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With more than three fourths of Iceland being declared as uninhabitable, Reykjavik (its capital city) is famous for having some of the most cluttered areas in the world. Reykjavik, popular as the northernmost capital in the world, might be mainly used as a gateway to get into the rugged adventures and breathtaking settings that Iceland has to offer, but the city is no pushover either. It ensures that all of its visitors spend a day or two exploring the various sights that it has to offer and captivates them with its natural appeal, exotic nightlife, friendly people, beautiful buildings and pleasurable sights. A highly recognized music and arts scene also ensures that Reykjavik remains popular among all sorts of tourists and those returning home simply cannot stop thinking about how much would it cost to get back to the city.
The main charm of Reykjavik lies in its unique and queer sights. The city manages to combine village like lifestyles to big city living in order to offer its locals and visitors with an entirely unique atmosphere that cannot be seen or experienced anywhere else in the world. The summer months are known to offer as many as 22 hours of daylight while the sun hardly ever comes out during the winter months. These harsh conditions might sound cruel on paper, but they also help in creating a unique aura that manages Reykjavik to appear and act the way it is.
Reykjavik is also known to be a city that is extremely proud of its Vikings heritage and past. However, it also knows how to act in the present and manages to keep one foot in the future. As a result, tourists can expect to find the various sinful delights of the 21st century along with magnificent treasures from the past located next to each other, fighting with each other for the onlooker’s attention.
Cosy pubs, wild nightclubs, exotic restaurants, luxurious resorts, stylish cafes, world class museums, exquisite art galleries, state of the art geothermal pools, an excellent music and arts scene – whatever be your calling, you can definitely expect to find a lot of it in Reykjavik. Add to this the presence of snow topped mountains, the jaw dropping expanses of ocean and beautiful volcanic surroundings, and you get the perfect city to live in, travel to or think about.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|What is it? The landmark church, the tallest building in
Iceland, dominates the city from its highest point, and is visible
on a sunny day from up to 10 miles (16km) away. Named for 17th
century Icelandic poet, hymn composer and clergyman, Hallrimur
Petursson, the church's unusual design represents volcanic basalt
columns flanking its towering steeple. It took nearly 40 years to
build the edifice, which was finally completed in 1986. In front of
the church stands a statue of Leif Eriksson, donated to Iceland by
the United States.
Hours of Operation: 9am to 6pm in summer, 9am to 5pm
|2. National Museum
|What is it? The recently refurbished National Museum of
Iceland is the best place to become acquainted with the folklore,
history and culture of this fascinating nation. The museum contains
around 3,000 artefacts, including medieval settlers' tools,
agricultural and nautical implements, ancient carvings and Viking
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm (16 September to 30
April); daily 10am to 5pm (May to 15 September)
|3. Botanical Gardens
|What is it? The lush, green Botanical Gardens are a haven
for strollers and planted with a large collection of Icelandic
indigenous plants. Besides walking trails and water features, the
gardens have a greenhouse café open during the summer months, a
children's park and a zoo.
Hours of Operation:
holidays - Top Events
|1. Reykjavík Marathon
|What is it? The event goes hand-in-hand with the
Reykjavik Cultural Night and although international attendance at
the marathon is still small, the overal cultural experience is
increasing in popularity every year. Apart from the marathon there
is a half-marathon, a six-mile (10km) run, and a two-mile (3km) fun
Where is it?
|2. Reykjavík Cultural Night
|What is it? Throughout the night, the sun never sets on
the cities cultural celebrations in the form of music, live
performance and exhibitions. Shops and bars stay open later to
cater for the thousands who attend. The Reykjavik Marathon is run
in the morning and visitors from abroad are treated to a double
dose of what Reykjavik has to offer.
Where is it?
|3. Reykjavik Jazzfestival
|What is it? The Reykjavik Jazzfest is one of the most
popular for jazz enthusiasts, as the city itself, appears so well
suited to the bustling genre. Local and international acts populate
the city for the five days bringing in a variety from different
styles and various eras.
Where is it?