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Three Things To Do In Reykjavik Before Your Expedition Cruise

Many of our polar cruises to Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen start in the cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik. The Icelandic capital is a great place to spend a few days before your cruise departs, offering a range of different things to see or do in the city centre and access to the more adventurous options the rest of the island can boast.

So, whether you plan on adding a pre or post cruise stay or you just wish to make the most of what little time you have before your ship sets sail, here are some must-dos in Reykjavik.

Head To Hallgrímskirkja Church

Hallgrímskirkja Church

This impressive structure looms over the city from almost every angle. It takes its rather unpronounceable name from one of Iceland’s most famous poets, Hallgrímur Pétursson, and also features a statue of explorer Leif Erikson out the front. Inside, you’ll find an elaborate pipe organ which features over 5,000 different pipes and weighs a gigantic 25 tons. The shape of the church itself was created to resemble the way lava cools once it has erupted from a volcano, something Icelanders know all too well.

Swim With The Locals

Public Swimmming Pool

The most famous place to take a dip in Iceland has to be the Blue Lagoon but if you don’t have time to travel outside of the city, there are many chances to indulge in this traditional Icelandic pastime without leaving Reykjavik. The locals love to swim in these public pools and swear by the soothing powers that the waters possess. All of the water is geothermally heated or occurs naturally at these warm temperatures, so even in the middle of winter you can enjoy some time in the bubbling hot tubs. Prices are very reasonable too, with the average adult price being around £5.

Hunt For A Bargain

Lopapeysa Jumper

Reykjavik may be known as quite an expensive city but there are bargains to be found on its streets. The weekend flea markets, independent record shops and ‘Bonus’ supermarkets are great places to get a taste for the local culture without breaking the bank. Hunt for an iconic lopapeysa (traditional woollen jumper), expend your Icelandic music knowledge beyond Björk and try some local delicacies (such as sheep’s head) without paying restaurant prices.

If you are interested in taking a polar cruise from Iceland, call our friendly team today and we will help you find the perfect adventure.

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