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Top Choice Icelandic in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Dill

Top ‘New Nordic’ cuisine is the major drawcard at this elegant yet simple bistro. The focus is very much on the food – locally sourced produce served as a parade of courses. The owners are friends with Copenhagen's …
Top Choice Church in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavík’s immense white-concrete church (1945–86), star of a thousand postcards, dominates the skyline, and is visible from up to 20km away. Get an unmissable view of the city by taking an elevator trip up the 74.…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Harpa

With its ever-changing facets glistening on the water's edge, Reykjavík’s sparkling Harpa concert hall and cultural centre is a beauty to behold. In addition to a season of top-notch shows (some free), it’s worth st…
Top Choice Museum in Old Reykjavík

Settlement Exhibition

This fascinating archaeological ruin/museum is based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed here from 2001 to 2002, and the other settlement-era finds from central Reykjavík. It imaginatively combines tech…
Top Choice Museum in Old Reykjavík

National Museum

This superb museum displays artefacts from settlement to the modern age. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the audio guide (kr300) adds loads of detail. The strongest section …
Top Choice Museum in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Oh, the jokes are endless here, but though this unique museum houses a huge collection of penises, it's actually very well done. From pickled pickles to petrified wood, there are 286 different members on display, re…
Top Choice Icelandic in Old Harbour

Matur og Drykkur

One of Reykjavík's top high-concept restaurants, Matur Og Drykkur means 'Food and Drink', and you surely will be plied with the best of both. The brainchild of brilliant chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson, who also owns …
Top Choice Gallery in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Art Museum

The excellent Reykjavík Art Museum is split over three well-done sites: the large, modern downtown Hafnarhús focusing on contemporary art; Kjarvalsstaðir, in a park just east of Snorrabraut, and displaying rotating …
Top Choice Gallery in Old Reykjavík

Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús

Reykjavík Art Museum's Hafnarhús is a marvellously restored warehouse converted into a soaring steel-and-concrete exhibition space. Though the well-curated exhibitions of cutting-edge contemporary Icelandic art chan…
Top Choice Museum in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

National Gallery of Iceland

This pretty stack of marble atriums and spacious galleries overlooking Tjörnin offers ever-changing exhibits drawn from the 10,000-piece collection. The museum can only exhibit a small sample at any time; shows rang…