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Only 200 thousand people live in the largest city of Iceland. And this is the majority of the country's population. At the same time, it is the center of culture and life of the Icelandic people and one of the centers of local tourism. The city center is a small area with eclectic colorful houses, excellent restaurants and bars. If you want to quickly understand Iceland, you need to go straight to Reykjavik.
This is Iceland's largest and most important airport, in which almost all travelers to this cold northern country arrive. Keflavik is located in the western part of Iceland, near the city of the same name and 50 km from Reykjavik.
Keflavik Airport consists of only one main terminal. Moreover, it is quite small and not so comfortable. There are very few shops and cafes. At the same time, prices are unusually high. Of good things in Keflavik is free Wi-Fi. And one of the features is the absence of any lounges for business class. Even for money it will not work to increase the comfort of staying at the airport.
Also, expect lines and obscure signage everywhere. It may take some time to figure out the whole system and get out of the airport.
Reykjavik is very different from other northern capitals due to its "young" age and rapid growth in the late 20th century. Yes, there are no magnificent buildings and picturesque old quarters. And basically it's like just a calm suburb of some major Canadian city. Nevertheless, Reykjavik has its own charm: unique, formed by the dualistic nature of this place, which, it seems, has not yet decided whether it is small or large.
Locals call this fantastic church the main attraction of Reykjavik. It took more than 40 years to build, so be sure to appreciate this overwork of Icelanders. The church can be seen from anywhere in the city, so finding a building is not difficult. Moreover, the church is located in the very center of the capital. To climb to the observation deck, you have to pay an entrance fee, but the view is worth it.
There is generally nothing that Icelanders love more than swimming in the pool. There are about the same number of them as saunas in Scandinavia. The most popular and largest swimming pool in the city is Laugardalslaug, which was built in 1968, but has since been maintained in perfect condition. There are seven hot tubs, water slides, and even a minigolf course. In general, the pool in Reykjavik is a real place to relax like an amusement park.
Hot dogs, fish, soup, yogurt, tomatoes and orange soda. These are the six best dishes in Reykjavik. Moreover, this set is suitable even for budget travelers. Yes, it doesn’t sound very impressive, but you just have to try ...
Due to the fact that Iceland is actually isolated from the rest of the world, and even constantly located in winter temperatures, the national cuisine is simple. There are not so many products. Therefore, the Icelanders showed imagination and came up with the most unusual things.
Hot dogs are really great everywhere. They can be called the visiting card of Reykjavik. Unusual ingredients are added to them, and taste combinations are perfectly combined at the same time. Other popular dishes include fish and chips with fresh fish, which is plentiful at any time of the year.
Meat soup is especially respected. Hot and high-calorie liquid warms perfectly in harsh climates. And local yogurt is low in calories and at the same time has a thick, creamy texture. A delicious snack, even by itself.
Local tomatoes are considered a distinctive feature in Reykjavik's cuisine. They are grown here year-round in greenhouses and sold in small glasses. Small but sweet tomatoes are generally not similar to those winter ones with a plastic taste, which can often be bought at supermarkets in other countries.