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Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. What is more it is the world’s northernmost capital, and for many Icelandic visitors it also serves as a gateway to the rugged adventure options beyond. It is a truly unique city with extraordinary nature.

The weather in Reykjavík is notoriously unpredictable - one minute the sun may be shining on a nice summers day, the next it may change into a windy, rainy autumn. On a few days of the year the city has only about 4 hours of sunlight, but in the summertime, Reykjavik is light for 24 hours.

When it started to develop as a town in the 18th century, Reykjavík had already been inhabited for almost a thousand years. It is believed that Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, made his permanent residence here in 874. Upon arrival he saw steam rising from hot springs near a cove and consequently named the bay "Reykjavik" translated as “The Steamy Bay” after its boiling geysers and bio-thermal springs.

Thus it’s no surprise that the Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most popular tourist attraction. The water in the lagoon is never lower than 37 degrees Celsius making it the perfect relaxing getaway from the cold, moreover, the high mineral content in the water is extremely healthy and very good for your skin.

Reykjavik is a very green city. Many wells have been created so that hot water is pumped directly from the ground into all houses in the greater capital area providing inexpensive central heating resulting in a smoke-free city. Although about 80% of Iceland's territory is uninhabited, Icelandic waters are very rich in fauna - more than 20 species of whale have been recorded here and whale watching is an extremely popular attraction in Reykjavik.

Another thing that makes the country such a popular tourist hub is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, that appear in a variety of colors and shapes and can be experienced in Iceland during the winter.

Overall it should be noted that due to its young age and rapid expansion in the late 20th century, Reykjavík is very different from the other Nordic capitals but has its own charm, it is a very unique city with incredible nature.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

8 days

4 cities

1 country

Stockholm | Lulea | Kiruna | Abisko

Treat yourself to a classic Winter adventure. Our custom Swedish tour combines all popular winter activities, accommodation in the ice hotel, and Northern Lights seeking in one trip.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

6 days

1 city

1 country

Reykjavik

Treat yourself to a memorable private adventure of Iceland. Enjoy the stunning Icelandic nature from Northern Lights and the geothermal spa Blue Lagoon to the extraterrestrial views of the Glacier Lagoon and waterfalls like the Seljalandsfoss and Svartifoss.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Nov 04, 2018

6 days

1 city

1 country

Reykjavik

Set off on an Iceland adventure of a lifetime! Experience Iceland's winter highlights from Northern Lights seeking to the Blue Lagoon in a small group.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

6 days

1 city

1 country

Reykjavik

Explore mysterious Iceland during an outstanding private tour. Observe the most picturesque Icelandic landscapes, catch the fantastic Northern Lights and visit simply extraterrestrial Seljalandsfoss and Svartifoss waterfalls coupled with the relaxation in warm geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

6 days

1 city

1 country

Reykjavik

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Iceland - from geysers to volcanoes to roaring waterfalls to icy magic of Iceland landscapes under the crystal clear Northern sky - all in one trip.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

4 days

1 city

1 country

Reykjavik

The perfect blend of spa relaxation and breathtaking sightseeing on a winter trip to Iceland. You'll never forget its roaring waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and world famous geothermal resorts.
E.g., Sep 25 2018