Reykjavik

Hallgrímur’s Church
The Sólfar, aka the Sun Voyager
The Þingvellir national park

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Reykjavik

The city of spas

Reykjavík is mirrored in the waters of its bay, as you can see when your cruise ship sets anchor in the port. The quays along the seafront host a variety of shops, live music clubs and cafés.
Take a stroll down Frakkastigur up to Lækjartorg, to admire the Sólfar, also known as the Sun Voyager, a large modern steel sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, that represents a Viking vessel, with the bow pointing towards the north.

Go back in history as you reach the historic centre, in the districts of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata, where you can still see the remains of some primitive Icelandic dwellings. Also the church of Hallgrímur, probably the most important architectural monument in Reykjavik, is worth a visit. As you will discover during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe, geothermal energy positively conditions the life of the entire country and there is an abundance of spas.

Don’t miss an excursion to the Þingvellir national park, in the south west region of the island, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004. On the northern shores of the Þingvallavatn, the largest Icelandic lake, the Öxará river forms the Öxaráfoss waterfall in the vicinity of Almannagjá, the largest cleft in this land.

If you like waterfalls, you should not miss a visit to Gullfoss, in the south east of the island: the river Hvítá here drops down 11 and then 21 metres forming the queen of all Icelandic waterfalls and then continues along a narrow gorge in the plateau. In this area we also find the Strokkur, the only geyser that regularly erupts every 4-8 minutes. Then proceed to Geysir, in the Haukadalur valley, the oldest known geyser, from which the term originates.

Its eruptions spray boiling water up to 60 metres into the air, but often reach higher than 100 metres: it is the tallest of the active geysers.

Must see places in Reykjavik

  • Gullfoss

    Gullfoss

  • Iceland Geysers

    Iceland Geysers

  • Thingvellir National Park

    Thingvellir National Park

Discover our excursions

23 results found

  • Reykjavik by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    KEFBKT

    Reykjavik by Bike
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • DISCOVER THE CITY OF REYKJAVIK

    CITY TOUR

    KEF04

    Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is a fascinating mix of the tradition and technical modernity. Visitors are always struck by the juxtaposition of the clean-lined, boldly coloured modern constructions and the quaint historic buildings that characterise
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • DISCOVER THE CITY OF REYKJAVIK

    CITY TOUR

    KEF20

    Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is a fascinating mix of the tradition and technical modernity. Visitors are always struck by the juxtaposition of the clean-lined, boldly coloured modern constructions and the quaint historic buildings that characterise
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    KEF02

    Join this tour and prepare to spend time enjoying some of the natural splendours that have helped make Iceland famous. We will leave the port for a bus transfer to the lovely Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 30 miles from
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Best seller

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults$195.00Price per person

    • Children$139.00Price per person

  • THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    KEF18

    Join this tour and prepare to spend time enjoying some of the natural splendours that have helped make Iceland famous. We will leave the port for a bus transfer to the lovely Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 30 miles from
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults$195.00Price per person

    • Children$139.00Price per person

  • ICELANDIC JEEP ADVENTURE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF05

    Adventurous passengers will love this special excursion that lets you enjoy the scenery of Iceland aboard a special “super truck” jeep. Built to weather exceptionally tough conditions, we will ride these jeeps out to rocky landscapes carved by the forces
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$192.00Price per person

    • Children$135.00Price per person

  • ICELANDIC JEEP ADVENTURE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF21

    Adventurous passengers will love this special excursion that lets you enjoy the scenery of Iceland aboard a special “super truck” jeep. Built to weather exceptionally tough conditions, we will ride these jeeps out to rocky landscapes carved by the forces
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$192.00Price per person

    • Children$135.00Price per person

  • KRYSUVIK GEOTHERMAL FIELD & VIKING HISTORY

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF06

    We will leave the port and drive to the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland, where we will stop briefly to take pictures. Next, we will continue to the geothermal fields of Krysuvik to witness the powerful jets of steam that s
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

  • KRYSUVIK GEOTHERMAL FIELD & VIKING HISTORY

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF22

    We will leave the port and drive to the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland, where we will stop briefly to take pictures. Next, we will continue to the geothermal fields of Krysuvik to witness the powerful jets of steam that s
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

  • LET’S GO VOLCANIC

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF09

    Treat yourself to an amazing outing to the rugged volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula, which is located a short distance to the south of Reykjavik. Safely ensconced in a super-truck, you will first head for Stóra Eldborg, or “big fire city”, a p
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$309.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • LET’S GO VOLCANIC

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF23

    Treat yourself to an amazing outing to the rugged volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula, which is located a short distance to the south of Reykjavik. Safely ensconced in a super-truck, you will first head for Stóra Eldborg, or “big fire city”, a p
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$309.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • LUNAR LANDSCAPES: CRATERS & HOT SPRINGS

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF11

    Prepare to explore and be amazed by Iceland’s untamed volcanic landscape on this tour of hot springs, fumaroles and craters, which begins with a scenic drive from the capital to the Reykjanes Peninsula, an area of extreme geothermal activity. The powerful
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$85.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • LUNAR LANDSCAPES: CRATERS & HOT SPRINGS

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF25

    Prepare to explore and be amazed by Iceland’s untamed volcanic landscape on this tour of hot springs, fumaroles and craters, which begins with a scenic drive from the capital to the Reykjanes Peninsula, an area of extreme geothermal activity. The powerful
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$85.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • THE RING OF FIRE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF14

    Located just a short drive from Reykjavik lies one of Iceland’s 30 volcanoes, Mount Hengill, whose surrounding area is still dotted with fumaroles, hot springs and steam vents – a gentle reminder of its last eruption 2,000 years ago. The Hellisheiði power
    • Snack included

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$125.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • THE RING OF FIRE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF26

    Located just a short drive from Reykjavik lies one of Iceland’s 30 volcanoes, Mount Hengill, whose surrounding area is still dotted with fumaroles, hot springs and steam vents – a gentle reminder of its last eruption 2,000 years ago. The Hellisheiði power
    • Snack included

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$125.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • WHALE WATCHING & WHALE MUSEUM

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF15

    If whales are your thing, Iceland is the place to be since it counts as one of the best locations to spot these immense marine mammals within northern Europe. In fact, about half of the 36 European species call Icelandic waters home, including blue, fin,
    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$159.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • WHALE WATCHING & WHALE MUSEUM

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF27

    If whales are your thing, Iceland is the place to be since it counts as one of the best locations to spot these immense marine mammals within northern Europe. In fact, about half of the 36 European species call Icelandic waters home, including blue, fin,
    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$159.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • BATHING IN THE BLUE LAGOON & PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KEF03

    The Blue Lagoon is located in the middle of a beautiful lava field and our excursion here offers an intriguing introduction to the unusual Icelandic landscapes. A 45-minute coach drive will take you to the Lagoon which owes its existence to the nearby geo
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$152.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

  • BATHING IN THE BLUE LAGOON & PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KEF19

    The Blue Lagoon is located in the middle of a beautiful lava field and our excursion here offers an intriguing introduction to the unusual Icelandic landscapes. A 45-minute coach drive will take you to the Lagoon which owes its existence to the nearby geo
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$152.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KEF01

    This comprehensive sightseeing excursion takes in all the highlights of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. We will leave the pier and head to the conservation area of Heidmork, crossing the Ellidaar River, which is one of the cleanest metro
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KEF16

    This comprehensive sightseeing excursion takes in all the highlights of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. We will leave the pier and head to the conservation area of Heidmork, crossing the Ellidaar River, which is one of the cleanest metro
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • HORSES, HOT SPRINGS & COUNTRY CULTURE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    KEF10

    Board a coach and leave the port of Reykjavik for a scenic 45-minute drive that will first take you over imposing lava fields dotted with steaming hot springs to reach the Eldhestar – “Volcano Horses” – Farm and Riding Centre, after which an informative h
    • Snack included

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • HORSES, HOT SPRINGS & COUNTRY CULTURE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    KEF24

    Board a coach and leave the port of Reykjavik for a scenic 45-minute drive that will first take you over imposing lava fields dotted with steaming hot springs to reach the Eldhestar – “Volcano Horses” – Farm and Riding Centre, after which an informative h
    • Snack included

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Iceland

Fountains of lava amidst the ice
Fountains of lava amidst the ice

A vacation in Iceland is like discovering another world. Even if you’ve imagined it, this island will amaze you.


Not many people know that Reykjavík, the Icelandic capital, has an intense artistic and social life. Nor that the Icelandic nature is so luxuriant because temperatures in the summer are incredibly mild or that in the winter, when the skies are painted by the colours of the northern lights, it’s not as cold as one might think.

Iceland is bound to attract you with its pools of boiling mud, the incredible geysers, the glaciers and the waterfalls, and more. Try indulging in bird-watching at Lake Mývatn, or take an excursion to meet the whales, Iceland’s sea is one of the best places in the world for watching these big cetaceans.
If you’re attracted to ice, visit Jökulsárlón, the largest frozen lagoon of the country which forms where the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier meets the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 


And if you intend to relax, you should know that there are more than 170 geothermal pools in the country, like the splendid and therapeutic Blue Lagoon, about 40 km from Reykjavík, a large pool fed by a spring that pours out water at a temperature of between 37 and 39 °C, rich in minerals and with therapeutic properties.

 
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