Discover the best of Iceland's spectacular north
- Discover the dramatic landscapes and unexplored delights of Iceland's north
- Soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon with complimentary entry
- Take in the epic scenery of the Thingvellir National Park
- Contrast charming Husavik with Reykjavik's buzzing nightlife scene and excellent restaurants
- 1 Night Grindavik
- 2 Nights Siglufjörður
- 2 Nights Akureyri
- 1 Night Reykjavík
Activity adventure | City | Natural world | Wildlife
Venturing across Iceland's rugged north, with this itinerary you'll discover quaint fishing villages and charming harbour towns, all framed by the dramatic volcanic scenery for which Iceland is renowned. This tailor-made journey offers the chance to experience a number of the country's highlights from sailing adventures to sampling delicious cuisine amid the vibrant streets of the capital, Reykjavik. It's all done alongside contemporary hotels, gourmet meals and a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Grindavik
After your flight from the UK to Grindavik, the adventures begin right away as you stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon on the way to your hotel, a geothermal spa sunk deep in a lava field and naturally heated to a balmy temperature. Enjoy a soak in its milky blue waters with complimentary entry, a mud mask and a drink, before heading to your hotel, the Northern Lights Inn, all cosy sitting areas, grand fireplaces and a delightful 'honesty bar', open 24 hours a day. Upon arrival, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee (available throughout your stay) and even make your own waffles. Then, come evening, enjoy a meal at Max’s restaurant for a menu inspired by the fjords and fields of Iceland, from fresh fish to lamb. If you're staying during the magical Northern Lights season, take advantage of the hotel's location that lies far from any light pollution – there's even a Northern Lights rooftop lounge that offers panoramic 365 degree views.
Stay: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Superior)
After breakfast, collect your rental car and make the journey to historic Siglufjörður – Iceland's northernmost town. Situated in the heart of a narrow fjord, beneath sweeping mountains, Siglufjörður is often considered one of Iceland's most beautiful towns and the road trip offers fantastic photo opportunities with breathtaking scenery, mountain passes and across lava fields. You'll also explore Husavik – perhaps enjoy a soak in its thermal springs, hike around the lakes and mountains or bird watch. You hotel for the next two nights is the stunning Hotel Siglo that commands beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and marina, with three restaurants, an outdoor spa and a sauna. Spend evenings relaxing, soaking up the beautiful views and sampling local cuisine at one of Hotel Siglo's excellent restaurants – then, if it's a dazzling Northern Lights show you're after, the hotel lies just a few miles from a prime aurora spot.
Stay: Siglo Hotel, Sigufjordur (Superior)
After breakfast, head to Akureyri; voted the 'best place in Europe' by Lonely Planet in 2015. Famed for its sheltered location at the head of a fjord and its reliable sunshine, Akureyri is one of the greenest places in Iceland, with tree-lined streets and a location within easy reach of Lake Mývatn and Húsavík. Come evenings, take advantage of the delights of your hotel, such as the geothermal swimming pool that lies just across from the hotel. Then, take in the spectacular fjord and mountain views as you stroll in the cosy hotel garden with outdoor fireplaces before culminating your evenings with meals in the gourmet Aurora restaurant, enjoying the likes of shellfish soup and fresh grilled beef.
Stay: IcelandAir Hotel Akureyri (Superior)
After breakfast, head to Reykjavik, making a stop on the way at the epic Thingvellir National Park. The site where the first Icelandic parliament was founded over 1,000 years ago, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, popular for scuba diving, diving, photography and the Northern Lights – known as a shrine of Iceland. Then, spend the rest of the day absorbing the coffee culture of the world's most northerly city as well as visiting its art galleries, bars and museums. Spend the evening as you wish, enjoying some of Reykjavik's best restaurants – we particularly recommend Fishmarket (Fiskmarkaðurinn).
Stay: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Superior)
Reykjavik to UK
After breakfast, drive to Keflavik Airport, drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
7-day tailor-made journey from £1,265 incl. flights
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