Five reasons why Iceland is the perfect long weekend

Of the direct flights that arrive in Iceland each week, we can guarantee that even if you live more than 2,000 miles away, you’ll be able to add it to your list of places to visit for a long weekend. You’ll find an easy contrast of the thrilling adventures to the obvious tranquil spa and sea bath reservations, truly making the most out of your time off. And who doesn’t love to pack in seven days of traveling in five? If you’ve just answered yes, keep on reading.

Quad bikes – experience the northern lights as you race underneath the dazzling sky

Arguably the best part about visiting Iceland is catching a glimpse of the northern lights, so why not double up and race under the dancing lights on quad bike. You’ll want to waste no time once you land, so make sure to put this adrenaline racing adventure top of your list. After all, a packed weekend is what we’re after.


The greenhouse producing 1,000 kilos of tomatoes a day, 375 days a year.

We’ve been known to pop in to Friðheimar for a lunch (or two) while visiting Iceland over the past decade; and there’s a reason why it’s stayed top of mind for us. Despite having long and dark winters, the family owned, and operated farm grows tomatoes all year round in their two artificially lit greenhouses. The best way to spend your time there? With a greenhouse visit and private dinner right in the garden. Pair this with the waterfalls for a perfect day exploring the local area.

Skógafoss and Sejalandsfoss waterfalls – capture your Kodak moment behind the waterfall

Stretching 60 metres tall, Skogafoss and Sejalandsfoss are two waterfalls to make a point of visiting while in Iceland. The tumbling water crashes into the pond creating a vibrant rainbow stretching across the wall. It’s a mesmerizing sight. You’ll want to stand next to the falls to really feel the water crashing down, just make sure you bring a raincoat.


Downtime in Iceland’s hottest new property, The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon

Every good adventure ends with a day to relax, recharge and reflect on the environment that you’ve experienced days before. We’re hotel lovers at heart, so it comes to no surprise that The Retreat has made our must-do list for a weekend in the land of fire and ice. Even if you’re not staying on the property, a visit to the blue lagoon is a must. Book yourself into the spa for the ‘Unforgettable’ treatment for 4 hour exclusive entry to the Retreat Spa and the Blue Lagoon.

An Iceland food tour – perfect for kicking jet lag to the curb and really cherishing each minute you have on your long weekend trip to Iceland

If there’s one way to immerse yourself in a new environment, it’s to see, smell, and taste the flavors of the cuisine. It’s an expert secret at Black Tomato that this trifecta is the perfect way to kick your jet lag to the curb. Iceland happens to be the perfect destination for it. If you’re feeling particularly brave, make sure to sample hákarl (fermented shark), harðfiskur (dried fish) and the Icelandic spirit Brennivín (Black Death).

Looking for a long weekend away?

We create trips all year round to Iceland, whatever it is above that you’re interested in seeing we’ll happily make that happen.