Luxury Iceland holidays, Iceland northern lights tours and short breaks to Iceland with Abercrombie & Kent

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With its rugged volcanically-active terrain, few countries showcase the activity of Mother Nature better than Iceland. Plan your Iceland holiday with us and we'll introduce you to its spiritual traditions and resilient culture. We could easily go into paroxysms of delight to describe Iceland;instead, we'll allow the rather plaintive words of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímson to do it for us. He wrote in 1835: 'Charming and fair is the land, snow white the peaks of the glaciers. Cloudless and blue is the sky, the ocean shining resplendently bright.' It's a fitting description. The world's interest in Iceland was piqued in 2010 with the will-it-won't- it eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and since then it has become one of our most popular short break destinations;just a three hour flight from the UK, the clean air and breath-taking vistas of Iceland are perfect for a long weekend escape. A final relic from the world's last ice age, its shatteringly beautiful, barren and brutal lunar landscape is truly awe-inspiring. From the capital, Reykjavík, you can drive in any direction and try ice-climbing, quad-biking or hike one of the many trails through this incredible landscape. After all that adventure you can luxuriate in one of its many geothermal pools and you may even be fortunate to capture the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Don't overlook Reykjavik itself, either: taking inspiration from New York, London and Scandinavia, Iceland's capital is cool in both design and temperature.

Iceland Holidays and Northern Light Tours with A&K
Iceland delivers a major hit of the surreal and the beautiful. Returning travellers' tales suggest that, for a few wonderful days, normal life is suspended. They recall sitting in hot tubs under the stellar theatrics of the northern lights; a helicopter landing on the lava field next to their lodge - 'we were expecting a helipad, but no, not in Iceland' - and driving onto vast Langjokull Glacier where the feeling of space was 'extraordinary and immense'.

An Icelandic holiday and Northern Lights tour with Abercrombie & Kent could see your already seductive itinerary receiving some spontaneous editing from our super-attentive guides. Guest's letters and emails tell of surprise visits to a fascinating geothermal tomato farm for the freshest soup they've ever tasted; of joining a queue outside ice cream shops in minus 5 degress temperatures (trust us, it's worth it) and descending into cathedral-like Thrihnukagigur Volcano, while contemplating the fact that fewer people have entered its cone than have been into space.

See, we told you it's surreal.

Of course it helps to have brilliantly connected guides, with at least a decade of experience. They're part of our multi-centre European team that has provided seamless luxury travel across the continent for 25 years in the best vehicles around. In Iceland that includes super jeeps, yachts and helicopters for flying above the mesmerising, otherworldly landscape of The Highlands.

For a contrast, explore small but surprisingly lively Reykjavik, with its Blue Lagoon geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields. You can make the short hop to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, dubbed 'Iceland in Miniature' for its many sights, whose volcano was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre of the Earth.

And then there's the Golden Circle: UNESCO-listed Thinvuellir, the only place on earth where you can see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting apart; Strokkur geyser, spurting 90-feet into the air, and thunderous Gullfoss, one of 10,000 waterfalls on the island.

And we're only just starting. An exclusive Iceland Holiday and Northern Light tour with A&K reveals how Iceland is now a brilliant stage for holiday adventures from dog sledding and hikes, snowmobiling and super jeep (local large-tired 4WDs) drives onto glaciers, to scuba diving in Silfrah Lake, slap bang on the tectonic plate fault line. It's simply incredible, and with A&K, it's all possible.

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Best time to be there

June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik

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3 hours non-stop

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Winter Iceland

Nights: 6 | from £5,590pp

Spend seven days exploring the natural wonders and majestic rugged beauty of Iceland in the winter, when you have the best chance of seeing the ethereal... Find out more

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Iceland's Northern Lights Wonderland

Nights: 3 | from £3,550pp

For a short winter break there is nothing more invigorating than a visit to Iceland when the air is crisp and the night sky is black, for the best chance... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet

Nights: 24 | from £122,915pp

Join an exotic, around-the-world expedition personally designed and accompanied by A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Snorkel the coral reefs of French Polynesia,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Family Iceland

Nights: 7 | from £5,700pp

Just a short flight from the UK, this Icelandic itinerary offers families a fun-filled week of the great geothermal outdoors, loads of adventure, and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Iceland – Self Drive

Nights: 5 | from £2,365pp

If you're independent travellers who like to explore a country under your own steam, this epic self-drive tour of Iceland could be just the ticket, giving... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

101 Hotel


With a commanding presence in the oldest postal code of Reykjavík, the 101 Hotel is right in the centre of this vibrant city; its cultural institutions,...Find out more

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Hotel Borg


Hotel Borg is a 4* boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík. It overlooks the central square of Austurvollur, with a variety of cafes, restaurants and...Find out more

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Ranga Lodge

Golden Circle

Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only four star hotel in South Iceland. Offering all the facilities and services of a modern resort,...Find out more

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Radisson Blu 1919


The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is a uniquely designed 4 star lifestyle hotel in the heart of Reykjavik, offering outstanding service. Built for office use...Find out more

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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Our Adventure to Iceland is ended. We had the most spectacular time of our life I think. I have no words to describe it. We felt like ‘kings’. We were treated very well and all of the guys from Land Rover and Abercrombie & Kent were amazing. Like we knew them for years. It was unforgettable. I have to go back.

- LD, Belguim

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