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What To Do With Your Free Time in Iceland

Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland offers a wide variety of activities and scenery. Choose to explore the picturesque town of Reykjavik, soak in a thermal spa or indulge in the local food scene.

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The Laugaveger neighborhood will expose you to the best of Iceland’s shops and boutiques. Wander these streets to find quirky souvenirs and tons of Scandinavian design. The main street also offers unique bars and restaurants to stop in and grab lunch or a pint of Borg beer.
FREE – $
Hours: Accessible 24/7!
Location: About a 10 minute ride from your hotel.


Harpa Concert Hall
The Harpa Concert Hall is a triumph of the modern architectural design Iceland is known for. The exterior façade was made to mimic the dancing colors of the northern lights. Purchase tickets and see a concert or head inside to admire the interior and eat a modern take on traditional Icelandic food at the restaurant.
$ – $$
Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 am; showtimes will vary
Location: On the water; a 10 minute walk from your hotel.
The name of this restaurant translates to ‘The Sea Baron.’ If you’re looking for a delicious way to experience Icelandic cuisine, this is your restaurant. Sægreifinn offers Icelandic fish dishes and it is famous for its fish soups. The no frills approach to good food will leave you with a full stomach and quench your thirst for an authentic culinary experience.
Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Just a five minute walk from your hotel!
  Arbaer Open Air Museum
This museum offers a window into the lives of Iceland’s original inhabitants. Learn about the hardships faced by the first settlers while you wander through the replicated, traditional Icelandic homes and government buildings.
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Jun. – Aug.; 1:00 – 5:00 pm Sep. – May. Daily guided tours at 1:00 pm
Location: About a 20 minute ride from your hotel.
This church is an example of Iceland’s modern architectural style. Its location in the middle of the city makes it easy to visit. The interior is breathtaking and the views from the top of the tower are the best in the city.
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oct. – Apr.; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm May – Sep.
Location: Central Reykjavik, about an 8 minute ride, or 15 minute walk from your hotel.
  National Museum of Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland hosts information on the most important moments of Iceland’s history. This Museum is a great stop on a rainy afternoon and you will learn about the history of Iceland, from its Viking beginnings to today.
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays Sep. – Apr.
Location: Towards the University of Iceland, about a 6 minute ride or a 12 minute walk from your hotel.
  Sculpture and Shore Walk
Perfect for a nice afternoon stroll, spend a couple hours on the Sculpture and Shore Walk. The walk is not too long, with many stops along the way to enjoy the scenery, sculptures and crisp ocean air. This walk is enjoyable both during the day and at night, and boasts stunning views of the fjord Kollafjörður and the mountain Esja on a clear day.
Hours: Accessible 24/7!
Location: Along the shore, starting by the Maritime Museum just a 10 minute walk from your hotel.