If you’re heading of Reykjavík soon, here are some interesting tucked away spots and fun activities that might interest you, from Keflavík to Hafnarfjörður to Snæfellsnes.
Theatre: The Freezer
There’s not an awful lot to do in the tiny seaside hamlet of Rif, located on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. But the Freezer Hostel is looking to change that. As well as a cosy bar and some hostel rooms, the Freezer holds a theatre space that holds regular events, including live music and plays. They recently staged an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic ‘Journey To Centre of the Earth’—a story that begins just up the road at Snæfellsjökull. JR
Activity: Elf-spotting in Hafnarfjörður
Take a jaunt down to Iceland’s “elf capital,” the seaside town of Hafnarfjörður, and join the “hidden worlds” walking tour. While roaming through Hellisgerði Park, pause to smell the white-tipped flowers and listen carefully to the breeze near the basalt boulder. Run your hands over moss as the guide shares old tales. What was that there? Did you see something move through the grass? GD
Museum: Keflavík Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll
If you’re a fan of any Icelandic music—from Sigur rós to Björk, Hjálmar to Of Monsters and Men—then you have to make a pit stop at Keflavík’s Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll. With everything from a collection of Páll Óskar’s outfits to a karaoke booth, the museum is the place to go for an afternoon of groovin-but-still-informative fun. Learn about the progression of Icelandic music and then gawk at original Sigur rós memorabilia—we know they’re the reason you came here. Note: They do not have the swan dress. HJC
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