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Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, is small, but has many great things to do. The city features a world-renowned music scene, eclectic architecture, Viking history, geothermal swimming pools and some of the friendliest and safest streets in Europe. Reykjavík also makes the perfect base for experiencing Iceland’s incredible natural beauty, which you can enjoy through leisurely daytrips or action-packed multi-day adventures.
Reykjavík’s weather is highly changeable, so pack accordingly. When the sun shines, take a boat tour at Reykjavík Harbour to see puffins and whales. Then join the throngs of locals and enjoy the city’s downtown parks, Tjörnin Lake and markets. Climb the bell tower of Iceland’s largest church, Hallgrimskirkja, for panoramic views across Old Town’s colored rooftops to the spectacular mountains and glaciers beyond.
If you’re visiting between October and March, don’t miss Mother Nature’s greatest lightshow, the aurora borealis (northern lights). On dark, clear nights, wrap up and head to Grótta lighthouse, Miklatún or Hljómskálagarður parks, or Öskjuhlíð Hill for the city’s best vantage points.
When the icy winds pick up, seek shelter in Reykjavík’s many museums. Visit the 871± 2 Settlement Exhibition at Reykjavík City Museum to see the oldest archeological ruins in Iceland, then follow the country’s journey to nationhood at The National Museum of Iceland. Stop by the Saga Museum, unusually located in one of six water tanks at Perlan. Here, waxwork figures recall key moments in Iceland’s past.
For a small city, Reykjavík has made its presence known on the world’s cultural and creative stages. Explore the city’s galleries, bookshops and quirky boutiques before heading off to discover the next Sigur Rós or Björk in the city’s acclaimed bars and live music venues.
After exploring Reykjavík’s streets, dance floors and countryside, join locals in one of the city’s seven natural geothermal springs, such as Arbaejarlaug and Laugardalslaug.
It’s best to plan your visit based on the seasons and your preferred activities. By mid-June, Reykjavík experiences 21 hours of sunlight per day, giving you plenty of daylight to discover all the delights this stunning metropolis has to offer.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik boasts a wonderful array of apartments and other types of accommodation, with 136 Reykjavik hotels that visitors can book through Expedia's extensive hotels page.
If you're celebrating a special occasion, why not check out the Hotel Borg, at Posthusstraeti 11, and the Reykjavik4you Apartments, at Bergstadastræti 12. The Reykjavik Residence Suites, Hverfisgata 21, and the 101 hotel, Hverfisgata 10, are other good Expedia-listed hotel options worth considering.
While you are visiting Reykjavik, you'll want to check out Hallgrimskirkja and you might decide it is more convenient to stay nearby. the Hotel Borg is about 0.8 kilometres (0.5 miles) away. You might also like to check out the Reykjavik4you Apartments, about 0.4 kilometres (0.3 miles) away.
Located in Reykjavík East, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sundhollin and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Perlan are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Reykjavík 101, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Reykjavik University and Perlan. Hallgrimskirkja and National Museum of Iceland are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina sits dockside on Reykjavik Harbor. Guests can walk 7 minutes to central Austurvöllur Square, 10 minutes to Harpa Concert Hall, and 15 minutes to Laugavegur, the main shopping street. Express buses run to Keflavik Airport from the BSÍ terminal, a 5-minute drive away.
Located in Reykjavík East, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Laugardalsholl, Hallgrimskirkja, and Perlan. Reykjavik City Hall and National Museum of Iceland are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Viking World Museum and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Reykjanes Art Museum. Blue Lagoon and Duus Hus Cultural Centre are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Reykjavík 101, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reykjavik City Library and Reykjavik City Hall. Hallgrimskirkja and National Museum of Iceland are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Reykjavík 101, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of National Theatre of Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja, and Reykjavik City Hall. National Museum of Iceland and Perlan are also within 2 mi (3 km).