Ultimate Guide of Things to Do In and Around Reykjavik

Ultimate Guide of Things to Do In and Around Reykjavik

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Iceland is a dream holiday destination for many, particularly those who wish to be pampered in quiet solitude as they visit a remote and romantic location. Iceland holidays combine the warmth of home with a beautiful, serene setting. For those tourists lucky enough to visit the Land of Fire and Ice, the country offers a truly pleasurable experience.

Most Iceland holidays begin in Reykjavik, the capital city, which is also the largest city in the country. Reykjavik is filled with interesting sights, nightly entertainment, and a host of luxury hotels from which to choose. These upscale resorts and hotels offer creature comforts as well as easy access to many Icelandic wonders.

Shopping is a favourite pastime and a must whilst on your Reykjavik holidays. The downtown area offers a plethora of boutiques that sell clothing, jewellery and accessories – many created by Icelandic designers. The downtown area is also home to art galleries where visitors can purchase their favourite pieces and have them shipped back home. Reykjavik boasts several shopping centres and travellers who truly wish to holiday in style may opt for a personal shopping tour. A professional guide will pick a group or individual up from their hotel in order to help them find all of the best shops in Iceland’s capital city.

Most Iceland holidays are based upon the numerous sights in and around this city. Hallgrímskirkja, the Lutheran Church of Hallgrimur, is arguably Iceland’s most recognisable building. Visitors may tour the interior, which is almost as impressive as its exterior. Another important building in Reykjavik is Perlan, which hosts a gallery, museum, shops, and a revolving restaurant. Art lovers can also visit the Reykjavik Art Museum and the Centre for Icelandic Art. The historical museum of Reykjavik, Árbæjarsafn, is an open air museum that allows visitors to stroll throughout a restored version of a 19th-century Icelandic community.

Day trips outside of Reykjavik are popular with luxury travellers as well. The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, offers one of Iceland’s most popular leisure activities. An excellent day trip for the adventurous travellers involves a hike at Snaefellsjokull, one of the country’s most famous volcanoes. Thingvellir, less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, is oft visited as well. Visitors to Thingvellir can enjoy the Golden Circle route, which consists of the Gullfoss waterfall as well as two large, geothermal geysers that spout water high up into the air.

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ReykjavikFoter / CC BY-SA

An Iceland holiday offers and elegant way to travel for anyone who wishes to tour an unspoiled, pristine land. A completely unique destination, Iceland is both soothing and exciting. An Icelandic holiday is one of the best choices for anyone who wants an original and refreshing getaway.