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A volcanic masterpiece

Iceland tailor-made holidays


Iceland holidays literally burst with natural attractions; active volcanoes, geysers and thermal pools hint at the explosive force here whilst great glaciers continue to carve and sculpt the dramatic landscape and the Northern Lights put on a surreal show in the skies above.

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, is a cultural powerhouse, with art galleries, museums and a coffee culture to rival anywhere. At night the city jumps to a vibrant music scene whilst on weekends the locals maintain the tradition of the runtur, the legendary Icelandic pub-crawl.

Outside the capital, the Blue Lagoon, set amidst a black lava field in the heart of the volcanic wilderness is a popular attraction for people who want to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich waters.

To see the main sights take a tour of the Golden Circle, which encompasses the gushing pools of Geysir, the giant double waterfall of Gulfoss and the rugged rift valley at Pingvellir, site of the ancient parliament, the Althing.

The more adventurous should travel to the western fjords to stand on Europe's most westerly point and see sea birds in vast numbers. Cruise to the Westman Islands to find puffins though. Walkers should take the opportunity to trek on Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap, although a skidoo safari here or dogsled trips on the icecaps at Myrdalsjokull are marginally less taxing.


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Flying time from UK
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Icelandic krona (Ikr) = 100 aurar


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Special offers in Iceland

Northern Lights, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Romantic Iceland & the Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,050 pp incl. flights


Stay 3 pay 2 at the Grimsborgir – Save up to £240 pp
Book by: 31 October 2019

From a secluded, luxury stay to visiting a geothermal spa and spotting the Northern Lights from an outdoor hot tub, this Iceland escape is full of romance. You'll also explore the natural wonders of the Golden Circle before ending with Reykjavik's historic charm.

Aurora Expeditions - Svalbard

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard with Aurora Expeditions

11-day expedition cruise from £5,295 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to 10% with our Expedition Fares
Book by: 31 December 2019

Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

Isafjordur town, in the west fjords region, Iceland

The Wake of Vikings on Regent Seven Seas

12-day cruise from £8,675 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Top itineraries in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Highlights of Iceland Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,790 pp

Explore the best of Iceland on an action packed road trip around its circumference. Expect everything from the classics of Reykjavik and the Golden Circle to the off-the-beaten-track wonders of the Eastfjord and the south-coast waterfalls.

Northern Lights at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Iceland's Northern Lights & Winter Wonders

5-day escorted tour from £970 pp incl. flights

This escorted tour takes in the winter wilderness of southern Iceland, starting and ending in the capital Reykjavik and visiting a number of the region's most impressive sites, from the iceberg-filled waters of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon to the waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss among others.

Ion Adventure Hotel

Ion Hotel & Reykjavik

5-day itinerary from £1,390 pp incl. flights

Iceland is deservedly known for its dramatic landscapes and abundance of geological wonders. This five-day tailor-made self-drive tour combines a two-night stay in Iceland's charming capital Reykjavik with two-nights at Ion Hotel.

Fishing in Greenland (Photo by Uri Golman - Visit Greenland)

Volcanoes & Ice: Iceland & Greenland

7-day tailor-made tour from £3,145 pp incl. flights

Combine the colourful city of Reykjavik with the Iceberg town of Ilulissat in Greenland. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in addition due to the town's location north of the Arctic Circle it’s a fantastic place to look for the Northern lights.

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Top places to stay in Iceland

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Contemporary hotel

Located within easy reach of all of Reykjavik’s popular sites and city centre, the Hotel Skuggi offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant and an abundance of excursions and tours in the surrounding area.

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

Luxury cruise ship

Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ship Silver Explorer is designed specifically for navigating the waters of some of the world’s remotest destinations; it’s just as comfortable in the earth’s polar regions as it is here in the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

Hotel Reykjahlid, Lake Myvatn

Hotel Reykjahlid, Lake Myvatn

Traditional hotel

Well situated in the village of Reykjahlio, this family owned hotel offers comfort, delicious local cuisine and exclusive excursions

Hotel Siglo

Siglo Hotel, Sigufjordur

Contemporary hotel

Located in the heart of a cultural marina, Siglo Hotel is situated in Siglufjordur, a historic fishing town and commands views of the majestic mountain circle and quaint village

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Where to go in Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland


Reykjavik is a capital city with the feel of a small town. Brightly painted houses of corrugated iron dominate the city skyline and skyscrapers are virtually unheard of here. The buildings cluster around the Tjornin Lake, a spot that's at once tranquil and the bustling heart of the city.

South Iceland

Southern Iceland still resonates in the international consciousness as the home of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for the spectacular 2011 eruptions that grounded planes across Europe. The largest eruption of recent years, this event served as a reminder of Iceland's turbulent past and drew t…

Siglufjorour, Northern Iceland

North Iceland

The north has its own version of the popular Golden Circle route, known as the Diamond Circle; the main difference between this and the route in the south is that the Diamond circle circumvents the crowds.

Westfjords, Iceland

West Fjords

The West Fjords, where arctic foxes roam beneath the Northern Lights, have been heralded as one of the most spectacular and isolated landscapes in Europe.

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What to do in Iceland

Aurora Expeditions, Svalbard

Europe & Scandinavia Cruises

European cruise holidays offer a whole range of unique experiences, from exploring the storied waters of its river greats to remote adventures among the icy wonders of Scandinavia and the Arctic.

When to go to Iceland

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Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Blue and sunny days can turn grey and foggy in a very short time, so if you're trekking, be prepared for all types of weather and take a map and a compass. The high season runs between June and August when, at times, it's light for 24 hours of the day, which improves the local mood no end. Warmer weather opens up mountain roads and trails that are closed during the winter months and Icelanders leave the towns and head from the countryside homes and lakeside cabins. The winter months, October to April, are dark and can be bitterly cold. Heavy snow closes interior roads and blizzards and whiteouts can …

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