Reykjavik’s harborside has so much to explore you can easily spend the rest of the afternoon and evening here, starting with the Víkin Sjóminjasafn or the Reykjavik Maritime Museum. The museum is in an old fish freezing plant in the old harbor area. Fishing plays an important role in the history of Iceland and is the foundation of the country’s prosperity.
A highlight is to take a guided tour of the former coast guard vessel Óðinn, which is anchored to the pier next to the museum. The ship took part in all three Cod Wars and has a 57mm cannon on its bow.
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm with guided tours of at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Admission: Adults pay ISK 1,600 to enter the museum and ISK 1,300 to tour Óðinn. A combo ticket costs ISK 2,400. Kids under 17 are free.
Tip: Take a boat tour from the harbor if you have time. The 1 ½ hour cruise in a traditional fishing vessel in the bay of Faxaflói can be recommended. You will see many species of birds and fantastic views of the city, the islands Engey and Videy, and the mountains surrounding Reykjavík.
If you want to see whales, rather head to the Whales of Iceland Museum than going on a whale watching boat ride. Sightings are rare in this part of the Atlantic and you may just get seasick on the choppy water. Whales of Iceland boasts 23 man-made life-size models of the various whale species found in Icelandic waters throughout its natural history.