I have visited Reykjavik twice, in October 2015 and again in April 2017 and I can say this is one of the most amazing places I have been. The hospitality, the friendly residents of the city and amazing scenery in a country that is at the northern-most part of the world. In my stay in this city I stayed at the Apotek Hotel, an amazing place to be, I really enjoyed my two visits and I have to plan a for future trip as this place is just addictive.
Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The city prides itself as the northernmost capital in the world. It is located in south western part of Iceland in the shores of Faxa Bay. With more than two hundred inhabitants, the city is the most important cultural, commercial, administrative and tourist centre in Iceland. The city history goes back to AD 874 but the urban development started in 1786 where it became the trading centre. Since then the city has grown to be one of the most important urban centres in the northern hemisphere, spanning political, commercial, tourism, entertainment and other activities. The capital city, on several occasions, has been described as the safest, cleanest and greenest among the urban areas in Europe and the world in general.
Among the cities in the world that have interesting nightlife, Reykjavik ranks among the top, one minute you can find all the nightclubs are empty, with no patrons and then all over a sudden find no place to stand in one. That description fits very well with the city’s nightlife. Since alcohol is expensive in bars, people tend to take drink at their homes before going out, I think this culture was also due to the ban on alcohol that lasted until 1989. Coupled with the expensive beer, people have continued to take their popular beer at home and then going out later in the night, precisely when approaching midnight. The city boasts of more than one hundred bars and clubs with most of them located at Laugavegur. It is not hard to see an establishment which early in the night was a café but after dinner it is converted into a bar where partying continues until 4:30 am on the weekends and 1 am during the course of the week.
While here I had the opportunity to visit hall Harpa, Hallgrímskirkja church and Solfar Sculpture. Harpa is one of the distinguished and amazing landmarks in the town. It’s both a social and cultural centre located at the heart of the capital city. It has stunning features, as well as being surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Here travelers are enchanted by its beauty, attractive structures and serenity. It’s also home to a concert hall and conference centre; some of the best facilities in northern Europe are found here. The location is an award-winning centre famed for the best concert halls and conference centers.
Then there is Hallgrímskirkja church another of Reykjavík’s landmarks and a tower visible from any corner of the city. It has a long history and also ranks as a magnificent building with impressive height. It can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
So is the Solfar sculpture, another amazing structure in the water, it’s a place which every visitor in the city should plan to visit.
Reykjavik is a wonderful place, with an alluring beauty, a destination that leaves its visitors wanting more.