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Combine urban and rural with a city break to Reykjavik. Here, primary-coloured buildings and modern concert halls mingle with dramatic scenery, as the city is surrounded by geothermal pools, rumbling volcanoes and the magical Northern Lights.

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Holidays in Reykjavik

Trips to Reykjavik with Travelbag start with refined Icelandic lodgings, selected for their sophisticated style and Norse ambiance. On your doorstep, in the westernmost city of Europe, you’ll find craft breweries, bespoke interior design shops, and restaurants overlooking a wilderness shaped by the Atlantic’s tide, wind and rain. Venture out of Reykjavik, and you’ll find plant species that remember the last ice age, steaming geysers and snow-topped mountains. Bathe in mineral-filled pools, believed to relieve skin conditions and soothe the body. Go in search of the night sky’s dancing Aurora Borealis. And dine on Icelandic specialities like roasted lamb, fermented shark and, surprisingly, hot dogs.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Hotels

The great outdoors is undoubtedly the highlight of a city break to Reykjavik, but there’s no shortage of fine hotels to hold up in. A minimalist approach is typical, with sleek, subtle features and furniture that echoes both the maritime industries and local folklore. Think slender reading lamps leaning over spacious reading chairs adorned with woolly throws, solid wooden surfaces left bare to show off their grain patters, and the latest tech trends seamlessly fitted into stone walls. The Hotel Reykjavik Centrum has a great location on Aðalstræti, one of the city’s oldest streets. Its interior has been renovated, whilst the 1764 exterior has been kept as is. Within the hotel, you can try traditional Icelandic dishes in Fjalakötturinn restaurant, or head to Uppsalir bar for homemade cakes and cocktails.

 

Norse Style

As the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik is understandably not your average city. The architecture gives a nod to features of the countryside. The towering design of Hallgrimskirkja Church, for example, resembles trap rocks and glaciers. And the city’s distinctive colourful rooftops, despite being made of corrugated iron, somehow exude a charming coastal vibe. But the jewel in the crown is Harpa Concert Hall. With a geometric glass exterior, this ultra-modern building is an architectural masterpiece. Reykjavik’s mishmash of buildings lends it a unique – if not a little strange – style, that reflects its independent personality through and through. Whilst the surrounding nature may be the reason for your visit to Reykjavik, there’s no doubt that the city itself is fascinating – from its boutiques selling Nordic fashion collections, to the trendy cafes and beyond-cool cocktail bars.

 

Nordic Adventures

Reykjavik acts as a springboard to Iceland’s geothermal wonders, volcanic formations and rolling grasslands. When it comes to exploring, the most common route is the Golden Circle, which encompasses Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Field and Gullfoss waterfall. It takes just over three hours, so fits perfectly into a city break to Reykjavik. You can book a day trip, or consider taking a self-drive tour if you want to see the scenery at your own pace. Another option is the Blue Lagoon – a milky-blue pool of geothermal water, with views over the volcanic landscapes. Or take a boat trip out to sea. If you visit between April and October, you’ll be able to spy humpback, minke and orca whales. And, of course, there are the famous Northern Lights. The Lights can be elusive, but no trip to Iceland is complete without them.

 

Best time to visit Reykjavik

Summers are permeated by long days and midnight sun, whilst the winter months see the chase for the Northern Lights. The concentrated summer season runs from mid-June to August – this is the time of year to hike past Viking horses, when spring’s grasses and wildflowers have come to full bloom. The weather can change quickly but, in Reykjavik, you’re never too far away from cosy bars and hangouts. Winter, between September and January, is prime time for seeing the Northern Lights, and outdoor activities carry on regardless of the snow. For a cheap holiday to Reykjavik, travel in spring or autumn to get the best deal.

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Why Travelbag?

Holidays to Reykjavik give you the chance to visit a truly unique city, while seeing some of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Whether you want a luxurious hotel or a budget-friendly option, our travel experts will tailor your break to suit you.

Call us today, or visit your nearest Travelbag branch to book your break to Reykjavik. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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