South coast and Reykjavík
A trip combining unique natural wonders with 2 days of Reykjavík's cosmopolitan vibe. You find some of Iceland’s most famous attractions in Southern Iceland, and this journey takes you to cascading waterfalls, black lave beaches, vast glaciers and of course natural hot springs and lush greenery. Get to know Reykjavík, a city offering a wide variety of attractions, culture experiences and excellent restaurants.
Departures: All year, daily.
Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.
ARRIVAL IN ICELAND!
The flight to Iceland takes about three hours. Upon arrival you will take a shuttle bus from Keflavík Airport to your hotel in central Reykjavík. Depending on what time you land, you will have the rest of the day or evening to explore Reykjavík. The capital is simply brimming with interesting sights and incredible restaurants. Icelandic cuisine is known for its incredible quality and for taking inspiration from the country’s beautiful nature, so why not round off the day with an unforgettable dinner at one of Reykjavík’s many restaurants.
Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal bath
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up at your hotel for a tour of the Golden Circle. The tour takes you from Reykjavík to the majestic Golden Waterfall of Gullfoss, which is widely regarded as the most beautiful waterfall in all of Iceland. The waterfall has two steps and offers visitors the opportunity to get up close to the huge bodies of water that come crashing down over the precipice and into the ravine below. Close to Gullfoss is the geothermal area of Geysir with its many hot springs and the most active geyser in the country, Strokkur. The geyser erupts roughly every five minutes, propelling a majestic cascade of water high up towards the sky. You can wander around bubbling mud pools and steaming underground hot springs – and simply feel the power of the earth coursing right beneath your feet.
The next stop of the day is the beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Iceland is right on the fracture between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and it is in Thingvellir National Park where the effects of this geological phenomenon are most clear to see. The day ends with a visit to Laugarvatn Fontana, a facility comprising interconnected pools and steam baths which perfectly complement one another to give you a revitalising and unique spa experience. Afterwards you will then head back to Reykjavík to arrive at about 18:00. The evening will be yours to enjoy as you like.
REYKJAVÍK AND WHALE WATCHING
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is yours to make your own discoveries in Reykjavík. Be sure to visit the popular Hallgrímskirkja Church which is located on a hill in central Reykjavík. At 70 metres in height, it is the tallest building in Iceland. You can also relax in one of the many heated outdoor pools located all around Reykjavík – a popular pastime among Icelanders themselves. Right in the heart of the city you’ll find Laugar Spa, which is the largest spa facility anywhere in the Nordic Region.
After lunch you will head to the harbour and board the Hafsulan catamaran for an exciting adventure on the open water. There are few places in the world where wild and untamed nature is as accessible as in Iceland. The entire south coast of Iceland is home to many different types of dolphins and whales. This trip will hopefully bring you up close to dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and even orcas whales. And if conditions are right you may even be lucky enough to spot the largest animal on the planet, the mighty blue whale!
The evening will be yours to enjoy as you please. If you like to dance, you won’t be disappointed. Reykjavík is home to a great many pubs and night clubs where you can dance away into the wee hours of the morning.
SCENIC SOUTH COAST
Breakfast at the hotel. Today will take you to an array of scenic spots and important sites in the history of Iceland. The lowlands of southern Iceland are home to luscious farmlands, roaring waterfalls, sandy beaches, mighty glaciers and idyllic towns. You will have the chance to see a great many natural phenomena over the course of this single day. From Reykjavík we will head southward towards Hvolsvöllur and then onwards to the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where visitors can creep in behind the rushing waters for a backstage view. The tour will then continue onwards to the slightly larger waterfall of Skógarfoss which is surrounded by an area of luscious greenery in the summertime. Road conditions permitting, we will then pass the glacier of Solheimajökull and experience its mighty stature from up close.
The tour will then continue onwards to the town of Vík on the south coast where we will stop for lunch. The area around Vík is home to impressive black beaches formed by volcanic sand, coastal cliffs with rich bird life and some incredible lava formations. A varied and exciting day that will show off some of Iceland’s many incredible contrasts. Afterwards you will then head back to Reykjavík to arrive at about 18:00. The evening will be yours to enjoy as you like.
REYKJAVÍK AND THE BLUE LAGOON
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning will be yours to make your own discoveries in the world’s most northerly capital city. Reykjavík is simply brimming with interesting museums, design stores and incredible restaurants.
After lunch the highlight of the day will be a trip to the Blue Lagoon which is about 45 minutes from Reykjavík. The Blue Lagoon is a warm and inviting oasis nestled in a rugged lava-formed landscape. The contrasts will take your breath away as you relax the steam in the 38°C water of the outdoor pool.
The lagoon receives its water directly from geothermal sources as deep as 2,000 metres underground. Also there are an indoor lagoon and a geothermal sauna. Upon arrival you will be invited to enjoy a welcome drink as you settle into this unique and revitalising lagoon. Once you are feeling fully relaxed, you will then head back renewed and rejuvenated to Reykjavík. The evening is yours to explore the capital city.
RETURN HOME (5N) OR YOUR CHOICE OF ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS
Breakfast at the hotel. Stroll around the city at your own pace. Reykjavík is simply brimming with interesting museums, design stores and incredible restaurants. Take a walk through Reykjavík and get a real feel of its urban pulse. Take it all in with a cup of coffee in one of the city’s many cafés. Iceland is an island with a long history and lots to see.
For those of you who want to try out a few more of the many spectacular activities we have on offer, you can find a number of different suggestions further down this page, from horseback tours and city tours to super jeep safaris and more.
RETURN HOME (6N) OR YOUR CHOICE OF ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS
Return home (7N)
Today it is time to go home even for those of you who have opted for 7 nights in Iceland. You will be picked up at your hotel in good time before the departure time of your flight.
Here are some of the optional extras you can select for this particular trip. We’ve hand-picked these activities for you to choose from so that you can make sure your trip is perfectly suited to you and your company. You’ll find everything from high-octane adventures through to more tranquil excursions. Take a closer look at the options you are most interested in and then add your selections when booking.