Reykjavik, the world's northernmost metropolis, offers what most traveling hearts desire in spite of its modest population of only 200'000. Its location in Flaxaflói Bay in the Midwest of Iceland provides a great sample of Iceland's diverse nature. Just as Iceland itself, the bay's characteristics are the result of glaciers, volcano eruptions and earthquakes throughout the ages.
Reykjavik's shoreline, coves, and adjacent islands are home to a variety of maritime wildlife and birds. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or not, we absolutely recommend a visit to the island of Viðey, which is in close vicinity to Reykjavik.
Reykjavik is a practical starting point for most visitors when they start their adventure journey, it invites into a rich history and cultural offering and contrasts with both its small-town vibe and cosmopolitan vibe.
Distances in Reykjavik are short and museums, cafes, operas, and other cultural offerings are within walking distance. There's a big barscene and party animals are infamously known to travel to Reykjavik because they know they will get their money's worth.
A must-see in Reykjavik on top of Öskjuhlíð hill is Perlan. It owes its distinct architecture to the fact that it is built onto a group of old water tanks. Perlan is an exhibition center, planetarium, observation deck, and a restaurant and offers an interesting and educational program to its visitors. Don't forget to visit the church Hallgrimskirkja and opera house Harpa during your stay in Reykjavik.
Did you know that Mount Esjan is the result of volcanic activity and is mostly made up of basalt and tuff? Contrary to accepted belief Esja is not a mountain, but in fact a mountain range. When approaching Reykjavik from the sea, you will notice the impressive mountain range Esja embedded in Reykjavik's skyline.
The range peaks at over 900 meters and offers breathtaking views. There are several hiking paths to the top, offering varying degrees of difficulty.