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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

The best tour we did & for the best price!

We absolutely had a blast on this tour! It looked so much more fun than the Golden Circle tours, etc. We saw so many cool sights (waterfalls, black sand beaches, basalt columns, a glacier, lighthouses, the village of Vík) and we were so impressed with it all! All day tour with an excellent guide who gave us personal stories of the "hidden people" and other Icelandic history & lore. THEN, he went out of his way to show us the Northern Lights, which wasn't even included in the tour! Fantastic all around!
Iceland's South Coast & Volcanoes Day Tour Reviewed by Kira, 05/19/2016

A great start to our holiday in Iceland!

The Golden Circle itinerary by itself is comprehensive but our guide (Hauser) made our tour truly fantastic. He had excellent knowledge of every place that we visited but his liveliness & sense of humour added so much to our experience. His time management helped us to pack in so much with a couple of bonus sights thrown in by him additionally. It added to IG Tours goodwill as it didn't seem that they only cover what you pay for. Thank you very much.
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Prem, 05/19/2016

Fantastic, would love to come back for more!

Never expected the place would be that nice. The tranquility, the ambience... Everything went us plan. Though the trip from the airport to the Reykjavik was a bit far. Other than that, it's a 10 for me!
Reykjavik Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/19/2016

Very efficient and quality transportation

Excellent service and very helpful staff both at the airport and the drivers of coach + minibus - highly recommended

On time, informative guide, beautiful spot.

Tour went very well. Pick up was on time. The guide is informative. Secret lagoon is worth to visit. We had an extra stop outside a horse ranch, where we managed to touch and take pictures with a group of friendly icelandic horses.

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