City Breaks

City Breaks

Enjoy a city break in Reykjavik and explore the northernmost capital city in the world. Discover the northern lights or see the midnight sun. Experience amazing natural attractions, fresh air, culture, and cuisine on a relaxing getaway to Iceland.

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Maricel Quesada

Maricel Quesada

27/11/2017, 00:36
Review of Best 7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour of Iceland to a Unique Ice Cave

The tour is super well organized, lots of information is provided for you to take the most advantage of it, the hotels were great, they all offered amazing breakfast, also all of them had a restaurant and most of them offered great food. A 4x4 is a most and specially during winter. Our agent was super helpful and patient. Because of bad weather all of our tours were cancelled and Guide to Iceland refunded us with no problem and helped us booked new tours when the weather permitted. I feel the itinerary is a bit ambitious specially in winter when driving times are longer due to weather, the roads are with ice and the daylight is shorter, so my advice is be prepared with the list of things you really want to see so you can prioritize them, the last day is a lot of driving because you are coming back from Hofn to Reykjavik, so be prepared for that. Something that helped us a lot to get familiarized with the itinerary was to create Google Maps using MyMaps for each day so we can get the route and the exact coordinates of the places we were going to visit even though at the end we could not see them all. Try to familiarize yourself with the websites that give you information about the roads and the weather, they will become your main tool when driving in Iceland because the weather can change rapidly (,,, we were caught in a Wind Storm in the South and South East area and the wind and wind gust were incredible strong, some roads were closed some times and driving through that was a bit stressful, so just be ready in case it happens. Iceland is amazing beautiful country, the trip is totally worth it so I totally recommend it and booking through Guide to Iceland will make your life easier.

Simone Cronin

Simone Cronin

06/11/2017, 17:42
Review of Best 1 Week Summer Self Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland & Golden Circle

I did the 8 day self drive tour solo in October with the budget 2wd option. As I had an extra day either side Guide to Iceland organised for me to have the same rental car for the two extra days with the pick up and drop off from the airport. They also offered to arrange the extra nights accommodation aswell but I had already arranged my own. Everything was amazing, all of the accommodation was great. Make sure you pop into the office in Reykjavik when you arrive to grab your welcome pack and to ask any last bits of advice like places to stop and eat driving between destinations. The staff there were super lovely and even printed a few suggested routes for different days off for me. I only did the one activity tour, the amphibious glacier boat tour and it was a definite highlight of the trip! Another highlight was the Mývatn Nature Baths (much nicer than the Blue Lagoon) which I definitely recommend putting aside at least two hours for when in the area. The only thing I would suggest doing a bit different is splitting the golden circle and the drive from Reykjavik to Vík into two separate days as with the limited amount of daylight (in early Oct) there simply wasn't enough time to fit everything in and it was already getting dark by the time I reached Seljalandsfoss. Which was another highlight of my trip and as a little tip if you plan on going right up behind it make sure to pop on some waterproof outer layers (including pants) as you will get absolutely drenched but it's worth it! So if you have time plan an extra day before or after to do the golden circle on it's own. All in all a wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back!

Eric Berger

Eric Berger

05/08/2017, 14:43
Review of 6 Day Self Drive Holiday in Iceland with the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Overall, great family time vacation! Highly recommended. We did the 6 day self drive tour and chose the quality accommodations so we had certain expectations for the lodging. Guide to Iceland really made things easy with the suggested itinerary and activities. My 20 yr and 17 yr old sons enjoyed all the activities. The itinerary combined the right amout of activities and suggestions if you wanted more sites to visit. The hotel quality overall was fine and it was convenient to have breakfasts included, especially as some of the hotels are pretty remote so you would have to drive a distance for breakfast otherwise. When we had an issue with one of the activities, they addressed the problem right away and issued us a partial refund within a day. Our service agent, Johnathan, was always prompt in answering questions and helping us make some last minute scheduling changes. My one gripe was with only one hotel for one night - the Fosshotel Nupar. We chose the highest comfort level for all our hotels and this one was truly subpar. It was very new in fact there was serious construction going on during our brief stay. The room was very clean. Accomodations were basic at best, a stool served as a nightstand and our large glass door to the outside didn't lock. The staff appeared overwhelmed at dinner and even more so at the self-serve buffet breakfast. The whole experience there was a bit "off." But, other than that one hiccup, I highly recommend this group.

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 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.

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 city break in Iceland is a 3-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 4-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 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 city break in Reykjavik 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?

There is no best time for a city break in Iceland due to the unique appeal of both seasons, although guests may have preferences based on what they hope to see. For example, if you are eager to witness the northern lights while staying in Reykjavik, you should book a winter city break. They only appear between September and April. Meanwhile, if you would rather see puffins, you should only book a summer city break, as their nesting season is May to September.

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 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 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.