Hauntingly beautiful, with cool breezes tempered by heat rising up from the land, modern yet still in touch with its Viking past, Reykjavik is a series of surprises, a perfect city break destination.

Insider Tip

If you are peckish pay a visit to Baejarins Bestu hot dog stand. Wait in the queue, chatter to the locals then order one with everything on it. Delicious!

No need to carry cash around, credit cards are accepted everywhere, even for small purchases and taxi fares.

Iceland is justly proud of its local food. Fish is often found as salt cod, the dried then reconstituted chunk of fish is found in many regional dishes. The lamb is delicious and is found in the traditionally hearty meat and vegetable soup that is common at lunchtime. Seabirds are fairly common on the menu, with puffin being the most prevalent.

The city centre of Reykjavik is full of delightful boutiques, craft shops, fine fashion venues and souvenir stalls.

Langavegur is the prime shopping area of the city. Much of the focus is on clothing with many exotic designs, Icelandic one off creations, and quirky items available.