Reykjavik City Break
4 days/ 3 nights
Looking for a great short trip that gives you a perfect introduction to Iceland? Reykjavik is vibrant with culture and city life, yet still close to nature, and this city break is the ultimate way to get to know Reykjavik and nearby natural wonders.
Your city break combines time to relax with guided tours that guarantee you won’t miss a thing. Among these is our Reykjavik Food Walk – the perfect introduction to the city’s landmarks. On this small group walking tour you will discover the charming city center and sample delicious Icelandic taste treats. You’ll also visit the world-famous wonders of the Golden Circle and dip into a relaxing local hot spring-fed pool.
Combine free time with guided day tours that guarantee you won’t miss a thing
Discover Reykjavik’s highlights such as Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church on a small group guided city walk that also includes delicious food samplings
Snap selfies at the “must-see” Golden Circle sites: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area
Bathe in the beautiful and peaceful Secret Lagoon hot spring-fed pool
Day 1: Welcome to the World’s Northernmost Capital City
Highlights: Reykjavik Austurvollur Square Harpa Concert Hall Hallgrimskirkja Church Parliament House Hofdi House
Arrival in Iceland and transfer to your hotel. Airport transfer is not included, but we would be happy to arrange a scheduled or private transfer. One of our suggestions is to book a transfer that also includes visiting the Blue Lagoon. Let us know and we can set it up for you.
If you arrive early, you might have time for a half-day or evening excursion. From whale watching to caving or horseback riding, there are plenty of possibilities. Let us know your interests, and we can match you up with some day tour suggestions.
Looking for something to do in the evening? Why not consider a northern lights tour, an evening ATV tour or a visit to a beautiful lava tunnel cave near the city?
Day 2: Reykjavik Food Walk : Reykjavik Culinary Walking tour
Highlights: The National Museum of Iceland The Culture House The National Gallery of Iceland The Saga Museum Einar Jonsson Museum The Sun Voyager
Reykjavik Culinary Walking tour
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll meet up with your local guide outside Harpa Music Hall. Please note transfer from your hotel to Harpa is not included. The food and culture walk is led by a fun and knowledgeable local guide who’ll take you to the famous sites in Reykjavik, including Harpa, Hallgrimskirkja Church and the City Hall. You’ll also visit culinary places from well-known restaurants to small family- run businesses and secret local hangouts in Reykjavik. You’ll taste delicious cuisine we Icelanders love such as an Icelandic hot dog (pylsa), traditional Icelandic meat soup, homemade Icelandic ice cream from a secret family recipe and, of course, skyr (a healthy dairy product similar to Greek yogurt).
This is a small group experience where you’ll explore the local side of Reykjavik, meet hard-working families, hear fascinating stories, visit innovative restaurants and experience age-old traditions.
The rest of the day is open for your own activities. We suggest a visit to one of the many museums or art galleries around the city. Some recommendations include the Wonders of Iceland interactive museum at Perlan, the Reykjavik Art Museum and The Settlement Exhibition that includes the excavated remains of a Viking longhouse. Another activity is the fun (and delicious) Meet the Lo
d culture in a fun way. We’re happy to make recommendations and book admission for you.
As part of our pledge to preserve Iceland’s fragile nature, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolviður, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF).
Day 3: Secret Lagoon and the Golden Circle: Secret Lagoon - Gullfoss - Geysir - Þingvellir National Park
Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Gullfoss Waterfall Geysir Hot Spring Geysir Center
Secret Lagoon – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir National Park
Breakfast at your hotel. Today we’ve planned for you to travel out of the city and into the Icelandic countryside so you can experience our beloved Golden Circle region.
Begin the tour with the historic and geological wonder of Thingvellir National Park, the heart and soul of our Icelandic heritage, and we are glad for you to experience it. You will see where our Viking ancestors first met and founded our nation (and the world’s oldest continuous Parliament). You can also take a walk through a canyon that is the meeting point of the North American and European tectonic plates. The area is surrounded by mountains, a vast lava plain and Iceland’s largest lake; it’s a beautiful setting for a panoramic photo.
Then drive to the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur Valley with many bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Continue to Gullfoss, the ‘Golden Waterfall’, the most famous of the country’s many waterfalls. Here the river Hvita drops 96 feet (30 meters) in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle.
The final activity is a leisurely soak in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest natural geothermal pools in Iceland. The pool is nestled among bubbling hot springs and a small erupting geyser. Steam rises from the surrounding geothermal area as you relax in the warm mineral-rich water, with a temperature of 38 – 40°C (100 – 104°F) year-round. The little geyser near the pool erupts every few minutes, lending an exotic backdrop to your visit. We definitely recommend taking a walk on the footpath around the pool so you can get a closer view of the area’s bubbling geothermal features.
Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon.
Day 4: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight is later in the day, we suggest a final walk along the city’s harbor or a visit to one of the neighborhood geothermal swimming pools.
Transfer on your own to Keflavik for your flight. The transfer is not included, but we would be happy to arrange one for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
3 nights at one of our recommended hotels in Reykjavik; rooms with private facilities
Icelandic-style breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
Reykjavik Food Walk with a local guide – small group experience.Includes samples of more than 10 delicious local cuisines
Guided Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour
Golden Circle Tour also has both a local guide on board and in-seat audio guide in 10 languages (headset not included but can be purchased on board the coach)
Entrance fee to The Secret Lagoon and towel rental
Iceland Travel’s signature Customer Care service to help you with last-minute changes before your trip to Iceland
24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
Meals and drinks other than those indicated in itinerary
Swimsuit for the Secret Lagoon
Headset for audio guide on Day 3 (bring your own or available for purchase during the tour)
Transfer to The Reykjavik Food Walk tour starting point at Harpa
Porterage at airport and hotels
Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
Optional tours and activities
Any service not specifically listed under “Included”
Recommended Travel period
30 Mar 2022 - 30 April 2023