Travel to Reykjavik, a city surrounded by incredible landscapes
Geographically, Iceland is one of the youngest countries in the world but its largest city and capital, Reykjavik, has been around since 874 AD with its first permanent Norse settlement. Now it’s considered one of the safest, greenest and cleanest cities in the world. The city doesn’t have a McDonalds Restaurant (something that the locals are quite proud of!) but it has so much, much more. So much in fact that deciding what to do when you visit Reykjavik can take some forethought and research.
One of the area’s most valued resources is its thermal pools. They can be visited year round and offer relaxation at its perfection. There are many different pools such as Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, Laugardalur Park and Reykadalur Hot Springs. Each offers a chance to sit and converse with locals. These pools not only are a must when you visit Reykjavik, they’re vital to the locals as well. Around 85% of homes are powered by geothermal energy. For some time Reykjavik has been using geothermal energy to keep the city and its people warm by drawing up hot water from natural springs and heating houses as early as 1930. Today an electricity network harnesses 750 MW of thermal power from steam, and a hot water distribution system generating 60 million cubic meters of hot water.
Reykjavik is a city that welcomes tourists. The locals are hospitable and want to share their interesting city, history and bounty with visitors. It’s no colder than New England and if the wind does blow it’s a terrific excuse to purchase a hand-knitted sweater made with wool from Iceland’s sheep. So there’s no excuses not to visit Reykjavik!