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Colonial Reykjavik

Even though Iceland was settled in the 9th century, Reykjavik didn't become a town until nine centuries later - 1786, in fact. The neighborhood between the harbor and Lake Tjörnin still retains many of the buildings from that era, including brightly painted houses (often with painted tin roofs) and buildings. It's unlike Colonial Williamsburg, though, in that it's not a preserved museum-like district; instead you'll see a living, vibrant area filled with shops, galleries and restaurants, just without all the "modernization" that has ruined so many European towns. If you're visiting central Reykjavik (which you should, to see the Icelandic Cultural House among other sights), take some time to stroll the streets or rent an electric bike or scooter.

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