Shaped by towering volcanoes, immense glaciers and tectonic plates that slowly pull the rugged landscape 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. And the best thing about Iceland? No matter which season you visit in, there's always a huge array of adventures to be had and amazing natural environments to explore.
With an Iceland winter holiday you’ll find thundering waterfalls frozen still, endless snow drifts awaiting snowmobile journeys across and the northern lights dancing across the night sky. Alternatively, Iceland 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 summer sun, making a fly-drive holiday one of the best ways to independently discover as much of the country as you please. Click to watch our video and discover Iceland summer holidays.
If you're looking for 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 was one of the first UK tour operators to specialise in Iceland holidays. When we launched tours to this Arctic nation in 1975, Iceland was an alternative destination, reserved only hardy travellers in the know who set off with a sense of adventure. Over the years this stunning country has flourished as popular holiday hotspot, but we've always stayed one step ahead of the crowds and never tire of finding new activities and undiscovered corners to explore. We know the best ways to do 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 for the best whale watching spots.
Our team of 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 Northern Lights.
Iceland Holidays: Where and When to go
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.