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Reykjavik Attractions

When planning a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice, steamy hot springs, tumbling waterfalls, and aqua glaciers come to mind, but the capital city of Reykjavik is home to its own enchanting destinations. In addition to its cultural attractions and mouthwatering eateries, the Icelandic metropolis is recognized as one of the safest, cleanest, and greenest cities in the world. Whether you've come to marvel at the furtive puffins in Faxaflói Bay or visit the nation's oldest microbrewery, Reykjavik delivers. Named for the "smoky cove" that early settlers discovered upon setting foot on Reykjavik's shores, this beautiful international city offers something for every type of traveler.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Reykjavik

Faxaflói Bay dazzles with an array of whale-watching, sea-angling, and bird-watching opportunities, so it's no wonder that Iceland's cultural capital is positioned steps from the bay’s sparkling waves. Areas like the Old Harbor and Grandi Harbor Area beckon with the city's hippest museums, concert halls, and Nordic bistros, while Laugardalur offers sprawling green spaces and a slower pace of life.

Old Harbor

An enclave in the Miðborg region, Old Harbor is the destination for Iceland's trendiest travelers. A former fishing zone, this seaside district is dotted with sculptures like the Sun Voyager statue and cafes offering vinegary fish-and-chips and energizing dark-roast coffee. Hotspots include the progressive art center at Hafnarhús and countless places to grab a bite or savor a brew.

Grandi Harbor Area

Yoga studios, a Northern Lights exhibit, and a whale museum dot the lanes beside bait huts and dry docks in the Grandi Harbor Area, an up-and-coming commercial enclave. Amid the hubbub of the waterfront, the Reykjavik Maritime Museum depicts the lineage of Icelandic fishing and the Saga Museum recreates events from Nordic history with wax figures.


East of Miðborg, Laugardalur is home to Iceland's national soccer stadium and a series of family-oriented parks. Kids love the Húsdýragarðurinn petting zoo, while adults delight in the Reykjavik Art Museum's Ásmundarsafn sculpture park, which showcases works by Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Things to See in Reykjavík

Beyond gazing at the ink-blue waters of Faxaflói Bay, there are a bevy of things to see in Reykjavik. If you want to take in a concert, head to the Harpa Concert Hall, where regional and mainstream acts take stage inside a modern edifice near the Old Harbor. For a more intimate affair, Café Rosenberg hosts local artists several nights a week. In addition to live music, miraculous landmarks like the Hallgrímskirkja cathedral and venerated institutions like the National Gallery of Iceland illustrate the rich history of the region.

Sightseeing in Reykjavik

Icelanders have a saying they use when they want to motivate each other: "On with the butter!" Use this phrase when it's time to tackle the wealth of things to do in and around Reykjavik and you're sure to go far. Begin by acclimating yourself to the city during a guided city bike tour that ushers you to sightseeing spots like the Alþingishúsið parliament building and tranquil Tjörnin lake. Then, pamper yourself with admission to the Blue Lagoon, where healing turquoise pools offer a bit of respite from urban life. Likewise, you can elect to behold the natural wonders of Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall during a tour of the Golden Circle. Finally, for those who satisfy their inner-daredevil, whitewater rafting on the Gullfoss Canyon or a midnight sunset ATV adventure can be arranged.

Things to Do in Reykjavik with Kids

Reykjavik is a terrific destination for a family escape. Take the kids along and enjoy these fun family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Reykjavik

An escape to Reykjavik need not blow your budget. You can leave your wallet at home if you go to:

Natural History Museum of Kopavogur - Bring the entire family and go on an adventure through history with each other.

Solfar - This is a must-visit for culture vultures looking to add an artistic touch to their escape.

Siggubær - Come to understand some of the interesting history of the region through this site.

Tjornin - Simply being beside the water is certain to leave you feeling refreshed and calm.

Reykjavik City Library - Arrange a visit and discover the importance of this place to the community.

Domkirkjan - Do a bit of quiet reflection and learn a few things about this site's religious significance.

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach - Skip rocks across the water's surface, watch the sun come up or just savor the views from the shore.

Seltjarnarnes Peninsula Jogging Path - Bring your camera and let nature spark a sense of wonder in you.

Hellisgerdi Park - If you're into nurturing your garden, this place will satisfy your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Reykjavik


Laugardalur is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool or Reykjavik Park and Zoo.

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The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Vesturbær. A stop by Reykjavik Harbour or Landakotskirkja might round out your trip.

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While visiting Hlíðar, you might make a stop by sights like Laugavegur and Hofdi House.


While there might not be top attractions in Háaleiti, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Laugavegur and Perlan.


If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Breidholt and surrounding area, you can visit Arbaejarsafn and Reykjavik City Museum.


Though Grafarvogur might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Reykjavik City Museum and Laugavegur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Reykjavik on a sunny day?

What to do in Reykjavik on a rainy day?

Take advantage of a wet day by trying an indoor activity, like a Golden Circle and South Coast - 2 day tour or a Perlan - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra the Northern Lights Show.

What is Reykjavik famous for?

Hallgrimskirkja is an icon of Reykjavik, so be sure to give yourself enough time to visit.

What should I not miss in Reykjavik?

Don't head home without crossing off the following list of wonderful sights:

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Reykjavik City Hall
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • Perlan

What can you do in Reykjavik for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your backpack with so many free things to do:

  • Hallgrimskirkja
  • Reykjavik Harbour
  • Laugavegur
  • Old Harbour