No trip to Reykjavik is complete without visiting the famous Blue Lagoon. It’s an hour outside of the city at Reykjanes Unesco Geopark, but it’s worth the journey. Visitors bathe in turquoise geothermal seawater pools. Rich in minerals and microalgae, the natural water source is believed to help with various skincare concerns. There are swim-up bars as well as a spa and restaurant for post-treatment lunches. Another option is Hvammsvík Hot Springs, an hour to the north of Reykjavik. Here, visitors can try eight hot springs, then try the steam room.
Back in the city, you could easily spend an afternoon gallery hopping between the city’s cultural hotspots. Start at Marshall House, a centre home to the city’s biggest museums, including the Living Art Museum, locally known as Nýló and filled with contemporary artwork. Then there’s Thula, another contemporary gallery, and Kling & Bang, an artist-run community space. Once you’ve done the galleries, visit Harpa Concert Hall – home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra – and the Sun Voyager, a cool sculpture. Finally, spend an hour at the bizarre yet unquestionably interesting Icelandic Phallological Museum – the world’s only penis museum, it explores the ancient science of phallology.
If you want to extend your trip, book a guided tour to catch the Northern Lights. From September to April, visitors have a chance of spotting the light display during clear days when there’s better visibility. Get Your Guide offers four-hour tours departing from Reykjavik, but we like the idea of visiting a remote campsite for an authentic experience.