Reykjavik – Iceland’s stunning coastal capital and cultural centre – is the world’s most northerly capital. The city combines colourful buildings, impulsive, creative people, extraordinary design, and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.
The cosmopolitan city with big heart is home to the Althing – the world’s oldest parliament, and the National and Saga Museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The impressive Hallgrímskirkja Church bell tower and the rotating Perlan glass dome offer panoramic views off island. Reykjavik’s galleries and exhibitions, including the outstanding Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, feature radical Icelandic design, and there are many public art installations.[ReadMoreMob]
The capital has benefited from a surge in high-quality restaurant openings, offering a broad mix of creative cuisine. Daytime cafés switch to restaurants and bars at night – tapas, concept-dining and burger joints all sit comfortably together. And then there’s the wonderful nightlife.
Located in southwest Iceland – characterised by vast peninsulas, coves, straits and islands – Reykjavik is in easy reach of several must-see geological attractions. The iconic Golden Circle Trail includes the Blue Lagoon Spa, the Thingvellir National Park, the renowned Gullfoss Waterfall, and the incredible Geysir hot springs.
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – Reykjavik’s little bit of paradise – is also unmissable. The popular sandy beach and geothermal lagoon, where cold sea and hot geothermal waters meet to produce higher temperatures, offers hot-tubs, steam baths and various water sports to try.
The three Icelandic Wonders
Þingvellir (Thingvellir National Park), Geysir and Gullfoss (Golden waterfall) are the three must see wonders of Iceland. Þingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this natural park is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area give evidence to the rifting of the earth's crust. Next to discover is the Geysir field, situated at the northern edge of the southern lowlands. This is where you can view the hot springs – in particular Strokkur which is currently the most energetic spouting spring in Iceland. It spouts every few minutes, sometimes to a height of 40 metres. Lastly, but by no means least, is Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s iconic gems. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of untouched nature as Gullfoss flows from Iceland’s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull, and cascades 32 metres down. On a sunny day a shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.
Set in the surreal surroundings of an ancient lava field, amidst the natural elements and pure Icelandic air, this geothermal wonder is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body. Spoil yourself in the modern spa, with a unique experience of bathing in this world famous lagoon.
Cruises to Reykjavík
Departs: Dover • Thu 03 Jun 2021
12 nights • Bolette • T2114
- With natural wonders and wildlife awaiting your discovery amongst Iceland’s incredible landscapes and waterways, this cruise will leave you spellbound throughout.
- An overnight stay in Reykjavik allows ample time to witness the beauty of the Golden Circle’s hot springs and waterfalls on tour, visit the famous Blue Lagoon and much more.
- You’ll also have chances to experience fjord kayaking and embark on an unforgettable whale watching adventure; and see the spectacular sights of Seyðisfjörður, Eyjafjörður and Hrisey Island from Bolette.
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Departs: Liverpool • Fri 02 Jul 2021
9 nights • Borealis • S2114
- Get closer to the awe-inspiring wonders and wildlife of Iceland than you ever imagined, as you explore three sides of this astonishing land on Borealis
- See the Golden Circle’s Geysir hot springs, mighty Gullfoss Waterfall Thingvellir National Park from Reykjavik; or even unwind in the Blue Lagoon’s soothing geothermal baths.
- Encounter the native puffins of Vigur Island and seek-out magnificent whales and dolphins on tours from Ísafjörður and Akureyri; and revel in the sights and sounds of spectacular fjords.
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Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Wed 21 Jul 2021
10 nights • Balmoral • L2122
- Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Iceland to the full, uncovering a mix of breathtaking lesser-known treasures and some of the country’s most famous wonders.
- Discover stunning scenes out of reach to larger ships – immerse yourself the incredible sights and sounds of Seyðisfjörður, and explore the beautiful Westfjords from Ísafjörður.
- Witness the violent geysirs and waterfalls of the Golden Circle, or relax at the Blue Lagoon on tour from Reykjavik; and experience a whale watching adventure of a lifetime from Akureyri.
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Departs: Newcastle • Wed 11 Aug 2021
9 nights • Balmoral • L2125
- Be spellbound by beautiful scenery and spectacular natural wonders on a simply unforgettable circumnavigation of Iceland’s rugged, unspoilt lands.
- Stop overnight in Reykjavik, allowing time to explore the Golden Circle and see its bubbling geysirs and thundering waterfalls; or even bathe at the beautiful Blue Lagoon.
- Discover remote bird havens and wonderlands of tundra, cliffs and waterfalls from remote Ísafjörður and Seyðisfjörður; and experience a whale watching adventure of a lifetime from Akureyri.
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Departs: Dover • Sat 14 Aug 2021
28 nights • Bolette • T2121
- Take advantage of a rare opportunity to witness the eerie Midnight Sun in Norway and search for a glimmer of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis in Iceland.
- Be mesmerised by small ship scenic cruising, including a glide along glorious Prins Christiansund; an up-close view of the astonishing Tuna Glacier; and a glimpse of volcanic Jan Mayen Island.
- Make memories ashore, with chances to explore the Qooroq Ice Fjord; see Longyearbyen’s wild landscapes; tour Iceland’s Golden Circle; and much more.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sat 14 Aug 2021
14 nights • Borealis • S2119
- Astonishing waterways, spectacular landscapes and enchanting settlements await, as Borealis diverts off the well-beaten tourist routes to bring you the wonders of Greenland’s most remote regions.
- You’ll experience scenic cruising of awe-inspiring Prins Christiansund, and can tour to the remarkable Qooroq Ice Fjord to stimulate your senses with the sight and sounds of magnificent icebergs.
- Explore Qaqortoq and Nanortalik’s for a taste of local history, culture and traditions too; and enjoy two days in Iceland, uncovering world-famous natural wonders.
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Departs: Liverpool • Tue 19 Apr 2022
17 nights • Borealis • S2210
- With the help of ORCA, look out for various species of whale living freely in the deep blue Atlantic waters surrounding the contrasting islands of Iceland and the Azores.
- Revel in the astonishing beauty of Azorean volcanos, crater lakes and vibrant valleys, and the drama of awe-inspiring Icelandic scenery boasting soaring mountains, sheer cliffs and stunning waterways.
- Delve into rich history and culture, with time ashore to explore fascinating historic quarters, traditional fishing ports and an exciting, cosmopolitan capital city.
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