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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
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

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

Wonderful well mannered horses and beautiful views

We had a group of 5 for the horseback riding and while we really enjoyed our tour, we didn’t enjoy how many people were on it. We had to ride in a straight line at a slow pace then broke off into two groups and in the “medium” group still weren’t really able to do much but a straight line at a slow pace. Perfect for a beginner rider with no interest in trying to go any faster. We would definitely still recommend this tour as the horses were beautiful and listened very well and the views were wonderful.

Lava Riding Tour / Come ride the Icelandic Horse Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/30/2019

Nature cooperated for the last night of our stay in Iceland

The tour guide was able to take us to a location where the skies cleared somewhat, although only briefly (about 30 minutes), and allowed us to see some faint northern lights. They were so faint that it was difficult to see the northern lights with the naked eye. The "lights" appeared only as slightly brighter white light without the aid of a camera that was capable of a long term exposure where they were seen as green areas. No wonderful arcs for us, but at least we got to see them.

Perfect your for one short day in Reykjavik

Our guide Darren was very knowledgeable and shares tidbits of Icelandic history that actually took hold and I used as my own knowledge the next day. Deciding later in the morning to do a tour we were lucky to get in on the Golden Circle Express Tour! I wish we would've had more time at the first stop - I could've spent hours exiting around the national park, 30min was definitely not enough time. Stop 2, the waterfall, was beautiful and the geyser was as reliable as ever.

The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup Reviewed by Nikki, 09/24/2019

Wonderful! Good guide and generous tour stations!

Punctual, confortable and amazing. The guide of Gray Line company gave us a lot of information about Island and the places we visited. In fact, as the weather was so good we do an additional stop to see northen lifhts! What probably I do not recomed,taking note the price, is catch the boat to stay a short time on the lagoon and no useful information given. Preferably, see seals on the side.

South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon Reviewed by Mª Emma, 09/29/2019

Great fun and the opportunity to try food you probably would'nt try

There were six of us that met up with Ester for a great tour of some lovely restaurants in Reykjavik. Ester was a perfect host telling us about the origins of the food and other interesting facts about life in Iceland. The walk is not far as it concentrates around the old part of Reykjavik and you are very full afterwards.

Reykjavik: Icelandic Food Tour Reviewed by Alison, 09/30/2019