Reykjavik Weekend City Break Guide - Iceland
A Reykjavik city break takes to you to Europe's most northerly capital and one of the most intriguing cities on the map. Surrounded by icy lava fields and scorching geothermal pools it’s easy to get the impression that Mother Nature hasn’t quite finished her work here yet. Rekjavik’s surreal backdrop also makes for one of the most unlikely party venues anywhere on the planet. No matter exactly what draws you to this land of paradoxes; you’ll have to come with plenty of Krona. Iceland’s thrills don’t come cheap.
http://www.visitreykjavik.is/ - Official tourist site for Reykjavik.
Reykjavik is small by European standards and most places of interest can easily be reached on foot. Cultural appetites can be satisfied at the National Museum and the Arni Magnusson Institute, which provide a fascinating insight into the island’s rich folklore and history. Contemporary tastes are catered for in the National Gallery, located in a gentrified factory by the harbour. However, the best way to really get under Reykjavik’s skin is simply to wander through the streets of the old town, stopping for coffee and chatting to the locals.
Eating out is a serious, and expensive, business in Reykjavik. Upmarket restaurants make the most of Iceland's edible resources and predictably fish weighs heavily on most menus. Meanwhile traditional restaurants will test the extent of your Epicurean curiosity with signature dishes such as lambs’ heads, roasted puffin and even rotting shark. As for a night roaming the city’s numerous bars; take your plastic with you and start off with a little duty-free in your hotel (everybody else does). Reykjavik’s club scene is the envy of Europe and visitors won’t have any difficulty finding ways of staying awake until dawn.
However, Rekjavik’s main selling point as a city break destination is the surrounding countryside. If you haven’t got a hire car you can hop on the Golden Circle coach tour, which takes in the spectacular waterfall at Gullfloss, historic Pingvellir and the ‘original’ hot springs at Geysir. Iceland’s best-known attraction, the Blue Lagoon, rates high on most visitors’ agendas and its eerie-blue waters prove the perfect panacea for anyone who’s suffering from the effects of the night before.
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