When it comes to city break destinations, you can’t climb much higher than Reykjavik. Europe’s most northerly capital invites its visitors to enjoy a laid-back way of life and nightlife to rival some of the world’s best – against a backdrop of mountains, volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. Visit thought-provoking historical sites and get your bearings from the dominating spire of Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Things to do
You’ll find a wide range of activities in Reykjavik, including visits to interesting geothermal, historical and natural sites. Friendly and sometimes eccentric, this vibrant city is equally well placed for picturesque glacier walks as it is partying until sunrise. Here are just some of our favourite things to do in Reykjavik.
The northern lights will undoubtedly be at the front of your mind when you’re planning a trip to Reykjavik. Go over winter and gaze up into the night sky as the stunning natural phenomenon illuminates the darkness. As with any natural event, the aurora aren’t entirely predictable, so there’s an element of adventure as you head away from the city and bid to get the best view.
If you’re going during summer then you can turn your attention to the wonders of the deep as you set sail on a whale watching tour. Look out for minke whale as you glide across Faxaflói Bay, and keep your eye out for other interesting wildlife as you try and snap some memorable photos. Back on dry land you can saddle up on another magnificent beast and go horse riding through striking landscapes, visit the Gullfoss waterfall and Hallgrimskirkja Church, or indulge in some laid back pampering with an afternoon at the Geysir geothermal area.
Head back into the city and go for a wander around the Old Harbour before settling down for an intriguing Icelandic meal. Don’t forget to leave plenty of room for trying the local schnapps before continuing your evening out with some live music and a trip to one of Reykjavik’s contemporary nightclubs for a bit of dancing.