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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

Perfect Day , perfect Tour a the best company ******

This was a special Tour whale watching & Golden circle the Grayline company picked us up from the ship and bring us back to the ship/harbor! The Tour was excellent , our Guide "Wil-Willi" explain us everthing from Iceland at it was very intresting ! Thanks a lot to "willi and lulli (chauffeur) for this great Tour Day!!!!!!!!!
Iceland’s Golden Circle & Whale Watching Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/23/2016

One of the best things you can do in Iceland!

This was easily in my top 3 things in Iceland. We had a great time with an extremely friendly host who was knowledgeable in not only the cave formation, but also Nordic lore. This tour is a must if you want to see how Iceland was made.

Very interesting - 1st Time Whale Watching

The tour was extremely interesting for the first time. We saw a "few" whales and dolphins . . . The crew was very informative and friendly.
Whale Watching: 3-Hour Trip from Reykjavik Reviewed by Ralph W., 08/16/2016

I learned a lot from the driver and I saw even more than expected

I do not remember our driver and guide, but he was a very friendly and informative guide. There was just enough time to see everything. I wish I could have stayed longer at the Gullfoss falls, but I understand that there is a schedule. I'd recommend this tour for anyone on their first trip. I would probably take a helicopter ride next time :)
Iceland Day Tour: Golden Circle by Minibus Reviewed by Paul, 08/13/2016

Magnificent place, and Get-Your-Guide brought us there well!

Blue Lagoon is definitely one of the most extraordinary places I have ever visited. Do not go to Iceland without experiencing it! Already from my home country, I made a reservation for the tour via Get-Your-Guide internet service, got a voucher, and at due date and time arrived perfectly to Blue Lagoon.

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