Plan a very full day in the city that never sleeps — Reykjavik under the midnight sun (the sun will set at 8:46pm on August 31; if there’s a lot of solar activity and cloud cover, there is a chance you could see the Aurora Borealis [as seen from Reykjavik]). Whale watch. Take a walking tour of historic landmarks. Visit the Saga Museum, wander Reykjavik’s many hidden gardens and parks, and soak in the four-seasons, 24/7 energy of the world’s northernmost capital city.
Reykjavik is a cultural hotspot, and the gateway to some of Iceland’s geologic hotspots (90 minutes away is Strokkur; one hour away is Urridafoss Waterfall). Explore Reykjavik’s functional and contemporary architecture and arts scene, take in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, or visit Thingvellir, a site where Iceland’s original Parliament met (circa 930 AD) and where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates visibly meet.