The world's most northerly capital is a place of colorful buildings, quirky people and wild nightlife. Reykjavik's bewitching charm lies in its idiosyncratic contrasts: its combination of village innocence and big-city zeal; long summer nights and short winter days. It is a city that treasures its Viking past but is very much in tune with the future. No wonder visitors fall hopelessly in love, vowing to return.
You'll find all the cultural trappings of a large 21st-century European city here: cozy cafes, world-class restaurants, fine museums and galleries, and state-of-the-art geothermal pools. Add to this a backdrop of snow-topped mountains, an ocean that laps at the city's toes, air as cold and clean as frozen diamonds, and incredible volcanic surroundings, and you'll agree there's no better city on earth. There's so much to do in Reykjavik: the outdoor pursuits are legendary, the sightseeing is out of this world, and the Blue Lagoon spa is one of the most chilled experiences on the planet.