Visiting Central Reykjavik & Around

Visiting Central Reykjavik & Around

Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland. This city is largely known for its rich tourist sources. At the same time, Reykjavik is known for famous hotels and restaurants. It is located at a latitude of 64 08′ N. thus, it is one of the northern capital cities which are most visited by people throughout the year.

The city developed from Ingolfur Arnarson initial settlements which were established in 870BC and from trade activities especially in the central part of it. Today, the city has a wide variety of tourist places which are attractive to many people. What are some of the Places to Visit in Central Reykjavik & around?

1) Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhus/Harbor house

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundThe museum was founded back in 1973. Arguably, it is the largest visual art in the whole of Iceland. It has old harbor and houses collections that were adapted from the permanent settlements which were established in the city. Also, the museum has the collection of the famous works of Erro who was famous across Europe. The museum comprises of 3 different building namely: smundarsafn, Hafnarhús, and Kjarvalsstair.

2) Reykjavík 871±2

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundThese are the remains of the early settlements which were established by the Vikings in the 10th Century. In the location where the settlements were established, an interactive museum was erected in order to allow the showcasing of these settlements. This place is also used for photos and movie shooting.

3) Alingishúsi

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundFor more than 10 centuries, this structure has remained firm at the Austurvöllur which is centrally located in the central part of Reykjavik city. This famous structure depicts the early successes in architecture as well as the early settlements construction. Also, the building has a national library and an Antiquaries Collection with rich art galleries.

4) National Museum of Iceland

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundThe museum was established in 1863. It is a rich source of the history of Iceland which dates up to 8780 BC. It has vast information about the culture of Iceland and about the era of the Vikings settlement in the 10th Century. The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik has over 2,500 artifacts which were adapted from different parts of the country to showcase the history and the culture of the nation.

5) Tjörnin

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundThis is a famous small lake which is located next to Reykjavik City of Iceland. It is located next to the Reykjavik City Hall and the National Gallery of Iceland. The shore of this lake stretches all the way to the city center. Therefore, most of the city visitors enjoy walking across the shore and watching the lake from the city center.

6) Hallgrímskirkja

Visiting Central Reykjavik & AroundThis is a famous Lutheran parish church located in the Reykjavik City of Iceland. The church has a 244ft tower which is one of the world largest church towers. The church was constructed in 1986 with inspiration from the traditions of Iceland as well as modern cathedral designs. Its location provides a great and a clear view of the city.


Reykjavik is the cultural, religious, business, entertainment, and education center of Iceland. It has a couple of museum, early settlements, churches, and natural sites that attracts visitors and business people from all over the world. This makes it to one of the most visited cities in Iceland.