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Höfði House

Höfði House (Borgartun, Reykjavik) — this diplomatically-historic site was the one-time French consul to Iceland.  Back in 1986, this was the summit meeting place for U.S. president Ronald Reagan, and Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev.  The sculpture in front of the house depicts pillars from the chieftain’s seat of the first Norwegian settler in Reykjavík.  Others who […]

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Hellisheiði Power Plant Geothermal Energy Exhibition

Hellisheiði Power Plant Geothermal Energy Exhibition (Hellisheidi Power Plant, Reykjavik) — for those interested in the vital role that geothermal energy plays in this country, this exhibition space is a good start.  The plant is owned by Reykjavík Energy and is a striking example of how geothermal energy is harnessed in a sustainable manner and […]

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Harpa Concert and Conference Center

Harpa Concert and Conference Centre (Austurbakki 2, Reykjavik) — this artistically striking building, opened in 2010 and designed by Henning Larsen Architects (with renowned artists Olafur Eliasson designing its glass facade), houses the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera.  Contemporary musical performances are also held here.  Visitors and concert attendees also have the option […]

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Hallgrimskirkja Church

Hallgrimskirkja Church (Hallgrimstorg 1, Reykjavik) — this hard-to-miss site is one of the capital’s main landmarks.  Initially built in 1945, and complete in 1986, this church stands at a massive 74.5 meters.  This is a major tourist attraction, since it offers panoramic views of the entire city.  The statue that’s in front of the church […]

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Government House

Government House (Laekjargötu, Reykjavik) – this building was originally built as a prison in 1765-1770. The Governor of Iceland at the time, Skuli Magnusson, used the local prison population to provide labor for the country’s then-nascent wool industry. By the mid 19th century, the Danish Governor, Count Moltke, had this building converted into his residence. […]

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Árbaer Open Air Folk Museum

Árbaer Open Air Folk Museum (Arbaer, Reykjavik) – a.k.a. Reykjavik City Museum, Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbær is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings […]

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Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall

Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall (Sprengisandsleið) – located 6 ½ hours northwest of Reykjavik, this waterfall is only 20 meters in height. Yet, the ballast columns that frame it, and the water’s powdery blue color (confirming its glacial origins) make this natural site a worthy destination for many eco-tourists and nature lovers. Visitors who go through the moonscape-like […]

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Austur

Austur (Austurstraeti 7) – located at one of Reykjavik’s major shopping streets, this is a popular nightclub among both locals and visitors. Unlike some of the capital’s nightspots, which are casual (with drinking being the main activity), this is a full-fledged nightclub, with live DJs and a dress code that matches Austur’s sleek interior. International […]

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Argentina Steakhouse

Argentina Steakhouse (Barónsstíg 11, Reykjavik) –– Argentina Steakhouse has been a classic with Icelander´s since 1989 when the restaurant opened its doors. Being in downtown Reykjavik, Argentina Steakhouse is conveniently located for all visiting the Icelandic capital. Meat and fish, grilled Argentinean style using wooden coal, is the restaurants main fare. The outstanding skill and […]

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Kringlan

Kringlan (Kringlunni 4-12, Reykjavik) — this is the largest shopping mall in Iceland, with over 180 stores (along with restaurants and other amenities usually found in such shopping centers). Unlike its competitor (Smaralind) – which is toward the city’s outskirts, Kringlan is located in the heart of Reykjavik. Retailers found there include: Adidas, Benetton, Ecco, […]