Reykjavik Sights and Landmarks Guide, Iceland
Reykjavik might not be the perfect spot for a beach holiday, but there are plenty of interesting things about Iceland’s mysterious capital that would make your stay worthwhile. Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world, and also among the greenest cities on the planet. Reykjavik is the cultural, financial and industrial centre of Iceland, no surprise seeing as most of the country’s population lives in the capital. Iceland is one of the most well developed countries in the world, and as its capital, Reykjavik is a genuine emblem of the Icelandic wealth and wellbeing. Tourists interested in cultural and historic attractions will not be disappointed. The nightlife of the city is amazingly lively, despite the fact that nights are almost as bright as days in Reykjavik. This Reykjavik Sights Guide invites you to find out more about what this great city has to offer.
Reykjavik Sights Guide - Architecture and Museums
The old town in Reykjavik surrounds Tjörnin, a pond on the shores of which the initial settlement was founded in 9th century by Vikings. The old town, with its whitewashed wooden buildings and bright concrete houses is a great place for a stroll. Many of the city’s attractions are located in the old district, for example the Town Hall and the National Assembly. The National Cathedral, a small but charming church can be found nearby. One of the most intriguing sights in the city is the Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in the country. The church was built in the 1930’s, and its design imitates the flows of basalt lava that are so common in Iceland.
If you want an amazing bird’s eye view of the entire city you should climb to the top of the church tower, which is the fifth tallest building in Iceland. If you are interested in Norse culture and history, this Reykjavik Sights Guide recommends that you visit the National Museum of Iceland, which displays over 2000 objects dating back to the foundation of the city. The Culture House hosts one of the most extensive and important collection of medieval manuscripts in the world, and the top floor houses an exhibition about the island of Surtsey, a superb volcanic island in southern Iceland.
Reykjavik Sights Guide - Nature and Outdoors
Perlan (the Pearl) is possible the most recognizable landmark of the city. This huge glass dome perched on Öskjuhlíð hill has a beautiful winter garden and a viewing deck with panoramic telescopes. Perlan also hosts a variety of shops and a revolving restaurant that allows customers to admire all of the view without moving from their seats. There are numerous geo-thermal swimming pools around the city, and the locals use them not only to relax but also to socialize. Other popular activities besides lounging in hot water are whale watching and sea angling, a great way to observe Iceland’s wildlife.
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