The Ultimate Guide to Downtown Reykjavík

Kristina and I got back from Iceland on Monday, but I’m finally getting around to posting about it now – it’s taken a few days to go through my 2,000+ pictures! It was so fun and I’m very excited to share our trip with you!

Where to Stay

∇ Hostel

There are so many great hostels in Iceland, such as Loft Hostel, Reykjavik Downtown Hostel, and Galaxy Pod Hostel. I recommend searching on Hostel World – you can filter by rating, security, price, etc. to find the best option for your stay!

∇ Airbnb

We went with Airbnb and rented out an entire 1 bedroom apartment for our stay in Reykjavik. We wanted to have a living room space to lounge in and a good sized kitchen to cook in (to save money instead of going out to eat for every meal!), so this made the most sense for us.

Don’t forget, if you are booking for the first time, you can get $35 in travel credit by clicking this link!

What to Do

∇ Tour the City

I highly recommend signing up for a free CityWalk Tour! It’s only two hours and you’ll learn all about the city from a local guide. It definitely helps to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings! Among many things, you will get to see…

The Parliament House


An Old Cathedral


Typical Colorful Icelandic Houses


and City Hall!


∇ Hallgrímskirkja Church

You can buy a ticket and take an elevator all the way up to the top and experience some fantastic views of the city below.



∇ Harpa Concert Hall

The outside of the Harpa Concert Hall is pretty cool looking, but you should definitely go inside and check out the stunning windows.


∇ Sun Voyager

While you’re down at the water, walk along the pathway and you’ll find this awesome sculpture of a Viking boat!


Where to Eat

∇ Cafe Babalú

After walking around in the cold, you should definitely warm up with a nice big bowl of SOUP! I got the tomato/vegetable soup and Kristina got the traditional Icelandic Meat Soup (made with lamb). It comes with big slices of bread and it’s such a great, hearty meal. They had many other comfort-food choices on their menu and really comfy chairs to relax in.


∇ Te & Kaffi

Te & Kaffi is great for a quick bite to eat or a coffee – which you can get to-go! There are many locations all throughout the city. This was a staple for us while we were out and about.


∇ Noodle Station

Yes, more soup – but this was so delicious! It’s a quick and inexpensive option for dinner and they have a vegetarian/vegan friendly choice, as well as beef and chicken.


Have you been to Reykjavik? What was your favorite thing to do or place to eat? Comment below!

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