All kinds of food! Hlemmur Food Hall opened this summer, encouraging to be a food hall that displays “all kinds of food, for all kinds of people”. Here, you can find 10 motivated food stalls that sell great food. Read more

Hótel Klettur is in a good location with the main shopping district just about 2 blocks down the street –  within walking distance to many historic sights, restaurants and stores. Most of the eateries and bars are located on Laugavegur, which is about a 5 minute walk from Hótel Klettur.

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Hofdi is a historic Reykjavik building. The house was built in 1909 for the French consul in Iceland, but is best known as the site of the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, widely believed to have been a turning point in ending the Cold War.

Among other famous visitors have been the Queen of England, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich. Also well-known is the ghost that has long haunted Hofdi. It created so many disturbances for the British Foreign Ministry, which owned the house that it was put up for sale in 1958. The municipality of Reykjavik bought the house and it has since been used for formal receptions and gatherings held by the city.

The house is unfortunately not open to the public but visitors are welcome to explore the house from the outside.

Höfði is located in Borgartún, 105 Reykjavík

Videy is only approximately 1.7 km² in size and its highest point is 32 m above sea level. The basalt formations along the island’s coast are striking, particularly the columnar basalt by Virkishofdi and Eidisbjarg.

Videy offers many attractions. You can take a walk on the beach, across fields and along various trails while horses and bicycles can be rented during the summer.

Please note that the island is not free of dangers and care has to be taken around cliffs, ditches and ponds. Children are the responsibility of their parents or other guardians.

Videy has facilities for meetings and conferences and the island is a popular site for receptions.

A scheduled sailing is for the island on weekends during the wintertime and multiple times a day every day during summer time.
Free admission for 0-6 year old, ISK 750 for 7 – 15 year old and ISK 1,500 for adults.

Viðeyjarstofa / lounge is open daily during summer and in weekends during winter time.

The Settlement Exhibition deals with the settlement of Reykjavik, based on archaeological digs in the center of Reykjavik. The exhibition’s centerpiece is a 9th century longhouse, the remains of which were found during construction work in Adalstræti. North of the longhouse, an even older fragment of a wall was found. This dated from ca. 871 AD, making it the oldest remains of human habitation that have yet been found in Iceland.

The exhibition has a reconstruction of what Reykjavik might have looked like before settlement. Multimedia techniques are used, including a computerised reconstruction of the longhouse’s interior.

Open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Admission is ISK 1,600 for adults and free for those under 18, the disabled and senior citizens..

Perlan is one of Reykjavik’s most notable landmarks. Perlan was built on top of six hot water tanks, each of which holds over 4 million litres of hot water. Perlan opened in 1991 and features the Winter Garden exhibition space, a cafeteria, restaurant and an observation deck.

The Reykjavik Heating Utility constructed an artificial geyser by Perlan to educate and entertain visitors. A 30 metre deep hole was drilled and a steel tube and pipeline installed. The water that passes through the pipe has a temperature of 125°C.

In the surrounding Oskjuhlid area, approximately 176,000 trees have been planted, forming a pleasant woodland area. There are many trails for walking or cycling along with peaceful clearings that are ideal for relaxation.

Perlan is open daily from 9 AM – 7 AM the cafeteria from 9 AM to 9 PM and the restaurant from 11:30 –  10 PM.
Admission to the observation deck is 490 ISK, child 0 – 15: Free.

Hallgrimskirkja is one of Reykjavik’s most notable landmarks. The 74.5 metre tower offers one of the best views of Reykjavik area.

Hallgrimskirkja was designed by architect Gudjon Samuelsson in 1937 and construction began in 1945. Construction took about 40 years, not being completed until 1986, although the tower itself was completed much, much earlier. The church organ is a sight to behold, with 5.275 pipes and weighing ca. 25 tons. It´s construction was completed in 1992 and has since been heard on various recordings.

In front of the church stands a statue of Leif Eiriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020), the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the US government on the occasion of the 1,000 year anniversary of the Althing parliament in 1930.

Winter Opening hours: Oct – April AM – 5 PM. Tower closes at 4.30 PM. Summer Opening hours: May – Sep 9 AM – 9 PM. Tower closes at 8:30 PM.
Admission is ISK 900 for adults and ISK 100 for children aged 7-14 years old.

The first concrete swimming pool was constructed in Laugardalur in 1908, where hot water from nearby springs was pumped into the pool along with cold water from the Gvendarbrunnar wells.

Today there are 17 public swimming pools in the Reykjavik area of various sizes and types. Visiting the pools is a popular pastime so guests are often numerous.
The pools are usually used for swimming and thus have a temperature of around 28° C. Many swimming pools also have a warm wading pool for children along with hot tubs with a temperature of ca. 38 – 45°C. A steam room can be found at most pools.

The photo above is from the Laugardalur swimming pool, located ca. 1 km. from Hotel Klettur.

There are about 17 swimming pools in the Reykjavik area, most of whom open at 6:30 AM on weekdays and at 8:00 AM on weekends