Reykjavik, Iceland

Our Iceland/Ireland trip is right around the corner and one of the many interesting places we are visiting is Reykjavik, Ireland’s capital. To help you get a sense of its culture, here is a list of a few fun places to see in Reykjavik:

Top five places to visit in Reykjavik

Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights)

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most exhilarating creations. These lights are created due to the interaction of the earth’s atmosphere and the sun’s electronically charged particles, causing a different patterns of colors every single day! Because we are going in October, we might just be lucky enough to see these lights.

National Museum

The museum is known for displaying artifacts from the early settlements alongside those of modern ages and is definitely a must-visit for history enthusiasts. We definitely recommend a visit as tourists always have a more engaging and enlightening experience when they know how the city first came to be before they begin to explore it.


Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest church in the city, makes the perfect postcard picture to send to your loved ones back home. Visible from 20 kilometers away, this architectural masterpiece is is the “north star” of Reykjavik. At the top, a picturesque panoramic view of Reyjkavik awaits.


The “commercial artery” of downtown Reyjavik, Laugavegur is one of the oldest shopping streets of the city. Immerse yourself in the culture of the city as you experience the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This street is also home to numerous nightclubs and restaurants, much like Newbury Street in Boston.


Harpa is a concert hall and conference center in Reykjavik, known for its award-winning architecture. It is definitely worth a visit for one of Reykajvik’s famous music shows.

Notable Restaurants in Reykjavik


Grillmarkadurinn is one of THE best restaurants in Reykjavik, co-founded by Hrefna Rósa Sætran! Their ingredients are bought from the locals and are best known for Nordic and Scandinavian traditional food with a modern stylistic twist.

Svarta Kaffid

The polar opposite of Grillmarkadurinn, Svarta Kaffid is a cozy cafe in Laugavegur. A family-owned restaurant, this cafe offers great food at a more than affordable price.