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  • tinylass
    Sheffield, United Kingdom5,803 contributions
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    Lovely area of the city
    We wandered around here a few times during our stay and found that it was a very quiet area of the city. There were museums, activities, food places and small shops and it was nice to wander near the sea and see all the moored boats. It was freezing and very windy but it was still a lovely place to wander around.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, interesting and safe area to walk day or night
    Walking the harbor (specially at night) wouldn't be a great idea in most cities worldwide. However, in a country voted as the safest in the world for several years in a row it's a perfect one, and moreover recommendable. We did that two times - once during the day and another time at night after our dinner in one of many restaurants around. The old harbor area is home to several museums, picturesque water scenes with small yachts, fishing boats,...and the Harpa modern Opera house. Pay attention at the board plaques along the main sidewalk by the harbor. They're many of them, each showing throughout decades and centuries how many and where many ships stranded and sunk all around Iceland.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Faithfultraveler
    Halifax, Canada2,289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The old harbour is the heart of Reykjavík
    The old harbour is the heart of Reykjavík and the catalyst to its formation. The city grew up around the harbour and in the early 20th century it became one of the centres of the Icelandic trawling industry. The harbour area has been transformed in the past decades. It is still one of the most important harbours in Iceland, but in recent years tourism and whale watching have gradually replaced fishing vessels while shops and restaurants have occupied warehouses. See pics from our walks in June 2024.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2024
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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
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Aug 2021
This is a delightful and colourful park of Reykjavik, and deserves a visit during the day and in the evening. You can follow Geirsgata around from the Harpa, though do visit the brightly coloured yellow Ingólfsgarður Lighthouse at the end of the pier in front of the harbour. You’ll get a lovely sweeping view of the Old Harbour from this point. You can also get to the Old Harbour by following Tryggvagata from Ingólfur Square.

At first glance the area looks a bit shabby, a bit industrial, a bit all over the place. But dig deeper. The Old Harbour presents a colourful collection of historic buildings and warehouses which were once an integral part of the fishing / trawling industry in the early part of the 20th century. The city grew up around the harbour, ant it was the heart and soul of Reykjavik. It still is, in many respects. Today the main focus of the Old Harbour area seems to be the tourist industry, with pleasure craft offering puffin and whale watching tours, tours around the bay, and tours to view the Northern Lights during the winter.

Today those colourful old fishing sheds are home numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries, and souvenir shops, as well as the service points for the many tours which operate here now. There’s also a number of museums, including the Reykjavik Maritime Museum; even if you don’t visit the museum you’ll be able to see the lovely old vessel, the 'Gullborg'.

The area is dotted with sculptures, and interesting wall murals, and there’s even an old train engine. As you wander you’ll get great views of what is still a very busy harbour. A variety of sea vessels come and go, from cruise ships, ferry boats, and tour boats. You may even see a naval vessel or two.

Enjoy your wander through this delightful area; take your time, and find a spot for a drink or something to eat. Enjoy the history of the city and the transformation of the city over recent decades.

This is one of my favourite parts of the city. You’ll get fine views across the bay of the mountains beyond. It’s safe to wander at dusk, and as the light fades you’ll see it all from a different perspective.
Written September 19, 2021
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Lynda C
Wokingham, UK561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The old harbour is a lovely area of craft shops, cafes, restaurants and museums and art galleries.
It is definitely worth walking to - and do walk to really find the places there.
We went in Kaffivagninn for a drink - Ice;an'd oldest restaurant. Lovely for drink and cake when walking around.
Written March 15, 2020
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was our 3rd day in Reykjavik. Thursday, June 1, 2023, everywhere in the inner city area is pretty much easy walking distance. This includes the Old Harbour area where we went after visiting the Whales Of Iceland exhibition. There is a nice walkway for most of the length where you can see many various sizes of boats and ships, shops, and a few restaurants. Also a great place to watch the activity of the soul of Reykjavik, and if you wish, sit and people watch.
Written July 7, 2023
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK5,803 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We wandered around here a few times during our stay and found that it was a very quiet area of the city. There were museums, activities, food places and small shops and it was nice to wander near the sea and see all the moored boats. It was freezing and very windy but it was still a lovely place to wander around.
Written November 10, 2023
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Faithfultraveler
Halifax, Canada2,289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The old harbour is the heart of Reykjavík and the catalyst to its formation. The city grew up around the harbour and in the early 20th century it became one of the centres of the Icelandic trawling industry. The harbour area has been transformed in the past decades. It is still one of the most important harbours in Iceland, but in recent years tourism and whale watching have gradually replaced fishing vessels while shops and restaurants have occupied warehouses.

See pics from our walks in June 2024.
Written June 23, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Walking the harbor (specially at night) wouldn't be a great idea in most cities worldwide. However, in a country voted as the safest in the world for several years in a row it's a perfect one, and moreover recommendable.
We did that two times - once during the day and another time at night after our dinner in one of many restaurants around.
The old harbor area is home to several museums, picturesque water scenes with small yachts, fishing boats,...and the Harpa modern Opera house.
Pay attention at the board plaques along the main sidewalk by the harbor. They're many of them, each showing throughout decades and centuries how many and where many ships stranded and sunk all around Iceland.
Written November 17, 2023
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We had a wonder around the harbour on our first day in the city. It was freezing, but it was really lovely. There are some colourful buildings, some nice sculptures, and a few cafes and restaurants dotted about. The views of the mountain over the water are gorgeous. Definitely worth a wonder around.
Written February 19, 2023
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The Old Harbor is being transformed and I like the way it’s going.

The location is really good - access to hotels, restaurants, shops and new places to live. Major expansion on the housing front is in process and this will bring many more people here and result in greater economic impact for the area!

You can see it all happening already. The restaurants and shops and hotels are on the rise.

The harbour as it is today will be transformed to a new level!!

Written May 26, 2019
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK6,251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
My sister and I were on our way for dinner and happened to walk past the old harbour. I must say it was one of my highlights whilst in Reykjavik. It was stunning
Written September 30, 2020
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catheycoo
Charlotte, NC73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
This area has everything you might expect in a harbor area -- lots of boats, lots of birds, lovely views, restaurants, gift shops and museums. If you only have one day in Reykjavik, this is where I would spend about half of it. It is a great place to walk around and get a feel for the city.
Written July 21, 2019
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