As the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik is the country's largest city and most populated city. Because of this and its great location on the western coast of the country, Reykjavik is a great stop for anyone visiting Iceland. It is perfect to be a base camp during your time in Iceland while you take day trips to the many nearby destinations. If you need more ideas on places to see that make great day trips from Reykjavik, check out my post of the Best of Western Iceland! But if you want to just stay in Reykjavik, I don't blame you, there is so much to do in see just in this city!
When you first get to Reykjavik, you will quickly realize it is a pretty big city for such a small country. There are many different
parts of the city and the extents are pretty far, but we are sticking to downtown areas that are in walking distance to each other. Also, if you are looking for places to stay in the city, I
would suggest AirBnB. Hotels in Reykjavik are pretty expensive, but we were able to find a great apartment that had a great location!
The city has some beautiful architecture and you are able to experience this the best by just walking around the streets. Something I really liked about Reykjavik is the the different styles of architecture that you can see all over the city, there is such a cool mix of modern, Scandinavian, European, and obviously Icelandic (which is its own style!).
When you first settle in, my first suggestion would be to walk around the streets and look for some of the city's really awesome graffiti. The photos below are some of the amazing artwork I saw just walking around the streets! I ended up stumbling upon these ones, but there was even more that we didn't even get to see. I personally love the ones that take over the whole building!
This church is hard to miss, it is one of the tallest buildings in the area and has beautiful architecture! Along with admiring this building from the outside, walk inside! After all of that, go to the gift shop and buy an elevator ticket to go to the top of the windows. The views at the top are unbelievable! Walk around to all of the windows and enjoy, it is definitely worth the few dollars to get to the top.
Even though this isn't an actual destination, don't forget to check out the northern coast! There is beautiful views of the mountains beyond the bay area and there is a nice river walk so you can walk from one end of the city to the other along the rive with those stunning views.
Solfar (Sun Voyager) Sculpture
You will find this sculpture as you take the river walk along the northern coast. There is some history to this statue but more of a meaning than a history. It reflects back to the sun and the prospect to find new hope, land, and freedom.
The beautiful architecture of this building was inspired on off the look and crystallization of the basalt and lava structures of Iceland, which I find fascinating! This building serves as a concert hall for the city and the lobby area is open to the public. It is worth to see how pretty this building looks from the inside!
Seeing a sunset is always great especially when there is a clear sky! Even better than a sunset is one on the western coast of an island. Watching the sun make its way over the water horizon is so beautiful! If you are able to, there is a park all the way on the far coast of the city area. It was too far for us to walk, but it would be a perfect place to see the sunset on a clear day.
Located right in the middle of the city, this lake is a great place to find while walking around the city. During the winter the
lake was like half frozen over and had a peaceful feel to it and reflected the sunlight in a beautiful way. You could just sit on a bench there and hangout for a whole day!
Also along the northern area of the city, the harbor is another great place to see! This area is where many of the ships dock, from small personal fishing ships to large storage boats. More than just the view, this is the location that you can find tours leave for whale watching and puffing watching! All around the harbor area you can also find amazing seafood restaurants with extremely fresh seafood.
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