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Best Things To Do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is filled with things to do that range from the usual suspects (museums like the National Museum of Iceland) to more uncommon attractions like geothermal spas at Laugardalur Park or the nearby Blue Lagoon. There's also shopping in the form of markets, open-air districts and malls, and natural wonders galore like Gullfoss (Golden Falls) along the Golden Circle Route. Finally, plan to finish up your day in one of the bars and clubs clustered around the Laugavegur.

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#1
Golden Circle Route
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The Golden Circle is a very popular 190-mile-long tourist route that runs by the Thingvellir National Park; the Gullfoss (Golden ... read more»

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#2
Blue Lagoon
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: About 30 miles southwest of Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions. This geothermal mineral ... read more»

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#3
Laugavegur Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For open-air shopping, head to the Laugavegur shopping district. If it's winter, and you'd rather shop indoors, head ... read more»

#4
Northern Lights
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) can be an almost eerie sight: Picture emerald green swirls coloring the otherwise darkened ... read more»

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Laugardalur Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Laugardalur Park is just one of the many places in Iceland that offers natural hot tubs or "hot pots." At ... read more»

#6
National Museum of Iceland
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This interactive museum tells the history of Iceland, beginning with its pagan rituals and ending with contemporary fashion. Along the ... read more»

#7
Hallgrimur's Church (Hallgrimskirkja)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Iceland's tallest and largest church is also its most photographed site. Named after the 17th-century hymn writer and church ... read more»

#8
Einar Jonsson Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: At the Einar Jónsson Museum, you can view sculptures both indoor and outdoors. Drawing on myths and folklore, Jónsson's ... read more»

#9
Kolaportid Flea Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located on Reykjavik's northern harbor, the Kolaportið Flea Market stocks everything from vintage record albums to wool mittens to ... read more»

#10
The Pearl (Perlan)

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Pearl is a five-story modernistic complex of attractions, which includes a restaurant, a cafe, a bar, a garden, a ... read more»

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