Weekend Getaway in Iceland
You can do so much in a long weekend in Iceland; snowmobile on a glacier, relax in a warm geothermal water, catch the auroras, enjoy great cuisine – plenty of ways to break up daily life with an adventure.
Here is an example of an itinerary we made for a group of young adults who wanted to mix nature & nightlife:
Friday: Arrival & Nightlife
Your driver-guide will be waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival. Just look for a sign with your name on it. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to your hotel downtown Reykjavik. Depending on your flights we can arrange a city tour. Your driver-guide will show you the main sites of Reykjavik and offer you a choice of cold Icelandic beers and some snacks. You will have some time to take a rest after your flight or the city tour at your hotel before having a dinner. After the dinner you have a list of night clubs that will be open tonight until earlier morning. Friday and Saturday is “traditional” party days for Icelanders and many people go “djamma” – “have a night on the town”.
Here are the restaurant recommendations:
Grill Market: http://www.grillmarkadurinn.is/en/
Fish Market: http://fiskmarkadurinn.is/english/
Chuck Norris Grill: https://www.facebook.com/chucknorrisgrill
Hard Rock Café: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/reykjavik/
Here is the list of the night clubs and pubs:
Rock bars/live music: Dillon – best whiskey bar mostly with classic rock music.. Live music in top floor early on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bar 11 – pop rock. Live music in the basement.
Kaldi bar – bar that focuses more on beer, with various music.
Kex hostel. Live music. Often indie and alternative rock and folk. It is a hostel bar so it doesn’t stay open until late and closes at 10 or 11pm.
Húrra, has very often live music.
Lebovski bar – usually plays retro pop and some rock. Good dance floor. Full of memorabilia from the Cohen brothers film. A must see for people who love the Big Lebovski movie.
Prikið. usually just a DJ that focuses on hiphop and R&B.
Kaffibarinn (KB for short) is by far the most known bar in Reykjavík, being heavily featured in the movie 101 Reykjavík and co-owned by Damon Albarn. This place is packed with people all the time (sometimes too packed). Mainly alternative and electro pop music.
Glossy commercial clubs: B5, Austur. It gets packed with people dancing to local and international DJ’s and even hanging of one of their wooden ceiling beams.
Pubs: Bryggjan brugghús. Serves also food. A little bit upper scale. But have craft beer for reasonable prices. Often live Jazz music.
Micro Bar – one of the best brewery beers in Reykjavik.
There are more places of course. That are just as good as the ones that are mentioned. You can basically just start from Dillon which is rather high up on Laugavegur and then just work your way down the street.
Saturday: Buggy, ATV‘s & Blue Lagoon. Nightlife
The Blue Lagoon is an ideal place to refresh after the crazy party. Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel, not early, so you can sleep enough. You head to the Blue Lagoon, where you will get unforgettable emotions and pleasure from the natural geothermal water in the lava formations. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients – silica, algae and minerals, which refreshes and feels you with energy. At the Blue Lagoon you can have a lunch and then we continue to have fun exciting ATV ride. on along lava and black sand up between two mountains, Húsafell and Fiskidalsfjall, and then up onto the mountain Hagafell, where we expect a good view over the Blue Lagoon and the island of Eldey. You head back we can expect good views over the sea and driving by the coast gives and opportunity to see dramatic shipwrecks. In the evening we come back to Reykjavik. After a dinner you can continue to explore Reykjavik night life and party crazy.
Sunday: Helicopter Happy Hour Tour
Today we have easy adventure that would allow you to open a bottle of sparkling wine on the top of a mountain. Never have done it? So, here is the chance. We will arrange a helicopter that will bring you to a nearby mountain in breath-taking views of Reykjavik You will see colorful and charming dollhouse roofs, the neighboring towns and the surrounding countryside with extensive lava fields, reminding us of the true volcanic nature of Iceland. After a thrilling helicopter ride we land on one of the summits surrounding the city for the photo opportunity of a life-time. In the evening you can have a dinner or have some drinks in a local pub, slowing down after the weekend.
Private transfer from your hotel to KEF international airport for your flight back home.
Note: This is just an example of how we custom made a weekend program from a clients request. We can of course provide this same level of service for you even though your request might be on something else, whether it’s culture, history, food or nature.
If you have any sights, places or activities on your wishlist, we will of course include them and pack as many highlights as possible into your weekend in Iceland, whether it’s action, relaxation or both.
FAQ for Iceland
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Iceland is not as cold as the name suggests, the average temperature in summer is 11°C (52°F) and in winter around 0°C (32°F). However it’s often wet and windy so better to bring proper clothing
A: Service and tax is always included in prices so tipping is not mandatory or expected but always appreciated.
Do you have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@IcelandPrivateTours.is