Set against an otherworldly backdrop of crisp mountains and pastel seas, Reykjavik has, in recent years, found itself firmly at the top of bucket lists around the world — and one visit to this quirky city is all it takes to leave you enchanted. The capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, is celebrated mainly for its rich culture, breathtaking nature, and eclectic art scene. This sense of creativity can be felt throughout the organized cluster of houses and streets, the city’s walls adorned with colorful murals and its skyline interrupted by bold architectural styles.
But the city’s true heart does not lie within the brickwork of the eerie Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral or upon the stainless steel edges of the iconic Sun Voyager sculpture. To discover the real Reykjavik, in all its whimsical glory, you must cast aside your guidebooks and delve beneath the icy surface, swapping crowded museums and guided tours for traditional coffee houses and hidden footpaths. Here are some of the best local spots in Reykjavik.