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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

Scenery that you can't beat anywhere else in the world

The title says it all, the scenery on this tour is absolutely spectacular. I fell in love with Iceland on all the tours I did. This one has an excellent mix of natural beauty. You won't be disappointed.
The Golden Circle Classic - full day tour Reviewed by Emily, 04/19/2016

Amazing tour with an excellent tour guide!!

Iceland is full of beautiful places and the tour was amazing because we got to listen about local interesting facts from the tour guide and explore the areas ourselves. The lagoon was definitely a great experience that should not be missed!
Reykjavik Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/10/2016

An extremely enjoyable day with a very charming guide.

My friends and I were pretty excited about seeing the south coast of Iceland. Asgir (if you are reading this, please ignore the spelling) picked us up in a mini van and took us around picking the rest of the group. He showed us a few places in the city and told us a little history about it. He was so friendly and charming and we had such a good time listening to all the lovely stories of Vikings and Icelandic people. All the spots were covered at our own sweet pace. We were given enough time to roam about and click pictures. It was a long day with all the traveling but worth every minute.
Iceland's South Coast & Volcanoes Day Tour Reviewed by Ankeeta, 04/06/2016

Amazing sights and greats views with a great guide !

we were so lucky to have great weather. Our guide Hal had so much to tell us about the landscape. He was interested in his country and loved to inform us. That was so great !!! One of the highlights was to go to the foot of a glacier where Hal had a lot to tell about the origins of the glacier, the stones and so on. Hal: thank you so much ! We had enough time to see all: Selljalandsfoss, Vik (Black beach), Skogafoss, Glacier
Iceland's South Coast & Volcanoes Day Tour Reviewed by Monika, 04/03/2016

Excellent, tour guide very interesting. Views amazing

Excellent tour, guide very friendly helpful and interesting. Excellent photo opportunities.

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