Reykjavik is a great city to visit, in my obviously completely impartial opinion. I happen to love my city and many of the fun things you can do in it. However, there are great things to do outside the city, of course. And while I think you could certainly have a great time staying in the City there are great sights to see all over the country. But many of those are quite far away, so unless you have planned a trip around the island you might not get a chance to visit them. It’s not a problem, however, since there are plenty of fantastic sights to see within a stone’s throw of Reykjavik. Whether you want to see the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon or some of the lesser known sites you don’t know about yet, read on to find out what to see in Iceland.
Iceland is a fun place for music fans. Icelandic music is pretty great, in my (obviously impartial) opinion. There is a great wealth of music published in Iceland every year, and music is a big export in Iceland. I’m sure you’ve all heard of famous Icelandic artists like Björk and Sigur Rós. And I decided to put together a little list of other artists I think you might want to look out for if you’re looking for musical souvenirs from your trip to Iceland (or maybe you just want to find these artists online or order their music to familiarize yourself before your visit).
Things to Avoid in Iceland
Anywhere you travel there are always things you need to avoid. Depending on where you go, there are different concerns and things to watch out for. Iceland is, of course, no exception. So here is a list of a few things to avoid in Iceland.
I believe that literature is the real Icelandic heritage. That is the one thing that has been preserved throughout the ages, unlike most of the stuff the tourist shops try to pass off as traditionally Icelandic. About 10% of Icelanders have published books (myself included, in fact). Icelandic literature is a source of great pride for us.
So here are a few recommendations for books that you might enjoy. The list includes great examples of classic Icelandic literature and some modern stuff as well. These should be available in any decent bookstore in Iceland.