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Reykjavik, Iceland

Short Break to Iceland



5 Days

Prices Start from

£3,450pp (ex. flights)

A quick flight brings you to a world where mountains and volcanoes rub rocky shoulders with hot springs and frozen waterfalls, while thick woollen jumpers are sold next to eclectic art. Iceland is ideal for a short break, and many of the highlights can be experienced from your base in Reykjavik.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Reykjavik, Iceland 1

Explore Reykjavik

Explore Reykjavik, this stylish capital is home to eccentric and fun people, interesting cuisine and colourful festivals.

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland 2

Mind-blowing Scenery

Waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, hot springs lagoons and so much more.

Northen Lights, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland 3

Track Aurora Borealis

Spend a night in southern Iceland for some Norse history and spellbinding northern lights.

Langjokull Glacier, Iceland 4

Extreme Iceland

Include the awesome experience of a super-jeep tour, ice trekking or a helicopter flight.

Why we like it

A short flight from London takes you to the fabulously eclectic and cool capital city of Reykjavik. With boutique shops, endless cafes and world-class restaurants, this is the most superb base from which to step into the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. A long weekend on this Nordic island offers the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, experience dramatic landscapes and a whole range of outdoor activities.

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Iceland on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

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  • Day 4

    Reykjavik - Hella

  • Day 5

    Hella - Reykjavik

Days 1-3


Down town Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is home to candy coloured buildings, an eccentric and fun people and exciting nightlife.

Day 4

Reykjavik - Hella

Haifoss Waterfall, Hella, Iceland,

Located in the south, it is often visited as the perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights.

Day 5

Hella - Reykjavik

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Down town Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland

Explore Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is home to candy coloured buildings, an eccentric and fun people and exciting nightlife. Visit stylish galleries, people watch from the pavement cafes and use it as a base to explore the Golden Circle.

Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Golden Circle, Iceland
Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Iceland's Golden Circle

Enjoy a private tour to Iceland’s main attraction, the Golden Circle. It epitomises what Iceland has to offer, the beautiful landscape of Thingvellir National Park, powerful geysers, the most energetic being Strokkur, and Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s most famous waterfall, plummeting down 32 meters. Try your hand at snowmobiling across Langjokull Glacier, Iceland’s second-largest. From Reykjavik, spend a further day soaking in the geothermal, healing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Northen Lights, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

Visit Hella

Hella is a community which flourished in the mid 20th century when many of the rivers in the south-western lowlands were bridged allowing inhabitants to make a living from agriculture and tourism. Located in the south, it is often visited as the perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights, during the winter months –  best viewed from September to April.

Kayaking East Iceland
Geyser, Hveravellir, Iceland

Get the Most out of Iceland

Iceland is an easy trip from the UK, yet offers a complete change of scene from home. With the main sites reached within the day from Reykjavik you can base yourself in the city, or if you can, extend your trip and hire a car or use a private driver and venture off-road into the mountains and glaciers. We think the very best way to experience Iceland is being driven in a ‘super-jeep’ through rivers, up the sides of volcanoes, and deep into the heart of the wild highlands. Or treat yourself to a helicopter ride. It is invigorating and exhilarating to fly in a helicopter but to do so over such dramatic scenery is a sheer delight. To fly over the tear in the crust that separates the American tectonic plate from the European tectonic plate is very special.

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We were very happy with our two guides -- BorgThor and Magnus. We would absolutely look forward to working with them again and will recommend them to others heading to Iceland.



Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

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.  

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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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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £3,450 Per person

When to travel

Iceland in January

Although a good time to travel to Iceland in search for the Northern Lights, January can experience cold temperatures, particularly at night when you can expect to experience an average of -3°C. It should be noted that some attractions may be closed during winter.

Iceland in February

Both January and February will experience heavy snowfall however February will see less rainfall and more hours of daily sunlight. It should be noted that driving around the country can be difficult in these conditions, but many tours will still run throughout the month.

Iceland in March

Temperatures will begin to warm up throughout Iceland and there will be an average of 10 hours of daylight. March can be an interesting time to explore Iceland for photographers with early sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountains.

Iceland in April

Spring begins in April and the country will experience very little rainfall. Temperatures throughout Iceland will range from 0°C to 6°C and as the snow melts, reveals lush, green landscapes throughout the country. The best time to go whale watching is from April through to October.

Iceland in May

Springtime is an ideal time to visit Iceland. With more hours of daylight, marginally warmer temperatures than during winter and fewer crowds than during the summer months, you can experience all of Iceland’s outdoor activities and famous landscapes.

Iceland in June

During the summer months, all of Iceland’s attractions are open as well as both June and July being the best months to see humpback whales in the North of the country. Temperatures can reach as high as 15°C but will fall during the evening.

Iceland in July

During the peak months of summer, Iceland will experience between 14 and 24 hours of daylight, a perfect time to experience all of Iceland’s outdoor activities including hiking and mountain biking.

Iceland in August

Average temperatures during August will be 14°C, with almost 22 hours of daylight. August can also be an ideal month for whale watching but it should be noted that from June through to August, it is Iceland’s peak months and so may be busier than during the winter.

Iceland in September

September is the end of Iceland’s peak season so with fewer tourists but still with approximately 10 hours of daylight, it can be a great time to visit the country. There is a possibility of snowfall or rainfall and even though less likely than during the winter months, at the end of September, the Northern Lights have been seen.

Iceland in October

Iceland will start to experience colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours as the country experiences the first signs of winter. Outside of the peak season, Iceland will have fewer visitors and temperatures averaging 3°C.

Iceland in November

From November to February, Iceland will experience very cold winters with temperatures sometimes as low as -5°C however with the wind chill, can often feel much colder. It can be a beautiful time to travel the country that has been covered in snow, but it should be noted that driving can become difficult with occasional road closures, due to the extreme weather.

Iceland in December

During the winter months, you can expect to experience between 3 and 10 hours of daylight making it ideal conditions to see the Northern Lights. They are unpredictable and so can never be guaranteed but for the best chances, visit during December and January when there are fewer daylight hours.

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