Top things to do in Reykjavík in 2 days
To get the best of Iceland in just 48 hours you need a really good 2 days in Iceland itinerary!
Here is the perfect 48 hours itinerary for Reykjavík.
Starting the day
Eat breakfast at one of the bakeries or coffee houses. Sandholt Bakerí at Laugavegur 36 opens at 7:00 am, pick up a Grapevine and capture some local info.
Save some money
Buy yourself a Reykjavík City Card for 24 hours – available from tour operators, hotels, hostels, and Kvosin supermarket. Entrance to city buses, thermal swimming pools, 11 museums and galleries plus the ferry to Víðey Island.
Book tomorrow’s tour
You will see more with a combo! Maybe, a glacier hike with volcanoes and waterfalls, rafting and whale watching, golden circle and snorkeling in Silfra fissure or a golden circle and super jeep tour. There are so many options.
Take the 14 bus to the pool at Laugardalslaug. Relax in the sea-water hot tub – most museums and galleries open around mid-morning. Catch the bus back to Hlemmur then head to Hallgrímskirkja, the iconic white church on the hill.
Photo from GAS from Reykjavík Grapevine
Hallgrímskirkja church tower and Kaffi Loki
Take the elevator to the top, on a clear day you will have the best view ever over Reykjavík. Wander across the road to Kaffi Loki for an Icelandic treat or two, if it’s too early for lunch try coffee and kleina (Icelandic pastry) or delicious Icelandic rye bread ice cream.
Reykjavík wanderings, museums and galleries
Strolling downhill through Skólavörðustígur and the main Laugavegur Street will show you the best of Reykjavík´s quirky artisan quarter and give you the chance to pick up a souvenir or two.
Photo from Iceland Monitor
Visit some museums and galleries, bask in culture and enjoy their wonderful cafes.
Take bus 1 to Hamraborg, Kópavogur, head to the church then follow the footpath around Kársnes peninsular. For the next hour you will breathe invigorating sea air as the stunning ocean and mountain scenery nourish your soul.
Supper and nightlife
Icelandic fish is so fresh! My favorite fish restaurants include Messinn on Lækjargata and Kólar on the harborside but the choice is very wide. Dip into the bars and clubs around Laugavegur, Bankastræti and Hverfisgata.
Day 2 – Tor
Rise early and you are away – following your dreams and building memories which will last a lifetime.
Supper and the Icelandic spirit
Brennivín is a caraway-laced schnapps. If you go for Kaffi Loki´s good value Icelandic Braveheart option you will get a Brennivín shot and some traditional Icelandic foods to try.
Capture the Vesturbær atmosphere at Kaffihús Vesturbæjar at Melhagi. Pop in for wine, beer or a meal then plunge into Vesturbæjarlaug swimming pool just across the street. Head towards the ocean and walk around Ægisiða.
Photo by Elísabet Blöndal
Chill with a film at Háskóla Bíó and or the very stylish Bíó Paradís on Hverfisgata.
Bars, restaurants, and nightlife try out the lower end of town and the harbor area.
A map and a camera were all I needed to explore the beautiful city Reykjavik and to see it in all its glory. It was a sunny Friday, a perfect day to go outside for a walk in the capital city of Iceland. I discovered and visited so many beautiful places.
River Rafting in Iceland is somewhat of a local sport and also a way to explore glaciers. Find out why!
Snorkeling in Silfra fissure takes you in between tectonic plates. It is actually the only place in the world where you can do so. Find out more.