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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

Great - but can suggest a couple of tweaks

Would like to allow coffee on the bus and also be dropped off on the west side of the bridge at diamond beach. Just suggestions :)

Perfect and better than could ever have dreamed of!

Lots of people piled onto the boat ready to see some whales! It was really easy to find the boat (would recommend getting there early to choose a good spot on the boat) after about 20 minutes you could see a few water spouts and I thought that would be it!! I couldn’t be more wrong! We saw loads of hump backs and they came so close to the boat!! An absolute dream come true! Really well organised trip! Thank you!!

Whale Watching Excursion Reviewed by Hele, 04/23/2019

Very well coordinated, informative with assistance of technology!

Loved this tour. Would have loved it more if the weather cooperates but you have no control over that. Beautiful country, comfortable bus. Did your ticket help you save time

Wow, Great trip, everything in one day what more could you ask for

Minibus collected us and transferred us at the depot onto the actual tour bus. A large bus but nothing wrong with that. The tour guide was amazing, very knowledgable and funny with his knowledge. A viking guide who looked like what a Viking should look like lol. Everything about the trip was great even the stop at a shopping centre to see the tectonic plate divide (and great pastries) the weather was great for the time of year and we saw two amazing waterfalls along with numerous volcanos and GOT and Vikings set locations. the Geysers were amazing. We had plenty of time in every location and due to the punctual return of all guests we got more time at the UNESCO heritage site which is lovely. This was a great tour and i would recommend to anyone, couples, families and the older generation.

Robert was fun and the sights were spectacular!

The glacier hike was a once in a lifetime experience. It was on and off windy and rainy but we brought the proper gear with us so allmwas good!

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike Reviewed by Debbie, 04/19/2019