Things to do in Reykjavik

Top Things To Do In Reykjavik

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Top Tourist Attractions in Reykjavik

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Best places to go and to do in Reykjavik

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.