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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 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!


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

Loved the guides and every stop we made. Couldn't take enough photos

The stops along the tour were fantastic. All the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The waterfalls are simply stunning. We couldn't take enough photos. The only downside to this tour is the van ride. It was a smaller tour with 14ish people so we were in a van rather than one of the large tour buses. You will spend about 5 hours driving and the van ride was uncomfortable. Little seats and bouncy suspension. The glacier cave was beautiful. They provide waterproof over suits and boots for you. Lunch was a stop at a buffet along the route. It was nice but I would suggest you bring a snack for the road. After lunch we visited 2 waterfalls in the same area... stunning is all I can say. On the way back to the city we made a couple more stops, very short, mostly for restroom breaks.

The tour locations were beautiful but the glacier hike was UNREAL

We had a great guide - she was nice, funny, & informative. The waterfalls were beautiful and there was definitely enough time at each stop. The guided tablet tours on the bus were a great way to learn about all different aspects of the coast & culture. The real winner of the tour was the glacier hike. Another great guide (Jon) and an hour and a half hike made the day spectacular.

Fantastic tour with great views and an excellent guide!

Exceptional and knowledgeable guide. Very well designed tour with great views and an unexpected farm stop, which was so nice. Highly recommended!

Premium Southern Iceland Tour in a Minibus Reviewed by Kristina, 08/14/2017

Relax and beutiful places to see in the same day

It was nice to start the day relaxing in secret lagoon. The place just opened when we arrived so it wasn't fully booked of people. Day was sunny and we could have beutiful pictures from beutiful places. Geisyrs was also so to must to see.

Secret Lagoon Early Access & Golden Circle: Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/12/2017

Outstanding! Couldn't have asked for a better tour!

It was slow going at first, but in my experiences with any kind of tour, this is normal! The dolphins were great, especially when they were swimming along side our boat! Ending the night with the humpback whale was fantastic!

Reykjavik: Midnight Sun Whale Watching Tour Reviewed by Beth, 08/10/2017