Iceland short break travel guide

Iceland short breaks travel guide


The test of a top notch shortie is when you come home feeling as if you have been away for a fortnight. And the timeless nature of short breaks in Iceland has that effect. If you travel during summer, you enter the realm of the midnight sun, when itís best just to leave your watch at home and let the universe guide you. Or in winter months, when the Aurora abounds, you may be whisked off in the middle of the night if she decides to come out to play. Whatever time you decide to go, do explore beyond the tourist trail and into the mountains or fjords. Or go on a foray into the islandís lava fields and crater lakes, where you enter timeless landscapes touched by myths and magic. These arenít just short breaks. In Iceland, they are mind boggling and all consuming short stories.
Read our Iceland short breaks travel guide for more details.

Is an Iceland short break for you?

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Go on an Iceland short break vacation ifÖ

Ö you need just a quick dose of living the dream. Iceland is as close to waking up on another planet as you can get on a short European break.

Ö you want to see the Northern Lights. New Year and Valentineís Day trips are popular for seeing the Aurora too.

Ö you want a half term trip with a difference for your children. Iceland is one big outdoor classroom, with a lot of fun on the agenda too.

Ö you want to rock out in Reykjavik, one of the coolest capitals right now. You can rock out in all the geological gorgeousness on its doorstep too, of course.

Donít go on an Iceland short break vacation if...

Ö.you donít like being outdoors. Itís volcanic and vibrant. Itís a landscape that is always on the move, and so are most people who vacation here.

Ö you arenít flexible about plans if the weather doesnít turn out good. This is Iceland, not a Caribbean island. You need to be a bit hardy.

Ö you want a cheap getaway. Like all Nordic vacations, they come at a price. But their landscapes are priceless.

Ö you only have a weekend. It may only be a three-hour flight away, but youíll need a good five days to experience Iceland.

Best time to go on an Iceland short break vacation


The majority of short break vacations to Iceland are aimed at seeing the Northern Lights. Small group vacation companies are experts at timing these to enable a good chance of catching the Aurora, with February, March, September and October the best times, when the equinox is doing its thing and there are still plenty of daylight hours. For tailor made trips, go anytime, with summer months glorious for those long midnight sun days giving extra time to catch as much as you can on a short trip. New Year and Valentineís Day special trips are available, too.
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Written by Catherine Mack
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