Reykjavik has a small but vibrant city centre, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops to explore. Spend some time walking around Laugavegur (I ended up buying a coat at Icewear) or stopping at the local sights.
- Hallgrimskirkja: This church that can be spotted across Reykjavik is a great viewpoint. Take the lift to the bell tower on a sunny day for the best views of the city centre and its colourful architecture.
- Harpa: The famous Opera house is an attraction in itself, an impressive feature of the Reykjavik coast. Nearby is the Sun Voyager, a sculpture of a Viking ship overlooking the sea.
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
A bit off the city centre, this beach is popular with locals, with three heated areas for swimming, including a hot pool where you can keep warm even in the winter. Entry is free in the summer, and there are lockers to rent for a small fee. Nearby is Perlan, a museum set in within a beautiful local park.
Food and drink
- Mama Reykjavik: A vegan restaurant in a central location with a varied selection. The famous cheesecake is delicious.
- Gardurinn: A friendly place with a homely feel serving generous portions of a small and tasty daily menu.
- Vegan World Peace: An Asian restaurant with a big selection of tasty dishes.
- Chickpea: A veggie cafe serving generous portions of falafels and other sandwiches.
- Skuli: A cool bar with an impressive selection of local and imported beers.
How to do it
We booked flights, accommodation and excursions through Icelandair, as it is simple to organise a trip through their website. It is very easy to travel around Iceland, as different travel agencies all coordinate tours with local hotels.
There are different options to choose from, but all offer similar options. Reykjavik Excursions is one of the main local providers.
We stayed at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (slightly off the city centre, but still within walking distance). The breakfast was generous and delicious, and the spa was worth a visit (great price for about £18).