Things to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik: Land of Fire and Ice

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is said to be the cleanest, greenest and safest city in the world. Founded in 1786, it has grown from a trading village into a national center for commerce and governmental activities.


Things to do in Reykjavik



You can also go shopping at the Kringlan mall, with more than 150 stores. Iceland is famous for fur and other woolen winter clothing and blankets, as well as vodka, books, lava rock jewelry, dogma t-shirts, and much more.


Whale watching

Whale watching is another popular pastime and happens from March to October, or try some deep sea fishing.


The Blue Lagoon

One of the most popular things to do in Reykjavik, and a must for holiday goers, is a visit to The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a place with hot pools of thermal water and both inside and outside facilities to enjoy the healing mineral water spa.





Nightlife and Restaurants

Or if you like the nightlife, there are lots of pubs, bars, and restaurants that stay open very late. One of its famous restaurants is the Pearl, which actually rotates to show a 360 view of the city.



Plus there are plenty of museums to see such as the National Museum, the City Museum and the Saga Museum. Don’t forget to see the Hallgrimur Church, named after the famous poet Hallgrimur Petursson.


When to go to Reykjavik

Reykjavik’s climate is sub polar oceanic. The summers are cool with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees Celsius (50 ºF) and 20 degrees Celsius (59 ºF).  Spring is very sunny and between May and October you may get a chance to see the famous Northern Lights when it gets dark out. These are beautiful swirls of green, blue, red and other colors that swirl through the night skies.

The highest temperature in Reykjavík happened in 2008 and was 26.2 °C (79 °F), and the lowest ever was −24.5 °C (−12 °F) in 1918.


Things to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Facts

Population119 372
CurrencyIcelandic Krona
AirportReykjavik, Iceland (RKV)

Reykjavik average temperatures

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Reykjaviks Opera House


While Harpa technically is more of a concert hall than an opera house, it is still home of the national opera of Iceland and Iceland's symphony orchestra. Harpa is a modern concert hall, build in 2011 and is designed by the Danish architect firm Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The building comprise of a steel structure covered with geometrically shaped glass sheets in different colors and is truly a sight for sore eyes and a perfect photo opportunity for the traveler with photo as a passion. Harpa's location in the harbor means that a trip there is a perfect opportunity to take a walk out on the Ingólfsgardur pier, maybe with a loved one and an ice cream as company.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Reykjavik - Þingvellir National Park

Pronounced as Thingvellir and literally meaning “Parliament Plains”, the Icelandic national park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Þingvellir contains the remains of the Althing, a general assembly established in 930 that met every year until 1798. The duration of this body give value to the site as a reflection of medieval Norse culture. In addition, the site has great natural importance. The fact that the park is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the area has huge fissures and faults that show the tearing of the earth’s crust.

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Reykjavik - One of the worlds most inclusive places!

Reykjavik is often described as one of the friendliest places and most inclusive in the world, a title the city have proven to be more than deserving of. Every year this capital, that is the worlds most northern capital, host it’s own colorful LGBT Pride parade, a tradition that goes 17 years back in time, making it one of Europe’s oldest LGBT parades. The country of Iceland may be small, but there is nothing small about the way they think and act as they have some of the world’s most progressive laws and same-sex couples are granted equal rights with their heterosexual counterparts without limitation. In 2010, the Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who is not only a woman, but also openly gay, was one of the first to consummate the law when she married her long time girlfriend.

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Reykjavik Marathons

Reykjavik has three different marathons to offer. FM Spring Marathon, FM Autumn Marathon and Reykjavik Marathon. FM Spring Marathon and FM Autumn Marathon are both based on asphalt paths and take you through beautiful green parts of the city. They also have their own half-marathons as well. Reykjavik Marathon has a half-marathon too, and on top of that a 3K fun run, which works perfect for children. The course of the marathon is known to be unique, running along the seaside and Salmon River sections.

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Reykjavik ski vacations - Impressive views and beautiful nature

To get from Reykjavik to the ski resort Blåfjell is easy, it only takes 30 minutes with either car or bus. The resort opens as soon as the snow starts to fall and as long as the weather allows. There are offpist slopes for the experienced skier but also many alternatives for the beginner as well. Blåfjell is popular for its beautiful nature and the impressing views in the slopes. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Reykjavik!

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Golf in Reykjavik

Reykjavik has some of the world's most amazing nature surrounding it, and as such, it comes to no surprise that golfers love it here. The Reykjavik Golf Club has two 18 hole courses to offer: the Grafarholt course and the Korpa course, both brilliantly designed near the coast. On the other side of the city, a short ride outside, you will find Oddur Golf Club. Here you can play golf near the natural lava rocks, which help to create a beautiful contrast between the dark grey, the green fairways and the blue water. Don't miss these clubs when you go to Reykjavik!

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