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ReykjavikIceland

The most northerly capital city in the world combines amazing natural wonders with the exciting buzz of a thriving, creative metropolis.

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.

Top Hotels in Reykjavik

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 120, Reykjavik
The price is CA $195 per night

Located in Hlíðar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within 1 mile ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,030 reviews)

"Wonderful staff, great breakfast Very clean. The only hotel I go to when I’m in Iceland."…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Miðgarður by Center Hotels
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
5 out of 5
Norðurljósavegur 9, Grindavik, Southern Peninsula
The price is CA $1,575 per night

Situated in Grindavik, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brimketill Lava Rock Pool and Gunnuhver ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)

"Amazing spa and room. Meal was good Lots of great little touches such as in room extras"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2020

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Hlemmur Square
Hlemmur Square
3 out of 5
Laugavegur 105, Reykjavik
The price is CA $68 per night

Located in Hlíðar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within 1 mile ...

4.2/5Very Good! (637 reviews)

"Great location. Bar has some really nice local beers. Rooms and beds are clean."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Hlemmur Square

Popular places to visit in Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon

4.5/5(393 reviews)

Soak away your aches, get a massage treatment and swim in the milky blue waters of this mineral-rich geothermal pool sculpted by lava in Grindavik.

Reykjavik Harbour
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Reykjavik Harbour

4.5/5(329 reviews)

Once a maritime and fishing precinct, the Old Harbour now buzzes with restaurants, cafés and tour boat operators.

Reykjavik City Hall
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Reykjavik City Hall

4/5(166 reviews)

The dynamic architectural design and picturesque location of this modern civic building near the Tjörnin lakeside has made it a landmark in downtown Reykjavík.

Laugavegur
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Laugavegur

4.5/5(256 reviews)

Brightly colored shopfronts spill into the street and add atmosphere to the sidewalk dining areas and designer stores of Reykjavík’s main downtown shopping strip.

Harpa
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Harpa

4.5/5(248 reviews)

The sculptural glass façade of Reykjavík’s premier concert hall and conference center shines over the harbor, reflecting the water and the city’s energy.

Hallgrimskirkja
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Hallgrimskirkja

4.5/5(368 reviews)

With its magnificent tower, this church is one of Reykjavík’s most famous landmarks, dominating the skyline and serving as a useful compass point.

Top things to do in Reykjavik

Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Blue Lagoon Admission Tickets
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Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Blue Lagoon Admission Tickets

98% of travellers recommend
CA $296
Per adult
The Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater & Blue Lagoon Visit
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The Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater & Blue Lagoon Visit

94% of travellers recommend
CA $188
Per adult
Full-Day Golden Circle Tour
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Full-Day Golden Circle Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $95
Per adult
Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $155
Per adult
Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon From Reykjavik
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon From Reykjavik

88% of travellers recommend
CA $139
Per adult
Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) Full Day Tour
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Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
CA $183
Per adult

Reviews of Reykjavik

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
318
5 - Excellent 64.76578411405295%
4 - Good
148
4 - Good 30.14256619144603%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 4.480651731160896%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.4073319755600815%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.20366598778004075%

5/5 - Excellent

AlexM

Mar 10, 2020

a place everyone needs to see... but bring cash... it's a very expensive city!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 7, 2020

Nice city!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Super over priced city

4/5 - Good

AJ

Feb 11, 2020

February was surprisingly busy with tons of tourists. If you are going for Northern lights, avoid the full moon and try smaller group outings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

A place that you can't get tired of, there's always something to do or discover, amazing place!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

Amazing place! Can’t wait to come back!

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