Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. There are many things to do and attractions to see in this northernmost capitol in the world. Here’s our most favourite things to do in Reykjavik.
Colorful architecture, highly spirited people, Viking heritage, and wicked nightlife await when you visit the capital of city Reykjavik. Situated in the southwestern portion of Iceland, and surrounded by the Faxafloi Bay, Reykjavik, is the most northernmost capital in the world.
The city holds Iceland’s highest population and is the center for political and economic activities. It is also the culture and tourism hub for Iceland. Reykjavik is also known for its peculiar seasonal patterns. If you come in the summer, you will experience around 22 hours of daylight, which is the opposite during winter.
Things to do in Reykjavik
You will find it quite easy to walk around the downtown area of Reykjavik as it is a relatively small huge downtown area. Like other European cities, Reykjavik has cafes, international restaurants, museums, and galleries to keep you busy. If you are interested in architectural gems, do not miss visiting landmarks like the City Hall, Hallgrimskirkja Church, and the Pearl Building.
Reykjavik adores and celebrates music, and this is evident in the frequency of the musical shows and concerts held all throughout the city. If you roam the city center in the evening, there is a big chance that you will stumble upon a musical concert.
If you want a more formal setting to appreciate art and music, then head out to the major theatres in the city, which include the National Theatre of Iceland and Reykjavik City Theatre. At Harpa, you can also catch a superb performance of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra every Thursday evening between the months of September and June.
Pools and spas
Rekjavik’s geothermal pools are big draws to visitors, but they are also important cultural pastime venues. Don’t miss the chance to take a dip at these pools, and relax in the true Icelander fashion. Some of the notable geothermal swimming pools in the city are the Sundhollin, Vesturbjaerlaug and the Nautholsvik Thermal Beach.
The Hot Spring Valley houses the biggest outdoor thermal pool in the city, the Laugardalslaug. The complex is a known sports and recreation center that will also give you access to a stunning Botanical Garden.
By visiting the geothermal energy show at Hellisheidi Power Station, you will gain more understanding and appreciation for Iceland’s efforts to get sustainability from the use of geothermal energy.
Top Places to Visit in Reykjavik
The following are some of the top places you can visit in Reykjavik
- Harpa Conference Center
- National Museum of Iceland
- Sun Voyager
- National Gallery of Iceland
The Harpa Conference Center and Music Hall
This is one of the most fascinating buildings you will find in the world. The building began in 2007 but stopped during the world financial crisis. The Iceland Government stepped in in 2009, funded the completion, and has since seen over two million visitors! It is the venue of several outstanding musicals and business conferences. It houses a perfect restaurant and is a “must see” for anyone visiting the beautiful city of Reykjavik.
Hallgrímskirkja is a remarkable Lutheran Church rising 225 feet, the second tallest building in Iceland. The design is world renowned, and you will be in awe of this magnificent structure.
Árbæjarsafn is a remarkable open-air museum featuring life as it was in the 19th century. Several houses and businesses have moved from the city center to the museum. Available during the summer months, the village offers a view of farm life (it was a working farm well into the twentieth century). It houses a lovely gift shop and a charming restaurant.
The Perlan (Pearl in English)
The Perlan is a delightful combination of museum, conference hall, and restaurants. Originally a series of hot water storage tanks, they were transformed into this delightful pattern in 1991. One of the many spectacular structures in this modern city.
The National Museum of Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland houses a brilliant display of the life of the nation of Iceland. It contains a dazzling array of art and furniture. There are a beautiful gift shop and a fantastic restaurant.
The Sun Voyager
The Sun Voyager is a magnificent sculpture representing the sun and is supposed to bring hope and fulfillment of dreams. It is located in the center of Reykjavik.
The National Gallery
The national gallery of Iceland houses the artwork of many of Iceland’s renowned artists. The building itself is a magnificent structure and the art displays are awe-inspiring. The museum contains a lovely shop and an excellent restaurant.
In Reykjavik, there are several pools that you can visit. Not only are they a fantastic source of total natural relaxation, but they are also considered a tonic for the body and mind. An important part of the culture of the country, these thermal pools allow you to relax and revitalize.
It is not possible to describe all the lovely places to see in this wonderful city in an article as brief as this one. You will find a visit to Reykjavik one of the most charming places you have ever been to. There are many excellent hotels and restaurants in this modern city. Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit, although winter offers some impressive events.
Imagine that you are strolling around town and decide just casually to go and see some whales. In fact you can in Reykjavik, and you can even choose from numerous different types of tours. Do wish to see the whales up close while on a rib boat? Yes, you can. Would you like to see the puffins as well? Yes, you can.
Just head down to the harbor and you will quickly spot where the whale watching tours are being sold. We can also help you make the arrangements. And if the weather is bad, you can also check out the Whales of Iceland museum, where you can see life-size models of the whales found around Iceland.
Restaurants and Pubs
“I love the night life, I like to boogie!” What a better way to get to know the Icelandic people than go out for a great meal and night out on town. There are many awesome restaurants in Reykjavik, whether you are into local cuisine or would like to explore something more exotic, we can help you out and point you in the right direction.
During weekends Reykjavik centre becomes vibrant with life since many Icelanders love to go out for a night on the town. The pubs quickly become swamped with people. Just be ready to party until early morning.
The Blue Lagoon spa
The Blue Lagoon is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland. The scene of the Blue Lagoon is strange and alienlike, almost like it was wrenched out of some science fiction movie. Still, the spa is beyond words, it is an experience you will never forget.
The Blue Lagoon stands in the middle of a large lava field. The blue waters are in stark contrast with rugged, dark rocks of the lava field, but still, enjoying a bath in the waters in relaxing and has a great therapeutically effect.
This is something you must try out.
The best way to make the most of your trip to Reykjavik is to embark on some day tours and truly explore the wonders of the nature around Reykjavik. You can explore the Golden Circle, the Reykjanes peninsula, the wonders of West Iceland or experience the many waterfalls of the South Coast.
By exploring these attractions with a local expert guide on a luxury private tour you will get the most out of your stay in Iceland. There’s no better way to explore Iceland.
If we can be of assistance in creating the perfect day tour while in Reykjavik, just let us know. We are happy to help.