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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

Absolutely fantastic! Fully recommend it!

This was my favourite part of visiting Iceland! I loved galloping across the lava fields.

Too cloudy to see the lights but they tried very hard to find them.

It was supposed to be a 2 hour tour. They drove around until 2:30am trying to find a clearing in the clouds. Very nice guide. Dropped us off at our ship! They prefer paper tickets.

Amazing Guide. Fun and Comfortable Experience

This your was amazing! As always it matters less what you're going to see and more about who you are going with- getting there is half the fun! Our tour guide (forgot his name :(, originally from Morocco) was HILARIOUS in the best way possible, he was also full of endless facts about Iceland which were really informative and I still remember them to this day. There was not a single dull moment. He really made the group come together and we all felt like a little family for the duration of the trip. We did not feel rushed at any of the sights. It was just PERFECT!
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Catherine, 09/16/2016

The Blue Lagoon is a must-visit site in Reykjavik

This is a really fun experience and unique. The pools are lovely and warm and the facial masks are fun. Be careful who you book with, though. Deal with an established company and get a specific pick-up time.

Great hiking possibilities, nice bus driver, was fun.

The tour itself is just the transport with the bus, when you arrive you can choose different hiking trails or chill out in the geo-thermal pool.
Day Trip to Landmannalaugar: The Pearl of the Highlands Reviewed by Olivier Pascal, 09/13/2016

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