Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is said to be the cleanest, greenest and safest city in the world. Founded in 1786, it has grown from a trading village into a national center for commerce and governmental activities.
You can also go shopping at the Kringlan mall, with more than 150 stores. Iceland is famous for fur and other woolen winter clothing and blankets, as well as vodka, books, lava rock jewelry, dogma t-shirts, and much more.
Whale watching is another popular pastime and happens from March to October, or try some deep sea fishing.
One of the most popular things to do in Reykjavik, and a must for holiday goers, is a visit to The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a place with hot pools of thermal water and both inside and outside facilities to enjoy the healing mineral water spa.
Or if you like the nightlife, there are lots of pubs, bars, and restaurants that stay open very late. One of its famous restaurants is the Pearl, which actually rotates to show a 360 view of the city.
Plus there are plenty of museums to see such as the National Museum, the City Museum and the Saga Museum. Don’t forget to see the Hallgrimur Church, named after the famous poet Hallgrimur Petursson.
Reykjavik’s climate is sub polar oceanic. The summers are cool with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees Celsius (50 ºF) and 20 degrees Celsius (59 ºF). Spring is very sunny and between May and October you may get a chance to see the famous Northern Lights when it gets dark out. These are beautiful swirls of green, blue, red and other colors that swirl through the night skies.
The highest temperature in Reykjavík happened in 2008 and was 26.2 °C (79 °F), and the lowest ever was −24.5 °C (−12 °F) in 1918.
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