Reykjavik, on the southwest coast of Iceland, is the islands capital and the northernmost capital in the world; it is a quirky, beautiful city full of colourful buildings and creative, welcoming people.
What to Do in Reykjavik:
Reykjavik is a popular destination and as a result, there are many tours and activities organised for visitors – trips to the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, snowmobiling, whale and puffin watching and treks on fabulous Icelandic ponies are all on offer. And of course, no trip would be complete without a night time adventure to watch the Northern Lights!
Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, there are museums, art galleries and exhibitions all across the city.
The Old Harbour is now home to a cinema, restaurants, jewellers and high fashion, designer boutiques.
The Harpa Concert Hall and Cultural Centre is definitely worth a visit, with concerts and exhibitions frequently held.
For the more open minded, a visit to the Iceland Phallological Museum has got to be on your list; its displays of silver castings of each member of the Icelandic handball team, and a collection of whale penis’s, amongst many others, are also available as postcard from the gift shop to send home to your loved ones!
Reykjavik is famous for its vibrant nightlife when the city comes alive with music and lights; live music, clubs, and parties start late and go on until the early hours. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming, safe and inclusive.
Where to Eat in Reykjavik:
Lamb, dairy and, not surprisingly, fish all feature highly on the traditional Icelandic menu, but like the cosmopolitan city it is, you can find cuisine from all over the world in Reykjavik.
Café Flora specialises in wholesome local produce, some grown by the restaurant itself, with delicious snacks, coffee and cake to top it all off.
Glo serves a fusion of Greek, Asian, Icelandic and Scandinavian cuisine, with an organic vegetarian twist – elaborate salads and raw food are their speciality.
Saegreifinn in Old Harbour is a seafood restaurant, and their lobster soup is famous throughout Iceland; your fish is cooked to order in front of you, and the atmosphere is homely and relaxed.
These are just a couple of the fabulous restaurants and eateries to choose from – find your own favourite!
Shopping in Reykjavik:
Surprisingly, Reykjavik is well known for its home grown designer fashion – Icelandic clothing, accessories and jewellery is globally recognised as stylish and trending. But top designers also have outlets here, such as Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood. Shops such as KronKron stock clothes by all the recognisable names.
The arts and crafts merchandise on display in shops is unique and unusual, and well worth a browse.