Things to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavík is Iceland’s largest and most populated city, as well as the country’s capital. It’s a popular tourist destination because of its large variety of activities for every type of traveler. Those who visit Reykjavík often find that they need not venture far from the city to keep busy and enjoy the beauty Iceland has to offer.

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Bus Tours

It is highly suggested to start your visit with a bus tour of the capital. This will give you a sample of all the city has to offer and acts as a great introduction to your current vacation area.

There are also plenty of bus tours just outside of Reykjavík that are very popular, such as the Golden Circle, which gives travelers the opportunity to view Iceland’s natural beauty.

Visit Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja can be seen throughout Reykjavík, but it’s a great idea to get a close-up look of it. It was completed in 1986 and is considered to be a main landmark of Iceland. After checking out its statue of Leifur Eiriksson and standing beneath its gigantic steeple, make sure to take a look inside. The church holds a massive 25-ton gargantuan pipe organ, which was added in 1992.

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Museums

Reykjavík is home to many interesting museums, including the National Museum of Iceland. Visitors enjoy this interactive museum that tells the story of Iceland, beginning with its Viking heritage and ending with the most recent events. Visitors can explore their museum on their own or opt for a guided tour for an added fee.

The Einar Jónsson Museum offers a variety of impressive sculptures both indoors and outdoors. While some sculptures may be seen as disturbing, visitors have rated the museum high on their list of favorites.

The Pearl is more than just a museum; it is a restaurant, café, bar, and garden as well. The top-floor restaurant even gives an amazing view of Reykjavík and its nearby mountains.

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Shopping

Reykjavík offers a huge variety of shopping opportunities, from large designer stores to small family-owned shops. The two most popular streets to shop on are Laugavegur and Skólavördustígur, where shoppers will find everything they could want, including clothing stores, gift shops, restaurants, bars, jewelry, traditional Icelandic clothing and tools, and artworks.

Another popular shopping trip is to the Kolaportid Flea Market in Reykjavík’s northern harbor. It features some traditional Icelandic food stalls and tables full of unusual finds and treasures.

Swimming

Experience Iceland’s natural geothermal energy through taking a dip in a naturally-warmed pool right in Reykavík. While some pools are man-made, they are generally still heated through geothermal energy. Reykjavík’s pools and spas offer a relaxing day for those who have had a bit too much excitement or who simply love being pampered.

Night Life

Reykjavík is an active city, day and night. There are plenty of bars, clubs, and late-night restaurants available for every traveler. Experience live local music and locally produced beer and schnapps throughout the streets of Reykjavík. There are many places to go on the popular shopping streets, Laugavegur and Skólavördustígur, as well as some great spots off the beaten path.

Harpa Concert Hall

While you’re in Reykjavík, make sure to find a schedule for the Harpa Concert Hall. It is one of Reykjavík’s most distinguished landmarks with stunning features and views of the mountains and ocean. Numerous concerts are held here from all musical genres, although visitors are often thrilled to simply experience the concert regardless of the type of music playing.

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Have you been in Reykjavik? Did you go to museum, swimming, shopping? Please share with us in the comments.