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Reykjavik

 

The world’s most northerly capital combines colourful buildings, warm and creative locals, eye-popping design and wild nightlife. Add in the prospect of seeing the Northern Lights and the Icelandic capital becomes a great option for a city break. Despite its small size (only 120,000 people!), it is a strikingly cosmopolitan city, loaded with galleries, theatres, museums, public gardens, restaurants, cafes and bars. It is even host to over 40 annual festivals and events. There is a rapidly growing food scene caused by a surge in restaurant openings from tapas-style dining to high-concept Icelandic cuisine and burger joints, Reykjavik has it all. 
 
Due to the size of Reykjavik, getting around is easy as most of the city is walkable, but the majority of travellers choose to stay in one of three central areas – Downtown, East Town and West Town. Downtown is the real heart of the city, packed with restaurants, late night bars and clubs. East and West Towns are slightly quieter and typically where the locals live. They are serviced by frequent buses and a lot of people cycle or walk to Downtown.
 
There is a lot to see and do in and around Reykjavik. The harbourside has been completely transformed in recent years with opening of Harpa, an enormous concert hall, and there are a huge number of museums (we especially like the Hafnarhus, a converted warehouse that houses the Reykjavik Art Museum). You can take a dip in one of the many geothermal pools (Laugardalslaug at the edge of Laugardalur Park is a great option), or take a five-minute ferry to Videy Island, an outdoor art gallery complete with creations by Yoko Ono. The city is full of partying and live music at night, so if you are looking for something more gentle in the day time, drop into one of the numerous cafes and restaurants.
 

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