So you want to visit Iceland? GOOD! Arguably the most beautiful country in the world, Iceland has no shortage of things to do and see. And the capital city of Reykjavik is no different. You can spend a day or a week here, and still find things around every corner. So what are my top recommendations for Reykjavik if you only have a day?
This unique church is incredible inside and out. For the best views of Reykjavik (you know, all of those rooftop shots you’ve seen online, all shot here) go up to the bell tower. Make sure to walk around inside of the church as well, for some incredible Icelandic architecture.
The Sun Voyager
This sculpture is located right on the bay with an incredible view of the harbor and mountains in the background. It is an ode to the sun with a very interesting story! Finalized in 1990 and built out of stainless steel, it is a must see when in the city.
Harpa Concert Hall
When I think unique and modern, I think Harpa. This concert hall is one of a kind! I guarantee a walk through this will amaze you at how modern and unique Iceland is as a country and the vision behind this building is incredible. Sitting on the harbor, you are also in the view of the Icelandic naval ships and that’s pretty cool.
Laugavegur Shopping Street and Skolavordustigur
Wool everything and an adorable Christmas shop. Plus food vendors everywhere (for that authentic Icelandic hot dog). Need I say more?
Reykjavik Old Harbor
This area was one of my favorites. Located on the harbor (surprise surprise), it has the cutest buildings. This is also where you can launch on your excursions (whale watching for example). Take a walk around here and you’ll fall in love like I did.
Imagine Peace Tower
Built by Yoko Ono as a memorial to John Lennon, this “tower” sends a ray of light into the sky to symbolize wisdom, healing and joy. It basically stands for peace and everything Yoko and John believed in and fought for. Pretty cool sight and story.
This church is worth the visit for the architecture and is located right next to the Icelandic Parliament. Worth a visit!
There are several highly rated museums in Reykjavik as well, and though I didn’t visit them, I did pass them several times and I would say they are worth a visit. As I said, there is no shortage of things to do in this wonderfully unique city. I loved my day here! It is the perfect base for an Icelandic adventure.
So, let me know, have you ever visited Reykjavik? And if so, what is your favorite thing to do in the city? And if not, would you ever visit? As always, remember to follow me on Instagram and Facebook to know when the next post is up! XOXO