It may be one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it certainly puts many others to shame with its diversity of attractions. In close proximity are geysers, caves, hot springs and glaciers. The city centre proffers galleries, museums and sculptures which reflect the huge variety and creative and cultural background of Iceland’s population of just 321,000. Buildings owe more to nature than to architects. The Hallsgrimskirkja Church, which overlooks the whole town, is modelled as a gigantic piece of molten lava. Whereas the plethora of restaurants on offer pride themselves on crafting culinary delights from an abundance of locally sourced products.
Celebrate New Year in a style peculiar to Icelanders that attracts visitors from around the world not least because unlimited fireworks can be had by anyone which Icelanders take maximum advantage of and garland the city with displays.Bring in the New Year with champagne and fireworks and then dance the night away.
By day enjoy Southern Iceland’s unique cocktail of sights: the falling water curtains that are Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the glacial snowmobiling rink that is Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the foam pounding white on Dyrhólæy’s black sand beaches and the Golden Circle's famed attractions of Gullfoss, Geysir and Pingviller.
By night enjoy food to die for in the hotel Ranga's renowned dining room and afterwards soak in a hot tub outside whilst waiting for the Northern Lights to appear [hopefully] in the night sky above you.
Experience Reykjavík’s cutting edge everything; take in Iceland’s best known natural attractions: Gullfoss, Geysir and Pingvellir all glistening in a winter coat of snow; do a little culture vulturing up by Reykholt, shrine to Saga author Snorri Sturluson; drive out along the Snæfellsnes peninsula topped at its end with an eternal ‘pyramid of snow’ and round off your trip with a bathe in the Blue Lagoon.
Uninhabitable and impassable for all but two months of the year, the Sprengisanður highland road is an awesomely stark route down through the middle of the Island and the dramatic centrepiece of this itinerary.