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5 things to do on a sunny day in Reykjavík

By Sara McMahon

  • Laugardalslaug swimming pool  Sunny days in Iceland are rare and magical moments to be taken full advantage of. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Iceland sees an average of 1,258 hours of sunlight per year; meaning sunny days in Iceland are rare and magical moments to be taken full advantage of! Here’s our list of things to do in the Greater Capital Region on a warm sunny day.


1.    Nauthólsvík beach

Sól, sumar, summer, Nauthólsvík, strönd, ylströnd

Photo/Stefán Karlsson

The geothermal beach in Nauthólsvík, located at the foot of Öskuhlíð hill, is a popular spot among locals on warm weather days. The area is perfect for those travelling with children as it offers a lovely playground on the beach, a warm wading pool and a grassy picnic area. Use of the area’s facilities is free of charge during summer. The area is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.


2.    Austurvöllur square

Downtown, Austurvöllur, summer


Austurvöllur is located across from the parliament building at the heart of Reykjavík and is a popular gathering place among local residents, especially on a sunny day. The streets surrounding the square are dotted with al fresco dining options. Longing for a cold beverage and a summer snack while you soak up the sun? Then this is the place to go.


3.    Heiðmörk recreational area



Heiðmörk is a large green space located at the outskirts of the Reykjavík suburbs of Kópavogur, Garðabær and Hafnarfjörður. The area has some amazing hiking trails, lovely woodland hideouts and communal grills. Ideal for a lovely day out away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


4.    Swimming pools

Heitur pottur, Vesturbæjarlaug, sundlaug

Photo/Daníel Rúnarsson

Swimming pools are Iceland’s beaches. On warm, summer days, Reykjavík’s swimming pools are filled with locals relaxing and frolicking in the sun. Enjoy some ‘me time’ while soaking up the sun in the hot tub or have a ball splashing around with your little ones in the children’s pool.


5.    Laugardalur valley

Laugardalur, valley, Laugardalslaug

Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Laugardalur valley is a gorgeous area situated close to the city centre. It contains various recreational facilities, including Laugardalur swimming pool, the Laugardalur Petting Zoo and Family Park, the botanical garden, and Café Flora – located in the midst of the garden, surrounded by chirping birds and blossoming flowers. You can easily spend a whole day in Laugardalur without getting bored. 

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