If the word ‘Iceland’ has you thinking ‘cold’ and ‘mysterious’, you’re right, but in a good way. What you don’t know is that the capital Reykjavik is the ideal spot for a weekend of urban chic and natural hot springs. Quad bike across rugged landscapes, watch the Northern Lights and scuba dive between tectonic plates. Whatever you do, you’re in for a totally unique adventure in a city we consider to be among the most cutting-edge in Europe.
From soaking in bubbling thermal pools to tackling dramatic frozen glaciers, you’re never in danger of running out of things to do. Looking for action? Snowmobiling and ice climbing are just two days well spent if diving between tectonic plates isn’t your thing. Skiers will be challenged; and for a more laid back trip, relax your aching muscles in hot natural outdoor baths after a hard day’s shopping in the city’s hip designer stores.
Staying in the boutique Sandhotel will set the tone for a truly luxurious weekend in Reykjavik. Spend days hiking the rugged landscapes of Thingvellir National Park, and watch bright, multicoloured sunsets, so extraordinary you’ll probably start to think you’re on the moon. For great Kodak moments, you must see Hallgrimskirkja Church, Reykjavik’s highest and most imposing structure, as well as the Vatnajökull Glacier. The landscapes here are some of the most beautiful in the world. The mix of blues, whites and practically neon pinks as the sun sets will leave you with some professional-looking photographs even if you’re just a beginner.Read more
Go sky high
By super jeep, you will head out to the renowned sites that mark the Golden Circle. A stop in the geothermal Haukadalur valley will reveal Geysir and Strokkur geysers hurling boiling water up to 70m into the air. A visit to the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall follows before the Hvítá river abruptly plunges deep into the earth and down into a canyon covering you in a mist of cool water.
At Black Tomato, we don’t like to do things by halves, so we’ll arrange for your very own helicopter pilot to be on hand to take you pretty much anywhere on the island. These guys are the most seasoned flyers on the island, so they’re sure to find the perfect views of each and every landmark. The possibilities are endless when it comes to helicopter tours; the breathtaking aerial views of the capital Reykjavik, the Glacier Lagoon or the Blue lagoon seen from above, whale watching or Golden Circle sights in a very unusual way.
Reykjavik by night
From sky-high to beneath the earth’s crust, your comprehensive Icelandic adventure continues with a dramatic snorkelling session the following morning. Swimming in between slowly separating tectonic plates, you will dive into the Silfra fissure to reveal craggy, sheer-faced, vertical cliffs deep in the lakes crystal clear glacial waters.