Keflavik - precisely speaking - Reykjanesbær municipality that was created through the merger of Keflavík, Njarðvík and Hafnir on 11 June 1994. Here are our tips what is worth to see and do.
Museum of Rock&Roll
Many people know Icelandic artists such as the Sucarcubes, Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men. What’s their story? What’s their background? And how did these bands become so successful coming from the tiny population of Iceland? At the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll you can walk through the history of Icelandic pop and rock music throughout the years.
More info www.rokksafn.is
The NATO Base
This Former U.S. Naval Station was close to Keflavik airport and the American Army built it during the World War II. The goverment closed it on 2006 and the Icelandic Defence Agency took over the facilities
The Giganta’s Cave
Inside the Duushús Museum you will find the Reykjanes Heritages Museum, between its numerous exhibition halls. They have exhibitions about the NATO presence on the island, the winter fishing season, etc. There is even a representation of an Iceland home from the 50s.
This is amazing museum just 10 minutes away from Keflavik international airport. This building is the inspiration of the famous architect Guðmundur Jónsson. Its inauguration was in 2009. You can see how a Viking ship is and even go on board, you will learn about how the Vikings life was back in time. My advice is to book online in advance, as you will get a 10% discount on your tickets!
Have a walk in Keflavik’s Main Street besides the sea and you will get to the Giganta’s Cave on the edge of a hill. You can get inside and see the giantess! This is a free and funny place to visit if coming with children and you will also enjoy the views from the harbour.
One of the best things to do around Keflavik airport is to visit Stekkjarkot which is an example of the old Icelandic fisherman cottages. The first cottage dates back to 1855, it had several dwellers but ended up abandoned 30 years later. Then there was an attempt to revive it and its owners refurbished it. It remained abandoned for some years until now. It’s free to visit and remember if visiting in winter you need to book on request.