The city of Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, and everyone who visits this remote country tends to spend a couple of days exploring its streets. After that, most visitors choose to visit the nearby geysers, glaciers and lagoons which the country is famous for.
Take a walking tour around Reykjavik
There are several tours around the city’s main landmarks- and there is even an accessible tour adapted to wheelchair users. During the tour you can see the Parliament and the flea market, and there are several themed tours: a tour dedicated to the history of the city, a barcrawl to explore the city’s nightlife and a tour dedicated to the financial crisis.
The city can be explored on foot: the Hallgrimur church is located close to the city center, and the commercial streets of Laugavegur, Austurstraeti and Laekjargata are filled with shops. There are plenty of restaurants offering traditional dishes all around the city, including those that offer whale meat and sheep faces.
Spend a night in a vintage hotel
Are you fed up with standard double-room, breakfast included hotels? Reykjavik has plenty of hotels to offer, from the centric CenterHotel Thingolt, with its gallery prints decorating the walls of this former printing factory to the hip 101 Hotel, known for its colourful furniture and large baths. Those on a budget can stay in the vintage Kex Hostel, located in what used to be a biscuit factory. Those who want to explore the country’s wild side can head to the rustic Kerlingarfjöll, a town located close to the city. Here you will find mountain huts with views towards the mountains, ideal for viewing the famous Northern Lights.
Tour its isolated landscapes
The rugged landscape of Iceland is worth the visit alone. The most famous itinerary around Iceland is the Golden Circle, a route that covers the country’s main attractions. After departing Reykjavik head to the Thingvellir National Park, part of a fissure zone where you will find Lake Þingvallavatn. The next stop on the route is the Geysir Hot Spring Area, a geothermal area where you will be able to see the Geysir geyser sprout water every few minutes. There is another must-see nearby, the Gullfoss Waterfall, plunging into a crevice 32m deep. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in this area, from visits to the ice caves, snowmobile tours and glacier hiking to river rafting, fishing and mushing.
Enjoy a swim in one of the geothermal pools
Do you want to relax and enjoy the scenery? If you do, then head to the famous Blue Lagoon for a day of pampering with a view. There are several cheaper options nearby for those on a budget: the city of Reykjavik has its own complex, the Laugardalslaug, with hot tubs, botanical gardens and even a zoo, all of them available at a much lower price than the Blue Lagoon. Two large pools are located on the Golden Circle route: the Laugarvatn Fontana spa and the Gamla Lagoon, which is available at night for those who want to watch the Aurora Borealis lights.
If you choose to visit the West Fjords, then you will be able to indulge in the Krossneslaug geothermal pool with views towards the Arctic Ocean. The Mývatn Nature Baths, located in the northern area of the country, are another alternative. Known for its milky blue waters mineral waters, the complex has a cafeteria where you will be able to enjoy local beer and lamb soup after the relaxing bath.