4 nights REYKJAVIK
A short break to Iceland’s quirky capital, Reykjavik, including the Golden Circle and South Coast day trips
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It might be small, but Reykjavik thrives on being different, and unlike most cities, you are standing directly on Mother Nature’s doorstep.
It acquired its name, meaning ‘Smoky Bay’, after one of the first settlers, Ingolfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking, saw plumes of steam rising from the geothermal springs in AD 874.
In actual fact, Reykjavik is a completely smoke-free city heated almost exclusively by geothermal and hydro power. Icelanders are proud of having the cleanest, freshest air on the planet. Given the country’s latitude of 64ºN, the temperature is warmer than one might expect, courtesy of the Gulf Stream. During summer the nights are bright with the sun setting around midnight. There are excellent shops, most being independently owned, and even two shopping malls a short taxi drive away, great cafes selling home-made food and superb restaurants.
However, a trip to Reykjavik in the summer is not complete without exploring some of Iceland’s natural wonders beyond the city during the daytime. We have included two full day trips by mini-bus (small group tours); the Golden Circle featuring Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the famous geyser hot springs, plus a South Coast Exploration featuring Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the charming Vik village, Solheimajökull glacier and Reynisfjara shore.
A truly memorable short break holiday that combines city and countryside perfectly.
Day 1 | Arrive Iceland and Reykjavik
Arrive at Iceland's Keflavik Airport by air from the UK and take the airport bus to your hotel (approx. 50mins). You then have the remainder of the day to enjoy Iceland's capital city at your leisure.
4 nights REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron (3*), Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*) or Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (4*)
Meals included today: None
Day 2 | Explore Reykjavik
A free day to explore the quirky city of Reykjavik or take a pre-booked optional excursion - see Excursions tab. Don't forget to visit the top of Hallsgrimskirkjá church for panormaic views of the entire city showcasing all the colourful houses.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 3 | Golden Circle Tour
Depart at 0830 from your hotel for your included full day Golden Circle tour as part of a small-group. This tour needs little introduction and includes some of Iceland’s most stunning sights; you will see the hot spring Strokkur shoot a column of water up to 30 metres into the air every 4-8 minutes - a thrilling experience you will anticipate each time. You will also visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, created where the river Hvítá tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m deep. Your tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year. Additionally you make a short stop at the majestic Faxi waterfall, by no means as big or powerfall as Gullfoss but still very impressive. Return to your hotel around 1700 leaving plenty of time to get ready for dinner!
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 4 | South Coast Exploration
This day trip takes you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
A stop is also made at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. A stop is also included at Sólheimajökull with a walk up to a small lake which has formed in front of the retreating glacier.
Duration approximately 10 hours. Lunch is not included but suitable stops are made along the way where you will be able to buy a meal and refreshments.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 5 | Homeward bound
Free time in Reykjavik before your airport bus transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Possible daily
Departure Dates: 1 May – 30 Sep 2020
Duration: 4 nights
Prices from: Based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room through:
- Fosshotel Baron – £1165 per person
- Fosshotel Reykjavik – £1315 per person
- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina – £1470 per person
Supplements for Fosshotel Baron:
Ocean View Double, £20 per person per night
Supplements for Fosshotel Reykjavik:
Tower view double, £25 per person per night
Deluxe double, £38 per person per night
Tower Suite, £225 per person per night
Supplements for Hotel Reykjavik Marina:
Deluxe Double, £35 per person per night
Junior Suite, £130 per person per night
Deposit: £200 per person.
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
- Scheduled return flights with Icelandair from Heathrow Airport to Keflavik Airport including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
Alternative airports and airlines are available – please ask for details and prices.
- Airport bus (Flybus) transfer on arrival and departure.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation based on two people sharing a standard twin/double room at 3* Fosshotel Baron, a standard double/twin room at 4* Fosshotel Reykjavik or a deluxe double/twin room at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina – all including daily buffet breakfast.
- The Golden Circle small group excursion by mini-bus with pick-up and drop-off at hotel.
- The South Coast small group excursion by mini-bus with pick-up and drop-off at hotel.
- Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Fosshotel Baron (3*) – Reykjavik
Fosshotel Baron is a historical hotel standing prominently in the heart of Reykjavík, close to the seafront and within walking distance of many popular shops and attractions. Enjoy a scenic walk beside the sea, visit Harpa Concert Hall and try some of Reykjavík’s great restaurants and cafés, all just a stone’s throw away. A breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s Restaurant. Comfortable lounge and hotel bar. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with shower and WC, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and room safe. Free hotel Wi-Fi.
Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*) – Reykjavik
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located within the centre of the city, close to the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Phallological Museum and the main shopping street Laugavegur – you can follow this (or the coastal road) down to the harbour area – approx. 20/25 mins walk.
Though large (16 floors), the hotel still offers many personal touches In both appearance and service. All bedrooms are decorated in contemporary style with warm, natural materials and have private shower & WC, TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, safety box and telephone. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Lounge facilities and hotel bar. Trendy beer garden offering a large selection of draught and bottled craft beers as well as street food options. Restaurant ‘Haust’ serves an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on fresh Icelandic produce. Fitness facilities. Underground car parking (chargeable). Airport shuttle bus stops outside the hotel (Bus stop 12 – also used by excursion buses).
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (4*) – Reykjavik
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is located in the old downtown harbour district of the city, where it has a fabulous view of the ocean. This is a stylish hotel with a unique character which blends modern Icelandic design with old objects salvaged from the surrounding harbour and shipyard. All furniture and fittings have been custom-made in Iceland and were carefully chosen to create an inviting and unforgettable impression. Many of the historical photographs which you will see in the hotel depicting harbour life have been provided by the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, which is located nearby. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the rooms are uniquely decorated with contemporary Icelandic design and references to Reykjavik’s maritime culture.
The hotel has a superb bar and social area named Slippbarinn, that is also popular among locals. It’s a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing where you can enjoy a selection of homemade cocktails, local beer and delicious food served in a cosy atmosphere.
The Blue Lagoon comfort or premium package from Reykjavik
Description: This activity is available as part of your airport transfer, on arrival or departure, or as a standalone day excursion from Reykjavik. Relax in the milky-blue seawater (37-39ºC) of the Blue Lagoon, and try out the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall. Bliss. There are two difference package options to choose from:
- COMFORT – entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of a towel and 1st drink of your choice at the in-water bar.
- PREMIUM – entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica and algae mud masks, use of a bathrobe and a towel, slippers, 1st drink of your choice at the in-water bar, algae mask, table reservation and sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant.
Operates: Daily, all year.
Duration: Length of time in the Blue Lagoon can be from 1.5 to 3 hours. The Blue Lagoon is 20 mins from Keflavik Airport and approximately 35 minutes from Reykjavik City Centre.
Prices: £125 per person (Comfort package), £160 per person (Premium package).
Price includes: Return bus transfer, Comfort or Premium Package as detailed above.
Good to know: Pick-up is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Whale Watching During the Summer from Reykjavik
Description: This trip departs directly from Reykjavik Harbour which is a short walk from most of Reykjavik’s city hotels. Here you will find the Visitor Centre, facilitated on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier, which is where you will meet your crew for the day. Before (or after) the tour you can have a drink at the Whale Café or enjoy the onboard whale exhibition located in the hull of the boat. The show includes multimedia images and videos of whales as well as fun facts about the cetaceans and other marine animals you are likely to come across on the tour.
Once on board the tour boat you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a large indoor saloon with an on board café where you can buy light refreshments, basic bathroom facilities and a cloak room where you can borrow a blanket or overalls for cooler days. You can either stay outside in the fresh air or inside the heated lounge and observe the views from within, through large panoramic windows. One of your guides will talk about the sights and views at hand through the intercom system and will be available to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.
Summer season (1 April – 31 October) is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at it’s highest peak! The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises. Occasionally we spot other species including Humpback whales, Killer whales/Orcas, Fin whales and Blue whales to name but a few.
The weather can change quite frequently in Iceland and therefore we reserve the right to alter routes and itineraries by sailing from other harbours in the nearby area where the weather or sightings are more favourable each time, which could result in a slightly longer tour. Please be aware also that the tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to conditions at sea. Although the success rate is high, the cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability off-shore.
Departures: 0900, 0930, 1000, 1300, 1400, 1700, 1900, 2030
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Price: £85 per person
Includes: Entry to the Whale Museum, guided whale safari, free use of blankets and overalls, WiFi on-board for those who can’t wait to share their experience!
That's easy, this holiday is suitable for everyone. The beauty of Iceland is that you can actually see and do an awful lot from the city centre and though this holiday spends each night in Reykjavik, we have included two full day trips exploring the countryside and some of Iceland's most famous landmarks.
The language of Iceland is Icelandic, the original old norse language. Don't worry though, English is the second language and is widely spoken by most people (Cable TV has helped with this enormously as they do not dub in Iceland!).
Iceland is a North Atlantic island and the westernmost country in Europe, midway between North America and mainland Europe. As such it can suffer from wind, rain and chilly temperatures in the summer, however, it can also have beautiful, blazing sunshine.
The little pun told by Icelanders is; if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate; refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. However, the weather is also affected by the East Greenland polar current curving south-eastwards round the north and east coasts. As a result, sudden weather changes are common, and travellers should prepare accordingly.
We recommend you take layers rather than individual cool or warm pieces of clothing. Don't forget a good waterproof jacket/coat. A good pair of hiking boots are essential if you intend to do any walking as there can be a fair bit of uneven ground. Apart from this, take exactly the same sort of clothing as you would if having a holiday in the UK! There are no dress codes in Iceland, jeans are acceptable everywhere, but don't push your luck either...shorts and flip-flops are not very respectful in quality restaurants and bars!
At any bank. The banks are located in the city centre and around the city as well as at Keflavík airport. Note that the banks in Reykjavík are usually closed on weekends. You can also exchange money at the Tourist Information Centre in Aðalstræti 2, in the city centre, as well as at several hotels.