Reykjavik, Iceland - World's Most Northern Capital

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View of the nearby Mountains

Reykjavik, Iceland - View of the nearby Mountains
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 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
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
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
Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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Hallgrimskirkja Church

Hallgrimskirkja Church in 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
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
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
Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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View of Downtown from the Hallgrimskirkja Church

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

Reykjavik Rainbow
Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Linda Garrison
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