Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city of Iceland. It is the centre of culture and the life of the people in Iceland and it is also the most famous tourist destinations of island. The city was established in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades, as it transforming it into one of the richest, cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. Today the city boasts natural attractions, outdoor activities, adventure sports, sprawling suburbs, eclectic and colourful houses, green spaces, vibrant museums and stunning galleries, shopping opportunities, fine dining, cultural institutions and a rich lifestyle. One of the best ways to make the most of this beautiful city is to indulge in some of the best tours in Reykjavik which include some of the most stunning sights and natural attractions like Gullfoss Waterfall, Videy Island, Blue Lagoon and Nautholsvik Thermal Beach. The city is home to a plethora of green spaces, parks and gardens including Reykjavík Botanical Gardens, Klambratún Park, Öskjuhlíð Hill and Viðey island. Even though the city is home to a plethora of natural wonders, it also boasts some of the most beautiful modern infrastructural marvels like the Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavik City Hall, Reykjavik Seltjarnarneskirkja (Church) and Imagine Peace Tower. The city also offers some of the most stunning museums and galleries in the world which include National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum, National Museum of Iceland, Aurora Reykjavik: Northern Lights Center, Volcano House, The Culture House and the Reykjavík City Museum. The city is home to a vibrant performing art scene with theatres like the National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavík City Theatre and concerts taking place at the city centre. The city caters to the adventure enthusiasts by offering them a wide variety of outdoor activities to participate in, like whale watching, hiking, horse riding, trekking and catching a glimpse of the iconic northern lights. To experience the magical ambience created by this pristine winter wonderland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Things to do in Reykjavik in January
Interestingly named and interestingly made, the excellent settlement museum of Reykjavík 871 2 is one of the first things that you should when you are in Reykjavik. An interactive museum with touch screen displays, give you a complete info on the settlers who resided in the lands of Iceland centuries back. A great place to learn history indeed!
Go on a picnic to the small lake of the Tjörnin filled with Ducks and Swans. Although, compact in size Tjörnin is calm and peaceful. A popular pastime at Tjörnin is to feed the birds and indulge in bird watching. Welcome the winter with a warm visit to the Reykjavik Open Air Museum, locally referred to as the Árbæjarsafn. Located in one of the most refreshing places, Reykjavik Open Air Museum is a unique cultural museum housing some of the never-before-seen artifacts.
Walk past the historic ships and exhibits relating to the fishing industry at the Vikin Maritime Museum, hop on a boat and drift along the waters to the natural wonder of Viðey. The entire atmosphere is relaxing and is a great place for activities. Explore the humongous area of the contemporary and modern art museum of the Reykjavik Art Museum, and for more info on the Icelandic art collections visit the National Gallery of Iceland.
And for things to do in Reykjavik at night, you have ever magical northern lights to look at.
Things to do in Reykjavik in February
Gather at the Reykjavik's focal point square of Austurvöllur which looks charming and is a great place to have a steaming cup of coffee. Take a self-guided tour of what is considered as the literary Mecca of Gljúfrasteinn. The beautiful home set in a lovely location is just quiet and graceful.
Visit the quaintest and the incredibly charming church of Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík. The church looks as if, it is taken right off from a book and the sheer sight of Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík will stay in your heart for years to come. Walk along the gushing river of Elliðaár. Bring in your fishing bait and try catching a salmon from the waters. Elliðaár also comprises of hiking trails and bicycle paths. If Elliðaár doesn't suit your needs, then you should probably try visiting the lake of Elliðavatn. The grounds around Elliðavatn are a part of the natural reserve and makes for an ideal place to spread your blankets. Just be sure to check on the Reykjavik Iceland weather.
Get the real essence of Iceland by glancing through the exhibits in place at the Saga Museum. Complete with eerie-Silicon models and a gripping audiotrack, Saga Museum uncovers the past times of Iceland. It is definitely a wonderful ride into Icelandic history.
Things to do in Reykjavik in March
Witness the beauty of the architectural delight of the church of Hallgrímskirkja. Standing tall, Hallgrímskirkja is the highlight of the landscape and the tallest structure is a personification of Scandinavian simplicity. The tower in the Hallgrímskirkja offers surreal views of the city of Reykjavik.
Constructed in a completely unique way is the glass-domed restaurant of Perlan. A visit to Reykjavik is incomplete without dining at Perlan. The restaurants also offer gorgeous views and comprise of several shops that include Gourmet shop, Souvenir shop, and Christmas shop. Do plan your visit to Perlan, as soon as possible.
Enjoy a live concert at the architecturally splendid concert hall and conference center of the Harpa. Made out of colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland, Harpa is best visited during the nights, when it glows with light. Go on a trip to the popular tourist attraction of the Golden Circle, brimming with scenic views. Understand history by walking around the National Museum of Iceland, witness the iconic monument of The Sun Voyager up close and be sure to take a million photographs, and make a quick stop at the Icelandic Phallological Museum.
Things to do in Reykjavik in June
In Iceland with your family and kids, visit the science museum of Aurora Reykjavík. While the museum is compact in size, it certainly packs a punch. Connect with the enchanting nature on offer at the Reykjavik Botanical Garden. Totally pleasant and relaxing, Reykjavik Botanical Garden can be visited by everyone. Attend a mass ceremony at the Reykjavík Cathedral, and look around the historic house of the Höfði placed at the center of Reykjavik.
If you are an art lover gaze through the out-of-the-world exhibits at the Kjarvalsstaðir which comprises of some of the best works of the Icelandic artists. If Kjarvalsstaðir is not for you then you must probably head to the Einar Jónsson Museum which is a hidden gem in Reykjavik, complete with marvelous sculptures and a beautiful garden.
Things to do in Reykjavik in July
Feel as if you are underwater by immersing yourself to the sight of the huge whales hanging at the specialty museum of Whales of Iceland. All the exhibits inside Whales of Iceland look lifesize and take you back to the actual experience itself. Pay a visit to the cultural institution of Safnahúsið. Already a photographer or a budding one, then check ou the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. Comprising of more than 5 million photographs, Reykjavík Museum of Photography is a great place to visit. Also, interact with the farm animals at the zoo of Fjölskyldu- og Húsdýragarðurinn.
Things to do in Reykjavik in September
Take on a tour of Ölgerðin Brewery tasting beer. Totally different from the other breweries in the country and in the world, Ölgerðin Brewery is a fun place to visit. Take a walk around the Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, go on a hike to Thufa for a different perspective of Reykjavik. The distinct setting of the place and the wonderful views make it one of the tourist stops in Reykjavik. To let go of all the stress, unwind at the park of Hljómskálagarður.
Things to do in Reykjavik in December
With the preparation for the festivals of Christmas and New Year in full swing, Reykjavik looks stunning with all its lights and the best way to get the best of the city during the time of December is to go shopping as a family to the Christmas markets and sing along to the joyous season. In addition to that, some of the other things to do in Reykjavik in Winter include taking a dip in the geothermal spa of the Reykjavik Iceland blue lagoon, relaxing by the beach of Nauthólsvík, going on a visit to the Volcano House, catch the street performers at their best at the square of Lækjartorg, be enchanted by the sculpture museum of the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum, and go ice skating in the rink at Ingólfur Square.
Free things to do in a Reykjavik
While the things to do in Reykjavik Iceland is in itself list, here are some of the free things you can do in Reykjavik. Take romantic walk along Grotta, unleash your art side at Reykjavík Art Museum, feed the birds by the Lake Tjornin, get tanned under the shiny sun at Nauthólsvík, soak in the amazing views at Perlan, scan the landscape of Elliðaárdalur, and conquer Mount Esja for fascinating views of Reykjavik.
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Performance, Concert, Convention Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
2,Austurbakki, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Harpa Conference and Concert Center with its striking architecture, mainly dominated by a distinctive colored glass façade is one of the most important buildings in the city. The structure of this city attraction draws inspiration from the shape of the basalt landscape of Iceland. It is a beautiful place to be even inside, especially during daylight. The sun’s rays create delightful patterns combined with the distinct colored glass. Many free concerts happen here.
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Museum, Family And Kids
Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Perched next to the old harbor of Reykjavik, the Vikin Maritime Museum displays seven kinds of exhibitions. Each of these exhibitions throws light upon Icelandic maritime history, as long ago as the 20th century. The Coast Guard and rescue vessel is the highlight of the museum. You will be enlightened on a lot of stuff here including the local fishing industry. Lots of pictures and on-field tour is what you can look forward to at this museum.
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Hiking Trail, Hot Spring, Family And Kids
Reykjadalur Hot Spring Trailhead, Reykjadalur, Iceland
This is where you will find Reykjavikers of all ages up to something fun, soothing and ultra-relaxing. Two things that are a must while in Reykjavik are hiking and its thermal springs. The Reykjadalur is a hike, that has the temperature if the water increasing as the height of your ascend increases. It is one of the most exhilarating natural wonders that you will come across in the city of Reykjavik.
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History Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Aðalstræti 16, Aðalstræti, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
Created by the Reykjavik City Museum, the Reykjavik 871 2 Settlement Museum throws light on the settlement of the city. After a detailed excavation on the first few houses of the city, this museum was set up. It especially is of great importance for giving information about a city hall that dates back to c. 930–1000. There are some interesting interactive exhibits too that you can enjoy. A place that history lovers are ought to love!
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Bridge, Family And Kids
Bridge America - Europe Miðlína, Nesvegur, Iceland
As the name suggests this is one of the most iconic attractions of Reykjavik. You can actually see the rift in the sea from here, needless to say a great and pretty iconic spot for photos. What makes it even more thrilling, is the fact that you can cross two continents simply walking on this bridge. America to Europe just by a bridge, in a matter of a few seconds! One of the best things do in Reykjavik with kids.
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Water Park, Family And Kids, Swimming Pool
Lækjarhlíð, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
06:30 am - 09:30 pm
Lágafellslaug or the Lagafellslaug In Mosfellsbaer, is the favorite spot of locals who like to engage in a little physical activity. Essentially a pool area, this city attraction has something for everyone. It was created to aid the favorite pastime of Icelander to soak and swim. It is especially fun during the snow. Sipping on some delicious coffee at the inhosue café can be one experience in this city, you will cherish forever.
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Light House, Family And Kids
Grótta Island Lighthouse, Iceland, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
Bestowing you with some of the most mesmeric views of the city, the Grotta Lighthouse is a must on every list of things to do in Reykjavik. Just make sure to determine the opening timings of this city attraction, as it depends on what season you are visiting. A very interesting reason behind this is that several migratory birds nest around the lighthouse during various seasons. All in all, a beautiful walk in the midst of nowhere.
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History Museum, Family And Kids
Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
If you have ever fanaticized playing dress up, then a visit to the Saga Museum is a must! Accommodating some of the most eclectically wardrobes, this city attraction is full of various styles if clothing forma cross the world and over the centuries. There is an audio guide informing you one every collectible housed inside along with the early settlements in the city. History lovers will especially love this place while others can enjoy dressing up.
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Family And Kids, Specialty Museum, Sculpture
Eiríksgata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Whether you are an art lover or not, the sculptures at the Einar Jonsson Museum are sure to interest you. With some items of the collection dating back to the 18th century, like “the wave of the ages”, this museum is a sheer delight. Along with this, there is a beautiful garden outside that is highly pleasant. Visit in the morning or evenings for one of the most leisurely experiences in Reykjavik.
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Family And Kids, Lake
Tjörnin 101 Reykjavík Iceland
One of the most prominent lakes of Reykjavik, the Tjornin is this small, quaint lake. It is situated next to one of the most important attraction of Reykjavik Reykjavik City Hall along with some other important city museums. Apart from swimming and soaking, the pastime of the locals here also includes feeding birds at the lake. The entire panorama of a tranquil lake, fringed by cute houses and a ton of birds is certainly of best views in the city.
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Family And Kids, Exhibition
Fiskislóð 23-25, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Created with the intention to educate visitors about the “fragile and fascinating world of whales and dolphins”, the Whales of Iceland is a must on every list of things to do in Reykjavik. A rather interesting display and exhibit, this attraction is full of models and blueprints of aquatic lives. Even if you don’t have ineptest in whales, you are ought to develop one, after a visit to this city attraction.
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Family And Kids, Neighborhoods
Engjavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
There is no better way to spend an afternoon in Reykjavik than by heading out to a picnic at the Laugardalur Park. Again, one of the best things to do in Reykjavik with kids, this park can be leisurely explored before enjoying a fun picnic. You will also find some fact of history beckoning from a few corners here and there in the park. To make things even more better there is a small zoo in side that can be enjoyed too.
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Historical Site, Family And Kids
Fjörutún, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Höfði or the Hofdi House is nestled beautifully in the northern part of Reykjavik. It was built in the year 1909 for the French consul Jean-Paul Brillouin. Several influential people have lived here, along with several crucial meetings that have taken place here. A fabulous place for photography enthusiasts. Its central location makes it’s a good place to visit at any time of the day. Adjoining areas are great to walk around, when the weather is pleasant.
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Family And Kids, Tower
A memorial to the English singer and songwriter, John Lennon from his widow, the Imagine Peace Tower is pretty heart-warming. This is an ideal place to visit at night when a white stone projects light as if a tower of light. The stone is engraved with the words from Lennon’s song Imagine. This is a very simplistic, elegant attraction that is best visited after the sunset. Built on the island of Videym, the attraction has nothing more tit but the feeling that it arouses is certainly unexplainable.
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Cemetery, Family And Kids
Suðurgata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the prettiest cemeteries you will ever come across the Hólavallagarður is located on the western side of the city. Sprawling across an area of three acres, the cemetery was constructed in the early years of the 18th century. Thus, it is also one of the oldest cemeteries in Iceland. This attraction is home to greaves of some French sailors among many more. Some intriguing tombstones here, are a sight to watch and certainly a must read.