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Reykjavik City Break
Best time to go: January to March, November to December
3 Nights | from £995pp
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Included in your A&K Reykjavik City Break:
- Private half day city tour with one of our expert guides
- Return flights
- Private luxury transfers
- Accommodation including breakfast
Services of your dedicated A&K Concierge to book additional private tours, restaurants & spa treatments, to tailor your break to suit you
The world’s interest was piqued in 2010 with the will-it-won’t-it eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and since then Iceland has become one of the hippest city break destinations. The small rocky island to the north is a world more akin to New Zealand or the northern reaches of Canada. Just a short hop across the North Sea brings you jaw-dropping waterfalls, mammoth glaciers and hot springs, alongside one of the most fashionable cities in the world. We like driving to the glacier fields in a super jeep, along roads only known to native Icelanders. You can’t beat visiting some of the island’s 10,000 waterfalls and geysers before relaxing in a hot tub and watching the skies for the ethereal Northern lights.
Taking inspiration from New York, London and Scandinavia, Reykjavík is cool in both design and temperature. Icelanders work hard but play hard too, and Reykjavík has a vibrant cultural buzz of impressive shopping, lively bars and a music scene that includes the internationally renowned festival, Airwaves. Downtown Reykjavík is small: 101 is the district with the best nightlife, while the old town has a Lego-like charm and the freshest air in the world. Pack your swimsuit for the essential dip in the Blue Lagoon, or go further inland and draw out the toxins of the night before by smothering yourself in natural clay.
In the heart of downtown Reykjavík, the hulking, ebony building (oddly resembling the pirate ship of the same name) that houses the Black Pearl is within stumbling distance of many of the city’s restaurants, museums and famous landmarks. You can’t miss the dark, wood panelled building on arrival but it is surprisingly hidden away so the luxury apartments feel quite residential, making you feel at home in the city. Inside you’ll discover pure Scandi luxury in the form of top quality fittings, muted décor enhanced by splashes of colour and heated marble floors, which we guarantee you’ll appreciate after an exciting day of chilly exploration.
Radisson Blu 1919
Built in 1919 (hence the name) the Radisson Blu was originally intended as office space by the first shipping company in Iceland, so its heritage is as interesting as the beautiful building it’s housed in. Close to the harbour, the hotel is located in the fashionable 101 district with a popular restaurant-cum-bar where Icelanders congregate for after work drinks and traditional dishes of salmon, lobster and lamb. Rooms and suites are based on a studio-concept design, so you’ll have plenty of space to relax and unwind, and the super breakfast buffet is a sight to behold, regarded by travellers and locals as one of the best in the city.
View the rest of our hotel collection in Reykjavik, or contact one of our team on 01242 547 703
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this four day suggested city break will cost from:
• £1,400 per person, staying at Black Pearl
• £995 per person, staying at Radisson Blu 1919
Including flights, breakfast, private transfers and a half day city tour.
Prices based on two people sharing in low season and subject to availability.
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Best time to be there
June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik
3 hours non-stop
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