Iceland is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape and wonderful people with a unique, rich culture and language. When visiting Iceland on vacation, there are several things to keep in mind. Here is a brief overview.
ReykjavÃk is the capital city of Iceland. It is the largest city in the country and has plenty of points of interest. The main cathedral in ReykjavÃk is HallgrÃmskirkja. You can climb to the top of the belltower and look out over the observation deck.
The next point of interest downtown is The Pearl (Perlan). There is a wonderful restaurant inside that rotates around and gives panoramic views of the city.
Laugavegur is the name of the main walking street. It is full of shops and restaurants to get a good flavor of the local culture.
The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are a must-see. They are home to millions of puffins and also Keiko, the orca killer whale from Free Willy. These islands are rich in history and give great opportunities for photos. You can take a ferry from ÃorlÃ¡kshÃ¶fn to Vestmannaeyjar.
VÃk is a small city at the southern tip of Iceland. It has sweater shops and authentic restaurants.
JÃ¶kulsÃ¡rlÃ³n is the site of a James Bond movie. It is a bay where the glacier VatnajÃ¶kull breaks off and slides into the ocean. You can take a boat tour of the bay in an amphibious vehicle. It provides breathtaking views.
Akureyri is the main city of the North. Spend some time there in local swimming pools and walking along the fjord.
ÃsafjÃ¶rÃ°ur is a bit off the beaten path up in the North Fjords. It offers a great opportunity to see a small town just outside the Arctic Circle. It doesnÂ´t receive many tourists, so you get an authentic view into the life of Icelanders there.
Main Tourist Areas
The main tourist areas include Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir (geyser), Ãingvellir, and the Blue Lagoon (BlÃ¡a LÃ³niÃ°).
Gullfoss, Geysir, and Ãingvellir are all very close to each other. You can purchase a tour package that will take you to these sites from ReykjavÃk in a charter bus. They are all must-sees.
The Blue Lagoon is located very close to the Leifur EirÃksson Airport in KeflavÃk. The lagoon is very warm and has white silica mud on the bottom that is excellent for your skin. Take a relaxing dip in the lagoon just before or after a long flight.