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  • City views

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    Reykjavik doesn't really have a skyline, but there are a number of nice places to get a sense of the cityscape. The mountains are never too far away - and the winter snow makes them appear even closer.

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  • Perlan

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    Perlan is a upper-class restaurant built on top of water storage tanks at Öskjuhlíð hill near downtown Reykjavík. Controversial while being built but now generally viewed as a beautiful building and major landmark in the city. In the vicinity is a small forest and a popular outdoor area for Reykjavík´s citizens. Also there is a artificial geyser...

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  • Tjornin

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    Like most cities Reykjavik has a central area where you find the oldest part of the town. Reykjavíkurtjörn is the town's pond and here our Mayor is located. This can often be a beautiful spot, if the weather is good that is.

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  • Glaciers/ Geysers/ Waterfalls

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    Take a trip outside the city to see Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall'. Even if you're just visiting the city for a couple days on a layover, make an effort to get outside the city to see the countryside. The trip to Gullfoss takes about 3 hours each way and passes through some spectacular scenery. The waterfall itself is breathtaking, particularly...

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  • Hallgrimskirkja

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    If you like art or would like to see some local handcraft be sure to visit Skólavörðustígur. It is a street that goes down from Hallgrímskirkja church to Laugavegur main shopping street. It hosts several galleries and handcraft shops. If the weather is ok you could go up to the tower of Hallgrímskirkja (approx 70m) and get a great view of the city...

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  • Nature/ Wildlife

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    If you want to experience something totally different take a guided day tour to Greenland. There are tours everyday from Reykjavik airport, you leave at around ten in the morning and come back at six in the afternoon. It's totally different from Icealnd and it's not far away. go to http://www.airiceland.is/?lang=en

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  • Blue Lagoon

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    It's a lunar landscape on the peninsula where the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik airport are located. Volcanic eruptions have left behind a thick blacket of black lava, making this part of Iceland oddly similar to the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The architects of the Blue Lagoon have done an excellent job of blending the spa building into...

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  • Swimming

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    Go swimming. There are alot of swimmingpools around the city and on a good day it is a fabioulus thing to do. You need to go to see the Pearl aswell. It is a restaurant and an outlook point built ontop of 6 watertanks. The view from there is amazing. You need to do a little bit of duty free shopping. Since Iceland is not a part of the European...

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  • Rotating restaurant

    Perlan is a upper-class restaurant built on top of water storage tanks at Öskjuhlíð hill near downtown Reykjavík. Controversial while being built but now generally viewed as a beautiful building and major landmark in the city. In the vicinity is a small forest and a popular outdoor area for Reykjavík´s citizens. Also there is a artificial geyser...

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  • Planning for Iceland trip

    Hi!I'm also going in Mid-Nov (19-26th), Iceland is going to be cold no matter the season but temperature is expected to be around -1c to 2c. Similar to England, however I hear the wind mixed with rain is the real killer in Iceland. Apparently umbrellas are useless in Iceland, and expect rain and wind on your face at any time even if it appears...

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  • Winter Weather

    Hello There, The weather over the past few days in Reykjavík has been very cold and wintery and snow arrived as well. The best advice would be to bring a clothes that keep you warm, wind and water proof. The temperature today is around 2degrees and can get colder, so nice warm, cosy clothes is a good recommendation. It can get very windy in the...

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  • Free city centre map

    Heimur issues a free map of Reykjavik and Hafnarfjordur that I found very useful for city centre walks. Not for driving, though.Free copies can be picked up just about anywhere.

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  • "What's On in Reykjavik" - free...

    "What's On in Reykjavik" is a free brochure, actually more like a brochure on Reykjavik events and activities, culture and practical tourist information. A handy mix of advertisements and info and calendar of events. Very useful - get it at first opportunity! Check www.whatson.is if you have no paper copy.

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  • Good, free city map

    The Icelanders are big pushers of free maps. A lot of space is taken up by advertisements, but the following map can be recommended as suitable for walking and driving in Akurayri, Reykjavik, Kopavogur and Hafnarfjordur: "Big Map", by Enjoy More of Iceland 2004-05.

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  • Iceland- one of the world's most...

    Iceland is one of the world's most expensive countries. Car rental or van rental, as was the case with our family, was unquestionably the most costly part of our Icelandic adventure. To truly understand Iceland one must travel outside the city and experience nature in all its majesty and variety. Plan to spend more time and money than you expect.

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  • Pulbic Sculpture - Viking shield story

    Oh - I'm not sure of the name of this piece, or who created it. I should take good notes when I'm walking around. This piece is found in the public park just to the south of Lake Tjorn in central Reykjavik. It has that identifiably "modern nordic" look to it, doesn't it!

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  • Public Sculpture - Sun-Craft

    The boat's just landed! It's Jon Gunnar Arnason's modern sculpture, "Sun-Craft," found on the waterfront in Reykjavik. They've chosen a great location for this striking piece of modern art.

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  • Public Sculpture - Olafur Thors

    Olafur Thors (1892-1964) was a leading Icelandic politician of the 20th century. Associated with the Independence Party, he helped lead the country in the early days after its detachment from Denmark during World War II. In all, he served as Prime Minister on five seaprate occasions. His statue is located in the public park just to the south of...

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  • View from Lake Tjorn

    Reykjavik doesn't really have a skyline, but there are a number of nice places to get a sense of the cityscape. The mountains are never too far away - and the winter snow makes them appear even closer.

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  • Radhus (City Hall)

    Reykjavik's City Hall is a modernist structure with considerable heft. The facade which faces the city is rather brutal, even barbaric with its massive plain face of unadorned concrete. But the side of the building which faces lake Tjron ("the pond") does a good job of integrating with its surroundings.

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  • Alpingi

    Iceland lays claim to the oldest representational institution in the western world, the "Alpingi". It was this council which met for the first time in at 930, at the big rift lake some 30 miles east of here. The Alpingi was disbanded under Norwegian, and later Danish government. But the rebirth of Icelandic national identity in the 19th century saw...

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  • Public Sculpture - Ingolfur Arnarnson

    Ingolfur Arnarson is usually credited as the original Norse settler of Iceland, but actually it was a Swede, Gardar Svavarsson, who established the first human habitation on Iceland sometime around the year 850. That fact notwithstanding, it's Arnarson who gets the honor of having this heroic statue on Government Hill in the center of Reykjavik....

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  • Public Sculpture - Christian IX of...

    It's nice that the people of Iceland recognize King Christian IX of Denmark with this statue. He was the monarch of the mother country when it first granted Iceland a limited measure of self-government. Here the King is shown handing the Icelanders their first constitution. Iceland severed its last ties to Denmark in 1944, but Copenhagen is still a...

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  • Public Sculpture - Hannes Hafstein

    The statue of Iceland's first Minister stands in front of the Government House in the center of Reykjavik. It's at the corner of Bankstraeti and Kalkofmsvegur. The sculpture is by Einar Jonsson.Hannes Petuesson Hafstein (1861-1922) was a lawyer, banker, poet and political leader. In 1904, he was appointed to represent Iceland in Danish Cabinet as...

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  • Alftanes Peninsula - Hildsnes Peninsula

    Meandering lava flows have created a landscape (and seascape) that seems to have inspired by fractals.

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  • Alftanes Peninsula - Gardaholt Church

    I like driving down country lanes to see what there is to see. I like stopping and taking photos of places that get overlooked by tourist coaches.

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  • Bessastadir Presidential Palace

    Iceland's President has a proud palace out on the isolated Alftanes peninsula. I wonder, though, whether this isn't used primarily for ceremonial occasions. This seems like an awfully windswept place to live!

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  • Bessastadir Church

    One of the really nice things about having a car here is the ease with which you can take short trips out to enclaves and neighborhoods in Greater Reykjavik. The Alftanes peninsula is just a ten minute drive (if that much) from the center city, but it feels "out there." This was the manor of the important Icelandic chieftain and bard Snorri...

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  • Sculpture at Keflavik Airport

    An interesting piece: it looks as if a Concorde Jet is being hatched out of an egg. It's actually called "Jet Nest," and it's the work of contemporary artist Magnus Tomasson.

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  • Pulbic Sculpture - Asmundur Sveinsson

    Public Art abounds in Reykjavik. This large heroic figure dominates a small triangle park at the intersection of Eiriksgata and Snorrabraut. It was created by one Iceland's most important sculptors of the 20th century, Asmundur Sveinsson. Sveinsson was a proud nationalist, considerable influenced by the Icelandic Saga traditions. Much of his work...

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  • Perlan Figures

    Reykjavik is one big party! This jazz grouping is playing in all weathers and at all times of day and night right outside the Perlan Restaurant building.

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  • Perlan - "The Pearl" of Reykjavik

    Perlan - is it A) a glamorous revolving restuarant perched atop a prominent hill overlooking the city and the harbor of Reykjavik! ORB) the headquarters of nefarious Dr. Evil, plotting world domination from this dramatic structure in out-of-the-way Iceland.Hard to tell by looking at this striking piece of modernist architecture. But I think the...

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  • Blue Lagoon/Keflavik landscape

    It's a lunar landscape on the peninsula where the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik airport are located. Volcanic eruptions have left behind a thick blacket of black lava, making this part of Iceland oddly similar to the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.The architects of the Blue Lagoon have done an excellent job of blending the spa building into the...

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  • It is quite expensive to go traveling in...

    As Iceland is the second expensive city in the world (I was told by the guide), tourists may have to spend more. You need not to bring lots of cash to there as most of the restaurants, hotels or even the guided tour will accept credit cards!

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  • Take a day tour to Greenland

    If you want to experience something totally different take a guided day tour to Greenland. There are tours everyday from Reykjavik airport, you leave at around ten in the morning and come back at six in the afternoon. It's totally different from Icealnd and it's not far away. go to http://www.airiceland.is/?lang=en

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  • Why go there at all?

    I must say my interest in visiting Iceland was mostly aroused because of Björk's strange yet appealing sound. Iceland must be in a league of its own if it can produce such musicians as Ms Gudmundsdottir herself. But let's not forget the ethereal sound of Sigur Rós, the classical quirkiness of Emiliana Torrini's voice, Páll Oskar's camp sound and...

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  • Staying for a few days only?

    Did you booked a trans-continental flight over Atlantic via Icelandair? Did they offered you a one or two night staying in Reykjavik and you agreed? Congratulations, it will be worth of it. This short time is not enought to see everything of this gorgeous place, but well, certainly you will have a good time and you will see many awesome things.I...

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  • gulfoss

    gulfoss is amazing. In winter it is frozen like this. In summer you can see the rainbows dance off the water,

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  • Reykjavík by night

    This one is taken from Perlan, the big resturant on top of the hill Öskjuhlíð. From Perlan you can see almost the whole city. This is the view to the north where you sometimes can see the beautiful glacier Snæfellsjökull in the backround. Here Hallgrímskirkja (the church) is rising up from the city.

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  • The view from Reykjavík

    Looking over Reykjavík to the North you sometimes can see the glacier Snæfellsjökull which often is said to be the dorway to the center of Earth. Snæfelljökull is a beautiful glacier and an old volcano wich we have alot of here in Iceland. If the conditions are right the view from the glacier is spectacular

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  • Reykjavik center - the pond

    Like most cities Reykjavik has a central area where you find the oldest part of the town. Reykjavíkurtjörn is the town's pond and here our Mayor is located. This can often be a beautiful spot, if the weather is good that is.

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  • Historic buildings

    Don’t visit Reykjavik in search of historic buildings cos we ain't got none. The closest thing we got to a castle is probably the Helmsmen’s School (see picture) :-).The oldest house in Reykjavik is the Ministry Offices (I think), built in 1771 as a jail, located at Arnarhóll downtown.

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  • Not just the food

    Even the Perlan is a restaurant, it is far more than that. It is a place where you can wonder the views of city, enjoy cafe at a roundy terrace or just meet people and watch the art.This 'observatorio' is one of the most modern buildnings in pittoresque town and some claims it to ruining the city view. I dont' think so. It fit there very well. I...

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  • Introduction to city

    No doubt, Hallgrims church will be the one those buildnings that you will notice when arriving to Reykjavik. I use to live next to this wonderful church @ Nardjardsgata and visit there top of it often. It gives you a good city view and from there you can see 360' degrees around the town, you will see mountains and oceans, as well as downtown and...

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  • Tjörnin (The Pond)

    Tjörnin is located in the city center and close by are most of the atractions. The City Hall´s modern architecture makes a strong impression on the area.Tjörnin has ample birdlife and most children being brought up in Reykjavík spent a few Sunday mornings feeding the birds on old bread from a loacal bakery. On a still night, winter or summer,...

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