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Things To Do In Reykjavik

Always up for expanding your horizons and inventive ways to get your kicks, you're prepared to check out an exciting travel spot from top to bottom. You're excited to set course in a different direction. It's not hard to fill an itinerary, because Expedia makes it a breeze to book lots of things to do. Book your activities now, and the only thing you'll have left to do is count the days until your escape and think about all the places you'll go. Next stop: Reykjavik!

  • Reserve your favourite activities and day trips on Expedia for significant savings, and you will still have enough cash for a dream hotel or luxurious meal while you're visiting. The activities in Reykjavik aren't only perfect for you, but they won't cost an arm and a leg. We have 90 things to do here, and you can get them starting at £18.
  • Reykjavik is a favourite among sightseers like you. In fact, many travellers have been visiting Reykjavik to check out local hot spots and explore the best things to do, and a good amount of these visitors can't wait to return. The top activities can catch the enthusiasm of even experienced travellers, and one look at our list explains why. Our list includes an impressive array of historically based tours and opportunities for adventure. From unique ways to explore the best this area has to give like a The Blue Lagoon with Admission Ticket & Golden Circle Tour to The Blue Lagoon with Admission Ticket & Transport, which provides the ultimate way to decompress, there is an abundance of active options to choose from when you consider all the things you can do here at Expedia.

Our activities are the ideal way to organise your trip. It takes an expert itinerary to really get the most out of Reykjavik, particularly when you wish to include lots of exciting activities. And it's evident that you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou are ready to get out and see what life is like for locals. You look forward to covering the top activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Book guided tours on Expedia, and leave your map behind.

Things to Do in Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital Reykjavik is a curious and eclectic city. Home to almost two thirds of the population, you’ll find the majority of the country’s most popular activities on offer in the city. Located on the pristine shores of Faxafloi Bay, Reykjavik blends old with new in exquisite balance, with modern wonders such as the sleek glass design of its concert hall Harpa and the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Vibrant, youthful and with an energetic nightlife, Reykjavik is the perfect base for both city excitement and outdoor exploration.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Reykjavik

Laugavegur — The undoubted heart of Reykjavik, shop until you drop in Laugavegur, then take your pick of the restaurants. The establishments here all offer a warm Icelandic welcome. However, if you still feel chilly, try the schnapps! Icelanders head out late, which is when Laugavegur transforms into a pulsating hub of bars and clubs.

Arbaer — A quiet, natural suburb of Reykjavik, Arbaer is ideal for exploring Iceland’s great outdoors without needing to travel too far. Grab your camera and follow the Ellidaar river towards the volcanic craters of the Red Hills lava fields, before stopping to meet the friendly folk at the open-air Historical Museum of Reykjavik.

Hafnarfjordur — Situated a few miles south of central Reykjavik, Hafnarfjordur is a gentle suburb with a charming harbour and pretty park. Though quiet, the district comes into its own during summer, when visitors pour in for its Bright Days Film and Music Festival and for the summer solstice Viking Festival. Don’t forget your tankard and horned helmet!

Kopavogur — Often mistaken as part of Reykjavik, Kopavogur is actually a city of its own, but it is right on Reykjavik’s doorstep. Literally meaning ‘seal pup bay’, Kopavogur is less wild than Reykjavik by night, but has a number of excellent museums, such as the Gerdarsafn Contemporary Art Museum.

Things to See in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is packed with sightseeing curiosities, such as the Sun Voyager sculpture on the city’s sculpture and shore walk. Shaped like a Viking longboat, the sculpture is an obvious take on the city’s Nordic heritage. Meanwhile, don’t miss the bizarre but beautiful Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Looking as though it was erupted by one of Iceland’s volcanoes, its ragged rocket shaped tower is an unmistakable icon of the city skyline. Finally, no trip to Reykjavik would be complete without witnessing the Aurora Borealis. Marvel in awe at this amazing natural light show with a Northern Lights Ocean Cruise.

Things to Do in Reykjavik

If you’re feeling really brave, the Silfra Fissure diving experience allows you to see this volcanic island from beneath its crystal clear waters. If that sounds a bit chilly, book a ticket and transport to the Blue Lagoon instead – these stunning hot springs are tinted cerulean blue by natural minerals that bubble up from far below the Earth’s crust. While Reykjavik is often associated with the sea, you can also see Iceland from the air with a tandem paragliding trip along its rugged volcanic coast, offering exquisite views that are completely unique to this beautiful, icy nation.

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