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If it’s your first time booking a last minute cruise to Scandinavia, then don’t be surprised if the landscape reminds you of something out of a Tolkien novel. This is especially true when you pull up to the dock and anchor in Reykjavik, Iceland. While hobbits, trolls and elves won’t greet you at the terminal, you’ll have the feeling those mythical creatures are probably still living in the craggy mountains or under the fjords.
So what do you do in the land of fire and ice? If you’re hip to the travel scene, you know that Reykjavik has world-class nightlife. Electronica music reigns supreme in this country of Northern Lights, and it’s a musical style perfectly suited for the Nordic landscape. If you’ve ever listened to Bjork or Sigur Ros, bands native to Iceland, then expect the country to look how those musicians sound.
Music and Nightlife
The bar and music scene in Reykjavik is legendary, and most Icelanders bundle-up and hit the streets for a pub-crawl on Friday and Saturday nights. Iceland may have experienced a financial meltdown, but it’s still not a cheap place for a tourist to visit. A night on the town can do some serious damage to your wallet.
If you’re looking for something a bit more budget-friendly, then duck into one of Reykjavik’s many restaurants. After dinner, why not linger over a game of chess? Bobby Fischer and Borris Spassky had their famous Cold War chess duel in Reykjavik in 1972, and Iceland still takes chess seriously. Many pubs and restaurants have chessboards, and impromptu games are strongly encouraged. Chess is to Iceland what dominoes are to the Caribbean.
Excursions and Sightseeing
If you’re in Iceland, then spending a few hours in the Blue Lagoon and booking a trip on the Golden Circle tour should be mandatory. The Blue Lagoon, which is a unique, geothermal public bathing facility, opened in 1976. Today, it’s Iceland’s most visited tourist attraction. If you thought a day at the spa was relaxing, just wait to you feel the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is easily accessible. There are buses running from Reykjavik to the lagoon throughout the day.
The best way to enjoy Iceland’s natural wonders is to book a Golden Circle tour. This will bring you up close and personal with many of Iceland’s geographical highlights. From geysers and thundering waterfalls to lava fields and tectonic ridges, as soon as you leave the capital city and venture into the lunar landscape, keep your eyes out for trolls and elves. There’s even a chance that Thor is wandering around the countryside too.
Terrance Richardson is a keen travel blogger endlessly roaming the corners of the earth.