- Luxury hotel, private lagoon, volcanic horizon: your exclusive retreat at the Blue Lagoon
- Volcanoes, lava fields, black sand beaches, northern lights: the enormity of nature at the gates of Reykjavik
- Travel in the spring and autumn to explore exceptional natural sites without the crowds
- 4x4, the best, hand-picked accommodation and a local Concierge are all part of our service
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AN EXCLUSIVE ISLAND IN THREE PARTS
YOUR ACCOMMODATIONYou'll stay at an exclusive retreat at the Blue Lagoon, whose turquoise waters attract visitors from all over the world. The lagoon now has a luxury hotel - its discreet and sophisticated luxury is based on an architecture whose understated lines interact with the surrounding nature, vast expanses of lava shaped by an eruption that dates back 800 years. The 62 suites are surrounded by lagoon waters and open out onto the volcanic horizons, which set the scene for a calming atmosphere. The furniture is ultra-modern ; the colours - shades of grey and brown, which interact with the shades of wood, stone, leather - blend in with the colour of nature. The private lagoon covers 9,687 square feet. At the lava-carved spa, thermal water treatments are provided in spaces that are also carved out of rock. Two restaurants offer inventive cuisines based around local and seasonal products; the spa restaurant provides light, healthy meals that complement the benefits of the water.
A charming retreat on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula - At the heart of a rugged peninsula, set between a lava field and a light-coloured sandy beach where seals bask, is a hotel that exudes the atmosphere of a charming family home. This is probably the most romantic hotel in the country, with its bright rooms overlooking nature, a 'cottage' style lounge and a restaurant providing delicious food supplied by the surrounding farms: Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness, who won the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature, liked to recharge his batteries here and, if we're not mistaken, always reserved the same room overlooking the glacier.
An Art Deco hotel in Reykjavik - This was the first luxury hotel to be built in Iceland, an Art Deco building whose restorations throughout the century have not altered its beautiful atmosphere. Black stone statues surrounding the lobby, steel lifts engraved with sunrise patterns, 1930s lamps and armchairs.
Flight to Reykjavik
Welcome on arrival at the airport, private transfer and two nights' stay in a beautiful 1930s Art Deco building. As you pass through the doors of the hotel, you'll enter a world of fabulous style, with steel elevators engraved with rising sun patterns, 1930s lamps, high ceilings and splendid parquet flooring. The rooms are adorned with beautiful sepia photos. Many of the bathrooms have kept their period mosaic, or metro tiles. From the hotel, it is easy to walk to the capital to enjoy it's attractions during the day and at night.
Reykjavik is a vibrant city with a lively artistic scene. The people of Reykjavik have invented a style of their own, and they need it to withstand the winter darkness. The capital has an 'artsy' feel with up-and-coming 'village-style' districts and a plethora of cultural events from opera to jazz, visual arts to the cinema...
Things to see and do - Climb to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church - walk or take a bike or scooter to district 101, around Laugavegur Street, a 'village' of wooden houses of all colours, from pink to olive green, and concept stores where you can buy wool blankets or pretty ceramic dishes; visit the Arbaejarsafn in Kistuhyl, the open-air museum of architecture, to discover what the Icelandic capital looked like at the beginning of the 20th century; eat cooked shark fin for lunch, accompanied by Brennivín, a potato and caraway aquavit; visit Marshall House, a former herring factory opened in 1948 and financed by the Marshall Plan, which has now been converted into an exhibition space for artists collectives.
Included in the itinerary - A private tour of Harpa. Facing the sea and Mount Esja, the glass and steel parallelograms of the Harpa Centre rise up between land and sea. Opened in May 2011, Harpa is a venue for opera, concerts, and conferences, symbolising the revival of the harbour district. The huge building is located in an area in full transformation and contrasts with the city's steep streets. Inspired by Icelandic landscapes and the northern lights, its spectacular facades made up of ten thousand pieces of stained glass reflect the lights of the sky and the waves of the sea. Its beauty lies in the interaction between the large amount of concrete and the dynamic facade, which represent the island's rock formations and basalt columns. The building was designed by Henning Larsen and Olafur Eliasson, all in a setting of light and transparency.
Reykjavik - Arnarstapi
Pick up your hire car and drive out west via the Hvalfjordur, 'the whale fjord', thus named for its large population of whales, up to the small fishing village of Arnarstapi (about two-and-a-half hours). You'll pass near the Glymur waterfall, Iceland's tallest waterfall, and the Eldborg crater, the 'fortress of fire', which luckily is no longer active but is very spectacular nonetheless.
On the southern coast of the Snaefellsness Peninsula, your hotel stands on a beach whose light-coloured sands stretch for miles up to a lava flow chiselled away by erosion. The location is peaceful and the scenery majestic - Halldor Laxness, the Icelandic writer and winner of the 1955 Nobel Prize for Literature, regularly stayed here, in a room with a glacier view. The hotel has recently been renovated, but the buildings have kept their Nordic style; understated, functional and full of charm. The living rooms, dining room and bedrooms are cosy and warm, and there are stunning views throughout. At the restaurant, you can enjoy dishes made with very fresh fish bought directly from local fishermen as soon as they arrive at the harbour.
Things to see and do - Saefellsjokull Volcano Glacier (4,700ft), made famous by Jules Verne and his novel, 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' - the tiny fishing harbour of Arnarstapi, nestled at the foot of a basalt cliff and surrounded by lava fields - the black beaches of Hellnar - the Glymur waterfall, Iceland's tallest waterfall.
Arnarstapi - Grindavik (Blue Lagoon)
After crossing the bay in Reykjavik, you'll travel along the south coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula, through a series of volcanic landscape - a succession of lava flows covered with thick foam, small craters and a coastline beaten by the ebb and flow of the sea.
The Blue Lagoon is a large lagoon that hugs the crevices of a lava field, with idyllic blue waters and enveloped in whorls of steam, which attracts visitors from all over the world just for the magic of a turquoise bath in the heart of a lava field. You'll be staying there to see another side of the lagoon experience. You'll spend the night in a hotel set on the edge of blue waters, with understated lines and subtle hues, built to blend in with the scenery. Its sleek, contemporary suites open out entirely onto the outside for an exclusive view of the black lava fields. The restaurant offers high-quality modern Icelandic cuisine. If you want to relax, the hotel has a spa carved out of volcanic rock. It's a luxury retreat in a natural setting.
Grindavik (Blue Lagoon) - Reykjavik - Return flight
Transfer to the airport and catch your flight home.
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Trip to Vatnshellir Cave
This 8,000-year-old cave is located in Snaefellsjokull National Park, about a ten-minute drive from Hellnar. Large and easily accessible with its spiral staircase that provides access to the bottom (or almost), it has all the characteristics of a lava tunnel - stalactites and stalagmites, a tunnel with traces left by the molten lava, bright traces of oxidation and, in winter, stalactites, and stalagmites of ice.
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