Geysir, located along the Golden Circle in southwest Iceland, is the geyser from which all geysers take their name. Only here’s the ironic thing – Geysir rarely erupts any more, so most visitors to Geysir are actually coming to see the nearby smaller geysir, Strokkur erupt. Geysir was the first recorded geysir, and earliest records date its existence back to […]

Geysir: Iceland’s Famous Geyser

In Reykjavik’s city center, most tourists use the white tips of the  Hallgrímskirkja Church to help find their way around – you’re never lost in the city if you can find the “big white church” (a nickname much easier to pronounce). The church is a Lutheran church and is the sixth tallest building in Iceland. It was designed in 1938 […]

The Best View in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja Church

If there’s one souvenir that embodies Iceland, it’s the lopapeysa – a traditional Icelandic sweater with a distinctive pattern. These sweaters are made by hand with sheep’s wool and incredibly warm. They can also be incredibly expensive, going for over 30,000 ISK in the stores that line Laugavegur street, Reykjavik’s main shopping drag. For a cheaper (but still high-quality) version, […]

Shopping at the Kolaportið Weekend Market

Swimming is one of the most popular activities in Iceland. In fact, all Icelanders are required by law to learn swim and there are hundreds of pools located all over the country, with dozens in Reykjavik itself. Like the Blue Lagoon, these pool aren’t naturally occurring hot springs, but the water does come from sources deep below the ground. All […]

Reykjavik City Pools

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous attraction. A pool of superheated neon blue water, it is believed to have restorative effects and is visited by over 400,000 people each year. What is the Blue Lagoon? A popular misconception is that the Blue Lagoon is a naturally occurring hot spring pool, and while the country does have many, this is […]

Soaking in the Blue Lagoon

Given how photogenic the landscape of Iceland is, it’s no wonder than the country is home to some of the world’s most talented photographers. To check out samples of their work, head to the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. The museum is the largest of its kind in Iceland and has a collection of over 1.7 million artifacts. The aim of […]

Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Founded in 1973, the Reykjavik Art Museum (RAM) is comprised of three different museum buildings located around the city. Kjarvalsstadir was the first, with the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum and Park and Hafnarhus joining it in 1991 and 2000, respectively. Together they offer the largest visual art space in Iceland, at over 3000 square meters, with 20 exhibitions being hosted […]

The Reykjavik Art Museum

In 2001, as construction began on a new building in the old city center of Reykjavik, an exciting discovery was made. Buried underground and nearly perfectly preserved was an ancient Viking longhouse, a traditional dwelling. The city excavated it, preserved it, and turned it into a museum. If you only visit one museum in Iceland, the 871 +/- 2 Settlement […]

871, The Settlement Museum in Reykjavik