Reykjavik Holidays 2014 - 2015

Fríkirkjan City view Reykjavik at night
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Remarkable Reykjavik

Reykjavik holidays will be caked in adventure and awe, transporting you to the mysterious and rugged country of Iceland, boasting stunning natural landscapes and wonderful artistic heritage. The capital city of Iceland is the entry point for tourists hoping to engage with the wonderful natural treasures of this isolated nation. And while being on the doorstop of many natural wonders, from mountains and glaciers to volcanoes and waterfalls, within the city of Reykjavik itself you’ll encounter many worthwhile sites and attractions.

All manner of visitors will be inspired by their holidays to Reykjavik, whether exploring the city’s engaging historical and cultural attractions, delving into Icelandic ideals in the form of interesting cuisine, or exploring the natural beauty that is embedded within and around this unique city.

City of Nature and Culture

Embarking on Reykjavik city breaks will provide holidaymakers with the opportunity to experience a unique city, in both culture and architecture. The city’s old town is a hub of interest, and though small in size, it is big in character and appeal. The walkable area is adorned in colourful buildings and striking architecture, as well as several engaging museums and art galleries. Among the landmarks that deserve a spot on your camera include the modern architectural beauty of the City Hall, as well as the parliament building and Reykjavik Cathedral.

Culture vultures should also make the effort to explore some of the city’s museums during their holidays in Reykjavik. The National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Museum are two of the finest examples of the country’s artistic heritage, while the National Museum will impart all there is to know about Iceland. Nature lovers will also be appeased by this variable city, with sites like the Botanical Gardens and Tjornin, a lake at the centre of town, providing a dose of tranquillity to your break.

The Beauty of Iceland

There aren’t many countries in the world that can match Iceland’s striking and diverse natural beauty – there is something otherworldly about this intriguing nation, characterised by steaming geysers and glistening glaciers. Many of these highlights can be easily explored from Reykjavik, allowing you the best of both sides of Iceland during your Reykjavik holidays. Among the country’s most famous sites is the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. The best time to see the lights from the city is from September to October or from February to March, always after 8pm, though the early hours of the morning are the best time to spot them.

From spotting bright lights to spotting giant creatures – whale watching is another fantastic activity to undertake around the capital. Many tour operators depart the old harbour in search of minke and humpback whales. Hiking is another great way of exploring Iceland’s wonderful landscapes. Esjan Mountain is one of the most popular trekking areas outside of Reykjavik, and is easily accessible from the city by bus.

Another famous attraction in the area around the capital is the Blue Lagoon. This popular geothermal spa is located south-west of the city and boasts a wonderful bathing and swimming area in waters up to 40C – a wonderful way of relaxing as your holidays to Reykjavik come to an end.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Icelandic (English widely spoken)
Currency: Iceland Krona
Local time: GMT/BST
Local airport: Reykjavik
Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Reykjavik’s well known for its myriad of boutique hotels. With impeccable service and individually themed and furnished rooms, these hotels are bastions of intimate romance amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. Or if you’re not so much into romance in its traditional sense and prefer something more up to date and lively, Reykjavik also has a set of much more modern hotels on offer.

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snæfellsjökull is Icelandic for snow-fells glacier and is aptly named. A vast area of outstanding natural beauty, the National Park boasts a glacier, lava fields, huge forests and even several dormant volcanoes. If you can appreciate the romance in nature then this stark look at nature at its most rugged should get your heart pumping.

Couples Hotels

Reykjavik’s well known for its myriad of boutique hotels. With impeccable service and individually themed and furnished rooms, these hotels are bastions of intimate romance amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. Or if you’re not so much into romance in its traditional sense and prefer something more up to date and lively, Reykjavik also has a set of much more modern hotels on offer.