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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 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!


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

Had a wonderful time, great guides, very informative.

Snowmobiling over the glacier was the highlight. Loved it although it took me a little while to get comfortable. Overall great experience!!

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/15/2018

Excellent value for money. Great tour guide and must go tour for all.

Very good organization and very good guide ( historian), which entertained the bus with folk stories, music and large knowledge about the places of interest. The timing was good. We were travelling via cuise so it was paramount for us to return back in time, and company made an extra effort to send a minibus to collect cruise passengers on the last stop and deliver us back to the cruise ship in time. We very appreciate this kind of planning and support. The company phone support was good as well with informative replies. Couple of things to consider: Some tourists missed the main sightseeings as the instructions on how to get there were not very clear and were short ( for example the stop at geiser - instructions could be to go to the second bigger one instead of waiting for the first one to blow up). Otherwise very good trip. Excellent value for money (kids travelled free).

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Faraj, 08/14/2018

Fun, interesting and beautiful first night in Reykjavic.

We had perfect Icelandic August weather (55F, clear skies and windy) and a relatively small group of people on the large three story boat. The optional wind proof suits did a good job of cutting the wind and keeping us comfortable. Our guide kept us all in the game of hunting for the glimpse of humpbacks and minke whales. Very knowledgable about the whales and Iceland. Bar drinks and musician on board plus absolutely beautiful views of the late setting sun and Reykjavík harbor made it a great first night on Reykjavík.

Reykjavik: Midnight Sun Whale Watching Tour Reviewed by Patricia, 08/13/2018

Very good value for money with informative guide

The tour was well structured for the time allowed, and our guide Hadla (not sure how to spell her name) was informative, helpful and amusing.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Terence, 08/12/2018

Great trip. Clean well maintained vehicle.

We had a wonderful time, got a lot of good information, and opportunities to take pictures. We felt safe and well cared for.