Set among snow-topped mountains and volcanic surrounds, Reykjavik is the energetic gateway city to a land of rugged adventures and a must on any Iceland tour itinerary. As the planet’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik greets you with a crisp, clean Icelandic breeze before charming you with its blend of small village feel and big city passion.
Looking out across the sea to glacier views, this little city is split in half by the brilliant waters of Tjornin Lake and brims with highbrow museums, stylish restaurants and a buzzing nightlife just moments from epic volcanic landscapes and the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Begin your Iceland tour ambling around these friendly and colourful streets before uncovering the island’s more remote and isolated pockets that hold natural wonders of otherworldly lava fields and bubbling mud pools.
When to go
Visit from November to April for the Northern Lights, or from June to August for almost 24 hours of sun.
What to do
- Climb the striking Hallgrimskirkja church for great city views
- Recharge your batteries with a visit to a state-of-the-art geothermal pool
- Explore the Golden Circle