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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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What people are saying about Reykjavik

A super trip with an exceptional tour guide...brilliant.

This trip is all about the spectacular sights and it’s a long day. However our guide made the day fly by with detailed information, amusing anecdotes and being Icelandic, a few marvellous fictional tales involving elves and trolls!! A truly magic day thanks to Frosty ( and he is real, nothing to do with winter and cold!!

South of Iceland Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Peter, 06/11/2019

Visited all the highlights plus a lot of bonus side stops, awesome!

Visited Thingvellir (drove through park with stops at waterfall, lookout) Geysir (excellent gift shop), Gullfoss, and Efstidalur ice cream, Laugarvatn Fontana beach (boiling sand), and tomato farm lunch. Great day! Got back to Reykjavik before 5pm. Great tour guide!

I had an amazing experience and a super helpful and nice guide!

The tour was really well organized and the tour guides gave their best to ensure everyone has a good time! I can definitely recommend this tour.

Silfra: Drysuit Snorkeling Adventure Reviewed by Kristin, 06/10/2019

An amazing day and an unforgettable experience!

It was only my 2nd time ever on a horse and the Icelandic horses have a gentle temperament and the guides and the horses themselves made it enjoyable. The scenery is breathtaking and the horses allow you to connect with them to make it a memorable excursion during my Iceland holiday.

Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields Reviewed by Michael, 06/09/2019

very informative tour with a lot of background information by guide

backed by unexpected fine weather conditions we had a great day without being rushed by a tight schedule. The geysers area was a bit of disappointment. Packed with tourists and Mother Nature unfortunately was quite lazy with her show.

The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup Reviewed by Gabriele, 06/08/2019