Discover street art in Reykjavik
While Iceland is sparsely populated, its capital city is actually home to more than 120,000 people. Red, blue and orange rooftops line the streets in Reykjavik, and its eccentric residents have transformed the remote capital into a hub for street art. Surrounded by mountains and icy waters, the city is an unlikely place for street art to thrive. And yet, wandering through the streets, you’ll see an abundance of murals painted on houses and businesses.
Cruise through Icelandic fjords
One of the highlights of any Iceland cruise is sailing through its dramatic fjords. Brightly-coloured wooden houses line the water’s edge, with the mountains behind towering up towards the sky. Interspersed between remote, still waters and deep valleys are some of Iceland’s most spectacular towns and villages, such as Seydisfjordur. With an international community of artists and musicians, this picturesque town is the cultural hub of Iceland’s East-fjords.
Grab a bite in Akureyri
Akureyri, pronounced a’h-koo-rare-ee’, is Iceland’s fourth-largest city. Despite its population of just 18,000, Akureyri, is one of the coolest places in the country, with eclectic cafes, renowned restaurants and art galleries. For a taste of the traditional, Akureyri has restaurants serving classic Icelandic dishes, such as lamb, rye bread and fish stews. But the town is no stranger to contemporary dining, with menus embracing fusion cuisine using fresh local ingredients from the land and sea. It’s estimated that Akureyri is home to roughly 50 restaurants, so there’s plenty to look forward to for foodies on an Icelandic cruise.
Catch a glimpse of the aurora
The mainland of Iceland is just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, making it a prime spot to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Travellers are most likely to see the northern lights in Iceland between early September and April. The best way to see the dancing lights is by heading to somewhere with little light population, outside of towns and cities. During your cruise to Iceland, your ship will take you far from any bright lights, giving you the opportunity to gaze up at the aurora from the deck.
Meet the locals
As well as getting to know the friendly Icelandic folk, there are some other locals you ought to seek out during your cruise. Minke whales, humpback whales, killer whales and seals patrol the waters surrounding Iceland, and can be spotted from your cruise ship, or a more intimate wildlife boat tour during an excursion. While roaming through the landscape, look out for the elusive Arctic fox, mink, rabbits and reindeer.