Regent Holidays were one of the first tour operators to specialise in Iceland holidays when we launched our first tours there almost forty years ago. At that time Iceland was a very unusual holiday choice, tourism was very underdeveloped and those visiting needed a spirit of adventure. Over the years the country has developed into a major destination and during the intervening years Regent Holidays has continued to source new activities, hotels and destinations for our clients in this beautiful and majestic region.
Our Iceland Specialists visit Iceland every year and are able to arrange Iceland holidays using their own first hand knowledge, backed by great relationships with our partners in Iceland. We can recommend some of our favourite areas and must see places.
We know the best hotels, have our own favourite places to eat, and will also offer advice on when and where you should go to see the famous Northern Lights.
Perhaps not the most likely of gourmet recommendations, the unassuming Icelandic petrol station is a surprisingly good option and can often be the only eatery in some of the country’s more remote locations; expect to join locals tucking into their evening meal at these well stocked roadside cafés. Found in nearly every petrol station in Iceland is the not-to-be-missed pylsa – a traditional hot dog topped with tomato ketchup, mustard, rémoulade or fried onions – a Regent Holidays favourite for lunch on the road. Petrol stations are often the best places to pick up well-priced groceries so stock up for a picnic and find a remote spot to enjoy lunch with a view.
Surrounded by the pounding Atlantic Ocean, exceptional fresh fish dishes abound in Reykjavík’s top restaurants and hotels. Situated in the fashionable 101 area, Restaurant Fish Market is a Regent favourite. The restaurant buys directly from Iceland’s farmers and fishermen to guarantee sustainability and quality, and customers can watch the seasonal dishes being prepared in the open kitchen. For dinner with a view, head to the famous Perlan restaurant whose glass dome is a landmark on the city skyline. Tuck into Icelandic specialities while the top floor restaurant slowly revolves every two hours revealing a full 360° view of the city and surrounding mountains.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular foods in Iceland is fish, so why not take the chance to go out and catch your own dinner? A sea angling excursion from Reykjavik's historic harbour is a fantastic way to not only view the coastline from the open seas, but also to stand in the shoes - or galoshes - of Iceland’s fishermen. Under the expert guidance of the skilled crew, cod, halibut, haddock, rockfish and pollock are all frequent rewards. Before returning to shore after three hours at sea, the day’s catches are barbecued on board and served with potatoes for the freshest dining experience.