So, you finally checked one off the bucket list and arrived in Iceland. Velkomin! But what now? Reykjavík is bustling with activities, from steamy swimming pools to world-renowned galleries to more historical sites than you can name. And the city’s diversity has only increased with the development of tourism—now you’ll find ambitious arthouse theatre in English and interactive tech museums dotting the streets. For those looking to get out of the capital, it’s surrounded by gorgeous hiking, plentiful picnic spots, and more. So what’s one to do to fully take advantage of the city? Presenting: the 2020 Grapevine Best Of Reykjavík Activities awards. Hey—when in Reykjavík, listen to the Reykjavíkingur.
Of Reykjavík’s many museums, one stands taller than the rest due to the pure breadth of their displays. Iceland’s National Museum is a treasure trove of the country’s history, covering everything from early culture to clothing, metalsmithing, religion, and more. It’s well-curated and well designed, even showcasing contemporary displays that connect to modern cultural waves like football and feminism. Trust us, it’s an amazing feat of a museum—somehow making silverware interesting while also displaying a baby skeleton. Creepy? Kind of, but we love it. On another note, they also play host to Kaffitár, one of the best cafés in town.
The ‘Sjónarhorn’ (‘Perceptive’) exhibit in Safnahúsið presents a notable and original approach on the visual heritage of Iceland by categorising it in simple terms like ‘up,’ ‘down,’ and ‘again and again.’ ‘Up’ for example describes everything connected to power, such as God and royalty. ‘Down’ is not about the devil, but rather the earth itself, showcasing volcanoes and plate tectonics. You won’t find anything else like it in the city.
Yearning to learn more about the first 101 hipsters of Reykjavík? Well, the Settlement Exhibition has got you covered. Based around the carefully excavated remnants of a Viking farm, it’s a great way to learn about how the early inhabitants of Iceland lived, how they made their first latté and what they called Kaffibarinn in the year 900.
2019: Wonders Of Iceland
2018: National Museum Of Iceland
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