When staying in the countryside, you might want to check for local heritage museums. In the recent years wonderful - often quite quirky - exhibitions have sprung to life such as the Wilderness Center in East Iceland, the Lead Sheep Museum in North Iceland or the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum in the Northwest. Yes, good to know that there is a penis museum in Reykjavík, too! Simply, check out Visit Iceland, go to Things to do and look for museums, exhibitions or events that take place in the region, you are travelling!
Almost every village or community has a local pool, often geothermally heated, with hot tubs and a steam bath. A great place to meet the locals, as for Icelanders the local hot tub is the favourite “go to place” for a chat just like the pub for the British or the café for the French. Just remember to follow the swimming pool etiquette!
In the capital area we are spoilt for choice! A large selection of museum and exhibitions is on offer apart from the typical tourist attractions such as Fly over Iceland. We highly recommend the Árbær Open Air Museum, easily reachable for guests travelling on a self-drive tour in Iceland or the National Museum of Iceland, which is within easy walking distance from downtown Reykjavík.
Whereas a Whale Watching tour might be a great idea in calm weather, the Whales of Iceland Exhibition will not come short of amazing experiences if the winds are blowing!
A great place to meet the locals and to be creative is the new Noztra Creative Workshop by the Old Harbor where you can paint your favourite piece of ceramics while enjoying a cup of coffee with beautiful harbour views. You do not need to be an artist, just be brave with the colours and the helpful staff will assist you with a smile! It is a place frequented by locals to have a coffee or a cocktail while letting the creative mind flow. One day you might be sitting next to one of Iceland´s most famous chefs, next time site by site with a famous Icelandic politian! The warm and friendly environment is great to make friends with the locals!
Last but not least, you should reward yourself with an artisan ice cream from the local chocolate makers at Omnom. Each creation is a piece of art! And don´t forget to take some of their delicious and beautiful crafted chocolate bars back home as souvenirs for your relatives. We guarantee, you will be their favourite for a while!
So, you see, there is nothing to worry about, even if the weather does not play along. Become a local for a day and enjoy Iceland just as much!
Text by: Meike Witt
Photos by: Meike Witt