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Taking City Breaks in Iceland

City breaks in Iceland offer a unique and captivating experience that combines the charm of a vibrant city with the breathtaking natural beauty of the Icelandic landscape. 

Reykjavik, the capital and largest city is the gateway to this enchanting country, providing a perfect starting point for your adventure.

In Reykjavik, you can immerse yourself in a world of striking architecture, modern art, and rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, the innovative Harpa Concert Hall, or the fascinating National Museum of Iceland

The city's compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, allowing you to wander through charming streets, visit cozy cafes, and discover the warm and creative spirit of the locals.

Beyond the city limits are Iceland's natural wonders. 

Take a day trip along the Golden Circle to witness the awe-inspiring Thingvellir National Park, the bubbling geysers of Haukadalur, and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. Explore the Silfra Fissure's crystal-clear waters for an unforgettable snorkeling adventure, or venture onto a glacier for a thrilling snowmobiling experience.

To fully appreciate Icelandic culture, indulge in local cuisine. Try the famed hot dog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur or savor traditional dishes like lamb stew and fresh seafood. In the evenings, Reykjavik's nightlife comes alive with bars, live music, and a chance to meet friendly locals.

Our city breaks encompass a diverse range of experiences. Some offer concise vacation packages in Reykjavik, where all the logistical aspects of your trip are expertly handled. Your accommodation, tailored to your preferences, along with handpicked day trips and options for either a rental car or airport transfers, are meticulously arranged prior to your arrival.

City breaks in Iceland are not just about urban exploration but a chance to discover the rich history, art, and culture that thrives in Reykjavik, all while being just a stone's throw away from the country's awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best city break in Iceland?

One of the best-rated city breaks in Iceland is a fun-filled winter stopover in Reykjavik, which includes a Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon tour, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 8 travelers. This tour costs around 476 USD.

Another top-rated Reykjavik city break in Iceland is a four-day escape focused on hunting for the northern lights and witnessing the countless natural attractions of the south. This tour costs approximately 225 USD.

A third choice of the best city break in Iceland is a three-day summer stay in Reykjavik focused on seeing amazing animals such as humpback whales, puffins, and Icelandic horses. This getaway costs about 204 USD.

Is it worth it to take city breaks in Iceland?

Absolutely, taking city breaks in Iceland is worth it! The capital, Reykjavik, offers a unique blend of modern amenities, vibrant culture, and stunning natural surroundings. From its geothermal pools to the striking architecture, Iceland's cities provide an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a perfect mix of urban exploration and natural beauty.

What is the cheapest city break in Iceland?

The cheapest city break in Iceland is a three-day horse riding and whale-watching tour from Reykjavik, where you'll witness a wealth of spectacular creatures, including dolphins and puffins. This getaway costs about 204 USD.

The second-cheapest Reykjavik city break in Iceland is a three-day tour of the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and South Coast, allowing you to see all of the country's highlights quickly. This trip includes accommodation and a rental car and costs around 208 USD.

The third-cheapest city break in Iceland is a four-day self-drive tour that visits glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs, providing you with an immersion into the country's wilderness from the comfort of the capital. This tour costs approximately 232 USD.

How long is the average Reykjavik city break in Iceland?

Almost all city breaks in Iceland are three or four days, tailored to suit a stopover or long weekend. Though you won't reach the more distant attractions on a city break in Reykjavik, you can still see a range of incredible landscapes and enjoy the city in depth. You'll even have several chances to look out for the northern lights on winter getaways.

What is a city break in Iceland?

Some city breaks in Iceland are short vacation packages in Reykjavik, where all the organizational details of your trip are sorted for you. Accommodation in the city suited to your preference, day trips of your choosing, and either a rental car or airport transfer are arranged before your arrival. This three-day expertly planned Reykjavik city break is such an example.

Other city breaks are combinations of tours taken over multiple days, such as this three-in-one bundle tour, which spends three days covering the Golden Circle, South Coast, and Katla ice cave. These latter excursions are a better fit for those who want to plan the details of their travels and accommodation personally. All city breaks in Iceland are designed to introduce you to Reykjavik's culture and the beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

Can I book an Iceland city break in winter?

City breaks in Iceland are available throughout winter, providing travelers with chances to see the aurora borealis, go on seasonal tours, and see snow-covered landscapes. For example, all of these are possible on this four-day winter city stay in Reykjavik, which includes northern lights hunting and visits to the South Coast, Golden Circle, and Blue Lagoon.

Can I go whale watching in on my city break in Iceland?

Whale watching is a popular tour on city breaks in Iceland and is available as part of this three-day bundle focused on witnessing Iceland's wildlife. They are particularly successful in summer when the great whales migrate to their feeding grounds but still have great sightings throughout winter.

What is the best time of year for a city break in Iceland?

The best time for a city break in Iceland is all year round, as each season offers its own unique charm and experiences. Summer, from June to August, provides endless daylight, ideal for outdoor exploration. Winter, from December to February, brings the chance to witness the magical northern lights and enjoy cozy, festive atmospheres, while spring and autumn offer a balance of milder weather and fewer crowds.

Can I see the Golden Circle on my city break in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is within easy driving distance of Reykjavik, so it is easy to visit on a city break to Iceland throughout the year. It is included on almost all packages and self-drive city breaks. Even short stays focused on relaxation and the Blue Lagoon, such as this slow-paced three-day stay in Reykjavik, have the Golden Circle as part of their itineraries.

Can I add extra days or an extra person to the city break package in Iceland?

You can add extra days or an extra person to your city breaks in Iceland if they are part of a vacation package or self-drive tour. Once you've made your reservation, you can change your booking by contacting your travel agent at

Once they receive your email, they will be able to process your requests. Please note that additional charges will occur when you make these changes. You may also change your city break booking dates after your booking has been confirmed, though a 15% service fee applies.

Can I add an extra activity to my Reykjavik city break package in Iceland?

Yes, you can add extra activities to your city break package in Iceland so long as they can be conducted within a day from Reykjavik. Email and include your booking number and the details of any activities that you'd like to add.

Once you've done this, your travel agent will add your chosen activities to the Reykjavik city break package and send you a link to make your payment securely. You can then relax and look forward to your Iceland city break. Adding activities to your city break package means that you can create a bespoke vacation that is ideally suited to you.

How many days are ideal for a Reykjavik city break?

A city break in Reykjavik is typically best enjoyed over 3 to 4 days, allowing enough time to explore the city's main attractions and some day trips outside the city.
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