Why visit Reykjavik?
You can have the ultimate relaxing break in Iceland! In fact, it is the best by spa! A trip to the Blue Lagoon, an outdoor spa located just outside the city centre, is a must for any spa fan. In fact, National Geographic named this as one of their 25 Wonders of the World. With the water averaging 37 to 39 degrees C, the only hard part is to actually get out into the cooler Icelandic environment in the first place! And, once there, you can rejuvinate in the legendary healing waters and swim to secret doorways to serene saunas, steam rooms and mindfulness.
I love Iceland; my first ever independent trip was here and I fondly remember it, particularly as I was not confident in travelling on my own and it was life changing for me. I also remember it particularly for ruining a camera, a fairly good one actually, when I tried to take a photo from the blue lagoon, and accidentally dropped my camera in the water! Read more about my passion for travel here.
When should I visit?
Up to you! You may prefer the shorter winter days where the temperatures barely rise above freezing, but pack all your thermals! However, one reason which draws tourists every year is the Northern Lights and these are seen best in February. The midnight sun is also a major attraction, not just for the unusual near-enough 24 hours of daylight but longer hours to do other activities such as hiking which Iceland provides the most awesome landscape for.
A trip to The Golden Circle is a must - try to book an organised excursion as you will get a guide familiar with the area to show you around. Some tour companies also include a lunch in the day, which can lower the cost of your holiday as it's normally a sufficient meal meaning you will only need a snack later. The highlights of The Golden Circle are stunning waterfalls, geezers and you swill learn about the power of nature dividing the European and North American tectonic plates which could have huge repercussions on Iceland.
In Reykjavik itself, visit the kinda sci-fi church of Hallgrimskirkja; at 74.5 metres high you will get fantastic views of the city centre. Oh, and it's the largest church in Iceland. The futuristic theme should continue with a visit to Perlan: the domed-shaped museum has a real indoor cave, a magical Northern Lights show in the planetarium and a fab restaurant. Oh, and don't forget the all-year round Christmas shop located in the town centre which is a preety surreal sight in the height of the summer!
Happy camping! The first Monday in August is normally a bank holiday weekend in Iceland and is known as 'Verslunarmannahelgi'. Simply, it is a weekend when everyone heads off camping.
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