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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Laugavegur 105, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
This buzzy hybrid offers both hostel dorms and hotel rooms in a five-story building on Reykjavik’s main drag, Laugavegur. The lower floors contain the hostel, while the top floor has hotel-style rooms, all of which were designed by...
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This geometric glass facade on the edge of the old harbor blends sea and sky and city. Designed by visual artist Olafur Eliasson, it serves as a hub of many cultural events, though the experience of being in the space is primary.
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Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Opened in 2011, Reykjavík's Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is not only the most significant classical music venue in Iceland (home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera), but also one of the country’s...
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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
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Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Reykjavík Art Museum was founded in 1973 and is the largest visual art institution in the country. There are actually three locations: Hafnarhus (pictured) Kjarvalsstadir, and Asmundarsafn (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum). Hafnarhús has a...
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18B, Laugavegur 18, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Icelandic design truly sings. Whether you're hunting for stunning furniture, stylish clothing, original jewelry or quirky children's toys, Kraum is the place to look. Located inside Reykjavík’s oldest building, which dates back to 1752, the more...
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Tjarnargata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fun fact: Reykjavik's City Hall wasn't built until 1987! Located on the northern shore of Lake Tjornin, which was considered a worthy setting for a symbol of Icelandic capital is was completed and inaugurated on April 14th 1992, The lake and its...
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Tjörnin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Despite being so close to the harbor and the ocean, Reykjavík’s city lake has a charm and atmosphere all its own. Bordered by a main road on one side and a string of pretty, colorful residences on the other, the natural, stone-edged...
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Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland is a great spot to find out about the nation's fascinating past. The permanent exhibition stretches right back to the first settlement and comes up to the present day, and contains some 2,000 objects plus around...
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101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. The Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. The sculpture is...
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Lokastígur 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
We immensely enjoyed our experience here. Good simple food, good beer. They also have skyr based desserts. Also, they have good vegetarian options. A must visit.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
When you need a break from exploring Reykjavik on foot, the best thing to do is hire one of the pilots from the Icelandic Flight Academy to take you on an adventure in the sky. The planes typically seat four and offer the ideal vantage point to...
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Teigar, Reykjavík, Iceland
While Iceland is famous for its hot springs, native Icelanders visit geothermal pools much more frequently. Reykjavik has several but Laugardalslaug is the largest and most prominent. Laugardalslaug is just a short bus ride or walk from downtown...
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Located in the middle of the city, this unlikely—but beloved—green spot is where locals come to find inner city peace. Explore the winding forest paths lined with wildflowers, catch a glimpse of frolicking wild rabbits, wade in the splashing river...
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4, 110, Kistuhylur, Reykjavík, Iceland
This impressive open-air museum was once a functioning farm as well as a popular resting place for people on their way to and from Reykjavík. It was transformed into a museum in the 1950s in an attempt to preserve something of an old...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
The weather outside may be frightful, even in summer, but the waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland are always delightful. We visited the Blue Lagoon Spa during an 8-hour layover in Reykjavik. All inclusive round-trips are available...
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Ok. It's not as blue as the Blue Lagoon. But it's an unforgettable experience. North shore of Iceland, at the end of Road 748... We were there June 21st, the longest day of the year. Water is very hot just beside the sea... the cold sea! Peaceful,...
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This cute and friendly shop sells high quality glassware, knitted goods and other local crafts. You can find everything from elf and goblin figurines to home decoration items such as candleholders, clocks and plates—and there’s also a good...
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Við Pollinn, the official restaurant of Hotel Isafjorður, offers delicious local and international dishes such as freshly-caught fish, grilled lamb and seafood soup, alongside more nuanced fare like sautéed puffin and vegetarian offerings. While...
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Although referred to as one waterfall, Dynjandi—known also as Fjallfoss—is actually comprised of seven different falls that flow together from a cumulative height of 100 meters. Thirty meters wide at the top, the waterfall cascade spreads to...
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Brekkuvellir, Iceland
We only stopped a few minutes here. I really wanted to walk in the sand. It looked so beautiful from the road. The rain started and the sky was dark and beautiful! Even though the sky was like that though, the water had this incredible, dark,...
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Patreksfjörður, Iceland
This is the oldest steel ship in Iceland and it's located in the vicinity of Patreksfjörður. You can see it just by driving toward Breiðavík, that is where our hotel was located. The sky and water were really blue and dramatic, the lighting was...
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Hnjótur, Iceland
This spot was marked on our map as a sightseeing spot but we had no clue what it was. Googling it while on the road (internet connection in that area is pretty good with a local data card) we discovered that it's sort of a museum that consists of...
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Látrabjarg, Iceland
Rauðisandur, or (Red Sand), is precisely that: a beach with red sand. Endless red sand. Well, not endless, but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of...
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Búðardalur, Iceland
Twenty kilometres southeast of Búðardalur and reached by Route 586 (8km from the junction with Route 60) into Haukadalur valley, the former farm of Eiríksstaðir is one of the most historically significant locations in Iceland. This was the...
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Snaefellsnes, Iceland
Búðir is a small hamlet in Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, which is in the western region of Iceland, on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula where Hraunhafnará falls to the sea, the original old name of Búðir having been...
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Arnarstapi, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. We drove anti-clockwise from Reykjavik and towards the fag end of our road-trip we were in the Snaefellness National Park in Western Iceland....
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Hellnar, Iceland
At a little fishing village called Hellnar. In January, there is no fishing. Or any (fisher) people, for that matter. There is just snow all around, except on the boulders that have been washed off clean by the waves.
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Londrangar, Iceland
Lóndrangar is two pillar rocks by the sea jut a few minutes’ walk from road in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Very easy to spot, even in a foggy and rainy day like the one we had when we got there. It's very impressive to see it. One is 61m high and...
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Those seeking to escape Reykjavik with relative ease should skip over to Iceland’s west coast to set foot in Snæfellsjökull. This rather young national park (established in 2001) perched on a peninsula is actually a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano....
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Kirkjufell, Iceland
Ever dance with the Devil in the pale moon light? No? You should try it. You'll love it. If you can't find the Devil, try dancing with a sheep. There are plenty in Iceland. Vikings too - but it's tough to teach a Viking how to dance (citation...
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Looking at a volcanic crater is one thing. Seeing how puny a person is next to it, really puts things into perspective. Kerið crater is on the popular touristic route called the Golden Circle in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from...
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Funny thing about the geysers outside Reykjavik: The first fifteen minutes, you're marveling at the explosions of scalding water. Next fifteen minutes, your attention shifts to the gawking itself. Human nature and nature nature, both putting on a...
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Located about an hour northeast from Reykjavík and part of the famed Golden Circle tour (along with Gullfoss), the Geysir hot springs area consists of around a dozen hot water blowholes, including the eponymous Geysir. The...
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This dramatic two-tier waterfall, whose name translates as "Golden Falls," a reference to the shimmering mist that sometimes appears around the falls, is one of Iceland’s most famous—which is saying something in a country...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
On a trip to the amazing Iceland this January, my husband and I ended our first day at the small seaside town of Eyrarbakki. I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the Icelandic coast would be. The sun started its slow descent right around 4:45 each...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
we didnt stay at KEX hostel but we went there twice for burgers and coffee and cool people watching. The interior is an instagrammers dream and the abbreviated menu is a good mix of American heartiness (cheeseburgers) and delicious Scando fare...
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Laundromat Café is one of the city’s most casual and upbeat places to hang out, whether you want to drink a fine craft beer, enjoy brunch, or—yes—do your laundry. The sister enterprise of the...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
You can’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s 240-foot-tall, rocket-shaped church, which soars above the city skyline and is illuminated at night. Designed by famed national architect Guðjón Samúelsson in...