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

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Sigtun 28, Reykjavik, 105
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $235 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"This hotel was very clean and the beds were comfortable. The staff was exceptional and always friendly. Having a free 'shuttle'/cab to downtown Reykjavik was an added bonus."

Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2022

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Hotel Von
Hotel Von
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 55, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $294 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (168 reviews)
"Clean, modern, great location."

Reviewed on Jul. 3, 2022

Hotel Von
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $331 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
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! (2,041 reviews)
"Staying in historic and unique properties. They are updated and top quality. Great location to walk to restaurants or the famous church"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2022

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
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.
Room With A View Apartments
Room With A View Apartments
4 out of 5
Laugavegur 18, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $268 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,711 reviews)
"It was well located, central to restaurants, cafes, the water front, the cathedral, you could walk everywhere downtown and the bus was also nearby as well as taxis. You can hear the street noise and on Thurs/Fri/Sat the music from the nearby clubs, ear plugs would be helpful. We had everything we ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

Room With A View Apartments
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $331 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
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! (2,041 reviews)
"Staying in historic and unique properties. They are updated and top quality. Great location to walk to restaurants or the famous church"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2022

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Tryggvagata 18A, 102, Reykjavik, 101
The price is CA $480 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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! (280 reviews)
"This hotel/apartment is immaculate and in an excellent location. There are several outstanding restaurants within walking distance and the apartment has all of the amenities you would need. The staff is friendly and extremely helpful and I would stay there again on a return trip."

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2022

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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