Reykjavik, the Capital of Iceland is a relatively small city with about 200,000 inhabitants, but a champion in culture with many museums and an enviable night life with many nightclubs and bars in its compact downtown.
It is a clean and attractive city, surrounded by amazing landscapes and the sea. You’ll find many attractions in Reykjavik as well as many more in the country of the Northern Lights.
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Hallgrimskirkja church is the largest in Iceland
This is the largest church in Iceland in honor of pastor and poet Hallgrimur Petursson (1614-1674). In front of the church is a statue of Leifur Eiríksson, the man who discovered North America in the year 1000, more than 500 years before Columbus. It was designed by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945), and was a present from the USA.
This church that can seat more than 1,000 people is the most important building in the capital and can be seen from everywhere rising above all other buildings in Reykjavik. If you take the elevator up to the top, the view of the city and its surroundings is awe inspiring.
As opposed to the impressive exterior, the interior of this Lutheran church is quite simple. It has a 5275 pipe organ installed in 1992.
Waterfront & Sun Voyager
Since Reykjavik is all surrounded by sea, the waterfront is the ideal place for nice walk, jogging, cycling or rollerblading. From the north side you have a view of Mount Esja, the city’s landmark mountain.
There is a sculpture called Sun Voyager by Jon Gunnar Arnason standing there.
Helicopter flight over Reykjavík
What better way to get acquainted with this capital, than a helicopter ride over the city with a stop in a nearby mountain.
Then after landing get immersed in this lively city with delicious food and the Free City Walk Reykjavik tour of 2 hours.
The Blue Lagoon
While the Blue Lagoon is not situated within the Reykjavik city area, this attraction is an absolute "must" for travelers and a major attraction.
The thermal waters are always pleasantly warm, whatever the weather. In the city, Reykjavik's thermal pools are open from early morning until late in the evening.
Whale and bird watching
Take a tour that begins in the harbor to watch the whales. The most sighted ones are the porpoises, humpbacks and the minke whales, as well as the friendly dolphins.
Some of the tours include visits to the offshore islands, being the most famous Videy.
The National Museum in the Capital of Iceland
This is a great museum that displays artifacts dating to the era of the Settlements to the modern era giving an ideal overview of Iceland’s culture and history.
The section of the Settlements Era shows how the chieftains ruled and how Christianity was introduced to the country, featuring swords, silver hoards, drinking horns and bronze figures of Thor.
Upstairs exhibits date back to 1600 until today, showing the visitor the struggles of Iceland under foreign rule until it finally gained independence.
Besides many amazing exhibitions it has a permanent display with the story of Iceland’s past from the days of the Vikings to the present day. One of the important treasures to see is the Valthjófsstadur door, featuring elaborate medieval engravings depicting scenes from the legendary 12th century knight’s tale Le Chevalier au Lion.
Only a few minutes away by boat is this unique site that combines culture, nature and history. The island was inhabited until the 1940s.
The Videyjarstofa, the oldest stone building in Iceland built for the High Sheriff in 1752. There are hiking paths around the island.
The Aurora Borealis can often be seen from Reykjavík. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to experience the northern lights.
This natural phenomenon can even been spotted from the Capital of Iceland, by the seaside. Find a dark place away from the street lights, like the area of Grotta.
National Gallery of Iceland
This are galleries overlooking Tjörnin, offering exhibits from the 10,000 piece collection of the museum.
The exhibits range from the 19th to the 20th centuries and feature paintings by Iceland favorite artists such as Nína Sæmundsson and Jóhannes Kjarval ; also sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson and others.
Also known as the Pearl, it is an incredible piece of architecture built in 1988. They built it on top of two large tanks where natural hot waters are stored in order to heat the city.
Under the dome you’ll find a rotating restaurant offering fine cuisine. They also feature cafes and the most important of all a viewing platform with amazing 360 degrees views of the Capital of Iceland.
Laugavegur Street is one of the important shopping areas in Reykjavic
Shop in Reykjavik
The center of the city featuring the streets of Laekjargata, Skolavordustigur, Laugavegur and Austurstraeti is the ideal place for good shopping.
The Kringlan shopping mall with more than 150 stores is perfect place for socializing and shopping.
There are many outdoor clothing companies for extreme wear and outdoor gear. Icelandic design is also very fashionable and can be found all around downtown
Reykjavik flea market
Kolaportið flea market in Reykjavík, open on weekends is the place to buy the famous hand knitted sweaters, called lopapeysa, a great souvenir of your visit o Iceland.The flea market is located in the harbor and offers an array of stuff for sale. Don’t miss the local delicacies, especially the shellfish in a laid back atmosphere.
A visit to the flea market will make you feel closer to the spirit of Reykjavik and the feeling of having accomplished a great visit.
For more information visit Iceland Tourism Website
The Flea Market of Reykjavik the Capital of Iceland
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blue lagoon by helgi haldorsson
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waterfront by solomon guld
national museum by max tucker
videy by helgi haldorsson
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perlan by helgi haldorsson
flea market by carlos ruiz
national gallery by martica vallejo
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