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What You Should Know More About Reykjavík

  • Travel Advice

    • Know that most of the Icelanders do not know English
    • Do not make a big deal of their distinct culture, local beliefs, their belief that elves still exist and so forth.
    • Pack many layers of clothing and get a knowhow of the weather conditions.
    • Pack cold creams, skin care products that are suitable for the weather and will keep your skin unaffected by the weather.
    • Do not discuss local politics with Icelanders.
    • Do not camp at inappropriate places.
    • Do not fuss about the local food. It is not the best in the world but has its own distinct quality.
    • Try your best to pronounce items correctly.
    • Always take bath before entering a Sauna or a thermal bath in this city. Sauna and thermal baths are treated as sports by the Icelanders.
    • Be soft and polite. Icelanders do not like loud and obnoxious people.
    • Do not touch the swans in the lake, they could be brutal.
    • Adhere strictly to the laws of alcohol in this city.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20 years and above.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Parks and open areas

    Tjörnin is a small lake where you can feed the ducks. Surrounding the lake is the Hljómskálagarðurinn, which is a musical pavilion park where you can find a bird’s reserve.

    Einar Jónsson Museum has sculptures in bronze from Iceland.

    Austurvöllur is a small park and a good picnic area during the summer times. 

    Klambratún is a farmland and also has an art museum inside the park. 

    Reykjavík Botanical Gardens have plants that grow in Iceland. Viðey is an island and a fishing village. There are large number of birds that visit this place. 

    Grótta is a small island with low tides. 

    Hólavallagarður Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Iceland.

    Öskjuhlíð is a hill that gives the panoramic view of the city. 

    Ægissíða coast has a Nauthólsvík beach and a Fossvogur Valley that is lush green, good for walking and cycling around.

    Buildings and museums

    Alþingi, Kirkjustræti is the Icelandic Parliment building built in the 18th century. Reykjavik City Hall has modern day architecture.

    Reykjavík Cathedral was built in the 18th century. 

    Hallgrímskirkja Church is one of the popular attractions as it on top of a hill. 

    Seltjarnarneskirkja is a church that you must visit for its architecture. 

    Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from Yoko Ono.

    Perlan is an iconic building and gives a splendid view of the city.

    Reykjavik Listasafn Íslands is the National Gallery of Iceland that holds collections of artists from 19th and 20th century. 

    Reykjavik Kjarvalsstaðir is an art museum that showcases works of local artists.

    National Museum of Iceland depicts the history of Iceland. 

    Reykjavík City Museum is an open air museum. 

    The Culture House holds exhibitions and has collections of medieval manuscripts and Icelandic Sagas. 

    The Volcano House, and it has collections of rocks, a library, a cafe, and gift shop. 

    Aurora Reykjavik is a museum that explains the phenomena of Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. 

  • What you will like there

    Activities to do and things to see

    There are many theatres, concerts, book stores, and libraries that tourists can visit. Nordic House hosts art exhibitions, poetry reading, and other events. National Theatre of Iceland hosts Icelandic and international plays and so does Reykjavík City Theatre. This city also hosts many musical festivals.

    Nature and outdoor activities

    Go whale watching in Húsavík and Faxafló.

    Horse riding is also a popular Icelandic activity. 

    You can take hikes to the Esjan Mountains and experience nature at Heiðmörk. 

    You can watch reindeers and seals at the Reykjavík Domestic Animal Zoo. 

    Visiting the thermal pools is the Icelandic culture. 

    You can visit Laugardalslaug geothermal pool and enjoy water slides, thermal baths, and seawater baths. Árbæjarlaug, Sundhöllin, and Nautholsvík Thermal Beach are other places where you can enjoy the steam bath. 

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  • Books

    Lonely Planet Pocket Reykjavik (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Alexis Averbuck

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