For Reykjavik’s best food options, we recommend Snaps, a French-Icelandic bistro nestled in the old part of downtown, where you can drink a mimosa amid the cozy atmosphere of ample windows and hanging plants, and choose from a vast menu of egg styles from Eggs Norwegian to Eggs Benedict.
We recommend lounging in one of the many public swimming pools dotted around the city and at its outskirts. With Iceland’s plethora of geothermal heated water, the pools reflect the long-standing tradition of the public bath as a social place. Enjoy the Art Deco style Sundhöllin, for example.
After a relaxing lounge in the pool, check out some of the city’s many museums and art galleries. If Icelandic history and Vikings are more your style, check out the National Museum. Here are 10 of Iceland’s best museums to scope out your options.
This tour, which takes about six hours in total, starting and ending in Reykjavik, is definitely the number one tourist trip and for good reason. It covers three incredible sites with a tour guide and for a good price. The sites include the Geysir Hot Spring area, which comprises a dozen boiling pits – the most active of which, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes to heights of 30 meters. The tour also includes Thingvellir National Park, the site of the first democratic election 1,000 years ago, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Reykjavik is quite small and compact and makes a great place for walking between landmarks. This tour will take you through the green lawn of Klambratún Park in East Reykjavik to the Mýri area near the University, through downtown and over to the oceanside Harpa Concert Hall. For a place with rather young architecture, Reykjavik has made up for the centuries of living in impermanent structures with these 10 remarkable architectural highlights.