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Best things to do in Reykjavík

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!


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!


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.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Great trip. Clean well maintained vehicle.

We had a wonderful time, got a lot of good information, and opportunities to take pictures. We felt safe and well cared for.

Breathtaking and educational experience.

We had an absolutely great time on this trip! Saw puffins, whales, gannets, and possible an albatross(?). Can't have imagined a better thing to do on a quick layover in Iceland (6 hours). Thanks!

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour Reviewed by Mary, 08/07/2018

Howser is fantastic. Excellent adapting to the weather

Wow we had to contend with unusual weather approaching rain and, watch out for an erupting lava under ice flood warning watch earthquake patterns in the area, and he had apps to keep. Up with all that including a seismograph on his phone. He knew all the dangers to keep us safe in each loacation. Amazing and we met a farmer whose farm was in the path of a volcano cloud. You would be crazy not to have guide like this and do it on your own and not know the risks at each place. Well organized love the small 16 pax bus tour over the 55 pax much faster and more adaptable to conditions

We loved experiencing the natural beauty of Iceland!

Howser was a phenomenal guide, offering a vast amount of knowledge, yet keeping the guide light and enjoyable. I would love if he was our guide for another tour in the future!

The best tour ever! El mejor tour de todos!

The tour guide was the best one i ever met and he made our trip very dinamic and we also learnt a lot. He is not the tipical tour guide, he is part of us making this tour unforgetable. I recomend this tour to everyone 100%. This tour also takes yoir breath away. BEAUTIFUL. Para todos aquellos que visiteis Islandia, este Tour no deberia faltar, es el mas divertido que hice, el guia interactua muchisimo con el grupo, te enseña y ayuda con todo Lo recomiendo 100%, ademas es precioso, veras sitios que quitan el aliento.