Things to do in

Reykjavik

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

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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

    1. 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

    2. Perlan

    Home to the Wonders of Iceland exhibition 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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!

  • Kolaportid Flea Market

    6. 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

    7. 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!

Frequently asked questions about Reykjavik

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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

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36,156 reviews

Such a great trip out. The guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and it was a nice size group. Everything we wanted in one trip - including pick up from outside our hotel and no need to change transfers for the blue lagoon (which is something I read a lot of other transfers didn’t pick up and made you change for the blue lagoon). Would definitely recommend it.

I’m very happy with the airport transfer and the communication with the team of Get your guide. The organisation of the travel was professional and exact. The management of my request was treated kindly and on time. I am satisfied because the assistance was helpful and efficient. I will definitely sign up for more activities and recommend to other people.

The stories were interesting, buss was very comfortable and the stops were super good and captured the icelandic essence.

Rock the guide was a funny guy who gave us a lot of interesting information of the places we visit. Great excursion!!

river rafting was the finest thing I did. I thank you. Great company to do business with.