Shaped by volcanic and geological activity, Iceland is a country of exceptional natural beauty and the ideal place to experience a variety of landscapes. Come here and you can see forested fjords, iceberg-filled lagoons, snow-dusted mountains and steaming natural springs – not to mention the famed northern lights. Luxury Iceland holidays are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is not only a hub for art, cuisine, and history, it’s also home to the vast majority of the country’s population. Situated on the southwest coast, Reykjavik – and the surrounding area – it is the ideal place to kick-start any holiday to Iceland. Immerse yourself in the country’s history at the excellent museums, uncover the hip, modern art scene, sample exceptional Nordic cuisine, and relax in style at one of the city’s chic luxury hotels.
Key attractions to check out in Reykjavik include the National Museum and the Settlement Exhibition – both of which give you a fascinating glimpse into the Viking past – and the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church, a marvel of 20th-century architecture said to be inspired by the country’s mountains and glaciers.
From the lively capital, you’ll be free to venture out into the wilds of Iceland to explore its stunning natural scenery. Southwest of Reykjavik you can enjoy the warm depths of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool filled with mineral-rich waters. Marvel at icy peaks, vast waterfalls and protected ancient glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park. The northwestern coastline is pitted with dramatic fjords where you’ll uncover quiet fishing villages and undisturbed wildlife. Wherever you venture you’re guaranteed spectacular natural scenery, and, in the winter months, the chance to spot the northern lights.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a temperate climate, which means that temperatures stay mild year-round, particularly in Reykjavik and the surrounding region. To enjoy the warmest weather, hours of daylight and the spectacular midnight sun, visit during the summer months.
In the colder months you can enjoy winter activities such as skiing and ice cave tours. The long dark nights also usher in the magnificent northern lights, which can be spotted across the country.
A luxury holiday to Iceland gives you the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, modern Michelin-starred masterpieces and favourites from around the globe. The 4 and 5-star hotels in Reykjavik serve a variety of Icelandic and international dishes.
Icelandic cuisine centres on fresh fish and seafood, but you can also enjoy excellent local lamb and reindeer. For a sweet treat, grab a fresh pastry and enjoy it with a hot cup of kaffi.
Before you book your holiday to Iceland, check the entry requirements at GOV.UK. It’s advised that you carry identification with you while travelling.