Hauntingly beautiful, with cool breezes tempered by heat rising up from the land, modern yet still in touch with its Viking past, Reykjavik is a series of surprises, a perfect city break destination.
Food and drink
Iceland is justly proud of its local food. Fish is often found as salt cod, the dried then reconstituted chunk of fish is found in many regional dishes. The lamb is delicious and is found in the traditionally hearty meat and vegetable soup that is common at lunchtime. Seabirds are fairly common on the menu, with puffin being the most prevalent.
The city centre of Reykjavik is full of delightful boutiques, craft shops, fine fashion venues and souvenir stalls. Langavegur is the prime shopping area of the city. Much of the focus is on clothing with many exotic designs, Icelandic one-off creations, and quirky items available. Buy one of the beautiful Icelandic wool blankets, or a special pair of gloves, hat and scarf.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Reykjavik, our top picks for the best time to travel would be andune
Most widely considered a winter place, the land of ice and fire is spectacular in June. The midnight sun means an endless amount of daylight for long treks to glaciers, lava fields and waterfalls
Things to do in Reykjavik
Weather in Reykjavik
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Reykjavik