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