Iceland Short Break ¦ Icelandic holidays ¦ Northern Lights breaks

Welcome to Iceland

Iceland is a fantastic destination in its own right, but with some of the most reliable sightings of the elusive Northern Lights, it has become something of a mecca for hunters of the Aurora Borealis. In addition to Northern Lights breaks (October to April) we offer some fantastic alternative breaks on this incredible volcanic island, including our New Year break, whale watching and summer exploring opportunities.

Iceland sits on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which means the island is highly active with a large number of volcanoes, together with the geysirs with which it is often associated. Hot springs are common with the Blue Lagoon being probably the most famous (and commercialised).

Climate is cool - but the island benefits from the North Atlantic Current which, like the jetstream, brings relatively stable weather paterns and temperatures. January historically sees highs of about 2 degrees, and lows of -3; whilst July sees peaks of about 13 celcius and a low around 8.

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Short breaks in Reykjavík

Northern Lights Long Weekend
4 nights - 2 centres, Reykjavik & Ranga

Highlights include a SuperJeep excursion and self-drive Golden Circle tour

Iceland New Year Classic
4 nights, 2 centres, Reykjavik & Ranga

Highlights include a fabulous NYE experience at Restaurant Perlan and across Reykjavik!

Whale & the Northern Lights Iceland
3 nights, Reykjavik

Highlights include a whale watching boat trip & Supertruck tour, plus time to explore Northern Iceland's stunning landscape.

Short breaks in Southern Iceland

Northern Lights Long Weekend
4 nights - 2 centres, Reykjavik & Ranga

Highlights include a SuperJeep experience and self-drive Golden Circle tour

Reykjavík

Located in south western Iceland, Reykjavík (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈreiːcaˌviːk]) is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established in AD 874.

Now a very modern city, Iceland's capital boasts a number of Michelin-starred restaurants together with superb architecture which mixes modern and traditional styles. The city is often the start or end point for visits to the island and benefits from close proximity both to Keflavik International Airport and the domestic facilities at Reykjavík Airport.

It's just a short drive to some of the top tourist destinations in Iceland too, with the Blue Lagoon around 20 minutes from the centre of the city, and much of the 'Golden CIrcle' within a couple of hours perfect for geysers, waterfalls and SuperJeep tours.

Southern Iceland

What to say about Southern Iceland?  It's a land of infinite vistas, stunning contrasts, geysers, waterfalls and glaciers. But that doesn't really differentiate it from any other party of Iceland!

Places to visit that mark this area as unique include the 'Black Beach' at Vik with its sand of Basalt Rock, and offshore lie fingers of basalt rock - remnants of a once more extensive cliffline Reynisfjall, now battered by the sea. There is no landmass between here and Antarctica and the Atlantic rollers can attack with full force! Or maybe take a detour to see one of the best preserved plane 'crash sites' in the world - a US Navy 1973 Douglas DC3 that sits on Sólheimasandur Beach.

Of course, you'll be wanting to see the Northern Lights - so why not stay at Hotel Ranga. Possibly the only hotel to offer a 'wake up call' service if the Aurora Borealis appears in the middle of the night!

Húsavík and Northern Iceland

If you're looking to try something different Húsavík will be a great starting point. Surrounded by national parks, volcanoes and geothermal springs are some of the sights in this stunning landscape.

Here you'll also get the opportunity to try your hand at mushing sled dogs, visit the exploration museum (there's a monument honoring the Apollo astronauts that trained around Húsavík during the 1960s) or - and the reason so many people visit the area - head out on a whale watching experience. Heading out into the bay to spot the different varieties that come close to the shore is always a highlight for us.  You also shouldn't miss the Húsavík Whale Museum which is also a centre for research and campaigns against commercial whaling.

Call us on 01273 805859 to discuss options for the Husavik area.