Best short Iceland holidays

Summer or winter, Iceland never ceases to amaze with its spectacular beauty and unique scenery. And with flights to Reykjavik from London taking just three hours, you can easily travel to Iceland for short holidays or long weekends. Here we look at some of the top things to do in Iceland.


Iceland holidays tend to start and end in Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital. The city is famous for its many festivals - from the music and cultural festivals in summer to the Christmas festivities in winter - and its vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of natural wonders just a day trip away.

The Golden Circle

Iceland's Golden Circle isn't actually circular - but it does manage to back in three of the country's most popular attractions in a 190 mile round trip drive. Exploring Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir will allow you to discover some of the world's most famous geysers, colossal waterfalls and the canyon that was the site of the first Icelandic parliament 1,000 years ago.

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

In 2010, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano made headlines for spewing out the ash clouds that caused travel chaos across the world. If you visit during the evening, you may be able to see a red glow or lava shoots.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon spa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Situated in the middle of a large lava field, the lagoon is heated by geothermal seawater 2,000 metres below ground. This natural spa is a short 20 minute drive from Reykjavik.

Reykjanes Peninsula

The Reykjanes Peninsula is famous for its volcanic lunar-like landscape, beautiful sunsets and rugged coastline where lighthouses outnumber villages. It's also home to a number of recreational attractions, including the Viking ship exhibition, Power Plant Earth and the famous Leira golf course. No Iceland holidays would be complete without a visit to the Peninsula!

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