The Pocket Rough Guide Reykjavík is your essential guide to Iceland’s captivating capital, covering all the key places, restaurants, shops, cafés and bars you simply must visit, not to mention the jaw-dropping sights and scenery within reach of the city. The guide includes several itinerary suggestions, including this one on how to spend your first day in the city:
Begin the day at Whales of Iceland checking out the life-size, silicone models of the whales found in Icelandic waters and learn all about these giants of the sea. Afterwards, head down to the harbour and go in search of the real thing on a whale-watching tour off the Reykjavik coast.
An easy walk from the harbour, Apotek serves good-value fishy lunch, amid a beautifully appointed interior.
Ge to grips with Iceland’s stirring past at the National Museum, whose exhibitions on medieval church art and DNA testing are first class. From the National Museum, take a pleasant stroll back into the city centre along the banks of Tjornin Lake, for some great views of Reykjavik and its birdlife. Next, ride the lift to the top of Hallgrimskirkja’s tower for superlative views of the city and coastline, then check out the huge church organ. From the church, walk down to Sundhollin swimming pool, where you can swim, bathe in the hot pots, or even sunbathe on the sun terraces if the weather allows.
Undoubtedly one of Reykjavik’s most creative restaurants, Fridrik V features a fusion of Mediterranean and Icelandic flavours.
Details of all these attractions and more are included in the guide. Whether you have one or two days or a week to fill, the Pocket Rough Guide Reykjavík will help you make the most of your trip.