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Reykjavik is the starting point for most visitors hiring a motorhome in Iceland. It's a pretty city with a host of worthwhile attractions, not least of which are the setting on a striking pond over the sea. Reykjavik boast many sights you wouldn't see elsewhere in the world and it's worth spending time to soak up Nordic charm before heading out into the rugged country.
Being in the south of the island, Reykjavik is the farthest point from some of Iceland's top towns, though is the start and end point of the famous Route 1, which encircles the country. Also nearby are such treasures as the original Geysir and the jaw dropping Blue Lagoon.
Reykjavik's quirky, eclectic old town is the most interesting part of the Icelandic capital and is easily doable on foot, so be sure to park up your rental. Despite being a modern city, it is oddly haphazard, with old wooden buildings with corrugated roofs sitting next to concrete and glass towers.
On walking the town, you'll notice many museums of history and art, with the National Gallery and National Museum the most impressive. Those interested in volcanoes should check out Volcano House. Heading for Tjornin, the Pond, is City Hall, which has good exhibits and a natty nationwide relief map.
The 18th century renovated Reykjavik Cathedral is next door, though the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church on the hill is a better example of Icelandic ecclesiastical splendour. Heading out of town slightly-and a bit of a secret among the general tourist fraternity' is a fine walking and cycling path along the seafront which incorporates a swimming pool and beach.
Also out of town is the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, one of the closest attractions to Reykjavik Camping Ground. While not worth coming to Iceland for, they're good for a stroll. Farther afield by self-contained van are the amazing Gullfoss falls and Geysir. The Blue Lagoon is an absolute must and is an easy drive from the city.
Reykjavik Camping Ground is a high quality campsite within three kilometres of the city centre. Situated in Laugardalur, it is in fact the only campsite in Reykjavik, but can accommodate over 600 holidaymakers and caters to those with motorhomes. Right next door is a famous geothermal swimming pool plus the Botanical Gardens are also nearby.
Driving standards are good and the roads in and around Reykjavik are sealed. Police are tough on drunk drivers and there are fines for traffic violations on the spot. Avoid driving in the city and be aware that entry points to Route 1 and Route 41 (down towards the Blue Lagoon) get very busy on summer weekends. Not all main roads out of town are paved and be aware you should have tyre chains on standby for winter driving.