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Iceland tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2½ hours

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Currency
Icelandic krona (Ikr) = 100 aurar

Language
Icelandic

Travel advice
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Where to go in 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.

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…

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.

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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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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Top itineraries in Iceland

Highlights of Iceland Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive

Explore the best of Iceland on an action packed self-drive. Discover the vibrant capital city Reykjavik and witness the dramatic landscapes of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, beaches.

North Iceland Odyssey

6-day tailor-made journey from £870 pp incl. flights

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 £2,280 pp incl. flights

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

Northern Lights Academy

8-day itinerary

Iceland is a remarkable country, jam-packed full of geological wonders and some of the most spectacular and varied scenery anywhere in the world.

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Top places to stay in Iceland

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

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

Hotel Husafell, West Iceland

Contemporary hotel

Surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders: glaciers, lava caves, geothermal spas, waterfalls and the Northern Lights, Hotel Husafell commands a prime location in West Iceland and offers comfortable accommodation, traditional cuisine and an array of activities to satisfy any adventurer

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.

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Special offers in Iceland

Iceland and Greenland Explorer

15-day stay & cruise from £7,650 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.

Majestic Midnight Sun

16-day cruise from £10,029 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Enjoy this all-inclusive luxury cruise as you sail from Southampton towards Iceland - includes up to 23 shore excursions

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  • The best places to see the Northern Lights

    Where are the best places to see the Northern Lights? We pick out the best Northern Lights holiday destinations across northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

  • The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Best Food Festivals

    For some, travel is as much about discovering new foods and cultures as it is exploring new destinations. We take a look at some of the world's best food festivals to help get your taste buds tingling for a foodie holiday.

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What our clients say about our Iceland holidays

  • I have written to Francesca Brown this morning to thank her for her patience and helpful advice. We had a great trip, everything went smoothly and without her input and hard work it would have been a somewhat stressful undertaking. She was brilliant.

    Sarah S

  • I have already emailed my Wexas consultant to give personal thanks. A fantastic trip, everything booked for us ran like clockwork, recommendations were spot on. Will certainly recommend to family and friends.

    Kirsty K

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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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