Beautiful aerial view of Reykjavik city, Iceland.

5 ways to experience Reykjavík like a local

What does Reykjavík got to offer?

The cyberspace is filled with advice and suggestions on how to make the most of your time in Iceland. Dig a little deeper and you will find plenty of tips on what Reykjavík has to offer to the wandering visitor. But what is it like to live in the capital? What do the locals enjoy? Let’s find out how to experience Reykjavík like a local.

Harpa Concert Hall

1. Go to a symphony concert at Harpa concert hall
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1950 and has distinguished itself as one of the leading Nordic orchestras through its many performances and recordings. Each season the orchestra gives around 60 concerts in Harpa concert hall, ranging from international and local tours to school concerts and concerts with renowned conductors and soloists. Take it all in as you sit in the largest hall in Harpa, Eldborg, and mingle with the locals during the break. And if classical music is not your style, Harpa hosts many types of events and concerts that are worth checking out.

Grótta Lighthouse
2. Enjoy a walk to Grótta
Grótta is frequented by many locals. The scenery is gorgeous, especially during sunsets and you’ll get to breathe in the sea breeze as you greet the local walking his dog and the biking family dashing by you. Bring a packed meal with you and have a picnic at the black beach overlooking the lighthouse. The birdlife is also fascinating and Grótta is a nature reserve because of it.
Close by a foot bath has been carved into a rock, where you can sit by and relax with a beverage of your choice to top off your visit to this western part of the capital area.

Valdís Ice Cream
3. Grab some ice cream
Icelanders love their ice cream. If you want to mix with the locals, you hunt down the ice cream. We have specific ice cream stores all over Reykjavík. The classic thing to get at an ice cream store in Iceland is Bragðarefur. It is a locally made ice cream mixed with candy and fruits of your choice. If that sounds like a little too much for you, there is always ice cream with mouth-watering dips and a new ice cream store at Grandi that specializes in gelato. But I warn you, the Icelandic ice cream is so good you might never want to leave the country.


Cinema Seats

4. Catch a movie
Here’s an interesting fact for you. Iceland has the highest yearly cinema attendance per capita of all the countries in the world. Going to a movie while in Iceland might not be the most thrilling thought but if you truly want to live like a local that’s what you should do. We have quite a lot of theatres to choose from and selections ranging from the newest blockbusters to indie documentaries. And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Some movie theatres offer cheese popcorn which is not on the menu so you have to ask for it specifically. Do that. You will not regret it.

Esja Mountain

5. Go Hiking at Esja
Icelanders are overall pretty active people. We like our nature and we love to fill our lungs with fresh air. Mount Esja dramatically dominates the Reykjavík skyline and is just as gorgeous up close as it is seen from the capital. From light purple to deep blue, white and grey to golden, the mountain changes its colors depending on the season and weather conditions. If you ask the locals we might tell you Esja’s colors change with its mood.
Several hiking trails wind their way around Esja and there are big maps at the parking lot by the mountain roots that will help guide your way. You can also just follow the locals you meet while there or even join their hike, we are friendly people.

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.


Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.

Gestir/viðskiptavinir mega ekki koma í skála hjá okkur né skipulagðar ferðir ef þeir eru í sóttkví eða heimkomusmitgát. Eru í einangrun (einnig meðan beðið er niðurstöðu sýnatöku). Hafa verið í einangrun vegna COVID-19 smits og ekki eru liðnir 14 dagar frá útskrift. Eru með einkenni (Kvef, hósta, hita, höfuðverk, beinverki þreytu, kviðverki, niðurgang o.fl)


We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.

Visitors are not allowed in our mountain huts or on our organized tours if they are in quarantine or taking special precautions after border screening. Are in isolation (also while waiting for results). Have undergone quarantine for COVID-19 with less than 14 days from discharge. Have flue like symptoms (colds, cough, fever, head ace, bone ace, fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea etc).