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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

Good value transfer that was punctual and hassle free.

Arrived on time, no waiting in cold and got to airport in plenty of time. Liked the fact it was a minibus and we did not have to meet at central location to get on a bigger coach, we just went direct to airport.

Transfer: Reykjavik Hotels-Keflavik Airport Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/10/2017

Amazing landscape, lovely tour guide, great day!

This tour turned out to be our favourite. We loved it way more than the golden circle. The tour guide was really informative and we could also ask him questions in private. He walked around with us at some of the sights. He did some singing and always made funny sounds while telling his stories. The landscape is absolutely amazing. We had enough time at each of the stops and never felt rushed. We were always a few minutes late at every stop but nobody got stressed. Due to the short daylight hours we visited the Seljalandsfoss in the dark which was still pretty amazing as it was lighted and we were still able to walk behind the waterfall. Hotel pick-up and drop-off also was perfect.

Lovely Guide, Perfect Place. You stould so this!

The Pic Up was in Time and the Guide was so lovely. Fell in Love with Iceland, its landcape and People.

Golden Circle Full-Day Grand Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Celine, 01/10/2017

Amazing - Top Notch tour guide and lots of laughs along the way too!

From the minute we were introduced to our tour guide David, it was a fun and fact filled. Whilst hunting for the lights we stopped at somewhere with amazing hot chocolate, and then tried some local delicacies... Its an experience that has to be tried... (only once though lol). Couldn't recommend this tour more. Everyone from BusTravel was amazing and helpful and kept it upbeat and fun.

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik Reviewed by Susan, 01/08/2017

Wonderdul tour. Brilliant informative guide

Learnt and saw loads. Super beautiful trip and great tour guide team. Full of information. Would highly recommend

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by becky, 01/07/2017

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