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Welcome to Reykjavik

Iceland's colorful capital mixes Viking and maritime history with a hip arts scene, sleek design, and wild nightlife, while also serving as a jumping-off point for outdoor adventures into the country's rugged landscapes. With modern restaurants serving Icelandic cuisine in medieval buildings, must-see sights such as the waterfront Harpa Concert Hall, and opportunities for puffin and whale watching, it's easy to spend all your time in the city—but you'd be remiss to skip what lies beyond. Head out to the country and you’ll be rewarded with pristine waterfalls, volcanic black-sand beaches, and warm geothermal pools set in lava fields.

Top 10 attractions in Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

To understand why Iceland's Blue Lagoon is so popular, just imagine bathing in steaming milky-blue waters, sipping a cocktail at a swim-up bar, and looking out over an otherworldly landscape of jagged peaks and black lava fields. This geothermal pool, the most visited of Iceland's many such oases, boasts mineral-rich waters, a luxurious spa, and a magnificent setting, all just minutes from Reykjavik.More
Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a remarkable volcanic landscape of gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and more, and is a favorite stop on Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour. Plus, the park offers endless recreation opportunities, from hiking and camping to snorkeling, diving, and fishing.More
Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a massive waterfall on the river Hvita in western Iceland. The falls are considered one of Iceland's most treasured natural wonders, with a name inspired by the phenomenon when glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight.More
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Perched on the cusp of Europe’s largest glacier and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by just a narrow isthmus, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the largest, deepest, and arguably most magnificent of Iceland’s many glacial lakes. Here, icebergs bob in glittering water framed by jagged peaks, rugged lava fields, and black-sand beaches.More
Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

The world's original geyser, the Great Geysir (Great Geyser) is the source of the English word after which all other geysers are named. Geysir literally means "gusher" in Icelandic, and this natural phenomenon in the Haukadalur geothermal region has been active for more than 10,000 years; records of hot springs activity in the region date back to 1294.More


Stretching 82 feet (25 meters) across the Skógá River, into which its teeming waters plunge 197 feet (60 meters) from a rocky cliff, Skógafoss clocks in as one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Its clouds of spray regularly create vivid rainbows—often double rainbows—across the waters. The waterfall is also an important site for local folklore.More


A slim cascade of water slicing through the air and pooling in the Seljalands River below, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photogenic waterfalls. Because the falls’ chute of water is so narrow, visitors can also step behind Seljalandsfoss for a unique vantage point.More
Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.More
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park

Established in 2008 by combining Iceland’s former Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks, Vatnajokull National Park is one of Europe’s largest national parks. It presents incredibly diverse and dramatic scenery including glacial plateaus, active volcanoes, towering ice caps, black-sand beaches, and terrain that is bubbling with geothermal activity. The park is dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s third-largest glacier, and contains Iceland’s highest mountain (Oraefajokull) and deepest lake (Jokulsarlon).More
Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin)

Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin)

Close to the attractions of Iceland’s Golden Circle but far from the crowds of the famous Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s Secret Lagoon offers natural hot springs and a remote location surrounded by icy wilderness and rugged lava fields.More

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Reykjavik

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Reykjavik

Top Spots for Culture Lovers in Reykjavik

Top Spots for Culture Lovers in Reykjavik

Top activities in Reykjavik

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience
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Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour Including Admission
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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

Great tour
John_S, Jul 2021
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Excellent way to see a lot of things in the greater Reykjavik area.
Great tour and insights.
Tim_S, Jun 2021
Walking tour of Reykjavik city
In addition, Luca provided great suggestions for things to do and places to eat.
Great Start To Our Visit to Iceland
May_D, Jul 2021
Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking
It was a great way for us to see Reykjavik and learn a bit of the history.
One of the best tours in Iceland. Glacier lagoon is a must!
LuisA_R, Jul 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
The stops are amazing places to visit.
Ilan_Minkin, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Small Group Tour
I saw unbelievable thing that I can not stop thinking about (the most beautiful waterfall, lake in a crater of volcano, most beautiful lakes, steaming natural hot springs or just mind-blowing geyser).
Exhilarating Whale Watching
Peter_Z, Jul 2021
2-Hour RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
We even got to see its tail twice.
Memorable trip must experience
Stephen, Feb 2020
3-Hour Lava Caving Tour Including Transfers from Reykjavik
Highly recommended trip especially with transfer included only 45 mins from Reykjavik The guide was factual & humourous amazing to see the formations & colours Go in winter months for added bonus of snow & icicles
A quick look at Reykjavik
Helen_S, Oct 2019
Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour by Minibus
It covers the highlights of Reykjavik if you have limited time although this tour covered a lot more than what I expected to see which was a bonus.
Amazing tour
Lauren_G, Sep 2019
Guided Full-Day Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik
We saw a lot of natural attractions over the course of the ~10 hours we were on the bus.
Very interesting
LawrenceB1263, Sep 2019
Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik
Dress accordingly, especially in non summer months.
Great Introduction to Reykjavik
Shelvie_C, Sep 2019
Reykjavik City Walking Tour
We took the walking tour the first day we arrived in Iceland and it was a great way to see the city with an excellent guide.
In the footsteps of Vikings
Rebecca_C, Aug 2019
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik
This is a great tour to see some of the highlights close to Reykjavik.
Good choice for attractions in Reykjavik
susanmR3181YJ, Jun 2019
Reykjavik City Card 24-hour
There were many attractions on the card and the free use of the bus system can get you there quickly.
This tour is great for a solo traveler!
Allison_B, Jun 2019
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik
I traveled to Reykjavik by myself and I knew I wanted to see the Golden Circle so I booked this trip.
Real Icelandic Experience
Benny_S, May 2019
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, funny and knows lot of stuffs.
A great trip which included an amazing...
Hugh P, Feb 2018
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik
A great trip which included an amazing geyser, one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls, a volcano crater, where Iceland is aplitting in half and some of the most spectacular scenery!
Wonderful Tour of Waterfalls and Geysers
Myron_S, Jul 2018
Golden Circle Full Day Tour from Reykjavik by Minibus
We saw some great waterfalls, a geyser park and landmarks in Reykjavik.
Great tour and great guide
Mark G, Jan 2019
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
Great way to see the incredible beauty of the South Coast near Reykjavik.
Worthwhile tour
Susan_L, Mar 2019
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus
Provides great recommendations and we back to Perlan to see the movies and exhibits
This was a good trip taking in...
Linda S, Dec 2012
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus
The guide|spoke good english and was very informative.

A local’s pocket guide to Reykjavik

Friðjón Júlíusson

Friðjón was brought up in downtown Reykjavik and has lived in and around there ever since. You might run into him in a hot tub at one of the city’s many outdoor swimming pools.

The first thing you should do in Reykjavik is...

unwind after a long flight at the local swimming pool. Every neighborhood has their own but you can’t go wrong with Laugardalslaug.

A perfect Saturday in Reykjavik...

starts with delicious cinnamon buns from Brauð & Co for breakfast, a walk down Laugavegur street, and a visit to the pond outside Reykjavik City Hall to feed the ducks.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Perlan, a glass dome built on top of old hot water tanks. Visit the museum, grab a coffee, and enjoy the 360-degree view of the city.

To discover the "real" Reykjavik...

explore the Old West Side of downtown Reykjavik and don’t miss the old Hólavallakirkjugarður graveyard.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Hallgrímskirkja church. You can also use it as a landmark to find your way if you get lost in Reykjavik.

One thing people get wrong...

is trusting the weather. Conditions change fast in Iceland, so don’t be fooled even if the weather looks beautiful when you’re heading out.

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