Iceland Reykjavik

Iceland Reykjavik

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Reykjavik – Iceland’s capital city has a population of about 120 thousand people and is the largest city in Iceland. It is a beautiful city to explore.
Here are my favorite places in Reykjavik:
1. The Hallgrímskirkja – is the largest church in Iceland and is stunning inside and outside. It is a young church- under 50 years old, construction completed in the 80s . It is a landmark structure of Iceland . You can go up to the top of the church for stunning views of Reykjavik . This church was a 10 minute drive from our hotel and we visited it multiple times during the day time and at night.
Hallgrímskirkja Iceland Church
Hallgrímskirkja Iceland Church
Hallgrímskirkja Iceland Church
Hallgrímskirkja Iceland Church
2. Harpa – is the concert hall building in Iceland. It’s a unique building right by the ocean . Inside the building there are 100s of small colorful windows . Good to spend 1 to 3 hours here.
Harpa
3. Perlan –  is a museum that is located on a hill about 20 minute from the city. The museum has different exhibits but my favorite part is the view . This is one of the Highest points in Reykjavik and provides a panaromic view of the city .
View from Perlan
View from Perlan
View from Perlan
4. Tjornin – This is a lake located in the center of the city . In February when we were there, parts of it was frozen. Even in winter it was a peaceful place to  walk around in and people watch .

Tjornin
5. The Sun Voyager- this is an interesting structure by the sea . From the center of town you can walk along the sea to reach this structure . We did this walk in winter, and it was a very scenic walk   . Definitely recommend this walk – dress warm if you are doing this walk in the winter.  We saw this structure at night time once and was even able to see the Northern Lights from here !
The walk to get to The Sun Voyager
The Sun Voyager
6. Grotta Lighthouse – This is about a 15 minute drive from the city. It is an interesting area with a lighthouse and multiple paths. People go here to see the Northern Lights close to the city . We went here on multiple nights and did see the Northern Lights . Even if you don’t get a chance to see the Northern Lights here – it is an interesting area to visit . Sort of reminded me of photos of Mars ( in winter time ) .
Grotta Lighthouse

7.  Reykjavik Fish Restaurant –  This is my favorite restaurant in Iceland . It has the best Fish and Chips I have ever tasted. It was fresh and flavorful ! Highly recommend it . Our hotel included a good breakfast buffet, for lunch we mad sandwiches from groceries we picked up at the local supermarket and for dinner we tried different restaurants. Out of all the restaurants I tried in Iceland – the one I like the most is the Fish Restaurant .

Reykjavik Fish Restaurant
Reykjavik Fish Restaurant
I found Reykjavik to be town filled with many things to do – highly recommend spending a few days here.  My favorite part of Iceland was the drive to the south shore to see the Glacier Caves . I wrote a detailed posting about it filled with photos – you can read about it here.  I have been to many places around the world and Iceland is in my top five . There is something very raw  and refreshingly beautiful about Iceland !

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