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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik

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Introduction

Reykjavik is a capital city with the feel of a small town. Brightly painted houses of corrugated iron dominate the city skyline and skyscrapers are virtually unheard of here. The buildings cluster around the Tjornin Lake, a spot that's at once tranquil and the bustling heart of the city.

From the tower at Hallgrímskirkja you can look out over the city and beyond to the rising columns of geothermal steam that earned this city the name Reykjavik, which roughly translates as, 'the bay of smoke'. For a taste of history head onto the National Museum where the Culture House exhibits beautifully illustrated sagas, vital records of the myths and legends that grew out of Iceland's ancient landscapes.

The world's most northerly capital, Reykjavik is also one of the most friendly and laidback, with award-winning restaurants and a world-famous nightlife that takes full advantage of the opportunity to party under the Midnight Sun.

One of the highlights of any stay in Reykjavik is the whale watching that can be undertaken just outside the harbour, where fin whales, humpback whales and dolphins congregate.

 

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Top itineraries in Reykjavik

Strokkur geyser in Iceland

Journey Around Iceland

8-day Escorted tour from £2,305 pp incl. flights

Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.

Puffins at Svalbard

North Iceland Odyssey

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,150 pp incl. flights

Combine Reykjavik's city buzz and the icons of the Golden Circle with the lesser-visited gems of Northern Iceland. After an included soak in the Blue Lagoon, an epic road trip will see you among mighty waterfalls, lakes and fjords.

Top places to stay in Reykjavik

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Contemporary hotel

Located within easy reach of all of Reykjavik’s popular sites and city centre, the Hotel Skuggi offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant and an abundance of excursions and tours in the surrounding area.

Hotel Katla, Hofdabrekka, Iceland (3)

Hotel Katla, Vik

Traditional hotel

An ideal option for those taking a road trip along Iceland’s spectacular south coast, with outdoor hot tubs and a delicious on-site restaurant.

Blue Lagoon Clinic

Silica Hotel

Contemporary hotel

To escape the crowds at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, book into this award-winning design hotel with its own private geothermal lagoon.

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Traditional hotel

The best hotel in town, Hotel Borg is a Reykjavík landmark in its own right, an imposing and attractive Art Deco building that overlooks Austurvöllur, a popular and bustling public square.

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