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
This escorted tour takes in the winter wilderness of southern Iceland, starting and ending in the capital Reykjavik and visiting a number of the region's most impressive sites, from the iceberg-filled waters of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon to the waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss among others.
Iceland is deservedly known for its dramatic landscapes and abundance of geological wonders. This five-day tailor-made self-drive tour combines a two-night stay in Iceland's charming capital Reykjavik with two-nights at Ion Hotel.
Combine the colourful city of Reykjavik with the Iceberg town of Ilulissat in Greenland. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in addition due to the town's location north of the Arctic Circle it’s a fantastic place to look for the Northern lights.
Top places to stay in Reykjavik
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.
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.
To escape the crowds at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, book into this award-winning design hotel with its own private geothermal lagoon.
If you want to bask in 24-hour sunlight, follow our guide to the best places to experience the Midnight Sun around the world.
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