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WHAT TO DO

You will be surprised how much of Reykjavík you can experience in just 24, 48 or 72 hours. To make the most of your time, we’ve put together an example itinerary, to show you how you can have a taste of a great city full of arts and cultural heritage, hot pots and culinary experiences. So arm yourself with comfortable shoes, your sense of adventure and of course the Reykjavík City Card. Start discovering Reykjavík now!

Day 1
Price
Morning

Start with breakfast at one of Reykjavík´s many great restaurants in the city centre, then head to Reykjavik Art Gallery – Hafnarhús, to enjoy the finest contemporary art the city has to offer. Of special note are works by Erró one of Iceland´s most beloved artists who was also one of the pioneers of Pop Art and European narrative figuration.

 

Lunch at Reykjavik Old Harbour: Höfnin 15%, Kopar 10%, Mar 15%.

1.650 isk
Midday

After a fine lunchbreak and a stroll around the old Harbor, head up Arnarhóll hill towards the Culture House. There you have the chance to delve into Points of View, the visual history of Iceland, drawn from the collections of the National museum and five other cultural institutions in Iceland.

2.000 isk
Afternoon

Kjarvalsstaðir Art Gallery in Klambratún park is your next stop, reachable with bus 13. A wonderful exhibition space focusing primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art in Iceland.  Best known amongst them is Jóhannes Kjarval, an archetypal romantic bohemian and a legend in his own lifetime. But before you start discovering the museum, a refreshing cup of coffee and a cake at the museum café is recommended!

1.650 isk
Evening

Dinner in the city centre: Fish Company 10%, Geysir Bisto 10%, Resturant Reykjavik 10%.

 

Visit Harpa Concert and Conference hall, the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Harpa is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where you get 10% discount off ticket price to weekly concerts and open rehearsals. You also get a 20% discount off tickets to both The Iceland Expo Pavillion, 360° cinematic experience and the guided tour through all the secret corners of the building.

 

A perfect ending to an inspiring day is a soak in one of Reykjavík's thermal pools. There you can relax in the hot tub, chat with locals and there's plenty of fun for the kids.

 

Discount with Reykjavík City Card for the Art lover:

Bíó Pardís 25%, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra 10% and Harpa guided tours 20%.

950 isk
Day 1
Price
Morning

Start walking Laugavegur, our main shopping street, and make your way east towards Hlemmur square bus station. On the way you can check out the many Icelandic handcrafted items for sale, many featuring the yule lads, trolls, elves and vikings.

 

When you get to Hlemmur take the bus 4 or 14 to Tún/Teigar bus stop, and walk to Ásmundarsafn art museum. The sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982) designed, worked and lived in this beautiful building now serving as a part of Reykjavík Art Museum. The white dome structure is surrounded by Sveinsson’s sculptures in the garden, both his earlier massive figures and his later light abstract compositions. Because of their smooth and irregular surface children love climbing and playing on the sculptures outside the museum.

2.110 isk
Midday

Lunch in the centre: Nings 10%, Pho Vietnamese 10%, Laugarlækur 10%.

 

Now you can work up your appetite by taking a walk further into Laugardalur valley. Enjoy the beautiful Reykjavík Botanic Gardens, an outdoor collection conserving some 5000 living plant species in eight plant collections, giving an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone.

Afternoon

From there you will walk to Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park. The zoo features Icelandic farm animals and mammals from the country's wildlife, as well as a small collection of exotic animals. You can look at the schedule to see what the animals and staff will be up to when you visit the zoo. Playgrounds are open in the summertime as well as on the weekends during the winter, weather permitting. Castles, zip-lines and other equipment are always open. It's also nice to just stroll around in the beautiful surroundings.

 

Dinner: in the Family Park and Zoo.

880 isk
Evening

We love our pools and our hot dogs too. A great end of the day is to have a quick bite at one of our famous Icelandic hot dog stands located right outside of Laugardalslaug pool. Then head in to enjoy the geothermally heated pools and hot tubs. The children will love the 86 meters of curling water slides and the dedicated play area.

 

Other options for dinner in the area: Pho Vietnamese 10%, Nings 10% and Laugarlækur 10%.

950 isk
Day 1
Price
Morning

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, a great start of the day is The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavik 871± 2 dealing with the settlement of Reykjavík. The exhibition is based on scholar’s theories of what the heritage sites in central Reykjavík can tell us about the lives of the first settlers. The focus of the exhibition is the remains of a hall from the Settlement Age which was excavated in 2001.

1.650 isk
Midday

Lunch in downtown Reykjavik: Fish Company 10%. Geysir Bisto 10%. Resturant Reykjavik 10%.

 

Take a walk towards The National Museum of Iceland, through Hljómskálagarður park. Take a deep breath at the sculpture garden dedicated to the work of Iceland´s female pioneer sculptors.

 

Once at the museum its permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, will provide you with an insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day. A nice surprise you do not want to miss is the exhibition of the National Museum´s Collection of Photographs and Prints, located on the ground floor of the same building.

2.000 isk
Afternoon

Take a stroll up to Veröld - Vigdís House where you can view the exhibition DIALOGUE, and learn about Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the world´s first democratically elected female head of state, and of the interests and causes that are dear to Vigdís' heart. Visitors are encouraged to take a seat in the blue theatre chairs and contemplate concepts such as: honesty, human rights, culture, knowledge, equality, language and progress.

 

Dinner in the west town of Reykjavík.

Evening

Now head towards Vesturbæjarlaug thermal pool. Vesturbæjarlaug was built in 1961 and is a great place to relax, reflect on life and experience how it is to be one of the the locals.

 

After a good swim, take a walk towards Ægissíða seashore and enjoy Björgun úr sjávarháska a sculpture by Ásmundur Sveinsson from 1936, or take bus 11 to Grótta Lighthouse to take in the fresh air and the stunning ocean views and if you are lucky, the northen lights (in winter only of course).

 

Discounts City Card Museum:

Aurora Reykjavík 15%, Saga Museum 10%, The Cinema, at the Old Harbor, The Iceland Expo Pavillion 20%, The Icelandic Phallological Museum 20%, Whales of Iceland 30% ,Volcano House 20% and Tales of Iceland 20%.

1.410 isk
Day 2
Price
Morning

Take bus 14 to Grandi. Start your day by having breakfast in the old harbour district, Grandinn. This is a vibrant area, full of restaurants, shops and galleries. Marshall House is the home of Reykjavík Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang Gallery and Ólafur Eliasson´s open workshop. Eliasson is a visual artist best known for sculptures and large-scale art installations employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.

 

Þúfan a sculpture by Ólöf Nordal gives you great views of Harpa concert hall, Mt. Esja, the Reykjavik cityscape and out to the open ocean. Walk around the harbour heading towards central Reykjavik and see how the glass facade by Eliasson on Harpa, takes on new shapes and colour.

460 isk
Midday

Lunch in downtown Reykjavik: Fish Company 10%, Geysir Bisto 10%, Resturant Reykjavik 10%.

 

Take your coffee at the café of The National Gallery of Iceland, and enjoy exhibitions reflecting the gallery´s collection. The National Gallery´s emphasis is on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well, by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Victor Vasarely and Richard Serra. 

 

Only a few minutes away is the Museum of Ásgrímur Jónsson (1876-1958) a pioneer in the history of Icelandic art.

2.000 isk
Afternoon

Stroll up the hill towards Hallgrímskirkja church the final and most recognized work of Guðjón Samúelsson, Iceland´s first national architect. The tower of this iconic landmark is also known for being the greatest viewpoint of the city. Located behind the church is another cultural gem of Samúelsson, the oldest public thermal pool in Reykjavík, Sundhöllin, opened in 1937. The building's white minimalist exterior is almost Art Deco in style, with tall and narrow rectangular windows. Do as the locals do and have a refreshing dip!

950 isk
Evening

Dinner in downtown Reykjavík:  Seafood Grill 10%, Lebowski bar 10%, Rossopomodoro 10%, Hannesarholt 10%.

 

After an evening meal we recommend visiting Bíó Paradís, Iceland´s first art house cinema, where you can perhaps enjoy an Icelandic movie with English subtitles and get 25% discount off regular ticket price.  Before you head back towards your bed, we recommend visiting the Sun Voyager a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, by the seashore.

 

Discount with Reykjavík City Card for the Art lover:

Bíó Pardís 25%, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra 10% and Harpa guided tours 25%

Day 2
Price
Morning

Have breakfast in the Grandi area in the old harbour district. This flourishing area has many small cafés, restaurants and little shops. We recommend the Cuckoos Nest or one of Reykjavik´s classic old style establishments, Kaffivagninn. After breakfast you will only be a few steps away from the fantastic Reykjavík Maritime Museum were you can climb aboard Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn and learn about its history and life on board. You can even become the captain! If you love the sea and want to learn about its giants you get 30% discounted entrance to Whales of Iceland. This interactive exhibition displays 23 life size models of the various whale species found in Icelandic waters. You also get discounts to other exhibitions at the Grandi area like Aurora Reykjavík 50% and the Saga Museum 10%.

1.650 isk
Midday

Lunch: Maritime Museum Café Messinn or other resturants in the harbour area such as Kopar 10%, MAR 15% and Höfnin 15%.

 

Since you are in the city center it would be perfect to visit the Settlement Exhibition. There you can see the oldest relics of human habitation in Reykjavík, with some of the fragments found dating to before 871 AD. As part of the exhibition, the construction of Viking Age buildings is explained using multimedia technology and games to provide an insight of what life was like at the time of the first settlers. It´s play time!

1.650 isk
Afternoon

From the Settlement Exhibition stroll on to the The National Museum to enjoy many of the museum´s wonderful ancient artefacts. You will see items from the Viking era and learn a great deal about the country´s history. Learn how to write your name in ancient Icelandic runes or dress up and feel like a real Viking!

2.000 isk
Evening

Walk around the city centre and check out the Pond, or Tjörnin in Icelandic. It is home to many ducks, swans and geese that can even stay for the entire winter season thanks to a little geothermal heating that keep a small section of the water ice-free. Next to the Pond there is Hljómskálagarður park with a large play area for children, outside barbeque facilities and many benches and tables where it is possible to relax and enjoy the garden. On a good day it would be lovely to use the facilities for a great family barbecue.

 

Other options for dinner in the city: Rossopomodoro 10%, Lebowski 10% and Hannesarholt  10%.

Day 2
Price
Morning

Start your day by having breakfast at the old harbour Grandinn, a vibrant area full of restaurants, shops and galleries. At the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can learn all about how the ocean helped to form the nation since settlement times. One of its treasures is the former Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn and a guided tour that will give you an insight into its history and life on board. With your city card you get a discount to other exhibitions in the Grandi area too such as; the Saga Museum 10%, Whales of Iceland 30%, Aurora Reykjavik 50% and The Cinema 20%.

1.650 isk
Midday

Lunch at Reykjavik Harbour: Höfnin, 15%. Kopar, 10%. Mar, 15%,

 

Walk around the harbour heading towards central Reykjavik and see how the “glass facade” by Ólafur Eliasson, adorning Harpa concert hall, takes on new shapes and colour. On your way you will come across the old locomotive Minør on display near the waterfront. Your next stop is Reykjavik Museum of Photography, the museum’s exhibitions focus on Icelandic photography, with works from both Icelandic and some foreign photographers. The museum exhibits both historical and contemporary photography in artistic, social, and cultural contexts.

1.000 isk
Afternoon

Next door is the Volcano House where you get 20% discount off cinema tickets and all coffee drinks. Now head up towards Arnarhóll, pass the statue of the settler Ingólfur Arnarson, towards the Culture House. There you have the chance to delve into Points of View, the visual history of Iceland, drawn from the collections of the National museum and five other cultural institutions in Iceland.

2.000 isk
Evening

Dinner in downtown Reykjavík:  Seafood Grill, 10%. Lebowski bar, 10%. Rossopomodoro 10%.

 

Visit Harpa Concert and Conference hall the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Harpa is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where you get 10% discount off ticket price to weekly concerts and open rehearsals. You also get a 20% discount off tickets to both The Iceland Expo Pavillion, 360° cinematic experience and the guided tour through all the secret corners of the building.

 

Discounts City Card Museum:

Aurora Reykjavík 15%, Saga Museum 10%, The Cinema, at the Old Harbor, The Iceland Expo Pavillion 20%, The Icelandic Phallological Museum 20%, Whales of Iceland 30% ,Volcano House 20% and Tales of Iceland 20%.

Day 3
Price
Morning

Start your day at Hlemmur, an area that is rapidly becoming a hot spot in the city center, with a fine selection of shops, restaurants and galleries. It is a great place to have breakfast and watch the city wake up. Take bus 14 or 4 to Ásmundarsafn art museum. The sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982) designed, worked and lived in this beautiful building now serving as a part of Reykjavík Art Museum. The white dome structure is surrounded by Sveinsson’s sculptures in the garden, both his earlier massive figures and his later light abstract compositions.

 

Now you can work up your appetite by taking a walk further into Laugardalur valley. Enjoy the beautiful Reykjavík Botanic Gardens an outdoor collection conserving some 5000 living plant species in eight plant collections, giving an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation found in the northern temperate zone.

2.110 isk
Midday

Lunch in Laugardalur: Nings 10%, Pho Vietnamese 10%, Laugarlækur 10%.

 

Take a dip in Laugardalslaug thermal pool, one of the largest pools in Iceland with some of the best inside and outdoor pools, seven hot-pots, a saltwater tub, steam bath and an exciting water slide for all ages! Or relax and book a massage at Laugar Spa, next door to the Laugardalslaug. The spa offers myriad ways to pamper yourself with six themed saunas and steam rooms, a sea-water tub, a beauty and massage clinic with detox wraps, facials and hot-stone therapies.

950 isk
Afternoon

Now you can either take bus 14 to Hlemmur or walk back to central Reykjavík. We recommend that you follow the footpath by the seashore, enjoying the view of Mt. Esja on your right and the historically renowned (and haunted) Höfði house on your left. Höfði is best known as the location for the 1986 summit attended by presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Three sculptures guide you on your way, Varðan by Jóhann Eyfells, Partnership by Pétur Bjarnason and Fjöruverk by Sigurður Guðmundsson.

460 isk
Evening

Dinner: Seafood Grill 10%, Lebowski bar 10%, Rossopomodoro 10%, Hannesarholt 10%.

 

You can find various restaurants in the Skólavörðustígur area, whether you like fast or slow food. Now either let the sound of music lead you to a concert at one of Reykjavík´s many bars and music venues, or visit the tranquil sculpture garden of the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum. The building served as Einar Jónsson´s studio, as a gallery for his works and even as his home.

 

Discount with Reykjavík City Card for the Art lover:

Bíó Pardís 25%, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra 10% and Harpa guided tours 20%

Day 3
Price
Morning

Start your day at the Culture House were the whole family can be taken on a journey of discovery. Follow Frodin, a winged creature that marks the places inside the exhibition Points of View, the visual history of Iceland, where families can solve puzzles, handle objects, look closer, play or relax. The exhibition can be traced with the help of a little brochure that takes the family to Frodin's lair.

2.000 isk
Midday

Walk up Laugarvegur shoping street to Hlemmur and take bus 6 to Ártún and from there bus 24 or walk over to Árbær Open Air Museum.  With more than 20 buildings, the open air museum tries to give a sense of life and work in Reykjavík´s by gone days. The Toy exhibition, housed in a former church and sports hall Landakot, focuses on children's culture, toys and games in the last century. Children can try out old toys such as a Nintendo computer from 1985! The exhibition suits children of all age groups. There are many events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history and during summer, visitors can see some Icelandic farm animals.

2.110 isk
Afternoon

Take bus 12 to Ártún, swich over to bus 5 and go for a dip in Árbæjarlaug pool. As the kids splash about, the parents can rest in the hot tubs and enjoy the beautiful view over Elliðaárdalur valley, a true natural beauty in the midst of the city.

 

Or Take bus 5 back to Hlemmur and from there tak bus 18 to Perlan museum, for a beautiful panoramic view over the whole city and beyond. The observation deck has 16 information signs that tell you the names of the points of interest on the horizon. From Keilir Volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula in the south, to the world famous Snæfellsjökull glacier that lies at the end of Snæfellsnes peninsula in the north. A large part of the horizon belongs to Esja, “the mountain of Reykjavík“, in all its glory.

1.410 isk
Evening

If you like you can enjoy a light dinner at Kaffitár café or Útí bláinn restaurant located on the 4th floor in Perlan. During summer you can also walk from Perlan over to Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach which is a paradise for people who love splashing around in the ocean or sunbathing in the golden sand.  The beach is equipped with changing facilities and showers, steam-baths and hot tubs.  Hot water is pumped into the man-made lagoon and the outcome is a refreshing swimming area averaging between 15°-19°C.

Day 3
Price
Morning

Start with breakfast at one of our city centre’s many great restaurants. Then head off to The National Gallery of Iceland to enjoy exhibitions reflecting 19th and 20th century Icelandic art history in addition to some work by internationally renowned artists such as, Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle. 

2.000 isk
Midday

Lunch in the city center:  Hannesarholt 10% the home of Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s first prime minister.

 

Walk up towards Hallgrímskirkja church, past the statue of North America’s first European settler Leifur Eiríksson, and then down to Hlemmur area, a hot spot in making, with a growing number of shops, restaurants and galleries. Visit Tales of Iceland where you get 20% discount off admission, before you take bus 12 or 6 to Árbær Open Air Museum

 

With more than 20 buildings, the open air museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and work and life during Reykjavík´s recent past.  The exhibitions and events held at the museum highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history and during summer visitors can meet some of Iceland´s farm animals and see farmers at work.

2.110 isk
Afternoon

Take bus 12 to Ártún bus stop and take bus 5 from there to Árbæjarlaug thermal pool. As you rest in the hot tubs you can enjoy the beautiful view over Elliðaárdalur valley, a true natural beauty in the midst of the city.

1.410 isk
Evening

Take bus 5 back to Hlemmur Square and have a dinner there or other places is in the city centre such as the Seafood Grill 10%, Lebowski bar 10%, Rossopomodoro 10%.

 

After an evening meal we recommend stopping by the seashore to visit the Sun Voyager a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. Then it´s on to Bíó Paradís, the first art house cinema in Iceland, where you get 25% discount off regular ticket price to perhaps enjoy an Icelandic movie with English subtitles.

 

Discounts City Card Museum:

Aurora Reykjavík 50%, Saga Museum 10%, The Cinema, at the Old Harbour, The Iceland Expo Pavillion 20%, The Icelandic Phallological Museum 20%, Whales of Iceland 30% ,Volcano House 20% and Tales of Iceland 20%.