A Little Time and a Keyboard: Walking in Reykjavik

Walking in Reykjavik

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Oddly enough, one of the things I miss most about our time in Reykjavik is walking. We walked everywhere-and loved it! There was a lot to do and see within walking distance of our hotel, which was great. Also, since it never really was dark out, we found ourselves able to walk later in the evening than we would be able to at home.

Our hotel was located near the Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park. We walked there our first morning and had a great time. The zoo was very affordable and had tons to do. The zoo houses animals found in Iceland. In contrast with American zoos, xotic animals have not been imported. There are also rides and a huge play area for kids. We spent quite a bit of time in the kids play area and quite enjoyed "rafting" across a small river.

Near the zoo, we found the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens. Walking the grounds is free. The Botanical Gardens were beautiful and peaceful. I was amazed by how many species of plants could grow amongst the rocks!

About a 20 minute walk from our hotel was City Center, the heart of the city that was abuzz with commerce and tourists! We enjoyed ambling through the shops.

We made a stop at Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. From there, we could see the whole city.

We also stopped by a pond and fed some swans, geese, and ducks.

We liked to take breaks in the town squares and admire the artwork.

The city is beautiful and easy to navigate. There is a lot to do and you can walk to most of it! In the City Center area you will find museums and government buildings in addition to the shops, restaurants, and squares. It really is a lovely area!
Parliament Building
For more on our trip to Iceland check here. I will also be posting more on the Golden Circle tour, puffins, and riding hours in Videy.

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