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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

Did not see any lights but it was still fun

Unfortunately we weren't able to see any northern lights that day but our bus tour was able to turn our trip amazing anyway. At the end we had hot chocolate and national sweets offered by the guide.

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/16/2019

Much more than just a snowmobile and a cave

Breathtaking views of the Glacier while driving the snowmobile. The cave is a natural one made by the water (not man-made like others). After leaving the Glacier we went to the Golden Circle and saw much of it... we did so much that we had con change the next day tour that was going to take us again to the Golden Circle (change it for the Norther Lights instead).

A great day trip with a knowledgeable tour guide

The tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. He gave us enough information to keep it interesting and had a good sense of humour. Good stories and facts. The places we visited were amazing, breathtaking and memorable.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour & Blue Lagoon Transfer Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/10/2019

Beautiful ship, great guides and amazing whales

What a phenomenal way to go whale watching. The yacht itself was beautiful (and nice and warm!) with lots of space to spread out. It took about an hour to get to the whale watching areas, and then we spent just over an hour with the Orkas. They were amazing!! You could also tell how excited the guides were to be seeing what we were seeing as well. This was a fantastic way to end our trip in Iceland!

Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach

The tour was very well organised and within the schedule. Our driver Gunnar and guide Jakob was excellent. Jakob especially was amazing. He was funny, warm and narrated interesting stories, historical and mythical. His narration skills are pretty awesome. Keeps you engaged through a 10 hour trip and you would not know how time flew by between the different stops, which are sometimes hours apart. The only negative in the whole tour was that the poor weather didn't allow us to walk behind the waterfalls. But overall the tour was A-awesome and definitely recommend these guys and I can only assume that they would definitely be as good on the other tours they organize. Probably a differentiator is also the number of times Jakob stressed on safety, starting from buckling up in the bus, explaining emergency exits and to the moment you step out of the bus including buckling up on your flight back home. It was refreshing to see and really commendable.

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast and Waterfalls Tour Reviewed by Sreedevi, 04/03/2019