So you have decided or you are considering a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland… good choice! This is a place that is teeming with both natural beauty and cosmopolitan diversion. Iceland is far from just being the home of Bjork and the place that took in Bobby Fisher, it really does have an other worldly intrigue – especially in regards to its natural attractions – that simply must be experienced. A wealthy nation the capital Reykjavik also has great parks and art galleries for visitors to enjoy. More things to do in Reykjavik include.
East of city center | Reykjavik
One of the greatest natural features of Iceland are all the geothermal pools that bubble just below the earth’s surface. One such geothermal pool is at Laugardalur Park, which offers individual pools, or “hot pots” as they’re often called, for people to relax in. When you start to feel lonely in your hot pot there is always the larger geo thermal pool to swim in as well as well as lap swimming in a regular pool. Visitors to these hot springs truly can see that winter in Iceland opens up an entirely new set of diversions to be enjoyed.
Perlan (The Pearl)
Oskjuhlio Hill | Reykjavik
The Pearl is a modernistic complex that showcases various cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, gardens, and even a man made geyser over five floors. From the exterior the Pearl makes a fascinating, kind of like the shopping centre perhaps George Jettison may have gone to, as it is a futuristic play ground of commerce. On the top level is a restaurant that provides wonderful views out over Reykjavik and the nearby mountains. A little out of the action, a few kilometres from the city centre, you will need to take either bus 7 or 18 to get to the Pearl.
National Museum of Iceland
Suðurgata 41 | 101 Reykjavik |
The National Museum of Iceland tries the harrowing task of telling the full history of Iceland beginning with a pagan burial and making its way up to Bjork and modern fashion. In telling this story visitors to the museum will have the interesting experience of having a 14th century nun, a medieval chief, and other historical characters from Iceland’s past tell visitors through an audio narrative. Many visitors have had nothing but great things to say about this museum. The National Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and costs around $5.50 US to enter.