Things to do in

Reykjavik

You’ll warm up to Iceland’s capital with volcanic scenery, luxurious hot springs, and landmarks aplenty.

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Reykjavik Cruises & Boat Tours

  • Reykjavík: Whale Watching from a Luxury Yacht

    1. Reykjavík: Whale Watching from a Luxury Yacht

    Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. See some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises on this small-group whale watching tour. 

     

    Your ship sets sail from Reykjavík's Old Harbor and sails among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with fantastic views of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water.

     

    Spot minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. If you're lucky, you may even see a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species.

     

    Make the most of three panoramic deck areas aboard the luxury yacht, moving about the decks to get the best views and take advantage of great photo opportu...

    Very friendly staff, we saw a humpback Whale, 2 different minkey whales and some white nosed dolphin's. Very informative and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would recommend.

  • From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

    2. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

    Leaving from Reykjavik’s old harbor, you’ll sail in style on the Andrea, the largest whale-watching ship in Iceland. In the summer, you can also join an express tour on a faster express whale watching boat. The waters off Reykjavik are rich with aquatic life. Most commonly spotted creatures are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises – and even humpback whales. The Andrea features spacious public viewing areas as well as a deck that offers fantastic 360-degree views of the stunning environment. There’s a café on board that serves a range of refreshments and a souvenir shop. The experience is built on a special Educational focus, with a microscope, baleens, and whale teeth on board for passengers to learn about the whales and other sea life. Humpback Whales are often spotted from the boat as well as Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and occasi...

    Seeing Humpback whale for the first is amazing and the guide was interesting to listen to - and her singing too.

  • Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

    3. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

    See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the Aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white lights. The tour is conducted in a small group, so your experience will be both personal and memorable. Don't worry if there is rain or wind, as the decks are partially covered to provide shelter from...

    Unfortunately we didn't get to see the northern lights, but we were offered a free ticket that we will use next time we go to Iceland. Crew were extremely helpful ans the board was also a nice one as well as drinks purchased on board

  • Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    4. Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    Whales are the most mysterious and fascinating of creatures, and some of the best whale watching in the world is off the coast of Iceland, where the ocean currents create excellent viewing conditions. Climb aboard a whale watching boat operated by the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland, and explore the southern part of Faxafloi Bay off Reykjavik’s old harbor. On the 3-4 hour tour you will get up-close to humpback, minke, and orca whales, as well as abundant sea birds, white beaked dolphin and harbor porpoise. Whales are seen on more than 95% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours, often surfacing within a few meters from the boat. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed towards the whales' habitat. This is also is part of a sustainability policy that tries to minimize oil use and pollution. Guides have gone through an...

    Nice guide, lots of information, great weather and lots of whale spottings! You even get thermo-suits for free! Really amazing!

  • From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    5. From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik and take great photos before you a...

    An excellent trip! Well organised with a very friendly and knowledgable guide!! Saw two whales which was magical! Would very highly read this trip!! Thankyou!!

  • Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

    6. Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

    Hop aboard a RIB speedboat and head out for a thrilling adventure just off Reykjavik's coast. Marvel at the abundance of sea life Iceland has to offer, such as majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Begin your tour from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor and cruise among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík. Admire fantastic views of the city and its landmarks like the Harpa concert hall as you search for wildlife in the water. During your tour, pass by Engey, the second-largest island of the Kollafjörður (Faxa Bay) fjord in western Iceland. Also cruise past Lundey, literally “Puffin Island” in Icelandic, a small uninhabited island off Reykjavík’s western coast. Enjoy the chance to see incredible animals in their natural habitat without being overcrowded onboard the boat. And if you don't get lucky with wildlife sightings on the day you go, you'll rece...

    It was a amazing tour We really had a great time on the RIB boat seeing whales and dolphins really close. Must do in reykjavik.

  • Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion

    7. Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion

    Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of the island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. The peak season for whale watching extends from April to October, but of course the ocean is always full of magical creatures and you never know what you might see. This boat trip gives you the unique opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approximately 3 - 3.5 hours Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3 hours at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM- will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same just sailing to that point and back to harbo...

    we where lucky enough to see 3 different whales and many dolphins. so mission accomplished! everything was fine, our guide was helpful and we had had raincoats not to get wet.

  • Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

    8. Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

    Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean, with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the backround, is something you won't ever forget. This unique tour takes about 2 hours, departing from Reykjavik´s old harbour in a luxurious boats, either Rósin or Andrea. Enjoy great views of the beautiful coastline of the capital on the way out to search for the northern lights. In only 15-30 minutes you will be at a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. Please remember that this tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions. Cancellation may occur if the circumstances are not in your favour.  When the northern lights forecast looks good - but if it is too windy to go out on sea - guests will be taken out for a no...

    This was a great experience and I’d highly recommend it to any travelers in the area! I visited in mid-March (toward the end of northern lights season) so we were only able to see a couple bands of light, but it was still worth it nonetheless. The lights we did see were beautiful, and it was also an incredible view of the night sky and Reykjavik. Because we didn’t get a fill northern lights display, everyone was given a credit so they could return for free and view them again. I’ll definitely be doing this as soon as I’m back in the area!

  • Reykjavík: Scenic Whale Watching Tour

    9. Reykjavík: Scenic Whale Watching Tour

    Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of this island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. The peak season for whale watching runs from April to October, but of course the ocean is always full of magical creatures, and you never know what you might see. This boat trip gives you the unique opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. You will be free to listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales, and answer any questions you may...

  • From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with Boat Trip

    10. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with Boat Trip

    Depart Reykjavik and get stunning views of some of the most magnificent scenery in Iceland on the bus ride to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Marvel at the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and marvel at the impressive 60-meter drop. Drive onwards to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and go for a stroll along the shores of the lake on arrival to admire the scenery. Experience the incredible tranquility of the area as 1,000 to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently across the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider.

    Absolutely amazing. So much better than tours with Reykjavík excursions. Tour guide Ursula was fantastic. The glacier lagoon is just the most incredible thing over ever seen.

Frequently asked questions about Reykjavik

Planning Your 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

Other Sightseeing Options in Reykjavik

Want to discover all there is to do in Reykjavik? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36,156 reviews

We had two guides, Hallur and Ronan. It was because of them that this trip was so enjoyable! The waterfall was majestic and extremely windy. The geysir was tiny but still worth a visit. Then Hallur brought us for some delicious ice cream. It shocks the body to enjoy ice in the cold but the texture was just too good to put down the ice cream. Then, we went snorkelling with Ronan. Right off the bat, he was friendly and most kind. He got to know each one of us personally. He was a diver in the navy so you can rest assured that you're in safe hands! Ronan made the snorkelling experience like a party. We had so much fun. The waters were clear and mesmerizing. And the hot chocolate that comes after was the best thing ever. I was nervous about the cold before, but the cold didn't cross my mind at all while snorkelling. It was an awesome experience. Ronan was amazing too, as he always went out if his way to help us. Amazing trip overall! Highly recommended! The guides should get a raise too ;P

This was by far the best tour I did in Iceland. I honestly wish I had known about Troll tours before so that I couldn’t have booked all my tours with them. Our guide Michael was very nice and entertaining and made sure we had enough time to go see everything on the south coast. The glacier hike was also beautiful and the highlight of the trip and something I recommend everyone do!

This tour was well worth the money, the guide “God” was amazing and really made this tour what it is, from the humour to the very cool facts about Icelandic history. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

An exceptional tour through a magical landscape delivered by an incredible guide (Oliver)! 5/5, I can’t recommend strongly enough, thanks so much! Dominic, London

Would recommend to anyone. John picked us up at the airport with a sign with my name on it . He was very informed about the area . Stress free