Cruise to… Reykjavik
Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is your gateway to nature’s wonderland!
No matter what time of year you visit Iceland you’re in for a treat. Summer means insanely long hours of sunlight (great for exploring!), abundant wildlife (Puffins, Icelandic ponies, Whales etc), and incredible scenery. Winter months mean a great chance for the Northern Lights, snow-capped mountains and dramatic vistas. This country deserves to be seen at all times of the year to truly appreciate how utterly astounding it is, however cruise ships generally visit during the summer months to take advantage of the long days.
If you would like to visit at another time of year then why not ask us about city breaks – as part of the Travel Village Group, we can arrange all types of holidays for you.
The World’s most northern capital city is small enough to explore many of its sights in a day; and, seeing as many ships dock at the harbour right next to the centre you won’t have far to walk to do so!
Reykjavik’s main shopping area, boutique stores, quirky bars and divine restaurants are practically on your doorstep, and a quick glance from your balcony will have the incredible Harpa Concert Hall in your sights (worth at least a few minutes of viewing time at night for the building’s changing lights!).
Top tip: Don’t forget to check out the Harpa’s schedule if your cruise stays in port overnight – you might just catch an incredible show!
And if architecture is your thing, then you’re sure to appreciate the Hallgrímskirkja – Iceland’s largest church. Designed with Iceland’s rocky landscape of mountains and glaciers in mind, and certainly a statement piece! For a great view of the city, you can pay a fee to take the lift up to an observation deck.
If you want to stretch your legs then we suggest a stroll up through the centre, along the main shopping street, Laugavegur. At the top of the street we have a couple of recommendations…
For something hot, hearty and won’t break the bank, visit Svarta Kaffið. They serve soup. Two kinds. One will be meat, the other will be vegetarian (you can ask for details, but either way we guarantee it’ll be delicious!); and they are served inside enormous, fresh crusty bread rolls.
Want something with a little more flair? Carry on up Laugavegur until you reach Hlemmur Square, where you’ll discover Hlemmur Mathöll (Food Hall). Inside here you’ll find small venues featuring ambitious chefs and vendors, eager to wow you with some of the very best culinary delights in Iceland.
A City View Like No Other
On your way back to the centre, drop down to the coastal road where you’ll discover the Sculpture and Shore Walk, which includes the much-photographed Sun Voyager. The views along this stretch, across the bay to the Esjan mountain range, are glorious!
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Of course, there are a great many wonders available on tours from Reykjavik… here are just a few of our favourites!
Walk On (Frozen) Water
Don a pair of crampons, grab an ice axe, and take a guided hike on a glacier field!
The Blue Lagoon
Soak up the geothermal energy in the infamous pools of the Blue Lagoon. Slap on the nutrient-rich mud masks, and take the obligatory selfie as you enjoy a Krap in the pool (don’t worry! That’s the name of the Slushy drink!).
Go Chasing Waterfalls
Have a look at tours for breath-taking Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss which are on the South Coast, or further inland you’ll discover the astonishing Gulfoss.
Strokkur and Geysir are Iceland’s famous geysers, well known for their bubbling intentions and dramatic eruptions! Visit the Geysir geothermal park and get an idea of the incredible geothermal energy lurking beneath Iceland’s surface as you walk by bubbling cauldrons of mud.
A Classic Loop
Combine the highlights of Gulfoss and Geysir with a journey between two continents! The classic Golden Circle tour includes a stop at Þingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates!
Thar She Blows!
Iceland’s waters are home to an amazing variety of whales. The most common being the Minke whale, but in the summer months you might just be lucky enough to encounter the acrobatic Humpback whales! Whale watching tours are available year-round from Reykjavik.
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Iceland & Ireland 29 August 2022, 12 Nights Overnight in Reykjavik
Enjoy the convenience of sailing roundtrip from Southampton, aboard revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette.
En route you’ll stop by Guernsey, the Irish treasures of Cork and Waterford, plus a day in Glasgow. Before arriving at Reykjavik for an overnight call; you’ll also visit Akureyri, where you’ll discover one of Iceland’s most dramatic waterfalls, Godafoss.
And with everything you need Always Included in the cruise fare (drinks, wi-fi & gratuities), all you need to think about is the adventures you can plan ashore!
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