Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Dogs playing in the river Elliðaár.
    Dogs playing in the river Elliðaár.
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  • An Icelandic sheep-dog in the river.
    An Icelandic sheep-dog in the river.
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  • The service center.
    The service center.
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Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Shopping

    Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

    Something you can't miss in Reykjavik is one of their specialities - woollen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens). They are of great quality but reasonable price. For example, a very very well made woolen blanket (200cm x 130cm) costs only 600SEK here, which you need to pay double price for in Sweden.

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

    Proceed to the BLUE LAGOON & take a bath. The water is reputed to have healing properties for sufferers of skin ailment. This is one of the highlights of many visitors to Iceland. After having examined the combination of minerals in the water, scientists declared the BLUE LAGOON a spa. So, for those who are interested in spa (like some of my...

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  • Museums & Galleries

    Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

    Well if you're in Reykjavik, why not have at look at the world's only *** museum? In an alley in the main shopping street Laugavegur Sigurdur Hjartason has found a very unusual way to attract tourists. He has over the years collected no less than 40 of Iceland's mammal species and 8 from other countries in the museum's foreign section. There is for...

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  • Perlan

    Reykjavík Region Off The Beaten Path

    The building on the hill is The Pearl (Perlan), an exhibition and conference hall with revolving restaurant on top, well worth visiting. It is built on top of old water cisterns and the view from there is lovely. But the hill, Öskjuhlíð, is a natural pearl in its own right. More than 176,000 trees have been planted on the hillside. There are...

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  • Nordic House

    Nordic House is a nice place, where you can read newspaper from Scandinavia and you can go to the library and read some books. I spend time every weekend there, it helped if I miss home... But Nordic House is interesting place for everyone. And plus, it's designed by Alvar Aalto, our Finnish famous designer.

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  • The Pearl

    The building on the hill is The Pearl (Perlan), an exhibition and conference hall with revolving restaurant on top, well worth visiting. It is built on top of old water cisterns and the view from there is lovely. But the hill, Öskjuhlíð, is a natural pearl in its own right. More than 176,000 trees have been planted on the hillside. There are...

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Proceed to the BLUE LAGOON & take a bath. The water is reputed to have healing properties for sufferers of skin ailment. This is one of the highlights of many visitors to Iceland.After having examined the combination of minerals in the water, scientists declared the BLUE LAGOON a spa. So, for those who are interested in spa (like some of my...

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  • Örfirisey

    It's a little bit out of the way Reykjavik-wise, but it's worth the effort to make the short drive out to the tip of the Örfirisey peninsula to catch the wonderful vista of the harbor and the cityscape beyond.

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  • The World's Only *** Museum

    Well if you're in Reykjavik, why not have at look at the world's only *** museum? In an alley in the main shopping street Laugavegur Sigurdur Hjartason has found a very unusual way to attract tourists. He has over the years collected no less than 40 of Iceland's mammal species and 8 from other countries in the museum's foreign section. There is for...

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  • Nature in City

    If you have plenty of time you could spend part of a day hiking mt. Esja, 914 m. It is a 30 min. drive outside Reykjavik. On a clear day the view from the top is very nice and it is relatively easy to climb. There are trails most of the way and the ascending takes about 1-1,5 hours.Mt. Esja is dominating in Reykjavík's skyline. It is Reykjavík's...

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  • MY HOME!!!!!!!!

    This was my dear home (look at the picture) located at Nardjardgata. I lived at third floor in a very small room with one bed, small table and a window in the ceiling. The house was huge and cozy, but in not-so-good shape. I had my lovely roommates that I do miss a lot once in a while. If you visit at Hallgrims church and pass my apartment when...

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  • A walk around the harbour

    This small industrial area isn't particularly pretty, but the views of the bobbing boats and the distant mountains are fab!

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  • Ægissíða

    This tip might be in the wrong place as Ægissíða is a asphalt walking and bicycling road that runs along Reykjavík's shoreline. However it probably is off the beaten track for most tourists.This is a very popular walking path by locals and at weekends it is very crowded. On the south side is the shoreline and you can see mountains by the skyline on...

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  • Cool catholicism

    The roman catholic church is located to the west of Austurvollur in a pretty residential area of town. The RC-community in Iceland is tiny and headed by Dutch bishop J. Gijsen. It's interesting to see how close-knit this community is from the brochures lying around and the building itself is deffo worth a look.

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  • The winter sun

    Few tourists visit Iceland in the depths of winter. It's generally cold, snowy and dark. But it's also cheaper and it feels more genuine than when the place is teeming with visitors. And to be honest, all that snow and ice has a charm of its own!

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  • City Hall

    Located on (and over) the Tjörnin lake, Reykjavík's city hall is an example of contemporary architecture. Although not immediately compelling, it's an interesting piece of work and deserves a closer examination.

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  • Ending of Cold War

    This is the place, where Gorbatsov and Reagen met and officially ended the Cold War. This house in a very strategic place in the middle of Reykjavik, which is the capital of an island in the middle of Atlantic.

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  • For Dutch people only

    Quirky and sometimes useless info about Iceland can be found on the BNN website below! Use www.ijsland.nl when you're in pursuit of more conventional Icelandic info for Dutch people

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  • Horseback Tour

    Icelandic Horses are cool. They are smaller and furrier than horses in the USA. Makes them not as scary to ride for new horse-riders.

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  • The warmest area of the Blue Lagoon

    The closer you swim to the Power Plant, the warmer the water gets. It can be pretty cold right where you get in, especially in the winter months.

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  • Bring a towel and a brush!

    If you are going to the Blue Lagoon... that is fabulous! It's a really cool place to swim and see. If you have long hair, don't forget to bring a hairbrush or comb! Also, don't forget your towel!

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  • Follow the banana

    While walking in Reykjavik's streets you should see graffiti of different kinds on the walls. At the moment I went there the big star was G.W. Bush, threatening the world. My walk went into a graffiti hunt, one I like particulary is this famous banana that Andy Warhol paint for the first album of the Velvet Underground.

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  • Alaska Lupines

    Not a native plant of Iceland but can be found growing along roadsides and empty lots. Although attractive these plants are somewhat controversial since they are overruning native species. They did look really nice along the roadsides, the purplish-blue flowers contrasted againt the black lava.This clump of lupines was on a vacant lot right in the...

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  • The Pearl of Reykjavik

    The Pearl is quite an unusual structure. A restaurant is found housed on top of these large tanks that hold (or held) geothermally heated water. The restaurant here is very expensive so we didn't eat there but we did go to the observation deck and had quite a lovely view of Reykjavik. It's not in the city center but worth the trip. You can also...

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  • Blue Lagoon

    BLUE LAGOON: Formed by accident when condense steam from the power station was released into the lava field (to disappear) but the mineral solution made the lava watertight instead. Having been examined by scientists & declared safe, it was found to be excellent for healing some skin diseases.

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  • Viking Statue

    If you're walking along the coastal path towards Klapparstigur, you'll come across this sculpture of a viking ship. There are actually many different sculptures around Reykjavik.

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  • Immediately before or after...

    Immediately before or after visiting Kerid it is interesting to go to the Volcano show at Hellusundi 6a, 101 Reykjavik. Look for the red rock directing you into the garden. Villi Knudson is a filmmaker who has his own cinema in the garden. He shows a selection of films about volcanoes and we enjoyed the showing of his award winning “Villi Knudsen’s...

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  • Well, it is pretty much...

    Well, it is pretty much surprising to discover a museum behind a trendy street with shops and restaurants...It is even more surprising to discover that the museum is The Icelandic Phallological Museum! This is exactly what happend to me...Right behind Laugavegur a few blocks going east is what is also known as the 'Pen** Museum'...Hold on to your...

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  • Try the Icelandic hot dog -...

    Try the Icelandic hot dog - it's unique. I know of people abroad who look forward to the time when their Icelandic friend comes back from home, because he will bring a pack of those along with fried onion and remoulade (mayonnaise with pickles). Try one at Bæjarins bestu, down by the harbor (if you walk from the main post office).

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  • GAMEDOME.At the mall in...

    GAMEDOME.At the mall in Reykjavik, known as Kringlan (there is a 2nd mall now that has just opened) there is a networked/LAN gaming center called Gamedom. The friendly and efficient Ali owns and runs the center of 12 computers. I played a lot of Half-Life and also used the center to check my email. At roughly $5.00 an hour, this place was a bargain...

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  • I HIGHLY recommend venturing...

    I HIGHLY recommend venturing outside the city and seeing the beautiful landscapes, by either taking one of the many tours offered or by renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Please refer to my Iceland page for more pictures and info.

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  • There's a small Botanical...

    There's a small Botanical Garden near the Zoo. It's nice, and if you're into plant biology, than you should visit it, and see almost all of the icelandic trees ;) Oh, and there's a small exhibition too, how icelandic women were cleaning the clothes in thermal water in the XIX-XX.century.

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  • Something you can't miss in...

    Something you can't miss in Reykjavik is one of their specialities - woollen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens). They are of great quality but reasonable price. For example, a very very well made woolen blanket (200cm x 130cm) costs only 600SEK here, which you need to pay double price for in Sweden.

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  • THE REYKJAVÍK CARD: Provides...

    THE REYKJAVÍK CARD: Provides free admission to all the major museums in Reykjavík as well as free access to Reykjavík Bus Company, Reykjavík Thermal swimming pools,the family park and the Reykjavík Zoo.

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  • Swimming is a very popular...

    Swimming is a very popular activity all year round. You can find both outdoor and indoor swimming pools.The temperature of the water in the pools is about 29 degrees Celsius. In many places there are also saunas, a jacuzzi, solariums and hot pots with temperatures ranging from 36 to 44 degrees Celsius.

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  • We love the scene of sea and...

    We love the scene of sea and ships. You can always have a look at the sea when travelling around the city.

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  • The Flea Market

    Bargaining is not part of the Icelandic culture. If there is a charge you’ll have to pay. Don’t haggle. In Iceland the price is the price. Kolaportið, the flea market in Reykjavik, is the only exception to this rule. Kolaportid Flea Market is located in the customs building by the old harbour in the city centre, and it is open Saturdays 10:00 -...

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