Exploring the city of Reykjavík
Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland, and is the Island’s largest city, making it the center of urban life, cultural advancement and haven for arts and festivals.
The city also leads the world as one of the top greenest places, and pushes natural initiatives when it comes to energy use, water and food. According to an article by Grist, the town’s goal is to be completely free of fossilized fule by 2050!
If you’re traveling to Iceland and are planning on staying in Reykjavík for a few days, you more than likely will be eager to visit the most popular destinations within the city. Don’t worry, there are plenty of local attractions and places to experience during your stay!
In this post, we’ll give you the grand tour of Reykjavik, so you know exactly what to do and where to go. From tourist hot spots, to some more out of the way hidden secrets that you’ll want to discover, we’ll cover it all for you!
Our hope is that by reading this post, you’ll have a better understanding of the city of Reykjavík and the people living here, some history tid-bits here and there, places that sell excellent food, and above all, an open door for you to get out and be adventurous. That is, after all, why you’re planning on visiting us, right?
So without further delay, join us as we explore the city of Reykjavík!
Visit the Kringlan Mall
Yes, we have a mall here in Reykjavík, with dozens of stores and restaurants to check out! Get a first hand peek of modern society by looking and trying out some of Iceland’s best sports clothing and outdoor apparel by visiting the 66 North Store, or visit the food court where you’ll have a large selection of fast foods to taste!
We also recommend that you stop by the Bonus Grocery store where you can find fresh ingredients to take with you on whatever adventure you find yourself on!
From vegetables and fruits, meats and dairy, to easy preparation snacks and meals, Bonus offers it all at great prices.
Catch a movie at the SAMbion Theater
With over three different auditoriums, our Sambion movie theater is renovated with the latest features in cinema, including comfortable lounge seating, state of the arch screen projection, and delicious popcorn and snacks to make your cinema experience more enjoyable! You can either purchase tickets in the theater, or get them in advance by going online at www.sambio.is/Vouchers.
The Settlement Exhibition
If you’d like to freshen up on some history of the first Icelandic people, you can visit the Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavík, which has on display hundreds of artifacts and ruins of houses dating back to the age of the vikings.
According to the Reykjavik Museum’s website; “The exhibition is based on scholars theories on what the heritage sites in central Reykjavík can tell us about the life and work of the first settlers. The focus of the exhibition is the remains of a hall from the Settlement Age which was excavated in 2001.”
Icelandic Street Food Restaurant
According to the restaurant owner and founder Unnar Helgi; “Icelandic Street Food is the first fast food concept in Iceland with traditional Icelandic food, the idea was to give all visitors of the country the fullest experience of home made Icelandic traditional food without going out and spending a fortune for fine dining. Icelandic Street Food is a family owned business with recipes made from my Grandmother. She makes all our traditional delicacies such as Icelandic Pancakes & Happy Marriage Cakes.”
You can really eat just about any tasty Icelandic dish here, whether you’re looking for a delicious bowl of lamb soup served in a bread bowl, or cod fish fried with chips – the Icleandic Street Food is your one stop to experiencing all of our islands popular foods and desserts!
Laugardalslaug Public Swimming Pool
This swim park is one of the most amazing to visit in Iceland, and offers lots of ways for you to relax with heated waters all year round, water slides for the kids, Volleyball, hot tubs and much more! Unlike some lagoons, this one is actually very affordable, and costs about $10 per person. A lot of visitors like to visit this pool to rejuvenate themselves after arriving in Iceland, as sometimes the long flight from their country and getting settled can be a stressful event. Stopping by the public pools to soak your body in the warm waters is a great idea before you begin traveling to see the other parts of Iceland!
Rent a Kuku Camper Van
As you are wrapping up your urban visit in Reykjavik, it will be time to hit the open road to see some of the most beautiful places on the planet. To do that, you’ll want to stop by and book a Kuku camper van for your trip. We like to call our Kuku Camper Vans ‘Hotel on Wheels’ because it’s literally like being in the comforts of a hotel room but getting to travel anywhere you want!
A few benefits our vans offer that our happy customers enjoy are:
Free mileage –
That’s right, unlike some camper van rental companies, we don’t charge you extra for the miles you drive. That means you can take a trip on the Ring Road and go in circles until you get dizzy and become sick – whatever you want to do!
No extra insurance fees -
your kuk camper van is covered in the case the wind blows you off the road at no extra cost to you. Everything is included in your affordable amount!
Amazing interior amenities –
Our campervans come equipped with all the comforts of home, and include things like a kitchen table to sit at, cooler to keep your food cold, a gas stove to cook fresh and delicious meals, dishes, pots and pans and utensils, and even power outlets to charge your electronic devices with!
Before you travel the great landscapes of Iceland make sure you’re driving your next adventure – make sure you’re driving a Kuku Camper Van!