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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

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

Very informative guide. We were so lucky with the weather.

Our guide was very good (apologies that I cannot remember his name) as he explained everything clearly and has a good sense of humour.

The tour did not take place due to adverse conditions

We took the tour again the next night but conditions were still not favourable for seeing the lights, however we did get to see the "wilderness"by night and the tour guide was very informative

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/11/2018

Was exceptional and far exceeded my expectations, the host was great!

5 out of 5 stars! Your host was amazing, really considerate, knowledgeable and fun.

Secret Lagoon and Golden Circle Day Tour Reviewed by Brooke, 02/10/2018

Great tour to start off our Iceland adventure

The operator of this tour, Gray Lines, is very good. Drivers/guides are knowledgeable. They pick you up and drop you off from your hotel (or nearest possible location to your hotel). For this tour, we were in a small mini-bus. On the drive out, our driver regaled us with various information and history points about Iceland and the places we were driving by. On a slightly sour note (but also being quite straight-forward), he told us that since the weather was bad/ it was cloudy, that we were probably not going to see the Northern Lights. The Secret Lagoon was amazing. It's similar to a little back-yard pool, but heated by geothermic springs. The buffet dinner was in a restaurant 2min away from Secret Lagoon. Amazing. As predicted, no Northern Lights, and this tour doesn’t provide complimentary reschedule to go see them.

Great Restaurant, Great Beer, Tasty Food

The Bryggjan Brugghús is a great venue, and our hostess Candy was amazing. She led us through the tasting, then spent a good amount of time just sitting and chatting with us about Icelandic history, culture, and her personal stories/experiences/opinions. The bar has an assortment of great tasting beers that are brewed in-house. If you don't get this deal, the bar does a tour and tasting every day - that being said, you won't get the delicious paired food. Keep in mind a few things: this is tapas being served, so you might need to snack before or after the "tour". You can also order more food at the restaurant. You can also order more beer (note that beer is expensive in Iceland, and the price increases by alcohol content. Make use of "Happy Hour"). Highly recommend this deal.