Sundays in Iceland are a great time to experience the country at its most peaceful and subdued, with the busy weekend evenings out of the way and the beginning of the working week just around the corner.
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If you managed to avoid a wild night on Reykjavík’s bar scene on Saturday, the mornings thus provide a perfect opportunity to explore the capital city. Most locals and tourists will still be wrapped up in bed, so why not see sites such as Hallgrímskirkja church and the Old Harbour without the crowds, or grab brunch at usually packed establishments such as the Coocoo’s Nest?
At midday, it is recommended to pop to Loft Hostel for a free hour of yoga. By early afternoon, the city will be coming back to life, so it’s a great idea to head to a swimming pool such as Laugardalslaug, or, if the weather allows, one of the capital’s many parks to enjoy some downtime with the locals.
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If you wish to take an adventure in nature, you are also likely to meet more Icelanders than you would on any other day of the week; many enjoy hikes on a Sunday, particularly in areas close to the capital such as around the mountain Esjan, the hot-spring-valley of Reykjadalur and the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve.
The same applies if you take an excursion such as horseback riding, snorkelling or glacier hiking.
When evening swings around, the vast majority of bars and pubs will be open until midnight. With many still carrying on the party from the weekend, the nightlife scene is surprisingly lively when compared to the lazy atmosphere of the days; there will still be live music and DJs at a range of establishments.
If you’d rather avoid the bars tonight, then Bío Paradís, a popular alternative cinema, is a great place to consider visiting, as it runs an event called Black Sunday where a cult-classic film is shown to a diverse and friendly audience.
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