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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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Low key, inexpensive but wonderful exhilarating experience

We drove here straight from the airport fairly exhausted after a very early start to our day and quite wary of braving the elements to get into the pool. But all anxieties disappeared as the hot waters washed away our tiredness and relaxed us for our first evening. The cost was minimal in comparison to the more commercialised Blue Lagoon. Highly recommended.

Iceland Secret Lagoon Admission Ticket Reviewed by Ena, 10/23/2018

Beautiful, fantastic and so nice and easy!

The pick up and drop off was so easy and nice! Our guide was very friendly and informative. He provided us with clear information about each stop and about places and things in between. It seemed as though each stop was more breath taking than the last. Very beautiful sights we never would have had the time or knowledge to visit on our nearly as easily. The only bit of confusion was our voucher email the day of the event said that our entrance to the Blue Lagoon was not included and we would have to book on our own. When I tried booking on my own it was too late and we could not get a spot. The bright side is that when we arrived, our guide showed we actually were on the list to get in as included. I’m not sure what the snafu was, but I’m so glad we were able to soak in the amazing warm water at the blue lagoon.

Excellent tour with amazing attractions!

Howser was a great guide! Very knowledgeable and entertaining...he kept us very engaged. His knowledge of folklore and history kept us very attentive and amused.

We're so glad we opted to go on this tour instead of going solo.

Our tour guide Julia was very knowledgeable and charismatic. We truly enjoyed her stories and anecdotes of Iceland. Her passion for her country, it's people, culture and history makes her an excellent tour guide. It is evident she loves her job and it was a pleasure having her as our guide along with Michael who was a great driver. We also had the pleasure of having Julia as our South of Iceland tour guide and she made this tour just as interesting as the first. Highly recommend her.

Absolutely beautiful stops with a educational and friendly tour guide.

Our favorite tour in Iceland. Our tour guide "Siggi" was the best. He was friendly, helpful and educational. We would recommend this tour to everyone! Each stop was breathtaking and magical!

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Andrew, 10/17/2018