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Brave the chill of Icelandic weather before diving into bubbling natural pools, explore Reykjavik's museums and art galleries behind modern facades to discover Iceland’s unique history, and challenge your taste buds with Hakarl, a pungent cured shark meat best washed down with schnapps. From its packed city streets where modern living is affluent and unique, to the windswept crags and spouting geysers of its outlying terrain, Reykjavik is mysterious and intriguing, rich in Neolithic culture, natural geological attractions, and fascinating traditions.

Things to see

Lined with contemporary office blocks, white-fronted stores, and multi-storey apartment buildings that overlook the packed city streets, Laugavegur narrows to a one-direction glass and concrete-built outdoor mall that’s regarded as Reykjavik’s oldest shopping precinct. Modern fashion stores, boutique furniture shops, and urban cafés pack their way along this lengthy boulevard as it slopes its way upwards from the sea. This city is well regarded for its modernistic creations, and nowhere shows off such progressive design as the towering mirrored structure of its Harpa concert hall. Opened in 2011, it’s lit at night with a purple hue, visible for miles across the water. A year-long schedule of events includes performances by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, as well as major international music stars. Not far from the heart of Reykjavik, the Laugardalslaug is a geothermal pool that’s part leisure facility and part therapeutic spa. On the coldest of winter days the pool is all but obscured by the haze of rising mist as the hot water meets the crisp air. If you’re tough enough to dive into this outdoor pool in one of the chilliest of the world’s countries, you’ll be rewarded with several waterslides to whizz down, a relaxing steam bath, and traditional ‘hot pots’ to soak in.

Hotels in Reykjavik

There are so many hotels in Reykjavik you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation that suits your lifestyle as well as your budget. From lavish inns with exclusive fitness centers, to discount hotels with comfortable rooms, even this city, which is renowned as an expensive place to visit, has a choice of affordable options. Typical luxury hotels in Reykjavik are designed with exclusivity in mind, without breaking from the almost minimalist design that Iceland is famous for. Lavish guest bedrooms, satellite televisions, spa baths, designer linens, and fine-dining restaurants are all traditional features.

Where to stay

Most of the hotels in Reykjavik are located close to the harbor, enjoying idyllic views over the ocean while benefiting from a central location. The crowded, bustling inner-city streets are fit to burst with trendy loft hostels, modern architectural hotels, and converted seaport warehouses. A little further east, homely guesthouses and bed and breakfasts make an appearance, still a short walk from boutique fashion stores and tempting coffee shops.

How to get to Reykjavik

Almost in the center of the city, Reykjavik Airport is the main entry point for travelers arriving on this tiny northern island. The benefit is the shortened traveling time to reach local hotels, and while buses and taxis are available, it’s perfectly possible to walk the distance between the two. Public transport is ideal for getting around the city, although hiring a car is a preferable option to explore the outlying island attractions. You can hire a car for a day or two of your holiday rather than the whole time you’re away, and it’s worth checking to see whether your hotel has parking facilities in a city that’s notoriously cramped.

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