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Markus from Kreuzlingen asked

Top 5 things to see in Reykjavik, and other Top 5 highlights of Iceland

Title says all - leaving on Sunday (16/03/2014). So shoot me your Top 5 places for either Reykjavik itself or the whole country. Gogogo!

1) we have a car

2) we stay in the south west for 4 nights

3) we stay in Reykjavik 3 nights

4) great places for food also welcome

Reykjavik (Iceland)   Iceland

1 Answer
top answer by
Hjörtur from Copenhagen

Still nothing? And you're leaving tomorrow?

Well, let's fix that ;)

The top 5 things to see in Reykjavik:

1. Harpa Tónlistar- og Ráðstefnuhúsið í Reykjavík music hall by the harbour. An architectural gem.

2. Iceland Whale Watching. Yes, you can go whale watching and they guarantee you see a whale. If you don't, you get a free trip.

3.  Skólavörðustígur is the street leading up from down town towards the iconic  Hallgrímskirkja church at the top of the hill. It's filled with designer shops and interesting places, including  Ostahúsið where you can buy delicious food and  12 Tónar music store where you can dip into the Icelandic music scene.

4. Reykjavik night life . Reykjavik has a wild night life scene, which starts late and ends early. In the morning, that is. The places start to fill up between 12 and 1 am and the party goes on through the entire night.

5.  National Museum of Iceland is an interesting museum if you'd like to dive into the history of Iceland, the Viking Sagas and the heritage this country builds on.

The top 5 things for South West Iceland are:

1.  Blue Lagoon is a classic and a must if you haven't done it before. 

2. The golden circle, including  Thingvellir National Park where the world's oldest parliment was establish, in the rift between the continents,  Geysir, the original geyser and Gullfoss Cafe waterfall.

3.  Seljalandsfoss waterfall is another very interesting spot in south Iceland and you can actually walk behind it. Beware, it might be slippery. This waterfall is actually located at  Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that shut down air traffic all over Europe in May 2010.

4.  Vík which is a town in south Iceland with interesting rock formations just outside the black beach. On the other side of the mountain (to the west) you'll find  Reynisfjsara with amazing rock formations.

5. Sólheimajökull glacier which is just north of Reynisfjara and east of Eyjafjallajökull. You can go glacier walking there, but you need to make an appointment on beforehand so that you have the right equipment. Do not go on the glaciers without a local guide. I can recommend Icelandic Mountain Guides or South Iceland Adventures.

There are many more, you only wanted five... ;)

The restaurants in Reykjavik are in general all very good. I can highly recommend  Fiskmarkaðurinn and  Tapashúsið.

Have a fantastic trip tomorrow :)

Comments (2)

You. Are. Awesome! Thank you so much... will check out all of them... :-)

I have done this trip : quite the same as Hjörtur describes. You should go to Landmannalaugar. However Iceland has been one of my best trip ever !

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Harpa Tónlistar- og Ráðstefnuhúsið í Reykjavík (attraction)
  2. Iceland Whale Watching (country)
  3. Skólavörðustígur (attraction)
  4. Hallgrímskirkja (attraction)
  5. Ostahúsið (attraction)
  6. 12 Tónar (attraction)
  7. Reykjavik (city)
  8. National Museum of Iceland (attraction)
  9. Blue Lagoon (attraction)
  10. Thingvellir National Park (attraction)
  11. Geysir (attraction)
  12. Gullfoss Cafe (attraction)
  13. Seljalandsfoss (neighborhood)
  14. Eyjafjallajokull (attraction)
  15. Vík (city)
  16. Reynisfjsara (attraction)
  17. Sólheimajökull (attraction)
  18. Fiskmarkaðurinn (restaurant)
  19. Tapashúsið (attraction)
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