The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
All optional activities can be arranged upon arrival with your Explore Representative.
Reykjavik - year-round:
Super-jeep tour to Thorsmork - 36,000 ISK (minimum four participants required).
Whale watching from Reykjavik Harbour - 9,900 ISK without a pick-up transfer service or an extra 2,000 ISK to have transfers arranged.
Horse riding tour for 1.5 hours - 11,400 ISK. (Please allow three hours including transfers).
Into the Blue, snorkelling in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park - 22,990 ISK including pick-up. The trip will last about four hours including snorkelling for between 45-60 minutes. Snorkelling equipment will be provided for you including a mask, snorkel and dry suit with neoprene hood, gloves and shoes. All you need to bring with you is some warm thermal layers (preferably fleece or wool) and a towel to dry off. We do suggest bringing a change of clothes with you, just in case. For those of you that wear glasses, you won't be able to wear your normal glasses with the snorkelling mask. For this reason, we would suggest wearing contact lenses.
Reykjavik - summer only:
Puffin tour from Reykjavik Harbour - 6,000 ISK.
Reykjavik - winter only:
Northern Lights tour with Reykjavik excursion - 6,400 ISK (please note that this is weather permitting and it is not guaranteed that you will see the Northern Lights). From mid-November to mid-January it may be dark early enough to see the Northern Lights on your return journey on the super-jeep tour. If not then it will be necessary to go on this excursion if you would like the opportunity to try and view them.
In Iceland weather conditions can change rapidly - sunshine, drizzle, rain and snow may all occur in the same day. You'll need warmer clothing for outdoor activities and cooler evenings, so pack layers. A good quality wind and waterproof jacket and trousers are essential.
In winter we'd suggest packing thermal underwear, fleece under trousers, a fleece jumper, a heavy duty waterproof and windproof jacket, waterproof trousers, woolly hat, scarf, gloves (and glove liners for when you're taking photos). You may also find ski trousers or salopettes and a ski face/neck mask useful.
You'll also need to bring a swimming costume and towel for the Secret Lagoon.
If you are planning to join a whale watching excursion then, no matter the time of year, we recommend wrapping up warmly as it can be very chilly out at sea, so take a woolly hat, scarf, jumper and gloves with you.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage, and a small daysac.
We recommend you bring a small torch and medical kit. The sun can be very strong, so take a sun hat, sunscreen and sun glasses. Iceland is one of the most photogenic places on the planet and there are lots of different birds to admire, so we'd suggest taking binoculars and a camera with a spare memory card and battery.
Local Representative - Tipping is not a recognised part of life in Iceland for meals etc. though if you do wish to tip your local representative (entirely at your discretion) it will no doubt be appreciated.