the world's oldest Parliament, the Gullfoss golden waterfall, Thórsmörk Nature Reserve, the rhyolite peaks of Landmannalaugar, and Geysir; one of the world's outstanding geothermal areas and the origin of the English word, geyser.

    At the conclusion of your approximately 90-minute flight, you will be transferred back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: The tour includes a minimal amount of walking and is recommended for guests with limited mobility. It is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the bus and plane and have a companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

  • Panoramic City Tour

    Enjoy an enlightening introductory tour of Reykjavik that presents its must-see attractions, including the president’s residence, a 15th-century farm and the University of Iceland.

    After departing from the pier, you will pass Reykjavik’s main sports and recreation facilities in the idyllic Laugardalur valley and then continue to Bessastadir Peninsula. Settlers took up residence here in the first millennium A.D. and the site has been occupied ever since. The president of Iceland now lives on Bessastadir in a handsome estate that was once a farm.

    Returning to the inner city, you will view the open-air museum at Arbaer. More than 20 traditional buildings have been relocated to the site to form a historical town square, village and farm. Then, after crossing the crystalline Ellida River, you will stop at the Pearl, a glittering dome that houses the Viking Saga Museum and several massive tanks that store hot geothermal water for the Reykjavik’s residents. The views from atop the hill are spectacular in every direction.

    Another photo stop will be made at majestic Hallgrimskirkja Church, whose iconic tower has become a landmark. Then, it’s on to Reykjavik’s old quarter, the esteemed University of Iceland, and Tjornin, a serene lake in the center of town. Returning to the pier, you will pause for photos at Hofdi, a stately house often visited by heads of state such as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, who held a summit there in 1986.

    Please note: The tour is mostly panoramic with a minimal amount of optional walking at the stops. It is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Warm, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

  • Whale Watching

    Don't miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse of nature's largest undersea denizens from up-close during this memorable whale-watching expedition.

    Depart the pier for the transfer to Reykjavik's Old Harbor. Upon arrival, you and your guide will embark a boat for the ride out to sea; normally, no further than 15 nautical miles from the harbor. Along the way, you may see minke, humpback and killer whales, along with various species of dolphins, seabirds and seals. Marine life most commonly sighted includes minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, humpback whales, and killer whales (orcas).

    Throughout the tour, your guide will inform you about your trip, what you can see and where to look, together with an introduction and safety guide. The boat features coffee facilities and restrooms, as well as large windows to observe marine life for those who choose to stay inside. Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: The tour includes a minimal amount of walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and tour vessel and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions. Warm, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested. There are special thermal suits on board that participants can borrow if necessary. Even though the weather in Reykjavik is warm, it can be very cold and windy out on the bay; please bring warm clothing and sun protection on sunny days.Although sightings of marine life are common, they are not guaranteed.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Classical Reykjavik City Tour

    Reykjavik's capital area consists of seven municipalities with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. With plenty of space, clean air and natural green energy, it is renowned as one of the most modern, forward-thinking European societies. The city's logo is Pure Energy, and pure energy is central to Reykjavik's heating, nightlife and culture.

    Begin your tour of the world's northernmost capital with a scenic drive to Reykjavík's largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur, which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city. From Laugardalur, you will stop at the Árbær Open Air Museum, where more than 20 buildings have been relocated from around Iceland represented in the form of a town square, a village and farm.

    Continue on to the Hofdi House for a brief photo stop at this historical landmark, "end of the cold war" which commemorates the site of the meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. Next, you will proceed to the National Museum with it's impressive displays that provides insight into Icelandic cultural history.

    Your final stop is at the Pearl vantage-point, which makes for some great photo opportunities. Built in 1988, the Pearl is a remarkable building; unique in Iceland and probably the entire world. Its glass dome was constructed atop huge tanks and stores natural hot water for heating the city. The Pearl offers spectacular views of the capital area and beyond.

    Your tour concludes as you return to the ship through the harbor area.

    Please note: The tour includes a moderate amount of walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Warm, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

    Revitalize your mind, body and spirit in a unique new way during this relaxing visit to Iceland's mineral-rich Blue Lagoon.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the Blue Lagoon, a renowned geothermal spa and Iceland's most unique and popular attraction. Upon arrival, you will take a shower before entering the surreal, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon's geothermal seawater is renowned for its positive effects on the skin, and represents a novel way to soak away the stresses of modern life.

    In addition to bathing in the lagoon, taking in the scenic beauty of your surroundings and breathing in the clean, fresh air, you will also have access to a sauna overlooking the lagoon. The sauna features white walls that resemble silica mud and a cozy steam bath carved into a lava cave. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica mud; an essential part of this ultimate spa experience.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: The tour includes a minimal amount of walking and is available to guests who utilize a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach, into and out of the lagoon and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommeneded for pregnant women and heart patients to check with there doctor before participating in this tour. Participants are advised to bring a bathing suit, change of clothing and a towel from the ship. Be advised that the Blue Lagoon is for bathing in geothermal seawater, and not for regular swimming. For hygiene reasons, guests will need to take a shower without swim wear before their dip. Separate dressing rooms and showers are provided for men and women.

  • Picture Perfect Iceland

    Iceland is picture perfect and attracts amateur and professional photographers alike. There are few places on Earth that offer such dramatic, accessible and little-known landscapes, especially for photographers that find inspiration in unspoiled natural settings.

    This tour will take you to some of the region'smost photogenic destinations, where you can shoot vast lava fields, bubbling hot springs, pristine mountain and lakes, wildlife and more. There's no end to the possibilities.

    Please note: You will need to bring your own camera and camera equipment.

  • The Golden Circle

    This classic Reykjavik excursion encompasses the "Big Three" geysers of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. They are collectively known as the Golden Circle and provide a look at some of the scenic wonders for which Iceland is justly renowned.

    Upon leaving Reykjavik, you will head across vast lava fields to the hot spring community of Hveragerdi where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry. Continuing on, you will pass through the fertile farmland off Iceland's south, to the Gullfoss waterfall, reportedly Iceland's most beautiful. Following a stop at the falls, you will re-board your coach and make the short journey to Haukadalur, where a stop is made at the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs. The most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes.

    Before heading back to Reykjavik, you will be treated to a buffet meal at a local restaurant and then it's on to your final stop at the Thingvellir National Park. This wonderful Park is a UNESCO site as well as a place of tremendous interest as a primary location of both Iceland's geological and historical heritage.

    Please note: The tour includes a moderate amount of walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Most of the sights can be viewed from the coach. Warm, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

  • The Blue Lagoon & Leisurely Reykjavik

    Begin by driving over the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the natural wonder of the Blue Lagoon, a therapeutic geothermal spa that's rich in minerals Then, it's on to Reykjavik for sight-seeing. You'll drive past Hofdi House, site of the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting, before stopping at the Pearl, a futuristic-looking building with a glass dome that sits atop tanks of geothermal water that's used to heat Reykjavik.

    Before returning to the ship,you'll drive into the more historic part of the city, dominated by the imposing Hallgrimskirkja church, whose high steeple serves as a landmark.

  • Ancient Ring of Fire; Planting For the Future

    This predominantly green-focused tour revolves around the Hengill Volcano, which looms just a few of miles from Iceland's capital of Reykjavík. Hengill last erupted approximately 2,000 years ago, but it is still active. Numerous natural hot springs, steam vents and fumaroles dot the surrounding landscape.The 2,635-foot-highHengillvolcano produces impressive amounts of energy by way of hydro and geothermal power, both of which provide Reykjavík and other municipalities nearby with plentiful hot water and electricity.

    Stopping at the Hellisheidi Geothermal PlantVisitor Center, you'lllearn about volcanoes, geothermal technology and the history of the area. Then, it's on to the town of Hveragerdi, which sits atop an ancient magma chamber that accounts for the abundance of hot springs that bubble and hiss all around this unique little community. After a short, scenic drive past the town's trademark greenhouses, you'll enjoy a short walk to an area with hot springs.

    Your next destination is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, where the world's oldest existing parliament was formed in the year 930. Then, you'll drive past Iceland's largest natural lake at Thingvallavatn and on to a viewpointon the lower flanks of volcano. From there, the views of the scenery and bubbling hot springs are spectacular. Finally, you will drive back to Reykjavík through a lunar-like landscape of volcanic phenomena and other geological wonders.

  • Lava Fields and Lobster

    Marvel at the dramatic, volcanic scenery in southwest Iceland as you pause for photos at its most striking lakes and geothermal pools before enjoying a succulent lobster lunch.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive along the hauntingly beautiful Reykjanes Peninsula, a rugged landscape that volcanoes and glaciers shaped centuries ago. You will see further evidence of volcanic activity while passing through Hafnarfjordur, a city built on an ancient lava flow.

    With every mile, the scenery gets more dramatic. At Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest and deepest one on the peninsula, you will stop for photos of the wonderfully stark terrain. The water level can fluctuate as much as 13 feet, as the lake is filled by ground water and no rivers flow in or out of it. Locals claim to have spotted a Loch Ness monster-like serpent there.

    Next, you will stop at the geothermal springs at Krysuvik and walk along a wooden boardwalk past boiling mud pools and hissing steam vents. It’s quite a sight, as mineral deposits have colored the terrain shades of red, green and yellow. The best view of the ocean and lava fields is from a steaming vent (known as a solfatara) atop an adjacent hill.

    More spectacular scenery awaits you at the Green Lake, which formed in an ancient volcanic crater, and at the lovely wooden Strandarkirkja Church. A flavorful Icelandic lobster lunch at the seaside Fjorubordid restaurant follows, after which you will return to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing; sun glasses; and flat, sturdy shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for changing weather conditions.

  • Glacier Safari By 4-Wheel Drive

    Start the day on a specially modified super truck and head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, where the oldest parliament in the world was formed in the year 930. Stop here briefly before traveling to Iceland's majestic hinterlands along the dramatic Cold Valley.

    The next step of your journey will be on to an ice cap and into the white world of Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull, the Long Glacier. Here your expert driver will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey over the ice and snow.

    Following this amazing experience, you will drive back to the woodlands of Húsafellfor lunch, after which you will see two of Iceland's most picturesque waterfalls, Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Your return to Reykjavík takes you through the Hvalfjordur tunnel, along the coastline and back to the pier.

    Notes: Distance traveled and time on the glacier depends on weather and snow conditions. Minimum age is 8 years. The meal is a light lunch served at a rustic lodge. The driver is also your guide. Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants. This is not a self-drive tour.

  • Super 4x4 Adventure

    Explore the dramatic, volcanically formed countryside around Reykjavik in a 4x4 vehicle expressly made to negotiate rugged terrain.

    After departing from the pier in a 4x4 “super truck,” you will head into the wild Icelandic highlands. Sometimes, you will travel on highways. Other times, the driver will go off the beaten path into the impossibly scenic hinterlands left in the wake of ancient volcanic eruptions and receding glaciers. The terrain is pure and unspoiled, as it has been for centuries.

    Your first destination is Ulfarsfell, a smallish mountain offering surprisingly long views of Reykjavik and Faxafloi Bay. If the weather is clear at the top, you may spot Snaefellsjokull, a 700,000-year-old glacier-draped volcanic peak that lies to the northwest.

    More outstanding vistas await you on the way to Nesjavellir Power Plant, which uses the earth’s geothermal power to produce electricity and hot water for Reykjavik. Although the scenery is breathtaking most everywhere, one of the finest vantage points presents sweeping views of Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn, and the Hengill volcano.

    In time, you will follow a gravel road along the lake, through fertile farmland and into an enchanting birch forest. The route is wonderfully wild and picturesque, especially along the Thousand Waters Trail, which winds through numerous rivers and streams. Finally, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is limited and mainly at the guests’ discretion; however, the vehicle will at times travel over unpaved natural tracks and the ride can become quite bumpy. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back or neck problems or pregnant women. Warm, layered clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for changing weather conditions. Views are dependent on prevailing weather conditions.

  • Iceland On Horseback

    If you love horses and the great outdoors, then don't miss this scenic and memorable horseback ride in the Icelandic countryside.

    Depart the pier for the transfer to the Ishestar Riding Centre in Hafnarfjörður. Upon arrival, you will receive your overalls, a riding helmet, boots and gloves. After a brief introduction of the horses and staff, your horseback riding adventure will begin. The extremely sure-footed, keen and friendly Icelandic horses are adorned with long, shaggy manes and thick coats. A purebred descendant of its Viking ancestors, the Icelandic horse is a proud product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding. Famed for its good riding qualities, gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner, they are a delight for anyone to ride.

    In addition to the normal gaits of walk, trot and gallop, the Icelandic horse offers another unique gait; the tölt. The tölt is a flowing, four-beat gait where the rider stretches down in the stirrup, then sits back and feels the sensation of floating. Ideally-suited to Iceland's glacially-shaped landscape, its secure high steps allow the Icelandic horse to move easily over rough terrain that would stop other breeds in their tracks. Icelandic horses are quite small, and average around 13-14 hands.

    During this tour, your guide will lead you on a ride into the lava fields surrounding the Mt. Helgafell Volcano and the Kaldársel area, or to Lake Hvaleyrarvatn. En route, you will explore rough lava fields and reforestation efforts with the beautiful Bláfjöll Mountains on the horizon. The horses are well-suited for both beginner and more advanced riders.

    Following your horseback adventure, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: The tour includes limited walking; however, it is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or those with recent back or neck injuries. Weather appropriate clothing is suggested and long-pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary. Minimum age to participate is 8 years of age and maximum weight is 220 lbs. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

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