Reykjavik and Reykjanes Peninsula

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Reykjavik and Reykjanes Peninsula

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Top Attractions in Reykjavik

Reykjavik seems a bit small at first, but there are actually plenty of things to do and see in this vibrant Nordic city.

Image - Hallgrimskirkja
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Hallgrimskirkja
Hilmar Þór:This iconic church in Reykjavik will take your breath away. Don't forget to bring your camera.
Image - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Hilmar Þór:Harpa is a concert hall by the harbour that opened in 2010. A gorgeous building and a great venue to listen to classical music.
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$ 88
Experience
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Hilmar Þór:You have to see the whales while in Iceland!!! This tour takes off from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik and then you spend around three hours at sea, spotting these incredible creatures.
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Image - Perlan
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Perlan
Hilmar Þór:Visiting this bizarre building gives you the chance of a 360 view of the whole city. There's also an interesting museum inside Perlan.
Image - Sun Voyager
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Sun Voyager
Hilmar Þór:One of Reykjavik's most famous outdoor sculptures.
Image - Laugardalslaug
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Laugardalslaug
Hilmar Þór:You can choose between various outdoor swimming pools in Reykjavik and Laugardalslaug is definitely one of the best ones.
Image - Elliðaárdalur
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Elliðaárdalur
Hilmar Þór:A beautiful park in the east side of Reykjavik. Ideal to go with kids in the summer.
Image - Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
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Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
Hilmar Þór:For those brave enough to sea-swim in Iceland, Nauthólsvík is the place to go. If you think the ocean is too cold, you can relax in a hot pool by the beach.
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Fantastic Restaurants in Reykjavik

If you want to treat yourself to a nice meal, here are the places you should check out.

Image - Hlemmur Mathöll
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Hlemmur Mathöll
Hilmar Þór:A hip food hall with plenty of different restaurants and bars to choose from.
Image - Snaps Bistro
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Snaps Bistro
Hilmar Þór:Good food, French atmosphere.
Image - Sumac Grill + Drinks
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Sumac Grill + Drinks
Hilmar Þór:Fantastic restaurant inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.
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MAT BAR
Hilmar Þór:A small place with fantastic food and drinks.
Image - Matur og Drykkur
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Matur og Drykkur
Hilmar Þór:Traditional Icelandic food with a modern twist.
Image - The Coocoo's Nest
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The Coocoo's Nest
Hilmar Þór:Hearty food in a cozy setting.
Image - Public House Gastropub
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Public House Gastropub
Hilmar Þór:Icelandic/American/Japanese fusion. Small courses only and a good selection of drinks.
Image - Gló
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Gló
Hilmar Þór:This all-vegan restaurant in Reykjavik City Center is a must-try for vegetarians, vegans and basically everyone who likes good and fresh food.
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Things to Do in the Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula is where you'll find the world famous Blue Lagoon and the Keflavik International Airport, as well as some amazing geothermal wonders and seemingly endless lava fields.

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Hiking Keilir: A Peaceful Escape on a Volcano
Hilmar Þór:Keilir is an iconic mountain, located in the Reykjanes Peninsula. It's relatively easy to hike Keilir, but keep in mind that getting there from the parking lot takes around one hour on foot.
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Blue Lagoon: Everything You Need to Know
Hilmar Þór:The Blue Lagoon is a world class attraction, situated between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik. Here's everything you need to know about this unique bathing spot.
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Image - Bird watching on the cliffs of Keflavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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North of the Reykjanes Peninsula: Fishing, Cliffs and Lighthouses
Hilmar Þór:There are so many hidden gems in the Reykjanes peninsula that are still completely off the tourist radar. Check out this article to find out more.
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Image - Arrival to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland
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Five Hang-Outs for Families Fresh from the Flight into Iceland
Hilmar Þór:Here are some fantastic things to do with kids close to the Keflavik International Airport.
Image - Kleifarvatn
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Kleifarvatn
Hilmar Þór:There's something mystical about Kleifarvatn Lake, which is nestled between geothermal areas in the south part of the Peninsula. You can go snorkeling there, or even fishing.
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$ 123
Experience
Geothermal Snorkel Tour
Hilmar Þór:This snorkeling tour in Kleifarvatn Lakes allows you to witness underwater hot springs! How cool is that?
Image - Gunnuhver
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Gunnuhver
Hilmar Þór:Gunnuhver is the biggest mud pool in Iceland. A very interesting and unique place to visit.
Image - Krýsuvík
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Krýsuvík
Hilmar Þór:A breathtaking geothermal area, where you can witness hot springs and amazing colours.

Tours and Activities in Reykjavik City

Here are some great tours and activities that you should check out if you're staying in Reykjavik.

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  1. Hallgrimskirkja
  2. Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
  3. Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
  4. Perlan
  5. Sun Voyager
  6. Laugardalslaug
  7. Elliðaárdalur
  8. Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
  9. Hlemmur Mathöll
  10. Snaps Bistro
  11. Sumac Grill + Drinks
  12. MAT BAR
  13. Matur og Drykkur
  14. The Coocoo's Nest
  15. Public House Gastropub
  16. Gló
  17. Kleifarvatn
  18. Geothermal Snorkel Tour
  19. Gunnuhver
  20. Krýsuvík
  21. Volcanic Safari 6 To 7 Hour ATV Tour
  22. Black Beach ATV Tour near Reykjavik
  23. Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík

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