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Summer trip to Reykjavik, enjoying the midnight sun

The best time to visit Iceland is Summer and specifically the months of July and August. The reason is simple: the weather! In winter Reykjavik is very cold, temperatures below 0 and heavy snowfall, while in summer the sun shines almost 24 hours a day!

It is the city where you will enjoy the fact that the sun never sets and the night looks like a long sunset.

What you can do in Reykjavik this summer:

1. Walk on the shores, a favorite place for jogging, cycling and walking and head to one of the most photographed places, the Sun Voyager. It’s a sculpture that resembles a Viking ship but is actually a fantastic ode to the sun.

2. Visit the national park Heiðmörk, in the southeastern suburbs of the city. A huge park with lush vegetation, more than 30 species of birds and lava formations. The so-called “red hills” stand out (Rauðhólar) which are the remnants of lava.

Get on a ferry and visit the island Videy, a small treasure in the heart of the city, where you will enjoy a combination of nature, history, art and culture.

It is also there the tower Imagine Peace, made by John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. It is a tower made of lights, on the wall of which is written the phrase “Imagine Peace” in 24 different languages.

Take a dip in the warm waters of the beach Nauthólsvík which has been operating since 2001. It is an artificial geothermal beach with a sandy beach, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The very adventurous can dive into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, right next door!

5. See the city from above! For the best panoramic view, visit the landmark building “PerlanIt is a dome-shaped glass building and includes a restaurant, a cafeteria and an observation deck with fantastic views of the city and its suburbs.

7. In summer the city never sleeps, because of the night sun and the intense night life! If you like it clubbing you will enjoy the famous nightlife of the Icelandic capital! From Thursday to Sunday, the clubs are open even after 3 in the morning. Know that drinking is allowed after the age of 20 and that you should have an ID card or passport with you – especially if you are showing off!

8. Visit it old Port of the city for unforgettable walks, shopping and food. It is one of the most beautiful and colorful places in the city for a walk with stunning views of Mount Esja.

There you will also see the event center Harp, an impressive building that since its opening in 2001 has received many awards and also has many visitors annually.

Take a sea trip to see whales! The excursion leaves the port in the mornings. Information and reservations here.
9. For an unforgettable walk, follow one of them free tours of the city, to learn everything about its history. You will find more information here.

10. Explore the city by bike! Rent a bike and tour the city through the stunning bike path network. An alternative to save a lot of walking!


* See the church Hallgrímskirkja, with the impressive tower seen from almost all over the city. See more information here.
* Visit the Iceland expo pavilion, in the Harpa building, whose walls and ceiling are transparent. There you will see a 15 minute film about Icelandic nature.

* The average temperature in summer is around 11-15 degrees, so you will not go with your summer!

* The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic krona – with the exchange rate at the moment being 1 euro = 149 kroner.

* You can buy the Reykjavik city card which offers free admission to museums and discounts at restaurants, spas etc. You will find more information here.

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