Reykjavík is a surprising destination, land of ice and fire, which is becoming fashionable among those seeking to get away from the conventional. It was founded by Norwegians in the ninth century. Due to the vapours of its many thermal springs it was baptized as Reykjavik which means steaming bay.
The visits to Iceland have grown a lot in the last years and it does not surprise us because it is a destination that offers infinite possibilities. When you arrive at Reykjavík Airport you can rent a car and enjoy a unique adventure in Iceland.
In addition to being the main entry point to Iceland, Reykjavik is a lively city with a first class cultural offer. As good capital of the kingdom, you have everything and for all pockets. Fish, seafood and lamb are the basis of Icelandic food.
In the capital we recommend a nice walk in the area of Lake Tjörn, one of the most beautiful in the city for its typical colourful houses. The story tells that the first settlers in century IX landed in this place, led by Ingólfur Arnason. Hundreds of settlers later fled from the Norwegian king's taxes. The truth is that the landscape they found is very different from what this park currently is, one of the most frequented by locals and visitors.
You can also contemplate the city from the viewpoint of the Perlan, where the Museum of the Sagas is located. The size of Reykjavík allows you to walk around the city on foot and discover Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavik. It is the centre of the most exclusive shops of Iceland, with intense popular and historical flavour. Its name means "street of washerwomen", a street whose origins go back to old times when women tended the clothes once washed in the hot springs of the nearby district of Laugardalur.
Reykjavik is a city of hot springs and that is why you must visit one of its swimming pools and also its thermal beach Nauthólsvík. Of all the swimming pools we recommend especially the largest swimming pool of Iceland Laugardalslaug (with its Botanical Garden and ZOO), the new swimming pool of arbæjarlaug (very popular among citizens), and the renovated Vesturbæjarlaug.
The gold circle area is situated less than 30 minutes by road from Reykjavik, making it ideal for a car ride. Once there you can visit three of Iceland's most famous natural wonders: the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Zone and Thingvellir National Park on a day-long circuit. But there are also more attractions and natural phenomena that can be seen here: Lake Þingvallavatn, which has an area of 84 km² and is the largest natural lake in Iceland. Come and discover iceland, a unique land.