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Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles” in Icelandic) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient collapsed citadel. It is frequently cited as being one of the most striking naturally-formed landscapes in a country filled with exceptional scenes– that’s saying something. It is consequently one of Iceland’s most visited attractions.

Although Dimmuborgir recently gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the acclaimed TV showGames of Thrones, it has long been part of Icelandic folklore. Indeed, Dimmuborgir is said to be the home of homicidal troll Grýla, her husband Leppalúði and their mischievous sons the Yule Lads; the story of this psychopathic family has been told to Icelandic children for centuries now as a means to get them to behave.

Moreover, Icelandic folklore says that Dimmuborgir connects earth with the infernal regions, and is rumored to be the very place where Satan landed when he was cast from the heavens. But contrary to popular beliefs, the Dimmuborgir area was not born out of divine intervention; science has a more plausible explanation. It was formed about 2,300 years ago during a volcano eruption caused by the Þrengslaborgir crater row. Lava started flowing in the area, forming a massive lava pool in the process and bringing water from nearby marshes to a boil. The vapor resulting from this chemical reaction created lava pillars that measured up to a few meters in diameter. But eventually the reservoir’s top crust collapsed under the lava’s weight, miraculously leaving the hollow pillars that we see today completely intact.

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6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

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Take the full circle road around Iceland to see its top attractions on this 6-day tour from Reykjavik. Check out the Golden Circle, view the south coast’s black sands and basalt cliffs; explore the eastern fjords, Akureyri, and Lake Myvatn; and enjoy adventures including a glacier walk at Skaftafell, hiking, and a whale watching cruise. Limited to a maximum of 15 people, the tour includes five nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, air-conditioned transport, and more.
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  • 6 days
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$1,714.58
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$1,714.58

8-Day Small Group Winter Tour Around Iceland in Minibus from Reykjavik

8-Day Small Group Winter Tour Around Iceland in Minibus from Reykjavik

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This 8-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head to West Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula and find some hidden gems and locations to experience, such as Kirkjufell mountain, lava pillars, a white beach and waterfalls. While enjoying this tour, you're able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,938.27
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$1,938.27
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Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri

Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri

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Explore the Icelandic landscape around Lake Mývatn on this day trip from Akureyri by 4x4 Jeep. This area of northern Iceland is home to natural wonders like Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’), Dettifoss (Europe´s most powerful waterfall) and Hverarönd (hot springs). See craters and lava formations, and be amazed by the incredible geology of this island in the Atlantic.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.36
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$251.36

7-Day Complete Iceland: South Coast, Golden Circle, Akureyri & Snaefellsnes

7-Day Complete Iceland: South Coast, Golden Circle, Akureyri & Snaefellsnes

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Many visitors to Iceland only take 1- or 2-day trips from the capital. This 7-day experience from Reykjavik offers the opportunity to get a less rushed and more in-depth experience of the country. Travel around the entire island, from the south coast to the East Fjords, to Akureyri, the capital of the north, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west, without the hassle of driving or arranging accommodation.
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  • 7 days
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$1,938.27
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$1,938.27

6 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

6 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

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This 6-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the capital. While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as snorkeling, horse riding or hiking. The nights are a perfect opportunity to search for the breathtaking aurora, in the starry night sky.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,665.00
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$1,665.00
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Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from Akureyri

Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from Akureyri

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Go in search of the Northern Lights on a nighttime tour from Akureyri. Travel by 4x4 Jeep outside of town to escape any light pollution, and watch the dark sky for one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular shows. This area of northern Iceland is one of the best places to see the lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, so don’t miss the chance while you’re here. Hot chocolate and an Icelandic doughnut will keep you warm and awake while you wait for the lights to appear.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.34
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$168.34

Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

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Watch for nimble humpbacks and massive blue whales on this whale watching adventure from Húsavík on a traditional Icelandic oak boat. Enjoy stunning views of the Skjálfandi Bay and Vík mountains as you explore the coastline, a thriving pilgrimage place for marine mammals in the summer season. Learn about Iceland’s wildlife and culture with live commentary from your experienced guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.78
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$88.78

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

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Maximize your chances of seeing humpback whales on this Eyjafjord whale watching cruise from Akureyri. Iceland’s longest fjord is known for attracting these massive mammals for summer feeding. Board a high-speed, specially adapted ship capable of covering all the likely viewing areas, and watch for whales from the viewing platforms and decks. Choose from several departures, including a late-night cruise (June to August), with use of thermal coveralls, raincoats, or blankets included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

Iceland Complete: Around Iceland in 10 Days

Iceland Complete: Around Iceland in 10 Days

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Get a comprehensive overview of Iceland on this 10-day tour on the famous ring road. Discover the rugged terrain of Iceland as you explore the volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and mountains that dot the landscape. See famous landmarks like the Golden Circle, the Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss waterfalls, the East Fjords and much more as you interact with locals during your farm stays in the countryside.
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  • 10 days
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$4,149.82
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$4,149.82

8-Days Guided Iceland Circle Tour from Reykjavík

8-Days Guided Iceland Circle Tour from Reykjavík

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Discover the best that Iceland has to offer during this comprehensive 8-day tour of the island. Depart from Reykjavik and drive around Iceland’s ring road with a small group of travelers to explore the rugged Icelandic landscape dotted with volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, and much more. See some of the country’s most famous and off-the-beaten-path areas to get a well-rounded view of this beautiful island.
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  • 8 days
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$1,810.28
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$1,810.28

8 Day Summer Circle Tour, Ring Route of Iceland with Snæfellsnes Peninsula

8 Day Summer Circle Tour, Ring Route of Iceland with Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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While winter in Iceland boasts snow-covered landscapes and the northern lights, the summer features longer days and better weather to explore. Get a comprehensive overview of the country on this 8-day adventure around the famous Ring Road. See everything from glaciers to waterfalls to an active volcano all while enjoying commentary from your guide about Iceland’s history, culture, and geology.
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  • 8 days
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$1,930.20
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$1,930.20
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6 Day Summer Circle Tour, Ring Route Tour with a Small Group

6 Day Summer Circle Tour, Ring Route Tour with a Small Group

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This 6-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the capital. While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as horseback riding, visiting VÖK baths and exploring ice caves to mention a few options.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,665.00
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$1,665.00
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Glaciers and Aurora: Around Iceland in Winter

Glaciers and Aurora: Around Iceland in Winter

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Explore Iceland’s ring road on an intimate small group tour. Maximize your chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, and experience Icelandic winter landscapes. Join a 9-night journey through the countryside, from the South Coast to Goðafoss waterfall in the North and around the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Explore villages, glaciers, lava formations, and waterfalls for full immersion in this mysterious landscape. Enjoy 9 nights’ accommodation at local farms, ensuring you meet local people and animals and eat authentic cuisine.
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  • 10 days
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$3,113.23
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$3,113.23

Day Trip to Lake Mývatn And The Nature Baths from Akureyri

Day Trip to Lake Mývatn And The Nature Baths from Akureyri

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Hop on a small group tour for an exploration of northern Iceland’s natural wonders from Akureyri. Visit Goðafoss waterfall, see Lake Mývatn, admire the volcanic landscape of lava and craters, and check out the Mývatn Nature Baths—the ‘blue lagoon of the north’—where you can enjoy a warm soak in the geothermal waters.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.90
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$149.90

12-Days Grand Tour of Iceland Tour from Reykjavík

12-Days Grand Tour of Iceland Tour from Reykjavík

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Experience the spectacular splendour and untamed beauty of Iceland´s nature, breathtaking scenery and unique Icelandic history and culture. You will discover some of the most remote parts of the country and visit many well-known highlights as well. The Grand Tour of Iceland takes you on an unforgettable journey around Iceland including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the magical West Fjords. The tour features all the best the country has to offer. Each day combines touring by bus, going for light walks, enjoying soft adventures and experiencing Icelandic culture and history. We stay in simple and charming guesthouses, farm- and tourist-class hotels, many of them set in the most stunning locations.
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  • 12 days
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$4,992.69
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$4,992.69

The Great Round Tour: Around Iceland in 13 Days

The Great Round Tour: Around Iceland in 13 Days

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Join this tour that covers the Ring Road around Iceland, the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula and the remote and isolated West fjords. Visiting the Latrabjarg cliff gives you a good chance to spot the famous Puffins. You will travel around Iceland in a small and comfortable mini-van, with maximum 12 people in a group. So your experience will be more personal and intimate, and you will feel like you are exploring Iceland independently. Visit some of Iceland's most beautiful places on this tour like the Golden Circle, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, Látrabjarg cliff and the West fjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Included is accommodation for 12 nights including breakfast and dinners for 10 nights. In the countryside we will stay in farm stays that will give you chances of interacting with local people, taste local food such as lamb and fish, and observe local animals such as dogs, horses and goats.
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  • 13 days
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$5,210.62
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$5,210.62

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

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See the big three landmarks of northern Iceland with this day trip to Lake Mývatn and the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls. With a carefully prepared itinerary, you’ll maximize your time at each site, going straight to the vantage points and learning about the geology of the region from a guide. Extra stops include the Grjótagjá lava cave and Mývatn Nature Baths; just note that entry is extra.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.62
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$215.62

7 Day Around Iceland Tour - PRIVATE TOUR

7 Day Around Iceland Tour - PRIVATE TOUR

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Seven days tour around Iceland, stopping at the beautiful nature spots on our way such as Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur and the Geyser area, Friðheimar, Gullfoss and more.
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,986.39
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$2,986.39
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Lake Mývatn Tour (Private)

Lake Mývatn Tour (Private)

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A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. This tour is private, so only you will be on board
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$628.41
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$628.41
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The Diamond Circle

The Diamond Circle

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A great tour around the Diamond circle, including Goðafoss, Mývatn area, Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi, where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.46
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$229.46

Small-Group Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri

Small-Group Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri

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A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. Remember our small group guarantee, we have a maximum of 8 passengers per group
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.19
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$167.19

North Iceland Express 2-Day Private Tour from Reykjavik

North Iceland Express 2-Day Private Tour from Reykjavik

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See the major attractions of North Iceland on this 2 day private tour from Reykjavík. Enjoy personalized attention from your local driver-guide as you marvel at the mighty Goðafoss waterfall as it plunges down; visit Dimmuborgir where the Icelandic Yule lads live and visit Akureyri - The Capital of the North.
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  • 2 days
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$2,220.39
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$2,220.39
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(Private Tour) 8 Days Around Iceland | Ring-Road Tour

(Private Tour) 8 Days Around Iceland | Ring-Road Tour

Hop on board this 8-day journey around Iceland where you will see all of Iceland's most popular destinations, with some hidden gems as well. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to see as much of Iceland in a short time without driving themselves on Icelandic winter roads or share vehicle with others in times of the pandemic. Apart from the incredible sightseeing you also have the opportunity to book extra tours to make the holiday a little more special, like going on a whale watching tour, horseback riding or glacier hiking to name a few. On every night of the tour, you will have the chance of exploring the northern lights if the weather and northern light forecast allows, if you are here during winter. Book your spot now for a once in a lifetime experience in Iceland!
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  • 8 days
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$6,554.37
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$6,554.37
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Diamond Circle Private Full Day Tour with Pickup

Diamond Circle Private Full Day Tour with Pickup

A great tour around the Diamond circle, including Goðafoss, Mývatn area, Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi, where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$921.28
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$921.28
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Should I book Dimmuborgir tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Dimmuborgir can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Dimmuborgir 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Dimmuborgir costs USD 88.78. Guided Dimmuborgir tours start around USD 88.78 per person.
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