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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

a worthwhile trip to see the northern lights

Worthwhile for a estimated 2/10, but turned out to be a 4/10 so better than anticipated.

Reykjavík: 2-Hour Northern Lights Cruise Reviewed by Nigel, 12/06/2016

Even though the weather wasn't the best, we loved the tour and guide!

It was rainy and pretty misty a lot of the day, but the waterfalls and glacier were still striking. We had an excellent time and the guide did a great job. I'd write his name but have no idea how to spell it. Thanks!

Iceland The Beautiful South Coast Reviewed by Amanda, 12/05/2016

Perfect, even though it was overcast and drizzling.

The weather was gloomy and drizzling, but once you reach the lagoon, it feels totally different. Probably one of the best hot springs in the world, if not the best. All natural, not as commercially operated like the blue lagoon.

From Reykjavik: "The Secret Lagoon" Transfer Reviewed by Chee Wee, 12/05/2016

Amazing. Tour guide Halla made the trip.

Our tour guide Halla was so informative and friendly. We learnt so much as well as looking at the amazing sights. Would recommend.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Deborah, 12/01/2016

Excellent tour which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I was very happy with everything about the tour. From pick up at my hotel. The tour guide was warm and friendly. On our journey going to our rendezvous we were able to see the Northern Lights a bit. Although we stopped at two locations later and didn't see the lights again, nevertheless the Guide ensured we had a good time and entertained us by singing. The bus driver also was very accommodating. Drop off was also hassle free.

Northern Lights Bus Tour Reviewed by Benedicta, 12/01/2016

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