Top attractions in Reykjavik
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
Really interesting place filled with informative boards, displays, models and interactive things for both adults and children. The building is very clean and flows nicely between exhibits. The ice cave is great (remember your coat!) and the observation deck allows you to have a unique view of the city - got some fantastic photos here. Feel free to get the bus to Perlan but it is within walking distance from the city centre. Most staff were super friendly and helpful however there was one that brought down the experience. That's my only negative.
Lovely host with a good sense of humout. We did not spend enough time at the gulfoss waterfall, which was my favourite thing on the tour! Also, had to wait quite a long time in the morning for the pick up coach to arrive. It would've been nicer if we knew the time it was going to arrive rather than 'anytime between 8:30-9.. it arrived after 9 too. I'm glad we got to at least eat some food even though we weren't allowed hot food or hot drinks (understandable in a way)
It took a long time for the bus to get organized as every seat had to be filled before departing. Many travelers missed their connecting flights so they were put up in hotels for the night by the airline causing our delay in getting to the hotel and me missing an excursion I was booked on for the afternoon. Another bus should/could have been called for to handle to crowds of unexpected overnight tourists.
Adam was our guide for the day and he has made snorkeling fun and easy. Both my husband and myself had fall in love with snorkeling. Adam is a cool and helpful guide, thumb up. I like the thoughtful touch of a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the session. It’s warms our body and was kinda of sweet ;)
A perfect tour if you want to do the Golden Circle in one day without the responsibility of a hire car (or a super early start to the day). Our guide was very informative and I saw some incredible things that Iceland has to offer. Overall a fantastic day and would recommend.