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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

Our guide (Hessan) was outstanding being both informative and funny.

The tour was interesting and the guide was engaging and humorous. I particularly appreciated that Hessan was so helpful particularly with our drop off request. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Mary Ellen, 06/19/2017

Great tour with loads of insormation from the guide.

We had Oscar as our guide. He was a very nice man who is understandably very proud of his country. It shows in that he shared so many interesting facts about Iceland with us on the tour. Being on a minibus is so much better than a large tour bus. It was more comfortable and more personal. We got to know the other passengers more than if we were on a large bus. Oscar alway took great care of us at our drip off and pick up points. If he explained to us where we would be picked up and thought we didn't quite understand he would very patiently tell us he would pull over at the drop off spot and explain again so everyone is clear. Worth the money for this tour for sure!

Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Samantha, 06/18/2017

Breataking,profession and really enjoyable!

The trip to was organized very professionally: the places visited were phenomenal and no photos can justify how amazing the attractions look! Especially being able to be right behind a waterfall. The guides were really entertaining and took great care of us, even adding some extra stops to show us some other attractions not listed in the package. I truly enjoyed myself and would really recommend this trip! A big thumbs up from me!

Very Nice! Thomas and Gary were good Guides!!! Greetings from Germany

We had a really nice day with this fantastic tour. The guides were very nice...special thanks to Gary an Thomas!

Reykjavik Combo Snorkel in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving Reviewed by Jan-Henrik, 06/16/2017

An amazing experience. I enjoyed every minute

The chance to ride an Icelandic horse in Iceland was a once in a lifetime experience for me. So memorable. Selma was an excellent informative guide.

Iceland Horse Riding Tours Reviewed by Deidre, 06/15/2017