Classic Summer Iceland
An exclusive five-night trip of Iceland's highlights and must-sees
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- 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
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
The Golden Circle
Meet and greet at Reykjavik airport
Private transfer to your hotel in the Golden Circle
Accommodation in The Golden Circle
- Ten apartments and 24 guestrooms
Idyllically situated among the Golden Circle’s open countryside, close to some of Iceland’s most astounding natural wonders, is Hotel Grimsborgir and its luxury lodgings. Deluxe chalet-style apartments are dotted throughout the grounds, boasting bundles of space and facilities, while the main house’s rooms offer private terraces with hot tubs looking out to snowy mountains. Spend your days on glacier hikes and horseback rides, head out to gems such as Gullfoss and Geysir, before returning to this stylish hotel where the lovely home-from-home feel will welcome you in. Meanwhile, the night and lack of light pollution bring excellent opportunities for magical Northern Lights viewing.
- 45 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Ten-metre outdoor hot tub
Under an hour from Reykjavik, yet deep within the Golden Circle is Ion Hotel: a contemporary-cool, design bolt-hole boasting the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Dramatically jutting out on stilts at the foot of the volcanic Mount Hengill, you’re surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders, with the Nordic mood continuing inside. Everything is distinctly Icelandic from the wool throws to the artwork, to organic toiletries and eco-friendly cuisine. Watch the bewitching Northern Lights paint the sky as you dine on modern regional dishes, or from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the softly-lit bar, or, for an utterly indulgent setting, the ten-metre outdoor hot tub. To really make the most of this vastly surreal landscape, head out on an extreme natural adventure. Trek across ancient glaciers, fly-fish in icy rivers and horse ride among natural hot springs, before sinking into the luxury of a massage at the lava spa.
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.
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.
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.
The South coast of Iceland is a magical area filled with adventure opportunities. Vast black lava beaches as far as they eye can see, massive waterfalls, fascinating rock formations and enchanting glacier tongues, all within an arm’s reach. Fenced in between the Atlantic Ocean in the South and a big ice cap to the North as well as two big glacier rivers to the East and West, the area is quite spectacular with the black sand and hard ocean waves beating the shore of Reynisfjara beach. The rock formations of Reynisdrangar are a signature landmark. During this trip we visit the charming local town Vík í Mýrdal and two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss both thundering down 60 meters.
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.
Accommodation in Southern Iceland
- 51 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Games room
- Three outdoor hot tubs
- Astronomical observatory
- In-room massage facilities
Found in the perfect spot of Southern Iceland for outdoor lovers, the log-cabin Ranga Hotel is a cocoon of warmth, ideal for relaxing after Northern Lights viewing and glacier touring. This cosy hideaway boasts uninterrupted panoramas from all parts of the property. Guestrooms look out to the East Ranga River or Mount Helka which are best enjoyed with a soak in your private jacuzzi – drink in hand. If you fancy something a little quirkier, opt for one of the lavish suites. Themed on the seven continents, they are filled with weird and wonderful touches such as Aztec wall-hangings, a didgeridoo, bearskin and bison head. Facing the salmon-filled river, the reputable restaurant features a farmer’s market concept. Local produce and freshly-caught seafood is prepared here to create delicious Nordic dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Venturing outside to the barely polluted rural skies, the luxury amenities continue. Three outdoor hot tubs heated with geothermal water provide an unforgettable place to watch the aurora borealis dance across the sky, while the astronomical observatory with its roll-off roof and telescopes offers superb stargazing.
- 104 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Free wifi
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a brand new hotel in Hnappavellir, a popular climbing area. The location is perfect for nature lovers, as it is right between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions; a hiker’s paradise. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers 104 rooms with all necessary amenities as well as a restaurant and bar.
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
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.
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.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
- 17 guestrooms
- Restaurant and wine bar
Based in central Reykjavík, Kvosin is styled with a simple, clean and modern character and enjoys a home away from home feel. While a keypad and code replaces your typical hotel room key, the guestrooms are reminiscent of mini apartments with bundles of space and contemporary comforts including a fully-equipped kitchenette. Adding to the hotel’s quirky vibe, accommodation sizes are divided up – not as generic rooms and suites – but as ‘Normal’, ‘Bigger’, ‘Biggest’ and an impressive ‘Larger than Life’. A friendly team go one step further to enhance Kvosin’s amiable ambience and remind you to head up to the top-floor terrace to soak up lovely lake views and then down to the wine bar for a fantastic range of drinks.
- 65 guest rooms
The Alda Hotel is located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the center of Iceland’s vibrant capital city. 65 spacious, calm and stylishly Nordic rooms are available in a range of sizes, ideal for recharging your batteries after a day of exploring Iceland’s magnificent countryside or returning from the city centre, which is just one step away. Every room features access to high speed internet, HD TV and a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Fourth floor rooms allow access to a great balcony where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the colourful city and beyond to the fullest. A gym is located on the ground floor, with access to an outdoor terrace, and offers top-of-the-line exercise equipment including a treadmill, stationary bikes, free weights and a dry sauna. In-room massages can also be arranged. The hotel’s hip Barber Bar offers offers wine, champagne, fresh draught beer, spirits and cocktails, while a host of restaurants and the city’s vibrant nightlife are just all close by.
- 56 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and cocktail bar
Step back to yesteryear at this sophisticated property on the corner of Austurvöllur Square. Harking back to the days of the ’30s, Hotel Borg is adorned with art deco design; black and white photos line the walls and elegant fittings grace the interiors. Fused with a Scandinavian influence, the rooms and suites feature modern style with top-notch amenities and custom-made furniture. What’s more, some enjoy lovely Austurvöllur Square views, while interconnected and superior guestrooms offer further space and luxury. Dining-wise, the hotel boasts a Jamie’s Italian restaurant which is set in the Golden Hall, known for its unique oval ceiling mural. Here guests can enjoy everything from antipasti and nibbles, to classic sourdough pizzas and hearty pasta dishes.
- Eight suites
- VIP elevator
- Concierge service
- Exclusive bar
Taking up the 20th floor of Reykjavik’s tallest building, the Höfðatorg Tower, the private Tower Suites offer unmatched panoramic views of the city, sea and mountains through all encompassing floor to ceiling windows. Each of the eight suites is individually designed in a modern and luxurious Scandinavian fashion. All furnishings are custom, handmade or locally sourced and of quality materials. Classic furniture pieces showcasing some of the best in design are littered throughout every room. The spacious bathrooms feature both large walk-in showers and free-standing tubs that allow you to enjoy the view in the most tranquil way possible. Breakfasts are served in a spacious sitting room that becomes a lounge when evening enters. Concierges ensure professional, quality service, and with a VIP elevator directly to the penthouse, privacy is a standard.
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 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.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Temperatures in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F) and the waters, rich in minerals like silica, are reputed to help some people suffering from various skin ailments. The lagoon is man-made and fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, where superheated 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 driver will collect and transfer you in a private vehicle to Reykjavik Airport in time for your onward flight.
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