The air might be ice cool, but a decidedly warm welcome awaits in the Icelandic capital
Where summer nights never seem to end. With amazing geo-thermal energy powering the whole island, you’re never far from astonishing landscapes, hot mud baths, and frenzied bubbling pools. Reykjavik has fire and ice in equal measure – and all within your reach.
|Time zone:||GMT (GMT +1 hour in summer)|
|Flight Time:||3 hours 20|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 4.6°C
Rainfall: 817.6mm a year
The Culture House is not only a great name for a great museum, but it has all you need to know about the nation’s amazing geology, including a red-hot exhibition dedicated to one of its volcanic islands.
Must eat at:
Hilltop restaurant Perlan is the place in town to get dressed up, go out for dinner, and eat posh. It’s all about location as well as food – with a simply peerless view down over the twinkling lights of the city below.
Must be there for:
Let’s hear it for Beer Day on 1st March, which marks the legalisation of the golden fluid in – wait for it – 1989. Now 20 years old, the end of prohibition is marked with a huge party across the city, and extra late opening in the city’s clubs and bars.
- Fill mornings with cutting-edge art at the likes of i8 gallery (Tryggvagata 16), spend afternoons browsing boutiques and evenings sampling lively bars and clubs. It is also a crime to visit Reykjavik without taking a dip in one of its wonderful geothermic swimming pools and hot tubs.
- Go native and feed the ducks with the children (and a few grandparents) at Tjornin Lake, otherwise known as Reykjavik pond.
- When it’s cool in the city, take a dip in one of four world-class geothermal swimming pools dotted around town – and get to know the locals.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Iceland.
Duty free shopping:
Although Iceland is in Europe, it is outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Reykjavik through our terminals. More information.
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