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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

We had a wonderful morning on this tour.

Highly recommended. Such a wonderful addition to our trip to Iceland. We loved it.

RIDING TOURS – HORSE RENTAL Reviewed by JACQUELINE, 10/11/2017

Fairly well organised. Wifi. Nice buses.

The system works well and we were dropped off at our hotel but we did have to change mini bus at the terminal to go to our zone. All pretty well organised.

Disappointing cave visit without seeing lava formation as per brochure

Watching seal, walking coast line to see monument, walking along black beach - ok but we did not even venture 200m cave and there are no amazing lava flow. Quite a let down !

Full-Day Tour of Snæfellsnes National Park Reviewed by cecilia, 10/08/2017

The guide Artis (not sure spelling) is very passionate about her job

We managed to see faint horizontal Northern Lights and vertical lines across the sky for a brief moment. Yet, Bus Travel allows us to come back again. That's a fair deal.

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by cecilia, 10/08/2017

Amazing, extraordinary day - words cannot describe the scenery.

We travelled to picturesque farm land that was once the ocean. We visited may amazing but different Waterfalls, walked to the edge / tongue of on of Icelands many glaciers. We also walked to the top & behind 2 extraordinary Waterfalls during this excursion. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, humorous, helpful and spoke fluent English which was and added bonus to the audio commentary. We would do this excursion again in a heartbeat✔️

South Coast Classic Reviewed by Ken, 10/07/2017