Make Reykjavik your Next Winter Holiday Destination

The capital and largest city of Iceland, Reykjavik offers a myriad of tourist attractions which are rare to find in any other city of its size. This northernmost capital of the world is just a short flight from the UK. Thus, UK residents can arrive in the city for a weekend celebration. This clean, quirky and astoundingly beautiful city offers something for every traveller. Though small in size, the city is full-fledged with world-class hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

No matter what time of the year you travel to Reykjavik, the city offers a number of excursions waiting to be explored. However, I would recommend you to visit the city anytime from November to March, the winter time. Situated in southwest Iceland, Reykjavik develops into a great winter wonderland and seems like no other time of the year. Tourist like to take self drive campervan and motorhome hire in Reykjavik and nearby famous destinations.

There are certain other reasons to visit the city during winter. Here are they:

  • Winter is the off-season for tourism in Reykjavik, so you are more likely to get cheap flights, hotels and less crowd
  • For travellers who have already visited the city during the summer, a winter break is a great opportunity to explore the city with its new attire
  • It is the ideal time to watch the Northern Lights in the sky.
  • The days are shorter and nights are longer, meaning you got more time for partying in the Iceland’s bars and pubs.
  • You will witness long sunrises and sunsets.

Here are the top 5 things to do while holidaying in Reykjavik:

Enjoy Bathing in the Blue Lagoon: The Blue Lagoon is located outside the city area; however it’s a must-see sight for travellers arriving in Iceland. It is home to the geothermal pools which remain warm throughout the year. Soak up the nature and breathe in fresh air while bathing in pleasurably warm geothermal seawaters. The Blue Lagoon Spa is world-famous for its healing properties.

Go Shopping: Located in the downtown area, Laugavegur is a popular shopping street in the city where you will find a number of shops and craft studios in one place. Skólavödustígur is another hot shopping zone in the city. Shoppers can also pay a visit to the Kringlan shopping mall, which is positioned in the centre of the new city area.

Explore the Scenic Views from Hallgrímskirkja: Situated on top of Skolavordustigur street, Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church of this island nation and it can be seen from anywhere in the city. Get in the elevator and reach on top of the church to enjoy 360 degree views of the city and its magnificent coastline. The architecture and design of the church are worth exploring too.

Get around the Ocean: Hire a boat and explore the beautiful coastline of the city. The city offers plenty of sea-travel tours where you can enjoy whale-watching and explore the other marine habitats. You may also catch a fresh fish for your dinner on your own. Most of these boat tour operators make a halt at the puffin island, where you can enjoy a closer look of white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales.

Explore the Vibrant Nightlife: Reykjavik is famous for its bustling and interesting nightlife. The city has numerous bars, pubs and late-night restaurants. The party begins late in the night and goes on till the wee hours of the morning. You can spend an entire night in visiting the different nightlife places of this Iceland’s capital.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Reykjavik holidays can offer much more than one can ever imagine of. Christmas is one of the most important festivals for the locals of Reykjavik. If you want to participate in the Christmas celebration and see how the city looks like when entirely decorated, you can arrive in the city anytime from the last week of November to first week of December.