Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Reykjavik
Since the crash of their economy in 2008, Iceland has since gone from strength to strength, and is now considered to be one of the most progressive countries in the world. And its capital city of Reykjavik is regarded as being the heart of the country’s cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is therefore an extremely exciting place to be currently.
Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan capital city like any other, and is therefore home to a whole host of retail shops and eateries. However, what makes the Reykjavik shopping experience so distinctive is all the local crafts and designer shops where you can purchase unique and authentic Icelandic souvenirs that will be constant reminder of your time in Reykjavik. Make sure you visit the Kringlan Shopping Mall to grab a Lopaleysa, an Icelandic jumper, and immerse yourself in the social hub of Iceland.
Given the small size of the city, it is perfect for aimlessly wandering around. And, consequently by doing so you will see the most important sites. Not to be missed is the Hallgrimskirkja, one of the more imposing buildings in the city and is visible from 13 miles away. The church took 30 years to complete, due to controversies surrounding its design, and was finished in 1974 which is one of the most contemporary church on our list so far. Immortalized at the front of the church is the Viking Leifur Eiriksson, the first European to come across America!
Located just outside the capital city of Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, which is an absolute must for visitors, and only a short drive from Reykjavik. This is one of Iceland’s most popular destination, and you can see why, given that guests can relax in in seawater heated by none other than mother nature. Meaning that the lagoon is open all year round, whether the sun is blazing or there’s snow on the ground, the temperature of the lagoon will stay constant. Part of Iceland’s progressive reputation is in concern with being ‘green’, and, the perfect way to bare-witness to these extraordinary advancements is to travel the Golden Circle Route. There are 3 principle stops on this route which are the National Park Thingvellir, the Waterfall Gullfoss (Golden Falls in English), and the geothermal active Valley of Haukadalur. This route is ideally suited to renting a car as you may travel at your own pace and leisurely make the most of some of the best known natural phenomena’s Iceland has to offer.
For this expedition, Sixt would recommend the Chevrolet Cruze for great performance and fuel efficiency. Chevrolet Cruze will allow you to become one with nature. For more information on our extensive fleet available at Reykjavik, please visit our branch page.