Icelandic Adventure by Air

The longest submarine mountain range in the world extends from Greenland almost to the Antarctic and its titanic forces are pushing America apart from Europe and Africa at about the same rate your fingernails grow. At the northern end of this colossal ridge a fresh lava crust rears up from the ocean waves and on top of this sits Iceland.

Join us for an amazing 5-day break to a place so strange and unique that NASA used it to practise moonwalking, a land of ancient glaciers and hissing volcanic steam, bubbling pools of boiling mud, geysers erupting hundreds of feet into the air and waterfalls crashing down on an alien, lava landscape.

You can explore the capital Reykjavik, a friendly and colourful city set between the ocean and the Esja mountains. The main shopping area of Laugavegur is brimming with culture, art galleries, museums (including, believe it or not, a penis museum), good shops and excellent restaurants. It's lively at the weekends and the bars don't close until the early hours of the morning. If you like architecture don't miss the supersonic-gothic Hallgrimskirkja, part church and part space-shuttle, and Perlan, the Pearl, a giant rotating hemispherical restaurant and exhibition centre.

There's an optional excursion to a world-famous volcanic spa, and an optional whale-watching boat trip, but the highlight of the break is our included Golden Circle tour of south-west Iceland, with a visit to the Þingvellir National Park's gorges and lava ridges. We'll visit the Geysir, which has given its name to hot springs throughout the world and where there are hot springs and bubbling mud pools, and we'll see the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and the Kerið crater lake.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Return flights to Reykjavik
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Iceland
  • 4 nights bed and breakfast at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik
  • Full-day Golden Circle excursion
  • Services of an English-speaking resort representative

    Optional Whale Watching Excursion (£109pp)
    Optional Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa Excursion (£109pp)

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Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

Located in a peaceful neighbourhood just ten minutes from Reykjavík city centre, the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel features modern en-suite bedrooms with satellite TV and minibar, three restaurants and a lounge bar. Leisure facilities include a sauna, steam room, hot tub and fitness centre. Panoramic city views can be enjoyed throughout the hotel, especially from the rooftop restaurant.

Single Supplements Apply

Day 1: Make your way to the airport for your flight. On arrival we will transfer you to the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavik. The journey takes about an hour, but look out of the window and you'll see huge lava fields on the way to the capital. Check in and then the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: After breakfast we set out to discover Iceland’s natural and historical attractions on the famous Golden Circle route. We head first to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to Iceland‘s largest natural lake and the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia split apart. It was also the birthplace of the Icelandic Althing (thing – governing body), first convened in 930 and now the oldest parliament in the world.

Our tour continues through beautiful scenery towards two of Iceland's greatest natural attractions. We get up close to the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall, feeling the mist of glacial water on our faces as it cascades down into the narrow Hvítárgljúfur Canyon. Next is the Geysir hot spring area, an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and colourful algae deposits. It features one of the world's most reliable fountain geysers, Strokkur hot spring which, every few minutes, blasts a column of heated water up to 20 metres into the air.

The return journey takes us past lakes Laugarvatn and Apavatn and on to Skálholt Church that for 800 years was the place of religious and political power in Iceland. Our tour also includes a short stop at the Icelandic Horse Park, Fákasel, where we learn about the Icelandic Viking horse breed.

Day 3: Today is at leisure to explore Reykjavik, or alternatively, join our optional Whale Watching Excursion (£109pp). We sail out to Faxaflói Bay, home to a variety of whales, dolphins and other marine life including sea birds like the Puffin and Arctic tern. The most common sightings include dolphins and humpback whales and, on rarer occasions, minke and killer whales.

Specially built for whale watching, our spacious vessel offers a variety of platforms for whale watching as well an indoor viewing area with large windows.

To keep us comfortable there are warm overalls on board, as well as hot drinks and light refreshments available from the on-board café. After the tour, we have time to explore the Whale Exhibition Centre to find out more about the mysteries of the ocean.

Day 4: Another day of leisure, or you might like to indulge in a little outrageous luxury with a special visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa (£109pp). This hugely popular volcanic spa is known for its mineral-rich water, served clean and direct from the ground at a delicious 38°C. The spa also features saunas carved into lava rock, a bathing waterfall and the famous silica mud, freely available around the pool area. They say that once applied to the skin and left on for at least 5 minutes this makes your skin feel years younger. There’s also a chance to enjoy a range of luxurious massages, either in the Blue Lagoon itself or in their world class spa (at an extra cost).

Day 5: We check out of the hotel and transfer to Reykjavík-Keflavík airport for our flight home.

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Omega Holidays under ATOL No.6081