This unforgettable Iceland tour will take you through the legendary Ring Road for a journey of a lifetime at your pace. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Reykjavik’s Hallgrimskirkja Church, stand in awe as Strokkur Geyser erupts, and marvel at powerful waterfalls and the rainbows that develop in their mists. Fantastical surprises await around nearly every turn, from viewing the unique cliff of basalt columns on a black sand beach, cruising among a maze of floating icebergs and visiting...
Reykjavik – Exploring Iceland’s Capital City
Welcome to Iceland! After you arrive at Keflavik Airport, you’ll be welcomed to the country by your driver, who will bring you to your accommodation in Reykjavik, the capital city. Roughly two-thirds of Icelanders live in the capital region, which is home to about 200,000 residents. In the middle of its historical and cultural core, there are no skyscrapers or towering structures - instead, you’ll see colorful, modest-sized buildings and lots of vibrant street art as you breathe in the salty sea air. Once you’re settled in, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this beautiful but small and walkable city that serves as Iceland’s artistic, social and cultural heart. As you stroll its streets, you’ll immediately notice how green, clean and safe it is, resulting in an especially relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.
Home to multiple outstanding art galleries, museums impressive architectural designs, fantastic street art, welcoming cafes and pubs, Reykjavik is a great city to explore on foot. Start with a visit to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, Iceland’s tallest and largest church, renowned for its futuristic design. Sitting atop Skolavorduhaed Hill, you’ll step into this working church and view a magnificent organ before taking the elevator to the top of its 244-foot tower. Here, you can get a good sense of the layout of the city, along with a spectacular panoramic view of the colorful rooftops, the surrounding mountains and the glistening expanse of the North Atlantic. Coupled with the lovely sounds of the three bells, which ring every 15 minutes, this experience is one that you won’t soon forget.
As you ascend back down the hill toward downtown and the water, by walking along the road that stretches from the church to the harbor, Skólavörðustígur, you’ll discover a number of cool indie boutiques and a fabulous hidden gem known as 12 Tonar. Jam-packed with vinyl and CDs, including rare limited editions, you can open any one of them to listen while sipping free espresso, and discovering what Icelandic music is all about. Now that you’re re-energized, you’ll be ready to hit the rest of the highlights, and stock up on souvenirs, gifts or unique Icelandic fashions. Geysir, just a few steps from 12 Tonar, offers items made from 100 percent Icelandic wool, while Aurum features modern jewelry inspired by Icelandic nature.
Those that appreciate the unique and different, or just want to see what a whale penis looks like, should head to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, colloquially known as the “Penis Museum.” Located on the city’s busiest shopping street, Laugavegur, its one large room is filled with shelves and glass cases that showcase animal penises, ranging in size from a tiny hamster penis to a massive whale member. Of course, you’ll find more traditional museums that are well worth visiting too, like the National Museum of Iceland which details the island’s history, and the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, housed in a former fish factory with historic ships as well as exhibits on the local fishing industry.
At the edge of the bay, just a few blocks from the main district, is Harpa, a concert venue and conference center renowned for its magnificent architecture and design, with facades inspired by nature. You don’t have watch a show to go inside – step in and you’ll find interesting shops and restaurants, as well as glorious views of the water and surrounding mountains. Finally, no visit to this city is complete without a stop at the world’s most famous hot dog vendor, Bæjarins Beztu, which gained international fame when former President Bill Clinton sauntered up to the counter for a dog. If you want to order a local favorite, ask for the “ein með öllu,” a lamb-based hot dog smothered in mustard, ketchup, fried and raw onion, and remoulade, a sweet mayonnaise-like dressing.
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