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CNNGo in Reykjavik: Thermal pools and comfy sweaters
CNNGo visits the Icelandic capital -- dipping in its geothermal pools, hunting for the northern lights and boogying at one of the world's hippest music festivals
This month, CNN's roving TV show CNNGo took the temperature of the city with the help of a bunch of friendly Reykjavikers.
A trip to one of the city's geothermal pools was an essential stop, where Icelanders enjoy regular bouts of pottaspjall -- "tub talk."
But if that sounds too sedentary, the city's Airwaves Music Festival is one huge, rollicking alternative.
Then there's Kolaportið Market, with its fermented shark meat on sale, and the Hand-knitting Association of Iceland, which makes what's almost the country's uniform -- lopapeysa woolen sweaters.
Finally, the Golden Circle tour is a neat way to take in some of the country's greatest natural wonders.
Airwaves Music Festival
"The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar," happens in Reykjavik, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The city's biggest event featured over 600 shows, taking place all over the city this year (October 3-November 3).
From traditional venues such as Reykavik's new convert hall Harpa to quirky locations like hairdresser salons and geothermal pools, Airwaves showcases performers from local outfits to international big names.
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Blue Lagoon and other geothermal pools
It doesn't take a genius to understand why the Blue Lagoon is the most visited attraction among tourists in Iceland.
Sitting in the mid-Atlantic Ridge, the geothermal pools are naturally heated to around 40C and known to sooth bathers.
But for many residents, a visit to the public "hot-pot" in downtown Reykjavik and engaging in "pottaspjall," or tub-talk with your hot tub neighbors is the ideal way to start the day.
The Blue Lagoon, 240 Grindaví, Iceland; +354 420 8800
Vesturbaejarlaug pool, Hofsvallagata, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland; +354 411 5150
The Hand-knitting Association of Iceland
Founded in 1977 by hundreds of individual knitters, the Hand-knitting Association of Iceland is to support the knitters' livings by selling products handmade from Icelandic wool.
Their products can be found at the association's store. Special requests can be made during their monthly reception at Akranes, a town on the western coast of Iceland.
One of the most iconic designs would be the Lopapeysa sweater, with traditional patterns circling the collar.
Hand-Knitting Association of Iceland, Skólavörðustígur 19, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; +354 552 1890
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Every city has its not-to-be-missed market, and in Reykjavik, it’s Kolaportið Market.
Fermented shark, dried fish and jewelry made from the frozen lava of Eyjafjallajökull volcano are among the treasures on sale here.
It lives by the mantra that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Kolaportið Market, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland; +354 562 5030
Reykjavik’s "Golden Circle" tour
Reykjavik's "Golden Circle" tour might be the best way to tour Iceland for the first-time visitors.
The day tour packs Icelandic natural wonders including the country's oldest geyser that shoots hot water up 30 meters, the country's second-largest glacier and the spectacular Northern Lights.
Special "Super Jeep Day Tour" is available from Nature Explorer which tours around Reykjavik in a small group by a comfortable jeep.
Golden Circle tour, 8-10 hours departs daily at 9 a.m.; +354 691 3900
Hawk Parelius, adventure tour guide, Nature Explorer
Auður Ösp, blogger
Ragga Ragnarsdóttir, Olympic swimmer and fashion designer
Unnsteinn Stefansson, lead singer, Retro Stefson
Siggi Gardarsson, Depla food stall, Kolaportið market
"Miss Nobody" (3:34)
"She Said" (4:09)
All by Retro Stefson