Music & Art Dec 19, 2018

The Best Cultural Attractions in Reykjavik

Check out some of the best attractions in Reykjavik during your next visit!

Are you planning a trip to Iceland and looking for some fun, new attractions to add to your list? You’re in luck! We’ve rounded up some of the latest, most exciting attractions in Reykjavik this winter.

Perlan Museum

If you’re an art fanatic, don’t miss Perlan’s new exhibit, Water in Icelandic Nature. Perlan chose to feature water in its exhibit because it is an exceptionally rich element in Iceland and is something that the nation has relied upon since its settlement. Water in Icelandic Nature teaches you about the role of water in nature: from molecules to lakes, from a raindrop to a hurricane. See water come to life with interesting text, live plants and animals, cutting-edge technology and interactive displays.

The curators at Perlan, one of Reykjavik’s most iconic buildings, worked closely with the Icelandic Museum of Natural History to create and launch this exhibit. Perlan is also home to another amazing art exhibition called Wonders of Iceland, which includes an indoor ice cave, a life-sized cliff and more!

Perlan is a beautiful building that sits at the heart of Reykjavik. It is made up of a large glass dome, held together by a huge steel frame, that sits on six hot water tanks, each of which holds four million liters of geothermal hot water. The pictures don’t do it justice, so be sure to see it for yourself!

Culinary Reykjavik

What better way to learn about another culture than through its food? Reykjavik has over 200 restaurants, with new spots constantly on the rise. Be sure to check out some of the latest additions to Reykjavik’s food scene, including MímirShellfish Market, and Le Kock. You won’t want to miss experiencing some of Iceland’s gourmet and unique food!

Fun fact: The national Icelandic Culinary team won a gold medal in the 2018 Culinary World Championship!

Reykjavik Music City

If music is your passion, then you can’t miss one of Iceland’s music festivals, Dark Music Days. This event, located at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, is an annual music festival showcasing contemporary and new music during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter. It was founded in 1980 by the Iceland Composers’ Society as a place where Icelandic musicians could present their work. Today, the festival focuses on getting to know new music with a big emphasis on new Icelandic compositions and performers.

Are you headed to Reykjavik this winter? Let us know what’s on your itinerary in the comments below or on Twitter!