Skateboarding is doing great in Reykjavík these days. There are some new spots and people making some nice skating videos, me being one of them (search Facebook for ‘First try fail Mondays’)… I even hear some people are signing sponsorship deals. This makes me pretty happy.
Telling everyone about the best skating spots in Reykjavík kinda bugs me, because it means they might fill up with people. But still, Iceland is small country, so I’ll let it slide…
Harpan, 101 Reykjavík
The lot around Harpa, Reykjavík’s new concert hall, is absolutely the best skateboarding spot Reykjavík has seen for a long time. There are rumours that one of the people responsible for designing the area spent a lot of time looking at skateboarding magazines and the like—I have no idea if that’s true, but the entire grounds are certainly great to get up to some skating. The benches, the pavement… Do the house authorities mind? They don’t seem to, but we are sort of waiting for them to take notice and drive us away. Hopefully that won’t happen—the skaters around there are contributing life and fun to the area.
Ingólfstorg, 101 Reykjavík
Ingólfstorg is always a classic. It’s really Reykjavík’s first skate central, save for a couple other places. It is excellently situated in the middle of 101, in fact a lot of sessions start out there, and the environment provides ample opportunities for skating. This is probably the best place to go if one wants to hook up with Reykjavík’s community of skaters. Harpan and the skating area at Fífan (in Kópavogur) are also fine places to check in on the skating community.
The skatepark at Fífan, Kópavogur
Technically, this ain’t in Reykjavík, but it’s close enough and they offer some excellent facilities. Recommended.
Háskólinn í Reykjavík, Öskjuhlíð
The lot around there has some nice skateboarding spots. Lots of gaps, flowerbeds and stuff to ollie over, and also some benches—although those could do with a little modification….
The benches at Grandi
I’m not going to tell you anything more about those. It’s one of the better spots, and if you’re interested, you’ll just have to find ‘em.