Reykjavik

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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.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Sigtun 28, Reykjavik, 105
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €197 per night from 10 Sep to 11 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Excellent experience so far"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Hotel Von
Hotel Von
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 55, Reykjavik, 101
The price is €242 per night from 23 Aug to 24 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (239 reviews)
Simply Fantastic!
"Great staff, centrally located, clean, modern and quiet - a perfect four day getaway in central old town Reykjavík that is close to everything in townhouse ."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Hotel Von
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is €295 per night from 8 Sep to 9 Sep
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (2,077 reviews)
"It was just lovely. Sea view, clean, modern, well appointed and in a great location for restaurants and attractions."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

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.
Room With A View Apartments
Room With A View Apartments
4 out of 5
Laugavegur 18, Reykjavik, 101
The price is €188 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,724 reviews)
"Room was spacious, excellent location, held bags until check in Coffee was great every morning Would stay again"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2022

Room With A View Apartments
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is €295 per night from 8 Sep to 9 Sep
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (2,077 reviews)
"It was just lovely. Sea view, clean, modern, well appointed and in a great location for restaurants and attractions."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Tryggvagata 18A, 102, Reykjavik, 101
The price is €369 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (285 reviews)
"Absolutely loved the place with its high standard services. Will be back when in Iceland"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2022

Black Pearl 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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