A city break to Reykjavik makes the perfect choice for a weekend away. You’ll lose yourself in landscapes which are totally different to those of home: swap rolling green hills for black volcanic mountains, blue geothermal pools and dramatic glaciers. Here’s my breakdown of how to spend 48hrs here. Wrap up warm, put your exploring hat on and get ready for the trip of a lifetime…
Firstly, I’d recommend you hop on the earliest flight possible to really make the most of your weekend in Iceland’s capital. You want to ease into your Reykjavik city break in style, so make your first port of call the iconic Blue Lagoon. Here, you can enjoy a host of spa treatments and relax in mineral-rich, milky blue water. Heated by geothermal activity, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy morning of travelling.
After a few hours bathing in the open Icelandic air, head to Perlan. You’ll be there within the hour, and this museum’s an amazing way to spend an afternoon; getting an insight into Iceland’s landscapes without having to be outside. As the aural activity of the Northern Lights isn’t the strongest in June, take this chance to watch Áróra, the first ever 8K northern lights planetarium show. There’s also an exhibition on glaciers and ice caves, which looks into the impact of global warming too.
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to delve into Iceland’s more rugged side. Why not take a day trip along the coastline to discover bubbling geysers and towering waterfalls? With a tour guide leading, you can relax and soak up all the sights at your leisure, snapping pics along the way. Or, you could take to the seas for a few hours of whale watching on a luxurious yacht. Complete with sea life talks, you’ll learn all about the deep blue while spotting some of nature’s most incredible creatures.
Or maybe your idea of a good time is sampling some of Iceland’s finest tipples and winding down before you head back to work on Monday? If that’s the case, the Eimverk Distillery is the place for you. Showcasing spirits made from 100% Icelandic barley, it’s traditional in a very different sense! From finding out their behind-the-scenes processes to sampling fragrant gin and whiskey, it’s the perfect way to round-off your trip: plus you can get your hands on some souvenirs to bring home.
So there’s my rough guide to a weekend in Iceland. What do you think of my top picks? Is there anywhere you think I should add to my 48hr itinerary? Let me know in the comments below.