Itinerary Highlights
    • Discover the dramatic delights of the Golden Circle’s scenery with visits to waterfalls, lava fields, geysers and volcanic national parks
    • Head deep into the wild highlands of Iceland’s interior in search of remote thermal springs
    • Round off your escape with two days of city fun in the colourful coastal capital of Reykjavik

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From bounding through the highlands in a 'super jeep’ and bathing in thermal springs to cafe-hopping through the trendy capital, this five-day getaway is all about experiencing the best of what Iceland has to offer in a short snippet of time. As you soon as you touch down, hop into your 4x4 run-around and head into the wilderness of the Golden Circle. You’ll have three days here to soak in the South Coast’s most spectacular sites, such as waterfalls, geysers and national parks. You’ll also have the opportunity to head into the heart of the Icelandic wilderness with a seasoned guide in a specially modified ‘super jeep’ in search of thermal springs buried deep in the countryside. The second part of your Big Short Break takes place in the colourful capital of Reykjavik,
where you’ll have a couple of days to discover the city’s collection of trendy village-style neighbourhoods, each of which bursts at the seams with modern concept stores, sleek Scandi cafes and enticing music bars. Let the adventure begin…


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Iceland Bound

Your five-day escape to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland begins today with a three-and-a-half-hour flight to Reykjavik. Head to the airport, whizz through security and enjoy some down time in the airport lounge with some nibbles and refreshments as you await departure. On arrival, collect your spacious 4x4 rental vehicle and head straight into the wilderness of the Golden Circle, a 190-mile route of the nation’s three most popular natural attractions. Your base for the next three nights is a charming countryside hideaway nestled in the Selfoss region, an hour-and-a-half drive from the airport. Spend the rest of today settling into your new Icelandic environment. We recommend relaxing and enjoying the hotel’s beautiful spa facilities before tucking into a delicious meal based on local ingredients and specialties this evening.

DAYS 2 & 3

Discover the Natural Wonders of the South

Spend two days discovering the endless scenic delights of Iceland’s south coast at your own pace. This region stands out for the big three sites that made the Golden Circle so famous: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Other iconic sites in the region include the world’s oldest existing parliament, which dates back to 930 AD; the dramatic Strokkur geyser, the nation’s most visited geyser; the colourful rolling mountains of the Torfajökull massif; the vast expanses of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap; and the volcanic sites of the Keflavik peninsula. At some point over the next two days you’ll also have the opportunity to head into the heart of the highlands in a super jeep with an experienced driver-guide. Icelanders have made it their habit to modify jeeps to be able to withstand the tough glacial terrain of the Icelandic highlands. These enormous machines make it possible to experience some of the rugged interior’s most incredible landscapes, including extinct volcanic craters, other-worldly lava fields and, finally, the incredible natural hot springs of Landmannalaugar. We could also arrange for you to head out on a guided hike on the Sólheimajökull glacial tongue, a beautiful glacier falling from the wider Mýrdalsjökull glacier at a very slow pace.


Journey to the Capital

Bid the south coast a warm farewell as you drive one hour back to the Icelandic capital. Before reaching the shores of Reykjavík, make a stop at Hveragerdi, a charming hamlet known and adored for its network of thermal springs, micro-geysers and steam vents. Those after a bit of adventure can embark on a hike from the village to ‘steam valley’, where it’s possible to bathe in a thermal river winding through the countryside. There’s nothing like an adventure in the countryside to whet your appetite, so from here, continue on to the picturesque village of Eyrarbakki to enjoy a feast of seafood delights in a renowned local restaurant. Walk off your meal along one of the stunning black sand beaches on the Ölfusá river estuary. Make sure to keep an eye out for seals, who spend their days hunting for fish in the channel’s turbulent waters. This afternoon, continue on to the capital, drop off your hire car and check in for three nights in a stylish yet cosy guesthouse in the heart of the city. The rest of today is then yours to spend settling into the rhythm of city life. We recommend turning to your coveted destination-specific Dossier, which is full of our top picks for cafes, bars and restaurants in the area.


Explore Reykjavik

Rise and shine, it’s your final day in Iceland and there’s not a moment to waste. Reykjavik is a small and walkable city, making it possible to soak in the city’s distinctive character in just a handful of hours. The city is made up of a patchwork of trendy, overlapping, village-style neighbourhoods, each offering myriad cultural delights, from opera and jazz sessions to visual arts shows and independent cinemas. The cafe scene here has also boomed in recent years, so make sure to keep an eye out for the hipster haunts at every corner. Later this afternoon, you’ll be met by a private driver and transferred back to the airport, where you can enjoy some downtime in the airport lounge as you await the departure of your three-hour flight back to the UK. If, however, you’re not quite ready to head home just yet, we can arrange for you to extend your getaway to include an extra day soaking in the natural marvels of the wild Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Get suited and booted with crampons, a harness and a helmet and set off on an adventure on the Sólheimajökull glacial tongue, a beautiful glacier falling from the wider Mýrdalsjökull glacier at a very slow pace. In the company of an experienced local guide, walk thirty minutes to the base of the glacier before embarking on an obstacle course through the crevasses, cones and ice cores that make up the glacier.


If you have an extra day to play with, why not extend your trip with a visit to the wild Snaefellsnes Peninsula? This picturesque sliver of the island is known lovingly as ‘little Iceland’ as it offers everything from volcanoes, lava fields, craters and waterfalls to charming fishing villages that feel like they’re at the end of the world. There is also the breathtaking Snæfellsjökull glacier and national park, a 700,000-year-old glacier surrounded by Icelandic countryside at the very western tip of the peninsula.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £2,070 to £3,000 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £2,600 per person.

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