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

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  • DISCOVER THE CITY OF REYKJAVIK approx. 4 hours

    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 the old city centre. Our tour starts with a drive to the Arbaer Open Air Folk Museum where historic homes from Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland have been recreated in a display of Icelandic life. Enjoy a pleasant walk around the museum and see the traditional northern Icelandic turf church and turf farm buildings. Our next stop will be the rotating “Pearl” restaurant and we can enjoy a panoramic city view from the vantage point of its hot-water storage tanks! The Pearl is of particular architectural interest as it features a dome built of reflective glass panels set on a hollow steel frame. After viewing the city from above, we can continue exploring on the ground as we take a short walk through the historic district, admiring Reykjavik’s colourful wooden houses and pretty narrow streets. Return to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Although most of the sites are wheelchair-friendly, there may be some restrictions on visiting some old houses at the Arbaer Open Air Museum. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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

    • Adults72Price per person

    • Children52Price per person

  • THE GOLDEN CIRCLE 8 hours, lunch included

    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 Reykjavik. This park is a must during any visit to Iceland; we will experience one of the most outstanding sceneries in the Country, a vast lava plain of green moss and wild flowers. Icelanders regard this site as a sacred place and the world’s oldest legislative parliament was founded here. Next stop will be the huge Gullfoss or “golden” Waterfall; this twin cascade is one of the most powerful in Europe and there are some amazing views from here. Our third visit takes in the Iceland Geysers, which, together with Thingvellir Park and Gullfoss, form the “Golden Circle” tourist route. Here we will see nature in all her glory as we marvel at the hissing hot springs and other geothermal phenomena and it is in this surreal environment that we will have lunch. Return to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour includes walking on uneven ground but most of the sights can be seen from the coach. Only water is included in the lunch; additional drinks to be paid for on site.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Best seller

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults139Price per person

    • Children99Price per person

  • ICELANDIC JEEP ADVENTURE approx. 4 hours

    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 of nature and time. The excursion begins with a transfer to Nesjavellir Power Plant, which formally opened in 1990 to create the biggest high-temperature field in Iceland and which is now one of the main sources of heat for homes in Reykjavik. From here, you will take the gravel road along the lake Thingvallavatn, driving across the lush farmlands of the south through a constantly changing landscape. We will arrive at the birch forests of Trastarlundur where we will stop for a short break before driving on a special jeep track known as “The Thousand Waters”; you will pass a series of rivers, mud banks and streams. Our last stop will be on a hill to take in a final view of the unique Icelandic scenery. Please note: the driver will give information only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, with neck or back problems and for pregnant women; super jeeps have very high steps to get into them. Tour available only during your cruise.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults155Price per person

    • Children112Price per person

  • KRYSUVIK GEOTHERMAL FIELD & BLUE LAGOON approx. 5 hours

    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 spurt from deep below the earth’s crust; we will admire the solfatara and the multicoloured pools of boiling muds before reaching the bustling village of Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon owes its existence to the nearby geothermal power plant; the waters of the lagoon remain at a warm 37°-39°C and are rich in minerals and renowned for their healing properties. After viewing the Lagoon, we will drive over the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula to the outskirts of the little town of Njardvik to visit the newly-built Viking Museum. Here we can admire the “Islendingur” Viking ship, a fully seaworthy replica of an averaged-size Viking vessel, which would have carried a crew of 70. Drive back to the pier. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Guests will only visit the Blue Lagoon but will not bathe in it. All sites are wheelchair accessible except Krysuvik; hot springs can be seen from the coach. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no 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

    • Adults82Price per person

    • Children59Price per person

  • LET’S GO VOLCANIC approx. 6 hours, lunch included

    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 perfectly formed lava ring and crater dating back approx. 3,000 years. An invigorating trek up the steep flanks will reward you with breathtaking views of the lunar-like terrain at the top. A short drive and subsequent walk over uneven mossy ground will then see you go caving in a so-called lava tube, whose nearly undetectable entrance can only be located using GPS. Once you have been issued with a safety helmet and a high-beam torch, your guide will take you into the mysterious depths of the Icelandic underworld. Next up is a visit to the hot springs and fumaroles found at the thermal field of Krysuvík, situated in a fissure zone that crosses Iceland. Lobster soup with freshly baked bread then await you for lunch in the nearby fishing village of Grindavík, after which you will re-board the super-truck for a drive up the mountain that overlooks the famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa before returning to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is suitable only for guests with a high fitness level. It is unsuitable for pregnant women or for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. Due to the substantial walking, hiking and caving the tour entails, it is classified a grade 4 hike. This tour is available only during your cruise.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults205Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • LUNAR LANDSCAPES: CRATERS & HOT SPRINGS approx. 5 hours

    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 forces of nature are prominent on the peninsula, be it in the sheer rugged beauty of the North Atlantic coastline, the savage bleakness of the seemingly endless lunar-like landscape or in the hardiness of the region’s flora and fauna. The tour also includes a visit to the bird cliffs near the Reykjanes lighthouse, after which you will continue on to an impressive row of volcanic craters, complete with hissing thermal springs that give off a pungent “eggy” odour. Finally, you will move on to the nearby high-temperature thermal field to round off the volcanic leg of the tour. After returning to the port, a stop will be made at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the remarkable “Perlan” building (The Pearl). Built in 1988, the building features a shiny cupola that sits atop a number of huge tanks containing natural hot water to heat Icelandic homes. The building also contains a man-made “geyser” that spouts a column of water through the inside of the building at regular intervals. As a final treat on the tour, you can enjoy wonderful views of the city’s colourful rooftops from the 1st-floor viewing platform of the Perlan building. A scenic return drive to the port and your ship ends this tour of volcanic Iceland. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults65Price per person

    • Children49Price per person

  • Ring of fire

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF14

    Ring of fire
    • 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

    • Adults85Price per person

    • Children62Price per person

  • Whale Watching & Whale Museum

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KEF15

    Whale Watching & Whale Museum
    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults129Price per person

    • Children92Price per person

  • BATHING IN THE BLUE LAGOON & PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK
    approx. 5 hours

    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 30-minute coach drive will take you to the Lagoon which owes its existence to the nearby geothermal power plant; we will have two hours to indulge in the reviving lagoon waters which remain at a temperature 37°-39°C, are rich in minerals and renowned for their healing properties. Relax into the unique atmosphere as you soak up the blue waters, surrounded by the steam and the four-metre high lava wall that surrounds the Lagoon. On the way back to the port, we will visit Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik for a short sightseeing tour. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. For hygienic purposes and in line with local customs, it is compulsory to take a shower without swimwear before entering the lagoon. Dressing rooms and showers for men and women separated. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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

    • Adults109Price per person

    • Children79Price per person

  • PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK approx. 3 hours

    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 metropolitan salmon rivers in the world. En route, we will pass the Arbaer Open Air Folk Museum where historic homes from Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland have been recreated in a display of Icelandic life. Our first stop will be at Heidmork to see the Raudholar craters and from where we can admire the surrounding lava fields and the imposing mountain ranges. We will board the bus again and follow the coast road, past Hofdi House where President Reagan and Secretary General Gorbachev held a key summit in 1986. The pretty harbour area will be the site of our main photo stop before we drive past the Hallgrimskirkka Church and the charming old quarter of Reykjavik with its colourful wooden houses and narrow streets. We will stop at the famous rotating “Pearl” Restaurant for a fantastic panorama of the city from the restaurant’s viewing platform. Return to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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

    • Adults52Price per person

    • Children39Price per person

  • HORSES, HOT SPRINGS & COUNTRY CULTURE approx. 4 hours

    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 horse show will introduce you to the history and characteristics of these unique, hardy Icelandic horses. You will then have time to enjoy some light refreshment at the farm, including a taste of the local “hot-spring bread” – a traditional delicacy that is baked underground using heat from the nearby thermal springs. Next, you will travel to Hveragerði, a town known for its pronounced geothermal activity and variety of bubbling hot springs. The village is also famous for its earthquakes, the most recent of which occurred in 2008 and is still firmly imprinted in the minds of the locals. You will visit the tourist information centre to see an exhibition portraying how this “moving experience” affected the local residents, the town’s buildings and its natural environment. A visit will also be paid to the village’s art gallery before you begin your return journey over the mountain pass and through the centre of Reykjavik. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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

    • Adults72Price per person

    • Children52Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programmes 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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