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Welcome to the most popular city in all of Iceland. Want to know what to do in Reykjavik for a day? The capital of Iceland has a lot to offer for all types of travelers.
And visiting Iceland is not just about exploring the golden circle of waterfalls or delving into its incredible volcanoes. If you are thinking of visiting Reykjavik you will be able to take advantage of your trip to Iceland in a very interesting way.
Visit the Hallgrímskirkja Church
Enjoying the Northern Lights in Iceland from Reykjavík is not the only “religious” experience you can have in the capital. The Hallgrímskirkja church is one of the most famous landmarks and is so large that you can almost see it from any part of the city.
It took 41 years to build. Don’t be surprised by its size! It is about 75 meters high. Because of its height, it is considered one of the landmarks in Reykjavik.
Tasting Icelandic food
We recommend that you take the opportunity in the capital to try the best traditional Icelandic food dishes. Reykjavik is popular for serving a Fiskasupa very very tasty.
This popular fish soup is also prepared in some restaurants with lobster or other seafood. We recommend that you do not miss the opportunity to try this typical dish of the capital. A good place to have it is the Old Iceland restaurant, next to the Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Walk around the Lake Tjörn
Just next to the old town you can find Lake Tjörn. This large lake is usually surrounded by birds and is ideal to visit if you are traveling with your family, as it is also surrounded by parks.
It is said that the city of Reykjavik was built “around the lake”, considering its central location. It is highly recommended to visit in sub-zero temperatures, you will be amazed to see how much of the lake turns to ice
Visit the Sun Traveler
In the year 1986 a contest was organized to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavik. For this, citizens were asked to participate in the construction of a statue that would symbolize the spirit of the Icelandic capital.
The winning sculpture was the Sun Traveler, by Jón Gunnar. It depicts a Viking ship, and is associated with the country’s history. It invites travelers who see it to imagine what their next destination will be. ⛵️
We hope these plans fill your day in the capital. If you have an extra day there, take the opportunity to take some of the day trips from Reykjavík, of which there are many. Are you looking forward to visiting Reykjavík?Now you know what to do in Reykjavik for a day. 😉