I already did a blog on cafes in Reykjavik but if you are visiting Iceland it is a must to go to one. Another must is to visit an art museum or gallery: Icelander’s are big on visual arts.
National Gallery of Iceland
I like the National Gallery because they have a collection of traditional art from Iceland’s painting tradition.
Is a stunning museum in downtown that is very contemporary but I love its converted look, and the café has a wonderful view of my favorite mountain Esja. It also has free admission!
My great grand father, Johannes Kjarval has a exhibition of his life’s work on view at this museum named after him until April 13th. He was in many ways responsible for getting Icelanders to view their landscape as not just a natural enemy but one that was majestic and beautiful. It also has free admission!
What do Icelanders do? Icelanders are family orientated they are also very artistic and like to drink. So if “partying” is your thing just head downtown and go to any of the downtown bars, Icelanders party like it is 1999 every Friday and Saturday.
I think Boston is the coolest place right now, but it does not matter where you go Icelanders are never bored and really will make any place fun. Just be prepared to see some of the drunkest people you have ever seen, Icelanders never do anything half way!
Another must is going to a pool, or if you want to make a day trip go to the blue lagoon. I prefer the local pools because they are cheaper and some of them have saunas and all have hot pots for the same price but if you have made your way to all to Iceland you might want to go to the blue lagoon just be forward that it is filled with tourists! Please note if you are going to an Icelandic public pool be prepared to shower naked before you go into the pool! These pools are heated and totally fantastic even in the middle of the winter when it is snowing!
Hill-top pool with a great view of Reykjavik in the distance. Also boasts an indoor domed area, just in case it starts to rain.
A recently renovated salt-water pool on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, which means even less chlorine than usual.
Dubbed “the gay pool”, though for no apparent reason, Vesturbæjarlaug has the best hot-pots and sauna in town. I LOVE the sauna here! A great deal for around 3 dollors you can get a spa experience!
Another favorite is to head down to the ocean and take a long walk, it is a fantastic hike and wonderful if the day is nice! You can also see Esja which, is the most beautiful thing to see in Reykjavik! Above is a picture of the ocean, there is a great path, where you can walk the whole of Reykjavik, a great way to see and experience Reykjavik!
More to come on what to eat!