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Reykjavik

Travel Guide
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.

Hotel Von
Hotel Von
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 55, Reykjavik
The price is €167 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Harpa are also within 15 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Cute hotel, very clean, comfortable beds. Do not think the room was sound proof though. Heard a lot of noise in the hallway."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Hotel Von
Center Hotels Laugavegur
Center Hotels Laugavegur
3.5 out of 5
95-99 Laugavegur, Reykjavik
The price is €190 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (151 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Center Hotels Laugavegur
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik
The price is €263 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur, Hallgrimskirkja and Harpa. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,803 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and very near to the bus stops 6 and 14."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
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Stay Apartments Bolholt
Stay Apartments Bolholt
3 out of 5
Bolholt 6, Reykjavik
The price is €132 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in the heart of Reykjavik, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Asmundarsafn, Laugavegur and Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool. Reykjavik ...
4.1/5Very Good! (689 reviews)
"Close 5 minute drive to the center of Reykjavík. There is always parking and it’s a calm area. The WiFi works and the tv in there is a plus to have. The studio is spacious. I would say the only negative was the shower. It’s one of those without the tub and so you need to make sure not to then the ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

Stay Apartments Bolholt
Stay Apartments Einholt
Stay Apartments Einholt
3 out of 5
Einholt 2, Reykjavik
The price is €133 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
This family-friendly Reykjavik apartment building is located in the shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City ...
4/5Very Good! (673 reviews)
"My room was neat and clean, and was just what I needed for a place to sleep after long, busy days. It had great blackout curtains for bright summer nights. My only concern was that the walls were very thin and I wonder if things are a bit disorganized at this location. Early in the morning I could ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Stay Apartments Einholt
Castle House Luxury Apartments
Castle House Luxury Apartments
3 out of 5
Skálholtsstígur 2a, Reykjavik
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Reykjavik Free Church and Laugavegur. Reykjavik City Hall and Hallgrimskirkja ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,069 reviews)
"Location was perfect, close to city centre and all activities. Only thing we did not like was that the top shelves on the kitchen cabinets were difficult to reach."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Castle House 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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