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December 2018

Fly to Reykjavík with NetJets

Everything you need to know about this captivating capital
Reykjavík (meaning "smoky bay)," is the world's northernmost capital city. Established as a fishing port, it has a refreshingly quaint and modest feel that distinguishes it from other frenetic European capitals. Don’t mistake it’s modesty with dullness, however; from its thriving culinary scene to its unique museums, art galleries and, of course, the Northern Lights, Reykjavík has plenty to offer.

The ideal base from which to explore Iceland’s diverse and spectacular landscape of lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and geysers, it has a unique energy of its own. Despite being one of the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, the city has a distinct edge and has become a destination in its own right.

Start your trip off in luxury and fly directly into Reykjavik airport or Keflavik Airport with NetJets. With access to our world class fleet, you’ll be able to fly privately to Reykjavík at a moment’s notice, as our dedicated team takes care of your needs and demands.

Why go to Reykjavík?

Its wealth of galleries and museums

The capital's art museums and galleries alone make a visit well-worth it. With exceptional exhibition spaces, such as the Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, and edgy contemporary art galleries such as those in the Marshall House, you can experience some of Iceland’s most famous artists, plus its emerging talent. Reykjavík also offers plenty of street art and public installations such as the famous Sun Voyager sculpture.

To try your hand at fishing (while whale watching!)

Whether you are a skilled fisherman or a complete beginner, sea angling in the cold waters of Iceland is an unforgettable experience. The most commonly caught fish are cod, haddock, pollock and catfish – although the lure of landing a giant halibut has been enough to keep fisherman out for hours.

 If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the view, you might be lucky enough to spot minke or humpback whales, orca, dolphins and porpoises.

To get active in the great outdoors

Hiking – normal and glacier – are very popular around Reykjavík. There are abundant treks to explore, where you’ll get to see some of Iceland's most impressive landscapes, from the rugged coast to dramatic volcanic highlands. Try a week-long hike through the southern region of Fjallabak; follow the Eldgjá volcanic fissure and enjoy icecaps, past craters, lava flows, lakes and canyons.

Naturally, glaciers are common and glacier hiking expeditions are popular. Try scaling an ice wall using axes and crampons for a truly unique holiday.

For its incredible gastronomy scene

Reykjavík has a truly unique culinary scene. Unlike other Nordic countries, nature is not abundant in any way – with hardly any trees or game, ingredients are squeezed out of just about every available source. Traditional foods include birch tea, moss syrup, crowberry jam, seabird eggs, horsemeat sausage and the infamous hákarl (rotten Greenland shark). This has resulted in refreshingly unique and original dishes that push the boat out, both figuratively, and literally, as Iceland is known for its spectacular sea food. The fish is fantastically fresh and diverse. Expect scallops, spider crab and langoustines; cod, haddock and monkfish; and a number of species you may not be aware of, such as redfish, capelin and wolfish.

To relax in nature’s spas

While Reykjavík is most famous (or recently, infamous) for its Blue Lagoon, there are a number of other stunning natural geysers and spas to enjoy. While a trip to the Lagoon is still an experience, the constant stream of visitors has seen it become very touristic and crowded.

Do your research and uncover quieter spots such as Laugarvatn Fontana, a geothermal spa about an hour outside of the city set on a steaming lake. Large baths and steam rooms are plentiful, while you can enjoy stunning views and plenty of space.  

For easy access to The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle consists of three of the most popular tourist sites in Iceland; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. The route takes you from Reykjavík one way, and after visiting the sites, another way back to the city, forming a 300 km circle. Hire a car and enjoy the route at your own pace.

To take in the beauty of The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights season is from late August to mid-April, with the best time to visit from mid-September to late March. However, while these are the darkest months, they’re also the most unpredictable weather-wise, so plan your trip carefully. You might catch a glimpse from certain places in the capital, but for your best chance of seeing them, head to Thingvellir National Park, Vik, Jokulsarlon, Snaefellsnes, Lake Myvatn.

When to go to Reykjavík

Reykjavík is stunning all year long, so when you decide to visit will depend on the purpose of your trip. It has a cold but not severe winter without a real summer. Temperatures very rarely drop below −15 °C in the winter, while summers are cool, with temperatures fluctuating between 10 and 15 °C, and very rarely exceeding 20 °C.

The city's coastal location does mean it can get windy and gales are common in winter. The weather can be fickle and ruin your trip if weather forecasts are ignored. Be sure to check the road and weather conditions a few weeks before your travels. During the winter, you’ll need to plan your excursions carefully as daylight hours are short.

Private jet hire to Reykjavík

Why choose NetJets?

No matter what the reason is for your trip to Reykjavík, NetJets will get you there with maximum ease and efficiency. With a world-class fleet at your demand, our exceptional service will deliver you from your front door to the city with nothing but luxury in between. Flying directly into Reykjavik Airport or Keflavik Airport and requiring as little as 10 hours’ notice to organise your jet, we offer you ultimate control and flexibility, providing the service you need, exactly when you need it.