Need to get away from it all? then head to the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik! It is also one of the best places to catch more than just a glimpse of the Northern Lights, the breathtaking natural phenomenon which fills the night sky with bursts of green, blue, and sometimes pink and violet lights. And it's not just the sky that's filled with colour. Art is a big thing for this Icelandic capital too, with street art in colourful abundance, and although small in size, it is home to more than 60 art galleries, exhibitions and museums.
Enliven your experience and knowledge of the Northern Lights at the Aurora Reykjavik museum, which is dedicated to the study of what causes the famous green glow, get even closer with VR goggles and giant high-resolution screens.
Reykjavik also offers what seems an almost endless supply of natural beauty, with hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and glaciers. If you want to find out more about how glaciers are formed head to the Perlan Museum, with its real indoor ice cave, planetarium and a 360° viewing platform offering stunning views over the capital:
Unsurprisingly Reykjavik’s landscapes also attracts their own wildlife. It is a great place for bird-watching, including puffins and other seabirds, seal spotting and whale watching. Learn more about the life of whales, like why they sing as you enter the underwater world at the Whales of Iceland Museum.
Nightlife in Reykjavik can be found around the main shopping street of Laugavegur; here you will find a mix of clubs, bars and craft breweries. There are also places to enjoy live music and many live events and festivals taking place throughout the year.
As expected from its climate, Nordic cuisine is almost as impressive as its natural beauty, and Iceland is well known for its delicious fresh seafood restaurants with seasonal ingredients taking pride of place at the chefs table.
So if this has whet your appetite for a Nordic adventure, then find out more below and book your trip today!