What to do in Reykjavik

Magazine What to do in Reykjavik

There’s no city quite like Reykjavik. We may not be as big as some cities, and our buildings may not be as tall, but we’ve got character like no other. If you’re wondering what to do during your visit here, read on.

Reykjavik is home to many fine museums, which cater to all different kinds of interests. The National Museum is a must-see for history buffs, as is the Settlement Exhibition. Literature enthusiasts can see priceless medieval manuscripts on display at the Culture House. The Reykjavik Art Museum is split into three different locations, each with a different specialty. If nautical interests are more your style, the Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about Iceland’s seafaring heritage.

Speaking of the sea, whale watching tours are a popular tourist activity. Nothing compares to seeing these gentle giants up close. Ticket booths can be found by the harbor, just steps away from our Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina.

While you’re in town, be sure to make time to sample some traditional Icelandic cuisine. Downtown Reykjavik boasts countless excellent restaurants, ranging from fine dining to family-friendly fare. Of course, if you’re in need of more familiar comfort food, plenty of restaurants offer international cuisines, too.

Downtown is also a wonderful place to stroll around and get a feel for the city. Have a drink at a sidewalk café  (unless it’s snowing!), browse the work of local artists and designers, or pick up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Notable landmarks include Reykjavik City Hall, Hallgrimskirkja (the largest church in Iceland), Harpa (a state-of-the-art concert hall), and of course, the pond!

If you’re in search of culture, Reykjavik supports a thriving arts and music scene. Some cafés and bars offer live music in the evening, and it’s rare to find a day when there isn’t a small concert or art show taking place. To find out what’s on, keep an eye out for a copy of the Reykjavik Grapevine. This free English magazine can be found in many bookstores, tourist shops, and cafés, and includes local event listings. Reykjavik hosts many cultural festivals throughout the year as well.

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