Imagine Peace Tour — this is a guided evening tour dedicated to Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower and Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace. Visitors who sign up for this tour are transported via ferry ride to Viðey island. Upon arrival, a guided walk to the Imagine Peace Tower is provided with tourist-friendly […]
Gunnuhver – located an hour southeast of Reykjavik, this is another eco-tourist destination. The mud pools and steam vents close to the Reykjanes lighthouse are collectively named Gunnuhver after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. […]
Golden Circle – various travel outfits provide excursions that cover this popular tourist route, consisting of Pingvellir National Park (located in southwestern Iceland – which includes a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and Pingvallavatn – the largest natural lake in Iceland). Pingvellir was once the location of Iceland’s supreme legislative […]
Blue Lagoon (Grindavik) – this is a popular geothermal spa, located near the town of Grindavik (53 km., or 48 minutes southeast of Reykjavik). The Blue Lagoon was accidentally formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply […]
Arctic Open Golf Championship (Akyreyri Golf Club, Jader, Akureyri) – held every June, this is perhaps the most unusual of all golf tournaments — a game of midnight golf! This seems an unlikely prospect to many enthusiasts and few golfers have had this experience. But now you have a novel opportunity to participate in an […]
Arnarker (Road 427, Þorlákshöfn) – located in the Leitarhraun lava field (49 km, or 42 minutes southeast of Reykjavik), this big hole in the ground (that looks like it was made by a fallen meteor) is actually a cave. A marked path leads from the information sign by the road to the cave, and a […]
Smaralind (Hagasmári 1, Reykjavik) – this shopping mall has around 70 retailers, including Benetton, Body Shop, Debenhams, Ecco, Levi’s, Zara, and a variety of local and regional stores. It is one of the largest shopping centers anywhere in Iceland.
Laugavegur (downtown Reykjavik) – this is the longest shopping boulevard in Reykjavik (and is closed to traffic). Its name is Icelandic for “wash road” – since it once led to the hot springs in Laugardalur (a once-popular place for local women to do laundry). Various types of shops (some on the pricey side) are found […]
Vínbarinn (Kirkjutorg 4, Reykjavik) – located near the Parliament building, this is a decent nightspot for the 30+ crowd. As expected, it has a well-stocked wine cellar, and its staff makes an effort to pair wines with delicious meals.
Vegamót (Vegamotastigur 4, Reykjavik) – this is a popular two-level bistro bar. The decor is rich on the Mediterranean side, yet elegant with jazzy ambience. During the summer, tables are brought out to a cozy terrace sheltered from the wind where one can enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee. Food is served from […]