The Arctic Circle is a majestic sea of glaciers and wildlife, perfect for those wanting to feel at one with nature. Luckily, the city of Akureyri in Iceland is just 100km from it, featuring delightful botanical gardens. The quaint city holds just 17,000 residents, with Iceland’s greatest fjord as its backdrop. People are often impressed by the scale of things to do in the country’s capital, Reykjavik. From volcano tours to the bustling nightlife, the city packs a punch at every corner. Visit Laugardalur village, also known as Hot Springs Valley, learn about its history with the Vikings at Reykjavik 871 museum or go whale watching at the Old Harbour. Iceland has cool summers and no real dry season, so pack a coat if you plan on venturing out on one of the shore excursions, including the famous Blue Lagoon with its turquoise hot springs.