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ReykjavikIceland

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

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
5 out of 5
Norðurljósavegur 9, Grindavik, Southern Peninsula
The price is €1,135 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

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! (73 reviews)
perfect for romantic break

"Fantastic hotel and spa. Perfect for couples. So relaxing and pictoresque."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Hotel Odinsve
Hotel Odinsve
4 out of 5
Odinstorg Thorsgata 1, Reykjavik
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €92 per night from 8 Dec to 9 Dec

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Asgrimur Jonsson Collection, Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Harpa are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"Comfortable, good service and excellent food especially dinner"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Hotel Odinsve
Reykjavik Lights by Keahotels
Reykjavik Lights by Keahotels
3 out of 5
Sudurlandsbraut 12, Reykjavik
The price is €101 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (957 reviews)

"Great views to the snowy mountains. Good walk into the city centre but 20 mins and you’re re there. Great buffet breakfast and great staff. Free parking also a plus"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Reykjavik Lights by Keahotels
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.

Holiday Rentals in Reykjavik

Harbour View
Harbour View
3.5 out of 5
Austurvegur 26b, Grindavik, Suðurnes
The price is €143 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

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! (174 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
Room With A View Apartments
Room With A View Apartments
4 out of 5
Laugavegur 18, Reykjavik
The price is €101 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in Downtown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur, Reykjavik City Hall and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik Harbour and Harpa are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,699 reviews)

"Room with a view is right in the middle of the main shopping area of Reykjavik....with shops pubs and restaurants all around"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Room With A View Apartments
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik
The price is €135 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,761 reviews)

"My room was a one bedroom suite in the "Prime Minister's Residence," extremely close to the Harpa/new shopping area/harbor. The room was clean, with great little additions like a coffee maker and kitchen cooking items, TV in each room, small desk/office area, and wool blankets and down comforters ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

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.

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