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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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Excellent tour with many stops for beautiful scenery.

Delicious dinner too. Highly recommended tour that gives surprises ever 30 mins...

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Dinner Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/11/2018

Wonderfully spent day with beautiful memories

We started at the Secret Lagoon, which was a lovely experience. Service at the location was great and everything went smooth. The hot water was very relaxing. After that, we were picked up by coach and continued our way to the Golden Circle. We had a funny and interesting guide (Iceman) and safe driver. The whole tour was enjoyable and interesting. I would recommend to anyone who wants to bring a lovely memories back home. Thank you!

Great way of finding out about geological features of iceland

The right length of trip to keep you interested, but not exhausted. The guide was particularly knowledgable and really effective in sharing information enthusiastically. Great to her about life in Iceland too and lovely to have such an open, responsive and informed guide. What an amazing island.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Stephanie, 09/11/2018

Amazing scenery and fantastic guide, Sven.

Besides the amazing scenery , our fantastic guide, Sven, full of enthusiasm and fun , went all out to make the most of the good weather on the day of our tour. You could say that our experience was made all the more memorable with him as a wonderful guide. Highly recommended.

A magical experience professionally run by the guide and driver.

We were concerned about the cloudy weather, but thanks to the experienced guide and driver, after a couple attempts that gave a scant few lights and competing bus tours in the same spot, on the third location we had no other tour with us, clear skies, and a dazzling display of the northern lights. I am excited to see the pictures she took off us with them (they should be emailed at any time).