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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.

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure

Geothermal swimming

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.

Hallgrimskirkja-church-Reykjavik-Iceland cafe-loki-reykjavik


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.

Whale Watching in Iceland

River rafting water splashing in the North of Iceland

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.


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