What to see in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Attractions

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 renactments).

Outside of Reykjavik, however - as one enters Iceland's remarkable hinterland - is where the real tourist gems are found. 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.

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights - are one of nature's most celebrated, most beautiful and rarest occurrences.…

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Botanical Gardens

The lush, green Reykjavik Botanic Garden is a haven for strollers. It is planted with a large collection of Icelandic…

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Einar Jónsson Museum

Einar Jónsson was Iceland's foremost sculptor, and he himself designed and established this museum, which contains…

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This landmark church, the tallest building in Iceland, dominates the city from its highest point and is visible on a…

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Hidden People

Never mind the Vikings, one of Iceland's most interesting cultural drawcards must surely be the Huldufólk, or…

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National Museum

The recently refurbished National Museum of Iceland is the best place to become acquainted with the folklore, history…

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