Currency: Icelandic krona
Local time: GMT
Airport: Reykjavik International
1. Relax in the Blue Lagoon
One of the 25 wonders of the world, this natural spa should be top of your list on a visit to Reykjavik. Home to a thermal spa, in-water massage area, swim-up bar and restaurants, this iconic attraction is the ideal way to kick back and enjoy your holiday. To guarantee entry, we recommend pre-booking your tickets on the Blue Lagoon website.
2. Go whale watching
With ships sailing from the old harbour, heading out onto the water makes for a great day trip. Tours operate daily from harbours in both the North and South of the island. There are loads of tours which take place daily, so make sure you do your research prior to going and choose a tour which is suited to your needs.
3. The Northern Lights
A natural phenomenon, seeing the northern lights are a once in a lifetime opportunity. The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid April. If you are hiring a car in Iceland you can see the northern lights for free, however, there are many operators which offer different tours of the Northern lights, whether this be by land or water, so make sure you do your research first.
4. Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa, the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre, is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. A cultural and social centre in the heart of the city, Harpa features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Guided tours are available and there are also two restaurants. Harpa shops offer a great range of music, Nordic design, books, flowers and other gift items.
5. Hallgrímskirkja church
Reykjavik is steeped in history, so you’re bound to stumble across charming churches and ancient architecture on your travels. Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Climb up the tower for stunning views of the city, or take a guided tour to learn more about the incredible history of this religious building. From October to April, the church opens from 09:00 – 17.00, with last entry to the tower at 16.30.
6. Try the local cuisine
With its coastal location, it’s no surprise that Iceland loves its seafood. Mussels are a favourite among locals and feature highly on menus in the city. If you’re looking to sample freshly caught fish, try the seafood soup. This steaming bowl is crammed full of mussels, salmon and haddock mixed with crème fraiche and tomato. Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Italian and French-inspired dishes are also readily available. Iceland has a massive coffee culture- Make sure you visit café chain, Kaffitar. Alcohol is quite expensive, so pick up a bottle on arrival as Keflavík airport’s duty-free is the cheapest place to buy alcohol in the country.
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