This museum isn’t downtown, but up in Árbær, a few minutes’ drive. It’s absolutely worth the trip if you want to see how Icelanders lived in the old days. You´ll see quaint little houses, turf houses, old toys and lots more.
A large museum (on an Icelandic scale, at least), where you´ll see various archaeological items recovered from since Iceland was settled.
Who doesn’t love a good wax museum? This one’s extra fun because it takes your through the settlement of Iceland and various historical events like the Black death and the Reformation. You get an audio-guide and listen to the stories as you walk through.
Back in 2001 when the street Aðalstræti in downtown
Reykjavík was being excavated, remains of early human habitation in Reykjavík
was discovered. The site was preserved and turned into a museum with an
exhibition of life in Viking times, and of course remains of the house that was
If you’re strolling through the old harbor area in Reykjavík, the Maritime museum is an excellent stop. You´ll see how Iceland’s fishing industry has developed from early times, and can even go on a guided tour of an old Coast guard ship.
If you want to know what it’s like to walk through an ice cave, you don’t have to leave the city. Just head over to the Perlan museum (the spaceship-looking building on top of the water tanks of Öskjuhlíð) and see their new ice cave exhibition.
For something a bit different, check out the Punk museum, situated in the former public toilet tunnels in Bankastræti. Enough said.
A wonderful stop, whether you’re in Reykjavík during summer or winter. Learn everything you need to know about the Northern lights and enjoy watching a film featuring the Aurora Borealis.