Iceland – Reykjavik City Tour

Through Reykjavik Excursions, we booked a half day city tour to explore some areas of Reykjavik.  First stop was Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran church which is 73 meters high and the largest church in Iceland.

Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja

We then stopped at the Grotta lighthouse, where there is an old shack that was used for fermenting shark.

View at the Grotta Lighthouse
Grotta Lighthouse
Shack is for fermenting shark
Shark Fermenting Shack

Our next stop was the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – a popular spot with the locals.

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
View from Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

Then we stopped by the Perlan which is a landmark building in Reykjavik.  It sits on a hill overlooking the city.  The building has been added on top of hot water storage tanks.  It has a viewing platform which goes around the entire building for 360 degree views.

View from Veitingahúsið Perlan (The Pearl)
The Perlan
View from Veitingahúsið Perlan (The Pearl)
View from the Perlan
View from Veitingahúsið Perlan (The Pearl)
View from the Perlan

We made a quick stop at Höfði House which is where Gorbachev and Reagan met in 1986 and ultimately their meeting ended the Cold War.

Höfði House (where Gorbachev and Raegan met which ended the Cold War)
Höfði House
Höfði House (where Gorbachev and Raegan met which ended the Cold War)
Höfði House

And, of course, we had to stop to see the iconic Sun Voyager!  The sculpture was created for the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavik.

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Finally, our last stop was the Harpa Concert Hall.

Harpa
Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa Concert Hall
Inside the Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa Concert Hall
Inside the Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa at night
Harpa Concert Hall

*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent.

Iceland – The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.  It consists of 3 major sites, all within a day trip from Reykjavik.

For this trip, we didn’t rent a car so we booked this tour with Reykjavik Excursions.  Reykjavik Excursions is a well-oiled machine, with hotel pick-up to the main bus terminal working extremely smoothly, as well as hotel drop-off at the end.

Before we headed off to the main 3 attractions, we were treated to a bonus stop, a visit to the Fridheimer Geothermal Greenhouse.

Friðheimar Geothermal Greenhouse
Fridheimer Geothermal Greenhouse
Friðheimar Geothermal Greenhouse
Fridheimer Geothermal Greenhouse

Tomatoes can be grown year-round thanks to the geothermal heating.  You can purchase various products here, as well as enjoy some tomato soup with freshly baked bread.

After this, we headed off to Geysir geothermal area.  Here, the Stokkur geyser shoots up water 30 meters into the air at regular intervals.  There are many smaller geysers and mud pits to view in the area as well.

Geysir Hot Springs
Strokkur Geyser
Geysir Hot Springs
Strokkur Geyser

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Geysir Hot Springs
Little Geysir

Our next stop was the Gullfoss waterfall, which is considered to be Iceland’s most famous waterfall.  Gullfoss translates to golden falls.

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The final stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.  This National Park is where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.   Our bus dropped us off a short distance from the main visitor’s center and we walked along the fault line trail to the top.

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*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent.