Best Things to Do and See in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is found on Iceland’s West Coast, the capital of Iceland and still its largest city. The city and its environs are exciting and fun for all age groups with its bustling life, culture, and history. Reykjavik and the surrounding area has multiple things to do and a lot to offer, including visiting the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa, just 40 minutes outside of the city.

Here are some of the best things to do and see in Reykjavik:

Reykjavík harbor

A visit along the dockside shows dependence of Iceland on the Atlantic. It has fishing trawlers that are checked and prepared for the battle against the waves. Moreover, by visiting Reykjavik harbour, you will get the chance to enjoy the whale-watching tours, which its departure point is at the harbour.


Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church

A great way to see Reykjavik city is by climbing Hallgrimskirkja Church’s tower. that offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Iceland’s capital city. Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church is dedicated to Hallgrimur Petursson, a nationally renowned poet. This church is famous for its beautiful organs, art exhibitions and its unique exterior design.

Laugavegur Street

This street is lively and cool, with many popular cafes, stores, restaurants, hotels, and bars. Laugavegur Street is one of Reykjavik’s busiest streets; you can enjoy visiting there if you are on a tight budget and cannot spend a lot of money.


Go on a Helicopter tour

Helicopter tours are one of the popular excursions in Reykjavik. They may not be cheap, but the dramatic scenery and views are unsurpassed.


Hike the Laugavegur Trail

This hiking trail is known to be among the best hiking trails worldwide. Laugavegur trail takes you through hot springs, volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers. On this trek, you will enjoy all the most beautiful landscapes of Iceland. The terrain is challenging, whereby it will push your limits, but at the same time, it is also safe even for solo travellers. The trail is usually open between June and August because of the weather. To hike the trail from the starting point to the end takes anywhere from three to five days.

Perlan Museum

Visiting a museum is a great way to learn about the culture and history of Reykjavik. Iceland is mostly chilly, so museums provide great entertainment that will allow you to enjoy your day indoors and stay warm. Perlan museum is among Iceland’s best museums: it provides an underwater exhibit, a Reykjavik observation deck, interactive exhibits related to Iceland’s geographical components and a Northern Lights planetarium. Enjoy the Perlan museum with the whole family and learn about geothermal energy, earthquakes, tectonic, and volcanoes.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Reykjavik has a unique nightlife experience with venues of a mic of cafes, bars, and dance floors. The venues are a little laid back, but it will be equally fun. People in this city enjoy bar-crawling, moving from venue to venue, which allows you to experience new scenes and meet new people. Whether you go drinking or just club soda, you will have a good time while enjoying the nightlife.

Before you leave Reykjavik, ensure you try out a few cuisines. It is a good way to know a city. Prepare your palate for Icelandic rye bread, horse, lamb, langoustine, and lobster soup. Some of the best restaurants Reykjavik offers are Sjavargrillid, Grillmarkadurinn, Fiskmarkadurinn, Saegreifinn, and Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.


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