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Reykjavik Travel Guide

It's safe to say that there aren't too many cities in the world quite like Reykjavik, not only is it set in the most spectacular and unique surroundings, but it also qualifies as being the globe's most northerly capital city. Snugly surrounded by spectacular mountains on the broad and beautiful Faxa Bay, Reykjavik also boasts to being the "cleanest city on earth", with an area of geothermal hot springs providing natural central heating and a pollution-free environment. More than half of Iceland's population lives in Reykjavik, the country's chief port that was founded way back in 874AD by the undoubtedly bearded Ingólfur Arnarson. The city has a curious mixture of modern buildings and old-fashioned wooden architecture with 50 museums and galleries, two theatre companies, a symphony orchestra, many good nightclubs and a fast developing café culture. The city is also famed for its stunning Reykjavik Botanic Garden containing over 3,500 species of plants and flowers.

Reykjavik is also a fantastic place for the world's bookworms to visit. It is said that Icelanders rank as some of the most prolific readers and writers in the world, with literature playing a very important role in Icelandic culture and history. As a result, Reykjavik is crammed full of fantastic bookshops selling books in English, German and Icelandic, that will have the avid reader foaming at the mouth. The quiet tranquillity of this city also makes for the perfect environment to completely chill out and lose yourself in a damn good book. The city of Reykjavik is a great base to explore the nearby natural wonders, for which Iceland is renowned, the famous Blue Lagoon approximately 50km outside the city being a good example. Famed for its almost magical properties and beneficial effect on the skin, this natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field, has become one of the country's favourite tourist attractions as people come from far and wide to bathe in it's special warm waters which remain at 35oC (90oF) all year round. Reykjavik offers a totally different experience to any other capital city in the world; it is tranquil yet with a trendy cutting edge. Iceland is a unique country, and it's capital city reflects this bizarre yet wonderful uniqueness a hundredfold.

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