Reykjavik viewed from Perlan.

I love Reykjavik and have been there three times now with my wife, Leashia. [2009, 2017 and 2018]. Monique, my daughter joined us in 2017. When I return in the not too distant future I intend to drive the ring road around Iceland.

I’ve loved Icelandic music for some time; Sigur Ros, Amiina, Hafdis Huld and Múm initially. Then I heard Sóley, Samaris, of Monsters and Men and Rokkurro and loved what I was hearing. I have yet to go to the Icelandic Airwaves Festival but would love to go to that too. [Note- Super Early Bird tickets for 2020 have been purchased! – which will now be held in 2021].

Click on the links at the bottom of this page for more stuff on exploring Reykjavik, things to see and do, excursions, eating and drinking and lots more.

Reykjavik is not a big city but is charming and there is plenty to see and do: Churches, museums, record shops, pubs. The newish Fly Over Iceland attraction is getting great reviews although I have not experienced it yet. In a nutshell- Reykjavik is a great place to just wander.

The Blue Lagoon is near the airport, not in Reykjavik, but there are plenty of thermal pools in the city. Click here for more info.

You can visit any time of the year. I prefer the winter which can be magical with just a few hours of daylight and it means you may get to see the Northern Lights and everything shrouded in snow. DO NOT go to Iceland just to see the Northern Lights, as they can be elusive. It’s a wonderful added bonus if you are lucky enough catch them. There are many tours that take you away from the city in order to chase the lights, or you can wander away from the city centre and see them yourself for free, maybe.

The summer is warmer, has long days, the midnight sun and it is easier to get around and this is when Reykjavik and major sights are at its busiest.

Reykjavik is the perfect base to get beyond the city and explore. The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, glaciers and waterfalls are all within reach.

It’s bloody expensive of course but there are a few ways to keep the prices at a near sensible level. Read on, I have some tips for you –

Quick Links:

Practicalities

Interesting places for free

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