Travel Guide For Reykjavik.
Travellers from all over the world have discovered Reykjavik to be a remarkable travel destination. Founded in the late 9th century by Norwegian Vikings that were fleeing from their King along with the Celtic slaves they picked up in Scotland and Ireland along the way. Because of Reykjavik’s geographical location, Iceland’s capital city stands alone with its impressive environment, otherworldly landscape of geysers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, and its unique culinary scene. Here is our comprehensive Reykjavik travel guide.
National Museum of Iceland
Whether you are visiting Iceland for business or pleasure, a trip to the National Museum will leave you fully enlightened about the making of the Icelandic Nation and its history. The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibitions and one permanent display that illustrates the story of Iceland’s past.
Golden Circle Tour
A tour of the Golden Circle is nothing short of spectacular. Encompassing a 190-mile loop across a landscape that is unlike anywhere else on earth, you’ll experience some of the world’s most unbelievable natural wonders. Stops include Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Haukadalur valley to view the Strokkur, geothermal geysers and the Gullfoss waterfall. Several tour companies are available to book year-round tours.
Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
The Blue Lagoon is renowned for its warm mineral water and silica-rich mud. Besides the powerful healing properties of the lagoon, it also boasts an on-site restaurant featuring local delicacies, rejuvenating massage packages, sauna, steam rooms, and a skin care shop featuring mud mask treatments and body scrubs to take home.
Northern Lights in Reykjavik
A visit to Reykjavík would not be complete without experiencing nature’s spectacular natural phenomenon, the northern lights. Best viewed in the darkest months of the year, anytime between September and mid-April, seeing the northern lights is an ethereal experience. Gaze up and watch the sky transform into colourful waves, dancing across the sky. Tours are highly recommended, as viewing depends on weather and geography.
Hallgrimskirkja church is Reykjavik’s main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Be sure and take the elevator up to the observation area for the best views in town.For a true Nordic culinary experience, try Scandinavian Restaurant and Bar. Authentic Icelandic treats including lamb soup, reindeer pâté, and roasted lobster tails are standard, and the discerning palate will leave you quite satisfied.
Nightlife and Entertainment in Reykjavik
Iceland is famous for its nightlife scene, and it is little wonder why. Strong alcohol was prohibited until March 1st, 1989. According to locals, this day lovingly became referred to as “Beer Day”. Regular hours for bars and nightclubs in Reykjavík run well into the night, closing as early or late as 4 a.m., depending on how you look at it.
Check out Laugavegur Street, the central hub for the more popular bars and nightclubs in Reykjavík. The atmosphere is palpable, with dozens of high-energy dance clubs, jazz clubs, and chilled-out bars all within walking distance of one another. Lebowski Bar and The English Pub are lively and crowd favourites.