24 hours in Reykjavik – what to do?
If you’ll be all wildernessed out (and if you aren’t, drive the golden gircle if you didn’t on the way out or back), I’d just mooch about.
It’s not a big city, so it wont’ take you long to cover it. Have a look in the cathedral, beautiful, clean, understated design. Apparently you can climb the tower. Afternoon: go and find a swimming pool. There are quite a few in town and they’re outdoors, geothermally heated. really nice. There’s one out to the east of town with a waterslide with a dark section with flashing coloured lights, which is awesome.
If you go want to go “out out” in the evening, don’t start at 7, you’ll wonder where everyone is. Or if you do, pace yourself. The bars don’t really start getting lively until well past 10, there are loads of really cool little bars, front room parlour type things, dancey places (and a couple of pretty awful ritzy-dazzle money flashing untz-untz-untz places) so drink slow, stay perky, stay out till well into the wee hours, lose your friends, talk to people, follow your nose and your ears…Posted 4 years agotoby1Member
for definite, although don’t rush to get there – it only gets busy round mid-night.
I spent a great night there, although I stuck to the Viking.
I stayed in 2 hotels in the city as well and by far the best was the Iceland air hotel down by the harbor, the restaurant in there was really good too.Posted 4 years ago
I’m off to Iceland with work at the end of the month (it’s a hard life) – we’ll be wild camping in the interior for a week, then heading back to Reykjavik for a day’s R&R before we fly home.
Has anyone been? Anything cool to recommend? I’ll be all hiked out by then so I’m pretty sure I’ll want to stay in the city.Posted 4 years ago
The girls are are not shy in being forward that’s for sure…
Never had a girl try to pull me quiet as aggresively as in Rey… she literally boxed me into a corner as I waited for the loo… I made my excuses and made it back to the, now, wife with my nutz intact, my voice slightly higher and a nagging thought of what if….Posted 4 years ago
I’d get the Lonely Planet Guide and have a look. Reykjavik is quite small but there is loads to see so don’t spend all day getting battered in a bar. Gullfoss, Blue Lagoon, Geyser etc are all well out of town.
In Reykjavik I’d go try and see Solfar
go up the bell tower of this
and wander up to Perlan for a coffee and cakePosted 4 years ago
It’s the Hallgrimskirche tower you can ascend, not the cathederal. Try to time it for when the bells ring:)
Mooching around the harbour is great, the fleamarket is always good for a laugh.
Tjorninn (the lake in the park) is fun if you like being mobbed by tame ducks- take some bread. Then go and visit the Radhaus (Town Hall) to look at the enormous 3d map of where you have spent the previous week.
The National Museum is very good. The displays about the Settlement are quite evocative, esp the outline of the boat on the floor.
There is a fair bit of interesting architechture to be seen, Harpa (on the waterfront), The Hallsgrimkirche on the hill and Perlan (Oskjahlid), the Hot water tanks all spring to mind. the latter has a exhibition inside, a great viewing platform and stunningly expensive cakes. Good coffee (like everywhere else). The willy museum has now moved to Husavik.
Arbaer, out of town, is the ‘Museum of life’ type place, old buildings and similar.
And, as everyone else has said- nightlfe starts later than here and is absurdly expensive! Nurse that Viking Gul. Viking is the local beer, Gul= Gold, the brew.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks Harry the Spider, those photos are fantastic. Are they yours? Amazing light for the first two.
And Ambrose, that’s exactly the kind of recommendations I wanted, thank you. Have you spent much time in Reykjavik?I’ve just checked how long it takes to get to the Blue Lagoon (an hour on the bus apparently), and given that I’ve only got a day I think I’d rather spend it in the city proper.Posted 4 years agosandal100Subscriber
The Perlan does a really nice four course set menu that is quite well priced, compared to the rest of town, which is mega money compared to home! It’s also revolving and you get a nice view over all the city while eating.
For some reasonably priced food the restaurant called vegamot, on a road called vegamotastigur which is down the hill into town from the hallsgrimkische. Normal uk priced food with a wide selection!Posted 4 years ago
I’ve visited Iceland many times. It’s my favorite place TBH- after Wales. I’d happily live there. Save the Blue Lagoon for the trip out to Keflavik, it is a great way to unwind. It also has a waterside bar, seen here in use as a DJ booth.Posted 4 years ago
Reykjadalur. Take your bathers too. Hot springs galore. The descent to Hveragerdi is awesome I’d imagine. I’ve walked it loads but yet to ride it.
Guide not really necessary, get a map instead.
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