Reykjavik Hotels, Reykjavik Flights and Reykjavik City Breaks:
Reykjavik is the most notherly capital in the world and an original choice for a stylish city break. The name means "Smoky Bay" after the steam clouds which rise from it geothermal springs. Discover the land of fire and ice with active geysers and bubbling mud pools alongside thundering waterfalls.
The Northern Lights make a breathtaking display, while the long and light summer days remind you that you are in the land of the midnight sun.
The world’s northernmost capital city is wet and windy but – thanks to the Gulf Stream – surprisingly warm. Reykjavik is built on the site of Iceland’s first human settlement, established by Vikings in the 9th century. It remained a trading settlement until the 18th century, thereafter developing to become the national centre of government, commerce and population. The process accelerated in the second half of the 20th century to create today’s ultra-modern waterside city.
Reykjavik lies on Faxafloi Bay in an area of superb coastal scenery, overlooked by Mount Esja with the sparkling Snaefellsjokull Glacier on the horizon. It is a neat low-rise city with a large central lake – a compact place clean enough to belong to Switzerland. It has a buzzing cultural scene, built around two summer events – the Arts Festival in May and June presents concerts, theatre, dance, opera and art exhibitions. Reykjavik Culture Night in August involves the whole city celebrating wildly, culminating in a spectacular firework display over the harbour.Reykjavik Temperature Chart :
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Iceland’s past is celebrated at the open-air Reykjavik City Museum, whilst its Viking heritage is explored at the new Reykjavik 871 +/-2 Settlement Exhibition in the city centre, containing the oldest settlement remains in the country, including a Viking longhouse. The National Gallery is worth a visit, as is the Art Museum at its three locations.
But this is a two-faced city – with good shopping, endless coffee shops, good restaurants and a very relaxed atmosphere by day…and a vibrant, pulsing nightlife that starts around midnight and lasts far into the small hours.
If you can bear to leave, a trip out from the city will deliver spectacular natural wonders like Gulfoss Waterfall, those famous hot springs, the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon and Thingvellir National Park [a World Heritage Site].
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