What to see in Reykjavik
Although a beautiful, cosmopolitan, vibrant and charming city, many of Iceland's best tourist attractions are actually located outside of its capital, Reykjavik. However, luckily for visitors, Iceland is a small country and none of the tourist attractions mentioned here require a significant amount of travelling to get to.
As far as attractions in Reykjavik are concerned, don't miss the Botanical Gardens, which are full of interesting indigenous plants and trees; the Einar Jónsson Museum, displaying works by Iceland's greatest sculptor; Hallgrimskirkja, one of the weirdest, most grandiose churches on the planet; and, to satisfy your Viking curiosity, the National Museum, Saga Museum and the Reykjavik City Museum (which features live actors and historical re-enactments).
Outside of Reykjavik - as one enters the remarkable hinterland - the real tourist gems can be found, and luckily the south of the country is home to most of Iceland's top tourist attractions. Be sure to check out the Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spring and spa; Geysir, the world's original hot spring; the truly transcendent Gullfoss Falls; Thingvellir National Park, with its incredible hiking trails; and Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon full of eerie, luminous-blue ice bergs.
No matter what you decide you to see and do in the 'Land of Fire and Ice', one thing is for sure: don't forget to take a camera along with you, as Iceland is a country uniquely full of sights that beggar belief. Travellers should also consider arming themselves with the Reykjavik City Card, which gives discounts on tourist attractions and restaurants, and allows unlimited bus transport.
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