Reykjavik — Unexpectedly Awesome

Today’s post is by 12 year-old Hannah, who gives you a sense of Reykjavik from a kid’s point of view.

I know from personal experience that kids tend not to like walking around old cities, but even though Reykjavik is kinda old, it’s still a vibrant city worth exploring. Some parts, like the Harpa, are very modern, but some other things, like the old clock tower, are still charming in their old age. Also, there are many boats you can take from Reykjavik, from puffin cruises, to ferries. All in all, Reykjavik is a great city to visit. Now let me tell you about some highlights.

Puffin watching tours in Iceland

Some great places to visit in Reykjavik:

  • The Harpa, a beautiful waterfront performance center (with very fun squishy seats!) is a great place to go. Not only can you take great pictures of the views of the mountains and sea, but the pure architectural beauty is enough to take your breath away.
  • The Icelandic Saga Museum is a museum entirely dedicated to the Viking sagas. I don’t recommend taking small or immature kids, as the sagas are gory, and include unsavory events like the Black Plague.
  • The Viking Museum touches on almost all aspects of Nordic culture, from land, to ships, to mythology. You can go on the model ship that they have there. Also, there is a small petting zoo with rabbits and other cute animals.
  • The Hallgrimskirkja Church is beautiful, from the outside, but you get the best views inside. Well, sort of inside, at the top of the church where the bell is. You can get excellent panoramic views from the top. Unfortunately, it isn’t free, but it is cool.Hallsgrimskirkja
  • There are many shops in Reykjavik that are also well worth going into to check out, so I highly suggest that you take a walk around the city, stop at a little coffee/ice cream shop, and peek into the many interesting stores that fill the city.


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  1. The ship in the Viking Museum isn’t really a model. It is a replica of a 9th century Viking ship, but it was actually sailed from Iceland to North America in 2000 to commemorate Lief Erickson’s journey 1000 years ago. That’s pretty cool, but I’m glad I didn’t have to be on it during the trip.

    Great post though Hannah!

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