Cities in Iceland

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What to do in Iceland?

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland:

  • For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect destination. Children and adults alike will be blown away by the dramatic cliffs of the fjords or the thrill of seeing a whale up close.
  • For a culture trip. Reykjavik is well known for its artsy atmosphere and you will notice this as soon as you step foot in this cool city, with cool bars, cafes, museums, galleries and shops around every corner.
  • For delicious food. Stay in Reykjavik for a taste of haute cuisine in any of the cool, minimalistic restaurants that are becoming famous here, or go off the beaten track; going on a fishing trip in the afternoon to catch your evening meal. Iceland’s fresh seafood is unbeatable and this alone is well worth the trip!
  • For an experience of Iceland’s animals. See the wild ponies that roam the fjords here as you hike around this incredible location. Visit the westman islands to see the famous puffins that live here in their hundreds. Go on a once in a lifetime cruise to see the whales and killer whales that live in the waters surrounding Iceland.  
  • For more natural beauty than you’ve ever seen. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, fjords, villages, beaches, cities or forests here, which are almost entirely untouched. Godafoss, meaning ‘the waterfall of the gods’ is just one unmissable spot, why not have a picnic here to truly enjoy it. The black sand beach is just one example of an incredible Icelandic cove, with so many more, such as Diamond Beach.
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The best cities to visit in Iceland

Shaped by volcanoes and the surrounding ocean, Iceland is a country of immense natural beauty. This isolated Atlantic island is unlike anywhere you've been before - it's home to glaciers, geysers, graceful waterfalls and, of course, the famous Blue Lagoon. In the cities in Iceland, you can enjoy a warm welcome from the locals, taste unique Nordic cuisine, and have the perfect base for exploring the island. It's no wonder why Iceland tops many bucket lists.

What makes Iceland's cities unique?

Iceland is unique for being one of the few places where you can spot the magical and elusive Northern Lights. And what's more, as well as incredible natural sights such as the Golden Circle and huge Gulfoss waterfall, the cities in Iceland offer visitors first-rate comfort, coziness, and amenities.

The top cities in Iceland to include in your itinerary

Whether you're dancing under the midnight sun in Reykjavik or listening to the distant lapping of the sea in Vik, each city in Iceland offers a fascinating insight into this mystical land. At Evaneos, we work with expert local English-speaking guides who can help you create your dream Icelandic adventure.

Experience the cultural capital of Reykjavik 

Reykjavik is among Europe's standout capital cities. Home to the famous Harpa theatre, iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, plenty of bars and restaurants, and the Blue Lagoon, it's the perfect introduction to modern Iceland.

Hidden charm in in the north in Akureyri

Feel on top of the world in the energetic town of Akureyri. The epicenter of Iceland's fishing industry, it's a bustling hub of museums, restaurants, breweries, and more. From here, you can also embark on whale-watching voyages.

Step onto the black sand beaches of Vik

Find true peace and stillness in Vik. The southernmost village is home to just 300 people but is known for its quaint Vikurkirkja church and famous Reynifjara black sand beach. It's the perfect place to be at one with nature.

Glaciers and breathtaking scenery in Hofn

A small community located at the southeastern tip of the island, Hofn boasts some of the country's best scenery. It's also close to the Vatnajökull National Park, where you can see enormous glaciers and camp out in the peaceful countryside.

Visit Selfoss, Iceland's river city

A stopping point on the Golden Circle, Selfoss in en route to some of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls. However, this town is best known for hugging the banks of the Ölfusá river. This quiet town provides a lovely insight into day-to-day Icelandic life.

Tips for planning a city break in Iceland

One of the best ways to see Iceland is by hiring a car. Iceland has an excellent highway network so you can easily reach anywhere you want to on your trip. The weather is famously unpredictable even in the summer months, so it's wise to bring warm clothes whenever you visit. Evaneos' local partners can provide the best insiders' tips and planning advice for your trip.

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