Things to do in Reykjavik

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Things to Do in Reykjavik

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  • Jill F
    Cleveland, OH2 contributions
    Learned so much from this state-of-the-art museum about the natural history of Iceland. We took college students to Iceland for a geology program. Students who choose to go to Perlan on their free day told us that the museum should be a must for all next time. I was underwhelmed by the ice cave but everything else was worthwhile.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Jenny Mestiza
    Bielefeld, Germany68 contributions
    This place is just magical! And the architecture is simply breathtaking! Especially when the sunlight breaks in the glass facade! As a visitor, you can stroll through some areas of the "Harpa" in peace and quietly look at this magnificent work. You also have a magnificent view of the sea. Insanity!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Minnesota Mom
    Saint Paul, MN16 contributions
    An iconic building that is a majestic landmark. Seeing it from the outside is enough, inside is simple but not eventful.

    Some nice sculptures on it's front grounds and a Leif Erickson statue for photo shoot with church in the background.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Hrothmir
    Smyrna, GA140 contributions
    My family & I spent a day and a half in Reykjavik seeing the sites. In my opinion, this museum was the single best educational site (and use of our site seeing time) in Reykjavik. Many of the other sites we visited in the city were a bit disappointing. This one was not.

    The exhibits are arranged chronologically. The museum is quite dark. You could breeze through in less than an hour (e.g., if with children/teens). Allow an hour and a half to two hours if you want to absorb more of the history of Iceland.

    There is free parking immediately to the SE of the museum. If you're looking at Google Maps, you'll see a bus stop icon just SE on Hringbraut - and there is a small lot behind (S) the bus stop.

    This site is covered by the City Card. It's worth getting that card (I believe you can buy it at the National Museum) if planning to visit several museums during your stay in Reykjavik.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • ValerieBenn
    Jacksonville, FL88 contributions
    Vey informative exhibits about Northern Lights. Wish had more "video" of the real thing. Great for those who come in summer or winter time with not so great viewing opps.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • Clare T
    5 contributions
    You don’t need to devote a lot of time to this one as it’s fairly compact, but it’s well worth a visit
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Miles Archer
    Boca Raton, FL7,283 contributions
    Very scenic with water in the background. Artistic sculpture. All of this is good for a selfie photo op. Worth a visit. Reviewed by Miles A. of Boca Raton, FL.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • j0hnjamesdavids0n
    London, UK7 contributions
    It's not the easiest place to reach on public transit, but easy with a car. It's not somewhere to spend a huge amount of time. However, Iceland went through a massive transformation in the mid 20th century. This place shows life as it was less than 100 years ago, albeit unrecognisable against today's Iceland. I really enjoyed it.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Claudine S
    6 contributions
    Easy city to walk around in. Love all the building artwork, people are friendly and outgoing. Have never been to a city where you can hopscotch now the center of the street. So much fun. I wish that we would have had one more day to stay in the city.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Beth M
    6 contributions
    Loved visiting a place that locals frequent. We also met other tourists. There are many types of pools, with various types of water and temperatures. The activities for children looked good but we were there on a drizzly school day, so few kids. The locker room facilities are very nice, as was the front desk service.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • cmanis01
    St. Augustine, FL469 contributions
    This is a nice area. We went during the day to see the lighthouse. It a good place close to town to watch for the northern lights.
    Written 17 March 2022
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  • OscarS
    5 contributions
    Island is quite barren, but has a few historic buildings and ruins.
    Small café on island if in need of refreshments.
    Would recommend just for the boat ride over.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Natalie K
    San Jose, CA37 contributions
    Occupying a former underground public restroom, this museum is small, loud, well curated, and a definite must for anyone interested in the eclectic, the Icelandic punk scene, or Bjork. We paid a gentleman with a Mohawk, tats and piercings who has definitely seen some stuff. The museum is laid out chronologically, combining history and wit as you wander from stall to stall reading about the rise of punk in the world and in Iceland. Headphones hanging from the ceiling fill your head with music, and you can don punk-theme jackets or stand with electric guitars for the ultimate family Christmas card photo.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Anna
    12 contributions
    This place was actually pretty cool. You can walk in and buy a drink and then walk around to look at the exhibit. It was actually quite educational to read about the different mating behaviors or all sort of mammals. There was also a handful of pieces that the founder or other artists made and had on display here at this museum. It was roughly 25 USD per person for admission but I would say worth the walk around if you need to get out of the rain and have a few laughs - or read some almost horrific mating habits.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • TexasLily17
    London, UK14 contributions
    We enjoyed learning about the fishing industry and how it has changed Iceland over the years. The free coffee at the end was a lovely bonus on a cold day.
    Written 5 February 2022
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