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Local Guide

If it’s happening in Reykjavik, it’s happening right here. From art to music to food, keep an eye on everything taking place in Iceland’s vibrant capital. Have a look through the activities to get a taste of the city.

Festivals
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Dark Music Days

The music festival "Dark Music Days" is held annually in Reykjavik normally in January at the concert hall Harpa. The past years the festival has evolved to being a platform for musicians to present their music - both Icelandic and foreign musicians.  

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Winter Lights Festival

The Winter Lights Festival is held in February in Reykjavík.  This annual festival is held to celebrate the winter and at the same time the growing sun light after a long and dark winter in Iceland.  

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Festival of the Sea
Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea is an extension of Fisherman's Day, an Icelandic annual holiday usually held the first Sunday in June. Fisherman's Day has been celebrated since 1938 to honor the hard work and sacrifices of the Icelandic fisherman. The day became a legal holiday in 1987.

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National Day of Iceland
National Day of Iceland

The National day of Iceland is held on June 17th. The day is celebrated in Reykjavik by a grand program filled with all kinds of activities for the whole family in various places in the city. 

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Iceland Airwaves

Iceland Airwaves is a music festival held annually in the city center of Reykjavik.  The festival has been an annual event since 1999.  The festival was founded with the purpose of presenting Icelandic music to the world and that is still the focus along with showcasing international bands and musicians that participate in the festival.  

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Tours
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Golden circle

A truly a must see while in Iceland - no matter how often you been to Iceland, you really don't want to miss out on this one!  A spectacular waterfall, Geysir and pure natural beauty.  Quite a treat!

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Whale watching
Whale watching

If you are interested in seeing the magical creatures in the ocean, whales, you are at the right place.  Reykjavik is located right by the sea and the city center is in walking distance from the harbor.  

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South shore adventure

If you are a nature lover and would like to see different types of natural wonder in just one day then a visit to the south shore of Iceland is truly something you want to do.  

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Horseback riding

Do you like or even love horses?  If the answer is "yes" you really need to get close to the Icelandic horse and enjoy a bit of a quality time with him in it's natural habitat = the Icelandic nature!  

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Snowmobile

Snow, speed, glacier and pure Icelandic nature is what you get all at the same time while enjoying a snowmobile adventure while in Iceland.  The snowmobile ride takes place on a glacier so you don't need to worry about any lack of snow.  

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Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are really one of those natural wonders you just have to see with your own eyes to believe.  If you decide to come and visit Iceland during the winter time you might be lucky enough to see the Northern lights.  

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Activities
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Swimming pools

One of the "must do while in Iceland" is to visit one of our amazing swimming pools.  It shouldn't be difficult for you to find one since we have literally one swimming pool in every neighborhood in the capital area. 



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The geothermal beach

Has it been your life long dream to enjoy a day at a golden beach way up in the North Atlantic?  Well, your dream could come true while visiting Reykjavik since we actually have a lovely beach in the city.  

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Viðey

Reykjavík is located by the sea and so we have quite a few of small islands close to the city.  The biggest one and the most accessible is Viðey.  

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Flyover Iceland

If you would like to see the wonders of the Icelandic nature from a safe place without having to leave the capital then FlyOver Iceland is something you should check out.  

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Þingvellir
Þingvellir

If you are planning how to spend your day while visiting Iceland and you don't have to much time but would like to see something representing Iceland then you should make your way to Þingvellir.  

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Perlan
Perlan

One of the best place to see 360 degrees of Reykjavik skyline is at Perlan, one of the prominent landmark in Reykjavík.  The huge wrap-around balcony makes it possible to see all around the capital as well as the mountain range beyond.  

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Food
Bæjarins bestu
Baejarins bestu

Never mind the sheep heads and rotten shark, our unofficial national dish is actually the humble hot dog and this outdoor stand in the city center of Reykjavik is the best place in town to get one. 

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Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar

The menu at Jörgensen includes a good selection of Nordic cuisine mixed with international flavors.  With pasta, fish, meat and good options for vegetarians and vegans along with a comfortable atmosphere and beautiful settings, Jörgensen has it all!  Open for lunch, dinner and drinks every day of the week from 11:30 am to midnight.

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Tapas barinn

The Tapas barinn is a place bursting with delicious smells and flavours of traditional tapas along with the best of Icelandic tapas. The restaurant is located in the oldest part of t down town Reykjavik and offfers a lively atmposhere along with tasty tapas dishes. 

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Sumac Grill+Drinks

The Sumac restaurant offers an nostalgic atmosphere of the city of Beirut.  It is a place where locals and visitors can enjoy a tasty Middle Eastern Cuisine and Mediterranean cocktails.  The restaurant is located at Laugavegur, the main street in the city center of Reykjavik.  

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The Fish Company

If you are in the look out for a restaurant that specializes in fish courses the you should check out the Fish Company.  Located in the midst of the oldest part of Reykjavik the restaurant offers creative courses & the best of Icelandic nature, the fish.  

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Valdís

Even though we (Icelanders) live in a quite cold climate we can't get enough of ice cream!  One of our favorite thing to do - especially during weekends is to take a little drive around the city and stop by at an ice cream parlor. And yes, we have quite a few of ice cream parlors in Reykjavik.  

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Drinks
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Jörgensen Bar

A great buzzy bar, especially on Thursdays when there is live jazz.  Plus there is a kitchen in case you need food to soak up those drinks.  Happy hour is daily from 4 - 6 pm, plus extra long Happy Hour until 8 pm on Thursday nights.  

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Bravó

Here's a wonderful choice if you are longing for a fun night out.  Bravó offers a great variety of cocktails and drinks along with true Italian pasta and pizzas. 

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Kaffibrennslan

This coffee shop transforms into an evening bar, with one of the best happy hours in town.  Cheap beer and a great atmosphere, what more could you want? 


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Plaza bar
Plaza bar

If you are looking for a cozy and comfy bar located right in the heart of the action, then Plaza bar is what you might be looking for.  Good selection of drinks served to guests in comfy seats right in front of the fireplace.  With Happy Hour daily from 4 - 6 pm. 

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Lóa Bar

If you're in the mood for some tasty drinks in the buzzing city center then Lóa Bar is something you should check out.  With Happy Hour every day from 4-6 pm and lively atmosphere you can really get a glimpse of how the authentic Reykjavik lifestyle is. And if you get hungry, you can choose from a list of small courses to go with your drinks. 

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SKÝ bar

A tasty selection of cocktails, beers and wines is what you get when visiting SKÝ, the top floor bar located right in the center of Reykjavik.  And good drinks is not the only thing you are getting at SKÝ since you also get to enjoy one of the most spectacular city center and sea view you can get while visiting Reykjavik.  Definitely something you should check out!

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Music
Harpa
Harpa conert hall

You can't visit Reykjavik without going to this spectacular icon. A building that is all about amazing architecture and music. Such a treat for your eyes and ears!  

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12 tónar
12 tónar

Record store and indie music label under one roof offering coffee, live gigs, specialist literature and even a cosy corner to sample the music. 

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Lucky records
Lucky Records

If you're into your music then don't miss out on Iceland's biggest record store.  An eclectic mix of Icelandic and international artists brought to you by fellow music lovers. 

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Live music in house

If you would prefer to stay in and enjoy live music at the same time then you are in luck since every Thursday evening we offer live music at Miðgarður by Center Hotels, so if you are a guest at Miðgarður you don't have to go very far. 

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Tix

If you are searching for concerts, musicals, stand ups, theater or something related to the art scene in Iceland you should check out Tix.is.  They have it all!

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Art
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Marshall House

This old factory has been transformed into a one-stop-art-shop with three galleries under one roof.  There is even a restaurant in case looking at all that art makes you hungry. 

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Berg Contemporaty

The place to go if you want to see some contemporary Icelandic art - featuring a mixture of both emerging and established artists with abstract, art, installations and exhibitions.

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"Ode to Mother" Caratoes

This trippy music inspired "wall poetry" is pretty hard to miss - taking over the whole building slap bang in the middle of Laugavegur, the main shopping and restaurant street in the city center of Reykjavík. 

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"Furry flight" Sara Riel

Is it a fish? Is it a bird Is it made out of wool?  This psychedelic mural is one of the most selfied pieces of street art in the city, by prolific street artist Sara Riel. 

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Kjarvalsstaðir

The first and therefore the oldest art museum in Iceland is Kjarvalsstaðir.  Located right in the city center, the museum houses the works of Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland's most recognised and influential Icelandic artist.

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Ásmundarsafn

The museum Ásmundarsafn is a hard one to miss since the beautiful and massive sculptures are located in the garden outside of the museum that is a work of art itself. 

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Shopping
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The hand knitting association of Iceland

If you are looking for something authentic, you need to visit the Hand knitting association of Iceland - (Handprjónasamband Íslands). A true gem when it comes to finding the perfect Icelandic wool sweater which is a must have when in Iceland! 

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Aurum Jewlery
Aurum Jewellry

Here's something you should check out if you are in the search for a beautiful jewelry, preferably all Icelandic jewlery.  Aurum is an all Icelandic jewlery store located in the city center of Reykjavík. 

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Húrra Reykjavík
Húrra Reykjavík

If you like fashion and all that is cool, you should make your way to Húrra Reykjavík because you will find what you are looking for! 

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Books
Eymundsson

If you are into the classics when it comes books and literature you should make your way to Eymundsson - one of the pure classic bookstores we have that has been with us for quite some time now. 

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Gyllti kötturinn
Gyllti kötturinn

The store "Gyllti kötturinn" has in just a few years become one of the landmark of vintage fashion in Iceland.  The store is filled with beautiful vintage and second hands clothes - making it a true eye candy. 

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Litla jólabúðin

The "Litla jólabúðin" - translated directly into "The little Christmas store" is all about Christmas - all year round.  Completely filled with all the amazingly festive things we love about Christmas.  

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