While glaciers, geysers, hot springs and volcanoes are the exotic attractions that traditionally have made tourists want to come to Iceland. Its capital, Reykjavik, has recently become one of the world’s greatest weekend destinations and draws visitors from across the world. Reykjavik also offers splendid architecture, fantastic shopping and a raft of cultural delights with Iceland’s amazing natural wonders just around the corner.
Mineral-rich hot water from far beneath the earth forms the spectacular Blue Lagoon, where a luxurious health spa has been developed in the rugged lava landscape. The lagoon’s geothermal seawater is known for its positive effects on the skin. The Blue Lagoon is a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík.
Reykjavik Park And Zoo
With some 150 animals from 19 different species, including seals, foxes and reindeer. They also offers an amusement park with rides and activities, here you have the chance to ride an Icelandic horse. This is the ideal place for a day out with the family.
The Thermal Beach In Reykjavik
Nautholsvik is one of the few places in Iceland where you can take a dip in the sea, as it is normally too cold for swimming. Here, a thermal beach has been created where natural hot water flows out into the sea to allow Icelanders and tourists to swim in the Atlantic waves.
The Hallgrimskirkja Church
Take the lift to the top of this 75-metre high and incredibly iconic church for amazing views of the Icelandic capital.
Reykjavik Art Museums
Three museums feature the artwork of some of Iceland’s most famous artists.
Hafnarhus is located on Tryggvagata, Kjarvalsstadir on Miklatun and Asmundarsafn between Sudurlandsbraut and Sigtun.
Reykjavik City Museum
Open air museum established in 1957, that aims to give visitors an idea of Icelandic architecture and the lifestyle on the island in the past.
Geysers, Glaciers, Waterfalls and Volcanoes
Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, which is Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Don’t miss the famous Geysir Geothermal Area, volcanic craters, hot springs, the Pingvellir National Park and the beautiful Snaefellsjokull mountain. There are a raft of bus companies organising such excursions, including Reykjavik Excursions at www.re.is and World Tours at www.heimsferdir.is.
River Rafting, Super Jeeps, Dogsledding, Snowmobiles
Some wild and extraordinary activities you will never forget. Contact the Activity Group, which is the biggest provider of such activities in Iceland:
Watch minke, humpback and killer whales, seals and dolphins on one of the many whale watching tours that depart from Reykjavik, during which you almost always spot some of these magnificent mammals.
Visit: www.whalewatching.is, www.dice.is, www.elding.is or www.icelandtravel.is for more information.
Explore amazing Iceland by foot on guided walking tours lasting between half a day to a week or more.
A comprehensive picture of the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day. The museum holds up to three thousand objects, among them most of the greatest treasures of the Icelandic nation.
The Icelandic horses are sturdy and very strong, the direct descendants of the horses first brought to Iceland in the Viking Age. They have an extra gait which is unique to the breed, and their friendly nature is perfect for first-timers. Horse riding tours are available in beautiful sites on the outskirts of Reykjavík. The trips can be from one hour to a whole day or even longer.