Things to do in Reykjavik

Let’s just make this clear – your things-to-do list in Reykjavik is going to be massive. This tiny capital city is filled with so much awesome in regards to culture, arts and activities. Downtown is simply bursting at the seams with cultural institutions. It’s no surprise really that so many talented performers and artists from Iceland have exploded on to the international scene – Björk, Sigur Rós and Emilíana Torrini just for starters. Reykjavik is also a UNESCO city of literature. Here you can discover the works of many talented authors and poets.

Reykjavik’s art and cultural scene though can only be matched by the incredible natural surrounds. You can tour around the ancient volcanoes or dive into the waters of the Silfra. There are countless wonders with beautiful parks and gardens in the city limits and plenty of lovely places to take a day trip too. The wilderness here is pretty spectacular, even more so when explored by bike, horse, motorbike or even segway.

The city is also home to many great attractions and historical landmarks. Some must see famous landmarks include Hallgrímskirkja and the Pearl, as well as the historically significant Höfdi house.

And no trip to Iceland would be complete without a dip in a thermal pool or spa. There are so many places to go, but our pick would have to be the amazing Blue Lagoon. You’ll find its number 1 of our top 5 things to do, read on to see the rest.

Blue Lagoon

Holy giant pool of awesome! This enormous outdoor spa is so incredible you can even take a 40-minute tour to learn the fascinating story of the lagoon…. That’s if you can drag yourself out of its relaxing geothermal waters.

Imagine Peace Tower

This thing kind of looks like a giant light-saber shooting up into the sky but it’s actually quite the opposite. Created by musician, artist and peace advocate, Yoko Ono, the incredible Imagine Peace Tower is a symbol of world peace.

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

No trip to Iceland would be complete without a trip to the solfatara fields of Krýsuvík. Here you’ll find boiling hot springs and steaming volcanic vents framed by a dramatic landscape of colourful hillsides.

Viðey Island

Want to see ancient ruins, learn about a rich history and see impressive art? Head to Viðey Island!

Hofsstadir Historic Park and Viking Longhouse

Like to get a little taste of Icelandic history? This historic park will show you an Iceland that time forgot.