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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 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!


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

Well organised with informative guide on the boat.

Original date cancelled due to poor weather. Took advantage to rebook as offered for following day and were wowed by the Northern Lights. Amazing!
Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/25/2016

An excellent insight into Icelandic life.

Despite the rather unpleasant weather we enjoyed a very good tour led by an excellent guide.
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Tim, 10/24/2016

Really great way to see a lot in small amount of time.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Helped to get some great pictures. Service was fantastic and well worth the price. For an 8 hr day tour, the price was really reasonable.

Gorgeous, be ready to spend some time here.

Really enjoyed the changes as it became darker and would love to go back in the morning. A little pricey, but worth it.

GLACIER LAGOON IS EPIC! Bustravel well exceeded my expectations!

Normally, I'm not a huge fan of bus tours. But, the Bustravel folks do it up right! My guide, Halla (I think I spelled that correctly) was knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. The bus looked brand new and very comfortable. I made a mistake by booking the tour on the wrong day. But, their customer service took care of it right away. The unique nature, waterfalls and Glacier Lagoon are ALL A MUST SEE.

Based on 576 reviews by GetYourGuide customers