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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

This was a highlight of our visit to Reykjavik: great guide, good food

We thoroughly enjoyed our food walk. Bara was a great guide and source of information about Reykjavik and Icelandic food. The food was great and so was the company- just the right number in the group to be able to interact with everyone and enjoy the experience. Good walking weather also helped.

Reykjavik: Half-Day Food Tasting Tour Reviewed by Linda, 01/16/2017

Fantastic scenery and a well organised tour

We had a lovely tour, Herman was a very knowledgeable guide and we were really lucky to have fantastic weather! The stops were a little on the short side but we were well prepared for this from reading other reviews beforehand. Overall, we loved all of the locations visited and had a fantastic and very memorable experience.

South of Iceland Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Elizabeth, 01/15/2017

Tour guide, Thor, was great made fab trip even better.

Mini bus to some spectacular sights, tour guide was full of so much interesting information and facts which made the day even better. Recommend this trip.

Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Kirsty, 01/14/2017

Amazing views with fantastic knowledgable information.

Did a different trip with a different company, and now will book the rest of our trips, Peter the guide was informative and nothing was to much trouble. Amazing from start to finish and even managed extra visits as everyone was punctual at each stop.

Absolutely fantastic! This tour is a must if you're visiting Reykjavik

We booked for 6 people and all agreed this was the best tour of our trip! Fun filled day with breathtaking views - have to also say our guide was brilliant (sadly can't remember his name) he was friendly, knowledgable and definitely made the experience a memorable one. 10 out of 10

Reykjavik Quad Bike Twin Peaks Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/13/2017

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