By Rosemary D. Cora
Reykjavík
Iceland
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Iceland, the ‘land of fire and ice’, has become a very popular destination in recent years, despite its chilly name. Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and is its largest and most populous municipality. It is home to about two-thirds of the country’s population of about 320,000 people.  The capital city area was largely shaped by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. These disruptions continue to this day, because Iceland is situated on the boundary between two tectonic plates. In fact, because of the lava flow upward, Iceland is actually increasing in size. 

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Reykjavík is a sprawling city; most of it consisting of low-density suburbs, with a compact downtown area. The outer residential areas are widely separated from each other and are connected by main traffic arteries. The best time to visit this city is late spring to late summer, when the climate is welcoming to visitors.

Much of its popularity is due to the natural attractions that nature offers: glaciers, hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes, snow-capped mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, vast lava deserts, water fowl and other migratory birds, and the unique Icelandic horse.  The largest river to run through Reykjavík is non-navigable, but it provides some of the best salmon fishing in the country.

When in Reykjavík, driving is easy, as the roads are not severely congested. Wide multi-lane highways run all over the city, connecting the different neighborhoods and suburbs. Public bus transportation exists but is not very extensive. The Ring Road runs by the city outskirts and connects it to the rest of Iceland.

Abundant water and volcanic activity in Iceland have provided Reykjavík with a unique opportunity. Most houses in Reykjavík use the geothermal heating system. It is the largest system of this kind in the world, and has made Reykjavík one of the environmentally greenest cities in the world.

Reykjavík is famous for its nightlife, especially on weekends and during holidays. There are over 100 different bars and clubs in Reykjavík; most of them are located on and near the main shopping street of the city, Laugavegur. Closing time is usually around 1 AM weekdays, and 6 AM on weekends.

The arrival of the New Year is a particular cause for celebration, as Icelandic law permits anyone to purchase and use fireworks around New Year's Eve. As a result, every New Year's Eve, Reykjavik lights up with fireworks displays, including the official celebratory fireworks near Hallgrimskirkja, the largest Church in Iceland.

Some sights to see in Reykjavík:
•    The Icelandic parliament, which is the oldest, continuously elected, representative governing body in the world.
•    The National Centre for Cultural Heritage.
•    The Blue Lagoon, the largest geothermal spa located near Reykjavík.
•    Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, is located at the highest point in Reykjavík.  It is designed to look like flowing lava.
•    Heiðmörk is the largest forest and nature reserve in the area.
•    Nauthólsvík, a geothermally heated beach.
•    Perlan, a glass dome resting on five water tanks, featuring a restaurant and wonderful views of the city.
•    Rauðhólar, a cluster of red volcanic craters
•    The Reykjavik Art Museum, the largest visual art institution in Iceland.
•    Tjörnin, the pond at the center of the city and home to hordes of migratory water fowl.
•    National and University Library of Iceland
•    National Museum of Iceland

So, for an exciting, unusual, and informative vacation, let EscapeWizard.com help you book your next trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. Just click on the above links to begin your search today.
Hotels in Reykjavík
By Adam J. Mohney
Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
Sudurlandsbraut 2, Reykjavík, Iceland
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A vacation in Iceland's gorgeous capital city demands a comforting stay at the homely Hilton Reykjavík Noridca. Book your room at Hilton Reykjavik now on EscapeWizard.com and you will find yourself only a mile from the Reykjavík city center and near other popular local attractions such as Hallgrimskirkju church, Laugerdaulur park and the picturesque Reykjavík harbor.

All rooms booked through EscapeWizard.com at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica feature pampering amenities and connectivity. Rooms and suites are equipped with a minbar for in-room drinks in the evening, coffee and tea for morning and a safe for protecting valuables. Guests can stay connected to home, work and the world by utilizing the available television with pay-per-view movies, a work desk and wireless internet access for your laptop and a telephone with voicemail capabilities.

The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica also offers premium amenities and services for all hotel guests. Traveling families can take advantage of the hotel's babysitting services and request cribs or a high chair for their room, while working travelers can connect to the office by utilizing the 24-hour business center. Foreign travelers will appreciate the currency exchange desk and on-site ATM machine, eliminating time spent hunting for money as they browse the beautiful Icelandic capital. Guests can also make the most of their visit by taking a sightseeing tour provided by Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and obtaining travel answers from the hotel's multilingual staff.

EscapeWizard.com guests of Hilton Reykjavík Nordica need look no further than the hotel confines for delicious Icelandic cuisine. VOX, Iceland's first-ever five star restaurant, offers a dinner menu of Nordic cuisine featuring local ingredients in a smart casual setting. Other hotel dining options include Bistro, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual menu on a bistro-style menu. The lobby bar also provides light fare for lunch and dinner in a casual environment. For guests looking to stay in their comfortable Hilton rooms, 24-hour in-room dining is also available.

The Icelandic capital of Reykjavík provides gorgeous scenery and unique culture, making it a popular tourist destination for years. Hilton Reykjavík Nordica puts you in the center of it all while providing everything you need to feel at home and easy access to the beautiful city. Book your Icelandic vacation at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica on EscapeWizard.com by clicking the following link now (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).