This dramatic coastal city which is often the start and end point of holidays in Iceland, can be explored in depth on our holidays to Reykjavik. Unlike many capital cities, Reykjavik feels quiet and uncrowded and a stroll around its streets reveals the lack of traffic and calm atmosphere. During the summer, the city is bathed in perpetual daylight and owing to the Midnight Sun, it’s even possible to take photos without a flash at midnight.
Reykjavik is the most northerly city in the world and the gateway to many of the most famous natural sights in Iceland. Surrounded by mountainous peaks and lunar-like landscapes, this is a unique city packed with surprises. There are endless outdoor adventures to enjoy on our Reykjavik tours, from Northern lights trips and glacier walking to bathing in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. This naturally heated pool lies on the Reykjanes Peninsula and is one of the most popular places to visit on holidays to Reykjavik. Alternatively, explore the streets of the city to seek out the unusual architectural buildings such as Hallgrimskirkia church and the Harpa concert hall.
From October through to early March, the Northern Lights can often be seen painting the sky above Reykjavik in neon shades of pink, green and yellow as they perform their elegant dance. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this natural phenomenon will captivate you with its ethereal glow.
The Golden Circle is an unbelievable landscape that incorporates Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. These three natural sites combine to form one of the most incredible places to visit on Reykjavik tours.
Northern Lights: Although there’s no guarantee of seeing these natural phenomena, they should be on every traveller’s bucket list. The Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s finest works of art and will leave you speechless if you’re fortunate enough to witness them. Illuminating the dark winter skies in soft hues of green, red and yellow, the Northern Lights perform a swirling dance often compared to a whirling dervish. No performance is ever the same and even locals are still mesmerised by their appearance. The best months to see the Aurora are from late September to March when the skies are at their darkest.
The Great Geysir: Throughout Iceland there are many geothermal areas, but the Haukadalur Valley in the Golden Circle is the best. Home to the most famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, you can watch spouts of hot water erupt almost 200 metres in the air. Great Geysir is much less active nowadays, but Strokkur continues to put on a fantastic show with eruptions almost every five minutes. Other must-visit natural wonders in the area include hot springs and bubbling mud pools which are formed from geothermal activity beneath the ground.
Blue Lagoon: Arguably the most renowned hot spring in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon has been listed as one of the 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. Its milky blue waters lie inside a lava field just under an hour from Reykjavik and its combination of sea water and fresh water is rich in minerals that are great for the skin. Although this is a naturally heated spa, there are excellent facilities such as steam rooms, a sauna and a relaxation area. Sinking into the hot lagoon during the winter is a surreal experience especially if the Northern Lights make an appearance while you bathe.
Midnight Sun: Also referred to as the polar day, the Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon which only occurs during the summer months in Iceland. The sun is visible for 24 hours a day and never completely sets below the horizon. While it can take some getting used to, especially when it’s still daylight at midnight, it’s a magical experience. It’s definitely worth setting your alarm and going for a walk in the middle of the night to bask in the sunshine.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: Across Iceland you can find many glacier lagoons but Jökulsárlón is the largest and most impressive of them all. It’s often referred to as the ‘crown jewel of Iceland’ and is strewn with huge icebergs and meltwater that have come away from the tip of the glacier. A Zodiac boat trip is one of the best ways to experience Jökulsárlón as you sail on the icy waters below gigantic icebergs. Walk to Diamond Beach, just half a mile from the lagoon to see icebergs that have been swept onto the shore, studding the black sand like glistening diamonds.
Blizzard bombs, waterfalls and geological features
You certainly pack a lot into this 5 day trip which delivered despite the ever changing winter weather. Our guide Oskar as flexible with the itinerary which meant that we were able to get the most out of each day. The highlight was the glacier walk and we even got a glimpse of the northern lights one night.
A great trip to a fascinating country. The highlight was seeing the Northern lights outside the Hotel Laki (and briefly back in Reykjavik). The weather meant that there was clear skies and sunshine, so the views with the snow were excellent. (Which was a good job as there are some long road journeys).