Reykjavik is not only the capital city of Iceland but it is also the most Northern of all Sovereign cities, the beautiful Faxafloi Bay location and unique climate make this one of the most unusual city break destinations on offer.

Reykjavik has above all else space, the low population is spread across a wide geographical area giving a lovely sense of freedom and open air, the coastal region is filled with coves, bays and small islands creating a rugged untamed look just begging for exploration. The city lies in front of ice capped mountains with their postcard perfect peaks acting as a reminder of the volcanic nature of this beautiful island that arose from the end of the ice age.

A city of extremes from the 22 hours of daylight that the summer brings to the dark and gloomy harsh winter months, the people reflect the climate with their joy of life that is tempered with deep thoughts and the creativity of those that live amongst these constant extremes.

Reykjavik welcome its tourists, the recent financial woes of the country ensuring that the best of everything can now be seen at prices that will appeal to tourists, accommodation is no exception and the hotels are ever happy to fill rooms at prices previously unheard of; there still remains top class hotels advertising at top prices but with a little research these can often be negotiated and compromises reached.

With a great central location the historic Borg Hotel offers luxury and convenience, the Art Deco styling is entirely authentic and totally appropriate to the architecture and the period of the building, square edges are softened by the most luxurious of soft furnishings making this hotel stand out amongst its more modern counterparts.

CenterHotel Klopp may only have three stars but the rooms are light and airy with natural wooden tones and modern slate bathrooms give a feel of luxury totally in keeping with the natural environment of the city. This is an excellent value well located hotel and is highly recommended by many previous visitors.

Traditionally the population of Iceland had to find ways to preserve foods, isolated for long periods of time the islanders had to ensure that the seasonal food supplies could last beyond the seasons. Smoking, pickling and curing are still as popular today, meats and fish benefiting from hundreds of years of experience born from necessity. Modern Reykjavik has a good selection of restaurants, many types of global cuisine and a particular interest in the modernisation of their own traditional methods.

Reykjavik has an excellent selection of seafood restaurants, as an island fish and marine life has always been a staple part of the diet, some specialities may not appeal with the British palate, but if stuffed seal, cod cheeks or guillemot are not to your taste then there are always more recognisable dishes on the menu; both Saegreifinn and Tveir Fiskar restaurants are highly recommended.

No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, the naturally warm water of the outdoor lagoon is said to have great restorative and healing powers, although a bit of a tourist trap this is the one place that any break to Iceland should always include.

Geysir is the hot spring that all other hot springs are named after, this is the original and the best – however recently only spouting two to three times a day gives an uncertainty to the trip; this can be rectified by planning to also see the nearby Stokkur which reliably spouts hot water every 5-10 minutes.

With the wide open spaces and amazing terrain there are many activities available for the more sporty traveller, horse riding is particularly popular as is hiking and mountaineering; boating is also am excellent way to spend time, travelling the coastline to see the amazing wildlife or even further afield to see the spectacular sight of Whales feeding.

The cold sub-polar oceanic climate of Iceland is somewhat softened in Reykjavik due to the warm waters of the Gulf stream but the winters can still be harsh with deep snow, although as this is part of the Icelandic appeal tourism still remains popular.

Summers are cool and dry, Spring is generally the sunniest time of the year with its own particular beauty and appeal as the city regenerates after the cruel winter.