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5 things to do in Reykjavik

Iceland is a country that enchants visitors with its dramatic, picturesque landscapes, enormous waterfalls and variety of things to do. The incredibly unique and colourful capital city Reykjavik maybe small in comparison to many capital cities, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in character and charm.

Slip into city life

Be sure to wander the pretty streets of the city, taking in the colourful buildings, quirky design features and general relaxed ambience. Reykjavik’s compact size means the city is easily walkable. Be sure to stop off in some of the coolest cafes, trendy bars and upmarket restaurants.

Head to the lookout

Hallgrimskirkja Church

The very best place to get a panoramic view of the city of Reykjavik is from the Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church, one of the tallest structures in the entire country. The church stands more than seventy metres high and took more than forty years to construct. Visitors can hop in a lift to the viewing deck at the top of the Hallgrimskirkja and enjoy breath-taking views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains.

Hunt the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Plan your visit to Reykjavik between September and the middle of April to be in with the very best chance of spotting the elusive Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the greatest countries in the world to see the Northern Lights and there are many companies who offer Northern Lights tours departing from the city. Most companies will offer a complimentary second tour if you don’t manage to see the lights on your first outing.

Get adventurous

With such expanses of unspoiled landscapes surrounding the city, visitors can head just a short distance away and take part in many outdoor activities. These include descending into natural ice caves, snowmobiling, quad biking, ice climbing and more.

For those who are into underwater adventures, snorkelling at Silfra in Thingvellir National Park is a must. The Silfra fissure is a crack in the tectonic plates between North America and Eurasia, and this is the only place in the world where you can dive or snorkel in a crack between two continental plates. The waters at Silfra are also some of the clearest in the world, with visibility over one hundred metres. This makes for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

A trip to Iceland just wouldn’t be complete without bathing in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Even on the coldest day, the mineral-rich waters are invitingly warm and it’s an incredible experience. The Blue Lagoon is located just forty minutes from the city centre and less than twenty minute from Keflavik International Airport.

Reykjavik is one of the most popular destinations that Chapman Freeborn charter private jets to and from. Reykjavik Airport is just three miles from the city itself, and Keflavik International Airport around forty miles away. Be sure to travel to in complete style and comfort by charting a private jet with Chapman Freeborn. Contact us for a personalised quote today.