How To Doodle A Cities of Wonder Map
STEP #1 — JOT DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE REYKJAVÍK LANDMARKS
Below includes a list of our top ten sites to see in Reykjavík! You may not have space on your map to include too many handwritten notes; however, researching interesting facts about your favorite sites in Iceland may turn out to be a separate fun project in itself.
1. PERLAN ICE MUSEUM
One of the top most visited attractions in all of Iceland, the Perlan was originally a cluster of hot water tanks until a building was constructed as an immense glass dome, which opened to the public in 1991 giving visitors the unique experience of walking through a glacial environment. It is the largest nature exhibition in Iceland, and it offers the most amazing panoramic views of Reykjavík. Learn more.
2. BLUE LAGOON SPA
Known to be one of the 25 wonders of the world, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa within a volcanic landscape, located in a lava field near Grindavík. The water's milky blue shade is due to its high silica content, which forms soft white mud on the bottom of the lake and bathers frequently rub it on themselves. The water is also rich in salt and algae. Learn more.
3. AURORA BOREALIS
Aurora Borealis, also known as The Northern Lights, are the visual result of solar particles entering the earth's magnetic field at high atmosphere and ionising. They appear as dancing lights in the sky, and they are truly one of the most spectacular shows on earth. The Northern Lights are frequently visible from September to March on clear nights. Learn more. Also, here's a great article on how to photograph The Northern Lights.
4. HARPA CONCERT HALL
Harpa is one of Reykjavík's most distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and North Atlantic Ocean. Its grand-scale award winning architecture has attracted over 10 million guests since its opening on May 4, 2011. Learn more.
5. VIKING WORLD MUSEUM
Viking World was constructed in 1996, and is home to the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander), which is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad ship — a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship excavated in Norway in 1882. The museum also features an exhibition called Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. Learn more.
6. ELF GARDEN
Quite an interesting fact about native Icelanders is that many of them believe in the existence of elves! The Elf Garden is a small, fairytale-like park of lava rocks known to be the home of Elves and Hidden people. The Elf Garden is run by Ragnhildur "Ragga" Jónsdóttir, who is a seer, artist and friend of the elves. Learn more.
7. THE EINAR JÓNSSON MUSEUM
In 1909, Einar Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic people on the condition that a museum be built to house them all. Icelanders have always shown a special appreciation for the art of their country's first sculptor, and together with Icelandic Parliament came together in 1914 to construct the museum, which is located on the top of Skólaörðuhæð — the highest hill in town. Learn more.
8. CITYWALK REYKJAVÍK
This famous two hour walking tour educates you on the history of Iceland, the evolution of Reykjavík as a town and Icelandic culture in general — all laid out in an informative and comic way. There is no fixed price, as it runs on the great Free Walking Tour model found all over the world where each participant sets the price of the tour afterwards instead of in advance resulting in the guide relying solely on your contribution as they word hard for their share in donations. It is truly a top rated Iceland tourism experience. Learn more.
9. SUN VOYAGER
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, and it is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun. Árnason intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom. The Sun Voyager won an outdoor sculpture competition in 1986, as the city of Reykjavík looked to commemorate its 200th anniversary. Learn more.
10. HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA CHURCH
Hallgrímskirkja Church is Reykavík's main landmark whose tower can be seen from almost any point in the city. Designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, who said he was inspired by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiríksson, who was the first European to discover America, landing on the shores of the new world in 1,000 A.D., said to be 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus. Learn more.