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Reykjavik is a City of Striking Contrasts

Aug 17, 2007
Shaped by the energy of the earth, bustling with the energy of a cosmopolitan capital. It is surrounded by the pure unpolluted energy of nature. Reykjavik is a city of striking contrasts. Small corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings, state of the art facilities lie minutes away from rugged volcanic terrain and international influences mingle with Icelandic national traditions to create a unique culture where old embraces new.

Whatever your interests, Reykjavik has something to offer. Whether you are seeking the bustling energy of a cosmopolitan city, the thundering thermal energy in the ground beneath your feet, or the quiet green energy of the landscape surrounding the city, Reykjavik promises a memorable visit.

One way to soak up Reykjaviks pure energy is to visit one of the many thermal swimming pools or spas. Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in a hot tub, or indulge in a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and reenergized. Going to the pool is also very much a way of life for Reykjaviks residents and thus an ideal way to meet local people. A crash course in Icelandic politics, the long term weather forecast, or some valuable tourist tips are just some of the things you might soak up in the soothing waters of a hot tub. There is no better way to touch the pulse of the city.

The magnificent countryside that surrounds the city also makes Reykjavik unique and provides the adventurous tourist with a wide variety of things to do. Salmon fishing, midnight golf, sailing, climbing, glacier trekking, horse riding and whale watching are all within easy reach of the capital and can easily be fitted into a day trip so that you can be back in the city in time for dinner.

Reykjavik boasts an excellent range of fine restaurants that are renowned for their imaginative cuisine and fresh local ingredients. Whether you enjoy seafood, lamb or wild game, there will be something on the menu to suit your palate. For a city of its size Reykjavik and its neighbouring communities have around 190,000 inhabitants Reykjavik also boasts an excellent range of luxury hotels, exclusive shops and designer outlets. It also has the reputation of being one of Europes hottest cities at night, with an active music scene and famous nightlife.

Energy also abounds in the cities cultural scene. From the avant garde to the historical, Reykjaviks galleries, museums and theatres support a vibrant yet sophisticated artistic culture. Annual festivals, special exhibitions and stage productions mean that the cultural calendar is always full and there is always plenty for the visitor to enjoy.

Reykjavik is the gateway to Iceland. A young at heart city with a long history, encircled by mountains and sea, it lies just minutes away from a magnificent unspoiled landscape thrown up and shaped by the energy of the earth. Whether you are looking for the excitement of a capital city or a quiet break in breathtaking scenery.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Reykjavik Rental Site
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