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Reykjavik Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Reykjavik, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Icelandic
Time Difference -1 hours
Currency Icelandic króna
Voltage 230 Volts

Expect a warm welcome in Iceland’s quirky capital city of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world and the country's most populated city, home to two-thirds of the entire Icelandic population. Despite it being one of the world’s smallest capitals, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character, colour and its wealth of experiences, sure to entice even the most demanding of visitors. Learn all about the country’s early history at one of the enthralling museums and galleries, stroll past colourful iron-clad buildings and around the harbour, where you can depart for whale-watching tours, or take it easy at a quaint coffee-house and watch Icelanders go about their business.

Highlights+
Buildings of Interest

Our hotels are all conveniently close to many of Reykjavik’s main attractions. Don’t miss Althingi, the Icelandic House of Parliament, a classic 19th century structure built in 1881, the sparkling Harpa Concert Hall on the water’s edge and the Church of Hallgrímur (Hallgrímskirkja), a major symbol of Reykjavik city which stands proudly on top of a hill and offers panoramic views.

Whale-Watching

Spend a few hours taking in the majestic beauty of Icelandic wildlife as you set sail from the Old Harbour on a whale-watching tour. The ocean is a natural habitat for around 20 species of whales – the most common are the Minke Whales, White-Beaked dolphins and Harbour Porpoise, but occasionally you may see Humpback Whales, Killer/Orcas, Fin and Blue whales. Following your tour, head to the Grandi area to see the Whales of Iceland exhibition.

Videy Island

Just a few minutes away by boat, Videy Island is a unique site that combines history, culture and nature. Having been inhabited until the 1940s, it is here that you can find Videyjarstofa, the oldest stone building in Iceland, built for the High Sheriff in 1752. There are scenic hiking paths around the 1.7km2 island, which is renowned for its varied bird life, and you can visit the Imagine Peace Tower, conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon.

Museums

Noteworthy landmarks are the Reykjavik Maritime Museum where you can learn about the country’s seafaring heritage, Arbaer Open Air Museum where live actors offer an insight into how Icelanders used to live before the country underwent its period of industrialisation, and the National Museum, which houses over 2,000 artefacts from Iceland’s rich history.

Day Trips - Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

A must-see area just a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle, where you can find three of Iceland’s most impressive natural sites. Start in the Geysir geothermal area, home to the most energetic spouting spring Strokkur, followed by a visit to the spectacular 150-foot Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO-World Heritage Site and geological phenomenon. Then, after a long day of adventures, head to the world-famous Blue Lagoon also just 45-minutes away, a beautiful geothermal spa set in the pure heart of the Icelandic landscape, where you can bathe in healing, mineral-rich waters surrounded by pure Icelandic air.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Climate+

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Reykjavik.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Reykjavik.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January-175
February070
March180
April360
May645
June950
July1150
August1060
September765
October485
November175
December080

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Heathrow to Keflavik and Iceland Air from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Iceland: 3 hours

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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