While it may be situated on an island named after ice, this northernmost capital is nothing short of warm and friendly. With a breathtaking coastline and hot springs not far away, it is a city immersed in nature. If it’s a metropolitan lifestyle you want, however, there’s also some killer hot dogs.
Enter through the doors of The Culture House to observe the most expensive stuffed items ever purchased. Other offerings include exhibits on Iceland’s literature movements and art. If you’re feeling sneaky, a ticket to the National Museum buys a pass to this Icelandic cabinet of curios.
There is no other country that can claim an older parliament. Over 1000 years old, The Athlingi traces its roots to the first Viking councils on the island in 930. The current Parliament House, is not as old (1880).
This is no place for a hamburger. Known as the best seafood restaurant in the city, come for fish served Viking style–on a spear. Feeling cold? Enjoy the lobster soup, served year-round in this nautical canteen.
From Mörtudóttir to Jakobsdóttir, many an Icelandic author can be found within the vaults and crevices of Bòkin. A must for any bookshop lover, the shop also has a place in chess mythology. Legendary player Bobby Fischer used to play many times a week with the store’s owner and friend, Ari Gísli.
Stepping into this eccentric cafe and taking a bite of its delicious pastries, you’ll understand all of the hullabaloo. With excellent vegetarian options and fun decor, this is the perfect spot to find your inner hygge.
Icelanders are historically dependent on fishing, that’s why the charming and colourful Old Harbour is teeming with life. At Port Suðurbugt, vibrantly blue industrial sheds from the 1930s now house seafood restaurants and cafés, while whale watching tours set out daily from the docks.
Home to unique flavors such as beer and rye bread, this Reykyavik staple is home to over 400 different ice cream recipes. Why only observe the island’s snow caps and glaciers when you can taste the Icelandic Ice too?!
Standing confidently at the tip of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, this lighthouse is the tallest in Reykjavik. While it does its duty watching for fishing boats and ships, a visitor can watch more natural wonders from below–the Northern Lights.
Translating to “the best hotdog in town,” this miniature stand makes a strong case for its name with an array of condiments known as “eina með öllu,” or the works. Serving the city since 1937, this stand’s red hot franks attract locals and tourists alike–even U.S. Presidents.