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Reykjavik

November 30, 2010 1 comment
Since I have travelled to 36 countries and 169+ cities, I get the question a lot “Which is your most favourite city or country?” I tended to answer Iceland as one of the favourite because not many people have visited it which makes it special.
I love the fact that scenery in Iceland feels so untouched like you are the first to ever visited because it’s just so natural.

Public transport is basically nonexistent in Reykjavik, tourists have to rely on tourist targeted transport to travel to sightseeing spots which are not cheap. Famous sightseeing spots include the Geysir and volcano aftermath. My favourite was the Gullfoss waterfall which is so powerful when the water rushes down and the noise also feels so majestic. You can feel the splashes of water just standing in front of it trying to taking photos.

One of the day activities you can try is horse riding through the lava fields. Icelandic horses are something of a special breed; their legs are especially short and look quite stumpy. There are many other more adventurous activities you can try such as ice climbing, hiking or hole fishing, if you can stand the cold or don’t mind your nose falling off since it is called Iceland for a reason. The weather is cold all year round, I remember we were there in July and the hottest day of the year was 10 degrees Celsius!

Public thermal swimming pools and spas are quite popular. No doubt, the blue lagoon was definitely the highlight, where there is a wide span of area filled with blue geothermal water. Silica mud is provided around the pool area where you can attempt to put on yourself for skin nurturing. Actually a lot of places in Reykjavik smell like sulphur not just thermal baths, even the tap water in our hostel smelt very strongly of it. I quite like this smell although my friends say they can’t stand it.

I must say though with such a small population, Icelanders actually have very nice face features, especially the men but damn – most already married! Apparently, people get married and have children at a really young age, if you are 24 and not married that is considered really ‘old’. The streets are very clean indeed and among the deserted population, you can usually see young couples pushing around baby strollers with even cuter babies.

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