The possibilities are endless in this eccentric city. Below, we explore some of Reykjavik’s most unique spots—away from the masses of tourists.
Elliðaárdalur is a stunning part of Iceland’s capital, with woodlands, waterfalls, rivers and wildlife. Visitors can even expect to see rabbits darting in and out of the bushes. Here tourists can take a relaxing stroll exploring nature, watching salmon swim in the river and animals roam the woods, until they reach the open-air museum. The site has over 20 buildings and recreates a town, showing what the architecture and way of life was like in Iceland centuries ago. Afterwards, a visit to the incredible Árbæjarlaug swimming pool is a great way to end a calm evening.
Geothermal pools and saunas are a very Scandinavian concept, so of course Iceland is not far behind and offers many natural pools or sweat lodges where visitors can cleanse and relax. The experience at The Sweat Lodge is very characteristic of Iceland, lasting five hours and including singing and dancing. It is a great spiritual experience that will leave visitors feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready to tackle their Icelandic experience with new strength.