While many people think of Iceland as a place frozen in snow and filled with chilly winds, this is far from the truth. Iceland is filled with many attractions that are exciting, fun, and refreshing. If you are looking for an extraordinary holiday that is far more than a city break, visit Reykjavik. Peaceful yet vibrant, Iceland’s capital city is unlike any other. The town offers a unique combination of leisure and adventure and is filled with attractions for all ages. Think of beautiful museums, art galleries, high-end restaurants, horse riding tours, refreshing thermal pools, and dazzling bars and nightclubs. Where else can you get such a unique combination of attractions? Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan town that caters to all types of travellers, from outdoor enthusiasts to indoor lovers. During your visit to this amazing town, go on one of the Reykjavik excursions and enjoy all the things the town has to offer.
Explore Iceland’s Art and Culture
If you are an art lover, go on a Reykjavik excursion and explore Iceland’s art and culture. Visit the National Museum of Iceland and discover the nation’s history from the ancient days up to date. Established in 1863, the museum houses a number of archaeological artefacts and conducts widespread research on its heritage collection. It has a large collection of old photos, prints, and pictures that are preserved in various forms. The Arbaejarsafn Museum, another popular museum, also depicts how life was in the ancient days. Founded in 1942, the open air museum will educate you about the Icelandic way of life. Reykjavik excursions also take you to Hallgrimur’s Church, Iceland’s largest church. Built in 1974, the church is one of the tallest buildings in Iceland and also serves as an observation tower. During your excursion, you’ll visit Hofdi house, the house where Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Regan famously met in 1986 to discuss ending the cold war. The house is a hundred years old and flaunts a unique and intriguing architecture.
Get In Touch With Nature
If you love nature, you’ll love what Reykjavik has to offer. Whale watching is one of the popular activities in the capital city and many Reykjavik excursions allow you to get close to these gentle creatures. During the months of May to September, you can go on a guided tour and see the gentle giants in their natural habitat. There are tours offered from Reykjavik harbour to Faxafloi Bay where you can see the minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. If you are a keen bird watcher, you’ll enjoy coming close to endangered species like puffins and arctic terns. Visit the Laugardalur Valley and see nature at its best. The valley is home to botanical gardens, a zoo, a sports field, and a stadium. A popular feature is the hot spring pool located outdoors which makes an excellent swimming spot any time of year.
Visit a Geothermal Spa
A visit to Reykjavik isn’t complete without a dive in a geothermal spa. The hot waters of the geothermal pools will revitalize your entire body. Some of the spas are naturally heated and offer a relaxing experience. Visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and discover why it is one of Iceland’s best attractions. The spa also offers wonderful treatments and massages. Some other geothermal spas in Reykjavik include Sundhöllin, Árbæjarlaug, Vesturbæjarlaug, Nautholsvík and Laugardalslaug.
Whether you love the indoors or outdoors, Reykjavik excursions have a lot to offer. You’ll enjoy seeing the dramatic landmarks and discovering the town from a whole new perspective.
Travel writer and online author Kate Parker is a regular visitor to Iceland’s cool cool capital, Reykjavik. She has written this article about Rekyjavik excursions on behalf of Sterna Travel.