Look at Art
There are many great art museums and galleries to be found in Reykjavik featuring contemporary artists from Iceland and abroad, as well as museums devoted to Icelandic art historical figures.
Learn About History
Reykjavik has great settlement exhibitions and museums devoted to the fascinating history of the island.
Watch the Sunset
There are many great places from which to view the long display of sunset, including parks or by the ocean in Reykjavik. The midnight sunsets can be especially stunning.
Stroll Through Hólavallagarður
Listed as one of Europe’s loveliest cemeteries, it includes the gravesites of many famous Icelandic poets and politicians.
Be Inspired by Icelandic Literature
Stop by a bookstore and pick up a classic Icelandic novel, such as one by Iceland’s only Nobel Peace Prize winner, Halldor Laxness.
Be Inspired by Icelandic Music
Stop by one of many record stores downtown and let the helpful staff assist you in finding something unique.
Relax in a Hot Tub
Reykjavik’s many public geothermal swimming pools all have hot tubs of varying temperatures; a great way to relax during your visit.
Jog/Cycle/Walk Along the Shore
The shoreline around Reykjavik’s coast is lined with a fantastic paved path with gorgeous views of mountains, distant glaciers on a clear day, and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Shop for Vintage Clothes
Reykjavik is a vintage enthusiast’s dream, with many second-hand stores as well as boutique design stores.
Try a Local Beer
Reykjavik has great bars for trying a span of local beer varieties. Try Microbar, Skúli Craft Bar, or Mikkeller & Friends.
Go to a Yoga Class or Try Pop-Up Yoga
Relax and stretch in one of the many yoga studios in Reykjavik, or try a Pop-Up Yoga class in the open air.
Attend a Film Festival
If you visit in October, the Reykjavik International Film Festival is a great opportunity to experience a variety of films. If you visit in March, Stockfish Film Festival displays a variety of collaborative film projects.
Experience a Music Festival
Experience an Art Festival
The Reykjavik Arts Festival happens each May, showcasing an exciting array of installations, performances, and exhibitions around the city. Cycle Music and Arts Festival is on every September, devoted to interdisciplinary music and art collaborations.
Eat a Delicious Burger
Dance All Night
Icelanders are notorious for dancing until the early morning – perhaps it is because of the variety of venues featuring late night DJs. Kaffibarinn, for example.
Watch a Movie at Bíó Paradís
Bíó Paradís (Paradise Cinema) is the first art house cinema in Iceland and the only cinema that will show Icelandic documentaries and shorts. The repertoire consists mostly of independent films with occasional retrospectives of classic films.
Try Brennivin or Other Local Spirit
Brennivin, or ‘black death,’ is a classic Icelandic schnapps made from anise. There is also Reykja Vodka or Himbrimi Gin.
Try a New Ice Cream Flavor
Reykjavik has great ice creams shops with unique flavors like licorice and Danish pepper. You can also try organic, liquid nitrogen ice cream at Joylato.
Chat with Friendly Locals
Try striking up a conversation with a friendly local for more insight on this tiny nation’s capital.