There are so many outdoor activities in Reykjavik that you might wonder if you can also find as many indoor activities. You won’t be disappointed. The Iceland capital has some fantastic museums that are very attractive to children, from Vikings history to real life whales replicas exhibitions.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Reykjavik.
1. Reykjavik Maritime Museum
Located by the old harbour in Reykjavík, the museum is part of the Reykjavík City Museum since June 2014 which means you can visit all or some of 5 cultural destinations.
Fishing is also a big part of the Icelandic history, the museum collects items that will able them to offer great exhibitions based on those findings.
One of the main attraction is to do a guided tour of the Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn which sits right next to the museum on the harbour.
Note: extra fee to visit the ship but free for kids
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm
2. Whales of Iceland
Located close to the old harbour and the city centre, this is the biggest whale museum in the world. The exhibition shows 23 real-life sized whale species that you can find in Icelandic waters. Kids and grown-ups alike will be mesmerised by the beauty of this exhibition.
We recommend the 45 minutes guided tour if the whole family wants to learn more about the different species, as well as the VR experience allowing you to observe the giants all around you.
Opening Hours: Daily All Year Round 10am – 5pm
3. Saga Museum
Experience a time travel journey into some of the most dramatic events of the Icelandic history.
The museum has tried to recreate lifelike replicas of historical Iceland figures.
Clothing, weapons and everyday objects were constructed using traditional methods passed down through the ages. The most fun part for your kids will be of course to dress up as Vikings and have their photo taken.
Address: Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: All Year Round 10am – 6pm
4. Settlement Exhibition
Below ground museum in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city’s Viking Age history.
This one is mostly for our little archeologist fans as the exhibit focuses on what life was in that excavated longhouse during the city’s Settlement Age between 930 and 1000AD. The remains of the hall have been methodically reconstructed and many archeological finds are also on display.
Address: Aðalstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm (check website during the holidays period)
5. National Museum of Iceland
Yes Icelandic people are proud to introduce their visitors to the country’s fascinating history through many different museums. This one is no different, offering a good introduction to Iceland history and culture.
It is small which is perfect for young children. The permanent exhibition includes over 2000 objects dating from the settlement to the present day, as well as a “hands-on room” where visitors can play games, dress up in historical costumes and wield ancient weapons
Address: Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10am-5pm
In summary, visit Reykjavik with your children for a Family City Break. Reykjavik is one of the best kid-friendly cities in Europe, featuring great family-friendly restaurants and exciting outdoor activities
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