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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!

Perlan

Home to the Saga Museum 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

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.

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

Well organised,minibus with 15 people we saw the lights on 2nd attempt

Well organised, minibus with 15 people we saw the lights on our 2nd attempt, so happy. Our guide Loftur took some amazing pictures and was kind enough to forward them to us as our camera phone was inadequate. Thanks Loftur.

Reykjavik: Small-Group Northern Lights Tour Reviewed by Jaspal, 12/11/2017

Hilda was absolutely brilliant, knowledgable and just wonderful.

The secret lagoon was amazing as well as the golden tour. An abosolute must do for anyone visiting Iceland. Hilda our guide was amazing, very knowledgable and patient with us as her crew.

Secret Lagoon and Golden Circle Day Tour Reviewed by Steve, 12/09/2017

Amazing tour! A+++ Tour guide was exceptional!

We had an amazing time with the tour. The bus was fully loaded with outlets just in case you run out of battery (obviously from taking loads of photos). The tour guide was very interactive with the attendees and gave a lot of insights about Iceland. He was also very patient with waiting and looking for other attendees. He managed to tell us stories/historical facts and at the same time drive in the very bad weather conditions. He deserves an A+++ rating just for that. Will book through getyourguide.com again for future excursions and tours. Thank you!

Golden Circle and The Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/08/2017

A brilliant unique experience, the guide was great very knowledgeable.

A great day, the secret lagoon was very relaxing, and the rest of the tour,was not a disappointment,the length of the tour was just about right for the time of the year. Would love to see it in the summer months

Secret Lagoon and Golden Circle Day Tour Reviewed by Graham, 12/08/2017

The guide was full of interesting facts about Iceland.

Warm wind proof clothes are essential in bad weather as the scenery is beautiful but the cold is bitter.

The Golden Circle Express Tour Reviewed by Katie, 12/07/2017