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Reykjavik City Breaks

Why Visit Reykjavik?

Reykjavik is the glorious capital of Iceland. So close to the arctic circle, the city boasts the title of being the most northern capital in the world, with only a few hours of sunlight in the winter and almost 24 in the summer! It has a number of other unique attractions too, with tourists flocking to witness its extraordinary sights.

Nature lovers will adore a trip to Reykjavik, with incredible outdoor attractions and natural wonders to visit. Whether you want to relax or be adventurous, it’s up to you, with tours to see whales and puffins, the warmth of the Blue Lagoon’s waters to bathe in, and spectacular glaciers to explore. Of course, there are also the Northern Lights, a breath-taking sight bound to fascinate everyone.

Reykjavik is fantastic for older children, with fascinating whales to watch and Viking armour to try on! Couples will enjoy this destination for an unforgettable romantic getaway, with its mesmerising sights creating the perfect dreamy atmosphere.

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Things to do in Reykjavik

Attractions

Reykjavik is home to many attractions thanks to its remarkable landscapes, interesting history, and a buzzing nightlife.

  • Visit the outstanding Perlan museum
  • Watch a musical performance in the stunning Harpa Concert Halll
  • Go on a snorkelling tour of Silfra in some of the world’s clearest water
  • Hop on a boat to go whale watching

Nightlife

Despite being a small city, Reykjavik has an impressively vibrant nightlife with bars, Irish pubs, and a few clubs! The weekends are the best for exciting nights out as many places are open until the early hours of the morning.

Dining Out

Reykjavik has a wide range of establishments offering traditional Nordic cuisine. Many street food vendors serve delicious lamb soup served in a bread bowl. If you’re still hungry, some of them offer free refills!

For Families

Perlan museum is perfect for older children and parents alike, offering a mix of education and entertainment. With a stunning planetarium, interesting exhibits, and ice caves to explore, you won’t struggle spending hours here!

Shopping

Reykjavik’s main shopping street is Laugavegur. Here you can find anything from High Fashion brands to little tourist shops. If you get peckish during your shopping trip you can pop into a bakery or visit a street food kiosk.

Food and Fun festival

In the February or March of each year Reykjavik hosts the Food and Fun festival. During this period world-renowned chefs partner up with the city’s finest restaurants to create a three-course meal using Icelandic ingredients. After the results, the city throws a great party!

Weekend Breaks to Reykjavik

Best Time to Go

The weather is almost always cold in Iceland, with summer temperatures only peaking at 15 degrees, so make sure to bring warm clothes! Peak season is during July and August when the weather is mild and there are 16-20 hours of daylight. If you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights, then go in the winter as there’s a higher chance of you experiencing this phenomenon.

Short Breaks to Reykjavik

Local Info

Currency

Icelandic Króna is used here.

Time Zone

Reykjavik uses Greenwich Mean Time.

Getting around

There are direct flights from Dublin to Keflavík International airport all year round with a fight time of only 2.5 hours. The city centre is around 50 kilometres from the airport, and you can get there by hiring a car or getting a transfer. There are several ways of getting around: a car rental, taxis, buses, and scheduled coaches to main attractions. There is also the Reykjavik City Card which gives you unlimited travel on the buses for up to 72 hours.