If you are planning a trip to see the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of your likely destinations. Many people who visit the country only come for the wonderful light show, but if you have time to explore more, there is much to discover. Once you’ve seen the incredible phenomenon of the Northern Lights, the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, is a great place to enjoy a few days.
The tallest building in the country is the 244-foot Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, and, as you can imagine, it offers the best views anywhere in the city from its bell tower. This famous monument is visible from almost everywhere in the capital and, once seen, the building is never forgotten. Designed by Guojon Samuel in the 1930s, the unusual structure was created from inspiration drawn from his fascination with lava formations. Many people say that the building looks like an ice formation, which is quite appropriate given its location.
Inside the church is a beautiful organ 15 meters high and weighing 25 tonnes. The organ was designed to produce powerful notes capable of filling the huge space inside the church. It can create sounds ranging from dramatic to delicate and has been used since its construction in 1992 in many famous recordings.
Reykjavik 871 +/- 2
If you are interested in archeology, head to Reykjavik 871 +/- 2. Built around the ruins of a 10th century Viking longhouse, this museum is located in the heart of the city. Inside, you will embark on the most incredible journey, which will give you a wonderful glimpse of life in the country centuries ago. It is the combination of technological genius – in the form of high-tech screens and interactive multimedia tables – and archaeological artifacts that make this museum so special. Ancient artifacts include fish oil lamps, awk bones, and an iron ax. The name comes from the estimated date of the tephra layer, which is found under the current museum. The perimeter wall of the old longhouse is the oldest structure in Reykjavik.
For something completely different during your trip to visit the Northern Lights, Iceland offers many thermal pools – including the famous Blue Lagoon. Reykjavik has several swimming pools that you can visit and they are not only a fabulous source of completely natural relaxation, but they are also considered to be an excellent tonic for body and mind. An important part of the country’s culture, these thermal pools allow you to both relax and unwind.
The three city attractions above are just a glimpse of what this wonderful capital has to offer. When you are traveling to see the Northern Lights, Iceland opens its doors to offer you so much more – so take advantage.