Discover Grandi District: Top Attractions and Activities in Reykjavik

Planning a trip to Reykjavik and wondering what to do in the Grandi district? Whether you’re seeking indoor activities for a rainy day or exploring the main attractions, Grandi has something for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to the top attractions in Grandi: Aurora Reykjavík, the Lava Show, FlyOver Iceland, and Whales of Iceland.



1. Aurora Reykjavík – The Northern Lights Center

Aurora Reykjavík is a must-visit attraction for anyone fascinated by the magic of the northern lights. This interactive museum offers an immersive experience, allowing you to learn about and virtually witness the aurora borealis, even if you visit during the summer.


  • Virtual Reality Experience: Enjoy a 360° film of the northern lights, filmed in Iceland.
  • Interactive Exhibits: Discover folklore and science behind the northern lights.
  • Photo Booth: Capture your own northern lights photo.

Directions from Downtown: A 10-minute walk from downtown Reykjavik. Head west on Tryggvagata, then continue onto Mýrargata.

Website: Aurora Reykjavík
Duration: 1-2 hours
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
Prices: ISK 3900 for adults, ISK 2900 for children (ages 6-17), free for children under 6.


2. The Lava Show

Experience the power of volcanic eruptions at The Lava Show, the only live lava show in the world. This unique attraction recreates a volcanic eruption by melting real lava and pouring it into a showroom.


  • Live Lava Demonstration: Witness molten lava flow just a few feet away.
  • Educational Insights: Learn about Iceland’s volcanic history and geology.

Directions from Downtown: A 15-minute walk from downtown Reykjavik. Head west on Geirsgata, then turn right onto Grandagarður.

Website: The Lava Show
Duration: 1 hour
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily
Prices: ISK 4,900 for adults, ISK 2,500 for children (ages 6-15), free for children under 6.

A guide using special equipment to lift a filament of glowing lava in the lava show theatre
Visitors in their cinema seats feel like flying over an Icelandic glacier

3. FlyOver Iceland

FlyOver Iceland offers a thrilling flight simulation ride over Iceland’s most stunning landscapes. This state-of-the-art attraction uses cutting-edge technology to give you the sensation of flight.


  • Flight Simulation: Soar over Iceland’s glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls.
  • Multimedia Pre-Show: Learn about Iceland’s natural wonders before your flight.

Directions from Downtown: A 12-minute walk from downtown Reykjavik. Head west on Tryggvagata, then turn left onto Grandagarður.

Website: FlyOver Iceland
Duration: 30-60 minutes
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
Prices: ISK 4,990 for adults, ISK 2,495 for children (ages 12 and under).


4. Whales of Iceland

Get up close with life-sized models of whales at Whales of Iceland, the largest whale exhibition in Europe. This family-friendly attraction offers an engaging and educational experience.


  • Life-Sized Models: Walk among 23 life-sized whale models.
  • Interactive Exhibits: Learn about the different species of whales found in Icelandic waters.

Directions from Downtown: A 15-minute walk from downtown Reykjavik. Head west on Geirsgata, then turn left onto Fiskislóð.

Website: Whales of Iceland
Duration: 1-2 hours
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
Prices: ISK 3,900 for adults, ISK 1,900 for children (ages 7-15), free for children under 7.

How to Make the Most of Your Visit

Each of these attractions offers a unique glimpse into Iceland’s natural wonders and cultural heritage. Plan your visit to Grandi district and immerse yourself in these unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re escaping the rain or looking for the best things to do in Reykjavik, these attractions are sure to make your trip memorable.

Remember to check the individual websites for the latest information on opening hours and prices. Enjoy your adventure in Grandi!

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