Iceland Things to Do

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Iceland Things to Do

  • Hallgrimskirkja

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Hallgrimskirkja is the tallest and most impressive building in Reykjavic. It was designed to imitate a volcanic eruption and some say it also resembles a rocket ship. It was begun in 1947 but not finished until 1986. The exterior is striking and impressive whilst the inside is calm and peacefully plain. The 250 foot tower cost 700 ISK (£4) to climb...

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    cont'd from tip 1): There is one parking space, one entrance (smack in the middle of lava fields, so sneaking in from anywhere is at your own peril!), a reception where the questions are how many persons, need a towel, bathing suit? and you get a moisturizer to apply after the soak (quite salty, really dries you out). Your ticket is a plastic...

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  • Perlan - The Pearl

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Inside Perlan on the ground-floor is the Wintergarden (Vetrargarðurinn) with its palms and fig-trees. The Wintergarden often hosts receptions, wedding-celebrations, concerts, art-exhibitions, DVD-CD sales, book-sales and sports-clothes sales, which are very well attended by the Icelandic nation. On the ground-floor in one of the tanks there is...

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  • Glaciers/ Geysers/ Waterfalls

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    I cannot believe that back in the 1920s these falls were nearly destroyed - that would have been criminal! They are raw and powerful, massive and mighty. There is a double cascade and the water drops 32m. There is a visitor centre which served delicious and much needed hot chocolate after trudging back in a hail storm, frozen and wet! If this is...

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Is the most popular artificial attraction of Iceland every year many tourists tempted to take a bath In fact, it is a lake with hot water from the geothermal power plant Svartsengi ( black meadow ) next to it, all kinds of beneficial effects for the skin attributed To the minerals in the water therefore, the Blue Lagoon become a popular spa...

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  • Hallgrimskirkja

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Worth a visit to this unusual modern cathedral that dominates the skyline of the city. Take the lift to the top for great views across the city and harbour. It is extremely windy up there and in the cold December wind it can be really difficult to take pictures without getting frost bite or shakey pictures!!

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  • Golden Circle Tour

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Of course we did the Golden Circle tour. I had booked it at home with Grey Lines. They picked us up at the hotel in a small bus, and after exchanging our vouchers we were taken to a big bus. The tour started in the morning when it was still dark, but since the first stop was inside a geothermal powerplant, this wasn't too bad. There is a free part...

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  • City views

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    For some of the best views of Reykjavik you can't go wrong with a trip to the top of the famous Hallgrimur's Church tower (Hallgrimskirkja), Reykjavik's main landmark . The views from the tower are simply stunning, giving you a complete 360 degree view of the rooftops of the town and the surrounding sea and mountains. The tower stands at an...

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  • Lake Tjornin

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Reykjavík pond, Tjörnin, is right in the city center, by the City hall and stretches from Lækjargata to Hringbraut and Tjarnargata. It is divided in two by a bridge. On the southern side there is a park, Hljómskálagarður, and in the summer time we turn on the fountain there. It used to be a big fountain, but as it is almost always windy here in...

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  • Swimming

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Reykjavík has many exterior geothermal pools, but Árbæjarlaug is by far our favourite. Located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, this modern complex has, along with the traditional swimming pool, a steam sauna, hot pots, jacuzzi and even a water slide for the kids. An extra incentive to visit this mostly non-touristic spot is the nearby Elliðárdalur...

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  • Sólfarið - The Sun Voyager

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    At the spot where the road approaches the coast (Saebraut) state since August 18, 1990 the largest and most photographed art object of Reykjavík, the Solfar It was designed by the artist Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931-1989) This steel sculpture is very easy accessible by foot, the spot is very touristy, these monuments range from busts of persons ,...

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  • Buildings

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    The Nordic Culture House in Reykjavík was opened in 1968. The house was designed by the world famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). He even designed the furniture in the café and the original bookshelves in the library. This Nordic cultural centre was to serve as a link between Iceland and the other Nordic countries and has...

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  • Churches

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    There is a park on the corner of Aðalstræti and Kirkjustræti which is called Fógetagarðurinn or The Governor's park named after Skúli Magnússon, governor. Skúli Magnússon was the Icelandic governor and the founder of industry in Reykjavík in 1752. He raised wool-factories in Aðalstræti, which was the beginning of Reykjavík becoming a town in...

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  • Whale Watching

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    There are plenty of possibilities for whale watching on Iceland, and the sea outside Reykjavik is considered a good place for it. I went on the Hafsulan boat ran by Reykavik Whale Safari and Puffin Island. I found it too big and crowded and the service limited. Hot drinks for free would have been a great pre. It gets very cold out there and the...

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  • Harbor

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The harbour area which we call Grandi is one of my favourite places here in Reykjavík. It has got a very relaxing feeling to it and I love going to Kaffivagninn, the fishermen's café, and just walk around in this area and have a look at the ships and sit by the ocean. There is another café, Grandakaffi, there which opens at 6 in the morning for the...

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  • Sculpture/ Statues

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    In Reykjavik shorefront, not far from the city center -- nothing is far from anything in Reykjavik -- sits a commanding Viking ship statue. Made of metal, this modernised version of the ships Vikings used to conquer a big part of the northern hemisphere back then is a sight worth not missing. The statue, named Sun Voyager, is made by artist Jon...

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  • National Museum of Iceland

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The National Museum is a must visit in Reykjavík. It conserves a varied selection of relics that testify to the cultural history of the Icelandic nation. It is an extremely interesting museum on 3 floors displaying all kinds of Viking artefacts from the time of the Vikings settling here in and around 874 (the Irish monks were the first settlers in...

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  • Icelandic Ponies

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Best I describe my experience and then leave you the details. Fancying a nice, gentle Icelandic horse ride across a romantic lava field with snow possibly gently fluttering down around us, I booked the "special" which consists of 2 hours riding. Upon arrival we were not specifically greeted or welcomed and it was all a little awkward ... as though...

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  • Adalstraeti 10

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Towards the south side of the street you can see these colourful buildings. These are part of the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum. The hotel opened about 10 years ago. The houses were rebuild to look like the ones that were there before.

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  • Perlan

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Perlan (literally, "the pearl") is one of Reykjavík's most striking buildings. You will no doubt see it as you come in the city from Keflavík Airport. Built atop the water tanks that supply Reykjavík's hot water, it is home to an upscale restaurant, an observation deck (with an indoor café, thank goodness), a souvenir shop and the Saga Museum. We...

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  • Hafnarfjördur

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Since we were there when the Christmas Village was opened in Hafnarfjördur we planned to go there. I love Christmas Markets and have been to many in several countries. In Iceland I learned how preconceived my idea of a Christmas market was. For me, a Christmas market meant Christmas songs, stalls with ornaments, food and mulled wine. I had even...

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  • Museums & Galleries

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Iceland's National Museum of History is a little bit out from central Reykjavik, but it's worth taking the 10 minute stroll to get here, even if you're not all that keen about history. An important aspect of the museum is that most of the exhibits have captioning in English as well as Icelandic. Moroever, the museum also features scores of...

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  • Geysers

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    This valley is an active geothermal area, every 5-8 minutes creates an eruption that may be. More than 20 meters high In the area there are many more hot springs. Many of these springs have a clear blue color because of silicates in the water It symbolizes Iceland and is a natural wonder that visitors fascinates with its breathtaking beauty...

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  • Tjornin

    Reykjavík Region Things to Do

    Tjorn is a small natural lake that you can find in downtown. It is very interesting because you can see a lot of birds. Near Tjorn there is the Old City Hall that is very nice; there is Domkirkja, the oldest church in Reykjavik; and there is Austurvollur, the square of the city.

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  • Whale and Puffin Watching

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The largest puffin colony in the world is in Iceland, in a volcanic island just off the south-shore of Iceland, Vestmannaeyjar or "Westman islands". But you don't have to go far to see puffins in Iceland, just pop down to the Reykjavík Old Harbour and hop on the Puffin express, which takes you for an hour-ride in the Reykjavík bay to the nearby...

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  • Free Things To Do.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    There are a lot of free things to do in Reykjavík, check out these museum etc. I have added tips on most of these places. The National Gallery of Iceland. This is a museum of contemporary art. Free admission. Reykjavík Museum of Photography. Free admission. The Icelandic National museum. Free admission on Wednesdays. The Culture house. Free...

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  • Árbæjarsafn - Reykjavík City Museum.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Árbæjarsafn museum is an open-air museum - it was opened in 1957 and old houses from Reykjavík have been relocated there from the center of Reykjavík - and form a small village. In the summer time there are domestic animals there and visiting makes one feel like one has stepped back in time. People working there are dressed the way Icelanders...

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  • Mt. Esjan

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Now, Esjan is Reykjavík's mountain and we are proud of it. We have been getting some insults from Icelanders living in other parts of Iceland saying that Esjan is just a hill compared to their mountains. The highest peek of Esjan is 914 m high. Esjan is not in Reykjavík per se, it is north of Reykjavík on Kjalarnes across Kollafjörður bay, but we...

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  • Radhus - City Hall

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The first thing to do after visitting tourist information was to visit Reykjavik City Hall .It was completed and inaugurated on April 14th 1992.It's on the northern shore of Lake Tjornin.It looked very modern The ground floor of the building is organised around the walking routes between the West and the town centre and continued via a bridge to...

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  • Reykjavik 871

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    During construction for a new hotel in 2001, a Viking-era longhouse was discovered under the streets of Reykjavík, and it has been preserved right where it was found (the hotel was completed, presumably with a few modifications). The longhouse was in unusually good condition - not many survive at all - and because of volvanic ash evidence it's been...

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  • Alþingi - Parliament Building

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Parliament building was built in 1881 and the architect was the Danish F. Meldahl. The building was made out of dolerite which was found in Skólavörðuholt a little below where Hallgrímskirkja church stands now. This building is of course preserved now. The first Parliament in the world was established in Iceland in 930 AD at Þingvellir, see my...

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  • Arnarhóll Hill and Settlement

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Arnarhóll hill is a small hill in the center of Reykjavík. On top of the hill is a statue of Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler in Reykjavík. The statue was raised in 1924, by our beloved sculptor, Einar Jónsson (see my tip on his fantastic museum). The reason why Ingólfur Arnarson chose to settle here in Reykjavík in the year 874 (give or take a...

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  • National Gallery of Iceland - Listasafn

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Íslands, list=art) has several exhibition halls on three floors exhibiting various art forms, both Icelandic and international art. The main emphasis is on 19th and 20th century art. I have found the exhibitions both intriguing and provocative. They are well worth a visit when you are exploring down-town...

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  • Þjóðmenningarhúsið - The Culture house.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Culture house "Þjóðmenningarhúsið" was opened in Reykjavík in 1909. It is such a beautiful white building situated next to The National Theater, designed by a Danish architect Johannes Magdahl Nielsen. Our first minister of Icelandic affairs under Home rule (we were a Danish colony), Hannes Hafstein, ment for this house to be a National Library...

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  • Domkirkja

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The majority of the Icelandic nation is of the Lutheran religion. The Lutheran Cathedral is in the very center of Reykjavík, next to the Parliament bulding. The episcopate of Iceland used to be in Skálholt but the seat was moved to Reykjavík and The Lutheran Cathedral was built and consecrated in 1796. It took a long time to build the cathedral...

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  • Imagine Peace Monument

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    On a small island, Viðey, by Reykjavík stands a Peace tower in remembrance of John Lennon´s birthday. It was first lit in 2008 by Yoko Ono on John Lennon´s birthday on the 9th of October and is lit until the day he was killed on the 8th of December. Yoko Ono got the idea of the Imagine Peace Tower more than 40 years ago and when she met John...

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  • Hofdi House - Höfði House

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    This house was the location of the historic meeting in 1986 between presidents Ronald Reagan of the USA and Mikhail Gorbatsjov of the USSR. This meeting is regarded as the 'beginning of the end' of the cold war. The house was built in 1909 for the French consul in Iceland, Jean-Paul Brillouin. After a series of inhabitants the Britisch consulate...

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  • Videy Island

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Viðey is an island off the shore of Reykjavík and it only takes 5 minutes to sail there with Viðeyjarferjan ferry. It is 1,6 km2. In Viðey was an Augustinian monastery from 1235-1539 and excavations have shown that Viðey was inhabited in the 10th century. In Viðey one can find the oldest stone house in Iceland, Viðeyjarstofa, built by Skúli...

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  • Austurvollur

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Reykjavík's main square, Austurvöllur, is located in the heart of the old city, and contains the city's main cathedral and the Parliament building. The square was originally part of the hay fields of the city's first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. In the centre of the square is the statue of Jón Sigurdsson, the Icelandic nationalist who led the...

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  • Þingvellir

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Is one of the three national parks in Iceland. It lies about 50 km east of the capital city of Reykjavík. Pingvellir is a national park with the most geological, cultural and historical value for Iceland The Eurasian Plate and the North American plate drive 15 millimeters apart each year Pingvellir Pingvallavatn located on the lake, the largest...

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  • Fálkahúsið - The House of the Falcons.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Fálkahúsið "The House of the Falcons" is in my opinion one of the most beautiful houses in the old center of Reykjavík. It was moved from Bessastaðir (the residence of the president) to Reykjavík in 1763. Fálkahúsið is named after the Icelandic falcons, which were considered the best hunting falcons in the world, and housed the falcons until they...

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  • Reykjavik Art Museum

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Reykjavík Art Museum is located in 3 different buildings, of which I have made other tips here, Kjarvalsstaðir, The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hafnarhús (Harbour house), where this Art museum is located. Here you can see contemporary art and a permanent exhibition on the works of the Icelandic artist ERRO. There is a restaurant...

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  • Húsdýragarðurinn - Zoo.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Reykjavík Zoo and Family park is called "Fjölskyldu- og húsdýragarðurinn" in Icelandic. There are two joined parks, one for the domestic animals and the other one is a kids' amusement park. They are located in Laugardalur valley, next to the botanic garden there. At the park city-children can learn about what life at the farms is like and it...

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  • Norræna húsið - The Nordic House.

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The Nordic House in Reykjavík is a common cultural center for the Nordic countries. It was opened in 1968 and designed by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) the world-known Finnish architect and designer. The Nordic House serves as to strengthen the ties between the Nordic nations and to serve as a link between them and is run by the Nordic Council of...

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  • Gullfoss - Golden Waterfall

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    The waterfall is easily accessible by car and is a short drive from east of Geyser, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Gullfoss is in the river Hvíta and descends over a distance of 32 meters in two stages The surface of the Gullfoss waterfall is basalt and less hard rock. Can be walked all the way to the waterfall through a small...

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