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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Photo: Luc Van Braekel@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Great long trip except for the rainy weather. We were not so lucky!

There was not much time to see and enjoy the beautiful sites. Specially for seniors like us who could not walk as fast as the younger travellers. More time should be given to allow people to enjoy God's creations and also have time to take pictures. Take also into consideration the age and ability of the travellers. How do you account for the amount of time to spend on each area to see?

The guide Frosty was exactly what a guide supposed to be.

Frosty was extremely knowledgable, disciplined and kept talking. The tour was amazing mostly because of him. I sincerely wish to thank the customer service to get us a bus with USB connectivity in all seats - very important for such a long tour. Thanks again and good luck!

Unforgettable! This was a fantastic day tour.

My husband and I loved this tour. Geysers, crater, waterfalls and the blue lagoon to name a few of the places we visited. Our guide was excellent and told us lots of facts about Iceland, a beautiful country which he clearly loves. I celebrated my 60th birthday in Iceland, a place I'd wanted to visit for many years and I had the most wonderful time. Truly not to be missed, it was amazing.

Excellent overview of an underrated part of Iceland!

Every moment of this trip was unmissable! The black sand beach was my favorite part.

Breathtaking- absloutely amazing views Knowledgeable, funny tour guide

Awesome day, full of fun. Lots of laughs while being shown so many beautiful spots in Southern Iceland. Tour guide petur was such a great host. Loved the whole experience from beginning to end. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. ICELAND IS BEAUTIFUL!