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- Reykjavik Excursions BSÍReykjavik, Icelandrecommended Reykjavik Excursions BSÍGreat company for so many reasons! The staff is incredibly helpful and kind :-) The buses are cheap, organized and clean. They offer several tours as well, I would definitely recommend the northern ... read morelights tour with one of their guides! They do everything they can to give you the best view of the phenomenon..Comment.7 days ago. ReportCaroline Aranius
I had a very pleasant experience with the tour company Reykjavik Excursions! :-) The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable! They offer a wide range of tours but perhaps one of these would fit you better:
- ReynisfjaraReynisfjara, Icelandrecommended ReynisfjaraReynisfjara is a black sand beach with columnar basalt formations and ocean carved caves. The two columns you can see afar are a couple of trolls by Icelandic legend. This cave I was at when I took ... read morethis picture, was formed by the ocean. You can see the columnar basalt formation that made by lava.
- DyrhólaeyIcelandrecommended DyrhólaeyIf you want to see view of Seaside cliffs on the south coast, visit cape Dyrhólaey. But remember not to stand so close to the edge of the cliff; the wind is strong enough to push you out from the ... read morecliff. But the view was worth it!
- SólheimajökullSólheimajökulsvegur, Iceland
- Skogafoss fallsSkogar, Iceland
- ReykjanestaReykjanesta, Icelandrecommended ReykjanestaIf you have a day or two in Reykjavik, drive down to Reykjanesta. Charming costal towns, photogenic light houses, small restaurants, and surprises; it's all there! We randomly stumbled into a volcanic ... read morecave along the way. Also, a great place to observe northern lights.
- Harpa Concert HallReykjavik, Icelandrecommended Harpa Concert HallHarpa is a concert hall and conference centre right on the water at the edge of the Reyjkavik Harbour. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with ... read moreDanish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with irregularly-shaped glass panels of different colours. The building was originally part of a redevelopment of the Austurhöfn area dubbed World Trade Center Reykjavík, which was partially abandoned when the financial crisis took hold. The development was intended to include a 400-room hotel, luxury apartments, retail units, restaurants, a car park and the new headquarters of Icelandic bank Landsbanki. The completion of the structure was uncertain until the government decided in 2008 to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall. This came to the chagrin of rural residents, who were more concerned about good roads. The building was given its name on the Day of Icelandic Music on 11 December 2009. The building is the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík. It houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. Harpa is certainly a signature Building, and I was most impressed when I strolled both inside and outside. There's also couple nice restaurants/bars inside and some interesting shops. My guess is that prestige is one thing and economics is another, as this place is probably losing $$ in the name of National Honour. Yet if I lived here, I would be proud of this place and would attend events any chance that I could get.Eric Brink
Cool performance space
- Photography Museum of ReykjavíkTryggvagata 15, 6th floor, Reykjavik, Icelandrecommended Photography Museum of ReykjavíkThe Photography Museum of Reykjavik is a small, but cool little exhibit space located on the 6th Floor of the Public Library Building. There's also a small gift shop with hours that unfortunately do ... read morenot match those of the exhibit space. When you're done, don't miss walking down the stairs for more inspiring photography.
- The English PubReykjavik, Icelandrecommended The English PubWhilst inside The English Pub, it's easy to forget the you're in the middle of Reykjavik, rather than Jolly Old England. When I wandered in, it was dark, full of happy folks, and accented by a singer ... read morecrooning easy listening songs in English. There's also a nice outdoor patio that accents the beer and good times.
- The Laundromat CafeAusturstraeti 9, Reykjavik, Icelandrecommended The Laundromat CafeIt was my first day in Reykjavik and I was hungry. It was mid-afternoon and my jet-lagged body also wanted a place to sit and relax over a cold beer. I was somewhat slowed down by indecision, lack of ... read morelocal knowledge, and prices that I thought were a little high. Finally, the inviting book-lined confines, cool retro-style decor, laid-back ambiance, and a happy mixed group of people within The Laundromat Cafe lured me in. I ordered a club sandwich and a beer. That and the service were just slightly better than average. What I enjoyed more was the people and views into the kitchen, along with a cool interior that made me feel at home. I appreciated a chance to catch me breath, relax, and re-energize before heading out again at the direction of my Tour Book.Eric Brink
Cool Lunch Spot
recommended Hjartatorg (Heart Square)Hjartatorg (“Heart Square”) is a small urban oasis that reminds me of People's Park in Berkeley (except safer). It's located in downtown Reykjavík between Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and ... read moreHverfisgata. It's a popular hangout, with a diverse collection of interesting folks. When I was there, a DJ was spinning tunes, people were swinging on hammocks above, one guy was dancing, a "Free Market" was available, and a nearby bar offered tables to watch the action. And with a few Tourists (including me) thrown in, it wasn't clear who was watching who. What the place also feels like is a failed development project that was taken over by the masses and molded into their image.Eric Brink
The People's Park of Iceland
- HallgrímskirkjaReykjavik, Icelandrecommended HallgrímskirkjaThe Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík and at the top of the hill for all to see throughout the City. At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth ... read moretallest architectural structure in the Country. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape. It took 38 years to build the church, with construction beginning in 1945 and ending in 1986. The church houses a large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. It has mechanical action, four manuals and pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes. The church is also used as an observation tower (of which I went up). I took the lift up to the deck and relished a breathtaking view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains. The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (1929–32) by Alexander Stirling Calder in front of the church predates its construction. It was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD. I love entering European Churches to experience a spark of holiness. This House of Worship certainly had that, but with a certain "every person" casualness that I had not previously experiences. When I was there, folks were hanging out, chatting, making plans, and just relaxing. That was all very egalitarian and chill.Eric Brink
Distinctive Iceland Church
- Listasafn Íslands (National Gallery of Iceland)Frikirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavikrecommended Listasafn Íslands (National Gallery of Iceland)The National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands) was established in 1863. Before settling at its present location, the collections were held in various places. The role of this museum is to ... read moreincrease and relay knowledge of Icelandic cultural heritage, from the nations earliest settlement through to the modern day. I spent a pleasant and very educational couple hours here, and it was well worth the walk past the Tjörnin to get here. The first highlight is the Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland Exhibition. It is presented in the main galleries on the second and third floors. Here the past meets the future as I explored how Iceland, its culture and society, developed from the early settlers in the late 9th century up to the modern days. The exhibition contains about 2,000 artefacts from all periods of Icelandic history as well as numerous well selected photographs from the 20th century. Various forms of multimedia are used to educate and inspire as I chose to either walk through time or follow special and well marked themes through the exhibition. I also enjoyed the Exhibit that commemorates the 40th anniversary of “The Match of the Century” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. That was a big "Cold War" deal back in 1972, and it was cool to look at the pictures, one of the actual chess boards, a seating recreation, and some of the actual notes and final game positions. Last but not least during my visit was the photography exhibit on the 1st Floor. This particular gallery presentation recalled a bold rescue of British Sailors who had run aground on the Iceland Coast many years ago. The gift shop is also nice. I left with a nice Thor's Hammer statue I gave to my Son when I returned. He thought it was really cool.Eric Brink
- Icelandic Fish and Chips, Norðurstígur 8, 101 ReykjavikIcelandic Fish and Chips, Norðurstígur 8, 101 Reykjavik, Icelandrecommended Icelandic Fish and Chips, Norðurstígur 8, 101 ReykjavikIcelandic Fish and Chips Organic Bistro is located in the Harbour area and does it's English equivalent one better. No grease-fest here, as my light and crisp barley battered cod (with "skyronnaise) ... read moreand seasoned potato wedges (with a pint of beer to wash it all down) were excellent. There was a line out the door when I arrived, but it moved fast. After you're seated, you go up and order the fish at the counter, which is then soon delivered to your table. If and when i return to Reykjavik, you'll find me here again.Eric Brink
Nice Casual Seafood
- Fish MarketAðalstræti, Reykjavik, Iceland
- Blue Lagoon spaSvartsengi, 240 Grindavik, Icelandrecommended Blue Lagoon spaThis spa is awesome and you must go to it when you're in Iceland. It's a giant thermal pool and it is beautiful, well run and oh so relaxing. Sitting in the water watching the lifeguards walking ... read morearound in ski jackets (I went in the Fall) was pretty funny. Pick up some salt rubs from the gift store for someone special and for yourself...recommended Blue Lagoon spaForget, for a moment, that this is the runoff from a geothemal power plant. The blue lagoon is one of the best places we went in Iceland. It is a giant themal pool/lake, the color of blue milk, set ... read moreamong the lunar landscape outside of Rekyavik. You can get a massage while floating on a half-submerged mat in the hot water, eat at the restaurant, or just float in the thermal. Heaven! There is a hotel here and you can stay the night. We didn't do it but we wished we had. You really want to maximize your time here!
recommended GeysirI got an awesome shot of the Geyser going off...not the type of thing you see everyday in NYC exactly. Very cool...I think it was part of my Gullfoss trip or when I went o see the continental divide. ... read moreIt should be on everyone's list to check out.recommended GeysirJust outside of the capital, this is where the English word "Geyser" comes from. Geothermic pools and steaming water shooting out to amazing heights. These geysers are not quite as big as the ones in ... read moreYellowstone, but still pretty amazing. Pay attention to the wind, though. We were heading back to the bus and got totally soaked when one went off.
- GullfossIcelandrecommended GullfossGorgeous and powerful waterfall outside of Reykjavik. When I went it was primarily frozen and surrounded by snow...yet from what I've seen of pics of it in the Spring at least as beautiful if not more ... read moreat this time of year. I took amazing photos of it.Steve Hunter
One of the coolest things I did in Iceland was go Horseback riding because of their horses. They are somewhat shorter and thicker and then most horses thus making them more stable for the terrain. I believe they are a separate breed of horse that is 1000+ years old.recommended GullfossThis waterfall is truly breathtaking. The volume of water is so massive that as you get closer it can make you dizzy. You can do a day tour from Reykjavik that hits Gullfoss, Geysir and a few other ... read morespots.
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