I have added this page as I often see people asking for suggestions of what to do on a short visit to Reykjavik. My suggestions below are obviously subjective and also time and budget dependant, but it should be helpful for the first time visitor.
If you are a first time visitor to Iceland, don’t forget to read my introduction to Reykjavik.
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When I travel I always try and book an early morning flight to the destination and a late evening flight home, this way I can get the most out of my visit. The itinerary below assumes that you are staying in Reykjavik and that you have 3 nights and 4 days ahead of you.
AM- Arrive Keflavik and transfer to accomodation.
PM- Explore Reykjavik. If the weather is smiley I think it’s a good idea to take a walk around Reykjavik. There are a few options here- a gentle mooch through the city centre to Tjornin via Hallgrimskirkja is rewarding and you can grab a lunch too from one of the centrally based cafes. A walk along the shore to Harpa and then to Tjornin is also an enjoyable option. Click HERE for more info on things to see in Reykjavik. If the weather is rather challenging you could choose to go to a couple of the excellent museums or just head to a bar that has an extended Happy Hour!
EVENING- End the day at a restaurant, bar or foodhall. Bed early [you will be up early tomorrow!].
AM/PM- It’s time to get up early and discover the natural wonders just outside of the city. A day trip to Þingvellir National Park is a must. The Golden Circle tourist trail is wonderful any time of the year. You can hire a car or pay for an organised trip. You can have lunch in the excellent cafe by Geysir.
EVENING- Bar/restaurant or foodhall. Bed early again [unless you have a chance to see The Northern Lights in which case you can take a tour or go somewhere dark and look up].
AM/PM- Up early again for a Day trip to see waterfalls to the East of Reykjavik on the south coast. Again, you can either hire a car or go on an organised trip for this. Take a packed lunch or stop for lunch at a petrol garage restaurant.
EVENING- I like to have a special dining experience for the last night, both Forrettbarinn and The Reykjavik Kitchen are great options here.
AM/PM- WAAA! Your final day in Reykjavik. You could go shopping or visit a museum. If your flight allows you could stop off at The Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. If the high price of The Blue Lagoon is too scarey you could visit Laugardalslaug thermal baths in Reykjavik instead before heading to Keflavik.
There- you go- simples! There are many other options of course and you can find out more if you read my blogsite, click on the links below to find out more. My advice is not to try and cram in everything- less is more. You will return!