Iceland’s capital city is at the top of the world – literally. Reykjavik is further north than any other global capital, with a small town vibe that’s as charming and funky as its people. There’s the usual must-see sights to tour, but for the real Reykjavik, step outside and let the city be your guide. The streets are lined with colorful wooden houses, cafes and brewpubs. Flea markets offer up unusual finds and unique souvenirs for the folks back home, and the bold murals and public art dotting the landscape are the backdrop for a perfect vacation photo. For a unique experience, try an arctic voyage with Icleand Pro Cruises.
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Set in the urban heart of Iceland’s capital city, Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is the perfect hotel for travelers who are interested in enjoying Icelandic meals, brews, art and music.
Hallgrimskirkja – Iceland’s tallest building is also one of its most striking. The otherworldly stone walls of the church rise high into the sky, and an elevator ride up the tower leads to a panoramic view of Reykjavik.
Whales of Iceland – Over 20 large-scale and life size whale models are displayed in this exhibit. The models are impressive enough up close, but virtual reality tours allow visitors to join them under the ocean waves.
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre – Even if you’re not attending an event here, this architectural wonder is worth a visit. This modern building is a colorful honeycomb of glass and steel with a perfect view of the harbor.
Nauthólsvík – Time to hit the beach! This sandy cove is a popular summer hangout. Bring a picnic lunch and watch braver souls take a dip in the chilly waters.
Elliðaá River Valley – Escape Reykjavik’s not-so-urban sprawl with a quick trip to this natural reserve in the heart of the city. Only a short distance inside and the sounds of the outside world fade away, replaced with the call of birds and the rushing of waterfalls.