Heiðmörk Nature Reserve

Greater Reykjavík

A nature reserve since 1950, this suburban open space 18km southeast of the city centre is great for walking among Sitka spruce and the Rauðhólar (Red Hills), a volcanic area that's part of the Elliðaárhraun lava field.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Greater Reykjavík attractions

1. Árbær Open Air Museum

3.79 MILES

Around 20 quaint old buildings have been transported from their original sites to open-air Árbæjarsafn. Alongside 19th-century homes are a turf-roofed…

2. Elliðaárdalur

4.11 MILES

Reykjavík's largest green space is encircled by a 10km loop, which takes you past a water dam, small waterfalls and a river stocked with Arctic char,…

3. Museum of Design & Applied Art

4.44 MILES

All elements of Icelandic design ranging from unique furniture to knitwear, shoes and album art are celebrated at this small museum. There's also a Kraum…

4. Natural History Museum of Kópavogur

4.95 MILES

Iceland’s unique geology and wildlife are showcased here. Highlights include an orca skeleton, a good collection of taxidermied animals and Mývatn lake’s…

5. Menningarmiðstoð Kópavogs

4.96 MILES

Menningarmiðstoð Kópavogs contains Kópavogur’s Natural History Museum, where displays include an orca skeleton, stuffed animals and some of Mývatn lake’s…

6. Salurinn

4.97 MILES

Iceland’s first specially designed concert hall is built entirely from local materials (driftwood, spruce and crushed stone) and has fantastic acoustics…

7. Gerðarsafn Art Museum


In this beautifully designed museum you'll find excellent rotating modern-art exhibitions and a notable permanent collection of 20th-century Icelandic…