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Things to do in Reykjavík

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Science Museum
“Whales of Iceland museum features one of the largest whale exhibition in Europe. The whales are presented in a unique and illustrative way. 23 different life-size models that have been seen in Icelandic territorial waters have a permanent home at the museum. The museum is in only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre but can also be reached by one of the city buses. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Zoo Exhibit
“The Park Zoo is an awesome place to visit with your kids, or just by yourself! It has animals and a park with lots of cool stuff for kids. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Recommended. Great for take-away, and sit in, when you're up for a burger. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A bit further away but easily reachable by bus, is the biggest swimming pool complex in Reykjavik (and Iceland), Laugardalslaug has an olympic-sized pool, several pots of different temperature, a steambath and a large playing area with kids, including a waterslide. There's also a World Class gym adjacent to it, and a fantastic spa, Laugar (but this comes at an additional, much higher price). Also, the pool is located in Laugardalur valley, a lovely green area where nearby you can find and ice skating rank, the Asmundur Jonsson Art museum and the Reykjavik botanical garden, all clustered in the same area.”
  • 97 locals recommend
“Close and convenient. Epal has beautiful Icelandic and Scandinavian design. Hagkaup is a good grocery store with a butcher table. Bonus is a budget grocery store.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Bus Station
“BSÍ serves as the central bus station in Reykjavík, and the main bus station in all of Iceland as well. From there you can get by bus to almost any place in Iceland, either directly or by changing buses somewhere along the way. BSÍ also serves as the Reykjavík end of line of the flybuses going between Reykjavik and Keflavík airport. If needed, taxis are stationed outside the terminal at all times. For further information visit”
  • 66 locals recommend
“About the museum Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbær is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavi”
  • 69 locals recommend
“Hlemmur is our downtown main bus station. Its also a food court with many very good options of restaurants.”
  • 56 locals recommend
“Great brunch in the Old Harbour, the vibe is cozy and the walk from the studio along the sea is fantastic, passing Harpa Concert hall and the whale watching pier.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Laugardalur (Hot Spring Valley) is a major centre for sports and recreation in the capital. In Laugardalur the largest outdoor thermal pool in Reykjavík, Laugardalslaug, in which you can swim all year round. Laugardalslaug swimming pool is the largest swimming pool in Reykjavík. It has two outdoor pools and one indoor, seven hot tubs (one filled with saltwater), sauna, water slides and a beach volleyball court. It's the perfect place to go on a sunny or snowy day. Laugardalslaug swimming pool is located in laugardaglur, the heart of sports activities in Reykjavík. Around the pool are good areas for walking or jogging. During winter time this can be used for cross country skiing. A short distance from the pool is the Botanic garden in Reykjavík as well is the Reykjavík park and Zoo. Laugardalslaug - Address: Sundlaugarvegur, 104 Reykjavík - Open: Mon.-Thu. from 6:30am - 9:00pm | Fridays from 6:30am -10:00pm | Weekends from 08:00am - 8:00pm Sports facilities in the valley include running tracks, football fields and an indoor ice rink. The valley is also the location of Secret Solstice; one of Reykjavík's largest and greatest annual music festivals. Laugardalur also boasts a beautiful botanical garden featuring an impressive selection of Arctic flowers and plants. Beneath the branches of a leafy grove in the gardens, you'll find the lovely Café Flora. The Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur is open all year. The Zoo includes most Icelandic animals, both wild and domesticated, from foxes, reindeer and seals to cattle, horses and sheep. In summer the Family Park offers many rides and play equipment for children of all ages. Outside the summer season, the Family Park remains open as a play area. At the edge of the Laugardalur valley, not far from Laugardalur Arena, is a strangely shaped, domed white building. It is known as the Reykjavík Art Museum’s Ásmundarsafn sculpture collection. This used to be the studio of Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982), a pioneer of Icelandic sculpture. In addition to his works exhibited inside the museum, a sculpture garden outside contains many of his monumental works.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Erotic Museum
“The Icelandic Phallological Museum is probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country. Phallology is an ancient science which, until recent years, has received very little attention in Iceland, except as a borderline field of study in other academic disciplines such as history, art, psychology, literature and other artistic fields like music and ballet. Now, thanks to The Icelandic Phallological Museum, it is finally possible for individuals to undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion.”
  • 42 locals recommend
“Great restaurant with amusing food and descent prices. Great for happy hours 16.00-19.00”
  • 51 locals recommend
“One of the oldest and best bakeries in town. Amazing sandwiches and great menu options. Check also the desserts! ;) ”
  • 55 locals recommend
“The Reykjavik Pond is 5 minutes walk away. Bring bread to feed the ducks to make it more fun.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Food Court
“Hlemmur,a central bus station,a food court,and first stop on the way to Laugavegur. Laugavegur is a shopping street with all kinds of shopping,restaurants,museums and bars.”
  • 65 locals recommend
“The starting point of most excursions. Scheduled buses to towns around Iceland. Main terminal for the Flybus shuttle services to and from KEF Airport”
  • 40 locals recommend