1. Take a Walking Tour of Reykjavic. A great way to start out you trip to any new city is with a walking tour. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the city and your guide will likely make suggestions of unique things to see or restaurants to try. Blogger Audur, who runs the popular blog I Heart Reykjavik recently started giving tours. There are also various tip based tours available.
2. Search for the Elusive Northern Lights. There are numerous tours available to try and find the Northern Lights in Iceland but none can promise you will actually see the lights. The most popular tours involve a tour bus taking viewers outside the city to get away from light pollution and standing in a field, hoping to catch a glimpse. You may want to consider choosing a tour that combines viewing the lights with another activity, such as a glacier walk or a boat tour, that way if you don’t see the lights you still did something else worthwhile. Alternatively, you could rent a room in the countryside and try to view the lights from the comfort of your room.
3. Check out the Golden Circle. One of the most popular day tours from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is a loop around some of Iceland’s famous sights including geysers, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingveiller National Park. Most tours also include a few more stops and last about half a day. They are all pretty much identical, though one company offers a noon start time instead of the 9:00 a.m. start that most companies offer, which reduced the crowds at each attraction for us.
4. Watch some Whales. Iceland is one of the best places in Europe to whale watch. Catch a tour and view some of the giants in their natural habitat.
5. Dine at Grillmarkaðinn (Grill Market). One of the best restaurants I’ve dined at across the globe. Everything we had was incredibly fresh and full of flavor. A meal here isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the splurge for a special meal out. You won’t regret it.
6. Catch the View from Hallsgrimska. Ride to the top of the iconic Hallsgrimska church for great views of the city.
7. Snack on the Famous Icelandic Hot Dogs. The unofficial national food and the most popular restaurant in the country, is a hot dog stand. The surprisingly delicious dog is made mostly from lamb and is a unique twist from the American version. Getting a hot dog with everything is a must when you are in Reykjavik.
8. Tour the Countryside. Iceland’s greatest treasure is its natural scenery. From glaciers to volcanoes, if you love the outdoors Iceland is your place. A tour to the South Coast, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or any other part of the country is definitely worth looking into for your trip.
9. Visit the Iceland Phallological Museum. Reykjavik is home to the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts. If you want a unique experience, this one is for you.
10. Experience an Icelandic Geothermal Pool. Going to the pool is a huge part of Icelandic culture and something you should experience if you want an authentic experience. The pools are most famous for their shower requirements (where all pool attendees must shower naked before putting on their swimsuits), but don’t let that scare you off.