City Center district in Reykjavík capital of Iceland

  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • Hallgrimskirkja and Harpa are two of the best known landmarks in Reykjavík
    Hallgrimskirkja and Harpa are two of the best known landmarks in Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík Iceland is in the district City Center
    Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík Iceland is in the district City Center
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík
  • City Center Reykjavík
    City Center Reykjavík

 

Reykjavik is the birthplace of Iceland. According to written sources from the 13th century, it is the place of settlement of Ingólfur Arnarson; often referred to as the man who found Iceland. Archeological research has confirmed that already in the ninth century a Viking village existed where Reykjavík is now. The result of the study can be viewed at an exhibition in Aðalstræti.

Reykjavík City Center is also the center of government in Iceland and much more

The Reykjavík city center district is the center of government, culture, and commerce in Iceland. In the city center, there are many government buildings and institutions, both for the Icelandic government and the city. The most prominent building is, of course, the Icelandic parliament by the tiny park Austurvöllur. When the parliament is in session, a flag is waving one the building. When the public is offended Icelanders flock in front of this building to demonstrate and demand changes.  It is in a way an icon of our precious democracy.  Other impressive buildings are the offices of the prime minister, formerly a prison from the 18th century, the city hall, the main church and the marvelous modern music and conference hall Harpa with outer walls designed by the Danish / Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson.

Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur are two streets you must know and see in Reykjavík

The city center is crowded with restaurants and coffee houses. At the city pond, there is the great sculpture “In memory of the anonymous official” by Magnús Tómasson, facing The city hall. To the south of the core center and the pound are the main buildings of the University of Iceland. The Reykjavík airport is also in the district of the city center. From the center towards the east is the main shopping street, Laugavegur initially leading to the hot springs of Laugardalur where the people in Reykjavík would take the laundry for washing.
From Laugavegur is a turn to Skólavörðustígur leading to the big church, Hallgrímskirkja, on the hill is Skólavörðuholt. The street is the home of fantastic design shops, galleries, cafés, restaurants, small stores and artist shops. From the tower of the church Hallgrímskrikja, the view is excellent. In front of the church is a statue of Leif the Lucky the man who we claim discoverer of America, by the American sculptor Alexander S. Calder.

All the old marvelous houses we managed to preserve in the City Center in Reykjavík

Alongside Laugavegur is Hverfisgata, with the old museums house, with standing exhibitions of Icelandic culture and the National Theater, an impressive design by Iceland's most prominent architect Guðjón Samúelsson. The city center is also a great place to live, and understandably most of the houses are old since this is the first district built in Reykjavík. Since other districts didn't start to develop until the twenties and the thirties, the district of the city center is the heart of Reykjavík.

For the residents of the city center, Reykjavík provides good service, like preschool, primary and secondary schools, college and other educational institutions. There is a beautiful old indoor swimming pool built almost a century ago, currently under renovation with a long-awaited outdoor swimming pool to be added. People who live in the city center, the district is considered to the best and most attractive place to live in Iceland today.

Reykjavík Iceland map of City Center (Miðbær) district

If you are going to visit the Reykjavik the capital of Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Reykjavík City Center.

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Whale watching Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

The tour starts at the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik. Merely steps away you will find Eldey Visitor Centre, located on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. And here is where you will meet the crew for the day.  Before (or after) the tour, at your convenience, you can stroll through our souvenir shop, have a drink at the Whale Café or enjoy the onboard whale exhibition located in the hull of the boat. The show includes multimedia images and videos of whales as well as interesting facts about the cetaceans and other marine animals we are likely to see on tour. From that point, you will be shown to the whale watching vessel that will take you on tour.

Whale watching in Reykjavík Iceland
Ice Super Truck adventure for a day

This adventurous one-day super truck tour takes you to the South coast with an added glacier activity. 

The day starts off with a visit to one of Iceland’s most famous and fascinating waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here you can walk behind the falling water and experience something different.  But you need to be careful as the trail is narrow and most of the time a bit slippery.  Extra caution is required during winter, and proper footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for a good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round.

Southern Region in Iceland
Ice cave

Natural wonders, ice cave, icberg lagoon, northern lights

The south coast of Iceland is the home of some stunning natural wonders and spectacular places to visit.  This tour highlights the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón, the Diamond beach, a visit to an actual Ice cave, and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.  As evening approaches on our way back to Reykjavík, we start looking for the Northern light’s and make a stop if we spot a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.

 

South Region in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group

Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.  If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions.  Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.

Reykjavík
2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

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