by Olga
roadtrip iceland reykjavik

Hello from the beautiful capital of Iceland the colourful Reykjavik. Personally we really enjoyed being part of old Reykjavik’s life during our trip to Iceland. A city made out of a fairytale with a strange seductive feeling, a grey sky full of clouds and a sun trying to give more intense tones to the city while being beautifully complemented by the colourful traditional houses of Reykjavik. Red, yellow, blue, pink, purple buildings and all kind of cute traditional houses exist in Reykjavik without lacking the youthful mood and a crazy nightlife. Read below all you need to know before a trip to Reykjavik!

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A few words about Reykjavik

Its name means ‘ The Smoke Cove ‘, as the suffix ‘ Vic ‘ means a cove. Located along the coast of Iceland, Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in the country. One of the smallest cities in Europe, Reykjavik is also the northernmost capital of the world and is the government, economic and cultural hub of the country. Reykjavik is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with shoreline trails stretching around the entire peninsula. There are many beautiful places to stop and admire the scenery on these coastal paths, which are very popular with cyclists, one of the most photographed spots is the impressive Sun Voyager-a huge steel sculpture that may resemble a Viking ship, but in fact, a dream ship and an ode to the sun.

All you need to see in Reykjavik

The following route is the one that we followed and we highly recommend it both in terms of time and convenience for your one-day staying there.

1.     Hallgrímskirkja church  (Tower admission: Adults: ISK1000 – 7.5 EU / Children: ISK 100 (ages 7-16)  Opening hours: Winter (October – April): 09:00 – 17:00, tower closes 16:30.  Summer (May – September): 09:00 – 21:00, tower closes 20:30)

2.     Leifur Eriksson Statue

3.     Skólavörðustígur (Laugavegur the colourful street that leads to the church with boutiques, souvenirs, food, cafes)

4.     The Icelandic Punk Museum (Admission:1400 ISK  Opening Hours: Until 1st of Dec 2019 10:00 – 21:00 weekdays /  12:00 – 21:00 weekends  From 1st of Dec 2019 until 1st of Feb 2020 / 12:00 – 20:00 every day – δεν μπήκαμε προσωπικά)

5.     Monument to the Unknown Bureaucrat

6.     Harpa Concert and Conference Cente (with clean public toilets inside it)

7.     Þúfa Iconic art installation

8.     Sun voyager

9.     Icelandic Phallological Museum (Opening Hours: 10am-6pm, from 9am Jun-Aug  Priceadult/child 1500kr/free – 10 EU

10.  Food Hlemmur Mathöll market  or Icelandic street food (try local fish soup)

All kind of food for all kind of people

  • For more Icelandic food options read our post here
  • For the coffee lovers Café Roasters
  • For the Bar crawlers Laugavegur (Bravo, Lebowski)
  • For souvenirs Laugavegur street or airport (some souvenirs are cheaper there)
More points of interest and attractions
  • Old Reykjavík and lake Tjörnin
  • Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island
  • Perlan Opening hours: Daily: 09:00-19:00  Price: Adults 3.990 ISK  30 EU
  • Austurvöllur square
  • The settlement exhibition
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • National gallery of Iceland
  • Leifur Eriksson Statue
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • Reykjavík Art Museum
  • Reykjavík Museum of Photography
  • Videy island
  • Hofdi House
Where to stay in Reykjavík

For a low on budget accommodation with basic facilities we recommend the following

What impressed us in Reykjavik  the most are its colourful vibes, the pleasant mood of the residents, the woolen knitwear, the delicious fish soup, the unique reflections of the lake and the symbol of world peace in honor of Yoko Ono which is visible from all over the city and is located on a small island called Videy Island! Spend a day at least in the capital of Iceland and then embark on the ultimate adventure on the island of Ice and lava!

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