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.

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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 afternoon tour, which takes you to the three main sights of the Circle, Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir.

In the wintertime, there is also the Golden Circle and magical nights tour: a 4-in-1 tour that includes bathing in a hot spring, local food and hunting for the northern lights, in addition to the three main sights.

Check out our comprehensive guide on the Golden Circle.
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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 4 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. 

Check out our Blue Lagoon guide.

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!

Reykjavik Erupts Tour

Reykjavík Erupts

This jeep tour takes you to one of the most volcanic areas of Iceland, the Reykjanes peninsula, in just 3-4 hours, and is available in the morning or the afternoon. See crater-lakes and geothermal hot springs while surrounded by volcanoes and lava fields.

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!

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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.

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 or read all about them on the museum page. 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 on LiveChat, by email, phone, or come visit us in person anytime, and we will sort your travels out!

What's On locations in downtown Reykjavík

  • Laugavegur 5 (Main Office)
  • Laugavegur 54 (Trip)

Opening Hours:

  • Mon-Fri 9:00 - 17:00 through phone or email.
  • (Opening hours are limited temporarily)

Contact What's On

The official source for safe adventure in Iceland is safetravel. It’s located in our Laugavegur 54 location.