Image: Bathers swim in the Blue Lagoon
Bob Strong  /  Reuters
Bathers pose for a photo as they swim in the geothermal hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon near Grindavik. The blue color of the water is caused by minerals and a blue green algae.
updated 5/25/2007 1:14:15 PM ET 2007-05-25T17:14:15

The Deal
When summer temperatures start climbing, we like to cool off in Iceland. You can too with the terrific summer and fall deals we’ve found on Icelandair Holidays, including a build-your-own trip and a spa retreat in the country’s hip capital of Reykjavik; a unique adventure that explores Iceland’s glaciers, geysers and waterfalls; and one that discovers its northern regions – on horseback! These airfare and hotel specials, all with extras thrown in, start at just $815.

Iceland à la carte this summer from $815
Want to check out happening Reykjavik, with a day trip or two thrown in? We suggest Icelandair Holidays’ build-your-own package from $815 (for travel June 1–14 and again August 20–31) for a two-night stay with air and daily buffet breakfast. This special allows you to add discounted extra nights as well as a variety of tours and activities to the base price. Covered in the base price is lodging at three-star Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir, a glass-fronted property within walking distance of Reykjavik’s center. Upgrade options are available, too, running up to $1045 for a sojourn at four-star Hotel Borg. Airfare is also included, based on midweek days from three getaways: New York, Boston or Baltimore (Orlando and Minneapolis are available for $60 extra), with airport transfers. Add-on tours include the Golden Circle evening excursion and whale- and dolphin-watching with a Blue Lagoon visit, both for $99.

Glaciers, geysers and waterfalls from $1655
For a sampling of Iceland’s diverse natural marvels, we recommend another terrific deal. The weeklong Glaciers, Geysers, and Waterfalls fling now starts at only $1655 for September departures. Included is air from your choice of three East Coast getaways (same as above), with low add-ons from Orlando and Minneapolis. Lodging at midrange hotels is provided throughout, as are daily meals. This unique adventure, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide, takes in humongous glaciers, seawater-carved arches, majestic blowholes and colorful mud pools. Want to leave sooner? Summer departures are also available at slightly higher cost, starting at $1975 for trips from June 2–9 and August 23–30. High-season travel, between June 16 and August 18, goes for $2345 but if you book by May 31, you’ll save $150 off this price.

Sweet spa treats in Reykjavik from $1389
For sweet spa bliss in stunning Iceland, you can’t beat a deluxe three-night spree at Reykjavik’s elegant Nordica Hotel for only $1389. This price is valid for departures in the first two weeks of June or the last ten days of August; summer spa combos with the same inclusions cost $410 more ($1799).

Image: Skogafoss waterfall
Stoyan Nenov  /  Reuters
A man stands in front of Skogafoss waterfall, some 100 km (62 miles) south-east of Iceland's capital Reykjavik.

Again, airfare is included from a number of departure cities but what makes this package particularly appealing is the variety of spa treatments covered in the price. Feel like an aromatic-salt glow treatment or a special fire-and-ice delight with Icelandic lava stones? Book this package and the pleasure is all yours! Also included is unlimited access to the hotel’s spa facilities and fitness center during your stay; daily Scandinavian-style breakfast; airport transfers; and a visit to the Blue Lagoon, where a dip in its curative waters is a must!

Explore Iceland on horseback from $1949
Want to grab a one-off chance to play Icelandic cowboy this summer? Book a horse-riding adventure around northern Iceland at an incredible price of $1949 for airfare, five-nights’ accommodation, meals, and expert guides to get you on your way. This price is valid for three departures: August 3, 24 and 30. In addition to air from New York, Baltimore or Boston and transfers, it covers two-night lodging at a midrange hotel in Reykjavik and three nights’ accommodation at farmhouses and inns in the countryside. Also included are daily meals. A note to novice riders: This is an easy-going tour easily doable for families with children over 10 years. In fact, it’s a joy to explore spectacular northern Iceland on horseback, with its green valleys, mountains and fascinating Viking history.

The Dollars
All prices quoted are based on double occupancy and exclude air taxes and fees.

The Catch
Getting to Iceland may be the cheapest part of your trip – it’s a notoriously expensive place once you’ve arrived!

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