June 19 2018
Top Five Things To Do Reykjavik!
Check out some of the best attractions in the Reykjavik area.
Iceland has been ranked both the happiest and most peaceful country in the world, making it a fun and relaxing place to visit. With so many beautiful places to visit in the Icelandic capital, it can be difficult to determine which ones you absolutely must see. That’s why we’ve narrowed down the top five attractions everyone visiting Reykjavik has to check out!
In Reykjavik, you will find seven swimming pools that are all filled with Iceland’s famous geothermal water. Each has a traditional lap-pool as well as hot tubs, where you can sit back and relax. Fun fact: during the weekdays, the swimming pools are used for swimming lessons for primary school children (swimming lessons are mandatory in Iceland!).
Old Harbour Area
Take a walk through the colorful Old Harbour, which is home to Harpa, the city’s award-winning concert hall. Not only does the Old Harbour offer beautiful views of Mount Esja, but it is also a key starting point for many excursions, such as puffin tours and more!. In the Old Harbour, you will be able to find the Vikin Maritime Museum and the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina.
No matter where you are in Reykjavik, you will be able to spot Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city’s main landmarks. Hallgrímskirkja, or the Church of Hallgrimur, is a national monument that is dedicated to the Icelandic poet Hallgrimur Petursson. The church’s most famous feature is its organ, which is 15 meters tall and weighs in at 25 tons.
Known as Mount Esja’s sister, Mount Úlfarsfell is not quite as well-known but is actually closer to Reykjavik and offers similarly beautiful views. At 296 meters tall, the mountain is a bit of a climb but offers rewarding views of Mt. Ejsa, Bláfjöll skiing area, the city of Reykjavik and Faxaflói bay.
Last, but certainly not least, is downtown Reykjavik. The downtown area is the most popular place for visitors, where you can find a wide variety of restaurants, featuring traditional Icelandic meals or even international cuisine. As for shopping, be sure to check out the city’s famous Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur streets, which are home to many boutiques.
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