In a rarely trodden part of the world, a breathtaking city rests between snow-capped mountains and the Norwegian Sea. While Reykjavik isn’t on the top of most tourists’ lists, the capital of Iceland offers beauty, culture and adventure.
Don’t have a lot of time? Don’t worry. Because of Iceland’s close proximity to the U.S., a flight to Reykjavik is only 6 hours from NYC.
Accommodations are plentiful, but only a few locations provide the benefits of location, comfort and convenience. The Hilton Nordica is only a short walk from the city center, which allows easy access to nightlife, but provides a peaceful sleep. The famous Hallgrimskirkja Church is only a stone’s throw away – as is the stunning Sun Voyager. The Sun Voyager, on the water below the church, gives visitors a stunning photo of the monument with an incredible backdrop. The rooms at the Hilton are clean and comfortable, as is the hotel itself, and the staff is very helpful and friendly – they also speak English!
For those who like adventure, Reykjavik provides activities unlike anywhere else in the world. Spend the afternoon hiking a glacier. Look down into a Moulin and hear the water rush beneath you – feel your heart pound. Go on a mission with the ‘king’ and chase the Northern Lights across the mountains of Iceland in a supersized Jeep. Relax in the blue lagoon, as you swim in 80 degree water surrounded by ice and snow. Ride the picturesque Icelandic horse, where you can experience a gait that can only be found in Iceland. The possibilities are endless.
Dining in Reykjavik can be both affordable and luxurious. The Grill Market and Fish Company are two restaurants that are local favorites and provide the most delicious selections. If you are feeling bold, try the chef’s tasting menu at either location. Between the Grill Market’s mouth water duck and the Fish Company’s fresh raw salmon, your taste buds will be completely satisfied. Have the dining experience of your life without breaking your wallet – especially since tipping is not a regular part of Iceland culture.
Worried about being cold? Don’t be. I went during the dead of winter and it was the same temperature as New York. I was blessed with fantastic weather alongside scattered rain showers, but as they say in Iceland, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
As an avid traveler, I can honestly say that Iceland was one of the most amazing countries I have experienced. One requirement of mine is to visit a place that puts the world in perspective – Reykjavik delivers. Don’t leave this city off of your list of places to visit.