Iceland City Breaks 2024
ABOUT OUR CITY BREAK TOURS
Maximise your time with our Iceland city breaks, offering the perfect blend of nature and urban exploration in the world’s northernmost capital city!
Regarding unforgettable travel and leisure experiences, few destinations can rival Iceland. Reykjavik’s proximity to nature and Iceland’s natural wonders make a short getaway to Iceland unique. Whether planning a 2, 3, or longer Iceland stay, Reykjavik is the place to visit year-round, perfect for a weekend city break or short break with friends and family.
Explore natural wonders
One of the main attractions of an Iceland short break is, as mentioned, its proximity to awe-inspiring natural wonders.
Just an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, you can witness the power of nature at the famous Golden Circle route, which includes the geothermal area of Geysir, the enchanting Gullfoss waterfall, and the Thingvellir National Park, where you can take a walk between the tectonic plates.
Glacier lagoon tours take you to the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, a surreal landscape where icebergs float serenely in crystal-clear waters.
The South Coast of Iceland
A short drive from Reykjavik, you can visit Iceland’s South Coast. You can enjoy breathtaking attractions such as waterfalls, black beaches, glaciers, and quaint villages there.
WHAT IS A CITY BREAK TOUR?
Our Iceland city breaks focus on Reykjavik and the southern region or specific experiences like hiking, 4x4 jeep adventures, golden circle tours, northern lights tours, horseback riding tours, or spa relaxation. Our packages typically include flights, transfers, accommodations, and some scheduled day tours.
Customize your experience
Whether you prefer to stay in hotels in Reykjavik, explore independently on a self-drive tour, or enjoy top sights under the guidance of a professional guide, you can tailor your Iceland short break to your preferences:
- Pick your preferred hotel category: whether you’re looking for budget-friendly, tourist-class, or luxurious accommodations, we have options to suit every traveller.
- Boast your Iceland trip with activities like caving, horse riding, kayaking, spa treatments, and more. Choose from a variety of exciting options.
- You can extend your stay with extra nights to enjoy your Icelandic journey.
WHAT TO DO ON A CITY BREAK?
During a city break in Iceland, you can explore the country's stunning landscapes and attractions during the day, unwind in a geothermal pool in the afternoon, and enjoy Icelandic cuisine at one of Reykjavik's well-known restaurants in the evening. The fun-loving people with energy left after a full day can continue to enjoy themselves until the early morning at lively dance clubs and exciting discos. Or why not go for a northern lights hunt?
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Explore Reykjavik, Iceland´s capital
During your short city breaks in Reykjavik, you can indulge in the city centre’s vibrant culture, with its wide range of restaurants, cafes, shops, and museums. The city’s small size makes exploring easy, allowing you to see and do more during your short break.
Stroll through the city centre’s colourful streets, visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, or relax in one of the many geothermal swimming pools. Discover Iceland’s fascinating history at the Settlement Exhibition, then stroll through Reykjavik’s boutiques, inviting cafes, and street art.
Pamper yourself in geothermal Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a must-visit, famous for its geothermal beauty and skin healing effects. Its location between black lava fields, smoke columns and steam jets will make you feel like you are on another planet. To enjoy a more tranquil soak, plan your visit during off-peak hours. Early mornings or late afternoons tend to be less crowded.
Embark on a whale watching adventure
For wildlife enthusiasts, Reykjavik city break packages often include the chance to embark on thrilling whale watching excursions. Observing whales at sea is truly an experience for life. Imagine the adrenaline rush of being close to one of the most giant living beings in the world!
Witness natural phenomenon
Iceland’s stunning landscapes offer prime opportunities to witness the mesmerizing midnight sun in summer, especially in June when daylight seems never-ending.
To see the northern lights, book your northern lights city break during the winter from late September to early April, when nights provide the perfect canvas for this captivating display of colours in the night sky.
Enjoy Reykjavik’s city centre at night
Reykjavik’s lively live music scene, art galleries and nightlife cater to all tastes. Explore the city centre’s bars, clubs, and pubs for an unforgettable night out.
Best time for a city break in Iceland
When planning your city break in Reykjavik, Iceland, the timing can make a big difference in your experience. Here’s a brief overview:
Winter wonderland and Northern Lights (September to April)
If you dream of seeing the enchanting northern lights dance across the night sky, a winter city break is your best season. Iceland transforms into a winter wonderland from September to April, allowing you to behold this awe-inspiring natural spectacle.
Spring awakening (late April to early June)
Spring is when Iceland starts coming to life. The landscapes turn lush green, and migratory birds return. If you’re into nature and vibrant scenery, this is your time.
Summer delight and Midnight Sun (June to August)
For those who want to see puffins and soak in the midnight sun, a summer city break is the way to go. With more extended daylight, it’s great for outdoor adventures and hiking.
Autumn serenity (Late September to November)
If you prefer a quieter, more peaceful experience, fall brings stunning autumnal colours to the landscapes. It’s also a great time to catch the northern lights without the colder temperatures during winter.
Escape the common tourist crowds
While Iceland is a hugely popular tourist destination, Reykjavik still has secret spots and hidden gems you can explore:
Nauthólsvík geothermal beach
Locals frequent this hidden gem, a manufactured beach with hot tubs and a heated seawater swimming area.
Escape the urban bustle in Ellidaárdalur, a tranquil valley on Reykjavik’s outskirts. Wander through lush landscapes, hike scenic trails, and discover nature’s serenity just minutes drive from the city.
Explore Reykjavik’s hidden forest in the heart of the capital. Stroll beneath towering trees, climb to the top for panoramic views, and find tranquillity amid the city’s energy.
Venture into the vast wilderness of Heidmörk, where sprawling lava fields, hiking trails, and serene lakes await.
Grótta Island Lighthouse
Discover Grótta Island Lighthouse near Reykjavik, with rocky shores, sunsets, and stunning sea views. It is a perfect place to catch the northern lights in winter.
6 BENEFITS OF AN ICELAND CITY BREAK
A short getaway will give you a rest from work and daily life and make you feel rejuvenated.
Ideal for those looking to get the most out of Iceland in a few days.
Get the best of both worlds
You do not have to choose between enjoying the city or exploring the outdoors.
Make the trip your own! You can choose the hotels to your liking and add activities to suit your needs.
Short & easy
Due to the short duration city-breaks can easily fit into your life and vacation days.
The time limit pushes you to focus on only doing the things that you want to, which can make a greater quality holiday overall.