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Reykjavik

The world's most northerly capital, Reykjavik is a dynamic city with a renowned nightlife scene and some stunning vistas that are visible from the city centre.

A city like few others, Reykjavik's position in the middle of the Atlantic means that it feels different from other European capitals. With a culture that is outward-looking, child-friendly and modern, the city's population are nonetheless proud of their Norse heritage which dates back to when Iceland was first settled in the ninth century. Well known as a city break destination from where the mysterious Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, can be readily seen, Reykjavik has much more to offer than just its natural beauty.

Easy to get to by public transport, the Hellisheidi Power Plant is a great example of Reykjavik's man-made tourist attractions, and is located about a 15-kilometre (9-mile) trip from the city centre. It offers a state-of-the-art exhibition that shows how Iceland's engineers have effectively harnessed geothermal energy. Elsewhere, among the oldest shopping streets in the city is Laugavegur, in which you can find all sorts of boutiques and comfortable restaurants serving an array of food. Take a stroll here during the weekend when it is not uncommon to find the street filled up with people enjoying its bars, especially in the summer when the sun barely sets.

Located in the heart of the city is the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre, one of Reykjavik's most recognisable landmarks. Here, you will find the Iceland Expo Pavilion, a unique 360-degree audio and visual experience that presents all of the country's wonders in a short movie presentation. Having attracted millions of guests since it opened in 2011, Harpa is also home to Reykjavik's high cultural scene with both the national opera and country's leading orchestra based here, in Iceland’s foremost performance arena.

Finally, it is worth mentioning Whales of Iceland, a relatively new attraction that first opened to the public in February 2015. Situated in the heart of Reykjavik's Old Harbour area, close to the city centre, it affords an exhilarating experience that will submerge you into the underwater world of these fascinating creatures. Coupled with many more great sites and excellent quality accommodation, there is every reason to plan a visit to Iceland's most exciting city.

Top hotels in Reykjavik

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
4 out of 5
Nautholsvegur 52, Reykjavik

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Reykjavik University and Perlan. Hallgrimskirkja and University of Iceland are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,827 reviews)

"Loved the Buffett breakfast and dinner and happy hour"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Center Hotels Plaza
Center Hotels Plaza
3 out of 5
Adalstraeti 4, Reykjavik
€92
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reykjavik City Library, Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour. Laugavegur and Harpa are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,089 reviews)

"Nice hotel, really comfortable bed, really friendly staff Not much variety for breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

Center Hotels Plaza
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
5 out of 5
Norðurljósavegur 9, Grindavik, Southern Peninsula

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Popular things to do in Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon

4.5/5(540 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(693 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(235 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(445 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(466 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(514 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 activities in Reykjavik

Full-Day Golden Circle Tour
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Full-Day Golden Circle Tour

92% of travellers recommend
€52
Per adult
Guided Full-Day Tour of the South Coast
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Guided Full-Day Tour of the South Coast

92% of travellers recommend
€76
Per adult
Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

94% of travellers recommend
€101
Per adult
Northern Lights Ocean Cruise
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Northern Lights Ocean Cruise

€81
Per adult
Golden Circle Day Trip With Optional Blue Lagoon Entry
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Golden Circle Day Trip With Optional Blue Lagoon Entry

94% of travellers recommend
€50
Per adult
Airport Transfer in Iceland from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik City one way
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Airport Transfer in Iceland from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik City one way

€25
Per adult

Reviews of Reykjavik

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 25.54945054945055%
3 - Okay
29
3 - Okay 2.6556776556776556%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

As our trip got shortened at last minute due to current international health crisis, we are really looking forward to go back and enjoy a longer break in Iceland.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar 2020

Very nice city, walkable and the sea front walk is very picturesque, Harpa concert hall is stunning on the waterfront. The bus tours to various places are well organised and on time, views from the top of the tower at the Hallgrimskirkja are great.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

Northern lights your was amazing, we were incredibly lucky to see a fantastic aurora. Definitely make sure warm clothes and coats are packed as it is cold!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

I have been to Reykjavík twice now. I love it, I want to come back in the summer to experience late summer light and whale watching (if available).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

In March have snow / walking boots . Do not expect to see northern lights ( bonus if u do) Go secret lagoon (do not confuse with blue lagoon) , it’s not big city excursion are great and wrap up

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