Although Iceland is better known for more stark, rocky landscapes, a walk in Reykjavik's gardens will convince travellers of the country's more lush and flowery offerings. The pretty Reykjavik Botanic Garden is a haven for strollers, enshrining about 5,000 plant species, including a large collection of Icelandic indigenous plants and other plant collections, which give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. Besides walking trails and water features, the garden has a display greenhouse where a cosy café is open during the summer months. Located close to the garden is the Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park.
The gardens are open all year round, though opening times may vary season to season and there is less to see in the colder months. Admission is free.
Address: Laugardalur Valley 104
Transport: Laugardalshöll bus stop is a short walk away.
Opening times: 10am-10pm during summer, 10am-3pm during winter