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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND A Travel Saga

Reykjavik
Reykjavik

Reykjavic is the largest city in Iceland and also the capital. It has a population of approximately 120,000 in the inner city and 200,000 in the outer city area.

Iceland is quite an expensive city but has a lot to offer and for this reason I would definitely recommend at least a four or five night stay to really take in the city.

Getting There

The flight Copenhagen, Denmark – Reykjavik, Iceland is approximately three hours and 10 minutes. Flights are also offered out of London, Oslo and many other cities.

Currency

Iceland possesses its own currency, the Icelandic Krona. The Icelandic Krona is also referred to as the Icelandic Crown and today converts $1 AUD to 105 ISK.

Things to See And Do

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Reykjavik and is the most visited tourist attraction in Iceland.

The lagoon is rich in sulphur and silica and extremely good for your skin. The water temperature is approximately 37-39C.

During my visit the outside temperature was -1C, however the outside temperature really has no bearing because the water temperature is so warm and your whole body (apart from your head) is submerged.

Around the outside of the lagoon you will notice buckets that contain the silt from the floor of the lagoon, this is extremely good for your skin and I recommend you rub this on your body and face. You will notice the difference in your skin over the next few days, its amazing!

Golden Circle Tour

The Golden Circle Tour is a really great way to see Iceland if you don’t have a lot of time. The tour is 8-10 hours and covers a 300km loop from Reykjavik to central Iceland and returns to Reykjavik.

The stops include the following;

Kerid volcano crater

Hveragerdi greenhouse village

Skalholt church

Nesjavellir geothermal power plant

Thingvellir National Park (main stop)

Gullfoss Waterfall (main stop)

Geysir Geothermal Field (main stop)

Nightlife

Icelanders are known for their crazy partying ways and they particularly know how to party all weekend, with it all starts on what is known as Friday Night Madness.

Generally locals start partying around 12am and it is not unusual to see a very empty club fill very quickly! Clubs and bars stay open until 4:30am on the weekend and 1am during the week. It is also quite common for Cafes/Restaurants to turn into bars later in the evening.

If you are in Iceland, make sure you are there for the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!

JESSICA PASCO

 

 

 

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