Reykjavik, in Iceland, is a cultural haven set amongst one of the world’s most popular destinations for Northern Lights holidays. Although trips to see the famous Aurora Borealis will take you out of the city for optimal viewing opportunities, once in Iceland it would be a shame to miss out on the interesting sights and scenes of the country’s capital city.
Iceland is perhaps one of the most ancient and historical lands on Earth, with archaeological relics found and documented dating back to the origins of mankind itself. One of Reykjavik’s most prized museums is the Reykjavik 871+/- 2 Museum. The museum is dedicated to archaeological findings that were unearthed during the construction of a car park, which have proven to be some of the earliest relics of human habitation – dating back before AD 871+/-2.
While Northern Lights holidays are filled with spectacular views and sights of fascinating natural wonders, it can be equally satisfying to come back to the modern creature comforts of Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Concert and Conference Centre is well worth a visit, especially at night. The amazing modern architecture overlooking the old harbour is beautifully lit up at night. It is spectacular sight to enjoy perhaps while dining at one of the city’s eclectic modern restaurants, where seafood is, of course, the local specialty.
Nature and Culture Combined
Iceland’s Northern Lights holidays are a particularly well-balanced experience for travellers hoping to enjoy the natural wonders as well as some interesting culture. The city has many modern museums to visit, including The National Museum, which has an excellent collection of artefacts and relics exploring Iceland’s rich heritage. For the art lovers, The National Gallery of Iceland has a wonderful collection of 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, as well an array of work from famous artists such as Edvard Munch, Picasso, Richard Tuttle and Hans Hartung.
While exploring Iceland’s great outdoors, a holiday to this destination would not be fully complete without a visit to one of the country’s famous outdoor thermal swimming pools. The local people have incorporated these natural phenomena into their everyday routines, and thoroughly enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of the hot thermal springs.
Northern Lights holidays in Iceland are wonderful opportunities to explore and appreciate the country’s beautiful scenery as well enjoy the many attractions of its exciting capital city. Reykjavik has so much to offer travellers, and while it may not be a place many have contemplated visiting, the city has a host of surprising historic and cultural experiences alongside some exciting modern attractions.