Of course, Iceland is justly famed for the Northern Lights, and we can help you see them from the best vantage point. However, there is much more to this magical country… snorkelling between tectonic plates, glacier trekking, snowmobiling, 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.
In Iceland’s capital city you are spoilt for choice of where to stay. From the contemporary all-suite Black Pearl Hotel to the even more luxurious Edition with a Michelin-starred chef. We also favour the smaller KEA Hotels; Hotel Borg which combines tradition with an art deco style and Sand Hotel with wonderful historic connections and an excellent bakery. Tower Suites is another option for chic luxury with incredible views of the city.
Hotel Ranga is good value and conveniently located close to Eyjafjallajokull, Thorsmork and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. For a more intimate experience, try Skálakot Manor where they breed beautiful Icelandic horses. Torfhús Retreat is better situated for access to the Waterfall Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park and The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon is the ultimate in luxury.
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/ fermented shark optional).
This old sheep farm has been converted into a luxury retreat in a remote valley encircled by 3000ft peaks. It is a wonderful setting to be at one with nature… hopefully witness the Northern Lights and take part in outdoor pursuits such as heli-skiing, fat biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding and fly fishing 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 can 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 arrange expeditions across moonscape landscapes by quad bike, roll-cage buggies, mountain bikes or on horseback. We also know an interesting cycling/electric scooter 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 (1 Michelin starred) with a chic, contemporary style, often fish based with Mediterranean and Asian influences. For a truly authentic experience, accompany a professional chef 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, the tomato ice-cream is also a novelty.
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 can arrange a private dinner set-up by candlelight, plenty of free flowing champagne or perhaps hot chocolate in Sauna tents to keep warm, whilst awaiting the appearance of the Northern Lights.
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. We can also gain private access to the Blue Lagoon and helicopter rides to remote destinations with jaw-dropping scenery.
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Iceland has unpredictable weather as it is even possible to experience all 4 seasons in one day.
The peak months are June-August, when it is warm and the sun rarely sets.
September-April is the best time to see the Northern Lights (particularly around the equinoxes in February/March or September/October).
- This is one of the coldest and wettest times of year to visit Iceland. You could time your visit with the Thorrablot midwinter feast when Icelanders serve Viking food such as fermented shark, blood sausage and dried fish – not for the faint hearted.
- February is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights for a long weekend and remember to wrap up warm as it the days are short and the nights are long.
- The Northern Lights can still be seen in all their glory, whilst Oracas arrive along the coast and we can arrange boat trips with a wildlife photographer.
- Spring arrives and this is a beautiful time to explore Iceland as the flowers come into bloom and the sun stays higher for longer. Fishing, whale watching and golf are also great in April.
- This is a popular time to travel as the days get longer, the weather is milder and there is plenty of greenery. Coincide your visit with the Reykjavik arts festival for some incredible theatre, dance and music, from all over the world.
- The midnight sun is prominent in both June and July throughout Iceland, so make the most of some hard-core hiking opportunities and outdoor pursuits, including the chance to play golf 24 hours a day.
- Ensure you pack your blindfold for 24 hours of daylight and one of the warmest months of the year. This is the peak time to visit Iceland so bookings are welcome over a year in advance.
- Time your holiday with the Reykjavik jazz festival, before hiking or cycling through the stunning mountainous regions. It is a good time to self-drive when all roads are open (which is rare in Iceland).
- The days get much shorter and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights towards the end of the month.
- Octoberfest comes to Reykjavik with an annual beer festival and famous artists in town. There are also some great photographic opportunities when ancient lava formations are covered in moss.
- Polar nights arrive, with only 3-4 hours of daylight. There is an unending night life in Reykjavik and the Northern Lights can be seen from less light polluted areas.
- For guaranteed snow at Christmas, look no further than Iceland and with a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights this is a great time of year to travel, but don’t forget your thermals.