Visit Reykjavik: Things to Do in Reykjavik Iceland, Places to Eat, Hostels and Tours Companies in Reykjavik

If you’re planning to visit Reykjavik, you’re in for a great time! The northernmost capital in the world offers breathtaking views of Mount Esja, interesting street art, lots of great restaurants and an incredible nightlife. To piggyback off of 8 Things to Do in Reykjavík for Under $15, here are a few more Reykjavík highlights including noteworthy restaurants, hostels, and the tour companies that I used to explore Iceland during my trip.

 

Visit Reykjavik

Where to Eat, Sleep & Explore

 

Reykjavik Restaurants

 

Icelandic Dishes

Yummy rye bread and herring! 

Right across the street from Hallgrimskirkja Church, dine at Cafe Loki for homemade rye bread and traditional Icelandic food. Rye bread and herring was my favorite Icelandic dish. I recommend giving it a try!

I also enjoyed dining at the Icelandic Bar. I ordered a delicious lobster sandwich and fries. There are also all sorts of exotic dishes to try here including puffin and whale.

If you’re looking for vegan-friendly restaurants, this vegan food guide to Reykjavík shares lots of vegan restaurants in town. I can’t wait to visit some of these establishments on my next trip!

 

Related: How Much Does A Trip To Iceland Cost? 

 

Cafes

On a nice sunny day, Kaffibrennslan Bar’s outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. I decided to stop in after smelling freshly baked croissants from across the street. Not only is the food delicious, but their staff went above and beyond. Kudos to keeping my wallet safe when I accidentally left my bag behind!

If you’re looking for a trendy cafe, head over to Cafe Laundromat. Their laundromat decor included lots of books and bookshelves, framed photographs and maps.

Unfortunately, I didn’t order any food here, but my nonfat latte tasted great!

Yet again, I left my credit card behind at the cafe but the cashier found me two blocks over – I don’t know how he did it, but I must say, I experienced great customer service at Cafe Laundromat!

 

Related: Coffee Shops To Satisfy Your Coffee Fix In Reykjavik

 

Reykjavik Hostels

 

Loft Hostel

If you’re looking for an affordable and centrally located accommodation, consider Loft Hostel. Loft Hostel is near attractions, shops, and restaurants.

It also has one of the cheapest bars in town which makes it a great place to meet locals and other travelers. Loft Hostel also hosts social events throughout the month including a clothing exchange that promotes sustainability.

A nice selection of Scandinavian and Icelandic beer at Loft Hostel.

One of my favorite places to hang out at the hostel was the rooftop terrace. I loved the views of the city and you can attend live concerts at the hostel every Friday night.

At Loft Hostel, guests are given key cards for room access. Each bed comes with a charging station, a personal reading light, and locker. Since my locker was hard to use, I kept locks on my suitcase and had no problems whatsoever.

Each bed comes with a spread, blanket, and pillowcase.

My 8-bed dorm had two en-suite bathrooms (cleaned every day) which allowed two people to use the bathroom at the same time – loved that!

Loft Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

The staff at Loft Hostel were friendly and extremely helpful. They allowed me to store my luggage before check-in and they helped me pick great restaurants and book tours.

The staff even left notes for my roommates reminding them of tour pick-up times.

Lastly, since Loft Hostel is a social and festive place, I recommend bringing earplugs to drown out any noise while sleeping.

Loft Hostel was more than a place to rest my head at night. Staying here made my trip memorable and I would definitely consider staying here again.

 

Day Trips

 

Golden Circle Tour

If you’re pressed for time, joining an organized group tour is a great way to see more of Iceland.

On the Golden Circle Tour Maria shares why she decided to book a tour with Golden Tours. She also shares highlights including the Secret Lagoon, Geysir, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

 

Horseback Riding

Sorry guys but I can’t remember the horseback riding tour company I used. Loft Hostel conveniently booked my tour and I can’t seem to find the name.

The good news is that both inexperienced (totally me) and experienced riders can visit Reykjavik and enjoy the gorgeous Icelandic horses.

                                                       Isn’t he stunning?

My horse was friendly and listened to all of my commands, but he couldn’t stop rubbing his boogers on me – I hope that’s a good thing!

 

Have you been to Iceland? What are some of your favorite Reykjavik highlights? 

33 replies
  1. Joy Smith says:

    Okay this sounds like a traveler should be young and fit. Is it possible to get around and visit the sites if you older…71 to be frank….walking long distances is not possible….I do not need a cane, but did have knee surgery……I need more in the line of bus touring…..I am interested in nature and natural venues……not so much man made activities and structures. Thanks for any advise you can give me

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  2. Antonette Spaan says:

    I loved the snorkelling! I’m actually going to Iceland for the 7th time this Friday and can’t wait 🙂

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  3. Economical Excursionsist says:

    We LOOOVED Iceland!!!! It is such an amazing and beautiful place! We rented a campervan and did a DIY tour, which was great to be at our own pace.

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  4. Once in a Lifetime Journey says:

    This is one of the most fun-filled posts I’ve seen on Iceland, I honestly didn’t know there was so much to do! Free walking tours are the best, I can imagine how amazing one on Iceland would be.

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  5. Rob Tullis says:

    Did you try fermented shark? We have yet to visit Iceland, the expense kind of scares me. It is nice to know that there are some places that offer good value and the walking tour sounds great. Did that hostel offer private rooms or family rooms?

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  6. Drive on the Left says:

    Icelandic horses! I went to Iceland once and took a horseback ride. They are so stinking cute! I just loved hanging out with those furry, fluffy balls of love!

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  7. Darlene M says:

    oh wow! Made me stoked to get to Iceland sooner! Saving this post for the near future! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  8. Nisha says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of adventures while in Reykjavik. I agree on going with tours. They have knowledge of hidden gems and show us what we couldn’t have seen.

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  9. The Family Explorer says:

    Reykjavik has been on my radar for quite some time now. I love having great food recommendations and never would have thought of taking a tour on horseback! I’ll definitely save your post for the future!

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  10. Annemarie says:

    Oh wow, that was so nice of the cashier to bring you the credit card. Losing that would be awful!
    Love your tips and really want to visit Iceland. I hope it won’t be too long.

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  11. Tracie Howe says:

    Every time I’ve been to Reykjavik, it has been mostly to sleep on the way to or from the airport. Besides wandering aimlessly a little bit, I have never thoroughly explored the city. I think I might have to keep CityWalk Reykjavik in mind for my next visit!

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  12. Ivy says:

    What is Icelandic cuisine anyway, lots of seafood (YUM)? And how cold does it get? You look so cozy in that picture! I’ve been seeing more and more flight deals to Iceland from where I live lately- I can’t wait to go 🙂

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  13. Christina says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of adventures while in Reykjavik. When we were there we dove Silfra and it was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Isn’t it amazing how clear the water is?

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  14. Christina says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of adventures while in Reykjavik. When we were there we dove Silfra and it was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Isn’t it amazing how clear the water is?

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  15. Emily Luxton says:

    I love a good tour and the City Tour sounds awesome!!! I really want to visit Reykjavik soon so I’ll add them to my to-do list 🙂

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  16. Luke Marlin says:

    When I was in Europe I loved the walking tours of the cities so it’s good to know Reykjavik has a good one too. Too bad Iceland is on the opposite of the world to me, so much effort to get to. I’ll get there one day though.

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  17. Cassie @ Cass Travels says:

    I NEVER stay in Hostels and that one actually sounds okay 🙂 I went to Reykjavik for work earlier this year and saw nothing – I can’t wait to go back!!

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  18. thesnowchasers says:

    Loft Hostel sounds like a fantastic place to stay! So good that they went the extra mile with the reminders too and LOVE the idea of the two ensuite bathrooms!

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  19. Megan MacNee says:

    I’m a huge fan of walking tours and CityWalk Reykjavik sounds like a great fit! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Travel Pockets says:

    How wonderful that the CityWalk is a free tour. I love learning about the history and culture of places I visit. And the horse back riding sounds like so much fun!!!!

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  21. Grassroots Nomad says:

    Those horses are so cute – I would love to go on a horse riding trip in Iceland… it just feels so Nordic!

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