Bubbling mud pools, twisted lava fields and geysers shooting into the sky – together they create a landscape so alien it should belong to another planet. Hotwired to the Earth’s core, Iceland explodes with energy, and there’s no better place to witness the forces of nature at work.
Whether you want to travel in summer or winter, we can organise a trip to Iceland to suit you. From short breaks to the quirky capital, to a self drive adventure around the island, we can plan your adventure. Below you'll find a selection of our favourite Iceland holiday ideas for inspiration.
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Moulded by mountains and shaped by volcanic eruptions, this land of ice and fire inspires imagination and tempts adventure. Snorkel between tectonic plates, walk through the frozen belly of a glacier and crawl into a subterranean volcanic chamber filled with stalagmites.
Above the surface it’s just as impressive. Powerful waterfalls charge across gorges, freezing in winter to form ice sculptures, while black sand beaches and floe-filled glacial lakes reward photographers with award-winning shots. The wildlife is surprisingly rich too: humpbacks, orcas and puffins are regular guests.
A thriving arts, music and culinary scene has evolved in capital city Reykjavik, along with a wellbeing culture connected to the country’s multiple geothermal pools. Unwind in sophisticated spas, switch off in secret lagoons and float in hot springs overlooking volcanic craters illuminated by constellations and (hopefully) Northern Lights.
Travel off peak or join small group tours to travel responsibly and maximise enjoyment in a place guaranteed to overwhelm.
Regions of Iceland
The booming popularity of Reykjavik and the South has led to those craving an Iceland where tourists are yet to go. The wild north of the island is far quieter and boasts some of the country’s biggest attractions. In amongst the luna bubbling landscape and surreal lava formations, the nature baths at Lake Myvatn are a highlight of any visit to the north. The country’s second largest city and northern hub of Akureyri, is easily reached by flights year-round and the area is prime road trip territory in summer.
Jam-packed with natural wonders including active volcanoes, thundering waterfalls and bubbling mud pools it's easy to see why the south is by far Iceland's most visited region. The world-famous Blue Lagoon is arguably Iceland's top attraction and the regions biggest draw, closely followed by the trio of natural wonders that make up the Golden Circle. Venture further south to be rewarded with towering black cliffs, black sand beaches and the natural wonderland of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.
The untamed wilderness of the East, with its picturesque fishing villages and breathtaking fjords, is a secluded region undiscovered by most travellers. Carved by Ice Age glaciers, Seydisfjordur is the heart of culture and heritage where traditional Norwegian-style wooden houses are eclipsed by the striking mountain backdrop. The charming village of Djupivogur is renowned for its geothermal hot tubs and with some of the country's best salmon rivers flowing nearby, Egilsstadir offers excellent locally-sourced cuisine.
The captivating corner of Western Iceland is a microcosm of the country's diverse landscape. Made famous in Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, the enchanting Snaefellsjokull glacier at the heart of Snaefellsnes National Park, and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell are the highlights of the Western peninsula. Explore this Viking country of lava fields by hiking trail or sail along the remote and rugged coastline of the Westfjords cliffs where several million sea birds reside.
We'll send you a complimentary copy of Lonely Planet's Iceland Travel Guide Book when you book your Iceland trip with us
Highlights of Iceland
Reykjavik City Breaks
The world's northernmost capital Reykjavik, has a a thriving culinary scene, a vibrant nightlife, an awesome concert hall, and a fantastic array of hotels to suit all budgets. Whale-watching trips from the city's bustling harbour are popular year-round and the incredible natural wonders that surround this tiny, yet trendy city attract visitors from all corners of the globe. Being so easily accessible from the capital on day trips, visitors can get a healthy dose of the wilderness along with an urban fix of city culture.
Iceland Self Drive Holidays
The combination of quiet, well-maintained roads and superlative scenery make Iceland prime road trip territory. Lonely lava plains and steamy eruptions surround at every twist and turn. Route 1 circles the island linking all major towns and villages, and the Arctic Coast Way in the north, provides adventurous travellers with a 900km stretch of highway skirting fishing villages and dramatic mountain ranges just below the Arctic Circle. Whatever your time frame and budget we can arrange a self-drive adventure for you.
To make sure you experience the very best Iceland has to offer, before you travel we'll send you a list of recommendations including natural wonders, suggested activities, local attractions and places to eat.
The Blue Lagoon
Chosen in 2012 as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most visited attraction. The geothermal seawater comes from holes deep beneath the surface where the temperature reaches a scorching 240°C. Emerging into the lagoon at a very pleasant 38°C the water is enriched with active ingredients including silica, algae and minerals said to have anti-ageing and well-being properties. We can arrange an excursion to the Blue Lagoon as part of any Iceland holiday.
Whale Watching in Iceland
Iceland provides some of the best whale watching in the world. Depending on the season and location it is possible to see minke, humpback and killer whales, white beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and various sea birds such as puffins, gannets and kittiwakes. Our friends in the north at Elding provide responsible whale watching tours, year round. Elding is the first environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland and the only Earth Check Gold Certified whale watching company in the world.