Explore the glaciers of Iceland during this exhilarating winter adventure through a wild wilderness of fire and ice. In only five days, you will experience powerful geysers, volcanic craters, ice caves, and cascading waterfalls as you travel from the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, to the South Shore by snowmobile and helicopter.
Spend magical evenings off-grid in our private lodges around a flickering campfire while looking out for the spectacular northern lights dancing across the horizon. Round off your trip in style with a VIP visit to luxuriate in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
Cool capital with a warm welcome
On arrival in hip Reykjavik, distinct by its confetti-coloured buildings and sky-coloured waters, you will be met by your personal guide. Inspired by the steam rising from hot springs, early settlers named this cool city Reykjavik, which means Smoky Bay in Old Norse.
One of the best views of this picture-postcard city is from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, a white church that dominates the skyline. After viewing the world’s oldest Parliament and selecting one of the many museums, you can finish the day on the water's edge at the sparkling Harpa concert hall, which almost resembles a spaceship.
Views across the harbour towards Mount Esja and the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier can be enjoyed from your suite at The Reykjavik Edition. This contemporary five-star hotel lies close to the fashionable shopping district of Laugavegur Street. Dinner can be enjoyed at the aptly named Tide, run by Karl Gisllason, who was Iceland’s first Michelin-starred chef.
Wild wilderness of fire and ice
Leave the city behind today and head out into the land of fire and ice to ride a snowmobile over a glistening ice cap that covers an active volcano. You may remember Eyjafjallajökull making headlines when it erupted in 2010. Zip through this icy desert taking time to drink in the glacial views of the South Shore. You also have the option of a helicopter flight which will give you a puffin’s-eye view of this lunar landscape.
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to strap on the crampons, grab an ice axe, and venture inside an ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. If you're lucky, the northern lights could appear dancing across the horizon in the night sky to complete a perfect day as you travel back to your private lodge.
Your final day in the wilderness is all about experiencing volcanic craters and powerful geysers as you venture out on foot. The guided hike is dependent on your chosen lodge and could include walking through the beautiful birch forest of Húsafellsskógur at Húsafell. This forest grows from a lava field, where geothermal pools can be found. While the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss may lie next to one another you will discover a dramatic difference; one trickles in many tiny streams from a wide plateau of jagged lava rock, while the other rushes down a narrow valley with a mighty force. The highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunghver, can also be found nearby. During the day, you will learn the secrets of survival, from building a shelter to cooking a meal and then savouring it in one of the most spectacular places on earth.
This evening you can share stories and a warming drink around a flickering campfire, reflecting on your exhilarating day high on the glacier, with the opportunity to add an exclusive Talisker Glacial Edge 45-Year-Old whisky tasting experience.
VIP access to Blue Lagoon
On your final day in Iceland, you will be driven back to Reykjavik where you can make the most of the natural hot springs. The best way to round off your Icelandic adventure is to relax in the mineral-rich waters of The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Located in the UNESCO Global Geopark, this area is a spectacle of fire and ice with volcanic craters, blistered lava fields, sulphur springs and glaciers. As you have VIP access to the Retreat Spa, we will ensure you return home feeling exhilarated by the true spirit of Iceland.