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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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Very informative tour of three of Iceland's bigger attractions

The bus was very comfortable and was available for boarding / left the meeting point on time. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Having the tablets with the audio guides were helpful as well. We had some trouble with one of the audio guides partway through, so missed some of the commentary. It would have been a matter of asking for a new tablet to resolve the issue, I'm sure - we didn't bother as we were too taken with the scenery at the time. There was plenty of time to enjoy each of the attractions, have a quick bite and get in a little souvenir shopping, too. We thought we had booked the Blue Lagoon option, but found that our reservation didn't reflect this. We ended up booking the transportation only, which dropped us off after the bus tour at around 5:00 pm and had regular pickups until 10:15 pm, so it all worked out.

A fun evening, rich in history and so many delicacies!

We were fortunate enough to have a private tour with Lella and she was awesome! Lella was able to convey a better picture of the history and culture of Iceland than any reading we had done beforehand. We heard about political and cultural idiosyncrasies of the country as walked the streets of downtown Reykjavik to sample many traditional dishes. So many dishes that I hadn't even heard about, let alone tried - even fermented shark! If you have a few hours to spare in Reykjavik, I highly recommend booking this tour with Funky Iceland!

Reykjavik: Food and Beer Walking Tour Reviewed by Charles, 06/19/2019

Once in a lifetime opportunity to snowmobile on a glacier!

Our excursion was actually changed in advance to only a snowmobile trip due to flooding in the ice cave :( We were given the option to cancel, but what fun would that be? The guides were very knowledgeable and the snowmobiles and outdoor weather gear were in good shape. The guides were helpful and very careful to keep an eye on all members of our group. Since our group included people with varying skill levels, we were only able to explore a small section of the glacier in the time allotted. It would be great to be able to join a group with only more advanced riders in order to make the most of the day.

We saw dolphins, Minke & humpback whale!

It was a perfect summer day and we were lucky enough to see dolphins boat ridding with us, a humpback whale breach the water and a couple of minke whales. The staff was great, our guide was super educational and passionate about conservation and the captain gave us a cheeky speedboat spin in the harbour on the way back in. It was a great morning out.

Whale Watching in Reykjavik by Speedboat Reviewed by Sonia, 06/17/2019

An incredible tour with magnificent views along the way!

We loved this tour! Our tour guide (“Snow”) was so fun and energetic and we had the chance to walk around and explore some at each stop we made! Loved every moment of it and saw some pretty incredible things!