- By lisa
- On Nov 28, 2018
- Travel Tips
The summer from June to August is the best time of year to visit Reykjavik when temperatures hit highs in mid fifties and days run together with up to 20 hours of sunlight. Join us with our local Iceland tours to visit Iceland in this season.
Where to go in Iceland?
Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, offers a surprising variety of cultural and social happenings as well as an abundance of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also numerous museums and galleries throughout the city, with presentations ranging from Viking relics to modern art exhibitions.As with the country in general, the city of Reykjavík is one of contrasts, with charming historical buildings of stone and wood mingling with imaginative modern architecture.
Being one of Europe’s smallest capitals, downtown Reykjavík is safe and easy to traverse. The vast majority of restaurants, clubs, cafés and bars in Reykjavík are located on or around the main shopping street Laugavegur, so no one has to search far to find a venue to his or her taste. This density gives the Reykjavík nightlife a unique feel, and its reputation for liveliness is well deserved—especially during the seemingly endless summer nights.
Often considered the Disneyland of Iceland, this amoeboid-shaped overflow of the nextdoor geothermal power plant is one of the island's most popular attractions. Its steaming waters boast certain soothing agents, luring hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the cyan-colored shallows. Its proximity to the airport makes it ideal for pre or post-flight relaxation (they provide plastic bags for wet clothes, showers, hair dryers, showers, and other amenities). Grab a bite at LAVA, the on-site restaurant, for Chef Viktor's revision of Icelandic home cooking, or order a Viking beer from the swim-up bar.
One of Reykjavik's most prominent features, Hallgsimskirkja sits atop the city's highest point and can be seen poking its pointed crown from all the way across the fjord. Although more impressive structures—like Harpa, the national concert hall—have been built in the last few years, Hallgsimskirkja represents Iceland’s first attempts at a unique, nationalist architecture. The church's ornamental details echo natural elements found in the Icelandic countryside (notice, for example, the columns that look like rows of basalt stone). Hallgrimskirkja is but the prelude to the constellation of quirky churches that can be found all throughout the country. Highlights include the odd, modernist places of worship in Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik, and Blonduos.