A Long Weekend Diving in Iceland
Embark on an action-packed adventure uncovering the wild, rugged landscapes of Iceland. Explore cool and quirky Reykjavik before diving the iconic Silfra fissure, rejuvenate in the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon, venture into Iceland's dramatic Raufarholshellir lava tunnel and hit the wilderness in a 4x4 buggy. And all in a long weekend.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Tick off the bucket list diving between tectonic plates in the Silfra fissure
- Soak in the toasty waters of the milky Blue Lagoon
- Venture underground to explore the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel
- Head out on an exhilarating 4x4 buggy tour across Esja Mountain
- Sample Iceland's buzzing nightlife in the cool capital of Reykjavik
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Day 1: International Flight
It's time for a whirlwind weekend away in the land of Fire and Ice.
Your flight leaves London in the early evening, taking just over three hours, landing in Keflavik in Iceland late in the evening. You will be met in arrivals by one of our representatives on the ground and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. The journey should take around an hour, depending on local traffic conditions. Hit the hay as it's an action-packed day tomorrow.
Day 2: Diving Silfra Fissure
This morning you'll get to be in two places at once. But before you get wild notions of Back to the Future, we're talking about diving the Silfra Fissure.
After an early breakfast you'll be driven 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, where among the snow-capped mountains and heathy landscapes you'll find a narrow chasm dividing the tectonic plates of the American and Eurasian continents, otherwise known as the Silfra Fissure. One of the most unique dive sites in the world, the fissure is filled with glacial meltwater so fresh you can drink it (we can confirm it's delicious) and so clear that visibility often extends 100 metres. Dry suit up to explore Silfra, which you'll do in two dives in Summer and one dive in the winter months.
Warm up with hot chocolate and a picnic of snacks after your dive before being driven to get wonderfully toasty in the iconic Blue Lagoon. Located in the middle of a lava field, the lagoon derives its milky turquoise colour from the mineral-rich, geothermal seawater reaching temperatures of 38 degrees, perfect for soothing any aches and pains.
Head back to Reykjavik in the late afternoon and have a wander around the world's most northernly capital (officially). The town is full of quirky, colourful buildings with a thriving restaurant and bar scene, you can see our dossier for all our favourite haunts.
- Tour the Golden Circle to see the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and Geyser Geothermal areas
- If you visit in the winter months, we can arrange a northern lights tour
Day 3: Lava Cave Tour and Thorsmark Super Jeep Tour
This morning it's time to venture underground as you explore one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland, Raufarholshellir.
Located a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, Raufarholshellir was formed 5,200 years ago and extends an impressive 1.2 miles. Venture into the tunnel to see magnificent lava falls and formations on a guided tour. Adrenaline seekers can go on an extended tour into the depths of the tunnel to the source of the cave.
After a quick lunch stop, you can test your driving skills on an exhilarating 4x4 buggy tour on the rugged sloped of Esja Mountain. If you'd rather sit back and see the landscape from above, we can also arrange for a magnificent helicopter tour over the incredible landscapes of Iceland.
In the evening, adventure back into town for a delicious supper, or, if you're all tuckered out from an action-packed weekend, unwind in the hotel's spa before dining in the restaurant.
- Go on a super jeep tour of Thorsmork valley (otherwise known as the valley of Thor)
- Kayak across icy waters, past icebergs, to the foot of the glistening Sólheimajökull Glacier (May to September)
- Embark of a whale and puffin watching trip (July to October)
Day 4: Home Time
Rise and shine as sadly, it's time to go home. It's an early wake-up call as you are transferred to the airport to catch the first flight back to London, which will touch down three hours later in the late morning.
Louisa and Lizzie B are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.