Weekend Breaks to Iceland

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Go For Total Adventure on a Weekend Break to Iceland

Tree-less yet stunning, Iceland is easy and inexpensive to get to, albeit not the most economical destination once there. Nevertheless, a short holiday can be more budget-minded than travellers often think, while still letting you experience the country's beautiful nature, lively capital, Reykjavik, and excellent local cuisine. Read on to find out how to make the most of a weekend break to Iceland.

City Breaks in Iceland: Top Holiday Lettings

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Northeastern Region, Iceland
from £88
Bungalo
4.5
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Northeastern Region, Iceland
from £88
Bungalo
4.5
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House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Western Region, Iceland
from £63
Bungalo
4.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Capital Region, Iceland
from £100
Bungalo
5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Western Region, Iceland
from £48
Bungalo
5.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Northeastern Region, Iceland
from £102
Bungalo
5.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Grindavik, Southern Peninsula Region, Iceland
from £133
Bungalo
5.0
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Southern Region, Iceland
from £118
Bungalo
4.5
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Southern Region, Iceland
from £101
Bungalo
4.5
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Best Weekend Breaks to Iceland on a Budget

The country's reputation for beauty is almost exceeded by its notoriety for Scandinavian prices. That said, there are plenty of ways to plan weekend breaks in Iceland on a budget.

  • 1. Go in the low season

    Prices are the lowest between September and April, and if you're hoping to see the Northern Lights, this is the best time to visit, anyway. Because some tours don't operate during this season and roads can be closed due to ice, you might have to limit your trip in certain ways, but you can still rent a car with four-wheel drive and make the most of the limited visitor crowd. Furthermore, this is a great time to see Reykjavik. The city's streets, heated from below, mean you can walk around easily all year round.

  • 2. Accommodation

    Stay in a holiday apartment or youth hostel. Hotels in Iceland are pricey at any time of year. Hostels, however, are family-friendly as well as clean, making them an ideal option for most budget travellers.

  • 3. Avoid the most popular areas

    The Blue Lagoon is world-famous, but there are plenty of other thermal pools in the area, which are free or cheaper to enter. One great option is the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths.

Best Places to Stay for City Breaks in Iceland

House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Capital Region, Iceland
from £103
HomeAway
4.6
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House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Western Region, Iceland
from £83
HomeAway
5.0
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House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Southern Region, Iceland
from £143
Bungalo
4.0
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Best City Breaks to Iceland for Foodies

Reykjavik is known for being a paradise for foodies from around the world, thanks to its incredibly unique, fresh cuisine.

  • 1. Foodie Walking Tour

    The must-do tour for gastronomically-minded visitors is the Reykjavik Walking Tour. Experience the city with a local guide and enjoy stops at five to six restaurants along the way, which highlight the best of Icelandic cuisine. Standard items to sample include Icelandic lamb, home-made ice cream, and Icelandic hot dogs.

  • 2. Cheese workshop

    Taste a wide variety of Icelandic cheeses and other dairy products, like the Icelandic version of yoghurt, skyr. During this two-hour workshop at a shop called Burid, you will learn about the processes involved in making the different cheeses and what makes Icelandic cows different from other breeds.

  • 3. Dill

    The only restaurant in Iceland with a Michelin star, enjoy a journey through Nordic cuisine in an intimate setting. Bookings fill up quickly for this popular restaurant, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Recommended Holiday Lettings for City Breaks in Iceland

House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Eastern Region, Iceland
from £158
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Ólafsfjörður, Northeastern Region, Iceland
from £33
Airbnb
4.9
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Hella, Southern Region, Iceland
from £75
Booking.com
4.0
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