A Brief Encounter with Reykjavik

Golden Circle Classic

Golden Circle Classic

The Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters invariably over-arched with a rainbow.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

View over Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Visit the Blue Lagoon

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Join a whale watching tour from Reykjavik harbour this summer

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

A Brief Encounter with Reykjavik

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 Hallsgrimskirkja Church, which overlooks the whole town, is modelled as a gigantic piece of molten lava. Whereas the plethora of restaurants on offer pride themselves on crafting culinary delights from an abundance of locally sourced products.
 
Our brief encounter to Reykjavik is designed to be flexible. Choose your hotel and combine with any one of our excursions and adventures detailed in the excursion tab.
The Centrum Hotel

A stylish modern hotel inside with an exterior sympathetically in keeping with its surrounding clapboard buildings. Bang in the centre of town but in a quite enclave (more than useful on a Friday or Saturday night). Close to restaurants and shops. All 89 rooms are furnished and fitted in a Scandinavian minimalist but warm style and have private WC/shower, radio, TV, telephone.

• City Centre • Quite location • Icelandic cuisine • Café/bar  

Hotel Plaza

In the heart of the old city on “Ingólfstorg” the main square with restaurants, shopping and nightlife on your doorstep, the Plaza’s glass edifice is unmissable. The hotel has recently been given a complete makeover and renovated to provide a bright modern décor marked by contemporary oak furnishings and bright fabrics. All 180 rooms have their own free high-speed internet connection, TV, WC/shower, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and much more.

• City Centre • Lobby bar • Breakfast restaurant

Hotel Borg

The Borg is to Reykjavík what the George V is to Paris or Claridges to London: plush, lush and with phones in the bathrooms! All 56 rooms are elegant and uniquely furnished and have private WC/shower, TV and telephone.

• Central location • Restaurant • Everything renovated from top to bottom 

Hotel Holt

The wood panelled walls, original Icelandic art, leather Chesterfields, wine cellar, library and bar give this family owned hotel something of a ‘Back to the Future’ feel. Just a few minutes from the city centre it has a deserved reputation for personal service guide by long standing Manager Snorri Valsson and has 39 twin & double rooms along with 12 suites. All are styled with cream linen; regency pink carpets and mahogany furniture and have private WC/shower [bath tubs in the suites] mini bar, satellite TV, hairdryer, mini safe, telephone and Wi-Fi. 

• Close to the city centre • Larger than average bedrooms • Adjacent local specialities restaurant 

 

Guest Perks 

• Free access to the Laugar fitness centre & Geothermal pool • Free admission to the Hallgrímskirkja church tower • Free 3 day pass in the 3 Reykjavík Art Museums 

Hotel Odinsve

Undeservedly less well known than many of Reykjavik’s hotels, the Ó∂insvé is a gem tucked away in a residential area beneath Hallgríms Church. With its characterful interior, plush furnishings, recent renovations and stylish dining room this is the place to be if you want proximity to the city centre and rooms a cut above the ordinary. All 43 rooms are individually styled & decorated and have private WC/shower, TV, and telephone.

• Close to the city centre • Celebrity chef restaurant 

Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Transfer

If you want some time for last minute shopping this is a short form of our other Blue Lagoon excursions leaving out the Reykjanes Peninsula, so you need not check out of your hotel until midmorning. An ideal way to make the most of your last few hours in Reykjavík.

 

Tour Available - All Year

Tour Departs - Daily

Hotel pick-up -10.30 am leaving the Lagoon at 2 pm

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon Included.

£65 pp
Golden Circle Classic
An all-day scenic extravaganza. First stop are the landscapes south of Lake Pingvallavatn before the National Park Pingvellir. From there continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters forming a mist of glacial waters that you can feel. Continue to the Geyser area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (payable locally). Return to Reykjavík via the cathedral at Skalholt, the extraordinary crater Kerid and the greenhouse community Hveragerdi.
 
Tour Available - All Year

Tour Departs - Daily 

Hotel pick-up - 8.00 

Duration -  8 hours.

£65 pp
Golden Circle Super Jeep Classic
Something of an Icelandic phenomenon, the Super Jeep makes any excursion more thrilling. For part of this trip you will travel across wild barren landscapes and plunge through icy streams on your journey around the Golden Circle which includes the National Park Pingvellir, the Geyser area and the golden waterfall of Gullfoss before carrying on to Langjokull for an optional snowmobile tour on top of the glacier (additional cost). You’ll return via the cathedral at Skalholt, the crater Kerid and the greenhouse community Hveragerdi.
 
Tour Available - All Year

Tour Departs - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Hotel pick-up -  8:30 

Duration -  8-9 hours.  

Snowmobile supplement - £120pp

£199 pp
Northern Lights

Climb aboard for an evening hunt for the beautiful auroras known as the Northern Lights. Sometimes white, wispy and elusive and at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic. The Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they came about was driven mad (literally) by them: if you are lucky enough to catch a sighting your reaction may be a touch more muted! If you don't see the Northern Lights then you can book a second tour free of charge.

 

Tour Available - 1st September - 15th April

Tour Departs - Daily

Hotel pick-up -  20:00 

Duration -  3/5 hours

£45 pp
Reykjavik Sightseeing
Get your bearings in and around Reykjavik. This tour includes the most significant places in the capital and the sur-rounding towns including the presidential residence, the thriving harbour town of Hafnarfjordur, a scenic treasure and home to the ‘hidden folk’. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Reykjavik from Perlan and the Hallgrimskirkja church. The Old harbor & town and the geothermal heated outdoor swimming pools in Langardalur.
 
Tour Available - All Year

Tour departs - Daily 

Hotel pick-up - 08:30

Duration - 2½ hours.

£35 pp