Reykjavik holidays really up the wow factor, with natural wonders and a welcoming, mellow vibe.

Reykjavik city breaks

Reykjavik may be small, but don't let that fool you – Iceland's coastal city knows how to have a good time. The world's most northerly capital's brimming with cosmopolitan hangouts, lively bars, laidback cafés and modern eateries. The music scene's great too, not to mention the dramatic landscape of volcanoes and snow-capped peaks. We've got a medley of swanky hotels muddled into the action. Plus, you can get there in a three-hour flight from London, making Reykjavik a nailed-on choice for a has-it-all city break.

A whale of a time

During the summer months, you'll have the best chance of seeing playful sea mammals in their natural habitats. Whale-watching boats leave from Reykjavik harbour to Faxafloi Bay in the North Atlantic Ocean – if you're lucky, you could get up close to resident orcas.

Bucket-list lights

Catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights isn't just about luck – though that is a big part of it. They're at their most visible during the winter when nights are long and dark. Up your chances of seeing the mystical spectacle with a night-time boat trip away from the city lights – just be sure to wrap up warm.

At a Glance

  • Keep your eyes peeled for the bewitching Northern Lights
  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon's volcano-warmed waters
  • Sample some authentic Nordic cuisine