If the word ‘Iceland’ has you thinking ‘cold’ and ‘mysterious’, you’re right, but in a good way. What you don’t know is that the capital Reykjavik is the ideal spot for a weekend of cool urban chic and hot natural springs in summer just as much in winter.
Quad bike across the rugged landscape, watch the northern lights and scuba dive between tectonic plates. In summer, look forward to refreshingly cool temperatures, 20hrs of straight daylight and a non-stop party atmosphere. Whenever you go, you’re in for a totally unique adventure in a city we consider to be among the most cutting-edge in Europe.
From soaking in bubbling thermal pools to tackling dramatic frozen glaciers, you’re never in danger of running out of things to do. Looking for action? Snowmobiling and ice climbing are just two days well spent, if diving between tectonic plates isn’t your thing. Skiers will be challenged; and for a more laid back trip, relax your aching muscles in hot natural outdoor baths after a hard day’s shopping in the city’s hip designer stores.
Stay in the cutting-edge Hotel 101 all year round for a truly luxury weekend in Reykjavik. Spend summer days hiking the rugged landscapes of Thingvellir National Park, and watch bright, multicoloured sunsets, so extraordinary you’ll probably start to think you’re on the moon. For great Kodak moments you must see Hallgrimskirkja Church, Reykjavik’s highest and most imposing structure, as well as the Vatnajökull Glacier. The landscapes here are some of the most beautiful in the world. The mix of blues, whites and practically neon pinks as the sun sets will leave you with some professional-looking photographs even if you’re just a beginner.Read more
Go sky high
By super jeep you will head out to the renowned sites that mark the Golden Circle. A stop in the geothermal Haukadalur valley will reveal Geysir and Strokkur geysers hurling boiling water up to 70m into the air. A visit to the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall follows. The Hvítá river abruptly plunges deep into the earth and down into a canyon covering you in a mist of cool water.
Reykjavik by night
From sky high to beneath the earth’s crust, your comprehensive Icelandic adventure continues with a dramatic snorkeling session the following morning. Swimming in between slowly separating tectonic plates, you will dive into the Silfra fissure to reveal craggy, sheer-faced, vertical cliffs deep in the lakes crystal clear glacial waters.