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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

It was quality and I would recommend it as a must do experience.

Picked up on time. Driver was friendly and bus comfortable. It was a great trip. In time this will be very commercial, visit before it loses its authenticity. Facilities were very good.

From Reykjavik: "The Secret Lagoon" Transfer Reviewed by Robert, 02/12/2017

Fantastic experience after a somewhat chaotic start

This was a really fantastic experience and i would definitely recommend it. However the organisation could be improved. I e-mailed to clarify the pickup time and this was confirmed as 10.00am from our hotel. It was in fact 11.30...!! Having been ferried to the central meeting point we were left wondering where to go next. After making enquiries we made our way to a bus. We were not checked onto the bus and a simple count was made. We were missing two people. Then a couple on the bus realised they were on the wrong tour...!! So we were then missing four. After ten minutes or so FIVE people joined the tour..!! This could have been better organised, but the Secret Lagoon was excellent

From Reykjavik: "The Secret Lagoon" Transfer Reviewed by Tony, 02/10/2017

Was an amazing day w/ Iceland Guided Tours!

The guide was very competent and explained everything with passion and enthusiasm. He drove us very securely through the landscape while getting difficult road conditions. I just recommend to use Iceland Guided Tours. Their confortable minibusses may be traveling also to places where bigger busses must stop services.

Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/10/2017

Excellent locations, pity about the weather

Loved the geysers and waterfall, well worth seeing. The secret lagoon was good. Good changing facilities, showers and lockers, could order drinks using your locker key no. The guide was informative as we were driven from place to place. The weather was dull and overcast which meant that the views weren't as good as they could have been, but that's nature.

Very informative and enjoyable tour. Our thanks to an excellent guide

We loved the dramatic scenery which is totally different to anything we're seen before. The people were friendly and welcoming. We were very interested in their customs.

Golden Circle Full-Day Grand Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Anthony, 02/08/2017

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