Top-Rated Day Trips from Reykjavik


Iceland has experienced a surge in tourism over the past few years. With such rapid growth in the number of sightseeing options in the country, it can be difficult to know which tours you can trust when planning a trip for your clients.

ARC MarketPlace offers trusted tour options with vetted providers. Of those trusted tours, these day trips from Reykjavik are the top-rated tours of their kind, each with more than 100 customer reviews averaging a full five stars.

Visiting the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is an iconic sightseeing route in southern Iceland encompassing some of the island’s most famous sights, including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring. It’s a must for first-time visitors. ARC MarketPlace’s highest-rated day trip from Reykjavik is this Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit, which departs Reykjavik around 10 a.m. (allowing visitors to see the sights after the early-morning tour groups have gone). The similarly rated Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik visits Kerio, a volcanic crater lake.

Adventuring in Southern Iceland

Traveling farther south, visitors can enjoy more of Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, including black-sand beaches, magnificent waterfalls and rugged terrain. Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour visits the picturesque town of Vik, as well as lava fields, icebergs and glaciers. The Small Group South Iceland, Waterfalls and Glacier Hiking Adventure is a 12-hour tour that packs in plenty of outdoor exploring at many of the same sites.

Unique Experiences

It’s fitting that Iceland, “the land of fire and ice,” is the setting for the hit series based on “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. The highly rated “Game of Thrones” Filming Locations Tour visits filming sites from the hit TV series. You probably won’t see the King in the North, but you’ll get to walk beyond the wall on the rugged terrain that was home to the Wildlings and White Walkers in the show.

Alternatively, travelers can combine a trip to the iconic Blue Lagoon with a Viking horse-riding Tour along the outskirts of Reykjavik. Adrenaline junkies might want to embark on a Small Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Adventure on Solheimajokull Glacier with an expert guide.

For more ideas on what to do in Iceland, visit our Reykjavik city page.

Megan Leader

Megan joined ARC in 2016 as senior brand and content strategist. She writes about air travel data, trends and destinations for readers throughout the travel industry. An avid traveler, Megan loves to explore art, design and food culture in cities around the world.

Favorite vacation destination: Peru  |  Favorite spot to visit most often: Asheville, North Carolina  |  Travel bucket list: Bali

Contact Megan at