Exploring Reykjavik, Iceland: A Travel Guide

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  • Reykjavik

  • Iceland

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Entertainment

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Curator’s statement

Dreaming of a Nordic adventure? Look no further than Reykjavik! From soaking in the ethereal beauty of the Blue Lagoon to traversing the stunning South Coast, this vibrant city offers an array of experiences for every traveler.

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Things to do in Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • Blue Lagoon: Dive into relaxation at this iconic geothermal spa, where the rejuvenating waters and surreal surroundings will leave you feeling utterly refreshed.

  • Drive the South Coast: Embark on a scenic road trip along Iceland's South Coast, where dramatic landscapes unfold at every turn. Don't miss the mesmerizing black sand beaches and awe-inspiring waterfalls that dot the route.

  • Visit the Black Sand Beach and Waterfalls: Lose yourself in the mystique of Reynisfjara, the famed black sand beach, and chase waterfalls at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss for unforgettable memories.

  • Laugavegur St & Hallgrimskirkja Church: Wander through the vibrant streets of Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main shopping district, and marvel at the striking architecture of Hallgrimskirkja Church, offering panoramic views of the city.

  • Explore Reykjavik's Street Art Scene: Take a stroll through the city's vibrant neighborhoods to admire colorful murals and graffiti art, showcasing Reykjavik's thriving street art culture. Join a guided tour to uncover hidden gems and learn about the stories behind the artwork from local artists.

  • Northern Lights Tour: Experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis on a guided tour from Reykjavik, where you can witness nature's breathtaking light show dancing across the Arctic sky.

  • Discover Icelandic Culture at National Museum: Immerse yourself in Iceland's rich history and heritage at the National Museum of Iceland, where exhibits showcase everything from Viking artifacts to contemporary art pieces.

  • Whale Watching Excursion: Set sail from Reykjavik's harbor on a thrilling whale-watching excursion, where you can spot majestic whales, dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat.

Places to eat & drink in Reykjavik, Iceland

A serene landscape of a frozen lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, with blue icebergs floating on the icy waters and overcast skies casting a soft light.
  • Beajarins Beztu Pylsur: Savor Iceland's most famous hot dogs at this beloved stand.

  • Reykjavík Roasters: Fuel up with artisanal coffee at this cozy café.

  • Braou & Co.: Treat yourself to delicious pastries and baked goods in a charming setting. The Cinnamon Rolls will have you coming back each day of your trip!

  • Snaps Bistro: Experience Icelandic flavors with a modern twist at this stylish bistro. My favorite dish: The French Onion Soup!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Lauren Rosenbloom's guide, Discovering the Soul of Reykjavik, Iceland. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Iceland.

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