Reykjavik Holidays

With a dramatic climate characterized by 22 hour summer days and dark, snowy winters, Reykjavik can’t help but have a culture to match. Famous for a wild nightlife, you can dance until 7 am on the weekends, and then relax the next day in any of the hot, geothermal pools around town, themselves social centers and meeting places on the level of the ... Read more
English pub. Stroll through town, treating your eyes to the brightly colored corrugated metal-siding houses, before stopping off at one of Reykjavik’s extraordinary seafood restaurants, where you can try whale sashimi, or play it safer with Icelandic fish and chips. IcelandAir even offers free stopovers in Reykjavik on transatlantic flights-what better excuse to experience this city’s arctic delights?

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The best and most popular time to visit Reykjavik is in the summer, when temperatures are warm (meaning mid 50s Fahrenheit, or mid teens Celsius, which is warm by Icelandic standards). This is also the time of ... Read more
year when daylight hours stretch into the evening, and for a short time at the end of June and beginning of July, you’ll get nearly 24 hours of sunlight. However, visiting during Reykjavik’s golden months comes with a price: hotel rates will be higher and crowds will be at their thickest. Though cooler, September and May can be good alternatives for beating the crowds and summer prices; but most will want to avoid winter since, unlike summer, there are times when the sun barely peeks above the horizon.

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Reykjavik reviews

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  • 7.5
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Foster City

Nice clean quiet, least crowded and northern most capital city. Not a whole lot of things to do in the city : a church, a marina, whale & maritime museums, restaurants & shops. Iceland is more for nature lovers : volcanoes, lava rock walls, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and amazing landscapes.

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Vancouver

One of the most amazing stopovers, breathtaking scenery and crisp, clean air. The streets are geothermal my heated so they are not frozen over! I definitely want to go back and spend more time there !

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New York City

We were wandering around the pretty and chilly Reykjavik our first morning there when, after doing some shopping and grabbing a slice of pizza, we decided we should join a walking tour and hear some history. Our guide was an animated Icelander, who told us history and other stories about notable landmarks in Reykjavik, including where to buy your groceries like the locals, and where to gather when Iceland has a huge upset and qualifies for the World Cup finals. It takes about an hour and you get to hear from a local about the country and the city, tips not included.

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New York City

Reykjavik is a small, but fun city. The people are friendly and helpful. It's very walkable and the streets are filled with shops that are fun to explore. There's a great art scene and the street art is also pretty awesome. The downtown/historic city center area is great for grabbing a hot dog and walking along the water by the harbor. It's a good place to start and end any visit to Iceland.

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Chicago

Reykjavik, Iceland is a Scandinavian gem located between the United States and Europe. This destination is by far my favorite, because it holds an unreal beauty that is incomparable to any other place I have visited in the world. The city of Reykjavik is quaint and small, yet packs many restaurants, hip cafes, and local markets on a main street called Laugavegur. Visitors can visit the otherworldly black sand beaches of Vik, whale watch at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or witness the powerful Skogafoss Waterfall. No matter what the experience, anyone who frequents Iceland will surely return home a changed person- for the better!!

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Quezon City

Iceland's capital and largest city is the world's northernmost capital. It is the largest and most populous settlement in Iceland. It is the center of culture, life and urban development. It is among the richest, cleanest, greenest and safest cities in the world. Iceland. Reykjavik is unexpectedly a great destination and a unique experience.

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Clifton

Reykjavik is the largest city of Iceland. It has a population of only 130,000. I was not sure

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San Francisco

For those looking to explore Iceland nightlife and food I would recommend staying in the city, where 2/3 of people live. However if your trip permits I would recommend only one night in Reykjavik and spending the rest in various hotels along the road to you for have to drive back every night, particularly as daylight is so limited for those traveling in the winter.

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Saint John

A really cool place to visit, with lots of Viking heritage. The long summer daylight is tough to get used to.

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New York City

Reykjavik is a place which is small in population for a capital city but has a good deal going for it. A happening nightlife (for its size) a couple good museums, and some some wonderful restaurants. One my wife and I are especially crazy about is called Fish Market. The have a "Nine course fish tasting menu" which is fantastic! Strongly encourage.

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