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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

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

Perlan

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!

Hallgrímskirkja

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

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

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!

Kolaportid Flea Market
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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

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

Wonderfully interesting enjoyable tour, with beautiful landscapes

Lovely day out with very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We saw and learnt a lot about the different landscapes. Would definitely recommend

Didn’t get to see them fully unfortunately

Waited a long time and only saw white behind cloud but guide insisted it was activity

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour Reviewed by , 10/16/2018

Tour was amazing but information given by email before tour was wrong

The tour was gob smacking with an amazing tour guide who went above and beyond! Only thing was before the tour I had someone from BusTravel emailing me incorrect information, saying we needed to book 6pm for the Blue Lagoon when it should be 5pm and that we could get a bus back to Reykjavík at any time till 11.15pm it was lucky that our tour guide helped by getting us into the blue lagoon at 5pm as the bus that was stated in the emails would cost us extra and this was not stated in the emails at all.

Great Hot Spring , more locals and smaller feel

Very much enjoyed the hot springs . Not too crowded and not as many tourists . Our bus driver , Swen was amazing and made sure we understood the details and were all on the bus !!

From Reykjavik: "The Secret Lagoon" Transfer Reviewed by Edward, 10/14/2018

A terrific evening, great guide, great tour!

A joy from start to finish. Elding Tours was right on time and helpful. Loved every minute spent with our wonderfully informed guide and the Imagine Peace Tower was inspirational and breathtaking in its simplicity. One of the more unusual Tours, would do it again.

Imagine Peace Tour Reviewed by David, 10/12/2018