It may be one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it certainly puts many others to shame with its diversity of attractions. In close proximity are geysers, caves, hot springs and glaciers. The city centre proffers galleries, museums and sculptures which reflect the huge variety and creative and cultural background of Iceland’s population of just 321,000. Buildings owe more to nature than to architects. The plethora of restaurants on offer pride themselves on crafting culinary delights from an abundance of locally sourced products.
Celebrate New Year in spectacular style. Travel to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, and ring in the New Year in the land of Fire & Ice. The Icelandic celebration attracts visitors from around the world, not least because of the 500 tons of fireworks unleashed by the capital’s population into the dark night sky. Before joining the party at the Grand Hotel experience the history, culture and geographical phenomena that this island has to offer.
By day soak up South Iceland’s unique cocktail of sights; the falling water curtains that are the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the foam pounding on Dryrholaey’s black sand beaches and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. By night fine dine, soak in a hot tub under the starlit sky, and perhaps the Northern Lights, whilst enjoying the countryside charms of the Hotel Ranga.
Uninhabitable and impassable for all but two months of the year, the Sprengisanður highland road is an awesomely stark route down through the middle of the Island and the dramatic centrepiece of this itinerary.
Immediately immerse yourself in Southern Iceland’s unique cocktail of sights, by choosing to stay in one of our idyllic country retreats. Days can be spent exploring the region and each night return to the comfort of your hotel who between them offer fine dining, hot tubs, spa’s, exceptional service and strikingly scenic locations. Complete this Icelandic short break by then swopping the countryside for the charm of Reykjavik and an injection of city chic.