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Pretty ugly city
Member Name: JakCal
Advantages: whale watching, in stunning country
I hollidayed in iceland a few years ago, and stayed in Reykjavik for 3 nights. I had planned to stay there longer.
I was very dissapointed in Reykjavic. I had been led to belive that the city was a fun loving alcohol iduced non stop party. At least the alcohol was right. The problem was that it wsn't anyone fun loving drinking it. There is such a problem with alcholoism in Iceland that you can only buy it in bars or government run shops. Prices have been escalated to a point where it is barely affordable. To give you an idea the cost of a 70 cl bottle of vodka costed more than a tank of petrol in the UK.
This government policy only seems to have stopped the average person from drinking - yes the bars were full but the was not the party atmosphere i was told about, but there were plenty of unsavory drunks and drunk homeless people (how can they afford it!!) in the streets.
Reykjavik does not have any beautiful architecture or any natural beauty spot within the main city. However within driving distance there are beautiful areas such as the Blue Lagoon on the Geezer - both of which are amazing. It also runs whale watching trips from the city harbour where Mink wahles and occasionally sperm whales can be spotted. these highlights can be done without having to saty in the city though.
I would recomend anyone travelling to Iceland not to waste any time in Reykjavik and to get out to see the natural beauty of the rest of the country (and the rest fo the country is well worth the visit - truely amazing).
Reykjavik is a blight on Icelands otherwise beautiful natural landscape, which is why it gets a rating of just 2 stars from me.
Summary: On your trip to iceland avoid this city if you can