Reykjavik is like an ice princess with a foot in two worlds. On the one-side young, daring and light of step, on the other deeply rooted in nature and tradition. In wintertime she is plunged into darkness (22hours per day at its peak) and in summertime she dances in un-ending light. The most sparsely populated country in Europe; Iceland is a goldmine of un-spoilt nature: active volcanoes, spouting geysers, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.
The peace and tranquility of this combined with the unpredictability of a country that was created by volcanic eruptions, makes for a culture of contrast and contradiction. This is a place to expect the unexpected and live life to the full. Reykjavik’s legendary nightlife is a testimony to this, with over 50 bars lining the main street of Laugavegur, each with its own distinct personality. If late-night revelry is not your style, Iceland’s capital is the perfect base for exploring its other wild side: skiing, snowboarding, ice and rock climbing are all on offer in the wilderness beyond the city gates, or take a trip into the Arctic Ocean to spot whales, puffins and seabirds.
Icelandic culture has its roots in Norse traditions, with popular traditions of prose: sagas and eddas written in the middle ages. Explore the LivingArt Museum, the National Gallery or one of the thriving self-organised art spaces like Kling Og Bang, to get a sense of Reykjavik’s refreshingly unconventional blend of tradition and modernity.
Reykjavik is also a wonderful base to see the astonishing Northern Lights so please do ask our Iceland experts about the best times to visit!