Vikings and Vodka
Take a city break with a difference in the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavic in Iceland. There is so much to it but… in a nutshell… Iceland’s Capital City just has something special about it.
A mountainous gateway to rugged adventure & outdoor pursuits you can spend one minute clambering over ice fields and the next relaxing in geothermal springs or luxurious indoor spas.
You can learn all about viking history and watch live volcanoes as the tectonic plates beneath Iceland shift… this is not a place for the faint hearted, that’s for sure. Lucky visitors may also catch a glimpse of the Northern lights at certain times of the year.
Reykjavik has an energetic culture that includes an internationally recognised music scene, great food and notoriously wild nightlife… though it does come at a cost. Alcohol is expensive here so be prepared! Most of the 100+ bars and clubs are located around Laugavegur… they don’t get lively until late but are open until the very early hours.
In summer they get 22 hours of daylight; in winter it has the never-ending darkness of night and the sheer difference in seasons has done something to its people.. something fun! Reykjavic has all the culture you would expect a European city to have … café’s, museums, restaurants and art and all the fun of a circus.
City breaks to Reykjavik are becoming more popular with British holidaymakers now that frequent flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow are established. Ideal for a winter or summer city break, holidays in Reykjavik have lots to offer.
Just 45 minutes drive from the centre of Reykjavic is the Blue Lagoon… a geothermal experience where you can relax in natural waters, get massaged and scrubbed to within an inch of your life and leave feeling like you are floating on cloud 9. A great experience for couples or groups alike.
If you feel like stretching the legs … head to Mt Esja and choose one of the various routes up the imposing mount which watches over Reykjavik like a guardian angel. Offering a relatively easy hike up 914 metres, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the capital. Esja is located just east of Reykjavik and is accessible by public transport: … and don't forget to sign the guestbook at the peak!
Culture Vultures should head to the National gallery or take in a whole different type of architecture at the stunning Hallgrimskirkj church.
If you want to spend time out and about why not go on a whale watching trip, visit the ice fields views or, should you time your break well, you can head to the Iceland Airwaves music festival which is annually staged in October and promises a visit you won’t forget!