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What to see in Reykjavik: top 20 attractions and things to do


Located on the southwest coast of Iceland and overlooking the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Reykjavik is one modern, colorful and lively city, surrounded by a Nordic landscape that evokes a fairytale atmosphere. Cultural and social center of the nation, the city has an artistic spirit that is always on the move: it is full of theaters, art galleries, green spaces and historical museums, it also offers its inhabitants the pleasure of diving into the warm waters of a fantastic swimming pool. geothermal.

The capital of Iceland is a young and full of life city, which offers the best of itself to those who let themselves be enveloped by its creative and fascinating spirit. So let's find out together what to see in Reykjavik, the best attractions and things to do!



Index

  1. Historic Centre
  2. Hallgrimur Church (Hallgrimskirkja)
  3. Harpa Concert Hall
  4. Tjörnin and the Old Town
  5. National Museum of Iceland
  6. Sólfar (Sun Voyager)
  7. Vikin Maritime Museum
  8. Whales of Iceland Museum
  9. Perlan, Museum of the Icelandic Saga
  10. Laugardalur district
  11. Icelandic Phallological Museum
  12. Nautholsvik geothermal spring
  13. Árbæjarsafn
  14. Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park and Silfra Fault
  15. Golden Circle: Haukadalur geothermal area
  16. Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall
  17. Kerid crater lake
  18. Blue Lagoon
  19. Fridheimar Farm
  20. Reykjadalur Valley
  21. Other attractions to visit
  22. 10 things to do in Reykjavik
  23. User questions and comments

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1 - Historic center

The center of Reykjavik is the demonstration of the liveliness and cosmopolitan spirit of this city: with a continuous succession of ancient and modern, museums, art galleries, cafes, shops, hotels meet at every corner.

The architecture is reminiscent of the Scandinavian style, but the scarcity of timber has favored the use of colored steel sheet. In the historic city center, archaeological excavations have brought to light the homes of ancient Viking settlers.

We recommend you to stroll and shop along the main streets of the center (Laekjargata, Austurstraeti, Laugavegur Street and Skólavörðustígur Street). They can be easily reached on foot from the Harpa in 15 min. The buses serving the area are lines 5, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. The center is relatively small and can be explored on foot - Get directions


Enjoy the events: In summer, in June, Juhannus is celebrated, or the substitution of summer, which coincides with the beginning of the midnight sun phenomenon. In winter, from mid-January to mid-February, Porrablot is celebrated, an ancient festival of Viking origins that sees dinners and shows

2 - Hallgrimur Church (Hallgrimskirkja)

With its 75m high facade visible from over 20km away, Hallgrimskirkja is the most impressive building in Reykjavik. Going up with the elevator to the top of its central tower, it offers a exceptional panorama over the whole city.

Inside, characterized by a sober and essential architecture, the 5.275-pipe organ appears in all its magnificence. The construction of the Hallgrimskirkja church lasted over 20 years and the monumental work was dedicated to the Lutheran pastor and poet Hallgrimur Pétursson, author of a famous Icelandic psalm book. The three bells of the bell tower represent him, his wife and daughter, who died at a young age.


Find out what inspired the church's design! The bizarre shape was inspired by the basalt columns of the Svartifoss waterfall, located in the south of the island. If you are doing an Icelandic "on the road", be sure to pop into this spectacular waterfall.

  • in Hallgrímstorg, in the center of Reykjavík. It can be easily reached on foot from the Harpa in 15 min; using public transport, you can take the bus (lines 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) - Get directions
  • Church every day 11: 00-14: 00 / Tower every day 11: 00-13: 45 / Times may vary based on celebrations and concerts
  • grati church / Tower ISK 1.000,00 (€ 6,40), reduced ISK 100,00 (€ 0,60)

3 - Harpa Concert Hall

Reykjavik's Harpa Concert Hall was designed by artist Oliafus Eliasson in 2011, this splendid glass auditorium reflected in the waters of the bay is visible from a considerable distance, especially at night, thanks to its colorful play of light. The building is the seat of the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera, and often hosts congresses, art exhibitions and obviously classical and contemporary music concerts.

Inside there are also two restaurants and some book and music shops. To be visited even only from the outside, to admire its spectacular design. It is possible to visit the building independently or by taking part in a guided tour.



Take a unique photo: the glass structure, especially at sunset or in the evening, offers incredible plays of light and reflections. Get creative with artistic photography!

  • in Asturbakki 2, on the Reykjavik bay. Easy to reach on foot from Hallgrimskirkja church in 15 min or from Sun Voyager in 7 min. Harpa reference bus stop (line 3) - Get directions
  • guided tours from May 15th to August every day 9:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30. From September to May 15 every day at 15pm, on weekends at 30am and 11pm
  • ISK 1.750,00 (€ 11,20)

4 - Tjörnin and the Old Town

The Old Town of Reykjavik offers visitors a succession of wonders. It is the subject of guided and organized tours, but it can also be discovered independently, among picturesque buildings and gardens.

The hub of the neighborhood, the Reykjavíkurtjörn, or the Tjörnin pond is a real lake in the city, where over 40 species of migratory birds float, perfect for running, cycling and, in winter, for ice skating. In the park surrounding the pond there is the beautiful postmodern town hall, which can be visited with free admission, the basalt building, seat of the Parliament, whose meetings are open to the public, and the Domkirkia cathedral.

Feed the ducks: the lake is populated by many ducks and has been nicely renamed by the locals as "the greatest bread soup in the world". If you are traveling with children, have them throw some bread in the pond :)


  • in the heart of the historic center of Reykjavik. Lake 950 m from Hallgrimskirkja, reachable on foot in just over 10 min. By public transport, reference stop Háskóli Íslands (lines 1 and 6) - Get directions
  • Tjörnin and Old Town always accessible / Town Hall Mon-Fri 8: 00-19: 00, Sat-Sun 12: 0018: 00 / Cathedral Mon-Fri 10: 00-17: 00
  • free

5 - National Museum of Iceland

Important local institution that allows you to discover Icelandic art in its 1200 years of history. The National Museum of Iceland was inaugurated in 1863; up to that time the Icelandic works of art, which today are kept inside, belonged to private Danish collections.

On the three floors of the modern building you can admire over 2.000 works of art which give visitors the opportunity to embark on a real journey to discover Icelandic history: from the times of colonization in the th century AD to today. You will be able to see objects and artifacts such as Viking horns, ritual masks, medieval stained glass, photographs and much more.

  • in Sudurgata 41, near Lake Tjörnin. 1,4 km from the Harpa, it can be reached on foot (18 min) via Lækjargata and Suðurgata; using the means, with buses n. 1, 3, 6, 12 and 14 (Háskóli Íslands stop) - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-17: 00, from 16 September to 30 closed Mon.
  • full 2.000,00 ISK (€ 12,80), reduced 1.000,00 (€ 6,40)

6 - Sólfar (Sun Voyager)

Simple but enigmatic, to the point that it has become Reykjavík's most famous sculpture. The Sólfar, also known as Sun Voyager, is one of the most immortalized places in Reykjavík, both for the structure itself and for the landscape that surrounds it. From here, on clear days, you can even glimpse the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Sólfar was designed in the 80s by Jón Gunnar Árnason, for commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the city. The artist's idea was to shape an elegant steel sculpture that resembled a Viking boat, thus paying homage to Icelandic history and its seafaring tradition. He wanted anyone who came to Reykjavík, seeing this massive metal ship, to imagine they were traveling on board.

It is located at Rekagrandi 14, 1,5 km from the city center. Accessible on foot (17 min) via Snorrabraut and Sculpture & Shore Walk, or by bus line 3, reference stop Sæbraut / Frakkastígur - Get directions

Visit it at sunset: One of the best moments to admire it and take a picture of it is definitely at sunset!

7 - Vikin Maritime Museum

In a country founded on fishing, it certainly could not be missing! Set up inside the buildings of the old Reykjavík Trawler Company icebox, near the old port, is the Vikin Maritime Museum, known simply as Reykjavík Maritime Museum. As mentioned, fishing has always been a source of wealth and wealth for Reykjavik and Iceland in general. Virtually all of Icelandic society has developed around this. The museum tells the story with videos, photographs and various objects.

The monographic section of the shark fishing exhibition is very interesting, which was hunted to produce oil. This oil represented a great resource for the country, it was even exported to Denmark, as it was used for lighting the streets of Copenhagen. A large space is dedicated to the fishing boats used for fishing and to the work of fishermen, as well as to the conservation of fish in the past, and most recently, the changes that occurred around 1900.

Don't miss out on the Oddin vessel: next to the museum you will find the Odinn Coast Guard Vessel, which took part in the Cod wars between Iceland and England in the second half of the 900th century. Tour every day at 13:00 pm, 14:00 pm and 15:00 pm, cost ISK 1,330,00 (€ 8,50).

  • in via Grandagadur, in the old port, 1,5 km from the city center. Accessible on foot (14 min via Skólavörðustígur and Tryggvagata) but also by bus (lines 1, 6, 11, 13), reference stop Lækjartorg - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-17: 00
  • full 1.740,00 ISK (€ 11,80), up to 17 years free

8 - Museum of Whales (Whales of Iceland)

A museum entirely dedicated to cetaceans. Great for families with children! An interactive exhibition set up in a space that recreates in an excellent way, and from all points of view, the underwater dimension: underwater ambient lighting and a black and yellow floor similar to a beach.

To admire, 23 life-size models of various whale species have inhabited or still inhabit Icelandic waters. All models are soft and fun to touch, for a truly interactive experience. A place to make children dream but also to educate them thanks to information stands, videos and information sheets that are simple but at the same time precise and in-depth.

Take advantage of free guided tours: the ticket allows you to freely visit the museum, but if you want to know scientific secrets and curiosities, take part in a free tour at 10:30 or 13:30!

  • in Fiskislóð 23, near the old port. A couple of kilometers from the center of Reykjavík, reachable in half an hour's walk via Route 41; alternatively, take bus n. 14, Grunnslóð stop - Get directions
  • every day 12: 00-17: 00
  • full 2.900,00 ISK (€ 18,60), reduced 1.500,00 ISK (€ 9,60)

9 - Perlan, Museum of the Icelandic Saga

2 km from the city center, easily accessible by public transport, it stands out Perlan's iridescent glass dome, which houses the fantastic Museum of the Icelandic Saga, made disturbing by the presence of fantastic silicone characters, and by a background of metallic screams and clangs. It represents one of the main points of reference for those who wish understand the origins and evolution of Iceland's main natural tourist attractions.

Do not miss the visit to the ice cave. Inside the museum complex, in fact, the shape, sounds and even the temperature of an ice cave have been recreated. The temperature can in fact reach -15 °! And if you fail to admire the suggestive phenomenon of the Northern Lights live, the Árora Planetarium will offer you an alternative with the audiovisual show which offers a magnificent popular show showing the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful views: the building that houses the Perlan has a splendid panoramic terrace that offers a 360 ° view over the whole city and its surroundings, not to be missed!

  • in Varmahlíð 1, on the outskirts of Reykjavík. 3 km from the Harpa, you can walk (40 min) via Eiríksgata or use the city bus line 18, reference stop Perlan - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-18: 00
  • full ice grotto ISK 3.990,00 (€ 25,70), reduced ISK 1.990,00 (€ 12,80) / Full day admission to all exhibitions ISK 4.490,00 (€ 28,90), reduced ISK 2.290,00 (€ 16,00)

10 - Laugardalur district

The Laugardalur Valley is within easy reach of central Reykjavik, and it once was the place of supply for hot water. Today, citizens and tourists alike spend their free time in this pleasant neighborhood to enjoy the Laugardalslaug thermal baths (fantastic heated swimming pools), the Grasagardur Botanical Garden, the Húsdýragarðurinn park and zoo, home to farm animals and Icelandic horses.

The area is a hub for outdoor activities, offering sports centers, hiking trails and an ice rink, but also a local market and some rather old rural buildings, space for concerts and fairs, and a sports hall. The ideal place for families with children where to spend a few hours of healthy relaxation and fun.

  • about 5 km from the city center, reachable by city buses 14, 15, 17, 19, S2. Reference Stop Langholtsvegur / Holtavegur - Get directions
  • neighborhood always accessible / swimming pool generally 8: 00-20: 00, depending on the system used
  • free neighborhood / pool from € 6,00, depending on the structure used

11 - Icelandic Phallological Museum

A unique museum that certainly leaves no one indifferent! Probably one of a kind. Opened in 1997, with over 200 stuffed penises and a wide range of phallic-shaped artwork, the Icelandic Penis Museum enjoys world fame.

The collection is divided into a main room and some smaller rooms, all accessible with the aid of a free audio guide in English. Stuffed penises of nearly all mammals found in Iceland are exhibited, accompanied by explanatory panels. In addition to native mammals, and others from abroad, the huge penises of 17 different species of whales and cetaceans from the Icelandic coasts stand out, as well as the reproductive systems of three humans that were donated to the museum after their death. A curious and certainly memorable experience!

  • in Laugavegur 116, in the center of Reykjavík. Accessible in 7 minutes on foot from Hallgrimskirkja church (850 m) via Bergþórugata and Snorrabraut. By public transport (bus 5, 55, 1), reference stop Hlemmur - Get directions
  • every day 11: 00-19: 00
  • full price 1.700,00 (€ 11,00), free for children under 13

12 - Nautholsvik geothermal spring

A short distance from the city center, the artificial beach of Nautholsvik overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and offers visitors the thrill of immerse yourself in the hot tub kept warm thanks to the geothermal spring.

In the summer months, the more daring can experience the thrill of a bath in the ocean waves, whose temperature is about 12 °. The Nordic climate does not prevent the beach from taking on a pleasant Mediterranean aspect.

It is located on the south coast, 3,5km south of the city center. Easily accessible by car via Route 49 (7 min) or by bus line 8 from Landspítalinn, near the hospital. Reference stop Nauthóll - HR - Get directions

13 - Árbæjarsafn

An open-air museum set up like a typical Icelandic village of the th and th centuries, where you can experience that traditional atmosphere thanks to the faithful reproduction of Icelandic houses, farms, workshops and even churches of those years.

Inside the various buildings are exhibited ancient objects of all kinds, illustrated through information panels that help to understand the lifestyle of the Icelanders of that historical era in everyday life. Ideal for a trip out of town. It will delight the little ones but it will also be a way to fully understand Icelandic culture.

  • in Kistuhylur 4, on the outskirts of Reykjavík. Accessible by bus (No. 5, 6 and 18), reference stop Rofabær / Hraunbær - Get directions
  • from September to May every day 13: 00-17: 00, from June to August every day 10: 00-17: 00
  • full 1.740,00 ISK (€ 11,80), up to 17 years free

14 - Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park and Silfra Fault

Thingvellir National Park is located just over 40km from Reykjavik and is the first stop on the Golden Circle, a circular itinerary that includes some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country.

Thingvellir is the most important site for national history and culture, where the Althing, the oldest parliament in the world was founded, while as regards the naturalistic aspect, its peculiarity is that of host the rift between the continental faults of Europe and America, the Faglia di Silfra, a cult place for diving enthusiasts.

National heritage of UNESCO, this park is much appreciated by tourists for the pristine beauty of the places, the silence that reigns supreme and the total absence of light pollution, which makes it one of the ideal places to spot the famous Northern Lights. Among the activities and services offered, we mention camping, diving, walking and horseback riding, refuge with bar and bookshop and a multimedia exhibition.

Start the tour in the Golden Circle from here: you can rent a vehicle and build a free itinerary, starting from the Park and defining various stops and detours. Alternatively, choose a tour from Reykjavik with transportation included

  • southwestern part of the island, 50 km from Reykjavík. Accessible by car via Þingvallavegur (45 min) or by organized tour to the Faglia di Silfra - Get directions
  • Always accessible Thingvellir National Park / Silfra Fault from March to November 9: 00-17: 00, from June to August 9: 00-19: 00
  • Free Thingvellir National Park / Silfra Fault Snorkeling from € 80,00

15 - Golden Circle: Haukadalur geothermal area

The second stop of the Golden Circle is the geothermal area of ​​Haukadalur, which is home to Geysir, Iceland's most famous geyser. It is the oldest European geyser but unfortunately it rarely erupts. The nearby Strokkur is much more active, offering jets of water that can exceed 10 m every 40 minutes!

In an almost lunar landscape, made up of volcanic rocks, mountains and ice, the pools of hot water they are transformed in a few moments into a very high column of steam, immediately dispersed by the wind: the eruption of a geyser is one of the most evocative elements of primordial nature.

Accessible by car via Þingvallavegur (106 km, 1 h 25 min) or with an organized tour from Reykjavík, transport included. It is a 50 min drive from Thingvellir - Get Directions

Second stage of the Golden Circle: the area is about 50 min drive from Thingvellir National Park, therefore it is recommended to visit them on the same day. Car parks are available near the Geysers

16 - Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall

Third and last stop of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss Waterfall, located 10 min drive from the Geothermal Area of ​​the Geysers. It is located inside a deep and ancient valley and its two jumps reach a total height of 32 m, a real spectacle of nature! Once you reach the area, you can leave your car in the parking lot and take the Sigríður-Pfad, the path from which to admire the wonderful waterfall and where there is also the panoramic terrace.

In winter the area is full of snow while in summer the waterfall is at its maximum flow, with an average of 140 cubic m of water per second, really a lot! The water comes from the Langjökull glacier, which obviously melts in summer with the highest temperatures. The same glacier also feeds the springs in Thingvellir and the geothermal area of ​​Geysir. The area is also famous for the beautiful rainbows that form between the water jumps, thanks to a play of light and reflections.

It is located along road 35, 116 km from Reykjavik, reachable via Þingvallavegur (1 h 40 min) and 10 km from the Geyser area (10 min). On-site Gullfoss Car Park Parking - Get Directions

Third stage of the Golden Circle: you can visit the waterfall together with the other two stages in a single day (6-8 hour tour), or build an "on the road" extended over several days, inserting deviations

17 - Kerid crater lake

The Golden Circle consists of the three natural attractions we have just seen, but you can do them along the way several detours to discover other natural beauties of the area! One of these is the Kerid crater lake, just under 70km from Reykjavik and often included in comfortable combined tours that include the other stops of the Golden Circle.

This crater is absolutely a must see, even if you travel independently. Think that it dates back to 6.500 years ago and today the center houses a lake by the blue waters. In winter the place is covered by snow, but in summer it shows the red and orange color of the ground to those who visit it, in strong contrast with the lake water. However, the crater is located on private land, so even if it is always accessible, you will be required to pay for a ticket, with a very low price compared to its beauty.

Obligatory detour! The crater is located along Route 35, 15 km from the town of Selfoss. You can visit it after the Thingvellir National Park, or after the Gullfoss waterfall, on the way back home

  • along route 35, accessible by car from Reykjavik (68 km, 55 min) or with an organized tour with the Golden Circle. It is also 40km from Thingvellir National Park (35 min) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • one-time 400,00 ISK (€ 2,60)

18 - Blue Lagoon

Another unique beauty, where many stop after completing the tour of the Golden Circle, but also ideal to spend a whole afternoon there, is the Blue Lagoon, just over half an hour by car from the city (about 40 km) . This place owes its name to the singular blue color of the water, due to the presence of a particular microorganism capable of reflecting light.

Immerse yourself in these heavenly waters, between rocks and clouds of smoke, it is an experience not to be missed: the air is freezing, but the water, with one temperature of 38/40 degrees offers incomparable pleasure. The lagoon includes a modern spa and sophisticated.

Book admission: Especially in the high season, you could stand in line for hours and even be out! The least crowded times are early morning and evening, but the best option is to book a Golden Circle + Blue Lagoon priority combo tour in advance

  • in Nordurljosavegur 9, Grindavík, 40 km from Reykjiavik. Accessible by car via Road 41 (40 min) or by bus line 55 to Grindavíkurafleggjari, then taxi for 10 min, but the best solution is the return transfer - Get directions
  • from 8:00, closing time based on the months and days. Closed between 17:00 and 24:00, consult the official website
  • based on the package chosen and optional treatments, from 6.990,00 ISK (€ 44,80)

19 - Fridheimar Farm

The Blue Lagoon and the Kerid Crater are the most famous "detours" to do during the visit of the Golden Circle, whose complete tour generally lasts 6 hours, thus giving time to insert other small stops. A stage that we really recommend you to do, above all if you are traveling with the little ones, it's the one at the Fridheimar Farm!

Not only cucumbers and tomatoes are grown on this farm, but Icelandic horses are also bred! Here you can stop for lunch in the restaurant attached to the greenhouse, where more than 10.000 plants are grown, attend a horse show or take a tour of the farm, depending on the time available! For these last two activities, reservations are required on the official website.

Take a detour for lunch: has a restaurant offering local specialties at km 0. If you take a self-guided tour, visit it after the Kerid crater, which is 20 min. After lunch you can reach the Gullfoss waterfalls 25 minutes away.

  • in Friðheimar, in Reykholt, 95 km from Reykjiavik. Accessible by car via Þjóðvegur 1 and Biskupstungnabraut (1 h 20 min). Halfway between Kerid Crater (27km) and Gullfoss Waterfalls (28km) - Get Directions
  • Restaurant 12: 00-16: 00 / Activities varying hours, booking request, consult the official website
  • different activities, see the official website

20 - Reykjadalur Valley

Finally, a final stage returning from the tour of the Golden Circle, or even a simple half-day excursion from Reykjavik, given the short distance, could be the Reykjadalur Valley. It is a wonderful area, where the Hot Springs are located, thermal springs in which to swim and admire unique landscapes.

In this area is the small town of Hveragerdi, which stands right on a lava field of about 5.000 years. Furthermore, they leave from here many paths to explore the area and to get to the different natural pools, connected to each other by rivers with hot water where you can swim. A great place to relax after a day of sightseeing! Also worth a little visit is the Geothermal park Hverasvæðið, where there are several geysers, smaller than Geysir and Strokkur, but still wonderful!

  • along Route 1, 46km from Reykjavik. Accessible by car via Þjóðvegur 1 (40 min). Distance from Kerid 24 km (20 min by car) and from Thingvellir 57 km (50 min) - Get directions
  • Reykjadalur Valley always accessible / Geothermal park Hverasvæðið every day 9: 00-17: = 0
  • Reykjadalur Valley free / Geothermal park Hverasvæðið 400,00 ISK (€ 2,60)

Other attractions to visit

We start from Domkirkjan, la Lutheran Cathedral of Reykjavik, which stands out for the contrast between the white facade and the greenish roofs. Between museums we mention the National Gallery of Iceland, which houses over 11 thousand works, including paintings by Picasso and Munch (€ 12,80), and the Viking Saga Museum, which traces the history of the Icelandic people.

Visit the Hofdi House, the building that hosted the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986. Get excited with the lights of the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial that Yoko Ono dedicated to John Lennon. If you have children in tow, visit the Viking Village of Fjörukráin (10 min from Reykjavik).

Around, reach the bridge between two continents (which crosses the earth fault that divides Europe and North America), visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula with its rock formations, impressive waterfalls and the Kirkjufell mountain or the Katla ice cave. Finally evaluateother deviations of the Golden Circle, such as the Geothermal Baths Fountain, the town of i Skálholt, the lagoon in Flúdir, the Langjökull gravel (perfect for snowmobiling) and the Hvítá River (for rafting sessions).

10 things to do in Reykjavik

  1. Hunting for the Northern Lights: if you visit the city at the right time, do not miss the opportunity to admire the wonderful Northern Lights, with special tours departing from the capital, info and costs here. For the cruises info and costs here
  2. Birdwatching: Spotting puffins is a must on a trip to Iceland! Of course, there are specialized cruises departing from the city! Info and costs here
  3. Whale watching: not only puffins, from the Icelandic capital you can set sail in search of whales, a truly unique experience! Info and costs here
  4. Discover street art: the historic center, in addition to its truly instagrammable colorful houses, has numerous large murals scattered here and there. Enjoy a walk in the historic center to discover them all
  5. Stroll to the flea market: near the port there is the Kolaportið, the flea market. Here you can find handicrafts and also buy the famous Lopapeysa, traditional handmade sweaters
  6. Watch the sunset from the port: Reykjavik Harbor, on clear days, is a great place to watch the sunset as the sun sets on the horizon
  7. Have a coffee from Café Babalú: one of the most famous and instagrammable clubs in the whole capital! Frequented by both locals and tourists, it serves excellent coffees, hot chocolates and cakes, but also soups and dishes for the lunch break, not to be missed
  8. Discover the lava fields: in France you can walk among the lavender fields, in Iceland you can instead discover the lava fields! One of the best experiences is doing it on horseback. Info and costs here
  9. Experience South IcelandIf you are short on time, we recommend that you explore the most beautiful points of southern Iceland, a succession of wonders, with a tour starting from Reykjavik, including transport. Info and costs here
  10. Reach Snæfellsnes: one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Iceland, with unique landscapes, north of Reykjavik. From the Icelandic capital depart every day several tours that will take you to discover its beauties. Info and costs

Plan your stay in Reykjavik: flights and hotels

The easiest way to get to Reykjavík from Italy is to take a flight to Keflavík International Airport (compare flights), 48 km west of the capital and well connected by private transfers.

Reykjavik is enjoyable in any season. In winter, you can go hunting for the Northern Lights. In summer, you can enjoy the midnight sun and enjoy natural attractions with a better climate (but the prices go up!).

If you are planning to explore the whole country, rent a car, to enjoy maximum freedom. Within the city, use public transport or travel by bike. Reykjavík offers many accommodation options, but it certainly cannot be considered an economic destination for accommodation (compare the accommodations on booking).

If you are traveling as a family, Reykjavik and its surroundings will certainly not bore the little ones, who will have a lot of fun both at the whale museum and at the Árbæjarsafn.

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