With its lava-sculpted backdrop, natural harbor and notorious population of “hidden folk,” Hafnarfjordur makes an enchanting destination and, at just 10 kilometers south of Reykjavik, it’s an easy choice for a day tour.
As one of Europe’s smallest capital cities, Reykjavik is easy for first-time visitors to explore, with plenty of ways to get from A to B. To help you plan your trip, here’s the lowdown on how to get around in Reykjavik.
The midnight sun doesn’t just extend sightseeing hours though – it also offers a chance to see Iceland in a literally new light – bathed in the ethereal glow of the setting sun. From cruising around the coast to hiking across a glacier to soaking in a steamy hot pool, here are eight magical ways to experience the midnight sun in Iceland.
With the weather heating up it’s the ideal time to head outdoors, and Reykjavik makes the perfect basecamp for an adventure. Whether you want to marvel at the city from above, zoom around the countryside on an ATV or hurtle down river rapids, here are eight summer activities to try in Reykjavik that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
With full-strength beer famously banned in the country until 1989, Reykjavik might not be top of the list for a beer lover, but don’t be fooled – the Icelandic capital actually boasts a rich beer-brewing heritage. Alongside the historic Olgerdin Brewery, Reykjavik’s craft beer scene has taken off in recent years, and the city is now home to a cluster of brewpubs and craft beer bars where you can sample a range of Icelandic offerings.
Renowned around the world for its volcanic landscapes and thermal waters, visiting a thermal spa in Iceland is a quintessential experience. Whether you want to take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, bathe in a natural thermal pool or seek out a local swimming spot, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the mineral-rich waters. To make sure you get the most out of your experience and avoid any cultural faux pas, here are the most important dos and don’ts of visiting an Icelandic spa.