Iceland has become an increasingly popular travel destination. Apart from being ranked amongst the happiest and safest countries in the world, its unique history and amazing natural attractions make it a must-see location. Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, offers some of the best places to dine, tour and stay; check out our list of the six must-do activities in Reykjavík this spring!
Golf in Reykjavík Capital AreaGolfing is a popular activity for most while on vacation in tropical places, but golfing in Iceland is an experience like no other. With so many golf courses spanning the nation, both 9 and 18 holes, there is a landscape for all levels of the sport. In Reykjavík, courses are characterized by sweeping mountains, lava fields, rich bird life, and majestic ocean views – making every game a breathtaking experience.
Visitors will also get a chance to play in one of the toughest championship golf courses in Iceland: the Brautarholt Golf Course. The uniqueness of this course landed it a spot as one of the 18 most iconic golf courses in the world, where skills meet creativity as golfers need to use their imagination to turn in a good score.
Attend RAFLOST: Electronic Art Festival RAFLOST electronic art festival is an annual boost to the grass roots of Icelandic electronic arts. The festival showcases the past, present, and future of Icelandic electronic arts in an effort to introduce new and younger audiences to the best of electronic art technology, creation, and performance, in order to inspire further creativity. This year the event will take place from May 23-25. For more information and to get tickets click here.
See Iceland’s Famous Puffins Iceland is often referred to as the puffin capital of the world. With 8 to 10 million puffins inhabiting the island, the country is home to more than 60% of the world’s entire Atlantic puffin population. During the upcoming warmer months, you can even find them strolling alongside people!
The best part is, you don‘t have to leave the capital to see these cute creatures. Visitors and locals alike can go out to Lundey, Akurey, or Puffin Island, which is known for its wealth of birdlife. Make sure to check out Elding and Special tours to plan a puffin tour in advance.
Camp at a Reykjavík CampsiteVoted one of the best campsites in Europe by The Guardian Newspaper, the Reykjavík Eco Campsite is an environmentally friendly attraction located in a green area in the city that is close to the city center. Springtime is Iceland is a beautiful time to camp out as the months get warmer and flowers start to bloom. The campsite can accommodate up to 900 people in tents, cars or caravans, and is next door to one of Iceland’s largest and most popular geothermal swimming pools, Laugardalslaug. Visit the Reykjavík Eco Campsite website for more travel information.
Attend the Reykjavík Metalfest Reykjavík Metalfest is the most exciting and extreme metal festival in Iceland. Held since 2016, the annual gathering is located in the heart of the city and hosts extreme music lovers. The 2019 edition will be held at Gaukurinn in downtown Reykjavík on May 16-18 and will feature some of Iceland’s best metal acts, as well as bands from France, UK, USA, Germany, and more – bringing together some of the top talent in the international metal scene. Find everything you need to know on their website.
See the New lighthouse at Reykjavík HarbourThe new and improved lighthouse at Reykjavík Harbour honors a historic tradition at the Maritime College; from 1945 until the 2000s, the old towerlight guided ships into the Reykjavík harbor, a tradition that came to an end at the beginning of the 21st century when new buildings were too high for the tower light to get through. But now, the new lighthouse will continue the pivotal work of guiding the ships coming into the harbor. Plus, it‘s the ideal place to visit during the springtime when the snow has melted and visitors can enjoy a walk along the shoreline, and visit the nearby famous Sun Voyager!
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