Hallgrimskirkja

The Lutheran Hallgrimskirkja Church dominates the city. Its streamlined design is striking although it is quite simple inside. If you want to go up the tower there is a fee, and probably a queue.

Einar Jonsson Sculpture Garden.

Most reviews say the best bit about this museum is the sculpture garden which is free. We went on New Years Day 2019 so the museum was closed anyway but the sculpture garden was open.

It also has my favritist and wrongist statue ever!

Tjornin and Town Hall.

I love Tjornin, which is a lake and park right by the modern Town Hall just off from the town centre. The lake has a multitude of birds desperate to be fed. The town hall may be a bit ugly on the outside but inside it looks great and there is a large 3D model of Iceland to behold in the hall.

Tjornin in the Spring:

Tjornin in Winter:

Radhus -The Town Hall

Harpa

This striking concert venue with numerous halls near the harbour is lovely inside and out. The facade comes to life at night with changing rainbow colours and designs. Inside is like being inside a diamond tiara! The shop inside is interesting but pricey.

Walking around.

Mooching around the City, marvelling at the huge selection of Icelandic wool jumpers [called Lopapeysa], enjoying the architecture, the mountains in the distance and statues dotted around which are absolutely free. If you do give in and buy something, do not forget to get a tax form, you can claim the tax back at the airport.

The Big Bosom.

If you look past Harpa towards the harbour you can see a large mound at the end of the harbour arm. We had no idea of its name or purpose, so we named it ourselves. On New Years Eve 2018 Leashia and I decided to investigate before it got dark. The walk there was pleasant and we even saw a seal watching us from the sea! As we approached the mound there was a fishy smell in the air.

The mound itself has narrow stairs winding around it and we made our way to the top where the source of the fishy smell became apparent. At the very top there were fish hanging in a cage drying in the fresh air. The view back towards the city as the dark descended was lovely.

[NB- We have since found out that this mound is called Thufa and is in fact a very large work of art].

Outside Reykjavik.

The wonderful natural geographical marvels, which includes The Golden Circle near Reykjavik are all free – yay! Getting there by coach or hire car is not, booo!

QUICK LINKS:

Reykjavik Homepage

Practicalities

Museums

Eating and Drinking

The Golden Circle

The South and The Blue Lagoon

East of Reykjavik

West of Reykjavik

Record Shops and Music

New Years Eve

Further inspiration and Reading