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Iceland Holidays

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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.


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Iceland Holiday Ideas

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.

"We had an amazing holiday in Iceland organised by Where The Wild Is. I don't think we would have been able to have such a great time if it wasn't for all the recommendations and insider knowledge"

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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

Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in North Iceland

North 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.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in South Iceland in summer

South Iceland

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.

Seydisfjordur in West Iceland

East Iceland

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.

Snæfellsjökull Volcano in the Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland

West Iceland

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

Steam rising off the pools at the Blue Lagoon in South Iceland

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.

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The Harpa concert hall in central Reykjavik in 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.

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 Ring Road, or Route 1, in Iceland

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.

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Breaching humpback whale in Iceland

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.


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Wonderful Places to stay in Iceland

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ION Adventure

This chic retreat tucked away in the enchanted lava landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, amid the sweeping, black-lava landscape of Iceland’s southern region.

Nesjavellir, South Iceland

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Torfhus Retreat

Torfhus prides itself on its delicate blend of unpretentious luxury and eco-friendliness, which can be seen in every detail—from reclaimed oak walls to lambskin rugs and high-echelon amenities.

Bláskógabyggð, South Iceland

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Hotel Husafell

A proud member of National Geographic's unique lodges of the world, this exceptional welcoming retreat has rugged wilderness literally on the doorstep. Head out on a guided hike or relax in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs.

Husafell, Iceland

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Siglo Hotel

Tucked away in a remote fishing village in the north and framed by a dramatic backdrop, all rooms at this fabulous family-run hotel have wonderful views be it coastline, lava fields, marina or mountains.

Siglufjörður, North Iceland

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Deplar Farm

Classed as one of the most isolated, yet most luxurious hotels in Europe, this former 18th century sheep farm in Iceland's far-flung north has been converted into a 12 bedroom, magnificently elegant grass-roofed retreat.

Troll Peninsula, North Iceland

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The Retreat

This luxurious resort perched beside the iconic Blue Lagoon, offers a wellness experience like no other. Here, rooms and suites have private balconies and panoramic views of the mossy, volcanic terrain.

Grindavik, South Iceland

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Hotel Egilsen

Located in a building that dates back to 1867, this charming home away from home is a slice of Icelandic history. With just 10 cosy room inspired by the sea, it's perfectly placed for those exploring the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Stykkisholmur, West Iceland

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Hotel Ranga

A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this well established countryside retreat, built in a log-cabin style, is one of the best hotels in the world for stargazing.

Hella, South Iceland

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Hotel Budir

This fabulous family run hotel boasts a selection of elegantly designed rooms and a restaurant with a great reputation. Situated on a remote beach on the edge of a rugged lava field, it's hard to believe you're only a couple of hours drive from the capital.

Olafsvik, West Iceland

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Skalakot Manor

Sink into the humbling, awe-inspiring countryside from Skalakot's rooms, which overlook the Westman Islands and blend rustic goodness and luxury in impressive displays.

Hvolsvollur, Iceland

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Frost and Fire Hotel

A haven for hot tub lovers, perfectly located to explore the wonders of South West Iceland, this hotel takes guests a step beyond your average accommodation and into a world of spa-like tranquillity.

Hveragerði, South Iceland

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Hotel Glymur

Gloriously remote, with breathtaking views of Whale fjord, Hotel Glymur is one of Iceland's much-loved places to stay. Rest weary limbs in outdoor hot tub or take a front row seat for dazzling displays of the Aurora.

Saurbaer, Iceland

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UMI Hotel

Whether seeking a mountain or an ocean view, every room at UMI is perched above the unspoiled nature of Iceland’s southern region, its prized sub-glacial volcano, and the distant Westman Islands.

Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland

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Apotek Hotel

This former pharmacy is now a boutique accommodation where aesthetic intersects comfort and classic design with finesse. Situated in the heart of Reykjavic's cultural district, this historic building has been impeccably and stylishly restored.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

With décor conjuring a rustic, cabin-esque atmosphere merged with the sophisticated luxury of wood and silk accents, Eyja Guldsmeden in Reykjavic takes pride in its focus on organic food and artful living.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Hotel Borg

The historic luxury Hotel Borg in the heart of Reykjavik's cultural centre offers visitors a unique Art Deco experience coupled with dignified luxury.

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Konsúlat Hotel

Konsúlat Hotel offers sophistication and unique aesthetic flare with stylish and classy interiors in the heart of Reykjavík’s oldest quarter.

Reykjavík, Iceland

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360 Lodge

This fabulous lodge embraces its design ethos as one entwined with the surrounding expanse of iconic volcanoes and the oceanic horizon.

Selfoss, South Iceland

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Hotel Grimsborgir

Located in the heart of the Golden Circle, rooms here are tucked away in a rural enclave so as to promote tranquillity. Dine beneath the Northern Lights on the outdoor terrace or relax and soak up the awe-inspiring views.

Ásborgir, South Iceland

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Silica Hotel

This hotel is the perfect pit-stop for a wellness break. Here, just 35 rooms are set amidst a lunar-like landscape, and the world-famous Blue Lagoon is just moments away.

Grindavik, South Iceland

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Storm Hotel

A sleek contemporary Scandinavian design creates a tranquil atmosphere amid Reykjavík’s bustling downtown business district at Storm Hotel.

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Iceland in Pictures

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Reynisfjara Beach, South Iceland
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Hverir Geyser, North Iceland
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Skogafoss Waterfall, South Iceland
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Diamond Ice Cave, South Eastern Iceland
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Landmannalaugar, Central Iceland
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Glymur Waterfall, West Iceland

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