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Iceland City Breaks

A new landscape at every turn

Iceland is like nowhere you've ever seen or experienced before. Around every corner you'll see something different: an ancient glacier, a towering waterfall, gushing hot springs, geothermal lagoons or black sand beaches. Take a drive and watch the landscape change dramatically before your eyes in the space of a few kilometres.

Experience the midnight sun on Iceland City Breaks

In the Westman Islands to Iceland’s south, the puffins outnumber the people. Visit in winter for a chance to catch the otherworldly Northern Lights dance across pitch black skies. Come in summer and watch as the sun hovers over the horizon at midnight.

Icy waters and national parks

Walk in the footsteps of Vikings at the site of their parliament in Thingvellir National Park and see where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates collide - you can even touch both continents if you're brave enough to take a dip in the icy waters of the Silfra fissure. To put it plainly, this little island packs a huge punch.

All resorts in Iceland

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a car to see it all

Iceland is small, but its attractions are quite spaced out. Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore on your own terms.

Pack lots of layers

The locals say you can experience all four seasons in any given day. Don't leave home without sunscreen, a warm jumper and a raincoat.

Avoid bottled water

Bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up straight from the faucet - Iceland's drinking water is famously high quality.

Best attractions to see in Iceland

The Northern Lights

Visit Iceland between September and April for a chance to see the Aurora Borealis dance across the night sky.

The Golden Circle

Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall are Iceland's magical triad and often visited together on the Golden Circle route.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon's warm turquoise waters are completely unique. Once you're in, you won't want to get out.

Your Iceland questions, answered

Icelandic is Iceland's official language but with English taught in school, you'll find that most of the younger generation can speak it fluently.
If you’re visiting Iceland as a family, you’ll certainly enjoy spending time bathing in the warm pools or playing on Nautholsvik Beach. Reykjavik’s zoo will entertain all ages with animals and rides to enjoy. The capital city’s sculptures and landmarks are easy to walk between and there’s plenty of street food to tuck into on the way. If you fancy some time indoors, the exhibits at the Whales of Iceland museum will entertain both young and old.
Iceland is almost a cashless society. Credit and debit cards can be used to pay for nearly everything but usually require a four-digit PIN.
Tipping isn't expected in Iceland. Hotels, cafés and restaurants usually add service charges to bills so you don't need to worry about leaving anything extra.
If you’re ready for an action-packed stay, with museums, galleries and bars, the capital Reykjavik will easily hit the right notes. If you want an altogether different experience with a wild landscape, Nesjavellir could be for you. Handily, it’s only a 40-minute drive from Reykjavik. So you could enjoy exploring the geothermal highlights one day and city sightseeing the next.
You can get a lot done in a week-long trip to Iceland. A week in Reykjavik will give you ample time to visit the museums and galleries, as well as spend a bit of time in the local cafes and bars. If you want to do all this and throw in a few extra day trips to visit the waterfalls and geysers, you might like to add a few more days. If you’re thinking of staying in a rural location, you may need even more days so you have time to travel around and fit in some hikes.
The main public holidays in Iceland are similar to those in the UK. There are celebrations at New Year, Easter and Christmas. During New Year’s Eve and the big cultural festivals, you’ll find there’s an extra special buzz in town. Don’t be surprised to see some of the locals in costumes. Iceland also has a National Day during the summer when there are parades in Reykjavik. Then there’s Commerce Day when a festival feel hits the air as people head to the Westman Islands.
Nightlife in Reykjavik is full of variety. There are quiet pubs, cosy cafes and late-night bars with live music. And nightclubs offer a mix of music to dance away the hours until the morning. The weekends are the most vibrant but, even on a weekday, there’s plenty to entertain until after midnight. Iceland’s night-time isn’t just about bars and clubs though. There’s a good food scene too. If you prefer your nights quiet, book your holiday between September and March for a chance to enjoy the Northern Lights.
Driving is the main way to get around Iceland. You may choose to hire a car to tour the country’s natural attractions. But buses do run to many of the main points of interest, although it’s always a good idea to check timetables. Joining a guided tour is another good option. If you’re planning to spend most of your time in Reykjavik, the city is easy enough to get around on foot.