Reykjavik

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Reykjavik
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.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Natura - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Reykjavik Natura - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
4 out of 5
Nautholsvegur 52, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $178 per night from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8
CA $178
per night
Feb. 7 - Feb. 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,026 reviews)
"Staff was amazing!"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Reykjavik Natura - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Reykjavik Marina - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Reykjavik Marina - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
4 out of 5
Mýrargata 2, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $237 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $237
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,017 reviews)
Great stay
"The Marina Bejaya was great. It's easy to access from Bus Stop 15 in Reykjavik, although a little signage to direct people might be nice. I found the staff friendly and helpful. Check in was easy. The in-house restaurant/bar was certainly good. I had a fish dish that was done very well and the bar ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

Reykjavik Marina - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
4 out of 5
Laugavegur 120, Reykjavik, 101
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $309 per night from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3
CA $309
per night
Mar. 2 - Mar. 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,029 reviews)
Great value
"Recommend! Great spa, amazing breakfast, cozy rooms. Limited on-site parking (but it's free) and small gym with some broken equipment. Longer walk to center of town, but walking is good for you and there are plenty of options nearby. Great value for the price."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

Miðgarður by Center Hotels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rey Apartments
Rey Apartments
3 out of 5
Grettisgata 2a, Front Door At Klapparstígur, Reykjavik, 101
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (755 reviews)
Good place
"Lovely apartment, beds comfortable, well equipped kitchen. We had some difficulty finding the place - it would benefit from good signage. The doors caused some problems as stuck a couple of times. The place is noisy with other apartments and street noise so hard to sleep. The location. However is ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2022

Rey Apartments
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (2,215 reviews)
"Mums labai patiko šis viešbutis, švarus, jaukus, apgalvoti visi patogumai, reikmenys reikalingi keliaujantiems. Residence Hotel yra miesto centre, buvo patogu susisiekti, pasivaikščioti ir pamatyti Reykjavik. Maloniai nustebino ir kasryt pusryčiams atnešama pintinė su produktais bei šviežia duona ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Tryggvagata 18A, 102, Reykjavik, 101
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (318 reviews)
Iceland at its best
"I had 2 accommodations for our stay and both parties were thrilled with the apartments. They were spacious with amazing beds. The toiletries provided went above the norm and we really appreciated the bathrobes. The staff couldn’t have been any nicer and helped with confirmation of excursions and ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 26, 2023

Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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