Famous for volcanoes, waterfalls and thermal baths, Iceland is a destination that continues to increase in popularity. The Icelandic capital is a striking city, home to over 60% of the country’s population. Surrounded by some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes, Reykjavik is the heart of one of Mother Nature’s best works of art.
This phenomenal destination boasts a rich history, charming culture and spectacular scenery, an idyllic city to get to know. Nestled on the coastline, Reykjavik offers phenomenal seafood and is a charming seaside spot during the warmer months.
The city is also a launchpad for exploring further into Iceland including the incredible beaches, geysers and hot springs that can be found across the country. Of all the unique opportunities Iceland has to offer, Reykjavik golf is also one of them.
Reykjavík Golf Courses Map
Golfing in Reykjavik
For a small country, Iceland offers a staggering 60 golf courses. As with most of Iceland’s attractions, golf is highly concentrated in Reykjavik with the majority of the country’s golfing opportunities located within the city and surrounding areas. Golf courses in Reykjavik boast some of the most impressive and diverse scenery with views overlooking volcanic beaches, mountain backdrops and the crash of waterfalls in the distance.
The views are not the only thing unique about golf in Reykjavik. The summer months offer long daylight hours and in the peak of the summer when Iceland experiences round-the-clock sunshine, many Reykjavik golf courses are open 24/7. The majority of Iceland’s golf courses are open from May to September before the winter season. However, select golf courses have winter greens allowing golfers to still enjoy the sport whilst taking in the country at its most magnificent.
History of Reykjavik
Reykjavik has strong Viking roots and what is now the city of Reykjavik began as a small fishing town which was the main settlement in the country. As the population has grown throughout the ages, Reykjavik has expanded to accommodate the majority of Iceland’s population still residing in the capital. The city has had a long journey to reach the vibrant, cultural hub it is today with tourism dramatically increasing over the last two decades. In golfing history, the first of Reykjavik’s golf courses was founded in 1934 and the golfing community has grown rapidly in the last century.
Things to do in Reykjavik
When you’re not enjoying Reykjavik golf, the city is a perfect destination for adventure. The city is a gateway to the rest of Iceland and whether you are spending time exclusively in Reykjavik or exploring the country, the likelihood is, you will be based in Reykjavik.
The city itself is highly cultural with a seemingly endless collection of museums and art galleries. Shopping, dining and sightseeing is also exceptional in the city and the slower pace of life brings a sense of ease to your tourism.
In addition, Reykjavik is an excellent starting point to discover the rest of Iceland with frequent tours to the Golden Circle, taking in Iceland’s phenomenal lakes, geysers and waterfalls. You can also venture to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, tucked on the outskirts of Reykjavik, where you can enjoy a relaxing spa day in the tranquillity of the warm, blue waters. If the skies are clear, you may also be lucky enough to take in the breath-taking sight of the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights.
When to visit Reykjavik
Whilst it is always a good time to visit Reykjavik, the time of year to visit depends on the experience you want to have. If you are visiting primarily to golf, summertime in Iceland is the perfect season for golfing. The country is magnificently green with a mild climate, perfect for golfing. By visiting in June or July, you can also take advantage of the unique midnight golfing sessions at many of Reykjavik’s golf courses.
If you are visiting to explore Iceland with a side of golf, the winter greens offer the perfect chance to enjoy a round whilst the weather is colder. Iceland transforms into a winter wonderland, with a blanket of snow covering the country and the opportunity to enjoy scenic landscapes and even catch the Northern Lights.