Hauntingly beautiful and modern yet still in touch with its Viking past, Reykjavik is a series of surprises.

Visiting Reykjavik barely scratches the surface of seeing the wonder of Iceland and it is extremely easy to view the country’s extraordinary landscape by taking day trips from Reykjavik. Explore and experience some of Iceland’s greatest natural phenomena by 4x4 jeep. Admire the lush farmland, dramatic coast lines and the striking waterfalls as you enjoy an exhilarating off roading experience.

If you fancy something a little more relaxing, take a trip to the Blue Lagoon and bathe, in the rich water that is full of natural minerals, surrounded by snow. There is something very special and invigorating about being open to the elements and swimming in the crisp Icelandic air.

Introduction about the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights or Aurora borealis are one of nature's most incredible sights and appear when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. These light displays can vary in intensity, from a glowing curtain of greenish light dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicoloured fusion stretching across the sky.

What are the Northern Lights?
The astonishing Northern Lights are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere and gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s magnetic field curves downward in a halo surrounding the magnetic poles, causing the charged particles to be drawn earthward. This spectacular phenomenon is displayed above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres and named Aurora borealis in the north and Aurora australis in the south. These auroral shows vary in colour due to the type of gas particles that collide, for instance nitrogen produces a purplish-red or blue aurora and the common yellowish-green is produced by oxygen molecules located 60 miles above Earth.

When are the Northern Lights most visible?
Winter in the north (September to March) is a good season to view the lights, as the long periods of darkness and frequency of clear night skies are ideal conditions. Usually the best time of night to view a display is local midnight. If you are lucky enough you can witness an eerie green glow on the horizon or rippling scarlet streaks lighting up the sky.


 

LOCAL EXPERIENCESNorthern Lights

NORTHERN LIGHTS
Adult from £28

Given clear skies and a little bit of luck, autumn through to spring is the ideal time to take a coach trip to see this natural phenomenon.

Departs: Sept - Apr (weather permitting)
Duration: 2.5-3 hours

 

MUST DOBlue Lagoon

Spend a leisurely afternoon at the Blue Lagoon, the milky-turquoise blue water spreads over a huge area surrounded by dark lava hills. 

Take a Whale watching and puffin cruise on Reykjavik's beautiful bay. Watch out for these magnificent giant mammals and the comic colourful birds.

 

Reykjaviks must see and do's

Centrehotel Plaza 4*

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CenterHotel Klopp 3*

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Radisson BLU Saga 4*

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