Welcome to Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is the heart of Iceland’s cultural, economic and governmental activity. Reykjavik is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. Even if you are coming in summer don’t forget to bring waterproof layers and warm shoes, it’s chilly in Iceland even in summer.
WHERE IS REYKJAVIK ?
Reykjavík is located in southwest Iceland. The Reykjavík area coastline is characterized by peninsulas, coves, straits, and islands. The city of Reykjavík is mostly located on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula.
WHAT TO SEE IN REYKJAVIK ?
NORTHERN LIGHTS They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south. The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. If you went to Reykjavik in winter take a Northern Lights Iceland tour, it is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik.
The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland. The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
Visit Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, experience one of Iceland’s natural wonders, surrounded by snowy mountains and otherworldly lava fields.
Classic Ice Cave, deep inside the glacier cave, you’ll admire fjords and waterfalls while listening to commentary rich with geological information.
DO YOU LIKE ART ?
There is plenty to visit in Reykjavik if you like art.
Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur) -The exhibitions are located across three different buildings, where you’ll have a chance to admire sculptures, paintings, and installations.
Arctic Photo-A beautiful gallery that has on exhibit some of the most beautiful raw landscapes of Iceland.
Arbaer Open Air Museum-If you are looking to learn more about history, this is the place.
Natural History Museum of Kopavogur- This great museum specializes in geology and zoology.
Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum-If you are interested in the life and work of Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness, visit his home.
WHERE TO EAT IN REYKJAVIK ?
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur- This place is an icon of sorts, boasting visits from Bill Clinton and Charlie Sheen among others.
Te & Kaffi- It’s essentially the Starbucks of Iceland .
Cafe Rosenberg this is a must-visit. Great food, and live music.
Try some traditional, legit Icelandic food in Cafe Loki.
Seafood is a huge staple in Iceland, the really great seafood is in Fiskmarkadurinn.
DO YOU LIKE SHOPPING ?
Reykjavik has a lot to offer. Many of Iceland’s coolest shops and bars call one major street in Reykjavik home—Laugavegur, which means “Wash Road. For example, you can shop in: Kringlan, Smaralind Shopping Centre, Litla Jolabudin Christmasreykjav.
DO YOU LIKE NIGHT OUTS ?
In recent years, Reykjavík has become known for its nightlife. All the bars in Reykjavík are located in and around the main shopping street; Laugavegur.
In most places you need to be over 20 years old to gain entry. Thursday nights (and Sunday nights) have become known as ‘little Saturdays’.
Downtown Reykjavík area is divided into two sections by the locals when it comes to the nightlife, above Lækjargata and below Lækjargata.) Above Lækjargata you can choose between various bars and clubs, for example: Kex Hostel, Dillon, Boston, Vegamót, Ölstofa Kormáks og Skjaldar, Kaffibarinn, Rósenberg, Club Kiki, Bunk Bar.. Below Lækjargata you can choose between these ones for example: Hressó, Húrra, Austur, The English Pub, Glaumbar, Gaukurinn or Slippbarinn.
In the end, Reykjavík is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places, it is a special place, and it is worth visiting.