Many of Iceland’s best attractions are located in and around Reykjavik, so even if you choose to base yourself out of the city, or if you only have a short time, you can still see quite a bit of what the country has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions in and around Reykjavik.
Any visitor to Iceland should visit at least one of the country’s history and culture museums, to get a better understand of the history of Iceland, it’s culture, and how that culture and way of life has been shaped by the island’s unique features. Reykjavik has no shortage of museums to help you learn more about Iceland – from the early settlements and Viking history on through the artistic expression of present day.
Hot Springs and the Blue Lagoon
You pretty much can’t come to Iceland without experiencing one of the locals’ favorite activities – soaking in hot spring water at the eerily neon-colored Blue Lagoon or at one of the city’s cheaper public hot spring pools.
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With the high prices in Iceland, you may not be able to afford to snatch up much in the way of designer goods (which is a shame, as Iceland has some forward-thinking designers creating modern, stylish clothes and art), but at the very least, don’t leave without buying a traditional Icelandic sweater at the weekend flea market.
If you have kids, they’ll love the Reykjavik Zoo, which is home to dozens of animals native to Iceland. In summer, be sure to check out the stunning botanical gardens, and for the best view in Reykjavik, don’t miss a trip up to the top of Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Iceland is a fairly small country (though it’s easy to forget, thanks to the grandeur of the landscapes) and most visitors are surprised to find out just how much they can see and do within close proximity of Reykjavik. There are so many possible day trips from the city, you could spend a week in Reykjavik and not feel as though you are missing out on the rest of the country.
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