Þingvellir National Park, located in the southwest of Iceland not too far from Reykjavik, is another stop on the Golden Circle Route. It’s the first stop that most tourist will make after leaving Reykjavik, and is about an hour away from the capital. Þingvellir is a site of great historical and geological significance in Iceland. It is the site of […]

Þingvellir: Where History and Nature Collide

Just a few kilometers past Geysir, along Iceland’s Golden Circle route in the southwest of the country, lies Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions, visited for the enormity of the falls and the immense beauty of the surrounding area. The falls are formed where the Hvítá river comes around a bend, plunges down several levels […]

The Awesome Power of Gullfoss Waterfall

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