Of course, Iceland is justly famed for the Northern Lights and we can help you see them from the best vantage points. However, there is much more to this magical country…with thrilling adventures snorkelling between tectonic plates, glacier trekking, snowmobiling or soaking in geothermal baths and absorbing the trendy capital, Reykjavik.
Often referred to as ‘the land of fire and ice’, Iceland is home to many active volcanoes and vast glaciers and is the world’s youngest country. With nearly 80% of the country uninhabited, natural beauty prevails in the form of dramatic mountain peaks, icy glaciers, deep fjords, steaming lava fields and black sand beaches.
The long white days of the summer allow us to showcase Iceland in all its glory. There are some great boutique hotels but many tend to be quite small and demand can be high. To secure the best accommodation it is best to book a year in advance for either the winter or the summer months.
The entire island is easy to explore in one trip either with an accompanying driver or we can arrange self-drive holidays. Alternatively explore Iceland by horse riding over the fertile lowlands, whizzing over glaciers by snowmobile, soaring over waterfalls by paraglide, or peddling through Reykjavik’s streets by bicycle.
Wix Squared knows some exceptional specialists to help you get you under the skin of the country including:
- A professional photographer to help you capture the Northern Lights
- An expert in geology
- Spa therapists
- Private chefs
- Trekking and cycling guides
- Horse riding professionals
- A heli-ski instructor
Itinerary Starting Price
From £3,500 per person, for 4 days including accommodation, activities and self-drive (not including flights).
Around 50% of the population believe in the existence of elves.
The Secret Solstice music festival celebrates the midnight sun in Reykjavik in June and we can arrange VIP passes for our guests.
What to Eat
Reindeer carpaccio is a deliciously healthy delicacy – high in nutrients and low in fat. Another controversial delicacy, not for the faint hearted, is raw puffin heart.
What to Read
‘Independent People’ by Halldór Laxness. The author won the 1955 Nobel Prize for this novel which follows an ordinary sheep farmer striving to achieve independence.
What to buy
Purchase a made-to-measure knitted wool Icelandic jumper in Reykjavik or buy water repellent high-quality clothing. We have secured some handy discounts on a number of luxury brands.
In Iceland’s capital city you are spoilt for choice of where to stay, from the contemporary all-suite Black Pearl hotel to Hotel Borg which combines tradition with modern luxury. Tower Suites is another option for chic luxury with incredible views of the city.
Hotel Ranga is conveniently located close to Eyjafjallajokull, Thorsmork and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It has a log-cabin style with a great chef and high service levels. Alternatively Hotel Grimsborgir is better situated for access to the Waterfall Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park.
From family-run guesthouses in the countryside, to private cabins in the north and exclusive villas in the Golden Circle, we can ensure you have the perfect host to accompany you. We can also assign a fantastic chef to showcase some of the delicacies of Iceland (puffin optional).
This old sheep farm has been converted into a luxury retreat in a remote valley encircled by 3000ft peaks. It is the perfect place from which to heli-ski and fly fish on exclusive Salmon beats.
Exploring the white icy landscapes of Iceland has never been easier. Don a pair of crampons and ice climb on the Solheimajokull glacier with incredible views across sink holes, ice ridges and crevasses. We can also arrange snowmobiling on the Langjokull glacier as well as heli-skiing in the freshest of powder with vertical drops of up to 5000ft in the Arctic mountains.
The best time to see the Northern Lights is September-April with December-January being the optimum time, when the nights are at their longest with clear skies. We will assign you a personal guide who will track the Northern Lights each evening and take you to the best place to see them when the night sky is the perfect backdrop for the green and sometimes red lights swirling high above.
Only advisable in the summer months, you can explore the country under your own steam in a 4×4 or in a super-jeep with a guide to take you off-road. We can also arrange expeditions across moonscape landscapes by quad bike, roll-cage buggies, mountain bikes or on horseback. And we know an interesting cycling route through the streets of Reykjavik to awaken your senses.
Iceland has some of the world’s most active volcanoes but also plenty of dormant ones. During the summer months it is possible to descend 120m/400ft into the crater of Thrihnukagigur volcano in an open cable lift, on a private basis. Many other craters exist in Iceland due to volcanic activity so we can easily arrange pot-holing and caving for the more adventurous. To witness an active volcano, we can also organise helicopter rides over these incredible landscapes.
Bathe in the healing powers of the blue lagoon, snorkel or dive in one of the top dive sites in the world, between two tectonic plates with incredible clarity and white water raft on the Hvita river through deep canyons. We can arrange whale watching trips, kayaking, rib boat safaris and sailing over the Jökulsárlón glacial lake. Iceland is also home to some of the best trout and Atlantic salmon fly fishing in the world in crystal clear rivers running through dramatic landscapes.
Icelandic cuisine is becoming more and more fashionable. There are many excellent restaurant choices in Reykjavik with a chic, contemporary style, often fish based with Mediterranean and Asian influences. For a truly authentic experience, we can set you up with a professional chef to take you to the local market, then on to his house where you can help him prepare a traditional dinner, or just sit back and drink Brennivín while you watch. Don’t miss the freshest tomato soup grown and cooked on a geothermic tomato farm.
Ever fancied camping on a glacier, sleeping under the stars with the clearest of skies above you and experiencing a once in a life time adventure to share with your closest friends and family?…Wix Squared can make it happen. In the evening we will arrange a private dinner set-up by candlelight, plenty of free flowing champagne and hot chocolate in Sauna tents to keep warm.
After a night under the stars, experience driving super-jeeps in convoy through the Icelandic wilderness or head to the coast for a private boat trip with a wildlife photographer to watch the Orcas.
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