Reykjavik

Clean, green and captivating, the colourful port of Reykjavik is one of Europe's most enchanting cities.

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The world's northernmost national capital offers stunning views, a thriving arts scene and a warm welcome that belies its subarctic climate. A beautiful skyline, dramatic coast and rich cultural heritage come together in a city that also makes an ideal gateway to Iceland's glaciers, geysers and lava fields.

Arriving at Reykjavik–Keflavik Airport

Direct flights depart London City Airport for Keflavik International Airport, which lies about 30 miles (50km) west of capital Reykjavik on the northern tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Short runways at the more central Reykjavik Airport mean it is only used by domestic carriers.

Built as a military airfield, Keflavik International Airport has three runways, two of which are currently in use. The passenger terminal – named after Norse explorer Leif Erikson – has been extended several times since opening in 1987, and received awards for its bright décor and range of facilities, which include an impressive range of shops and free unlimited Wi-Fi.

There is currently no rail link between the airport and Reykjavik, so all onward transfers are by road. Bus options include the Airport Express and FlyBus services, which depart between 30 and 45 minutes after each scheduled flight arrival. Drop-offs can be arranged for all major hotels in the capital, but you'll need to book in advance.

Several taxi companies operate from the airport, and you can pick up a hire car – book in advance with London City Airport.

Festivals and events

Reykjavik Art Festival

The Reykjavik Art Festival is one of Iceland's most significant cultural events, with a celebrated history dating back to 1970. This grand gala of art, design, theatre and dance is hugely respected internationally and valued highly by the capital's artsy, progressive locals. It takes place every other year, usually in June.

Viking Festival

Hafnarfjörður, six miles (10km) south of the capital, is the setting for Iceland's Viking Festival, also in June, which transports participants and spectators back in time an entire millenium. As well as the reenacted battles, which draw enthusiasts from across the world, there are market stalls, craft workshops, feasts and an impressive final-day parade.

Reykjavik Pride

The capital's friendly, inclusive nature has allowed Reykjavik Pride to develop into one of the largest festivals in the country. Music, dancing and colourful costumes are the order of the day as the LGBTQ+ community and friends parade through the streets then party the night away in August.