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Spring in Reykjavik

Spring is a beautiful time in Iceland. The days start getting longer and the nature comes alive. You can enjoy a number of popular activities including whale-watching, sea-fishing, horse-back-riding and trips to the many natural wonders nearby.

Whatever you plan on doing in the city don't forget to save money by investing in the Reykjavík City Card. This city pass gives you access to our public transport system, swimming pools, many of our cultural institutions and more.


Top Free Things To Do In Reykjavík

Reykjavík can easily be enjoyed on a budget. However, it's worth mentioning that the best bang-for-the-buck is the Reykjavík City Card, which offers free access to all major museum, swimming pools and art galleries in the city. Read more about it HERE


Museums in Reykjavik

Map of museums in Reykjavik

Ten rainy-day things to do in Reykjavik

When you have the Gulf Stream as your next door neighbour you can only expect the weather to become a little (or even a lot) wet, so even though it’s summertime in the land of the midnight sun, there’s always the chance of a rainy day and you should definitely prepare by packing your waterproofs, or alternatively you could get some while you’re in town.


Mount Esja

Dramatically dominating the Reykjavík City skyline and providing a stunning backdrop to the capital area is the impressive Mount Esja, a popular destination for day-trippers and riddled with well-worn hiking trails. Once surmounted, the view from the top of this 914-metre high mountain is breathtaking.

Mount Keilir

Mount Keilir is a small volcanic mountain to the south west of Hafnarfjörður (Harbour Village). It can be easily visited when travelling between Reykjavík and Keflavík Airport, or the Blue Lagoon.


Get ready for the diverse landscapes and unbelievable lava formations of Heiðmörk Nature Reserve. Enjoy hiking, fishing or horseback riding, walk among the 26 species of trees and spot some of the 60 species of wild birds. Watch the northern lights away from the city lights. You can experience the diversity of Icelandic nature all within the capital.

Mosfellsbær Hiking Routes

Walkers, hikers and cyclists will love the extensive network of paths and cycling routes in this stunning part of the city!

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

A little bit of paradise is to be found in the form of a golden-sanded geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík.

Viðey Island

The combination of stunning views, historical ruins and contemporary art pieces make Viðey island something special. Just a short boat-ride takes you to another world, to be explored in your own time.

Laugardalur Valley

Laugardalur (Hot Spring Valley) is a major centre for sports and recreation in the capital.


A 15-minute bus ride from central Reykjavík lies Elliðaárdalur Valley, a large green, public space. It's a very popular destination with the locals for all sorts of outdoor activity, including jogging, biking, walking, horse back riding, fishing and playing.

Reykjavík Botanical Garden

The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants.The garden’s main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 3000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone.

Museums & galleries

Nordic House
Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum
Ásgrímur Jónsson collection
Árbær Open Air Museum
The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir
Maritime Museum
The Settlement Exhibition
Reykjavík Art Museum - Ásmundarsafn
Reykjavik City Library | Grófin
Gröndal's House
Perlan Museum
Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús
The Living Art Museum
Whales of Iceland
The Punk Museum
Saga Museum
Museum of Design and Applied Art