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About Reykjavik

The name means ‘Smoky (or Steamy) Bay’ but these days the Icelandic capital Reykjavik is even hotter than that. Its reputation now as a truly cultural, cosmopolitan city, with great restaurants and lively nightlife, has made it a hugely popular destination.

Another big attraction is the opportunity to swim in open-air pools heated by the very geothermal springs that inspired Reykjavik’s name.

Not that Reykjavik - or most of Iceland for that matter - is actually icy at all.  It may be the most northerly capital in the world and in the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, but if you want ice, you have to travel away from the capital on one of the exciting glacier safari tours. But the most popular destination remains the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, where minerals bubble up from 5,000ft below the earth’s surface.

 

Shore excursions in Reykjavik

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

An Introduction to Iceland

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Combine dramatic volcanic landscapes and impressive scenery with quaint fishing villages and the Viking Museum.

A drive through Hafnarfjordur town, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow will take you to the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of Iceland’s deepest lakes. Arriving at the geothermal fields of Krysuvik, witness the powerful jets of steam from deep below the earth’s crust and the multi-coloured pools of boiling mud.

Continue across the impressive volcanic plateau of Reykjanes and through the fishing village of Grindavik.

Round off your tour with a visit to the Viking World Museum which houses an exhibition containing artefacts, maps, models and audio-visual displays telling the story of the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic. There is also a full-scale replica of a Viking long ship. In the year 2000, this ship called ‘Islendingur’ (The Icelander) was sailed by shipbuilder Gunnar Eggertsson to America to commemorate the 1,000 year anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America.

On leaving the Museum, you’ll travel through the mossy lava fields before arriving back in Reykjavik.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Many of the sites have rough, muddy and uneven ground. Comfortable, enclosed footwear and a wind/rainproof jacket are recommended.

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Immerse yourself in warm, aquamarine waters surrounded by a volcanic landscape of lava. A unique and relaxing experience!

As you travel through dramatic volcanic landscape to the Blue Lagoon, your knowledgeable guide will explain all about the history and science surrounding this famous natural geothermal spa.

The Blue Lagoon is a large pool of hot water which is rich in minerals like silica, algae and sulphur. As you enter the water you’ll feel your stress melt away as your body absorbs the heat and healing powers of the water.

Around the Lagoon silica mud can be found in wooden boxes so you can apply it to your face and body. This pure white geothermal mud deep cleanses, exfoliates and naturally strengthens the skin's barrier function. It brings out your inner glow and gives you a vital energy boost and smooth complexion.

After your rejuvenation, you may wish to visit the café or browse the shop for souvenirs and view their range of skin care products.

On the return journey, you’ll hear about the history and culture of Reykjavik before passing through the busy city centre en route to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately 2½ hours at the Blue Lagoon. Please remember to take swimwear and a towel. Spa treatments are not included but can be purchased separately, booking on arrival is advisable. Please carry Icelandic Kroner or Euros to pay for any additional purchases. Children must be aged 2 years and over to participate.

Friðheimar Greenhouse and Horse Show

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6¼ hours

Combine horses with horticulture on this wonderful tour.

Iceland is one of the world leaders when it comes to utilising its abundance of geothermal energy, and during this insightful tour you’ll learn how this seemingly desolate island in the North Atlantic has managed to trick nature, and grow flowers and vegetables all year round.

A scenic journey of around 1½ hours takes you to one of Iceland's most successful family-run greenhouse enterprises; Friðheimar. The family also breed Icelandic horses and you’ll be treated to a wonderfully entertaining horse show, offering an insight into the magnificent Icelandic horse, a breed that has been intertwined with the culture and history of the Icelandic nation since the time of settlement. You’ll then have the opportunity to visit the stables for a closer look at the horses.

Afterwards, the family will lead you on a visit inside some of the greenhouses, during which they’ll share with you, their story of how their joint passion for horses and horticulture became entwined to thrive into the enterprising establishment that it is today. Enjoy a cooking demonstration by the Friðheimar chef, where the secret behind their famous tomato soup will be revealed! You’ll then be served a hearty bowl of the delicious soup for lunch.

After bidding a fond farewell, re-board your coach and drive to Thingvellir National Park. Pause for photos at a viewpoint overlooking the valley, before continuing past Icelands largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn, and back to Reykjavik.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 20 minutes of walking required on this tour, over rough ground and uneven pathways, as well as a few steps to negotiate.

Glacier Safari by 4x4 and Ice Cave

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 9 hours

Take in Iceland’s natural beauty and experience an adventure in a Super Truck.

Your adventure begins at the pier as you board your larger than life modified Super Truck. Head first to the UNESCO site of Thingvellir, where you will make a stop before heading to Iceland's majestic hinterland along the dramatic ‘Cold Valley’.

The next step of your journey will be onto the ice cap and into the white world of Iceland's 2nd largest glacier, Langjökull – ‘The Long Glacier’. Here your expert driver will take your Super Truck adventure to the next level as he takes you on a once in a lifetime journey over the ice and snow.

A highlight of your tour will be a visit inside the recently opened ‘Ice Cave’. This man-made cave stretches deep inside the glacier and is a series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice.

Following this amazing experience you will head back to the woodlands of Húsafell, where you will stop for lunch. Continue to the nearby waterfalls of Hraunfoss and Barnafoss – 2 of Iceland's most picturesque. Your return to Reykjavik takes you through the Hvalfjordur tunnel, along the coastline and back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 Super Truck and on foot. This tour is not recommended for passengers with neck or back problems. The ground can be wet and slippery and care should be taken. Flat, closed-toe footwear should be worn. You must follow any instructions or safety precautions given by your guide. This tour is not suitable for pregnant woman and children under 12. Lunch will consist of Icelandic meat soup and sandwiches.

Panoramic Reykjavik

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

This short city panoramic drive offers a perfect insight into the city of Reykjavik.

Reykjavik revels in its reputation of being one of the most modern, forward thinking societies in Europe. This panoramic tour will allow you to observe a little of Iceland’s geological phenomena, hear tales of Viking settlers, enjoy the varied landscapes, and learn something of the countries historical and cultural origins.

Visit the impressive volcanic craters of the Heidmork conservation area before arriving at The Pearl. This remarkable and unique building consists of a glass observation dome sat on top of several huge water tanks. The tanks store natural hot water which is used to heat the city. Enjoy a stroll around The Pearl’s glass dome for panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Your panoramic drive will head towards the Laugardalur or ‘warm water valley’, passing the city’s main sports and recreation area, with its outdoor geothermal swimming pool. You will also have a chance to see the famous Höfdi House, where the summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev was held in 1986.

Head towards the charming old quarter of Reykjavík with its colourful wooden houses and narrow streets. Passing the city lake, Tjörnin, you’ll skirt the university complex and head towards the old harbour area to enjoy a short photo stop.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is a flat walk of approximately 27 yards from the coach parking area to The Pearls entrance. A limited number of lifts provide access to each floor and to the viewing platform.

 

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