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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Church
“Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. It was designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, who was often inspired in his endeavours by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. Construction of the church began in 1945 and ended in 1986, with the tower completed long before the rest of the building. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings completed in 1974 and the nave consecrated in 1986. The church features, most notably, a gargantuan pipe organ designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. Standing tall at an impressive 15m and weighing a remarkable 25 tons, this mechanical action organ is driven by four manuals and a pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes, all designed to reproduce powerful notes capable of filling the huge and holy space with a range of tones - from the dulcet to the dramatic. Its construction was completed in December 1992 and has since been utilised in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick. Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiríksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) – the first European to discover America. Records suggest that Leifur landed on the shores of the new world in the year 1,000 A.D., that's 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The statue, which was designed by Alexander Stirling Calder was a gift from the United States in honour of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the establishment of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD. ”
  • 358 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Harpa Concert Hall is a beautiful piece of Architecture. Inside you will find designer goods and restaurants”
  • 233 locals recommend
Pool
“The local swimming pool. Swimming pools are a big part of Icelandic culture. We love to go hang out and chat in the hot tubs and relax in the steam baths and sauna. Take your own swimsuits and bath towels and be prepared to shower before and after in a shared locker room. This one is my personal favorite due to the circular steam room and variety of temperatures in the hot tubs. After you can grab a burger at Hagavagninn, a coffee at Kaffihús vesturbæjar, get one of the best cinnamon buns in town at Brauð og co. or go to Ísbúð Vesturbæjar for an ice cream. Icelanders are also crazy for their ice cream and the swimming pool / ice cream combo is popular all year round!”
  • 264 locals recommend
History Museum
“For the history buffs who want to learn all about the vikings and the sagas.!”
  • 153 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“on top of Öskjuhlíð hill you can enter the Pearl, built on huge hot-water reservoirs and take the elevator up on 4th floor to enjoy the view. Or visit the glacier exhibition, or have a dinner on the 5th floor ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Pool
“One of the best things about Iceland is all the thermol swimmingpools. They say in any neighborhood there is one swimmingpool is walking distance. You are very lucky because Reykjaviks oldest swimmingpool is just around the corner. Sundhöll Reykjavíkur or the Swimming Palace as it would be directly translated to English is the oldest pool in Iceland and was built in 1937 & proudly designed by Guðjón Samúelson, state architect. “Sundhöllin” is located right in the heart of Reykjavik, only a few minutes walk from Hallgrímskirkja church so just about 1 minute walk from this studio. I recommand Ending the day with going to the hot tub and sauna and begining it with it also. The opening hours are: Monday - Friday 06:30 - 22:00 Saturday - Sunday 08:00 - 22:00”
  • 235 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Kringlan is the largest shopping mall in Reykjavík. Kringlan offers a wide variety of over 180 shops, a selection of places to eat and a range of services. At Kringlan you will find everything from a public library and a cinema to some of the finest fashion shops and restaurants in town. We are situated in the heart of Reykjavík, but don’t worry - there’s plenty of parking space Kringlan offers free rides from Reykjavik center to Kringlan on every hour from 10am - 5pm - Kringlan´s shuttle bus departures from Tourist information at City Hall.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This is the most popular restaurant in downtown Reykjavík.! And one of the best. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Pool
“You can't go visit Iceland without taking a swim in one (or ten) of it's swimming pools. Laugardalslaug is our favourite.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Reykjavík Art Museum is a dynamic and progressive scene which gives guests an opportunity to get to know diverse art and gain a deeper understanding of the historic, social, cultural and artistic context of different artworks. The museum exhibits work from Icelandic and international leading artists in Modern and Contemporary Art. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Local hang out. Good food and alway crowded. Nice atmosphere. You can not make a reservation here. ”
  • 174 locals recommend
Route
“Main street for shopping souvenirs and other thinks also restaurants and bars”
  • 158 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A museum beautifully located in a park close to the central. Ca 20 min walking distance from the flat. Check out the exhibitions. Has a lovely cafeteria - I recommend having lunch there.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Bakery
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“My favorite bakery <3. Many locations with amazing sourdough bread and baked goods. The cinnamon bons are to die for! Vegan options. All organic and amazing ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“High quality fish dishes. The owner is one of our best chefs. I recommend, and I really like the sushi plates. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Hostel
“It is a very nice, lively place to hang out with friends. They often have live music playing and they have a blackboard full of house brewed beers that you must try! There is a great mix of both tourists and locals. The food is also amazing. Must try the Kex Burger! ”
  • 106 locals recommend