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The 19 Best Things to Do in Reykjavik With Kids

Reykjavik is one of the most family friendly cities I have ever been to. The Icelandic people and culture are so welcoming for families and we truly felt so welcome during our time in Reykjavik with kids. While we loved our Ring Road trip, you can find tons of things to do with kids without leaving the city. Whether you are spending your entire vacation in Reykjavik or looking for a few things to add to the beginning and end of your Iceland Ring Road Trip Itinerary, you’ve come to the right spot! We visited Reykjavik in September, but many of the items on this list could be things to do in Summer or Winter in Reykjavik.

See the bottom of this post for a map of all the best things to do in Reykjavik!

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1. Harpa Concert Hall

You can’t visit Reykjavik and not check out the amazing architecture at Harpa Concert Hall. This incredible landmark cost over $100 million to build and was completed in 2011. In addition to being an absolutely stunning architectural design, they have a fun and unique interactive kids area. Hljóðhimnar children’s space is a space dedicated to teaching children the beauty and power of sound and music. Our little one was captivated and could have played inside for a long long time! If you’re visiting for longer, or have older children, you can look into the shows available at Harpa Concert Hall. They have concerts from Iceland’s symphony (if you’re lucky they might even have Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings shows with the symphony), comedy shows, and so much more.

Tip: If the weather is nice you can walk along the waterfront to the Sun Voyager and enjoy the view (especially beautiful at sunset)

2. Swim at the Blue Lagoon

This needs no further explanation! Visit one of the wonders of the world with your little ones and make a memory you’ll never forget. Children must be over the age of two to swim due to the high mineral content of the water – with algae, silica, and mineral salt. Don’t forget you have to book ahead. There are a variety of packages available including drinks at the in-water bar, robes, and mineral masks.

Tip: Don’t be discouraged if you’re visiting Reykjavik with toddlers and can’t stop by the Blue Lagoon, see what we had to say about Laugardalslaug Pool below or visit Laugarvatn Fontana (also below).

3. Photograph the Sun Voyager at Sunset

The Sun Voyager sculpture is an iconic landmark on Reykjavik’s waterfront that resembles a Viking ship. The sculpture, created by Jon Gunnar Arnason, represents the promise of undiscovered territory and a dream of hope, progress and freedom. It’s also one of the best sunset spots in Reykjavik and makes for a great photo opportunity. Walk over from Harpa Concert Hall, or park nearby. Get a few pictures with the beautiful Sun Voyager and head off to dinner.

4. Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool

If you’re looking for a budget friendly hot spring in Reykjavik, Laugardalslaug Pool is the place to be. Laugardalslaug is the local pool and it’s is one of the best pools in Iceland. This place is super family friendly and much cheaper than some of the other hot spring options if you’re on a tight budget. Enjoy the pools, hot tubs, and waterslides for less than $10 per person (as of 2024)! They also have some water toys available for the really young kids. One of the best things to do in Reykjavik with kids!

Tip: Make sure to shower without your bathing suit prior to entering the hot springs. This is an important step in keeping the hot springs clean. Please be respectful and mind the rules!

5. Rainbow Street REykjavik (Skólavörðustígur Street)

If you’re looking for one of the most iconic photo spots in Iceland, you must come to Reykjavik’s Rainbow Street. This street is a colorful and lively place that is paced with souvenir shops and fun restaurants. Painted to support celebrate Reykjavik pride, and it is a symbol of joy and diversity. You can even see Hallgrimskirkja Church in the background (another iconic Reykjavik landmark). Whether you’re visiting Reykjavik with kids or on an adults only trip, you’ll want to come explore this vibrant and iconic Iceland road.

toddler running down rainbow street reykjavik iceland

6. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Located near Reykjavik’s Rainbow Street, Baejarins Betzu Pylsur is a Reykjavik institution. Translated to The Town’s Best Hot Dogs, they did not disappoint and definitely lived up to the hype as some of the best cheap eats in Reykjavik. While you’re visiting the colorful Iceland landmark, make a quick stop and get a Iceland hot dog at this famous joint! There is usually a line, but they have seamless customer service, it’ll go quick.  They now have 11 different locations around Iceland, but the one by Rainbow Street is the original, founded in 1937.

Fun Fact: You may see a hot dog called “The Clinton” on their menu. That’s because Bill Clinton visited their hot dog stand in 2004 and ordered a hot dog with only mustard.

7. Tjörnin Pond

Tjornin Pond is an inner city Reykjavik gem. It’s the perfect place for a stroll and picnic with the kids while watching the ducks and taking in the views of beautiful houses and buildings. The “Pond” is technically a lake, but due to the shallow nature of the lake it’s been known as a pond. Tjornin Pond also has the fun nickname of “The Biggest Bread Soup in the World” by locals, apparently, because of the popular past time of feeding birds here. There are a few fun little playground spots and a nice little loop to walk if you have a stroller with you.

Tip: For stunning photos of Tjornin Pond, I would recommend visiting early in the morning or near sunset on a windless day to capture the reflections of buildings in the water.

8. Find Yourself a New Book at Eymundsson

What a treat it is to visit the oldest bookstore in all of Iceland. They now have over 15 different locations. However, if you want to visit the original location you’ll want to head to the location near Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. They have a huge selection of Icelandic books as well as other books. We also found a ton of unique editions of books we hadn’t seen before. If you need a souvenir in Reykjavik for kids – an Iceland book is the perfect choice. They also have a coffee shop in many of their locations, and souvenirs. If you love books, this is a must do in Reykjavik!

9. Hallgrímskirkja Church

Grab a pastry at Braud & Co (see the next item on this list) and walk over to get a view of this famous church. Hallgrimskirkja is a national monument and the largest church in Iceland. Named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a renowned Icelandic poet, Hallgrimskirkja is maybe the most famous landmark in the entire country of Iceland. Admission to the church is free, but if you want to ride to the top of the church you’ll have to purchase a ticket. If you want to go inside, make sure you don’t visit during the church service. It is an active church, so you may not be allowed in if a service is currently happening.

TIP: If you want a bird’s eye view of Reykjavik, buy a ticket to take an elevator to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church.

10. Pastry at Braud & Co

If you haven’t had a cinnamon roll at Braud & Co, you haven’t lived (just kidding, but they really are that good!) Braud & Co is an artisanal bakery that makes everything by hand with only the best ingredients. Their breads and pastries are made with four types of flour from Denmark and Italy, and they only use Icelandic butter and salt. You can taste the care that goes into making these pastries with every bite. I highly recommend getting a pastry and walking over to see the impressive Hallgrimskirkja Church.

11. Visit Fly Over Iceland

Can’t road trip across the whole country? Flyover Iceland is an immersive experience that takes you through the land of fire and ice. Kids must be 40 inches to ride. Save 10% by booking ahead of time here!

12. Get Ice Cream!

One way to make your kid happy while in Reykjavik? Stop for ice cream. You’ll almost always find an ice cream spot on our lists of things to do in different places. The Land of Fire and Ice lived up to our standards for ice cream – Eldur & Is (Fire and Ice) or Valdis are tasty. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the salted licorice, a more traditional Icelandic flavor. Valdis is the more adventurous spot of the two – they are constantly trying out new flavors like beer ice cream and rye bread ice cream.

baby enjoying icecream on rainbow street reykjavik iceland

13. Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

This is a unique stop that has a warm beach that is kept at around 59-66 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also cold and hot pools to sit in and would be a fun place to visit with kids in Reykjavik. We weren’t able to make it here during this last trip, but when we make it to Reykjavik again we will definitely be stopping by for a swim.

14. BarnaLoppan

If you love a good deal, make a quick stop at this consignment kids store in Reykjavik. If you have a little extra room in your suitcase you can pick out a few outfit items or toys for the trip home. This store has a huge selection of kids items that are so reasonably priced, and is a great way to make an eco friendly choice! The bonus? (no pun intended) They are located right next door to Bonus Grocery Store, so you can add this on when you stop to pick up groceries or snacks.

15. Perlan: Iceland’s Interactive Nature Museum

Unfortunately, we also ran out of time to visit Perlan. However, if you love museums, this looks like an amazing stop in Reykjavik for kids. Here you can walk through ice caves, see a Northern Lights show, visit the volcano exhibition, see amazing 360 degree views of Reykjavik from their observation deck, and more. Buy tickets ahead of time here.

16. Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths was one of our favorite hot springs we visited on the entire Ring Road. While not technically in Reykjavik, it’s worth a stop if you’re driving the Golden Circle. It is kid friendly, has varying degrees of heat in each pool, and has an option to jump in the cold lake while you’re bathing!!

Tip: They also have a unique cooking experience you can participate in – Geothermal baking. They actually dig a hole in the ground and bake bread using heat from the hot black sand.

17. Bonus Grocery Store

Stop by the affordable Bonus grocery store and let your kids pick out some unique Icelandic candy or snacks for your road trip. What a fun activity in Reykjavik for kids!

If you’re also shopping for a tired parent, we loved the Collab energy drink (so sad you can’t get them in the US!). These drinks definitely fueled us through our Ring Road Trip. If you can bring a cooler with you in your luggage, this is also a great place to get sandwich stuff to make something to eat during your drive. There are Bonus stores everywhere so find one nearby to where you are staying.

18. Watch Sunset at the Grotta Island Lighthouse

The Grotta Island Lighthouse is located on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula in Reykjavik, and is one of the best sunset spots in Reykjavik. It’s also a popular Northern Lights viewing spot in Reykjavik due to less light pollution. If you’re up for a short drive, hop in the car and watch the magic as the sun goes down.

19. Take a Day Trip from Reykjavik

If you don’t have time to explore the entirety of Iceland’s Ring Road, don’t fret! There are a ton of great day trips from Reykjavik to take with kids. The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions – stop by Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gulfoss. Or if you’re looking for something a little less busy, check out the Snaefellnes Peninsula North of Reykjavik. There you can see Budakirkja Church, Arnarstapi, and Kirkjufell.

Happy travels!!

Map of the Best THings to do in Reykjavik With Kids

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