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Inspired by Iceland

Your Reykjavik Short Break Is designed to be less of a millenial's get away and more of a Brief Encounter with some of Iceland’s geological magic and its people. So we help you design it with a bathe in the Secret Lagoon or Laugavartn, a private guided tour of the city’s lesser known bits and Safari Adventures from our ‘mix n match’ portfolio. Just 200 miles below the Arctic Circle, Reykjavík with its long time ‘cool’ reputation and the city we dub 'Latitude with Attitude' is a place to chillax in at night and to get out of during the day enjoying Safari Adventures. Dominated by Perlan the most dramatic clutch of water tanks in the world and Hallgrimskirka, the city's Lutheran parish church echoing basalt lava flows, Reykjavik is the gateway to the rest of Iceland. On the city's doorstep are wild romantic places with deep ravines, narrow fjords, vast glaciers, moraine deserts, dormant volcanos, thundering waterfalls and spouting geysers

Miðgardur Hotel Twin Room | Holidays in Iceland
Miðgardur Hotel Outdoor Hot Tub | Holidays in Iceland
Miðgardur Hotel Outdoor Hot Tub | Holidays in Iceland
Miðgardur Hotel Hot Tub | Holidays in Iceland

Midgardur Hotel

Half way along Laugavegi the Miðgardur is a 20/25 minute walk from the very centre of town and the old harbour area. Very nordic in style the hotel's public areas are unusually spacious (for Reykjavik) with a lobby lounge and a garden area with outdoor hot tub enclosed within the U shaped deisgn.of the hotel. The Miðgardur Spa and Jörgensen restaurant with its focus on Nordic fusion cuisine both win plaudits on social media sites. Standard double/twin rooms are an average 17,7 m² with private WC/Shower, Mini-Bar, Telephone, TV , Free WI-FI, Safety Deposit box & Hairdryer. De Luxe rooms are 25 m² and come with a sofa, bathrobes, slippers and free admission to the Miðgarður Spa.

Hotel Odinsve Twin Room | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Restaurant dish in Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks
External view of Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Lobby in Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks

Hotel Odinsve

less well known than many of its contemporaries, the Ódinsvé is a hidden gem tucked away in an under heated street running down from Hallgrímskirka, just a few minutes from the city’s center. The stylish Nordic minimalism of the hotel’s public areas implies a style with warmth that the hotel more than lives up to – the guest book comments say it all. All 43 rooms are variously styled in a mix of black, white, cream, beige and chocolate and have private WC/shower, TV, mini bar, hair dryer and WI-FI.

Foss Hotel Reykjavik | Iceland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Twin room at Foss Hotel Reykjkavik | ScanAdventures
Lounge area in Foss Hotel Reykajvik | Iceland Holidays
Beer Garden | Foss Hotel Reykjavik | Holidays to Iceland

Foss Hotel Reykjavik

A faintly surreal exterior with slate grey tile cladding (think NASA space shuttle) the Foss Reykjavik houses some of the city's largest rooms and on the tower floor one's with the best views of Faxaloi Bay and Mount Esja.The main rooms come in at a sizeable 22sqm up to floor 7, from there to the 13th they morph into de-luxe rooms with cityscape views with 10m2 more and then on top of that (pun intended) the upper floors have a mix of family rooms and suites right up to a ginormous 59m2. All come with shower/bathtub, bathroom underfloor heating, black out blinds , flat screen TV, free WI-FI and are fitted out in Scandivavian hardwood and light blue, purple and slate grey furnishings. In the public ares there is an innovative bar cum brasserie called the Beer Garden with a 25 strong list of beers on offer and a restaurant whose breakfast is getting good reviews from TA contributors who normally do nothing more than grumble!

Reception area in Hotel Klettur ScanAdventures ranking ScanPlus
Double deluxe room on upper floor of Hotel Klettur
Ground floor breakfast room in Hotel Klettur
Lounge area in Hotel Klettur

Klettur Hotel

just off Laugavegur, the city’s main street, the Klettur is one of Reykjavik’s newest hotels now grown from its inaugaration as modest lodgings to be a 166 room ScanPlus hotel. Styled with a black lava rock motif in the public areas and a biscuit brown and light pine in the bedrooms, the standard rooms are on the first three floors and de-luxe ones on the 2 upper floors with views to the north or south facing balconies. All have private WC/shower, fridge, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and WI-FI. There is a ground floor breakfast room, lounge with a pool table and evening bar with a range of Icelandic beers.

Exterior view of Hotel Plaza | Iceland Holidays | ScanAdventures
Double Room at Hotel Plaza | Holidays to Reykjavik | ScanAdventures
Lobby Bar at Hotel Plaza | Holidays to Iceland | ScanAdventures
Breakfast Room at Hotel Plaza | Reykjavik Brief Encounter City Breaks

Hotel Plaza

In the heart of the old city on “Ingólfstorg” the main square the Plaza couldn’t be better suited for a New Year’s Eve stay with eateries, drinking holes and nightlife on your doorstep. The Plaza’s glass edifice is unmissable and behind which a complete makeover over the past few years provides rooms with a Scandi modern décor marked by contemporary oak furnishings and bright fabrics. TA reviewers consistently sing the praises of both the staff and the breakfast. All our rooms are Superior doubles or twins with their own free WI-FI, TV, WC/shower, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and more.

Beautiful hotel Borg in Reykjavik, Iceland
Double room
Nice lobby bar and restaurant in Hotel Borg
Large double room with huge windows

Hotel Borg

whether it’s the bespoke furniture, monochrome art deco styling, heated marble floor bathrooms with Philippe Stark fittings, the elegant & unique fabrics and furnishings used in every room, Hasten beds in the suites or whatever it is, the Borg is super special. All 56 rooms have (of course) private WC/bath/shower and telephone (sic), Bang & Olufsen TV, telephone, bathrobe & slippers. About as luxy as it gets

1st Day UK - Iceland

Fly from your UK chosen airport. Transfer on arrival to your chosen hotel and check in (see under Lodgings for our favourites).

2nd & 3rd Days Safari Excursions.

Pick and mix from our range of ScanSafari excursions to make the most of your stay in the city we dub ‘Latitude with Attitude’. Must do’s are the Golden Circle; the south coast’s waterfalls, black sand beaches and Jokulsarlon lagoon; Vestmannaeyjer and the Snæfellsnes peninsula. You can also take a ride in a Super Jeep or climb up on a glacier. Half day, full day and evening safaris are all yours for the booking.

4th Day Reykjavik – UK

Leave the city according to your flight time and transfer to Keflavik International airport for your return flight home.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from UK to Keflavik International Airport
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Arrival & departure transfers
3 nights accommodation at your chosen hotel including all mandatory taxes
Lodging in twin room(s) with private WC/shower
3 Scandinavian style buffet breakfasts
ATOL PROTECTION & OUR 100%TRIPLE LOCK FINANCIAL SECURITY
[check full details here www.scanadventures.co.uk/about-us ]

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily all year round
Guide* £599pp
*Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.
 

Northern Lights over Pingvellir National Park | Iceland Holidays
Northern Lights over Langjokull | Northern Lights Holidays
Northern Lights over ION Hotel | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | ScanAdventures

Northern Lights Safari

Hunt for the Northern Lights with our new tour on which exclusively we include a astronomy binocular, free star consteallation map, camera tripods, photography assistance and both on-board personal host & audio guidance*. Sometimes white, wispy and elusive; at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic, the Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they come about was driven mad (literally) by them. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sighting your reaction may be a touch more muted but no less awe struck. The tour comes with a Night Time Gurantee - if you don't see them you can re-book for any subsequent evening or get a full refund on your return. Hotel pick up at 20.30/21.30 on Evening of Choice. Tour lasts for approximately 3 hours. Price £53pp. Children (5-11) go free, gratis and for nothing.Teenagers (12-15) pay half price.You can also rent warm winter boots £9pp and/or a thermal down jacket £18pp if you need them.* in bus audio guidance in 10 languages 

Whale Spotting

Faxaflói Bay is regularly frequented by Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpbacks with very occasionally Orca, Fin Whales, Baskin Sharks and Pilot Whales appearing. For our ScanAdventure we partner with Magnús Guðmundsson, the fleet Admiral operating MS Rosin, a specially built ship offering virtually uninterrupted sea vistas from the poop, amidships and foredeck and with a cruising speed of 24 knots gets out to the whale spotting area faster than any of the alternatives. The saloon has comfort seating, flat screen TV’s and wide vista windows so even if you’re warming up below with a hot chocolate. Departures at 10.00 & 14.00 May to August. Tour lasts for 21/2 hours. Price £73pp. Children (7-15) pay half price. Alternative departures with an educational focus particularly suited to children at 09.00 & 13.00 (Apr to Sep) and 17.00 (May15th to Sep 15th) available on MS Andrea, a former ferry with substantial exterior decking and interior space.

Super Jeep Safari by ScanAdventures | Iceland Holidays
Super Jeep off road tour | Holidays to Iceland
Iceland Glacier Snowmobiling | ScanAdventures
Super Jeep n Myrdalsjokull Glacier | ScanAdventures

Super Jeep Safari

the white-knuckle ride of all time in an Icelandic Super Jeep, the ultimate ‘boy’s toy’ Jeremy Clarkson style, a customised version of a Land RoverDefender or SUV with reinforced chassis, heightened wheel clearance and 4 foot diameter wheels. Plus air compressor and deflatable tyres for traction on lava fields and ice and a sat nav system, gyro compass and lots of other high-tech add-ons. First stop the landscapes south of Lake Pingvallavatn before the National Park Pingvellir. From there continue to the Geysir area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (not included). And then to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters over-arched with a rainbow or frozen, in winter, as giant stalactites before carrying on to Langjökull for an optional snowmobile tour on top of the glacier. Return to Reykjavik via the the extraordinary crater Kerid and the greenhouse community Hveragerdi. Hotel pick-up at 8:30 am for 8-9 hours. (Tues, Thurs, Sat). £275 pp Kinder (5-12) pay half price. Glacier Snowmobiling Supplement £148pp Kinder (5-12) pay half price

Northern Lights Safari by Super Jeep

the ScanAdventures secret ingredient here is your tour guide (local, experienced) and his vehicle (modified Land Rover Defender with reinforced chassis, 48 inch diameter wheels, air compressor & deflatable tyres). After picking you up from your hotel he drives out of the City to escape the urban lighting and into the surrounding countryside where the spectacular lunar like landscapes provide an ideal backdrop as and when the Northern Lights appear, he’s on hand to help you capture the spectacle on film. Hotel pick up at 20.00 on Evening of Choice. Tour lasts for 3 to 5 hours. Price £168pp. Kinder pay half price.

The Iconic Golden Circle

A ScanAdventures Safari that bombards the senses. First stop the landscapes south of Lake Þingvallavatn before the National Park Þingvellir. From there continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters invariably over-arched with a rainbow. Then to the Geyser area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (payable locally). Return to Reykjavík via the cathedral at Skálholt, the extraordinary crater Kerið and the greenhouse community Hveragerði. Hotel pick up at 08.00 on Day of Choice. Tour lasts for 8 1/2 hours. Price £72. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.

Variations on the Golden Circle

there any numbers of variations on a theme possible with the ‘Golden Circle’ Safari. You can do it in the afternoon combined with a City sightseeing Tour in the morning; some Whale Watching or Horse Riding; a bathe in the Blue Lagoon (particularly good if you have an early departure flight from Iceland and might otherwise miss out) or a Safari Tour along the Reykjanes Peninsula. Hotel pick up at 08.30 on Day of Choice for Combi Tours or 12.30 for an Afternoon Tour on its own. Tours lasts between 6 and 10 hours. Price from £69pp depending on tour obviously. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.

View over Lake Tjörnin | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Quad biking along the Reykjanes Peninsula | Iceland Holidays
Herd of 5 gaited Icelandic Horses | Iceland Holidays
Scuba diving in Pingviller | Reykjavik Short Breaks

Bespoke Safaris

We spend a lot of time sorting through dross, separating the wheat from the chaff or whatever meaphore you prefer to describe sifting the good excursions & safaris from the bad, ugly and downright dishonest. At the last count we numbered 640 excursion options operating out of Reykjavik through over 40 suppliers with nothing short of a rash appearing/springing up in the last two or three years. Some like the Langjökull Ice Cave are epic. Others are rubbish. We work with peole we know and have known for years with a proven track record of delivering authentic Icelandic experiences. People like one time Icelandair Managing Director Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason who has injected new life into classic tours, Ólöf Einarsdótti who pioneered snowmobiling on Langjokull,Fridrik Pálsson who turned a fishing lodge in to a 4 star hotel and others. From the innumerable we design a cocktail to suit you depending on your interests. Everything from a quad bike ride on a lava field to snowmobiling on a glacier; a horse ride to a sub acqua dice alongside tectonic plates(sic); a helicopter flight to an off shore cruise; a BBQ lunch on hot volcanic lava rock to supper by the seashore.Think of us as your personal Trip Advisor and we'll put together something different. 

Porsmork | Holidays to Iceland
Porsmork | Holidays to Iceland
Porsmork | Holidays to Iceland
Porsmork | Holidays to Iceland

Porsmork The Glacier Valley

a full day adventure to Porsmork, a valley shielded on three sides by glaciers and mountains and surrounded by ice caps and glacial rivers. Start by being driven across the Hellisheidi Plateau stopping at Hvolsvollur to pick up lunch (payable locally) to Seljalandsfoss, a plunge waterfall behind which you can walk and see the water dropping off the cliff from which it tumbles. Continue to Porsmork, remote and inaccessible for much of the year, laced with melt water rivers and a habitat to over 170 plant species nestling in a setting of low birch trees. Here you’ll have time for lunch and an hour’s hike and on the return an opportunity for more hiking in the rugged gorge known as Stakkholtsgja at the end of which there is a waterfall. Hotel pick up at 07.15 Daily (May 1st to Sep 30th). Tour lasts for 10 hours. Price £120pp. Kinder ( age up to15) go free, gratis and for nothing.

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

discover some of the south coast’s most iconic scenery on the way across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The Lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years, gradually self-sculpting themselves in to different shapes before finally working their way out to sea. You’ll take a boat trip amongst them on a DUKW, a mechanical amphibian originating in WW2 which can be driven up on the shore, as well as in the water. Along the way you’ll stop at both Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss, plunge waterfalls dropping off cliffs that once marked the shoreline. Hotel pick up at 07.30 daily (Jun 1st to Aug 31st) and on Tues, Thur, Sat or Sun (Apr 1st to May 31st & Sep 1st to Oct 31st). Tour lasts for 14 hours. Price £191pp. Kinder go free, gratis and for nothing. Teen Kinder pay half price.

Breidafjordur Bay & Latrabjarg Cliff

a bird photographer and enthusiasts dream capturing the magic of arctic birdlife in Breidafjordur Bay and that of Europe’s largest bird cliff Latrabjarg amongst some of Iceland’s most remote and rugged scenery. You’ll be driven early in the morning to Stykkisholmur, a picturesque fishing village on the north side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you’ll board the local ferry out into the Bay for the 3 hour crossing to Brjánslækjar on the Vatnasfjordur. En route you’ll stop at the little island of Flatey (winter population 5) with its coloured clapboard houses and after disembarkation taken to the 13km long Latrabjarg bird cliffs. Here you’ll be able to catch sight of the zillions of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gannets that make this their nesting home amongst the rocky outcrops that offer them shelter from the northerly winds and arctic foxes. Hotel pick up! At 06.00 on Sun (Jun 15th to Aug 31st). Tour lasts for 17 hours. Price £195pp. Too long for Kinder!

Aurora Cruise

start with a visit to Aurora Reykjavik, a sort of Aurora Planetarium down by the harbour and then cruise offshore for one of the best chances Reykjavik offers of catching the Northern Lights showing against the mountain backdrop of Faxafloi Bay and (if you’re doubly lucky) reflected in the waters around you. Your boat the Rosin is a specially built one offering virtually uninterrupted vistas from the poop; amidships and on the foredeck to catch the Aurora however fleetingly they appear. In the saloon below comfort seating, flat screen TV’s and wide vista windows allow you a 360 degree view of the night sky even when you’re taking time out for a hot cocoa. Boat leaves the harbour at 21.00 on Evening of Choice and lasts for 2/3 hours. Price £45pp. Older & Teen Kinder pay half price. Little ones sail for free. If our guides decide the auguries for seeing the aurora are not good, you can re-book for any subsequent night or have supper on us at Restaurant Kopar.

Aurora Alert:

with all our Northern Lights safaris our guides make a final decision on whether to go hunting or not by 18.00 on the day booked. If they decide not to go you can re-book for any subsequent night.

Short Breaks to Reykjavik

Our Reykjavik Short Breaks are tailored to fit your personal purse or passion. We love nothing more than to put the Attitude into the city we tag Latitude with Attitude. We have the low down on the foodiest places to eat (currently K**** down by the harbour), the latest idiosyncratic safaris (L*********'s Ice Cave), know the best Super Jeep guides (G***i) and the difference between The Blue & Secret Lagoons. Whether it's a romantic break or a Jeremy Clarkson style boy's weekend we'll put together something that's edgy, different and designed just for you.