Reykjavík is a wonderful city in Iceland. This city is not large, but so green with the rich history and numerous places of interest. Reykjavík is the northernmost capital and the richest city in the world.
There are dozens of thermal springs and none industrial plants in the city area. The historical centre is amazing. Here you will want to go for a walk and admire these cosy streets and ancient buildings.
Attractions and places of interest in Reykjavík
The city is famous for breathtaking nature, oceanic coast, mountain ranges and thermal pools.
Blue Lagoon is a famous geothermal spa. It is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavíkon the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland in a location favourable for Geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.
However, the city brags about its amazing architecture.
Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík. Its unique building features a distinctive coloured glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland.
Near it, the famous sculpture Sun Voyager is located. This is the symbol of the city.
If you are a fan of religious architecture, then you should visit Hallgrímskirkja and Landakotskirkja churches. The first one is a Lutheran parish church. It is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country.The second one is the cathedral of the Catholic Church. Landakotskirkja has a distinctively flat top instead of a standard spire. Its architect was Guðjón Samúelsson, who also designed Hallgrímskirkja.
For “The Beatles” fans there is an incredible monument located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík. This is Imagine Peace Tower. It is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono. It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. These words and the name of the tower are a reference to Lennon’s campaign for peace, and his song “Imagine”.
Those, who like museums, should visit Árbær Open Air Museum. Here you will find 30 buildings dedicated to country’s history, architecture and traditions.
This beautiful city is also a great place for children. Here you should visit Reykjavik Family park and Zoo, where your kids will be amazed at the whimsical wooden constructions and numerous domestic animals.
On the territory of Laugardalur Park, you can admire exotic plants and feed ducks.
The water park Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer is another wonderful place for the family rest. Here you will find a large pool for kids, numerous water slides (also for adults), rest zones and spa baths.
Reykjavík experiences a subpolar oceanic climate. The locals say that the city does not have spring and autumn, only winter and summer. Icelandic weather is very unpredictable. Any moment it can rain or snow here. Winters can be warmer than summers. The local weather mostly depends on sunshine hours and wind.
The period from June until September is the best time for visiting this city. July and August are the warmest months here. The average daily temperature is +11°C during this period. However, you need to take warm waterproof clothes and shoes with you.
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