So What is there to do in Reykjavik?

What is there to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is not a city that instantly springs to mind when making a list of must visit cities, but to be honest, it should, and recently, more and more people have started to realise it. Reykjavik is a fairly small city and is home to only around 120,000 people, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in hospitality, history, culture and some fairly impressive wonders from the natural World.

If you are interested in shopping, then to be honest, Reykjavik may not be the place for you and you will find that you can explore the city centre in a day quite comfortably. Having said that, there are a few things you probably should do while you are in the city and here are five to get you started:

1 – The Saga Museum
Most of the history of Iceland has been preserved through stories handed down through the generations. These are known as the Sagas. The Saga Museum attempts to present these stories to you in a historical context with scenarios depicting key moments and people from Iceland’s past.

2 – The National Museum of Iceland
Up until 1863, any historically significant items from Iceland were kept in Danish collections. However, on 24th February that year, Iceland opened its very own National Museum and does a great job of getting across to you an overview of Icelandic history.

3 – The Harpa Conference and Concert Center
This fairly new concert and conference centre is set to become another must see venue for people visiting Reykjavik. It is located right on the harbour and commands fantastic views. Its glass wall is simply stunning.

4 – Reykjavik City Museum
If you would like to see all that Reykjavik used to be and how it has developed over time, and you would like to see it all in one place, then the City Museum should also be on your list. It is fairly small, but it is well worth the visit.

5 – Volcano House
Located in the heart of Reykjavik, Volcano House is one of the top attractions in the city. It is the best place to go to learn all about Iceland’s volcanoes and how they play a major part in how the city thrives. This is done mainly through the use of specially commissioned high quality video movies but the multi-lingual staff there are also trained in geology and are on hand to answer any of your questions. The Volcano House is also home to a superb collection of lava stones and also houses a great souvenir shop and there is also quality food and drink available.

The main reason people head for Reykjavik though is to use it as a base in order to visit attractions of a more natural type. Iceland’s geology makes it one of the most interesting places to visit on Earth if you appreciate the wonder that nature has to offer. Using Reykjavik as your base, here are five more things you could be doing during your visit to Iceland

1 – Geysers
With Reykjavik located in one of the most active volcanic hotspots anywhere, it is one of the best places to see geysers in action. Take one of the many tours leaving from the city centre to get the best advantage.

2 – Whale Watching
Iceland is one of the best places in Europe to go whale watching and there are at least 23 different whale species to be seen. If whale watching is something you want to do as part of your visit to Reykjavik, then the best time of year to go is between May and September.

3 – Hiking on the Moon
For those of you that fancy a little stroll then why not consider heading off on a hiking trip over the lava fields. Once you’re out there you will feel like you are hiking on the surface of the moon.

4 – See the Northern Lights
More properly called the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a spectacular sight, and Iceland is the perfect place to view them from and there are plenty of hotels that specialise in off peak holidays in order to take advantage of the best time of year to experience this natural phenomena.

5 – Soak up the Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is World famous and is by some considered to be one of the wonders of the natural world. 47km outside Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is one of the things that you simply cannot miss during your visit to Iceland. Thought to offer the power of healing, the natural pools of sea water, heated by geothermal energy, are a wonderful place to relax and forget about the stresses of normal life.

After you have done all of that you will probably want to relax and have something nice to eat in a nice restaurant in Reykjavik, but don’t think the adventure has ended just because you have sat down at the dinner table. The restaurants in Reykjavik offer some of the most interesting menus to be found anywhere and include such local specialities as Puffin, putrefied shark, known locally as Hakarl, and Cormorant. Iceland rejoined the International Whaling Commission in 2002 and the country started commercial whaling in 2006 and so you can find whale meat on offer although it can be quite expensive. Finally, a particular delicacy and a meat which is particularly expensive is Reindeer. A small number are taken by hunters every year from those that live wild on the moorlands after they were introduced to the country in the 18th century.

So, to answer the question in the title of this article, there is plenty to do during your visit to Reykjavik. Add this wonderful place to your list of cities to visit now.

Hello everyone, I’m Anthony Jackson, a passionate traveler always eager to explore the fascinating corners of our world. I joined this team with a mission to share my travel experiences and tips, aiming to provide you with memorable and exciting journeys.
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