Things to see and do in Reykjavik

Things to see and do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the perfect place to visit for any travellers who are looking for somewhere a bit different. The city has the highest population of any other Icelandic city and as such it’s built for people, with activities and breathtaking sights aplenty. So apart from the icy climate, what sets it apart from its European sister cities? With snow most of the year falling gracefully upon the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, the city is packed with stunning scenery as well as unique activities. Where else can you spend the afternoon canoeing down a glacier, followed by a relaxing Icelandic sauna session? Or take a tour on a Snowmobile up glaciers and along ice-filled volcanic craters?

The Weather

An important point to remember when booking your Reykjavik trip is to take the weather into account. The city favours snowy landscapes to sunny beaches and is ideal for any travellers looking for some snow-capped adventures. If you find you are getting tired of the icy winds however, there are sources of naturally hot thermal water in Reykjavik, which are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. The most famous of these is the Blue Lagoon, which utilises the natural warmth of the underground geothermal activity. The steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon are part of a lava formation and are a great way to relax after a busy day of canoeing, rafting or snowmobiling. And if you’re looking for a breathtaking way to end your day, watching the sun set over the icy landscape is unquestionably a sight to see; because of Iceland’s position a winter sunset can occur much earlier than in England (as early as 3pm sometimes.)

Top Activities

Many of the following activities are wholly unique to Reykjavik and can’t be fully appreciated until you experience the still, frosty air and the majestic surroundings. The top things to do in Reykjavik are as follows:

• The Blue Lagoon
• Glacier Canoeing
• Snowmobiling
• Whale Watching
• White Water Rafting
• Snorkelling in the Silfra Fissure
• Golden Circle Sight-Seeing
• Volcano Hiking


Reykjavik is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for young people. The city was recently dubbed the “nightlife capital of the North” and it’s famous for its buzzing weekend nightlife. Icelanders tend to go out late which is something to bear in mind if you’re thinking of heading out in the capital. However, there are over 100 bars and restaurants in Reykjavik so no matter what time you decide to set off there’s sure to be a plethora of things to see. The Laugavegur is one of the oldest shopping streets and the main hub for bars and restaurants; the area is often full of people all night over weekends. Many of the café’s in the centre of the city turn into bars in the evening, with a general 4.30am closing time at weekends.

Reykjavik has many of the features of most of the major European cities, such as the busyness, the shops, the sights and the energy. On top of all these perks there are the breathtaking surroundings of erupted volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. Although it may be tempting to spend days relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik offers an excess of other exciting and unique activities to choose from. As Icelanders tend to go out for dinner and drinks quite late on, there is the perfect opportunity to fill your day with volcanoes and vivacity before heading out for not-to-be-forgotten evenings. Discover mountains, lagoons, sea creatures and glaciers as you hike, canoe, explore and observe.

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