Discovering Iceland: Unveiling 5+ Attractions in Reykjavik Capital

In the middle of the North Atlantic, there is a jewel that has captured the attention of tourists, historians, and nature lovers alike. Iceland’s busy capital, Reykjavik, is also the cultural center of the country and where most trips to Iceland begin.

As the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik has a rich past, modernist art, unique architecture, and a pulsing energy that is hard to find elsewhere. Here is a better look at some of the most interesting things to see and do there.

Reykjavik’s Rich History

The story of Reykjavik is just as interesting as the city itself. Reykjavik has grown from a small fishing village to a cosmopolitan city. It is thought that the first Norse settlers came there in the 9th century. Today, it is a symbol of the Icelanders’ strength, creativity, and deep love for their country.

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1. Hallgrímskirkja

The Hallgrmskirkja is more than just a church; it is a work of art that dominates the skyline of Reykjavik. It was made by Gujón Samelsson in 1937. Its unusual look is said to be based on the way lava flows have shaped Iceland’s unique scenery.

If you go to the top, you will be able to see a wide view of the city with its colored roofs and the sea and mountains that surround it. A travel tip is to go there at sunset for a magical time.

2. The Sun Voyager (Sólfar Sculpture)

The sculpture known as Sólfar or Sun Voyager is a tribute to the sun, as well as to dreams and optimism. It is attractively positioned by the water. This building, which was designed by Jón Gunnar Arnason, is made of stainless steel and resembles either a dreamboat or an ode to the sun.

It is a popular destination for travelers at all times of the day and night. The experience can be much improved by going there in the wee hours of the morning or just before sunset.

3. Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

The Harpa Concert Hall is a glittering geometric beauty that can be found along the harbor. It is the place where art and architecture converge. Harpa is more than simply a location; it’s an experience, thanks to its honeycomb-like glass panels that mirror the surrounding city and sea.

Since it was first opened to the public in 2011, it has evolved into a cultural focal point for a variety of events, concerts, and performances. It is strongly suggested that you take in a concert while you are in town at this venue.

4. Reykjavik Art Museum

At the Reykjavik Art Museum, you can learn a lot about the modern art scene in Iceland. This museum has three sites and shows works by some of the most famous artists in the country.

Every art lover will find something they like here, whether it’s the abstract statues of Smundur Sveinsson or the immersive installations of more modern artists. Keep an eye out for their changing shows to see Icelandic art in a new way.

5. Laugavegur Main Shopping Street

Your trip won’t be complete until you walk down Laugavegur, which is Reykjavik’s main shopping street. Laugavegur is a small slice of the city’s lively energy.

It has everything from unique shops and bars to artisanal workshops. During the day, the street is a great place to shop. At night, it becomes the center of Reykjavik’s nightlife.

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Reykjavik Bonus Attraction: National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in the history of Iceland through the ages.

The museum provides visitors with a comprehensive view of the history of the nation, including its problems, victories, and its development into current times, using relics that date as far back as the Viking Age.

Conclusion

Reykjavik is not just a gateway to Iceland’s natural wonders—it’s a treasure chest of experiences waiting to be discovered. So, the next time you find yourself in this part of the world, remember every street, corner, and structure has a story to tell.

We’d love to hear from our readers. Which of these attractions have you visited, and which are on your bucket list? Share your stories

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

One of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic and beyond.

Sea kayaking holidays in the humbling wilderness of Antarcticathe Arctic, and some of the world’s most biodiverse regions, are guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, absorbing the majestic scenery as it unfolds before you. 

In Antarctica, keep your camera on-hand for unforgettable encounters with penguins, seals and whales, and occasionally leopard seals or orcas. In the Arctic, prepare to  paddle under nesting bird colonies, past massive glaciers and around large iceberg. 

Led by experienced guides, you and your small group of like-minded adventurers will paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Paddling is one of the best ways to access and intimately explore the beautiful coastlines we visit and therefore make the most of your time in the wild and remote destinations we visit

Top reasons to choose a Sea Kayaking holiday

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See wildlife unobtrusively

Kayaking is one of the best ways to spot rare wildlife, from penguins to puffins.

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Better access

Access intimate bays and coves that bigger crafts can’t reach.​

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Knowledgeable guides

Our experienced sea kayak guides will help bring your chosen destination to life.

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Become an expert

Hone your kayaking skills and gain a hobby for life!

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Make friends

Become lifelong friends with your small group of like-minded adventurers.

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Stay fit on your holiday

Being active every day on your holiday means you don’t have to feel guilty about being spoilt by our expert chefs!

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Enhance your experience

Add another layer to your once-in-a-lifetime holiday and make the most out of your time in some of the most remote places on earth.

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It's fun!

Have the time of your life exploring some of the wildest places on earth from the water.

FAQs

Our guide to paddler ratio is 1:10 and we provide an accompanying safety Zodiac. There are 26 places available in Antarctica and tropical voyages, 20 in temperate regions, South Georgia and all Arctic trips except in Franz Josef Land where the maximum is 16 kayakers.

Kayakers must be 14 or over.

Sea kayaking is offered in place of regular shore excursions. We aim to paddle as often as possible. Depending on the voyage, we generally aim to paddle twice per day.

We will give you a drybag for extra clothing, binoculars and anything that needs to be kept dry. You should also carry a water bottle. We recommend bringing a waterproof camera or phone, or ensuring you have a good quality waterproof case.

If the weather changes during our outing we will head back to the ship and perhaps join a shore excursion. The ship’s captain, expedition leader and kayak guide always maintain close contact to ensure a safe paddling experience. We do not attempt to paddle too far away from the ship. The emphasis is on experiencing the destination rather than travelling long distances.

The kayaks are made with a hard plastic and are easily paddled in swell and conducting shore landings, and through small patches of brash ice. We manoeuvre around the larger ice chunks and floes.

Polar regions

Kayaking in the poles offers a unique wildlife viewing experience. In Antarctica, we have many opportunities to encounter penguins, seals and whales, and occasionally we may even spot leopard seals or orcas. In the Arctic, we’ll paddle under nesting bird colonies, past massive glaciers and around large icebergs, however we maintain a safe distance from polar bears and walruses. Our guides carry rifles and flare guns in the Arctic to ensure your safety against polar bears.

Temperate regions

Kayakers in wild temperate regions will have a unique wildlife experience, with possible encounters with seals and basking sharks. You will have the opportunity to view some of the largest sea bird colonies in the northern hemisphere.

Tropical regions

The superb wildlife-viewing opportunities are endless in the astonishingly biodiverse nature reserves we visit. Kayaks offer a unique opportunity to view marine and land mammals, coral reefs, tropical fish, sea birds and an astonishing range of rainforest birds. We will bring our snorkelling gear with us during our paddles and take advantage of any opportunities to view marine life up close.

In the unlikely event of a capsize, your experienced guide will assist by righting the kayak, stabilising it then pumping it out. Paddlers will re-enter with the guide’s help, or with a support Zodiac. With drysuits and warm clothing underneath you will be comfortable in cold water for up to half an hour. Note that the kayaks have separate compartments with bulkheads, which means they will float after a capsize.

No. Each kayaking place is for one person only. Passengers are unable to share a kayaking place as we customise the kayaks and dry suits for each individual kayaker at the beginning of each voyage.

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Balcony Stateroom Superior

Deck: 4 & 6

Cabin and balcony combined size: 29.2m² – 35.2m² (314.3ft² – 378.9ft²)

Beds: 
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King bed

 
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Twin beds

Features

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Private en-suite (wheelchair accessible)

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Private balcony

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Full size window

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Desk area

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Closet space

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Room-controlled thermostat

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Room safe

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42″ flat-screen TV

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Mini bar*

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)

Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

*Please note mini bar items are chargeable in all cabins except Junior Suite and Captain’s Suite

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

One of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic and beyond.

Sea kayaking holidays in the humbling wilderness of Antarcticathe Arctic, and some of the world’s most biodiverse regions, are guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, absorbing the majestic scenery as it unfolds before you. 

In Antarctica, keep your camera on-hand for unforgettable encounters with penguins, seals and whales, and occasionally leopard seals or orcas. In the Arctic, prepare to  paddle under nesting bird colonies, past massive glaciers and around large iceberg. 

Led by experienced guides, you and your small group of like-minded adventurers will paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Paddling is one of the best ways to access and intimately explore the beautiful coastlines we visit and therefore make the most of your time in the wild and remote destinations we visit

Top reasons to choose a Sea Kayaking holiday

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See wildlife unobtrusively

Kayaking is one of the best ways to spot rare wildlife, from penguins to puffins.

Annotation 2023-04-28 030913

Stay fit on your holiday

Being active every day on your holiday means you don’t have to feel guilty about being spoilt by our expert chefs!

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Knowledgeable guides

Our experienced sea kayak guides will help bring your chosen destination to life.

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Enhance your experience

Add another layer to your once-in-a-lifetime holiday and make the most out of your time in some of the most remote places on earth.

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Make friends

Become lifelong friends with your small group of like-minded adventurers.

Annotation 2023-04-28 031119

Better access

Access intimate bays and coves that bigger crafts can’t reach.​

Annotation 2023-04-28 031119

Become an expert

Hone your kayaking skills and gain a hobby for life!

Annotation 2023-04-28 031213

It's fun!

Have the time of your life exploring some of the wildest places on earth from the water.

FAQs

Our guide to paddler ratio is 1:10 and we provide an accompanying safety Zodiac. There are 26 places available in Antarctica and tropical voyages, 20 in temperate regions, South Georgia and all Arctic trips except in Franz Josef Land where the maximum is 16 kayakers.

Kayakers must be 14 or over.

Sea kayaking is offered in place of regular shore excursions. We aim to paddle as often as possible. Depending on the voyage, we generally aim to paddle twice per day.

Sea kayaking is offered in place of regular shore excursions. We aim to paddle as often as possible. Depending on the voyage, we generally aim to paddle twice per day.

If the weather changes during our outing we will head back to the ship and perhaps join a shore excursion. The ship’s captain, expedition leader and kayak guide always maintain close contact to ensure a safe paddling experience. We do not attempt to paddle too far away from the ship. The emphasis is on experiencing the destination rather than travelling long distances.

The kayaks are made with a hard plastic and are easily paddled in swell and conducting shore landings, and through small patches of brash ice. We manoeuvre around the larger ice chunks and floes.

Polar regions

Kayaking in the poles offers a unique wildlife viewing experience. In Antarctica, we have many opportunities to encounter penguins, seals and whales, and occasionally we may even spot leopard seals or orcas. In the Arctic, we’ll paddle under nesting bird colonies, past massive glaciers and around large icebergs, however we maintain a safe distance from polar bears and walruses. Our guides carry rifles and flare guns in the Arctic to ensure your safety against polar bears.

Temperate regions

Kayakers in wild temperate regions will have a unique wildlife experience, with possible encounters with seals and basking sharks. You will have the opportunity to view some of the largest sea bird colonies in the northern hemisphere.

Tropical regions

The superb wildlife-viewing opportunities are endless in the astonishingly biodiverse nature reserves we visit. Kayaks offer a unique opportunity to view marine and land mammals, coral reefs, tropical fish, sea birds and an astonishing range of rainforest birds. We will bring our snorkelling gear with us during our paddles and take advantage of any opportunities to view marine life up close.

In the unlikely event of a capsize, your experienced guide will assist by righting the kayak, stabilising it then pumping it out. Paddlers will re-enter with the guide’s help, or with a support Zodiac. With drysuits and warm clothing underneath you will be comfortable in cold water for up to half an hour. Note that the kayaks have separate compartments with bulkheads, which means they will float after a capsize.

No. Each kayaking place is for one person only. Passengers are unable to share a kayaking place as we customise the kayaks and dry suits for each individual kayaker at the beginning of each voyage.

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