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 touching the Arctic Circle, the landscape of Iceland is greener than its name would suggest. But black sand beaches, active volcanoes, vast glaciers, boiling geysers and thundering waterfalls all add to its appeal. Throw in a rich mix of Norse cultural history and you have a fascinating destination just three hours away by plane.

Family on Icelandic beach
Family admiring view in Iceland
Family viewing Icelandic waterfall
Iceland

A Family Destination

With hospitable people, impressive safety credentials as one of the world’s safest nations and a mere three-hour flight from the UK, Iceland stands out as an exceptional choice for a family holiday. This magical playground offers moon-like landscapes, easily explored on a guided or self-drive adventure, made even more exciting by the captivating viking history and mystical tales of trolls said to live in secret caves and rocky hillsides. Ride an Icelandic horse across black sand beaches, see the world’s largest puffin colony, hike along family-friendly trails to waterfalls and erupting geysirs, swim in geothermal pools and from October to March look up for a chance to see the dazzling Northern Lights.

Reynisdrangar Rocks, South Shore, Vik, Iceland
Iceland

Why we like Iceland

With a population of just 376,000 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 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.

Experiences

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

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Landscape, West Iceland, Sagaland, Iceland

The Sagaland

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

Puffins, Iceland

Puffin Watching

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

Town of Seyoisfjordur, Iceland

Seyoisfjordur

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

Forest and lake near Lagarfljot

Lagarfljot

Explore the lake side forest of Lagarfljot.

Icelandic Horses, Mountain Stapafell, Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Horse Riding Adventure

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

Wesfjords coast, Iceland

Discover the Westfjords

Walk the bird cliffs of Westfjords.

Lava Window, Dimmuborgir, Myvatn, Iceland

Lava Fields

Trek amongst the frozen lava fields.

Icelandic fox, Iceland

Wildlife in the Westfjords

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

Puffins, Iceland

Puffin Watching

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

Fimmvorouhals, Southwest Iceland

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.

Explore Iceland

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

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