Best things to do in Reykjavik when visiting for Secret Solstice Festival

Iceland is on the up and up. In recent years the country has become one of the top visited tourist destinations and it’s on the travel bucket list of every adventure traveller. Festivals like Secret Solstice have really helped showcase the best of the country and from the 15th to the 20th June, thousands of festival goers will soon be descending on the country to experience life with no darkness and the amazing city of Reykjavik.

During the day Reykjavik is a quaint, thoughtful place, however come the evening you’ll see the city turns alive with the unique Icelandic nightlife and some of the hottest places to party that the world has to offer.

For those of you who haven’t managed to book onto our 8 day tour to the Secret Solstice Festival, don’t fret! Here’s our recommendations of the best things to do in Reykjavik in 24 hours.  

Here’s the best things to do in Reykjavik when visiting for Secret Solstice Festival

Bike Cave

It’s no secret that Iceland is well known for its breathtaking landscapes, scenic ocean views, and the magnificent Northern Lights that appear across clear skies but how do you plan on seeing what this amazing country has to offer? Biking the Icelandic coast is becoming extremely popular way to explore and of course if you’re new to the city you’ll need a tip on where to stop for a decent feed and drink . We introduce, Bike Cave.

Bike Cave is a dedicated cafe and restaurant on the main bike sightseeing route. Located in the downtown neighborhood of Skerjafjörður, it’s a small café and bistro which serves various services to travelers. From scooter-rental and short term car rental, to a Self Service Pit Stop for anyone traveling by bike or bicycle, Laundromat and shower facilities.

For those staying in the area you can also use their laundromat service and take this this time to kick back and enjoy a decent burger and beer fix while you wait for the laundry to get done. Defo add this to your Iceland bucket list!

For more information you can visit their website https://www.bikecave.is/en/home/ or their Facebook page.

Hannesarholt

Looking for a quick sweet tooth fix after all the traveling in Iceland? Look no further! Hannesarholt is the place to be.

This excellent café and restaurant is a hidden gem in Reykjavík. It’s located in a beautifully restored early 20th century home that was built for Iceland’s first prime minister in the Þingholtin neighbourhood.

They serve excellent food which is simple made with fresh ingredients and not to mention the cakes and desserts are famous here. But it’s not about the food, the atmosphere here is simply amazing and if you time your trip right you can also check out one of gigs and musical performances they run on select nights. If you’re looking for a local restaurant that offers unique Icelandic food and want to experience Reykjavík locals favourite hang out, this is the right place to be.

For more information you can visit their website https://www.hannesarholt.is/

Aalto

This is the best kept local restaurant secret in Reykjavík. This distinctive blue-roofed building is an architectural jewel in the heart of Reykjavík and an icon of Nordic aesthetic. Dining here offers a unique food experience supplied by the talented hands of Sveinn Kjartansson, a local celebrity chef in Iceland. The food here draws importance on fresh and local produce that is available and an emphasis on unusual ingredients, flirting with Scandinavian cuisine with a Central-European influence. Sounds pretty amazing to us.

Located in a building called The Nordic House, pretty close to the National Museum and University, it is less than ten minutes’ walk from the city center. And here’s an interesting fact; the building was built as a project by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (hence the name of the restaurant).

Aalto is open for lunch, tea time, and dinner. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot right outside the downtown core of Reykjavík, go visit Aalto.

For more information you can visit their website  https://www.aalto.is/ or their Facebook page.

Slippbarinn

If you fancy trying out modern and local inspired cocktails, this is the place to go.

Slippbarinn hotel is located in the old fishing harbor in center of old Reykjavík. Our recommended drink here is the T9 cocktail. Created using the Icelandic schnapps Birkir, tea and honey this is must try. If you’re coming in a few mates or fancy sharing with some new friends, you have to try the Whale Tail! This is sharing platter including lamb, hangikjöt, Italian sausage, home-pickled vegetables and squids. Ok this might not be for everyone but if you’re a meat lover, it’s a must try. Evenings are usually packed with locals and tourists alike, and it boasts live music and DJs several nights a week.

To know more about the hotel and their menus,  do check out their website https://www.slippbarinn.is/, Facebook or Instagram

Kaffibrennslan

Much like the rest of the world, people in Iceland enjoy drinking coffee and a lot of it. Morning, midday or in the evening a good cup of coffee is a must to get things started. One place you definitely need to check out to get your caffeine fix is Kaffibrennslan.

Kaffibrennslan is a great boutique coffeehouse situated on the main shopping street in Reykjavík, Laugavegur. It’s a quaint, warm and welcoming place and very popular with the locals. They also serve some amazing sandwiches, cakes and other delights.

This is a great stop for a snack or light meal and some coffee. To know more about Kaffibrennslan check out their website https://kaffibrennslan101.is/ or their Instagram

Idnorvk

Idno Restaurant and Theatre is located in the heart of the city of Reykjavík, beside the City Pond. Built in 1896, this marvelous building has been a cultural hotspot ever since. It serves as a restaurant, café and a cultural centre where everyone can find something of their liking.

It’s the perfect spot to start your day with a coffee and breakfast before heading out to one of the many Secret Solstice Festivals events. If you’re around in the evening also make sure you check to see if you can catch one of their exciting evening shows.

For more information about Idno  visit their website https://idnorvk.is/ , Instagram  and Facebook page

Icewear

It is safe to say that Iceland is literally a winter wonderland but don’t let the plummeting temperature deter you from compromising your style while staying warm. How can this be possible you may ask? Well, It’s possible to find functional, yet fashionable winter gear with the help of Icewear.

Icewear is an outerwear brand that offer a range of clothing and accessories for men, women and children such as  their woollen sweaters, lined Norwegian sweaters, windstoppers, cotton sweaters, jackets, down jackets, parkas, pants, coats, fleeces, accessories and much more. If you’ve rocked up to Secret Solstice Festival and are feeling like you’ve packed completely wrong or you want to stock up on some unique Iceland winter garms that are made from world famous Icelandic wool, make sure you visit their website www.icewear.is

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