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Nature, at superlative

Reykjavik is a destination for nature lovers, a family-friendly location that offers some of nature’s most spectacular views: the northern lights, beautiful blue lagoons, whale watching, horseback riding, air tours, boat trips and kayaking on the coast of the fjords. Every district of the city hosts a number of thermal pools, filled with geothermal heated water, and spas offering the renowned all-Icelandic volcanic treatments. Reykjavik boasts an enchanting blend of old timber houses and contemporary architecture, with a cozy atmosphere, vibrant street life, and the best shopping experience in Iceland.

Church of HafnarfjörðurGediminas Paulauskas / CC BY-SA 2.0



Famous Escape Reykjavik

Escape Reykjavik Editors' Note

Visitors to Reykjavik almost always end up roaming around picturesque Hafnarfjordur, given that this town is so close to the capital that it’s practically merged with it these days. But there are good reasons to visit aside from its proximity – the town is home to numerous tourist attractions in its own right.

Among the highlights in Hafnarfjordur are the beautiful nature (second to none), its cultural scene, its art scene, its sports and recreational facilities, and last but not least, the legendary huldufolk, or elves and trolls that apparently roam around the nearby lava fields.

You might not see the elves of course, but the lava cliffs and rocks are usually impressive enough in their own right to satisfy most tourists.

There are more conventional activities for visitors too, such as golf, swimming, whale watching and horse riding, which can all be organized from here. And if you happen to turn up during the summer, be sure not to miss out on the Viking Festival!

Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavik