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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.

Guesthouse Galtafell
Guesthouse Galtafell
3 out of 5
Laufasvegur 46, Reykjavik
The price is €61 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Asgrimur Jonsson Collection, Laugavegur and Reykjavik City Hall. Hallgrimskirkja ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (287 reviews)
"Clean with good amenities and a v convenient location. 5 mins walk from the Old Harbour or the city centre. It's not a hotel - they offer breakfast (for a supplement) but the room had a combo-oven, sink, crockery, cuttlery, chopping board and knife as well as the usual fridge. You're meant to look ..."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

Guesthouse Galtafell
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik
The price is €153 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (1,762 reviews)
"The apartment was fantastic and the breakfast was AMAZING. Location was perfect."

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2021

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
Miðgarður by Center Hotels
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 120, Reykjavik
The price is €155 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
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! (1,260 reviews)
"I always stay here when I visit my daughter in Iceland, and I’m never disappointed!"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

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.
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik
The price is €153 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (1,762 reviews)
"The apartment was fantastic and the breakfast was AMAZING. Location was perfect."

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2021

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
OK Studios
OK Studios
3 out of 5
Laugavegur 74, Reykjavik
The price is €93 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr
Located in Downtown Reykjavik, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also ...
4/5Very Good! (742 reviews)
"I enjoyed and found it unusual to be at such a 'hands off' hotel."

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

OK Studios
Harbour View
Harbour View
3.5 out of 5
Austurvegur 26b, Grindavik, Suðurnes
The price is €152 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Situated in Grindavik, this golf cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and within 9 miles (15 km) of Blue Lagoon and Brimketill Lava ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (173 reviews)
"I like how it’s small and simple cozy the roads were easy to follow .. all cleaned while I was on my excursions .. or when I I’m In Reykjavík for a day :) .."

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Harbour View
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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