Things to do
Time it right and you can sail out from Reykjavik harbour to see whales in their natural habitat. If it’s out of season – or too cold to be out at sea – stick to the city’s Whales of Iceland exhibition. The bold and brave can take a lift down to the depths of Thrihnukagigur Volcano to discover its multi-coloured majesty. You can also views the Aurora Borealis from the city with a clear night, a hill free of light pollution and a little luck.
You don’t have to travel far from Reykjavik to encounter Iceland’s awe-inspiring scenery. Many use the city as a launch pad for Golden Circle tours. Hire a car or, in winter, book a ‘super jeep’ with guide to see the thundering Gullfloss and explosive Geysir. When the weather is on side, drive off the beaten track to find lesser-known waterfalls – some that you can even walk behind.
ART & CULTURE
There’s creativity around every corner in Reykjavik, from cutting-edge exhibitions to out-in-the-open street art. Make time for Reykjavik Art Museum and National Gallery. Stop by some of the tiny galleries housing local, contemporary art. Or get a taste for Icelandic history at The Saga Museum and Settlement Exhibition. In keeping with the city’s creative credentials, its landmark church and tower is a modern masterpiece. You can see it from most parts of Reykjavik, but it’s worth stepping inside.