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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

where the sky meets the earth, and the elements are fighting with each

Absolutely phenomenal trip, I discovered a fantastic place, I met wonderful people, dreams become real and true. From the point of view of the geology of the place unique, phenomenal scenery, raw and beautiful ... very professionally run tour, perfectly orchestrated.

Icelandic customer service is second to none

Well my bus didn't show up, so I went to the reception of my hostel and they rang the tour group who investigated (turns out my tour had been overbooked) and before you knew it a man showed up in his car to drive me to another tour company's bus which was only a few streets away who was doing the exact same tour and had space. There was only 12 of us and the tour guide was completely amazing. She took my voucher at the end and was going to sort out the money stuff with the original tour company. No dramas for me to follow up or anything. South Iceland, by the way, is completely incredible. You don't need special tricks with your camera, just point and click and it looks like a work of art. I can't get over it.
Iceland's South Coast & Volcanoes Day Tour Reviewed by Susanna, 11/22/2015

Great tour leader for warerfalls, geyser, horses and parliament fields

It would have been useful to know the first stop was for coffee and pastries as we could have saved on the expensive hotel breakfast. Otherwise this trip was everything you think of in iceland's nature in one day. Very good.
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Susan, 11/15/2015

Great day, guide was really knowledgeable

It was a great day, we saw lots of Iceland's sights that we would have not found ourselves. We got the Icelandic history from our guide. There were sufficient stops for refreshments. Highly Recommended.
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/04/2015

Ronni on the tour was knowledgeable & enthusiastic

The first night we did not see the Northern Lights, however we had a second opportunity. Ronni communicated with our guide & we ended up at the same place where we saw them. It was a brief showing, good nonetheless. Ronni had a camera that showed the lights prior to them being seen by the naked eye. He also had checked out the likelihood of seeing the lights and explained this. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
Northern Lights Hunt from Reykjavik Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/04/2015

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