Roaming Through Reykjavik This Year
If you’ve gotten over Iceland’s humiliating defeat over England in Euro 2016, then maybe you’ll consider a visit there for your next holiday. Although a largely glacial country, Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the world. Also rich in Nordic history with a strong Viking connection, as well as being a perfect spot to view the Northern Lights, Iceland has something for everyone. Here are some of the top attractions you should check out if you visit the capital, Reykjavik.
Before you go remember to apply for a European Health Insurance Card, although Iceland aren’t a member state of the EU, they are members of the EHIC programme and therefore you will be covered in the event you fall ill or suffer an accident while you are abroad.
Northern Lights Tour
An opportunity to witness the famous Northern Lights is not to be missed. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, they swirl in a wild and hypnotic dance across the night sky and create dramatic shapes, colours and patterns. They are one of nature’s most spectacular displays and best visible from the onset of autumn through to the light nights of spring, as a result, the tour is seasonal and runs from September through to April.
One of the most popular and education attractions in the capital is the place where you can learn about the history and science behind Icelandic volcanoes. Multilingual staff with strong geological education makes the guided tours accessible for visitors from all backgrounds. There is also a collection of lava stones and Icelandic art available in the souvenir shop.
Vikin Maritime Museum
In the heart of Reykjavik’s picturesque fishing harbour you can dive deep into Iceland’s rich maritime history. The Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, that took part in three cod wars, is docked outside in the beautiful harbour. The building was originally a fish freezing plant but repurposed as a museum in 2004. Guided tours of the museum and Óðinn are available on request.
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Translated as ‘Smoky Valley’ in English, is an area of a narrow valley with warm water flowing through, and just a 50 minute drive from Reykjavik city centre. The hot springs are a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. The rocky trails are perfect for biking and hiking and the springs are a perfect reward at the end of it all.