Reykjavic, Iceland

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Reykjavic is a small city (120,000 people) that is located in the south-west region of Iceland. Flights arrive into Keflavik airport and Reykjavik is a quick 50-minute-bus-shuttle away. The town itself only takes a day or two to fully explore, however most people come to Iceland to see the beautiful natural landscape!

But first, lets take a peek at the city of Reykjavik.

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Reykjavic is the cultural, economic and governmental hub of Iceland. However, other than visiting the largest church in the country (pictured above) and roaming around the beautiful, well-kept streets, there isn’t a multitude of things to see/do.

This isn’t to say Reykjavik isn’t worth visiting, as it’s a very charming city. I would recommend spending only 1 or 2 days in the city and focus your remaining time exploring the waterfalls and geysers.

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* A few things to be aware of in Reykjavik :

– finding a meal for less than $15 cdn will be a struggle. I lived on peanuts and granola bars…

– the amount of wind on a daily basis is staggering. Without a doubt, I would consider Iceland to be the windiest place I’ve been to.

– in the summer months there are 20-24 hours of daylight each day, culminating on June 21st when the sun does not set.

After you have finished checking out Reykjavik, you will want to:

1) take a tour

Or

2) rent a car and go exploring yourself.

I opted for the cheapest tour (still 65$ cdn) yet was somehow grouped in with the regular 89$ golden circle tour, the most popular tour in Iceland. Pretty sweet deal!

The English guided tour takes a bus full of passengers for 6-and-a-half-hours to an amazing waterfall and spectacular geysers. On the way you will see the vast, untouched landscape and pass by numerous horses and sheep roaming around the countryside.

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Much of the terrain is volcanic rock and it looks like what I’d image the surface of Mars to be. It’s simply awesome to see!

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*above is the gulfoss waterfall, the second largest in Iceland.

Although Iceland is extremely expensive and the wind is relentless, this country definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a fascinating, desolate place with an incredible landscape that is waiting to be explored!

Skal!   (cheers)

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