Planning A Weekend Getaway in Reykjavik, Iceland – 10 Things To Do
If your idea of a perfect getaway is playing golf, climbing a glacier, or fishing for salmon all done in one weekend, Iceland is the perfect place for you. Popularly known to be a pricey tourist destination, it now offers more cost-effective travel activities and features because of the new exchange rates.
Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with unpolluted and magical landscapes. The residents are friendly, the nature is inviting, and the exchange rate is the best it has been years, so why not try these few activities for your next weekend getaway? Here are 10 Things To Do In Iceland:
1.) Dip in the Blue Lagoon – One of the country’s top tourist attractions is this massive, milky-blue spa fed by mineral-rich heated seawater from the neighboring geothermal plant. Pamper yourself in white mud while enjoying the view of the plant’s silvery towers and gently sloping steams.
2.) Shop at Kolaportið Flea Market. Based in a big industrial building by the harbor, this market offers a little paradise for the thrifty shopper. Here you can browse through the piles of secondhand clothes, tapes, antique pieces, and children’s toys. Cubes of hákarl and other Icelandic fish delicacies are also available in the market.
3.) Be an Arctic explorer at Glacial Trek - There’s no better way to see the glaciers than to walk through them. The glaciers are sturdier during the winter months and tourists are led by experienced guides. The faint-hearted can also choose to take an easier hike.
4.) Watch the dancing lights – During the months of September to April, the Northern Lights become more visible. These dancing lights are one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. The dark northern skies of Iceland offers you an unimpeded view of the nature’s fascinating dance.
5.) Chill at 12 Tónar. This cool hang out has launched some of Iceland’s most popular bands. The 3-storey shop offers corners where you can listen to good ole’ music, share a cup of coffee with a friend, or witness a live performance during lazy Friday afternoons.
6.) Thingvellir National Park. No single landmark exemplifies the history of Iceland than the place. This UNESCO World Heritage site is remarkable for a couple of reasons: It the site of the longest-running parliament in the world, and it’s where the where the North American and European continental shelf plates are being torn apart.
7.) Enjoy healthy greens at Á Næstu Grösum. This cheerful orange room overseeing Laugavegur is first-rate veggie restaurant. They serve native cuisines using seasonal organic veg and innovative dressings guaranteed to give palates a heavenly feeling. You can also try their spicy menus, organic beer, and wine on Fridays and Saturdays.
8.) Marvel at the golden water of Gullfoss. The name is translated as “Golden Falls” because the water truly looks golden during sunny days. This rewarding scene after a nice hike is Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. It tumbles 105ft into a steep-sided canyon, kicking up a wall of spray that creates sparkling rainbows over the valley.
9.) Experience adrenaline rush during river rafting. Whether you’re newbie or a pro action lover, Iceland offers a wide range of routes with different levels of challenge. They also offer “Combination Activity Trips” that combines rafting or sightseeing to save you time and money.
10.) Dine at Hereford Steakhouse. Choose from the varied selection of carefully chosen parts of lamb, beef, and chicken along with delicious seafood. You begin your visit by filling out a special ticket where you choose from 6 options as to how your steak will be grilled, from “bleu” to “well-done”. Other choices on the tickets includes butter, potato, sauce and vegetables.
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