Top 10 Things to Do in Reykjavik

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Are you traveling to Reykjavik on Iceland? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Reykjavik as a tourist!

There are several hotels and hostels to choose from, so it’s a good idea to make research on where to stay in Reykjavik before your trip. 

No matter if you’re traveling during winter, spring, summer or autumn, one thing is set in stone, you never know what the weather is going to be like! Sure, the weather during summer is the most forgiving one, but you still need to be prepared for various weather conditions, which makes it kinda hard to know what to pack for an Iceland trip. To make it easier for you, check out this guide on what to pack for a trip to Iceland during summer or winter.

Northern lights

A must when you go to Iceland to experience the Northern Lights, at least once. The northern lights show up as bright magical colors in the sky and are indescribably beautiful. Best time to see the aurora borealis is during the winter when it is dark most of the time of day.

Definitely, one of the must things to do in Reykjavik. Many come from the opposite side of the world, just to experience and photograph the Northern Lights in Iceland.

Hallgrims Church

Hallgrimskyrka Church is Iceland’s highest building with a height of as much as 70 meters. The church has a cool and beautiful architecture both inside and out. Take the opportunity to go up in the church tower to gaze upon the wonderful view over Reykjavik.

Excursion around the Golden Circle

It’s from Reykjavik the tourist buses depart and then take you around the Golden Circle. During the excursion, you will get to see some of the nature’s awesome wonders, such as geysers, waterfalls, and beautiful scenery.

In the golden circle are Geysir, Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park.

Also Read: Traveling in Iceland with Kids

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is composed of several hot springs. The water has abundant minerals and bio-organism that has a very positive effect on the skin. Not only that but on the ground, there is also a clay that can be used as a refreshing face mask.

While this place is kind of expensive as many other parts of the country, it sure can be worth it since it’s such a unique and beautiful spot. Here you can find out more about the real cost of Iceland.

Whale watching

Reykjavik offers whale watching year-round and a big chance to see more of the ocean’s giants. Dolphins, orcas, humpback and minke whales are among the species that one may behold during the excursion.

Solfar sculpture

Along with the sea in the center of Reykjavik lies the beautiful boat sculpture – Solfar Sculpture. This sculpture symbolizes the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom.

It’s a popular tourist attraction in Reykjavik.

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Meet an Icelandic Horse

Something not to be missed during his stay is to ride an Icelandic horse. Around Reykjavik, there are several good stables that organize fun excursions, including going to the volcanoes and the wilderness. A very fun and different way to discover Iceland’s beautiful landscape.

Food Tour

Join a guided food tour and experience the Icelandic culture and food in a fun way. On the tour, you’ll be followed by a knowledgeable guide and taste local specialties. This is probably the best way to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine.

Definitely one of the must things to do in Reykjavik, as the food differ so much from other countries in Europe.


Reykjavik is very well known for its lively nightlife. On Friday and Saturday nights the city center turns into a party zone that keeps up until the next morning. Along with the western part of Laugavegur are many lovely bars and restaurants.

Also Read: What not to do in Iceland

Viðey Island

North of Reykjavik is the beautiful and historic island, Viðey. The island has been inhabited since far back in time, and even today there are still the old stone houses and archaeological excavations. This is where you should go if you want to learn about the history of Iceland.

Other things to do in Iceland

Laugavegur trail

If you’re into hiking, the Laugavegur trail is one of the absolute best choices for an adventure in the wilderness of Iceland. It’s located in Southern Iceland and stretches from Landmannalaugar geothermal springs to the Þórsmörk nature reserve. 


If you think the Blue Lagoon is too crowded, then you can visit the Myvatn nature beach in the northern part of the country. It’s lesser-known and has a similar experience, although more relaxed and adventurous. 

Ring Road road trip

While most tourists are happy to just go for the Golden Circle, the Ring Road goes around the whole country and offer you a gateway to lesser-known Iceland, away from the crowds and most popular places. 

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