Beautiful Reykjavík

I am absolutely in love with this city. There’s so much to look at; colourful houses, beautiful architecture, creative street art & a myriad of unique shops. I’ve spent countless hours wandering around the city, discovering something wonderful at every turn. Here are some of my favourite things about Reykjavík 🙂

  1. Hallgrímskirkja tower – Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and it took 41 years to build. It’s Brutalist style architecture is stunning to look at and the view from the tower is magnificent. The inside is just as beautiful – it houses a large pipe organ that is really something to see.
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View of Reykjavík.

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Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík.

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Pipe organ inside Hallgrímskirkja.

2. Kolaportið flea market – Kolaportið is Iceland’s only flea market. I am always on the hunt for a market in every city that I visit. I loved this market because it was quite unique – lots of dried fish & seafood for sale, beautiful second hand clothes and lots and lots of books (needless to say, I was in heaven). I purchased some beautiful reindeer antler earrings from Grétar Þór Pálsson, a local artist specializing in carvings made of whale and reindeer. His work is absolutely stunning and very unique.

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Kolaportið flea market.

3. Harpa – Harpa Concert Hall is absolutely brilliant – from its unique design to the variety of concerts and events held here. Great place to take a break from sightseeing; enjoy a coffee or grab a bite to eat while taking in the beautiful architecture.

4. The Old Harbour – I loved walking around the harbour, there’s so much to see – a variety of beautiful boats, great restaurants & a stunning view of the mountains.

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Welcome to the Old Harbour.

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The Old Harbour, Reykjavík.

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The Old Harbour, Reykjavík.

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Lobster & Stuff on the harbour.

5. The soup at Noodle Station – One of the best soups I’ve ever had – this place has been voted “best soup in the city” and for good reason. The portions are generous, the soup is very flavourful and the price is reasonable (1540 ISK = approx $16 CAD).

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Noodle Soup with chicken.

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Noodle Station, Laugavegur 86, Reykjavík.

6. Sólfar (“Sun Voyager”) – It’s no wonder that Jón Gunnar Árnason’s interpretation of a Viking-era ship won the outdoor sculpture competition to celebrate Reykjavík’s 200th anniversary. This ode to the sun really is something to see in person.

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Sólfar (“Sun Voyager”) by Jón Gunnar Árnason.

7. Þúfa by Ólöf Nordal – I absolutely love this unique outdoor art instillation by Ólöf Nordal. There are stone steps that you can walk on to get to the top where you will find a fishing shed with fish drying inside. The top of the installation provides you with a beautiful view of the harbour & Harpa Concert Hall.

8. The colourful houses – I am completely in love with how colourful this city is. I decided to walk around and take as many pictures that I could of all the different colours. Here is the result…

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The many colours of Reykjavík.

9. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand – I was told by many people that I had to try a hot dog from the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand. It sounds funny but this is, hands down, the best hot dog I have ever had (and I was 100% sober). It’s made with fried & raw onions, ketchup, sweet mustard and remoulade. The stand has been featured in Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and has had a few famous patrons including Bill Clinton & Charlie Sheen.

10. The many wonderful cafés – One of my favourite things to do in Reykjavík was to stop by different cafés, grab a coffee and read or write in my journal. It was nice to take a break from sightseeing and do some people watching. The coffee and croissants here are to die for.

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Kaffibrennslan, Laugavegur, Reykjavík.

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Kaffitár, Bankastræti 8, Reykjavík.

11. Lobster Soup – On my last night, I stopped by Saegreifinn for some lobster soup – it was phenomenal. I was told that you must eat lobster soup when in Iceland and I’m so glad that I did, it was delicious.

12. Beautiful street art – Each street I walked down had some kind of street art and I’m not talking about tagging, these were works of art. As I said, there’s something to see at every turn.

13. Lake Tjörnin – Located next to City Hall, this lake is home to many ducks and seagulls and is a peaceful little place to take a break from sightseeing. Bring along some bread and feed the birds or just sit enjoy the lovely view.

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Lake Tjörnin, Reykjavík.

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