1 Landnámssýningin (Settlement Exhibition)

See how the first Icelanders lived in this underground museum, whose centrepiece is the extensive remains of a tenth-century Viking hall – still in its original location.

2 Þjóðmenningarhúsið

Get to grips with Iceland’s stirring past through this magnificent and accessible collection of ancient sagas and documents.

3 Hallgrímskirkja

Ride the lift to the top of the tower of this Reykjavík landmark for one of the most awe-inspiring views in the whole country.

4 Swimming in Nauthólsvík geothermal lagoon

Take a dip in the sublime waters of the capital’s open-air lagoon and laze on its golden sands before jumping into the hotpot.

5 Friday night in Reykjavík

Join the locals on their rúntur, a good-natured pub-crawl, and wind your way round some of the city’s top bars and clubs.

6 Whale watching

With handy departures from the city harbour, this is one of the most cost-effective ways of seeing whales up close.

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