Planning a stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland? Here’s how to make the most of a quick, 24-hour trip.
As the world’s northernmost capital, many think Reykjavik is a cold, quiet city with limited things to see or do — and they couldn’t be more wrong. While yes, Reykjvaik does get cold, it’s also a vibrant, charming town with historic churches, museums and, of course, Iceland’s well-known natural beauty.
If you have a quick, 24-hour stopover in the lively capital of Iceland, here’s a visual itinerary to help you make the most of every moment.
Since the Blue Lagoon is close to Keflavik Airport – the main international hub – stop by this gorgeous, popular tourist spot for a quick dip to kill that jet lag and prepare for a whirlwind Reykjavik visit.
To fuel up for the day, stop at one of Reykjavik’s delicious fish houses for a taste of the local waters.
Then, head on over to the National Museum of Iceland to get a brief history of this interesting country.
Walk from the Museum over to the Tjörnin Lake for a peaceful stroll with views of Reykjavik’s skyline and the far-off mountains.
Iceland has a surprisingly good beer scene, so check out craft beer bars like Skuli or Mikkeller and Friends for dinner and drinks.
End your night at the popular Kex Hostel Bar. Housed in an old biscuit factory, Kex has a quirky, lively vibe at all hours of the day – and night.
Wake up early to take in sweeping panoramic views of the city from the Hallgrímskirkja church.
Grab a bite to eat, then head out on your merry way. To say a proper good bye to Iceland, stop by The Perlan, a 360-degree (free!) viewing deck with incredible shots of Reykjavik and beyond.
While 24 hours is never enough, the majority of Reykjavik’s main attractions are within easy walking distance from each other, so unlike many capital cities, you can make this short timeframe work in your favor.
Have you been to the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik? What would you add to this list?