Reykjavik, Iceland - World's Most Northern Capital

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    View of the nearby Mountains

    Reykjavik, Iceland - View of the nearby Mountains
    Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison

    Walking Tour of Downtown

    Cruise ships using the northern route to cross the Atlantic often stopover in Reykjavik, the world's most northern capital. In addition, ships sailing on northern European itineraries to the Norwegian fjords or Arctic often cruise along the scenic coast of Iceland and include Reykjavik as a port of call. The city is a good one to visit on a cruise since the prices of local food and lodging are very expensive. Therefore, a cruise vacation to Iceland provides a great value to the vacation traveler.

    Reykjavik is easy to tour on foot since the downtown area is relatively compact. It's a great place to walk, browse the fascinating shops, and stop in for a drink in one of the many watering holes. You can easily walk around and see some of the city highlights in a couple of hours, leaving the majority of your time in Iceland to do a tour outside the city to the Golden Circle or the Blue Lagoon.

    Most cruise ships visiting Reykjavik dock a few miles from the city...MORE center, but shuttle buses run frequently from the pier to the downtown area. On our Maasdam transatlantic cruise, some walked into the city and said it took about an hour each way.

    This photo gallery includes views of downtown Reykjavik and its huge Hallgrimskirkja Church.

    This photo was taken from the deck of the Holland America cruise ship the Maasdam, which was docked in Reykjavik while on a transatlantic "Voyage of the Vikings" cruise.

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    Lonesome House in the nearby Mountains

    Reykjavik, Iceland - View of the Lonesome House in the nearby Mountains
    Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison

    This house is just on the opposite side of the harbor from bustling Reykjavik. It looks like it's in the middle of nowhere, doesn't it?

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    Reykjavik Street Sign

    Reykjavik Street Sign
    Walking Tour of Downtown. Reykjavik Photo Courtesy of Claire Johnson Cline

    Icelandic is a very difficult language for tourists to read or understand! It's even hard to make out the street signs.

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    Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland

    Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
    Lots of Shops and Drinking Establishments Line the Streets. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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    Hallgrimskirkja Church

    Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland
    Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison

    This huge modern church looks much like a space ship, doesn't it? The Hallgrimskirkja Church dominates the Reykjavik skyline.

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    Organ at the Hallgrimskirkja Church

    Organ at the Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik
    Concerts at Church Are Popular Indoor Activity. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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    Downtown Reykjavik and the Cruise Ship Piers

    View of Downtown Reykjavik and the Cruise Ship Piers from the Hallgrimskirkja Church
    View of the City from the Top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison

    If you look very closely, you can see cruise ships docked in the distance in the upper center of the photo.

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    Downtown Reykjavik

    View of the City from the Top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church
    View of the City from the Top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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    View of Downtown from the Hallgrimskirkja Church

    View of Downtown Reykjavik from the Hallgrimskirkja Church
    Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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    Reykjavik Rainbow

    Reykjavik Rainbow
    Icelanders Are Treated to Rainbows after a Storm, Too!. Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison