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Best things to do in Reykjavík

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

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.

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

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!

Photo: Luc Van Braekel@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Beautiful scenery and knowledgeable guide

Very good tour guide! You get the perfect amount of time at each stop and the lamb soup at gullfoss was amazing!

Golden Circle Full Day Tour Reviewed by Graham, 04/15/2018

A great tour. The guide and driver were excellent.

We really enjoyed this tour: it was relaxed, very informative, comfortable. We especially appreciated the personal approach of the guide, Torfli (probably I have spelled his name incorrectly - apologies); by hearing a little bit about his life in Iceland, we felt we were getting to know a real Icelander. Plus he was very knowledgable and well-spoken. The various sights were all amazing.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Marian, 04/13/2018

Fantastic experience...a must for any trip to Iceland!

This was a great experience for the whole family. We had a nice drive over via Grayline and then a superb experience at the Blue Lagoon. Book early (a month or so, in advance) as the place fills up, fast.

Excellent, informative, interesting and fun!

Lots of spectacular sites, well worth doing, although we did feel 'touristed' out by the end. Would've preferred a little extra time at the big waterfall/lunch stop and a little less time at the little church towards the end but that's a minor gripe in an otherwise excellent day.

Golden Circle Full Day Tour Reviewed by Lee, 04/10/2018

Loved the adventure of hunting for the lights!

Despite not seeing a spectacular show because of cloud cover, we had an amazing night. Our guide, Siggy, went above and beyond searching for the best location to get a glimpse. Before returning to our hotel we enjoyed delicious hot chocolate and Icelandic donuts under a beautiful starry night sky. Yummy. Would definitely recommend this small group excursion.