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On the southern shores of Iceland you can find the country’s cultural and economic heart, Reykjavik. One of the cleanest and safest cities in the world, it has gained lots of popularity over the past years, and even more so due to the increased amount of low cost flights arriving and departing from Reykjavik Airport. Come explore the world’s most northern capital with us and see all it has to offer to visitors.

Árbæjarsafn open air museum

arbaer museum

Travel back in time at the Árbæjarsafn open air museum and see how the citizens of Reykjavik lived in earlier times.

Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon outdoor spa
image by Canadian Veggie on flickr

Take a dip in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon Outdoor Spa.

Cross a Bridge between continents

bridge between continents
image by thisisbossi on flickr

Cross over the fissure by way of the Bridge Between Continents, a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.

Tysgata Street

C is for cookie
images by SnoopyKiss & Rusty Blazenhoff on flickr

Have a coffee and a cookie and take advantage of the free WiFi at C is for Cookie, located on 8 Tysgata Street.

Domkirkjan

domkirkjan reykjavik
image source jamescastle on flickr

Visit Reykjavik’s historically important Lutheran Church, Domkirkjan.

Golden Circle Route

Golden Circle Route
image by My Lil Rotten on flickr

Go on a roadtrip to Central Iceland on the 300km Golden Circle Route which starts and ends in Reykjavik.

Gullfoss Golden Waterfall
image by Pantheroux on flickr

Make a stop on your Golden Circle roadtrip to admire the Gulfoss Golden Waterfall.

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja
image by JenC Photo on flickr

Stand under the 74.5 meter façade of Hallgrimskirkja (church of Hallgrímur), the largest church in Iceland.

Hofdi House

hofdi house
image by sarah sosiak on flickr

See the Hofdi House, built in 1909, but known for being the location of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev of the USSR. This important meeting was a step to the end of the Cold War.

Concerts

icelandic opera
image by Lorika13 on flickr

Attend a concert at the Icelandic Opera or simply appreciate its impressive architecture from the outside.

Imagine Peace Tower

imagine peace tower
image by 1541 on flickr

See the lights from afar of the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial from Yoko Ono to John Lennon.

Laugardalur Park

laugardalur park
image by Gunna on flickr

When the weather is nice, stroll through Laugardalur Park, which is actually made up of several parks, a botanical garden, swimming pool, zoo, and children’s park.

“The drive thru”

microbar reykjavik
image by WhatsAllThisThen on flickr

Try “the drive thru”, a sampling of the 8 beers on tap at Microbar.

Mount Esja

mount esja in the distance
image by Simon Collison on flickr

Climb to the highest point on the volcanic Mount Esja, “Habunga”, which at 914m gives impressive views of Reykjavik and its surrounding.

Museums

national museum of iceland
image by kfcatles on flickr

Find out more about the Icelandic cultural heritage at the National Museum of Iceland.

Geothermal beach

nautholsvik geothermal beach
image by alf07 on flickr

Head to Nautholsvik’s geothermal beach and take a dip in the hot tub, which is kept at 38.5 °C. Or if you’re more daring wade into the ocean which is a chilly 12-16 °C during the summer months.

Northern Lights

northern lights reykjavik
image by Gunnsi on flickr

If you’re in Reykjavik in the winter months (about October to March) don’t miss your chance to see the Northern Lights.

Grill Market

the grill market reykjavik
image by Kiersten Chou on flickr

The Grill Market (Grillmarkadurinn) is one of Reykjavik’s top restaurants and a great way to try local food with a bit of luxury (not for travelers on a strict budget).

The Pearl

the pearl
image by Thorlakur on flickr

Head to the 4th floor viewing deck of The Pearl and take in the 360° views of Reykjavik.

“Bread Soup”

tjornin pond
image by welshcathy on flickr

Feed the ducks at what is locally called “the biggest bread soup in the world”, Tjörnin Pond.

Day Trips

videy island
image by Pet_r on flickr

Take a trip across the Kollafjörður Bay to Videy Island, the location of the Imagine Peace Tower.

volcano tour reykjavik
image by Haukur H. on flickr

Take a day trip and go on a tour of one of the many active volcanoes outside of Reykjavik.

whale watching reykjavik
image by Global Ranger on flickr

Go on a whale watching tour and see minke whales, white beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, and humpback whales. The best time is from April to the end of October.

Vikings

viking village reykjavik
image by Just_Tom on flickr

Be kidnapped by Vikings at the Viking Village in Fjörukráin (10 minutes outside of Reykjavik) and have a real Viking feast!

 

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