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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.

The Golden Circle

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

Discover outstanding natural beauty and geothermal delights on a visit to Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser.

From Reykjavik, travel over the Mosfellsheidi heath to the dramatic Thingvellir National Park, which is Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical, cultural and geological significance. The Park straddles the mid-Atlantic ridge and is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. These plates are constantly pulling the earth’s crust in opposite directions causing rifts which add to the unusual and impressive landscape. It's also the site of Iceland's first parliament over 1000 years ago.

Continue into the fertile farmlands of the south to see the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, otherwise known as ‘The Golden Waterfall’. As you stand and admire the beauty of this waterfall you can hear its raw power as the water gushes down the rock face.

Nearby is the fascinating geothermal area of Geysir, with its abundance of hot springs, mud pools, fumaroles and other geothermal phenomena. There’ll be a stop to see the amazing geyser Strokkur, a fountain geyser which shoots up a 75-foot-high column of hot water every few minutes.

Stop at a local restaurant for a delicious Icelandic lunch, before beginning the scenic return journey. En route there will be a comfort stop at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. Those who are interested can visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition which provides a state-of-the-art look at how geothermal energy is harnessed in a sustainable manner in Iceland.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking over mostly rough and uneven ground, however most sites can be seen from the coach. There are around 10 steps at Thingvellir National Park. Sturdy, enclosed shoes and a wind/rainproof jacket are recommended. To access Gullfoss Waterfall there is a steep gravel and mud path and numerous steps, which can become slippery when wet.


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