September 15, 2020

Our Guide to Iceland as a Top Luxury Destination

by Águsta Björg Þorsteinsdóttir
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Our Guide to Iceland as a Top Luxury Destination

Iceland is one of the last places in the world where you can get completely lost (in the best possible way, of course) and reunite with nature. Some of the best places Iceland has to offer are only reachable by modified trucks, horses, boats or many days of hiking. However, utilizing the luxurious travel option of helicopters and the expertise of our local experts, those places can be visited even on day trips out from the capital

Picture yourself soaring across glistening glaciers or robust volcanoes on a private helicopter, feeling the gust behind you as you power on a snowmobile, trekking with knowledgeable private guides in idyllic remote highlands, decompressing in a secluded hot spring or enjoying a 5-star meal in places whose names you’ll never be able to pronounce. The world is your oyster and today Iceland is on the menu.

If you are looking for a lavish trip of a lifetime. These are our top recommendations and ideas for your Iceland travel. And remember, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Nine Worlds luxury travel experts should you need further inspiration!

Painted mountains of Landmannalaugar

Luxury camping (glamping) along Laugavegur Trail

Luxury camping might seem like an oxymoron; however, “glamping” as it’s become known is a global phenomenon and for good reason! Our suggested glamping experience will take you to Iceland’s famous painted mountains of Landmannalauguar in Iceland’s highlands where your guide will make sure you get to see all of the wonders of the area, such as Ljotipollur crater, Graenegil canyon, and Hekla–one of Iceland’s most active volcanos.


For those especially interested in the hikes, the highlight of your trip will likely be the peak of Blahnjukur whose views are especially rewarding. The natural geothermally warmed waters of the local pools and showers facilitate perfect relaxation at the end of the day.

Private bathing in the Blue Lagoon from the suites at The Retreat

Indulge yourself in luxurious warm geothermal waters 

Retreat at the Blue Lagoon

If you thought the Blue lagoon was extravagant, think again. The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon is an unparalleled destination. Located on the Reykjanes peninsula only 45 minutes driving from Reykjavík, this place is something else. When you first lay eyes on the stark turquoise water meeting the pitch black lava field that somehow softens through the green moss you get the feeling that this can’t be real. But trust me when I say, this is simply Mother Nature at her best.

Yoga and relaxation at The Retreat

The Retreat is truly an architectural dream, offering heavenly cuisine at its beautiful Moss restaurant, and a legion of relaxation, message and spa opportunities for guests. The rooms are then yet another surprise. The balance between Nordic design and a connection with the surrounding roughness of nature meets in perfect harmony. Every single detail is artfully articulated to fit your every need and the visuals both inside and out irresistible. This is a place to gather your thoughts and indulge in some serious self-care.

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Bathing at Vök Baths

Vök Baths 

In the East of Iceland, in the region known for its deep and majestic fjords, charming small fishing villages and flocks of wild reindeer, you will find the otherworldly Vök baths. In this location, natural hot water runs into special pools in the middle of the ice-cold Urriðavatn lake. Creating the most stellar contrast and a truly unique bathing experience.

This is one of the newest luxury bathing experiences in Iceland. Built in harmony with its natural surroundings, the emphasis is on sustainability and respect for nature. This synchronization with nature is also evident in in the local ingredients used at their lovely restaurant which offers a splendor of dishes to enjoy pre- or post- your rejuvenation soak. My favorite thing about the restaurant is the tea bar, where you can brew your own from Icelandic herbs and 75°c (167 F) hot water directly from the ground! 

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Deluxe Fitness Experiences in Reykjavík

Sólir Yoga

Founded by a banker who found her inner peace in yoga after the financial crash of 2008, this haven has slowly become the place to go for the fitness-yogis of Reykjavík. Sólir Yoga and Health Center also won the European Yoga Study award in 2019. Moreover, the have begun making amazing trips with its active participants to yoga centers around the world. 

Step in right off the Grandi hipster districts or have a private session for you or with your partner. They truly work wonders for your relationships inside and out.


Hreyfing Health Center

This beautiful gym has it all. State of the art equipment that is constantly being renewed. A wide selection of classes (private and group), professional spa treatments, hot tubs, sauna and a steam bath. The facilities are designed by Rut Kára, Iceland’s most famous interior designer, and the atmosphere is both peaceful but energizing. There is something for everyone, even the little ones!

Private Helicopter Adventures 

Private helicopter ride to Iceland’s mountain tops

Helicopter Ride to Volcanoes

In Iceland, you will often find yourself stopping in the middle of strikingly beautiful locations watching the birds soar over uniquely Icelandic mountains, capes, glaciers and volcanoes, and you cannot help but feel little envy. While we cannot offer you the ability to fly, the next best thing is a helicopter tour. Traveling by helicopter offers you the unique chance to view and visit Iceland’s most spectacular sites in less time with the freedom of a bird!

Take a helicopter to hot Springs, volcanic chambers & Iceland’s best skiing locations

Private helicopters open a whole new world of adventures, tours and experiences around the country. Think heli-skiing down the powdery slopes of Siglufjörður, swaying around in no-man’s land, or jumping off the helicopter only to jump into a hot spring in the middle of the deserted Icelandic highlands. You might even want to have it drop you off in the vast Blue Mountains where the only volcanic chamber you can go into in the world is located. This experience truly puts the force of volcanoes in perspective.

Learn more about Iceland’s Geology.

Luxury Hotels Around Iceland

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon 

As mentioned above, this world-class, award-winning hotel is truly magnificent and offers many different experiences. The best rooms come with a guide and butler but every suite also has its own private lagoon.

Deplar Farm

If you are looking for a secluded, artfully crafted lodge where every need is catered to, look no further. Delpar Farm is apart of the Eleven Experience chain which offers lodging all around the world and with that qualification stamp you can expect nothing but the best. 

The lodge at Deplar Farm under the northern lights

Here the philosophy is being in the moment. The facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, private yoga session with stunning views, a gym, helipads, entertainment rooms, media rooms, a luxurious spa, nutrition specialists, a bar and a lounge. Anything you want really. Oh, and if that did not sound catering enough. They have expert guides on deck to take you on any adventure you might want to experience that day, hiking, snowmaking, skiing or trucking into the wilderness! 

Hotel Konsulat

The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, is situated in the oldest part of Reykjavík at the junction of Icelandic history and style. The reconstruction of this charming building, which in the 19th and 20th century housed a grand department store run by Consul Thomsen and his family. The hotel was completed in 2018 with modern amenities and a nod to Reykjavík’s vibrant culture.

Hotel Konsulat
Hotel Konsulat

At the hotel, you are given a glimpse into the history of Reykjavík and the great story of Consul Ditlev Thomsen, a true entrepreneur, and travel enthusiast.

You’re invited to follow his footsteps as hosts of curious travelers alongside personal services and timeless elegance where the lines between a hotel and a home are blurred. Every nook and cranny of the hotel tells a story from old photographs to quirky vintage decor to epicurean touches. A sanctuary from the bustling city outside.  

Other luxury private homes and lodges

There are also a number of private homes and lodges available for your stay in Iceland. Just get in touch with us, we might have something special in mind for your individual tastes or needs.

Our favorite high-end dining experiences


Lebanese and Morrocan in Iceland? Somehow this mixture whilst using local quality ingredients makes for the most delicious combination. Their beautiful interior and an open kitchen create a wonderful experience. However, for those looking to sit more privately, Sumac also invites their guests to enjoy the back room with a private bar and tailored-catering. This place is one you will remember and perfect for vegan/vegetarians!

Slippurinn in Westman Islands

Now this is a culinary experience! 

This family-run gem in the stunning Westman Islands right off the south coast in Iceland is a must-try. The chefs are focused on local produce. Not only in the way they make use of the daily catch of fish but also in the way they go out to pick berries, get sorrell and island herbs which they magically play within their cooking. 

Note: Only open during the summer season.

Norð Austur Sushi Bar at Seyðisfjörður

Named after the most tiring wind direction in Iceland this place is anything but. Using fresh local produce the chefs whip up one mouth-watering plate after the other and some delicately chosen beverages to go with. Being located in Seyðisfjörður, a colorful fishing village in the remote Eastfjords, you cannot help but be surprised with the quality and metropolitan ambiance which is somehow wrapped in their sweet local charm. 

Ask for rolls that combine the catch of the day both from the nearby river and the Atlantic sea. They are bound to dazzle your tastebuds!

Intrigued? Check out our Guide on the East fjords.

Looking for ways to combine all of those together? Or maybe just to splurge on one of the activities we mentioned? Check out Nine Worlds by Iceland Travel for travel inspiration and a chance to create your ultimate luxury experience in Iceland! 

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