Recently, Iceland has become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. You’ve probably seen tons of drool-worthy photos of Iceland’s waterfalls and volcanic landscapes. But any trip to Iceland starts with a visit to its compact capital city, Reykjavik.
About one-third of Icelanders live in Reykjavik and it is the country’s political and cultural hub. On the top of a hill at the heart of the city is Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church), named after a 17th-century poet. Hallgrimskirkja is worth a visit to admire the architecture and listen to the organ music inside, but the real thrill is the view from the 73m tall clock tower. For 900ISK you can ride a lift to the top for a 360-degree panorama of Reykjavik and the surrounding countryside. Gaze down at the busy port, the colorful roofs of local homes and the grand statue of the legendary Viking explorer, Leifur Eiríksson.
When you’re finished admiring the scenery, take the lift back down to the ground floor and head out to explore Reykjavik. This charming and walkable city boasts numerous cafes, museums and historical sites that you don’t want to miss.
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