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Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is the country’s largest city. It’s also one of its most popular tourist destinations. It’s also considered to be the safest and cleanest city on the planet. One of the top things to do in Reykjavik is to visit its many cultural sites to learn about its riveting viking past and discover how it turned into the beautiful city that it is today. The city is also a jumping point to visit natural treasures like the Blue Lagoon and Mount Esja.

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja is Iceland’s largest church and is one of the most popular places to visit in Reykjavik. This Lutheran church is one of the tallest structures in the country and is notable for its architectural design, which was inspired by the country’s mountains and glaciers. For a fee, you can access the church’s tower, where you will be treated to a jaw-dropping view of the beautiful city.
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Harpa

Nature often influences the architectural designs of Reykjavik. This is true for Harpa, which has a design inspired by Iceland’s basalt landscape. It is a popular concert venue that has hosted live shows featuring famous artists like Sigur Rós and Björk. Famous music festivals are sometimes held here as well, like Iceland Airwaves and Reykjavik Midsummer Music.
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Perlan

Perlan is a building complex sitting at the top of Öskjuhlíð Hill and is one of the top tourist attractions in Reykjavik. Inside, you’ll find numerous exhibits like the Wonders of Iceland that chronicle the formation of Iceland and how life in the country evolved throughout the years. The breathtaking snapshots of the nature photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson are also on display. There’s even a planetarium where you can watch a short film about the Aurora Borealis, a mini-ice cave to explore, and a restaurant!
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Sun Voyager

Right next to Sæbraut Road and the town center, you’ll find the Sun Voyager, one of the must-sees in Reykjavik. It is a stainless steel sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason and it resembles a viking ship and is said to symbolize hope and freedom. This intriguing piece of public art is a popular photo stop for tourists. Not only does it have a peculiar skeletal-like design, it is also backdropped by the scenic Faxaflói Bay. If you drop by during sunrise or sunset, you’ll be able to take the best shots of yourself standing beside this cultural marvel.
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