The ultimate luxury spa break in the stunning volcanic surroundings of newly built The Blue Lagoon Retreat, combined with a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights staying in a wonderful boutique hotel surrounded by Icelandic farmland.
Luxury Blue Lagoon Northern Lights Spa Retreat
Experience some of Icelands incredible landscape of Volcanoes, Glaciers, Geysers, Waterfalls and its mini Rift valley.
End your stay at the incredible Blue Lagoon Retreat where you will truly experience the ultimate Spa in the most evocative setting of 800 year old lava flows. Swimming in the geothermal warm waters through the lava walls really is something very special.
- 2 nights at the boutique luxurious Manor Hotel Skalakot in a superb area for Northern Lights
- Choice of off-road SuperJeep Tours in South Iceland; Eyjafjallajökull’s Volcano or Þórsmörk and Waterfalls Tour
- Golden Circle with Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss Waterfall, Kerid Crater and Strokkur Geyser
- 1 night at the luxurious Blue Lagoon Retreat with unlimited access to the Retreat Spa
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast Manor Hotel Skalakot
- 1 night accommodation with breakfast at The Blue Lagoon Retreat with unlimited access to the Retreat Spa
- 1 SuperJeep Adventure Tour
- 4WD Car Hire with one named driver
A note on flights
While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.
Day by Day Itinerary
On arrival in Reykjavik, pick up your pre-arranged 4WD hire car and self-drive to Manor Hotel Skalahot in South Iceland.
This is a 2 hour trip on Iceland’s main road. This boutique hotel only has 14 bedrooms and this area has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights sightings due to its location in a rural area, with a higher frequency of clear nights.
Overnight at Manor Hotel Skalahot.
After breakfast adventure out into the unique landscapes of South Iceland – probably the most dramatic Geography field trip you will ever experience!
We work only with local guides who are both passionate about their country and want to share their insights with you but who are also trained as part of the mountain rescue team. They will have fascinating stories to share about the volcanic eruption that occurred in 2010.
We continually receive fabulous feedback on this day from satisfied clients who enjoy this personalised, relaxed guided day experience from enthusiastic local guides who are keen you have an extra special experience.
SuperJeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people for a very personal tour. Note, this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to.
Choose between the following adventures: EITHER Eyjafjallajökull’s Volcano Tour This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull Volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go. We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped SuperJeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands.
This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting SuperJeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure! OR Þórsmörk Valley Tour . Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeeps you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the flood plain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.
You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!
Golden Circle including Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss waterfall and Strokkur Geyser and self-drive to The Retreat
Today explore the “must see” Golden Circle at your own pace using your own 4WD vehicle. The day is packed full of surprising landscapes and Geological marvels.
You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.
We would also recommend you visit the spot where the first democratic parliament was established in 930 AD overlooking the stunning plains of Pingvellir.
Onwards drive to the Blue Lagoon Retreat.
End the day exploring the Spa which is open till 10pm and take a heavenly swim in their exclusive and peaceful Blue Lagoon, away from the crowds and buzz of the main Blue Lagoon.
After a busy day time will slow down as you adjust to the beguiling beauty and calmness of The Retreat.
Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa and Flight Home
This morning indulge yourself at the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa. Swim through the evocative Lava corridors in the bright blue geothermally warm waters.
With many alcoves, terrace and deck areas, a cold spring and nest seating there are plenty of places to stop and soak up this beguiling atmosphere. It is good for your soul!
Have a glass of bubbly on the house whilst you soak in the warm silica rich waters, or take a sauna or a steam.
The highlights of the Spa Retreat has to be The Ritual. Here underground you will coat your body in turn with silica for cleansing and radiance, algae for nourishment and anti-aging, and minerals for exfoliation and revitalization.
For those looking for Spa treatments the Retreat is linked to the main Blue Lagoon where you can opt to take an optional extra of an in-water massage which are just heavenly.
We would recommend you leave at least 4 hours for The Retreat excluding any optional treatments or meals you decide to take there. See our personal experience of the Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon
Afterwards drive the 20 minutes to the airport for your flight home. If this wasn’t quite perfect for you why not consider the Iceland Northern Lights Mecca
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Where You'll Stay
Skálakot – Manor Hotel
The boutique Skálakot – Manor Hotel only has fourteen bedrooms with an excellent restaurant and personal service. There is one Master suite, one Mini suite, six Grand double rooms, four Standard double rooms, and two Standard single rooms. 3 of the Grand Rooms have a balcony with a view down to the Ocean, and the master suite has it’s own fireplace so is a wonderful place to relax in the evening after your day of adventure.
The hotel is an extension from the farm where the owners actually live and they like to ” look after our visitors as guests of the family, as this is the Icelandic sense of hospitality that we have been brought up on”, so expect to feel extremely welcome and pampered.
The interior design of the hotel references the Art Deco period, and their is loving attention to detail. Every suite and room has a 43″ HDTV, WiFi, tea kettle, hairdryer, bathrobes and a collection of soaps. The Grand rooms, Mini and Master suite also have a Nespresso coffee machine.
Blue Lagoon The Retreat
Stay at this ultimate luxurious Spa Retreat in the incredibly evocative surroundings of 800 year old lava flows. You will have unlimited access to the Retreat Spa with its famed Ritual.
Surrounded by lava The Retreat is as peaceful as you can imagine with impeccable service and far reaching views across the lava . There is the choice to upgrade to Lagoon View rooms or Moss Suites.
There are daily group yoga sessions overlooking the bright blue silica waters as well as guided group hikes, but the real beauty of staying here is peacefully enjoying the calm of this stunning Spa location.
Take your time to indulge in the warm waters and enjoy unwinding at The Ritual.
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See what our clients say
We did the aurora nights break and had a great time overall. Everything related to flights, hire car, and hotels ran smoothly. There were a few issues largely relating to the weather and driving conditions (we travelled in mid March), but what we did manage to do was amazing.
The blue lagoon was easy to access from the airport and was a brilliant experience. We booked the standard package and it came with a free drink and face mask. Facilities were clean and organised with free toiletries in the shower rooms, which helps if you’ve gone there straight from the airport.
The drive to Hotel Ranga afterwards was long but fine (check out the road on google streetview to know what to expect). The hotel and staff were great. We were limited to one option as vegetarians on the bar and a la carte menus, but the food was lovely and if you are a meat eater you will see options of unusual dishes like puffin and reindeer.
Our northern lights super jeep trip was cancelled on both nights due to a poor forecast, but we were lucky enough to get an aurora wake up call from Hotel Ranga the first night. We couldn’t use the hottubs as there are only a few and they were always taken in the limited time we spent at the hotel, so don’t go expecting to get lots of time in one and you won’t be disappointed. View them as an add on if you can time it right. We were travelling with an 11 year old, so we didn’t stay up really late. If you are a couple you probably have a better chance of getting one later on.
The glacier/volcano super jeep trip was outstanding. Our driver, Íbí was excellent. She went above and beyond and gave us such an awesome experience. We were also super lucky with the weather the first two days and had great views across Iceland.
The ice cave tour was also incredible and the guides running it were excellent. The group size was much bigger than expected (especially after the more exclusive volcano super jeep tour), but it was broken down into smaller groups that were managed well, with plenty of time factored in for photographs. There were several unexplained delays getting to the cave during the tour that meant we weren’t able to ‘mini tour’ the rest of the South Coast afterwards, so if you plan to do the ice cave don’t overplan for the afternoon as you may not have much time. Not a huge disappointment for us as we got to experience the cave, but I imagine someone who planned a full itinerary afterwards might be frustrated by the estamiated timings not always being right and subject to change with the weather (which was wicked that day).
Driving around Reykjavik was a horrible experience as we arrived around rush hour and weren’t prepared for all the traffic, having only experienced quiet roads along the south coast. It was difficult finding a parking space, so be prepared to drive around a little when you arrive. If you haven’t driven on the right before and are not a confident driver this could leave you feeling stressed. Again, check out the roads into Reykjavik on Google maps to get a sense of what awaits if you aren’t used to self-driving.
We didn’t get to tour the golden circle because of road conditions/ice/road closures, so we spent the day in Reykjavik instead. This turned out okay for us as we did some of the attractions (Lava Centre and Fly Over Iceland – both hughly recommended), but it ended up being an extra expense and we missed out on the golden attractions. Again, not a big issue if you are aware this could happen. The weather is so changeable that having a plan B is a good approach.
Weekend a la Carte sent us a text warning us about the bad weather conditions, which we’d already seen on the Safe Iceland app, but we were grateful for anyway. It was good to know they were looking out for us!
All in all, a remarkable trip, with some unique experiences. If you book this in the knowledge that nature will have her own way, and you may not see everything you want (especially in winter), you will have a great time. Ranga is definitely the best place to maximise your chances of seeing the lights.
This was a bucket list trip. The company are specialists and I’ve valued their advice. Everything from the when to go for the best opportunity to see the lights and equipment needed and provided.Our activities included, the Ice Hotel, night photo shoot, snowmobiling, guided walk and the sky station meal. All excellent and well run by knowledgeable experts and guides. The Abisko Lodge is warm comfortable and relaxing the food is excellent and the staff welcoming, friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a different and exciting experience.
What a fantastic trip! I booked this for myself and my husband to celebrate my 40th birthday and it didn’t disappoint! Booking was simple and we were kept up to date with all the details from the office team in the UK.
From the moment we arrived at Kiruna airport all the staff we encountered were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. We opted for the upgraded room at the Abisko Mountain Lodge which I would highly recommend. The cold weather clothing which was supplied was fantastic and kept us really warm in the sub-zero temperatures. The dog sledging, snowmobiling and the Northern Lights photography were all superb and the staff leading the trips were really friendly and so knowledgeable. Even though we weren’t able to do the sky station trip because of the weather, there was a lovely alternative evening organised for us which included a traditional dinner and a walk to the lake where we were able to see the lights. The food at the lodge was also exceptional and showcased some lovely traditional dishes using Moose and Reindeer which were wonderful to try.
I would like to send a massive thank you to all the staff at The Abisko Mountain Lodge as well as the guides we used for our guided walks, dog sledging and snowmobiling. I’d highly recommend the trip, it was our first visit to Sweden and we would definitely return. Thanks again to everyone (including the huskies) who made it so memorable!
Dear Abigail, We have safely returned from Iceland and we wanted to say a huge and sincere thank you for all the plans that you put into place to make this one of the most memorable holidays we have ever had. It was simply beautiful each and every day. The cabin was idyllic and so cosy and warm. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and friendly and the scenery was breathtaking. All the arrangements worked so well and we will remember the trip for a long time to come.
Thank you once again.
1. Gourmet Cabins was excellent and Johan was a friendly and knowledgeable host. The food, cabins, hot tub and sauna were brilliant.
2. Dog sledge was a fantastic experience and we were given the opportunity to drive our own sledge
3. Snow Mobile – really got off the beaten track and into the spectacular mountains
4. Saw the Northern Lights twice in two days. There is no description that can really do them justice
My daughter and I had an amazing time on our trip, we didn’t want it to end! Everything went according to plan, each excursion was well organized and everyone involved with each activity, as well as everyone at the lodge was kind, friendly, positive and happy, which makes such a difference to your whole experience. The food at The Abisko Mountain Lodge was also incredibly good. Our room was large, comfortable and well-furnished. The bathroom too was also spacious and well-equipped. The outdoor clothing provided was of very good quality which kept us warm, and the staff members are happy to change items if they are not quite the right size for you. This is my second trip with Weekend a la carte and I’m sure there will be more as I have complete trust in them. I highly recommend Aurora Nights, it was fabulous.
Brilliant short break. Hotel Ranga was lovely, excellent food. Managed to see the Northern Lights as well! Iceland on the whole was quite expensive but a lovely place to visit, the people were very friendly.
We had a wonderful time! The food at the lodge was amazing and there were some great vegetarian dishes. I had the best beetroot I’ve ever had (beetroot tartare).
Everyone was really friendly and all the guides were good fun and very knowledgeable.
A special thanks to William and Petri who were really friendly and really added a personal touch to our trip. The activities were really well planned and we especially enjoyed the trip with the huskies. The area we were in is stunning and the lodge was very nice. We would definitely recommend this to friends and family.