Tourist Attractions in Iceland

Tourist attractions in Reykjavik, Iceland
The colorful houses of Reykjavík stand out against the barren landscape that surrounds this northern city. Explore Reykjavík during the long, sunny days of summer.
Tourist attractions in Akureyri, Iceland
Akureyri is Iceland's second largest city and has a surprisingly strong arts scene. The city has an orchestra, museums, and theatre, along with decent restaurants and cafés.

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Iceland is a geological marvel, with everything from volcanoes to glaciers shaping the landscape. The country is also home to modern cities and towns, including the most northerly capital in the world. Visitors will find there are opportunities for adventure, sightseeing, relaxing, shopping, and much more.

Most tourists begin their vacation to Iceland in Reykjavík, the nation's capital city. The main highlights here include three very unique sights. The first is the Church of Hallgrimur, a striking modern structure built in 1974, dominated by a 74.5 m high tower. The second is the Pearl Observatory, a landmark building in Reykjavík, serving not only as an observatory but also as a conference center. It is also home to a lovely revolving restaurant. But one of the most enjoyable attractions, especially for those looking to experience a little fun and relaxation, is the Blue Lagoon. This huge geothermal spa, with geothermal heated seawater is quite the site, with a natural outdoor setting, which is in winter surrounded by snow. There is also an indoor pool, complete spa facility with all kinds of treatments available, and nearby accommodation.

The second biggest population center is Akureyri, located in northern Iceland. This particularly picturesque town is set on a long fjord, with surrounding mountains. This university town has a thriving cultural scene, with museums, galleries, theaters, an orchestra, and restaurants. One of the main attractions for tourists is the Listagil Arts Center, home to studios, galleries, and exhibition halls. Those looking for recreational opportunities will also find skiing, skating, and golfing, depending on the time of year.

Other areas of interest around Iceland include the area around the town of Hofn. Sightseeing tours can be arranged from here to visit the nearby Vatnajokull Glacier, along with icebergs, gorges, wetlands, and other attractions. The Westman Islands, off the southern coast, present a unique opportunity to see the effects 20th C volcanic eruptions, which have formed new land. Heimaey was seriously affected by lava flows from the Eldfell Volcano in 1973, which reshaped the town.

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