When looking at a map, Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world. In this amazing city, the streets are filled with shops, museums, and cafes. This is an area that has the feel of a city but is small enough to still feel the cozy community. Iceland has been ranked as one of the safest countries in the world with low crime rates and lots of human rights.
Around 123,000 people live in the city and get to call Iceland their home. The people who live in Reykjavik embrace their creativeness by painting their houses full of colors and decorating the streets with huge murals and wall art. The city has quirky streets and artwork that all help to make this city their home.
The amazing landscapes and waterfalls brings tourists to Iceland but in Reykjavik is the city that makes people want to stay. The culture and community in Iceland and Reykjavik are friendly and there is always something fresh to experience (read our blog all about Icelandic people and culture here).
Reykjavik is a city that you can go out with no set plans because something is bound to catch your eye like maybe one of the over 30 museums located in the city or any of the other buildings with the architecture a museum in itself. Here are some of our recommendations for top things to do in Reykjavik.
1. The Hallgrimskirkja Church
This church is the tallest building in all of Reykjavik that stands 244ft tall. The church’s architecture is meant to resemble the basalt columns that are located in Iceland like in the South Coast Reynisfjara beach. This church is free to visit but you can also go to the lookout at the top of the church for panoramic views of Reykjavik for a small charge.
2. Visit a Museum
There are so many museums to visit in Reykjavik the most exciting to me being the Whales of Iceland Museum which features 23 life-size models of whales, the multiple art museums, and of course the Icelandic Phallological Museum that houses the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts.
3. Icelandic hotdogs
One of Iceland’s most popular foods is their hotdogs. As an American, I have a view of hotdogs and now as a college student is a fast food staple because it is easy and cheap. However, hotdogs in Iceland are viewed in a whole different light, and rightfully so. Their hotdogs are made from mostly the Icelandic lambs that are treated with respect and are served with luxury condiments. While in Iceland, I urge everyone to try one of their popular hotdogs.
All of these things are just a few of the amazing activities that you can see when we head to Iceland in May of 2020. We will be having a group trip where we can all experience Iceland. Click here for our itinerary and reach out if you want to reserve your spot!