Iceland is on the up and up. In recent years the country has become one of the top visited tourist destinations and it’s on the travel bucket list of every adventure traveller. Festivals like Secret Solstice have really helped showcase the best of the country and from the 15th to the 20th June, thousands of festival-goers will soon be descending on the country to experience life with no darkness and the amazing city of Reykjavik.
During the day Reykjavik is a quaint, thoughtful place, however come the evening you’ll see the city turns alive with the unique Icelandic nightlife and some of the hottest places to party that the world has to offer.
For those of you who haven’t managed to book onto our 8 day tour to the Secret Solstice Festival, don’t fret! Here’s our recommendations of the best things to do in Reykjavik in 24 hours.
Here’s the best things to do in Reykjavik when visiting for Secret Solstice Festival
It’s no secret that Iceland is well known for its breathtaking landscapes, scenic ocean views, and the magnificent Northern Lights that appear across clear skies but how do you plan on seeing what this amazing country has to offer? Biking the Icelandic coast is becoming extremely popular way to explore and of course if you’re new to the city you’ll need a tip on where to stop for a decent feed and drink . We introduce, Bike Cave.
Bike Cave is a dedicated cafe and restaurant on the main bike sightseeing route. Located in the downtown neighborhood of Skerjafjörður, it’s a small café and bistro which serves various services to travelers. From scooter-rental and short term car rental, to a Self Service Pit Stop for anyone traveling by bike or bicycle, Laundromat and shower facilities.
For those staying in the area you can also use their laundromat service and take this this time to kick back and enjoy a decent burger and beer fix while you wait for the laundry to get done. Defo add this to your Iceland bucket list!
Looking for a quick sweet tooth fix after all the traveling in Iceland? Look no further! Hannesarholt is the place to be.
This excellent café and restaurant is a hidden gem in Reykjavík. It’s located in a beautifully restored early 20th century home that was built for Iceland’s first prime minister in the Þingholtin neighbourhood.
They serve excellent food which is simple made with fresh ingredients and not to mention the cakes and desserts are famous here. But it’s not about the food, the atmosphere here is simply amazing and if you time your trip right you can also check out one of gigs and musical performances they run on select nights. If you’re looking for a local restaurant that offers unique Icelandic food and want to experience Reykjavík locals favourite hang out, this is the right place to be.
For more information you can visit their website https://www.hannesarholt.is/
This is the best kept local restaurant secret in Reykjavík. This distinctive blue-roofed building is an architectural jewel in the heart of Reykjavík and an icon of Nordic aesthetic. Dining here offers a unique food experience supplied by the talented hands of Sveinn Kjartansson, a local celebrity chef in Iceland. The food here draws importance on fresh and local produce that is available and an emphasis on unusual ingredients, flirting with Scandinavian cuisine with a Central-European influence. Sounds pretty amazing to us.
Located in a building called The Nordic House, pretty close to the National Museum and University, it is less than ten minutes’ walk from the city center. And here’s an interesting fact; the building was built as a project by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (hence the name of the restaurant).
Aalto is open for lunch, tea time, and dinner. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot right outside the downtown core of Reykjavík, go visit Aalto.
If you fancy trying out modern and local inspired cocktails, this is the place to go.
Slippbarinn hotel is located in the old fishing harbor in center of old Reykjavík. Our recommended drink here is the T9 cocktail. Created using the Icelandic schnapps Birkir, tea and honey this is must try. If you’re coming in a few mates or fancy sharing with some new friends, you have to try the Whale Tail! This is sharing platter including lamb, hangikjöt, Italian sausage, home-pickled vegetables and squids. Ok this might not be for everyone but if you’re a meat lover, it’s a must try. Evenings are usually packed with locals and tourists alike, and it boasts live music and DJs several nights a week.