Things to Do in Reykjavik on a Rainy da

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Nína Þorkelsdóttir

What to Do in Reykjavik on a Rainy day

The capital of Iceland does not have a reputation for being sunny. In fact, the average annual amount of rainy days in Reykjavik is 151. So, here's how to spend your days while biding your time waiting for the sun.

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Shopping 🛒

A classic indoor activity!

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Nína:Smáralind is Iceland’s biggest shopping mall. It is located quite far from the city centre, but it has some nice shops (such as Weekday, Monki, H&M and Zara), movie theatre and various fast food places.
Image - Penninn Eymundsson Austurstræti
Penninn Eymundsson Austurstræti
Nína:Lovely bookstore on four floors. It offers a wide variety of Icelandic and international books from various genres.
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Hildur Yeoman boutique
Nína:Reykjavik’s hottest fashion boutique. Most of the clothing is the owner’s own brand (called Yeoman).
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Nína:Reykjavik’s oldest and most loved second hand shop. It is on Laugavegur (the main shopping street)
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Nína:A must-visit for those who love cooking and/or baking.
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Lucky Records
Nína:Tons of records to browse through! And the atmo is friendly and nice.
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Activities 🎲

Here are some activities that do not involve spending much time outdoors.

Image - Laugardalslaug
Nína:Swimming in the rain is not too bad. If you're not feeling active, you can also relax in the hot tub or spend a few calm moments in the sauna
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Nína:My favourite escape room in Reykjavik 🗝
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Nína:Darts, karaoke, pizza and drinks. The perfect place to have a blast while the weather is crap.

Museums 🎨

Enjoying the local art scene is an ideal rainy day activity. Here are my favourite museums in Iceland:

Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
Nína:A gorgeous museum dedicated to Icelandic 20th century painter Jóhanes S. Kjarval.
Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
Nína:This is the Reykjavik museum of modern art. Fans of pop art in for a treat, since one of the museum's permanent exhibitions is dedicated to Erro, an Icelandic artists who is known for using material from comics in his art.
Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
Nína:Make sure to bring an umbrella, because you don't want to miss the sculpture garden.
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Nína:Perlan is home to various exhibitions, family-friendly activities, and of course, one of best views of the city

Wonderguide map

  1. Smáralind
  2. Penninn Eymundsson Austurstræti
  3. Hildur Yeoman boutique
  4. Spúútnik
  5. Kokka
  6. Lucky Records
  7. Laugardalslaug
  8. SKOR
  9. Icelandic Beer Tour
  10. Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
  11. Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
  12. Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
  13. Perlan

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