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Reykjavik Holidays & City Breaks 2020
The splendid city of Reykjavik bears the title of being the most northern capital in the world. As well as the capital of Iceland, it is also the country’s largest city, located along the southwestern coast of Iceland. Reykjavik also finds itself to be a huge tourist attraction, due to its geological, historical and cultural sights. A trip to the Nordic countries, definitely warrants a Reykjavik holiday. In this Icelandic city you can go back in time and trace the history of the Vikings. Or you could admire the panoramic views of the city, as Reykjavik boasts colourful buildings, nearby hills and the sea. Of course, one of the main attractions to the city, is for the chance to witness the fascinating Northern Lights. This gives you a chance to explore outside of the city for a period, although sometimes the aurora does take the city of Reykjavik by surprise.
Reykjavik at a glance
Top attractions to visit
Witnessing the Northern Lights is a must when visiting Reykjavic
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Go on a tour along the Golden Circle route
Art & culture
National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik 871+/-2, Sun Voyager
Sample the local food
Expect tender lamb, succulent langoustine and cured shark
Rest & relaxation
Savour your time at a geothermal spring in the Blue Lagoon
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Head to Laugavegur strip for a wide range of bars and clubs
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Things to do in Reykjavik
Top things to do in Reykjavik
During a Reykjavik weekend break, discover a bunch of museums, stunning architectural structures and geological phenomenons.
- Golden Circle - This is a must-see tour. It is a popular tour amongst tourists, as it covers a large area from Reykjavik itself into the southern lands of Iceland. Along the Golden Circle route, you will make relevant stops at various geological sites. These include Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Haukadalur.
- Thingvellir National Park - This is a very important site to Icelanders, in fact, it is a protected area in Iceland and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. What makes the park so unusual is the tectonic and volcanic environment where it lies.
- Gullfoss - The next stop on the tour is Gullfoss. Literally meaning ‘Golden Falls’ in English. This waterfall can be found by the Hvita River, located in the southwest of Iceland. This iconic waterfall has many stories to tell in terms of its preservation and the uses of it in the past.
- Haukadalur - The final stop on the tour, this valley is located north of Laugarvatn lake. Haukadalur is a famous attraction thanks to the geysers and other geothermal characteristics, such as hot springs and mud pots. The biggest geysers here are Strokkur and Geysir (the origin of the word geyser). You will find that Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes, whereas Geysir erupts very rarely.
When to go
First and foremost, the weather in Iceland can be very unpredictable. The weather can be chilly and wet at times. Although, during the summer, temperatures increase a little making the weather quite mild, but once again, this isn’t guaranteed. The best time for a Reykjavik city break is perhaps between May and September. This period is the warmest Reykjavik will experience and also quite a popular time for visitors. Visit during October and March for a chance to see the Northern Lights, but don’t bank on it, as the weather and various other factors can affect this phenomenon.
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