In theory – for a capital with a population of just 200,000 – it’s all too easy to dismiss Reykjavik as a bit provincial. In reality, it’s nothing of the sort of course.
Squeezed between snow-capped mountains of pure drama and the wintery ocean, Reykjavik is one of the coolest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. With a thirst for culture, quirky architecture and a wild nightlife, it’s no wonder this small capital punches well above its weight on the travel scene.
Owing to its extreme latitude (Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world), your experience here can differ greatly on the time of the year. During the summer months, the city is flooded with 20 hours of sunlight and full advantage is taken of its magnificent natural setting.
In winter, darkness takes over – sparking a renowned creativity and industry in the city, reflected in everything from its innovative restaurant scene to its high-tech geothermal pools.
There’s plenty to occupy your time here from scaling to the top of Hallgrimskirkja, a towering church with panoramic views of the city, to museum-hopping through the compact city centre.
And you can’t visit Reykjavik without having a dip in the geothermal pools – ultra-relaxing and a must for the winter months! Winter or summer, Reykjavik has carved out a reputation for world-class nightlife with its Scandinavian-cool cutting-edge bars and clubs, all set against a rugged volcanic backdrop.