Reykjavik is calling! Discover its museums, cafes, northern lights and more.

Join the locals by visiting a thermal pool, or immerse yourself in the tourist experience by boarding a boat tour. However you spend your trip, Reykjavik’s natural beauty will astonish you.

Iceland is one of the main places to see the Northern Lights and tours will regularly depart from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour. Enjoy the view out to sea before taking a visit to Reykjavik’s most famous hot dog stand, Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. Order yours with "the works" – ketchup, mustard, raw and fried onions and Icelandic remoulade – for a traditional treat.

Learn about the seafaring ways of Iceland’s ancestors, the Vikings, at Reykjavik 871±2, also known as The Settlement Exhibition. One of the main features of the exhibition is a longhouse which was built in the Viking Age. Interactive exhibits teach visitors about how these buildings were constructed and how archaeologists uncovered these fascinating artefacts.

As well as of museums, Reykjavik is a city of churches. Dómkirkjan, also known as Reykjavik Cathedral, is located next to the national parliament of Iceland in Austurvöllur, one of the main public squares in Reykjavik. Admire the cathedral's white painted exterior and step inside to view the religious artwork.

Hallgrímskirkja is one of Reykjavik’s most iconic landmarks. Climb to the top of the church’s tower and you’ll be able to get a fantastic photo of the city.

Sea swimming in Iceland might seem like a quick route to frostbite, but the sea at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach will pleasantly surprise because you it is actually warm! This man-made geothermal beach combines natural and geothermal seawater from the depths of the ocean to raise the water temperature. There’s even a hot tub for anyone who isn’t brave enough to take a dip!

Prefer a pool experience? Visit Sundhöllin, the oldest pool in Reykjavik. Facilities include an indoor pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, a sauna and a cosily heated outdoor hot pool.

Whether you’re an adventurer, a culture lover or a passionate foodie, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more in Reykjavik.

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Where to stay in Reykjavik

Downtown
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Downtown

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Reykjavik City Hall and Laugavegur are top sights worth seeing.

Reykjavík 101
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Reykjavík 101

Friendly People, Glaciers, Walking

The fantastic nightlife and captivating waterfront views are just a few highlights of Reykjavík 101. Make a stop by Hallgrimskirkja or National Museum of Iceland while you're exploring the area.

Reykjavík East
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Reykjavík East

Tours, Friendly People, Museums

Reykjavík East is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Laugavegur or Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.

Reykjavík South-East
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Reykjavík South-East

Theme Parks, Relaxing, Gardens

You'll enjoy the museums and gardens in Reykjavík South-East. You might want to make time for a stop at Reykjavik City Museum or Arbaejarsafn.

Vesturbær
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Vesturbær

Ports, Friendly People, Marinas

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Vesturbær. A stop by Reykjavik Harbour or Landakotskirkja might round out your trip.

Old West Side
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Old West Side

While visiting Old West Side, you might make a stop by sights like Reykjavik Harbour and Reykjavik City Hall.

Top hotels in Reykjavik

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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CenterHotel Plaza
3 out of 5
Adalstraeti 4, Reykjavik
£117/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (1,913 reviews)

"Largest room we had during 30 days in Scandinavian countries, fabulous front desk staff, comfortable bed, bright room with adequate curtains, included breakfast good enough. Iceland, like Norway, has plenty of water. They provide excellent showers with high pressure and a range of temperatures. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019

CenterHotel Plaza
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Fosshotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Þórunnartún 1 - Höfðatorg, Reykjavik
£135/night
16 Sep-17 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,241 reviews)

"This property is near the harbor and within walking distance of the downtown area. Easy to get to all the major roads. Bed's are very nice and the bath and showers wonderful. Overall a great time."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Fosshotel Reykjavik
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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
4 out of 5
Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik
£123/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,500 reviews)

"The hotel was very charming and in a perfect location. We could walk to everything in downtown Reykjavik and we had a nice view from our room as well!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Popular things to do in Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja
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Hallgrimskirkja

With its magnificent tower, this church is one of Reykjavík’s most famous landmarks, dominating the skyline and serving as a useful compass point.

Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon

Soak away your aches, get a massage treatment and swim in the milky blue waters of this mineral-rich geothermal pool sculpted by lava in Grindavik.

Reykjavik City Hall
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Reykjavik City Hall

The dynamic architectural design and picturesque location of this modern civic building near the Tjörnin lakeside has made it a landmark in downtown Reykjavík.

Perlan
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Perlan

This unusual glass-domed structure combines the practical aspects of the city’s water heating system with spectacular architectural vision.

National Museum of Iceland
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National Museum of Iceland

From Viking feasts and battles to the independence movement of the 20th century, Iceland’s premier museum preserves every detail of the nation’s history. 

Reykjavik Harbour
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Reykjavik Harbour

Once a maritime and fishing precinct, the Old Harbour now buzzes with restaurants, cafés and tour boat operators.

Top activities in Reykjavik

Guided Full-Day Tour of the South Coast
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Guided Full-Day Tour of the South Coast

£58

A wonderland of volcanoes, sprawling glaciers, and black-sand beaches, the south coast is one of Iceland's most breathtaking natural attractions. This tour takes you to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólheimajökull glacier, and Reynisfjara beach to see all Iceland has to offer.

Full-Day Classic Golden Circle Tour
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Full-Day Classic Golden Circle Tour

£38

Tumbling waterfalls, erupting geysers, and wild landscapes sprawling across 2 separate tectonic plates—there's a reason Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most iconic tour. Discover the natural wonders of Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and the Gullfoss waterfall during this full-day road trip.

Golden Circle Day Trip With Optional Blue Lagoon Entry
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Golden Circle Day Trip With Optional Blue Lagoon Entry

£46

Experience the best of Iceland on a classic Golden Circle tour, capturing the wild and untamed spirit of the country as you visit stunning geothermal features in the Geysir area. Snap photos of dramatic waterfalls, learn about Viking heritage, and see where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia meet and divide.

Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Blue Lagoon Admission Tickets
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Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Blue Lagoon Admission Tickets

£174

Visit the two major attractions of Iceland in one fun filled day! The Golden Circle with Thingvellir, Geysir & Gullfoss and the Blue Lagoon with Comfort admission tickets included plus a visit to the Kerid volcanic crater combined in a great experience.

Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

£89

Imagine all of the armor-clad adventure, fierce family feuds, and north-of-the-Wall drama of the critically acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones on this outing to filming locations throughout Iceland's rugged wilderness.

Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon From Reykjavik
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon From Reykjavik

£80

Discover 3 of Iceland's most beloved sights on this Golden Circle excursion followed by a soak in Secret Lagoon in a small group setting. Nature lovers and active travelers alike delight in this adventure over Hellisheidi pass to glimpse Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall.