The Best Things To Do In Reykjavik

Reykjavik offers you a city experience that comes with stunning naturalbeauty and the sounds of nature. This is the most northern city in the world and certainly does not disappoint. It delivers a vibrant atmosphere, culture and an immersive city life. Its compact size makes it possible to experience all it has to offer in just a few days. 

Visit the Blue Lagoon 

Almost everyone who visits Reykjavik visits the Blue Lagoon, so it is a worthwhile trip. Located close to the city, you will get the chance to take a dip in the warm geothermal waters that will rejuvenate and energise you. It can get busy, so you will need to book but it is definitely a trip that you have to make.

Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik

The Settlement Exhibition 

If you are keen to find out more about Reykjavik and the history behind the city, then the settlement exhibition will provide you with everything you need. The main exhibit there is the excavation site which includes the remains of a hall that was inhabited between AD 930 and 1000. Visitors also have the chance to view how homes were built in the city. You can also view all the Viking artefacts that have been discovered throughout the city.

Aurora Borealis 

This attraction won’t cost you any money but it really will blow you away. The Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights as it is known is a spectacular yet eerie display in the sky. Emerald green colours swirl across the black of night. This natural light show will leave you mesmerised as electrically charged particles from the sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This is a sight that will really stay with you forever. However, it is worth noting that the lights are not always guaranteed but it is well worth the wait.

The northern Lights in reykjavik

Take in the Marina 

Reykjavik is surrounded by natural beauty and what better place to start than the seafront. You will need to keep warm here, even during the summer months. But, take a stroll around the marina and take in the breath-taking views of the sea and the mountains. Take in the Sun Voyager sculpture which looks over the water. While the city’s concert hall really does stand out from the natural beauty surrounding it with it shimmering squares of glass that stretch to the sky. 

Hallgrímskirkja Church 

A beautiful church that really does capture the imagination as well as the eye. The design is striking as the spire reaches for the sky but what really sets the church apart is the fact that it offers spectacular views over the city. A trip that is worth making as you get to see the beauty of the city from a different perspective. From this angle, you get to see how quirky and colourful the city really is. You can see the modern architecture mixed in with the old buildings, both of which set the tone for what this city is all about. The church itself is simple yet it offers a place of tranquillity and serenity.

Hallgrímskirkja Church

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Map of Reykjavik

History and Culture of Reykjavik

Ingolfur Arnarson, who was a Norwegian fugitive is believed to be the first person to arrive at Iceland in AD 871. He landed at Reykjavik bay. Here he was met by the steam rising from the geothermal vents. The city then remained as a collection of farm buildings for a number of centuries before the Augustinian monastery was founded in 1225. However, this was destroyed in the 16th century. In the 17th century, reformation took place as with the Danish king imposing a trade monopoly on Iceland. This crippled the country, leaving people starving and destitute. In the 20th century, the country boomed during the Second World War when British and US troops were stationed here. From the 1950’s, Reykjavik continued to grow and began to turn itself into a 21st-century city. 

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