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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

Absolutely superb, the crew were brilliant.

Absolutely superb activity, the crew were phenomenal and helped with any enquiries. The boat was extremely comfortable even during the rougher weather. On board facilities were excellent including the lovely warming hot chocolate. The whale spotter was brilliant guiding us as to what to look for and where to look next. An excellent activity that I would undertake again. The whales were stunning as well.

Whale Watching On Board A Yacht Reviewed by Pat, 03/09/2019

My first snorkeling experience was fantastic

Adam was our guide for the day and he has made snorkeling fun and easy. Both my husband and myself had fall in love with snorkeling. Adam is a cool and helpful guide, thumb up. I like the thoughtful touch of a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the session. It’s warms our body and was kinda of sweet ;)

Great tour! Wonderful waterfalls, glacier and beach!

Really nice drive through the volcanic landscape stopping a few times to see two amazing waterfalls up close, black volcanic sand beaches with beautiful rock formations, the tiny village of Vik and a short walk to see a glacier up close. Nice leisurely pace and great guide. Recommended!

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by rachel, 04/09/2019

Good trip Northern Lights hunting! It depends on luck to see them!

They make the chances as high as possible that you’ll see the northern lights! They’re a natural phenomenon, so it’s down to luck how well you will see them. Just accept that’s part of the experience! Definitely read up how to best photograph them if you’d like to do that.

Awesome guide and bus drivee. Kerid krater really great as well

Would absolutely recommend this tour. Our Guide Jona and Thore made it worthwile every minute. Great stories and facts about iceland delivered in good stories. Includimg kerid krater absolutely recommendable, great view even in the rain.