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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!

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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

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

Excellent, enjoyable, informative, fun, affordable

Wonderful tour at a fraction of the cost of the similar cruise line option. Great guide who bonded well with her group - knowledgeable and entertaining. You will not go wrong when booking with this company.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Becky, 06/12/2018

Spectacular introduction into the beauty of Iceland

A really fun, enjoyable, relaxing and amazing way to see Iceland. Our tour guide, Dory, was amazing and had some great tales to tell. Mesmerised from the time of pick up to drop off. Highly recommend this tour.

Golden Circle Full Day Tour Reviewed by Amanda, 06/11/2018

Good itinerary with knowledgeable guide.

Punctual pickup and comfortable coach. Lots of amazing sights featuring geysers, waterfalls and volcanic landscapes as highlights. Moreover enough time to appreciate them. A thoroughly enjoyable day with the bonus of sunshine.

Lovely tour and combining the best of two tours.

We had a lovely tour today which took us around both of the two majors areas we had planned to see in one day. Our guide Mathias was extremely patient and very agreeable to answering any and all question. Lovely waterfalls and the black sand beach was amazing as well!

Halla was an absolutely amazing tour guide that made everything magic.

I cannot rate this tour highly enough. You see so many amazing sights in such a short amount of time without feeling rushed, nor having to worry about the hassle that is renting a car and driving/navigating yourself around Iceland. Halla, as mentioned before, was an absolutely wonderful tour guide. She only helped to make our experience that much more enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to anyone!!!

South of Iceland Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Jeanna, 06/08/2018