Aerial view of the city of Reykjavíkí, Iceland.
Orca whales in West Iceland

Iceland

Summer Sun & Orca Fun

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    Holiday Duration

    5 nights

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    Price From

    £1480 per person

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    Wild Rating

    3 out of 5

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    Best Time to Go

    March - June

Holiday Idea

The world’s northernmost capital offers a thriving cultural scene with an abundance of first class restaurants, quirky cafes and historic landmarks. But its the incredible natural wonders outside of Reykjavík which make it more than your average city break destination. Spend time in the city before travelling west to discover the diverse and fascinating landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Itinerary

Harpa Concert Hall exterior view Reykjavíkí, Iceland.

Day 1 | Arrive in Iceland

Fly to Iceland and on arrival take a minibus or private transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavíkí. Spend time exploring the capital city. Perhaps wander up to Hallgrímskirkja church, Reykjavík's main landmark and tower, which can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Access to the tower is only by elevator. At the top, there are a few steps to the open-air viewing platform. Youll find Sandholt Bakery close by, a great place for a pit-stop and a cuppa.

Sky Lagoon, Reykjavíkí, Iceland.

Day 2 | Reykjavik Sightseeing & Sky Lagoon

Spend some time exploring the city today. You’ll find the glittering Harpa Concert Hall close by and be sure to take a stroll up the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Wander around picturesque Lake Tjörnin and marvel at the Reykjavík City Hall’s intriguing design. Later, why not visit Iceland's newest geothermal attraction, Sky Lagoon. Relax in the steaming blue waters amongst rugged rocks overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. 

Exterior of Hotel Budir in West Iceland, in the summer by a lake.

Day 3 | Drive to Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Whale Watching

Today, drive to the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula via Route 1. Arrive at Hotel Budir and from here drive to Olasvik and join an afternoon whale watching tour. Snaefellsnes is the only place in Iceland where orcas are regularly spotted on whale watching tours. If youre not lucky enough to spot orcas on this trip, you can return again free of charge tomorrow. 

Snaefellsnes National Park and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell, Iceland.

Day 4 | Whale Watching & Sightseeing

Depending on whether you spotted the incredible wolves of the sea yesterday, join another tour in Olsavik, or explore the sights of the area. 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.

Orca whales in West Iceland

Day 5 | Whale Watching & Sightseeing

Either join another whale watching trip, or perhaps opt to head inland to Reykholt. Here, you can experience nature from its core by bathing in the geothermal baths at Krauma. Icelands largest hot spring heats this modern outdoor bathing complex with five hot pots and two steam baths. If youve been lucky enough to see orcas on day 3 or 4, perhaps opt to head south and explore the trio of natural wonders that make up the famous Golden Circle.

People by a bar in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

Day 6 | Blue Lagoon & Departure Day

Today stop for a dip in the geothermal waters of the country’s star attraction—the iconic Blue Lagoon. Its the perfect way to end your stay in this incredible country, known for its healing and well-being qualities, water is rich in active ingredients including algae, natural minerals and the Blue Lagoons signature ingredient—white silica mud. Continue to Keflavik airport, return the car and fly back to the UK. 

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What's included

  • Airport transfers by minibus on arrival direct to your hotel in Reykjavik
  • Return transfers by taxi to Sky Lagoon
  • Car hire for three days in an Intermediate SUV (Suzuki Vitara or similar)
  • Two nights at Exeter Hotel in Reykjavik including breakfast
  • Two nights at Hotel Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula including breakfast
  • One night at ION Adventure Hotel including breakfast
  • Tickets for FlyOver Iceland
  • Entrance fee for Sky Lagoon in Reykjavik
  • A whale-watching trip from Olasvik (if unsuccessful, a further trip is offered free of charge)
  • Entrance for the Blue Lagoon on departure day

Our Iceland team would love to start planning your Summer Sun & Orca Fun holiday