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Reykjavik
Travel Guide

Unique geographic delights such as the Blue Lagoon, the Northern Lights Mystery Tour and whale spotting opportunities make this Icelandic city truly special.

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.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Top hotels in Reykjavik

Center Hotels Arnarhvoll
Center Hotels Arnarhvoll
4 out of 5
Ingólfsstræti 1, Reykjavik
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Located in Downtown, this romantic hotel is steps away from Harpa and Laugavegur. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within 15 minutes.

4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Miðgarður was awesome

"Stay got moved to the Miðgarður. The staff could not have been nicer. Food and room were awesome. Pauline."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

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Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Sigtun 28, Reykjavik
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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! (989 reviews)
Good hotel a little out of town ,

"Great hotel , with friendly staff and great covid policy to keep burst feeling safe ,"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

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Fosshotel Barón
Fosshotel Barón
3 out of 5
Barónsstígur 2-4, Reykjavik
The price is £84 per night from 30 Mar to 31 Mar

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Reykjavik Harbour are also within 1 mile ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"Car park specifically for the hotel, ideal if you have a hire car. Good central location."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Fosshotel Barón
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Top Holiday Rentals in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik
The price is £127 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

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! (1,764 reviews)

"The apartment was fantastic and the breakfast was AMAZING. Location was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2021

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Odinsve Hotel Apartments
Odinsve Hotel Apartments
4 out of 5
Skolavordustigur 7 and Tysgata 8, Reykjavik
The price is £85 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in Downtown, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik City Hall and Harpa are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (139 reviews)
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"Check in is in the main hotel and apartment is 2 mins walk away. All worked fine. Parking is free up by the church."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

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Reykjavik4you Apartments
Reykjavik4you Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Bergstaðastræti 12, Reykjavik

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (661 reviews)

"Easy check in and parking garage is near by. The apartment was clean and modern."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Reykjavik4you Apartments
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