Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland


Reykjavík, Iceland

Why now

Reykjavík – or 101, as it sometimes known by its postal code –
is world’s
most northerly capital
and Iceland’s culture centre. Only a few
skyscrapers give way to colourful buildings housing lively cafés,
art galleries, a local music scene and a slew of top-notch
restaurants; it’s the perfect blend of old and new city vibrance.
Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights are just about guaranteed
this time of year as the darkness is the best condition in which to
see them. Expect long nights and winter-time activities including
skiing, snowshoeing and visiting ice caves.

When to go

November to April when there is almost certain darkness will
ensure you get a good show of the lights, while the magical aura of
Iceland makes it a good choice for those wanting to get into the
festive spirit in December.

Who to take with you

A coffee, art or book lover is the perfect companion for the
city. Its heaving with bustling cafés – a large part of
culture – where you’ll find well-dressed locals
making the most of design-led interiors, free wifi and
all-important coffee refills. UNESCO named Reykjavík the city of
literature, so be sure to take a good book.

Most likely to bump into

With a population of just 120,000, you’re likely to the same
faces in the city’s cool spots, be they a literature student or
budding artist.

Don’t miss

The Blue Lagoon spa. Take a day trip from the city centre to
soak in water naturally heated to 38 degrees. 70% sea water, 30%
fresh water, the Blue Lagoon is rich in blue-green algae, mineral
salts and fine silica mud, which condition and exfoliate the skin
leaving you relaxed and super smooth. It’s also worth stopping by
the Höfði House. Built in 1909, it’s the place where presidents
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbatsjov held their historic summit
meeting in 1986 which effectively marked the end of the Cold

An essential to bring with you

Reykjavík is small and best explored on foot or bike – a pair of
versatile shoes are a must.

How to get there

Keflavík International airport (48KM from Reykjavík) is the
gateway for flights to and from Iceland.

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