Shaped by volcanoes, glaciers and tectonic plates slowly being pulled apart, Iceland holidays are an opportunity to see Mother Nature at her most incredible. This beautiful Arctic nation is home to a variety of landscapes like no other, each as stunning as the last, but perhaps the best thing about Iceland is that no matter which season you visit in, there's always an adventure to be had and an amazing landscape to explore.
With a winter holiday you’ll find thundering waterfalls frozen in time, endless snow drifts awaiting snowmobile journeys across and the northern lights dancing across the night sky. Alternatively, summer holidays allow visitors to dive between the sheets of the earth as you snorkel in the Silfa fissure, watch whales splash through the waves in the northern fjords, or drop into the Thrihnukagigur Volcano under the glow of the midnight sun. The highlands and central roads reopen as they thaw with the sun, making a fly-drive holiday one of the best ways to discover as much of the country as you please. Check out our brand new video to discover Iceland in the Summer.
If you're looking for some rest and relaxation, Iceland holidays certainly don't have to be hard work. You can just as easily sip local schnapps while sat in the bubbling waters of a geothermal pool, whether the famous Blue Lagoon or one of the secret natural lagoons that our Travel Specialists can plan into your perfect itinerary.
Regent Holidays were one of the first tour operators to specialise in Iceland holidays. When we launched our first tours there over forty years ago, Iceland was still a very alternative holiday choice, reserved only for those in the know and travellers with a sense of adventure. Over the years we've watched this stunning arctic nation develop into a major holiday destination, but we've always stayed one step ahead of the crowds and continue to innovate in finding new activities and undiscovered destinations to explore. We'll take you to the unmissable highlights, like the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, but we'll also take you east to the rarely-visited remote fjords and north to seek out the best whale watching spots.
Our knowledgeable Iceland Specialists visit Iceland every year. That's why we're the UK-leading experts; we make it our business to be the first to know the best hotels, we each have our own favourite tried-and-tested places to eat, and our team are always on hand to offer advice on when and where you'll find amazing opportunites to see the famous Northern Lights.
When To Go And Where To Go In Iceland
If this is your first holiday in Iceland, we recommend that you plan to come in winter. The sweeping snowscapes, set against the sparkling twilight is the iconic backdrop that has made Iceland famous. Whether you are snowmobiling across a glacier or taking in the snowfall from the cozy confines of Stofan café (our favourite pit stop in Reykavik for a slice of cake and coffee), the country looks its best when dressed in white. Of course the winter months are also the right time to search out the spectacular show that is the Northern Lights.
Taking in the Golden Circle on a day trip from Reykjavik is a popular way to see many of the country’s greatest hits on a short break. There are 20m high spouting geysers and bubbling pools of mud at Haukadalur, the thundering wall of noise at Gullfoss waterfall and a continental divide to step between at Thingvellir.
If you’re looking for lesser travelled Iceland, head north. This remote region has just a handful of small fishing villages and some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula you’ll find sparkling fjords, sheer sea cliffs and lava flows all stunningly thrown together. The best way to see this region is with the locals. Stay with Sigrun and Viglundur on their farm to try local produce, get an introduction to the rich folklore of Iceland and even take part in the annual horse round up.