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Plan your holidays in Reykjavik to:
- go on a whale watching tour
- catch a glimpse of aurora borealis
- soak in the bluest waters of the Blue Lagoon
Surrounded by the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, majestically single, impressive and formidable – that's Iceland, of course, with its capital, Reykjavik, keeping a steady heartbeat.
Over 100,000 square kilometers of land are populated by 300,000 Icelanders who get to share the island with volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and mountains. It is a land of contrasts: endless summer days turn into infinite wintry nights, and the mild heat is quickly silenced by stormy winds that seem to rise out of nowhere.
Inject a bit of mystery in your life and get your airBaltic ticket to Reykjavik. In a couple of hours, you'll land in the world's northernmost capital and have the time of your life!
Icelandic is spoken in Iceland, which is its official language, and it is quite a unique one indeed. While most modern languages have been heavily influenced by today’s lingua franca, English, borrowing words from it left and right, Icelandic has resisted the trend and kept its purity. Not only that, but it’s grammar has not changed much since the classical period either, so Icelanders can have a go at the Old Icelandic sagas in the original any time they please.
Even their family names are peculiar – instead of the tradiitonal Western approach, theirs are made up of the father’s or mother’s name of the child and appended with dottir (literally, daughter) or son (literally, son).
See and Do
Going to Reykjavik means finding yourself in a place that never ceases to amaze. There's no place on Earth that can compete with Iceland's diversity, so be prepared to walk around with a permanent expression of surprise on your face.
Everyone remembers the eruption of the Eyafjallajökull in 2010 that paralysed air traffic with zero remorse. Iceland is famous for its volcanic activity, however, there are some volcanoes, for example the Thrihnukagigur, that have not had any accidents for thousands of years, so you can actually descend to its very bottom and explore the magma chamber.
Around September (up to April), you can expect the first sightings of the northern lights if the night is clear. They are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena that we get to observe and let our thoughts wander into the dreamy sky.
In the daytime, it is great fun to watch the spouting hot springs at the Geysir field. The geothermal water of the Strokkur geyser shoot up to a height of 40 meters, and it happens every five minutes, so there's no need to worry about missing anything. The health benefits of the mineral-rich water can be enjoyed at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa: perhaps the most popular attraction of Iceland.
When you need a break from all the impressions the nature of Iceland pours on you, visit the Hallgrímskirkja church – truth be told, its design is reminiscent of Iceland's landscape. It's an immense edifice that adorns Reykjavik's skyline and offers a spectacular view to the city to everyone who is ready to part with their krónur and take the elevator to the very top of the tower.
For those who are captivated by history, the National Museum of Iceland is the place to go. Established a century and a half ago, the museum is a huge repository of various artefacts related to the Icelandic people and their past. The best news – it is very family-friendly, so both kids and their parents will be thorougly entertained.
Another striking marvel that must be on your to-see list in Reykjavik is the Harpa Concert Hall. The glass facade plays with the sun during the day, reflecting the tiniest shimmer of light, and glows at night, setting the horizon ablaze – it's quite a sight to behold.
Shopaholics, don't despair! Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main shopping street, is here for you. Hundreds of boutiques of various sizes are closely packed on this busy artery, giving you the chance to get the best of Icelandic fashion and design.
Of course, once you're there, sampling the local cuisine is a must. Believe it or not, but Iceland is basically hotdog central, as they are everywhere! The Icelandic variety, called pylsa, is anything but ordinary – made moslty from lamb, the sausage is nested in a bun and covered in raw white onions and crispy fried onions, ketchup, mustard and a special sauce, remoulade. If you haven't already, give skyr a try – a protein-packed dairy product that tastes like yogurt but is actually fresh cheese. Top it with some berries and a bit of sugar, and enjoy!