Reykjavík Capital Area



Welcome to Reykjavík Culture Hill, the easy way to experience culture and nature all in one stop.

Enjoy the spectacular view from Kópavogskirkja Church. Dive into nature at the Natural History Museum of Kópavogur. Fill your senses with progressive contemporary art at the Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum. Have a nice soak at Kópavogur Swimming Pool. And if you’re lucky, attend a concert at the specially designed Salurinn Concert Hall.




Meet the locals at Harbour Village

Get off the beaten track and take bus number 1 from downtown Reykjavík for 20 minutes to Hafnarfjörður. Harbour Village is perfect to explore on foot, with free museums, curious little jewellers, cafés, boutiques and galleries.

Enjoy the cosy hangouts and the family-run restaurants that serve a variety of tasty dishes. Take a stroll along the beautiful harbour. For the history enthusiasts, visit the Hafnarfjörður Museum for a journey through the town's rich heritage, and enjoy contemporary art at Hafnarborg Art Museum. See the fascinating view at Hamarinn cliff. Have a round of golf at Keilir golf course, surrounded by lava and with views to Snæfellsjökull glacier. Take the children to Víðistaðatún playground and spot elves in Hellisgerði Lava Garden. Last but not least, have a soak in one of the three fantastic swimming pools there are to choose from.



Health and recreation with a touch of history

With outdoor activities as its greatest attraction, get ready for a journey of beautiful hikes in diverse landscapes, historic sites, wool shopping and more, all within the Mountain Borough area.

Enjoy the hiking paths that lie from the seashore to the mountains. Walk or run up one or more of the seven peaks surrounding the area. Learn about the life and works of Nobel Prize laureate Halldór Laxness at his former home Gljúfrasteinn, which is now a museum. Take the lovely hiking paths that lie from the museum to the historic Mosfellskirkja church. Go horse riding. Visit the interesting artistic community of Álafosskvos, where they sell handmade arts, crafts and knives; and the Álafoss store, which has been offering handmade wool products at reasonable prices since 1896. Take the kids to Hraðastaðir, a fun petting zoo with Icelandic farm animals. And don’t forget to visit Lágafellslaug, a family-friendly thermal pool with three water slides, various jacuzzis, a sauna, steam bath and more.



A journey through untouched nature

You don’t have to travel far to experience wild Icelandic nature. Visit Hiking Haven, the “Central Park” of Reykjavík. It’s easy to get there by bus. Just take the number 5 from Hlemmur down to the Bugða residential area and you’re there.

Get ready for the diverse landscapes and unbelievable lava formations of Heiðmörk Nature Reserve and the surrounding area. Enjoy hiking on the many excellent trails. Go fishing in one of the area’s three lakes. Go horseback riding and try the tölt, the famous gait of the Icelandic horse. Walk among the 26 species of trees and spot some of the 60 species of wild birds. Witness the geological wonders of the Búrfell crater. Watch the northern lights away from the city lights. For an easy mountain hike, walk up Mt. Helgafell and enjoy the view. You can experience the diversity of Icelandic nature all within the capital region.



Welcome to the Presidential Peninsula 

With its vast wild nature from Heiðmörk Nature Reserve in the east to Álftanes peninsula in the west, it is ideal for outdoor life. Less than 20 minutes from the city center and home to the President of Iceland, the town of Garðabær draws many visitors a year.

Visit Hofsstaðir Archaeological Park for a rare glimpse of the remains of the second largest farm from the age of settlement in Iceland. Find local shops, restaurants and services at the town center Garðatorg, and visit the Museum of Design and Applied Art, which hosts exhibitions presenting Icelandic design. Witness the magnificent pastoral setting of Álftanes (Swan Peninsula) by the sea, with clear ponds bustling with migratory birdlife. See the ancient farmstead of Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland. And to end your fulfilling day, visit the major attraction, Álftaneslaug thermal pool, which features one of the largest water slides in the country and Iceland‘s only wave pool.



The shoreline by the horizon and a panoramic perspective

Just a few minutes from downtown Reykjavík you’ll find Point Panorama.

Surrounded by the ocean, Seltjarnarnes peninsula draws visitors and locals alike for inspiring walks and thrilling cycling paths with panoramic views of magnificent nature, the mountains and the sea.

View the capital area from Grótta lighthouse. See some of the 110 visiting bird species by Bakkatjörn pond. Don’t miss Nesstofa Medical History Museum, one of the oldest stone houses in Iceland, and the Pharmacy Museum next door for a glimpse of history and art. Enjoy a dip at Seltjarnarneslaug geothermal pool, with its healing minerals and soothing sea salt. Play a round of golf in beautiful surroundings at the seaside Nesklúbburinn golf club. Finally, wrap up your day at the Cupstone by Ólöf Nordal, where you can rest tired feet in geothermal water while enjoying Reykjavík’s best view of the sunrise and sunset. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights.