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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

Brilliant day. Excellent guide and driver.

From start to finish we had a great day. The right level of knowledge imparted, great sense of humour, good team work from The Ice Man, as he’s known, and driver, sorry didn’t get your name, but you know who you are, you’re a great driver and speak excellent English!

Highly recommended, an absolute favourite part of the holiday.

This trip was without doubt a highlight of the holiday. The boat is beautiful, plenty of space and the crew are engaging and looked after us so well. They are accommodating and true to their word. There is a great atmosphere and the boat was very steady which made the trip more enjoyable. If you don't see what you have booked to see (nature isn't always at the ready) they offer hassle free return for another tour. We travelled twice with them and on our last night we were treated to an amazing display of the wonderful northern lights. Whilst other boats looked crowed and uncomfortable, this boat really had a personal feel as they don't cram it and their warm bar area lets you rest in comfort. Highly recommended.

Whale Watching On Board A Yacht Reviewed by Patricia, 02/18/2019

Great tour ! Wonderful helpful tour guides

Take a tour on this yacht, Mar, the captain and all the staff were so helpful, and knowledgeable. Whilst we didn’t see whales, sometimes this is nature and through no fault of the team we were invited back on board the next evening without charge to see if we could spot the northern lights - and we saw them !! Fantastic display ! Try the hot chocolate and rum !! Good way to warm up ! Highly recommend this tour !

Whale Watching On Board A Yacht Reviewed by Kay, 02/18/2019

Great experience and learning ablut Iceland in a nutshell.

Our guide was fantastic. He did not just tell about the attractions, but also history, culture and so on of Iceland and in a very informative manner througout the whole busride. This was my best spent money ever on a trip!

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Sissel, 02/17/2019

Smooth transfer from keflavik airport to bus stop nearest our hotel

Booked in advance and had printed directions so it was pretty easy to find our bus, even in the 6 am dark. Switched at main bus station and got dropped at stop nearest our hotel. Driver didnt know where hotel was so we went the wrong way to start, but hotel was close in the opposite direction.