Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Reykjavik and Iceland. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Reykjavik and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Reykjavik insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Reykjavik
Góðan dag, my name is Sólveig and I’m a Monograms Local Host®. I am a certified tour guide and love showing people our unique country as well as meeting people from all corners of the world. I was born and bred in Reykjavik and as a keen art lover I enjoy nothing more than visiting the cities many galleries, art shows, museums and sculptures. It is said that 1 out of 10 Icelanders is an artist....or at least believes himself to be one! I look forward to meeting you in Reykjavik!
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall)
Gullfoss is a massive waterfall on the river Hvita which originates in the glacial lake Langjokull. Gullfoss means 'golden falls' because the glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight. As you approach, you hear the falls before you see the wild, tumbling water as the river valley is a deep, dramatic crevasse. You can stand at the top or walk down the path to the bottom.
Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Center
A unique landmark, in continuous interplay with its surroundings, the design was influenced by Iceland‘s exceptional and dramatic nature. Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the building is a gleaming sculpture reflecting the sky and harbor, as well as the vibrant life of the city. The glass facade, which covers the entire building, was designed by renowned visual artist Olafur Eliasson.
Solfar (Sun Voyager) Sculpture
It started as a competition for a new outdoor sculpture to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavik and Jón Gunnar’s Sun Voyager won the competition. The full-sized Sun Voyager was eventually unveiled on Sæbraut on the birthday of the city, August 18th, 1990. The work is constructed of quality stainless steel and stands on a circle of granite slabs surrounded by so-called “town-hall concrete.
Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
In 2001 archaeological remains were excavated in Aðalstræti, which turned out to be the oldest relics of human habitation in Reykjavík, with some of the fragments found dating to before 871 AD. During the excavation a longhouse from the tenth century was also discovered. The hall and a wall fragment are now both carefully preserved at their original location and form the focal point of the this fascinating exhibition about life in Viking times.
Volcano House shows two unique films on the most powerful eruptions in Iceland during the last 40 years. One of the films pictures the eruption on Heimaey on 23 January 1973, and the other film shows Iceland as one of the youngest volcanic islands on Earth and documents the eruption in Eyafjallajökull in words and amazing pictures. Volcano House offers a hands-on geology exhibition where guests can handle various samples of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes.
The Reykjavik Children’s Park and Zoo
The Reykjavik Zoo is not like any zoo you've seen before. You won't see lions, giraffes, or hippos. Its main focus is on Icelandic farm animals and several wild native species. Yes, seals, foxes and chickens attract people of all ages, all year around, though the zoo is mostly appealing to children. An animal petting schedule is posted each day. You can watch the animals while they're being fed - especially recommend is watching the feeding of the seals.
Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn
Árbæjarsafn is Reykjavík's folk museum, and the largest open-air museum in Iceland. It comprises about 30 buildings, most of them brought to the museum site from downtown Reykjavík. They date from the period 1820-1920. In the houses, reconstructions of homes and workshops and special exhibitions may be seen. Events are scheduled every Sunday, with live accordion music. Craftspeople demonstrate traditional tasks almost every day in the museum. Milking takes place at 4.30pm daily and is always a popular event with children.
National Museum of Iceland
Founded in 1863, the National Museum has a huge range of relics and tools spanning Reykjavik's 11 centuries of history. It houses everything from medieval altar cloths to its star attraction - a 12th-century door depicting a Norse battle scene. The museum covers all aspects of Icelandic life, from the time of the settlements to the present day. Featured at the museum are archaeological finds buried in the eruption at Mount Hekla in 1106, the first bible printed in Icelandic, a history of Icelandic witchcraft, and items such as the census of 1703, with detailed accounts of people and livestock across Iceland.
Reykjavik Maritime Museum
Fishing and fish-related industries have been the mainstay of the Icelandic economy for centuries. It is only in the last two generations that the economy has become somewhat more diversified. The most interesting place to learn about the country's fishing traditions is at the Reykjavík Maritime Museum. The museum is the only one in the country to chronicle various aspects of maritime life from the 20th century to the present day. Housed in an old freezing plant by the harbor, it is the perfect location to watch the fishing vessels and whale-watching boats go about their business.
Whales of Iceland, whale exhibition
Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience and the result is the life-size models you will see at the exhibition. Indeed, there is hardly a better way to learn about whales than to see them for just what they are – large, interesting and beautiful.
The Department of Sports and Leisure in Reykjavik operates seven swimming pools (sundlaugar). In swimming pools, the part of the city’s culture associated with healthy lifestyle and natural qualities found in geothermal water and utilisation of earth heat is expressed most clearly. Experience pure thermal energy and take a dip in one of Reykjavík's many thermal pools and spas! Not only a great source of natural therapy but an important part of our culture and a tonic for the body and mind! Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in a hot pot, or indulge in a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and re-energized.