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Southwest Iceland

Visit Southwest Iceland

Introduction

One of the smallest regions in Iceland, the Southwest is also one of the most populated and is home to the capital city Reykjavik. This is a landscape pockmarked by signs of its geothermal past; the vast solidified lava flows that dominate this area create a flat ashen landscape and hint at the tumultuous events that created them.

The airport at Keflavik is the gateway to Iceland, making the southwest most people's introduction to Iceland. The hotels and cuisine in Reykjavik are superb whilst the charming streets fill with revellers embracing the vibrant nightlife here. Visitors are also lured here by the prospect of sinking into the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon. After a few nights, visitors tend to move on to the southern coastal regions, or the highlands further north.

Special offers in Southwest Iceland

Iceland and Greenland Explorer

15-day stay & cruise from £8,500 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure. Days at sea give plenty of time for identifying seabirds and whale-spotting, while Zodiac® cruises allow you to experience the vast glaciers and ice floes first hand.

Alluring Iceland and British Isles

16-day stay & cruise from £8,795 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive fly cruise offer with $250 on board credit
Book by: 30 November 2017

Pair the rural majesty of Iceland and the Faroe Islands with the more genteel pleasures of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and all-inclusive drinks and fine dining.

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Top itineraries in Southwest Iceland

Iceland and Greenland Explorer

15-day stay & cruise from £8,500 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure. Days at sea give plenty of time for identifying seabirds and whale-spotting, while Zodiac® cruises allow you to experience the vast glaciers and ice floes first hand.

North Iceland Odyssey

6-day tailor-made journey

Embark on an odyssey with this six day itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.

Journey Around Iceland

8-day Escorted tour from £2,210 pp incl. flights

Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.

Volcanoes & Ice – Iceland & Greenland

7-day tailor-made tour from £2,785 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 Southwest Iceland

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.

Hotel Katla, Vik

Traditional hotel

An ideal option for those taking a road trip along Iceland’s spectacular south coast, with outdoor hot tubs and a delicious on-site restaurant.

Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel, Iceland

Contemporary hotel

To escape the crowds at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, book into this award-winning design hotel with its own private geothermal lagoon.

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Traditional hotel

The best hotel in town, Hotel Borg is a Reykjavík landmark in its own right, an imposing and attractive Art Deco building that overlooks Austurvöllur, a popular and bustling public square.

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Where to go in Southwest Iceland

Reykjavik

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.

Blue Lagoon

Located in the shadow of the Svartsengi geothermal power station, the steaming waters of the Blue Lagoon have transformed this plant's mineral-rich overspill into one of the most iconic health retreats in the world.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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