An exclusive five-night trip of Iceland's highlights and must-sees

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Snorkelling in Silfra Canyon, Glacier Hike and Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon tours
  • Taking a swim in between two tectonic plates
  • Marvelling at the geothermal activity of Haukadalur
  • Soaking in the waters of the therapeutic Blue Lagoon

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private tours of the Golden Circle, Southern Iceland and Reykjavik
  • Airport meet and greet and private transfers
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Discover the sublime scenery of Iceland on this succinct, luxurious summer trip, with handpicked accommodation and a selection of our favourite private tours to the island’s most spectacular highlights.

Begin in the Golden Circle, a scenic region of thundering waterfalls, steaming geysers and rich history. Here, you’ll swim in the crystal clear waters of a rift between the diverging North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Next follow the southern coast’s glaciers and black sands beach to the icy Jokulsarlon Lagoon and dramatic Skaftafell before returning to the charming capital, Reykjavik. You’ll be shown around by a local and have free time to explore the city at your own pace before a soak in the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

The Golden Circle

Flights & transfers


Meet and greet at Reykjavik airport


Private transfer to your hotel in the Golden Circle

Accommodation in The Golden Circle

Two nights in the Golden Circle Two nights in the Golden Circle

Enjoy time based in the Golden Circle exploring some of Iceland's most impressive sights. Three main attractions form the dazzling Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. The region also serves a fantastic base from which to explore other areas in southern Iceland.

The cascading glacial water of Gullfoss Waterfall, Golden Circle, Iceland
Golden Circle Tour Golden Circle Tour

Drive into the countryside to Thingvellir, the site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world, and the point where the slowly separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be clearly seen. During the tour, visit Geysir, the geyser which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs, and one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur. Continue on to the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, then follow the main rift down to Lake Thingvallavatn.

Silfra Snorkelling, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Silfra snorkelling Silfra snorkelling

Snorkel in some of the clearest water on the planet in Silfra, a tectonic rift valley in Þingvellir National Park, down a narrow canyon in the lava field located between the continents of America and Europe. The water in Silfra is a mixture of ground water from the surrounding area and melt water from Langjökull glacier in the highlands. It takes the glacial water decades to filter through the massive lava field before it enters the fissure. This makes the water in Silfra one of the purest and clearest in the world, the underwater visibility, in the heavenly blue water, is normally 70-80 meters, better than anywhere else in the world.

Private tour of southern Iceland Private tour of southern Iceland

Today you'll be taken to Solheimajokull glacier to walk on the ice field and discover ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses. Then explore an extraordinary black lava beach with icebergs scattered along the strand on this private-led tour.

Glacier hike Glacier hike

At Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, you'll get a chance to observe the amazing glacier and take a hike on the ice. The walk isn't too strenuous and you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable, certified glacier guide.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Southern Iceland

Days 3-4

Southern Iceland

Accommodation in Southern Iceland

One night in Southern Iceland One night in Southern Iceland

This region has it all. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore scenic hikes among active volcanoes and dancing geysers, the rich Icelandic heritage offers intrigue for history buffs and foodies will be impressed by the dining scene. Home to a stirring string of natural wonders, the south boasts the thundering Skogafoss Waterfall, black sand beaches, the jaw-dropping Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Europe’s largest glacier, the immense Vatnajokull. Besides creating mighty geological sights, the powerful and fertile land marks this as Iceland’s agricultural heartland. Traditional farms are strewn throughout the area with home-grown produce served up in local restaurants

Jökulsárlón glacial Lagoon Zodiac boat tour Jökulsárlón glacial Lagoon Zodiac boat tour

Take a boat trip out onto the ice filled waters of Jökulsárlón glacial Lagoon, where the Breidamerkur glacier meets the sea in a breathtaking fashion. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jökulsárlón lagoon. Here you will get the chance to see some of Iceland’s most stunning scenery with huge icebergs floating in the vast lagoon as well as some wildlife.

Skaftafell National Park Skaftafell National Park

Visit Skaftafell National Park. The landscape here is almost alpine, but it has been formed in thousands of years by fire - volcanic eruptions - and water - from glaciers and rivers. Svartifoss waterfall is one of Skaftafell's best known attractions, mainly for the stark basalt column walls that flank it. The park is renowned in Iceland for its agreeable climate and the sunny days in summer, unusual for the area, and is home many species of birds and arctic foxes.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik

Days 4-6


Accommodation in Reykjavik

Two nights in Reykjavik Two nights in Reykjavik

Set among snow-topped mountains and volcanic surrounds, Reykjavik is the energetic gateway city to a land of rugged adventures. As the planet's most northerly capital, Reykjavik greets you with a crisp, clean Icelandic breeze before charming you with its blend of small village feel and big city passion. Looking out across the sea to glacier views, this little city is split in half by the brilliant waters of Tjornin Lake and brims with highbrow museums, first-class geothermal pools and stylish restaurants.

Amble around these friendly and colourful streets before uncovering Iceland's more remote and isolated pockets that hold all-natural wonders of otherworldly lava fields and bubbling mud pools.

Reykjavik city tour Reykjavik city tour

Reykjavik revels in its reputation as being one of the most modern, forward thinking societies in Europe. The city tour includes all the major landmarks. We visit Reykjavik’s spectacular coastline and harbour area including Harpa, the latest edition to the Icelandic and international cultural scene. The Höfdi house is the venue of the “end of the cold war” meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. We also visit Reykjavik’s colourful old quarter with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets. This private city tour also includes a stop at the Perlan Museum, which opened in 2017. The first exhibition is the Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition which features a man made ice cave and an interactive show on glaciers in Iceland.

Wonders of Iceland exhibition Wonders of Iceland exhibition

Today you will see, hear and feel the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy at the Perlan museum's Wonders of Iceland exhibition, where you'll also find a 360° Observation deck as well as a real indoor ice cave.

The Blue Lagoon: Spa Package The Blue Lagoon: Spa Package

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Temperatures in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon average 37–39°C (98–102°F) and the waters are rich in minerals like silica. The lagoon is man-made and fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, where super-heated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water pass through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.

Your Spa Package includes access to Blue Lagoon Retreat's incredible spa, which is carved into an 800-year-old lava flow. An astonishing underground journey mixes dry heat, steam heat, massage, fire and a cold air well, culminating with the Blue Lagoon Ritual where you experience the geothermal seawater’s revitalizing mineral salt, silica and algae in a private portion of the lagoon.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Reykjavik Airport

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