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
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
4 out of 5
Smidjustigur 4, Reykjavik
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €172 per night

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Laugavegur and Harpa. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within 10 minutes.

4.7/5Exceptional! (724 reviews)

"Central location Breakfast buffet had a great choice"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Sigtun 38, Reykjavik
The price is €119 per night

Located in Laugardalur, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Asmundarsafn and Laugavegur. Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool and Hallgrimskirkja are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"Excellent hotel."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
5 out of 5
Norðurljósavegur 9, Grindavik, Southern Peninsula
The price is €1,136 per night

Situated in Grindavik, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brimketill Lava Rock Pool and Gunnuhver ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (72 reviews)

"Is the best hotel I’ve been! Spectacular, good food, and the blue lagoon that makes it great!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Reviews of Reykjavik

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Mar 2020

A nice place wit friendly people. Walkable, with lots of nice places to eat and drink (when the restrictions are lifted). Would go back.

5/5 - Excellent

james

29 Mar 2020

Fantastic city all friendly being a small community the country itself has some of the most amazing views the world has to offer there is also plenty of trips you can do for a reasonable and respectful price. Overall I would defiantly go again

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!