How To Spend 48 Hours In Reykjavik

48 hours in Reykjavik

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Many European and North American aircraft now stop in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik since the country is a sought-after tourism destination. So if you’d want to visit one of the world’s most beautiful nations but only have 48 hours, there is a lot you can see and do in those two days with the rising number of airlines providing reasonably priced flights. While hiring a vehicle is the most convenient option, buses and excursions are also available to several famous attractions.

This guy bible post will cover the top things to do while spending 48 hours in  Reykjavik and an itinerary to help capture every moment. Whether it’s a lads holiday, or a break with the better half, we’ve got you covered guys! 

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon is approximately 20 minutes from Keflavik International Airport, making it simple to truly immerse in this highly unique experience, with warm milky azure waters surrounded by jet black lava rocks, almost ensuring tension melts away.

If you’re looking for one of Iceland’s best attractions, then you can’t go wrong with Blue Lagoon. It’s beautiful year-round, but a cold, wet, or snowy day may be the most memorable. So sip strawberry champagne, a green smoothie or just a cold beer at the bar in the centre of the pool. You can also treat yourself to an algae face mask or a volcanic rock scrub while you’re there. Go on, bring out your feminine side guys. 

Museum of Rock ‘n Roll

Rock n Roll Museum

The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n Roll, Iceland’s newest museum, is just a short drive from the airport and tells the narrative of rock and pop music in Iceland from 1930 to the present day via various displays. In addition, you’ll find an enormous electric guitar and enormous photographs of well-known musicians like Of Monsters and Men and Bjork, along with an Icelandic reggae band, Hjalmar’s tree sculpture.

Visitors to the sound lab may even try out keyboards, guitars, and an electronic drum set. Comfortable seats are provided in the hotel’s theatre, where guests may enjoy Icelandic music flicks such as Heima by Sigurrós and Ari Alexander’s Screaming Masterpiece. After seeing this museum, you’ll be perplexed how such a tiny nation can have so much musical ability.

Viking World

Viking World

Viking World, another attraction within a short drive from the airport, is home to the Viking Ship slendingur (the Icelander). An identical duplicate of the renowned Gokstad ship, an archaeological discovery in Norway in 1882 of an almost totally preserved Viking ship.

Scholars think it was the most popular ship style during the Viking Age since it was made of pine and oak. It sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2000 to L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, for the millennium celebrations commemorating Leif Ericsson’s expedition, then visited New York before returning to Iceland. Visitors may walk beneath the ship’s hull, which is hung five feet in the air, to view the intricate craftsmanship.

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Hallgrimskirkja Church

At the summit of Skolavorduhaed Hill, one of Reykjavik’s most recognisable sights. With a panoramic view of Reykjavk and the surrounding area from the top of Iceland’s biggest church, guests may ride the elevator to the top for an unforgettable experience.

There’s a monument of Leif Ericsson in front of the church, which was given to Iceland by the United States as a gift centuries before Christopher Columbus found North America.

Tourist Attractions

Let’ start with some guy humor The Penis Museum is one of Reykjavik most unusual tourists attractions, which has over 200 phallic specimens, virtually all of which are from Icelandic mammals. Seeing a whale penis may be one of the few or the only opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime to do.

The museum is located on the city’s most prominent retail boulevard. It has shelves and glass cases all-around a huge room packed with formaldehyde-preserved animal penises ranging in size from hamsters to whales.

Street Art

The city’s walls and buildings are covered with colourful murals, so taking a stroll around Reykjavik will provide you with delightful surprises at practically every turn. The town has gained notoriety as a true street art mecca, with works appearing in unexpected locations throughout the city and injecting much-needed colour into otherwise drab areas. You could quickly and happily lose yourself for days in this vast sea of creation.

South Coast Best Attractions

By renting a vehicle or joining a tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of Iceland’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Taking about two hours and twenty minutes to drive from the picturesque town of Vik to the majestic Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, where you can even walk behind the cascades. Nearby are the pristine jet black sand beaches, which feature a unique cliff of basalt columns and rock formations pounded by the waves offshore. Vik is an excellent base for exploring the rest of Iceland.

Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Iceland

From late September to mid-March, visitors visiting Iceland can see the aurora borealis, often known as the northern lights. When the stars align, this dazzling display may be seen dancing across the night sky on clear evenings. Choose an outfitter like Extreme Iceland, and they’ll pick you up from your accommodation in a 4×4 and drive you out into the countryside in quest of the greatest sighting.

Itinerary Ideas

Day One – Morning

9 am: Begin your day at Reykjavik Roasters, which is located near the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. New mixes are continually being roasted in-house at the café. Many residents and visitors may be seen conversing and drinking coffee. So before you go on your Reykjavik excursions, have a warm drink.

10 am: Make a reservation for a private walking tour with I Heart Reykjavik in advance. A local couple will show you around the capital city and offer their knowledge of architecture, beautiful murals, and history. The trip lasts two to two and a half hours and may be scheduled at any time throughout the day.

12:30 pm: Go to Kaffibarrin after your tour. Sandwiches and other lunch food are available here, but you’ll want to eat on the second level. I would have a window overlooking the street, it’s cosier, and lovely people are watching. Return this way if you’re searching for a bar to check out later. Kaffibarrin becomes a bustling area to get a drink after supper is over.

Day One – Afternoon

2 pm: Spending some time meandering around Reykjavik’s central downtown area is one of the nicest things to do. There are a variety of businesses to visit, all of which sell local designer products and wool blankets. Lucky Records, Akkurat, Brynja, Hrim, Geysir, Spuutnik, 66 North, and Aftur are just a few of the shops you won’t want to miss.

4 pm: Give yourself a rest – happy hour in Reykjavik is massive. Locate a nearby establishment where you can sample a local beer or glass of wine.

Day One – Evening

7 pm: Rok may be found on Frakkastgur, which is back toward the church. Locals like this place for its fantastic drinks and aptitude for combining classic ingredients in innovative ways. The plokkfiskur, a fish pie you won’t soon forget, is a must-try.

8 pm: If you want to listen to live music, Hurrá is the place to be. They offer performers almost every weekend, and you never know what you’ll get. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be in a fantastic bar-hopping area. Go to Pablo Discobar, Skli Craft Bar, MicroBar, Snaps Bistro, Prikid, or Mikkeller for a good drink and a friendly crowd.

Day Two – Morning

9 am: You won’t be able to find a hot spring in Reykjavik, but you may visit the city’s geothermal foot spa. The footbath is a piece of artwork by local artist löf Nordal and is located among a series of rocks called Kisuklappir around a 45-minute walk from the city centre. With a cup of your favourite hot drink in hand, you may enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Esja across the lake from this little pool. To avoid the crowd, arrive early — we’re talking before breakfast, so pack a snack.

10 am: Breakfast at Bergsson Mathus is a great way to start a day in Reykjavik, but save it for the second day, so you don’t feel pressured to go out and explore. Instead, spend a few minutes admiring the comfortable ambience after the Bergsson Brunch (a meal with a little bit of everything).

12 pm: Visit one of the city’s distinctive museums, such as the Phallological Museum, the Icelandic Punk Museum, the rbjarsafn Open-Air Museum, or the Saga Museum, which provides a unique perspective on the country’s and people’s history.

Day Two – Afternoon

2 pm: If you happen to be in Reykjavik between April and September, try spending an afternoon learning about puffins on a short boat trip from the Old Harbour. The islands of Lundey and Akurey are a short boat journey from Reykjavik; in only a few minutes, you may be seeing one of Iceland’s most famous bird colonies — no one is permitted on the shoreline from the boat — Mr Puffin, as the name suggests, is one of several tour companies that provide tours to and from the islands.

If you’re travelling in the winter, stop by the Reykjavik Art Museum to meet some of the city’s most famous residents.

4 pm: When you return from your adventure, visit the adjacent Volcano House, which exhibits Iceland’s unique geology. The exhibitions also emphasise Iceland’s 200 volcanoes, which are the next best thing to walk on one (which you can do if you have more time in the country).

Day Two – Evening

6 pm: Find a local happy hour that goes beyond 5 p.m. and take full advantage of it. Then, head to Kex if you’re not in the mood for happy hour. This hostel is a favoured hangout spot for locals. It’s a great spot to meet new people before supper. Also, if you’re searching for a place to stay, Kex is a good option.

8 pm: If you’re feeling adventurous, go to Grillmarkaurinn for supper, where you can sample some of the city’s greatest fish and more traditional fare. Grilled puffin, whale steak, and Arctic char are all available here.


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