The Land of Fire and Ice is attracting more intrepid travellers than ever before, and a trip to Iceland is impossible without a visit to Reykjavik - the most northern capital city in the world! Inhabited for over 1000 years, this quirky capital city is where most Icelanders call home. Stroll along the harbour, explore the culinary delights ...
“Since the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, tourism has boomed in Iceland, and the Icelanders have embraced it. The affection Icelanders have for their country is obvious. There is a very relaxed and welcoming vibe in this land of few stop signs and many yields.”
“Good overall tour encompassing Iceland's main areas. Iceland is an expensive country and some parts of the tour were quite basic versus high cost. Would recommend that you visit Iceland as it is surprisingly greener than you think.”
“Certainly a very complete tour of Iceland, I felt we explored a lot of the country, really only missing the far northwest. So much to explore, great waterfalls (AFW), areas of previous volcanic activity, wildlife, sea landscapes, new foods, a unique language, geothermic areas.”
“Many people are put off travelling to Iceland by its reputation as an expensive country. While it's not cheap, it more than repays you in its stunning landscapes, fascinating geological history, abundance of birdlife and wonderful food. This trip is certainly worth the investment as you get to explore beyond the tourist laden 'Golden Circle' and see more remote parts of the country with an expert guide in tow. If you have any doubts, put them aside and book. You won't be sorry!”
“Overall it was an interesting trip, seeing some strange and wonderful sites A lot colder than we first thought it would be this time of year, but Iceland is about a month behind in its weather. A few of the roads we needed to use were still closed, so had to do long round trips to get sack on track in a few places.”
“I have been on over 50 tours with Exodus and other adventure travel companies, and this 'Grand Tour of Iceland' is right up there with the very best of them. A key point (agreed by everyone in the group): If you're going to visit Iceland once in your life, do it properly, with a full fortnight's tour of (almost) the whole country, rather than just a short trip to see part of it. Exodus' grand tour takes you right round the Ring Road, enabling you to experience Iceland in its full mind-blowing glory! Everything about this tour was good: incredible scenery, excellent accommodation (far better than I'd expected), great food, a brilliant group of travelling companions, a superb tour leader, and (unusually for Iceland, apparently) even the weather (in June) stayed fine almost all the time we were there.”
“First I should say that the weather was pretty mixed in late June - about 3 sunny days, one really wet day, and all the others were a mix of overcast, showers, brief sunny periods; overall, our photos show that we were wearing our waterproofs most of the time, but didn't always need them. We really enjoyed Iceland, and the tour covered the periphery pretty thoroughly, as advertised.”
The Land of Fire and Ice is attracting more intrepid travellers than ever before, and a trip to Iceland is impossible without a visit to Reykjavik - the most northern capital city in the world! Inhabited for over 1000 years, this quirky capital city is where most Icelanders call home. Stroll along the harbour, explore the culinary delights of world-class Icelandic restaurants and drink the night away listening to a home-grown band - you’ll start to feel right at home too.
The National Museum will give you a rundown of Icelandic history from settlement in the 9th century to modern day.
Reykjavik’s most famous landmark, Hallgrímskirkja church, offers an unmissable view of the city from its tower.
Reykjavik Botanical Gardens are a great place to discover thousands of subarctic plants and flowers, as well as a cute cafe.
Sparkling on the edge of the harbour, Harpa is Reykjavik’s cultural center and concert hall. Book a show or just take in the beauty of the building and the harbour views.
Visit on of the many art galleries and exhibition spaces in Reykjavik to appreciate the art of Iceland.
The Viking Maritime Museum is a must for both adults and children.
If you want to get outdoors without travelling too far from Reykjavik, Mount Esja is only 20 minutes from the city center.
The Blue Lagoon is close to the Keflavik airport and is a fantastic pit stop on your way to or from a visit to Reykjavik.
Reykjavik is expensive. Buy local food from grocery stores and cook your own food where possible. Take advantage of happy hours to save on alcoholic drinks.
The bus service Straeto is cheap, reliable and easy to use within Reykjavik. After walking, it’s your best transport option.
June to August are the most popular months to take a trip to Reykjavik, but are also more expensive. For budget travellers, May and September are good options.
Don’t bother with bottled water - Iceland water is clean to drink.