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Geyser, Hveravellir, Iceland

Iceland

Don’t judge Iceland by its name. What’s really waiting for you is a warming mix of black sand beaches, deep-green landscapes, lively active volcanoes, spurting geysers and deafening waterfalls.

Despite being 66° north of the Arctic Circle, the landscape of Iceland is not only greener than its name would suggest but black sand beaches, active volcanoes, vast glaciers, boiling geysers and thundering waterfalls all add to its appeal.

Add a rich mix of Norse cultural history and you have a fascinating destination just three hours away by plane.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Lava Fields

Trek amongst the frozen lava fields.

Wildlife in the Westfjords

Search for foxes, Iceland’s only native mammal, in the Westfjords.

The Sagaland

Explore the Viking sites and learn of the true tales of the early Viking settlers.

Puffin Watching

Puffin-watch at the remote farms of Husey and Skalanes, on foot or by horseback.

Seyoisfjordur

Spend a few hours at the pretty arty town of Seyoisfjordur on the east coast.

Lagarfljot

Explore the lake side forest of Lagarfljot.

Horse Riding Adventure

Follow the wild coast by horse or up into the remote hills.

Discover the Westfjords

Walk the bird cliffs of Westfjords.

Puffin Watching

Sail to Vestmannaeyjar in search of puffins and visit the lava flow towns.

Fimmvorouhals

The Fimmvorouhals or Five Cairns Pass is one of the top twenty hiking trails in the world. Trek the 23km in spring or summer to view the blanket of wild Arctic flowers covering the valley.

Reynisdrangar Rocks, South Shore, Vik, Iceland
Iceland

Why we like Iceland

With a population of just 300,000 in a country the size of Ireland and most of its energy captured from geothermal activity, Iceland must rate as one of the most pristine environments in the western world. Add to that an abundance of fresh fish, a growing number of internationally acclaimed chefs, some truly beautiful landscapes and chic hotels, and it is not surprising that Iceland has firmly put its school geography class image behind it.

Haifoss Waterfall, Hella, Iceland,
Hella, Iceland

What to expect on your holiday to Iceland

We think the very best way to experience Iceland is with a private guide who can show you the many hidden surprises this magical country conjures up. One of the most exciting excursions on offer in Iceland, being driven in a super-jeep through rivers, up the sides of volcanoes, and deep into the heart of the wild highlands is a must. Self-drive is also a pleasure in Iceland. Although the car ownership per head of population is very high, there are just two main roads which are largely empty.

Northen Lights, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland

A long weekend in Iceland

Iceland is a great destination for a long weekend, which would quickly fill with sights, activities and adventures. During the long summer days, you could try fishing for sea trout or salmon, kayaking, horse riding and 4×4 adventures. For winter visits try snowmobiling on glaciers and exploring active volcanoes – all always with a comfortable hotel as your base offering excellent food.

An understanding of nature and the elements form two important parts of the Icelandic national psyche. This is a country in which they say that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and it will change. You have to understand that you do not visit Iceland for the weather. The weather may not be great but this in itself brings opportunities.

Explore Iceland

  • Reykjavik
  • Skogarfoss
  • West and Westfjords
  • The East and Southeast

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Radisson Blu 1919 £££££

  • Iceland
  • City

The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik is a historic hotel housed in the former offices of Iceland’s first shipping company, Eimskipafelag Islands, constructed in 1919. The hotel is located close to both the financial and shopping districts, including the Parliament of Iceland. The trendy 1919 Restaurant & Lounge features a simple, local ingredient menu that rotates seasonal specials as well as features headliner “classic” dishes. Free high-speed, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Ranga £££££

  • Iceland
  • Wilderness

Hotel Ranga is a countryside hotel and the only four-star hotel in South Iceland. Ideally located about an hour from Reykjavik, it offers something special for its guests year-round. Situated on the banks of Iceland’s premier salmon river, Hotel Ranga provides picturesque surroundings, with views of Mt. Hekla volcano, several glaciers and the Westman Islands. Hotel Ranga offers 51 comfortable rooms and suites, using lots of woods and rich materials for a warm finish. The suites are furnished to reflect the seven continents around the world.

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Alda Hotel Reykjavik £££££

  • Iceland
  • City

Alda Hotel can be found on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the peaceful heart of Reykjavik. With a stylish bar, comfortable rooms and welcoming staff, the Alda is a perfect choice for this charming city. Steppes Travel was lucky enough to stay here during a trip to Reykjavik, the location, the staff and even the breakfasts were wonderful, we loved it.  

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Frequently asked questions about Iceland

Can I rent a car and self-drive?

Yes, it is one of the most popular ways of exploring the country and with just one main highway, it is pretty hard to get lost! It is essential to rent a 4×4 when exploring the interior and highlands.

What are the local delicacies?

Due to Iceland’s cold climate preserved foods play a big role. Wind dried fish is a popular snack. Fermented whale shark, puffin and reindeer are some of the more unusual options you may find on menus.

What clothes should I pack for a visit to Iceland?

This is dependent on when you travel. During the winter months temperatures can easily drop below zero, so thick thermals, fleece, hat, gloves are all essential. For the rest of the year,
layers are the best option. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best advised to pack for all occasions!

What wildlife will I see?

Iceland’s range of wildlife is relatively small but expect to see Icelandic horses, reindeer, minke and humpback whales, seals, dolphins and arctic fox (if you’re lucky). Seabirds also cross its skies in large numbers. Guillemots, razorbills and puffins are some of the more common species.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time to see this spectacle is during the winter months, typically from October through to March.

Where is the best place to bathe in hot springs?

No visit to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon – a geothermal spa located in a lava field close to Reykjavik. It is a fun experience, with a swim-up bar but can get very crowded. If you want something a little more authentic, there are other beautiful spots around the country where you can find natural hot springs and pools where there is no entrance fee!

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