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Best Weekend Breaks in Iceland

With its breathtaking landscapes and unique experiences, Iceland offers the perfect destination for a weekend break. Whether you're seeking a short escape or a quick adventure, Iceland has it all.

During your weekend break in Iceland, you can explore some of the world's most remarkable natural wonders. The Golden Circle, a popular route, allows you to witness the explosive power of Strokkur, the mesmerizing beauty of Gullfoss waterfall, and the historic and cultural significance of Thingvellir National Park. A short drive from Reykjavik, it's an ideal day trip.

Iceland boasts a wealth of geothermal pools and spas for those seeking relaxation, including the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Soak yourself in the soothing waters while surrounded by stunning lava fields.

For those seeking more adventure, Iceland offers opportunities for glacier hiking, cave exploration, and even the chance to witness the northern lights during the winter months.

Iceland's vibrant capital, Reykjavik, offers a lively arts scene, delectable cuisine, and a rich cultural heritage, making it a great place to start or end your weekend adventure.

A weekend break in Iceland is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the country's natural beauty and unique culture while making the most of your limited time off.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best weekend break in Iceland?

One of the best weekend breaks in Iceland is a tour of the Golden Circle and the South Coast and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 845 travelers.

Another highly-rated weekend break in Iceland is a guided ice cave tour that visits South Coast waterfalls and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This weekend break is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 342 travelers.

This weekend break on Iceland's South Coast is also highly-rated, with an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 199 travelers.

Is it worth it to take weekend & short breaks in Iceland?

Absolutely, weekend and short breaks in Iceland are worth it. Despite the brevity, you can experience the country's stunning natural wonders, including the iconic Golden Circle and the rejuvenating Blue Lagoon, making it a perfect getaway without consuming too many vacation days. The unique landscapes, vibrant culture, and diverse activities make Iceland an ideal destination for brief but memorable escapes.

What is the cheapest weekend break in Iceland?

This scenic three-day self-drive tour takes you to the Golden Circle and some wonderful hot spring spas and costs around 158 USD, making it a good option for budget travelers.

A great value weekend break in Iceland is a winter northern lights road trip featuring hot springs. This weekend break has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 342 reviewers and costs about 495 USD.

This weekend break is animal-themed, with horseback riding, whale watching and puffin spotting, and is another great option that doesn't break the bank. The three-day tour costs approximately 191 USD.

What is a weekend break in Iceland?

A weekend break in Iceland is a short break, usually two or three days in duration. Because this type of break usually takes place over the weekend, you won’t have to use many vacation days for your trip to Iceland. During a weekend break in Iceland, you can discover the incredible natural sights that the country has to offer. A short break is the most popular way to enjoy Iceland. Even a few days will give you enough time to see some of the country’s most famous sights like the highlights of the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.

How long is the average weekend break in Iceland?

Weekend breaks or short breaks in Iceland vary in length from two to four days, depending on which you choose. The weekend break is a quick way to get a taste of what Iceland has to offer. The guided tour of Iceland’s south coast to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is a two-day trip. This summer tour means that you can maximize your time with the longer daylight hours from Iceland’s midnight sun. It is a small-group tour that visits waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches.

The longest weekend breaks in Iceland are four-day breaks. These give you a bit more time to explore. This four-day northern lights long weekend in Reykjavik is a popular city break in the northernmost capital of the world. No matter how long you’d like to stay in Iceland, you have plenty of weekend break options from which to choose.

Can you take a weekend break in Iceland during winter?

Yes, you can certainly take a weekend break in Iceland during winter. In fact, winter is a great time to visit Iceland. There’s plenty to do in Iceland during winter, including snowmobiling, dog sledding, and ice caving. It’s also the most magical time to take a trip to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.

Winter is also the best time to see the northern lights. If these are on your bucket list, then a trip between the months of November and February will give you the best chance of seeing them. During these months, the nights are at their longest and darkest. Early booking will ensure that you get your desired dates and the activities.

Can I do a weekend break road trip in Iceland?

Yes, you can take a weekend break road trip in Iceland. Self-drive road trips are a great way to explore Iceland. You will be experiencing the country from your rental car without a guide and with no additional transfers during the trip. On a self-drive tour, you can travel at your own pace, spending your time as you wish.

Activities, accommodation, and vehicle rental are all included in the cost of a self-drive weekend tour. Choose a three-day winter self-drive tour of Iceland to discover the South Coast. Visit waterfalls, black sand beaches, and even enjoy some ice caving.

Will I be able to see the northern lights during an Iceland short break?

Yes, you may be able to see the northern lights during a short break in Iceland. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so there is no guarantee of seeing them during your trip to Iceland. To see the northern lights, visit during the winter months. The peak season for the aurora borealis is between November and February when Iceland sees the longest and darkest nights.

A guided tour like a three-day northern lights tour of the Golden Circle and the South Coast will further improve your chances of seeing the northern lights. Your guide on the tour has plenty of local knowledge and will know the best places to see them.

Can I add on extra days to my short break in Iceland?

Yes, you can easily add extra days to your Iceland short break. Sometimes, a couple of days just isn’t enough! Once you have made your booking, you can change the number of days, number of people, or add extra activities to your vacation package. We know that you may change your mind, so we’ve made it super easy to change your booking.

Simply contact your travel agent by email at info@guidetoiceland.is to make changes to your Iceland short break. Please note that additional charges may occur. A 15% service fee applies if you wish to change your booking dates.

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

Whale watching is a popular tour on weekend breaks in Iceland as they are easily accessible from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik. They are particularly successful in summer when the great whales migrate to their feeding grounds but still have great sightings throughout winter.

How do I get around during my short break in Iceland?

Renting a car in Iceland is popular for flexibility, but guided tours are also available and recommended for navigating remote areas and harsh weather conditions during your Iceland short break.

What are some tips for a successful short break in Iceland?

Plan your itinerary in advance, be prepared for changing weather, respect the natural environment, and consider both popular and off-the-beaten-path locations for a well-rounded Iceland short break.

Is Iceland suitable for family short breaks?

Iceland is very family-friendly, with activities suitable for all ages, like visiting geothermal pools, interactive museums in Reykjavik, and nature tours. Check out the wide variety of family tours in Iceland you can engage in during your short break.

Can I visit a geothermal spa during my Iceland short break?

Yes, you don't have to travel far to visit some of the best geothermal spas in Iceland. Just a short drive from the airport, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon. Within the Greater Reykjavik Area, you can experience the Sky Lagoon, with its incredible infinity pool overlooking the Skerjafjordur bay. Just outside of Reykjavik, you can take a dip in Hvammsvik Hot Springs, and its eight geothermal pools right by the ocean.
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