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Reykjavík is a tiny city thousands of miles from anywhere, so why should you go? Well, for starters, there's the breathtaking volcanic scenery, revitalizing hot springs, and crowd-free (though no less impressive) landmarks. And the best thing is, that's not even the tip of the iceberg!

National Museum of Iceland

National Museum of Iceland

This journey through Iceland's history is easy to find from Tjörnin Pond, but if you must ask for directions, impress the natives by using its simple Icelandic name – Þjóðminjasafn!

Perlan

Perlan

Home to the Wonders of Iceland exhibition and an impressive artificial geyser, Perlan is a stunning glass dome crowned by one of the city's best restaurants. The views are just as good as the food!

Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja

Inspired by Iceland's volcanic rock formations, Hallgrímskirkja can be seen from almost anywhere in the city! Take the elevator to the top for Reykjavík's best city views.

Harpa - Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center

Harpa - Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center

Reykjavík's cultural heart beats inside this center. Harpa not only hosts some of Iceland's best shows, but has become a benchmark of Nordic design and architecture!

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and health center, which is famous for its revitalizing treatments and facilities. If that sounds like too much fuss, visit the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach instead!

Kolaportid Flea Market
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Kolaportid Flea Market

By the old harbor you'll find Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark among the vintage clothes, vinyl, and usual flea market nicknacks. Come ready with cash to avoid the long ATM queues!

Elliðaárdalur Valley

Elliðaárdalur Valley

This recreational area on the edge of the city makes for one of Reykjavík's top excursions. The Elliðaár river runs through its lush flora, swarming with char, salmon, and trout!

Planning Your Reykjavik Visit

Best time to visit?

Reykjavík's endless summer days make it a fun place to visit between June and August, but if you want to see the Northern Lights, your best bet is to go in the winter. Bear in mind, however, that the otherworldly phenomenon (also known as the Aurora Borealis) is notoriously difficult to predict. If it's important that you see it, boost your chances by booking a longer holiday and keeping up-to-date with the daily forecasts.

How long to stay?

Reykjavík has a lot of life in it for such a small city. How many days you need depends on what you want from your holiday. A weekend will be enough to see the city's sights, However, if you want to enjoy any of Iceland's scenic excursions, or immerse yourself in the capital's eccentric nightlife and music scene, a week might not be enough!

How expensive is it?

Reykjavík, like most Nordic cities, has a reputation for being quite expensive and, for a city of its size, that's a fair assessment. Ultimately though, Reykjavík is no more expensive than London or Paris. Furthermore, you're unlikely to encounter hidden costs and can expect excellent value for money.

Good to know

  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Currency
    Icelandic Krona (ISK)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +354
  • Best time to visit
    Summer

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Just awesome!!! Highly recommend, if you like outdoor activities.

It was great. Got caught in a nasty storm (seemed appropriate for an Icelandic glacier), and got back around midnight (had projected 6:30 to 7:30). The highways were closed. Wind gusts up to 90 mph. Visibility back from cave was near whiteout. Maybe not ideal. But it was awesome. Our tour was with Gray Line, but they teamed with Rejkavik Excursions to get us back. Bernie proved a very friendly and knowledge guide. He spoke about the country, history, famous citizens, and sights. Nobody asked for our reservations, just our name. Stopped at a thermal spring for pictures. Stopped at a store for bathroom breaks/snacks. We had a good buffet at another stop before switching to large trucks to get to the glacier. The snowmobile company provided helmets, insulated coveralls, gloves, scarves, and even boots, if needed. IPhone cameras died quickly in the cold, maybe bring a small camera. Suggest balaclava. Delayed due to truck getting stuck/storm, so never got to waterfall. Ice cave interesting.

Great trip, fantastic sites and lovely hosts

We had a great trip. Fantastic weather helped, both snowy and sunny. The pool was lovely, as well as the geysers and the waterfall. Magic was a great driver and Jona was lovely and very interesting. Good local knowledge

Excellent time for those looking to try something new!

The guides were absolutely wonderful. The snowmobiling time was perfect for those who haven’t ridden before. The ice cave was neat, but I was hoping for more in that department. Would definitely recommend.

Alex made our day very interesting and special. Thank you so much.

Excellent tour, very good safe driving in icy conditions. Alex our tour guide was very informative and good fun and extremely helpful with another booking. Would thoroughly recommend this tour company.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Brenda, 17/01/2019

Excellent, it was magical, sites were breathtaking.

The circle sites were breathtaking especially the secret lagoon, loved it. The guides Anna and Gummi were also very entertaining and informative nothing was to much for them. Thanks