What to do in Reykjavik in one day

09:00 – Alda Hotel Reykjavik

09:30 – Hallgrimskirkja

10:30 – Bakari Sandholt Reykjavík

11:00 – Sundhollin Public Baths

12:30 – Lunch at Fridrik V

14:00 – National Museum of Iceland

16:00 – Stofan Cafe

17:00 – Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

18:30 – Parliament House (Alpingishus)

19:30 – Dinner at Restó

21:00 – The Icelandic Opera

22:30 – Micro Bar

23:59 – Kaffibarinn

 

We mapped out your day trip in Reykjavik

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Reykjavik

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Reykjavik, Iceland’s coastal capital is renowned for the late night clubs and bars. Smaller than most other cities around the world, Reykjavik packs a big punch into its little size. It is home to many excellent museums, including the National and Saga museums, which traces back to Iceland’s Viking history. During your Reykjavik day trips, visit the outstanding Hallagrimskikja church and the Harpa concert hall for a performance. From the capital, you can also embark on many day trips that allow you to see the Northern Lights, the many lagoons, or the countryside. Full of captivating works of art and funky cafés, look to Reykjavik if you’re looking for something different

While you Reykjavik, you must see enchanting colorful rooftop line, Menntaskólinn of Reykjavík, and visit the lovely Þjóðmenningarhúsið Tjomin (pond) in central Reykjavik. The Reykjavik cathedral is another must-see attraction

Seafood dishes are really popular in Reykjavik. Icelanders eat skyr, a yogurt-type dish, at any time of the day. Try a tasty pylsur, a sort-of hotdog, and any dish with lamb. If you like black licorice, try the drink Brennivín, nicknamed “Black death”

“Halló” means “Hello” and “Bless” means “Goodbye” and to ask someone how they are doing, ask “Hvernig hefur þú það?”. “Thank you” is “Þakka þér fyrir” and “Excuse me” is “Afsakaðu mig”. “Yes” is “Ja” and “No” is “ekki”

In Reykjavik, summer has a peak of 54 degrees with strong winds. Fall brings cool and wet weather with highs of 48 degrees. Winter is dark, with temperatures at a frigid 30 degrees. Spring has rising winds and temperatures in the 40s

Getting to and from the airport is a breeze. The Flybus airport shuttle into the city takes 45 minutes and costs around 2,200 Icelandic krona. Taxis are available for an average of 14,000 Icelandic krona or buy a one day bus pass for 9 krona

Biking and walking are highly recommended, as most of the city and its attractions are close together. Rental cars in Reykjavik are generally expensive, but can be used to sightsee. Explore the city with a taxi or bus, but these can also be costly

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