Reykjavik has something for everyone, from amazing restaurants, beautiful museums, to quant shops. Below is our list of Five Free Things To-Do in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and home to 2/3’s of the country’s population so it truly is the heart of Iceland. For these reasons alone it is worth at least a few days of every traveler’s time. Being in such a large city can be quite expensive so we created a list of our favorite, absolutely free, things to do in Reykjavik. These could all be knocked out in an afternoon and would be a perfect way to get acquainted with the city. After saving all that money the first day you can check out seven can’t miss Icelandic adventures! Without further ado, we give you our list of Five FREE Things To-Do in Reykjavik:
#1) Explore the Harpa Concert Hall
Opened in 2011 the Harpa Concert Hall has won numerous awards for its stunning design and architecture. Geometric steel framework dotted with different colored glass panels lead to surreal color changes within Harpa’s halls. The building also contains a hotel, two restaurants, and numerous shops. Given all this and its proximity to the water and other free attractions it tops our list as the best free thing to-do in Reykavik.
#2) Visit Hallgrimskirkja Church
A statue of Leif Eiriksson stands guard over the harbor in front of Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland’s most recognizable church. Shaped to look like the hardened magma columns of the waterfalls dotting Iceland’s countryside this church tops out at 244 feet tall. With a minimalistic interior the pipe organ rises to prominence and soft, yellow lighting brings out the simple beauty of the hall. For $7 USD you can book a tour to climb to the top of the tower for a fantastic view of the city.
#3) Walk around Laugavegur Street
On the old “Wash Road” Reykjavik’s primary shopping street is home to bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops of all kinds. Perfect for just walking around or further exploring what each shop has to offer Laugavegur Street is a great way to spend a few hours. If you’re in the mood for delicious chocolates and candies be sure to try out Vínberið!
#4) The Sun Voyager
The Sun Voyager is often mistaken as an ode to Leif Eriksson and his Viking ships, instead it is intended to represent the sun and symbolize light and hope. Regardless of what people think it looks like, on a clear day this massive steel sculpture is a sight to behold. Looking west out across the bay towards Mt. Esja the glass floors reflect the blue skies and make the sculpture appear to be almost seaworthy (minus the gaping holes in the sides!).
#5) Hike around Perlan Observatory
Many people recognize Perlan for its phenomenal view over downtown Reykjavik, and rightfully so it’s incredible! However, along Perlan’s hillside there are numerous old WWII bunkers all open to be explored. Remember to pack a flashlight so you can explore the tunnels and a camera to document your adventures. Regardless of how much you explore the tunnels, the views of Reykjavik along the path are all worth the hike!
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