Colorful Things To Do in Reykjavik
Although a small city, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik! There’s something for every mood – restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, boutiques and more. We arrived during pride week; the city was completely enthralled in a multitude of colors! Streets were painted, stores were decorated with pride colors, displays were redesigned to reflect the celebration…everything seemed extra colorful and fun in the city. Concerts and parties indoors and outdoors with people from all over Europe joining the festivities. I cannot reiterate how many things there are to do in Reykjavik!
We went to the airport to pick up the remainder of the group and as the hungry hippo, I had breakfast at Joe & the Juice. I wish they had a location in Miami because their avocado toast was quite delicious! Hippo fed and group counted for, our first stop was Perlan for lunch (the food? let’s just say I’m very glad I had that avocado toast.) Everybody had a quick bite and headed outside for a panoramic view of the city. We then checked into our hotel, Fosshotel Reykjavik, located in the business district and a short walking distance to Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
Among the many things to do in Reykjavik, we stumbled upon the iconic “The Sun Voyager” a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, while exploring the city on our way to Harpa. Harpa is a beautiful glass structure that serves as a concert hall. The inside is as impressive as the outside; I highly recommend taking a peak inside. Added value: it’s free.
After our adventurous walk, we headed back to wind down. It was dinner time but hard to tell due to the long summer days in Iceland (the sun sets around 10pm!). I decided to have dinner with some of the people of the group at the hotel’s restaurant, which was surprisingly good. Rightfully so, my sweet tooth kicked in so I asked the waitress to recommend a locals’ spot; a few minutes later, we arrive at a donut shop! Needless to say, sugar rush was ON. Continuing the sharing of things to do in Reykjavik, we find Hallgrímskirkja. Well, it wasn’t really hard to find as it happens to be the biggest church in Iceland.
New day, new activities! The Golden Circle (post coming soon) is perfect to sample Iceland’s nature if you’re short on time. If you’re in Iceland for a week or so, definitely go on a road trip to really embrace this country’s nature side. At night, I took the group to explore the city in search for Osta Budin, a restaurant carefully chosen to meet budget and palate needs. I had some resistance regarding the restaurant but everyone finally caved in and actually loved the food. For a Nightlife guide to Reykjavik, check back next week!
As my last day in Reykjavik arrived, I continued with the exploring theme, joined a free walking tour for a historical and fun exploration of the city. After the tour, I hopped around boutique stores and cool bars amid the streets of Laugavegur. At night, we had our last group dinner and went for a stroll in the city in search for a popular ice cream parlor. Yes, in the freezing weather, we went in search for ice cream. Surprisingly, it was packed. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of the many things to do in Reykjavik! The best time to visit is in the summer…long days and fun nights – can’t beat that, right?
For a complete list of things to do in Reykjavik and events check out their website.