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Iceland in the Afternoon – Tours and Activities

I know the feeling – Your flight to Iceland lands at 10:30am, and by the time you get to Reykjavik, most of the tours will have left already. Or maybe you just don’t like getting up early – you’re on holiday, I’m not judging! So what can you do if you’re not setting out in the wee hours of the morning but you still want to go and see stuff? Don’t worry – here’s our list of Iceland afternoon tours and activities.


The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is very popular and a convenient distance from the city so there are plenty of options for you to go at a later time than the crack of dawn.

There is, for instance, the Golden Circle Direct bus tour, which takes you to the three main sights of the Circle, Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir.

But there are many, many options if the above two don’t do it for you, just contact us.


The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is open from morning until late evening (depending on what time of year) and you can book an entry on the hour, any time of day. As a matter of fact, it’s often busiest around mid-day, so going slightly later in the afternoon could be a great idea. There are 3 different entry packages and to get there, you can take a convenient bus. You can also book treatments and a table at the restaurant, just contact us for more information. Be sure to book in advance if you want to get in!

Visit Whales or Ride Horses

Horseback riding and whale watching are both hugely popular activities that are very convenient to do on half-day tours from Reykjavik. Both have the option of a morning of afternoon booking, and in fact, whale watching is only available in the afternoon in wintertime. So use your time to visit your animal friends – whether of the equestrian or the cetacean kind!

Geothermal Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours can take everything from 1 hour to a whole day and more – and they are available at many different times of the day. You could, for instance, fly across the bay to the top of Mt. Esja or towards Þingvellir to land in a volcanic crater. The possibilities are endless!

Geothermal Helicopter Tour

Hire a Driver or Rent a Car!

Of course, if you really want to be in control of your day and schedule, you can hire a private car and driver who will take you anywhere you want, or just rent a car and drive yourself. To book private tours, just get in touch with us and we will take care of everything.


Go Caving!

One exciting afternoon activity in Iceland is cave-exploring. The country is perforated all over with these remnants of volcanic eruptions of ages past, and with the right guide and equipment, you can explore them yourself. They’re not terribly difficult but some minimal fitness is required to take the tour.

Hallgrímskirkja - Exploring Reykjavik

Stay in Reykjavík!

Of course, you could just decide to stay in town, explore Reykjavik and maybe take in a museum. You could take a guided walking tour, a self-guided walk, or a hop-on-hop-off bus to get to know the city. And for the museums, check out our museum walk. Explore cafés and bars and maybe check out a show in the evening. I’m sure you’re going to have a great time!

Wondering about other options for an Iceland afternoon? We make bespoke, personalised itineraries for people all of the time, absolutely free! Just get in touch with us by email, phone, or come visit us in person anytime, and we will sort your travels out!

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