The brother of an Australian friend of mine was recently in town, on a two-day stopover between the U.S. and the U.K.
After less than a day in Iceland’s capital he declared his visit over, that he’d seen the entire city and would probably spend the following day chilling out at the hostel. Granted he did have an injured ankle and thought it best to get some rest, yet I was a little offended that he thought so little of our city.
Reykjavík is no New York or London but if you look hard enough there are plenty of things to see and do. Of course, traveling can be tiring and sometimes you just need to a break from being constantly on the move, so here are three simple suggestions that should keep you busy for a day if you find yourself feeling lazy in downtown Reykjavík.
- The swimming pools’ hot tubs are perfect for a relaxing shoulder, back or foot massage. Treat your tired muscles to a break from that overweight backpack.
- Reykjavík has its fair share of cozy cafés and several double as bookstores. Pick up a book or magazine, write those postcards, sit back and relax. And don’t forget, cafés are great places for people watching—you might even meet the locals.
- Bíó Paradís is the city’s independent cinema, screening the latest art house releases, special genre films, repertory cinema, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films. During the summer, Icelandic film classics are shown with English subtitles and various film festivals are held at the cinema throughout the year. The European Film Festival Iceland is currently running and the Reykjavík International Film Festival kicks of at cinemas around the capital tomorrow.
Of course, there are many, many other, possibly more exciting, things to do on a short trip to Reykjavík but for that you’ll need to get your walking shoes on and venture out of the main streets, visit the galleries, take a seaside walk, jump on a bus... the possibilities are abundant.
Zoë Robert – email@example.com