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Things to do in Reykjavik

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Reykjavik. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Reykjavik attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Reykjavik to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Reykjavik.

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  • GuSt

    This tiny boutique in the city's main shopping district sells the quality womens fashions of native designer, Guðrún Kristín Sveinbjörnsdóttir. Com... More
  • Hand Knitting Association of Iceland

    The mittens, made with native wool, are ideal stocking stuffers. More
  • Kaffi Solon

    Occupying a former paint store, this bistro  is located just next door to the city's hottest shopping district. Ground zero for people watching — t... More
  • Kaffibarinn

    This trendy watering hole located down a small side street can be tough to get into. Prominently featured in the film 101 Reyjkavik, Kaffibarinn ha... More
  • Laugar Spa

    At the 200,000-square-foot spa, six tubs and an outdoor pool are filled with the Laugardalur Valley’s healing thermal waters. More
  • NASA

    Although chilly outside, it’s still hot (after eight years) inside this supernova nightclub with a spacious stage, where a galaxy of gorgeous carou... More
  • Q-Bar, Reykjavik

    Ground zero for the city's gay scene, this raucous venue in the nightclub district hosts DJ-spun music four nights per week. Billing itself as the ... More
  • Steinunn

    Offering an Icelandic take on luxury wear, this destination for designer womens knits is adjacent to the city's artsy waterfront district. Selling ... More
  • Superjeep

    Guide Ragnar Lovdaltakes you to the eerily silent Langjökull glacier, rumored to shelter Iceland's elves year-round. More

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