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Top Things To See In Reykjavik

With its striking architecture, picturesque coastal walks and fascinating museums, there are plenty of things to see in Reykjavík. Even more attractions await when you venture further afield to see Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Click through our 360° views for a virtual tour of the world’s northernmost capital.

Þingvellir National Park
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iceland’s Þingvellir (or Thingvellir) National Park was where the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament, met yearly from 930 to 1798. The park sits on a rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulled apart by about an inch a year. Things to do in Þingvellir include hiking, horseriding and fishing. You can snorkel or dive in the submerged Silfra fissure, the only dive spot on the planet that puts you between two continental plates, or camp in the park during the winter for a chance to see the dazzling northern lights.

  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iceland’s Þingvellir (or Thingvellir) National Park was where the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament, met yearly from 930 to 1798. The park sits on a rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulled apart by about an inch a year. Things to do in Þingvellir include hiking, horseriding and fishing. You can snorkel or dive in the submerged Silfra fissure, the only dive spot on the planet that puts you between two continental plates, or camp in the park during the winter for a chance to see the dazzling northern lights.

  • Þingvellir, Waterfalls, Geysers & Fontana Spa Full-Day Tour
Sólfarið - Sun Voyager
  • Sólfarið - Sun Voyager
  • Set on the Atlantic Ocean, Reykjavik’s Sculpture and Shore Walk has no shortage of amazing views, but one thing that will definitely catch your eye is artist Jón Gunnar Árnason’s 'Sun Voyager'. Its distinctive silhouette might immediately call to mind an ancient Viking ship, but the steel sculpture is actually meant to be an imagined vessel (a dream boat) tied to the idea of hope, as symbolised by the sun. One of the city’s best-known landmarks, the Sun Voyager is a favourite spot for photography as it offers panoramic vistas of Kollafjörður fjord and Mount Esja, not to mention breathtaking sunset views.

  • Set on the Atlantic Ocean, Reykjavik’s Sculpture and Shore Walk has no shortage of amazing views, but one thing that will definitely catch your eye is artist Jón Gunnar Árnason’s 'Sun Voyager'. Its distinctive silhouette might immediately call to mind an ancient Viking ship, but the steel sculpture is actually meant to be an imagined vessel (a dream boat) tied to the idea of hope, as symbolised by the sun. One of the city’s best-known landmarks, the Sun Voyager is a favourite spot for photography as it offers panoramic vistas of Kollafjörður fjord and Mount Esja, not to mention breathtaking sunset views.

  • Guide to Exploring Solfar
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • The opportunity to walk behind Seljalandsfoss sets it apart from other waterfalls not only in the country but throughout the globe, and that extraordinary footpath draws hundreds of travellers a day. The picturesque Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljalandsá river, whose waters originate from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. At 200 feet high, it ranks among Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, although its cascade is rather narrow. It often appears in postcards and calendars, and was even featured on US reality show The Amazing Race. Seljalandsfoss and its neighbouring waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, are both located by the Ring Road in South Iceland.

  • The opportunity to walk behind Seljalandsfoss sets it apart from other waterfalls not only in the country but throughout the globe, and that extraordinary footpath draws hundreds of travellers a day. The picturesque Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljalandsá river, whose waters originate from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. At 200 feet high, it ranks among Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, although its cascade is rather narrow. It often appears in postcards and calendars, and was even featured on US reality show The Amazing Race. Seljalandsfoss and its neighbouring waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, are both located by the Ring Road in South Iceland.

  • Hiking Trip to Sólheimajökull Glacier & Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Hallgrímskirkja
  • Hallgrímskirkja
  • Reykjavík’s most prominent landmark is the 244-foot-high Hallgrímskirkja, a church so tall, it’s visible throughout the city. Its designer, Guðjón Samúelsson, took inspiration from the mountains and glaciers that dot the Icelandic landscape. The construction of the church started in 1945 and finished only in 1986. Hallgrímskirkja also functions as a lookout point (don’t worry, there’s a lift) where you’ll get unobstructed views over the entire city. Inside, the church’s most notable feature is a 25-ton, 50-foot pipe organ with a staggering 5,275 pipes. In front of Hallgrímskirkja, you’ll find a statue of Leif Erikson, the first European who discovered America.

  • Reykjavík’s most prominent landmark is the 244-foot-high Hallgrímskirkja, a church so tall, it’s visible throughout the city. Its designer, Guðjón Samúelsson, took inspiration from the mountains and glaciers that dot the Icelandic landscape. The construction of the church started in 1945 and finished only in 1986. Hallgrímskirkja also functions as a lookout point (don’t worry, there’s a lift) where you’ll get unobstructed views over the entire city. Inside, the church’s most notable feature is a 25-ton, 50-foot pipe organ with a staggering 5,275 pipes. In front of Hallgrímskirkja, you’ll find a statue of Leif Erikson, the first European who discovered America.

  • Guided City Walk & Food Tasting Tour
Geysir Hot Springs
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Did you know that the English word 'geyser' was derived from Geysir, the first geyser known to modern Europeans? Geysir hasn’t been active since 1916, but if you’re going on the popular Golden Circle tour in southwestern Iceland, you can visit Geysir’s neighbouring geysers, boiling mud pits and hissing steam vents in the Geysir Hot Spring Area. Every 10 minutes or so, Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area, shoots a column of boiling water and steam as high as a 100 feet. The nearby Geysir Centre has exhibitions on how these geothermal features work, as well as a restaurant and a gift shop.

  • Did you know that the English word 'geyser' was derived from Geysir, the first geyser known to modern Europeans? Geysir hasn’t been active since 1916, but if you’re going on the popular Golden Circle tour in southwestern Iceland, you can visit Geysir’s neighbouring geysers, boiling mud pits and hissing steam vents in the Geysir Hot Spring Area. Every 10 minutes or so, Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area, shoots a column of boiling water and steam as high as a 100 feet. The nearby Geysir Centre has exhibitions on how these geothermal features work, as well as a restaurant and a gift shop.

  • Day Trip to Geysir, Gullfoss & Thingvellir National Park
Harpa
  • Harpa
  • The modern Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is a cultural landmark in downtown Reykjavik. Since opening its doors in 2011, it has reaped numerous accolades for its state-of-the-art facilities and innovative design. Its most striking feature is an illuminated glass facade designed by renowned Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, which dazzles spectators with colourful and ever-changing light shows. Even if you’re not here for a concert, you can join a guided tour of the hall and enjoy its views of the North Atlantic Ocean and Reykjavik’s mountain scenery. Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.

  • The modern Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is a cultural landmark in downtown Reykjavik. Since opening its doors in 2011, it has reaped numerous accolades for its state-of-the-art facilities and innovative design. Its most striking feature is an illuminated glass facade designed by renowned Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, which dazzles spectators with colourful and ever-changing light shows. Even if you’re not here for a concert, you can join a guided tour of the hall and enjoy its views of the North Atlantic Ocean and Reykjavik’s mountain scenery. Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.

  • Guide to Exploring Harpa
Reykjavík City Hall
  • Reykjavík City Hall
  • Reykjavík City Hall, also called Ráðhús, sits on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. This modern building houses the city’s Tourist Information Centre, so visitors wondering what to do in Reykjavík can come here to pick up brochures, book tours and peruse a massive 3D topographical map of Iceland. The city hall also functions as a gallery with changing exhibitions, and an occasional venue for live musical performances. Whether you’re a disorientated visitor or a nature-loving local, the waterfront Reykjavík City Hall is a great spot for tranquil walks and a spot of bird-watching.

  • Reykjavík City Hall, also called Ráðhús, sits on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. This modern building houses the city’s Tourist Information Centre, so visitors wondering what to do in Reykjavík can come here to pick up brochures, book tours and peruse a massive 3D topographical map of Iceland. The city hall also functions as a gallery with changing exhibitions, and an occasional venue for live musical performances. Whether you’re a disorientated visitor or a nature-loving local, the waterfront Reykjavík City Hall is a great spot for tranquil walks and a spot of bird-watching.

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Hengill
  • Hengill
  • Located in southwest Iceland, Hengill is a shield volcano that last erupted some 2,000 years ago, though hot springs and fumaroles indicate that it’s still active. Today, Hengill is a key energy source for the country’s southern regions. Two plants, Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station and Hellisheiði Power Station, generate electricity from the Hengill geothermal site. Tours of Hengill typically include hikes (or snowshoe walks in the winter) amid hot springs and steaming mud pools in the mountain’s geothermal area; there are over a dozen trails of varying difficulties. You can also visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Station.

  • Located in southwest Iceland, Hengill is a shield volcano that last erupted some 2,000 years ago, though hot springs and fumaroles indicate that it’s still active. Today, Hengill is a key energy source for the country’s southern regions. Two plants, Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station and Hellisheiði Power Station, generate electricity from the Hengill geothermal site. Tours of Hengill typically include hikes (or snowshoe walks in the winter) amid hot springs and steaming mud pools in the mountain’s geothermal area; there are over a dozen trails of varying difficulties. You can also visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Station.

  • Twin Peaks Quad bike Tour
Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • The most popular waterfall in Iceland cascades a total of 100 feet in two stages, leading many to think that Gullfoss – the name translates to 'Golden Falls' – is not one, but two separate falls. Forged by ancient glacial floods, Gullfossgjúfur, the 230-foot-deep canyon below the waterfall, extends for about 1.5 miles. The mist around Gullfoss makes rainbows on sunny days, and in the summer, the water flows at a mighty rate of 5,000 cubic feet per second and creates a huge spray. Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Springs make up the hugely popular Golden Circle excursion.

  • The most popular waterfall in Iceland cascades a total of 100 feet in two stages, leading many to think that Gullfoss – the name translates to 'Golden Falls' – is not one, but two separate falls. Forged by ancient glacial floods, Gullfossgjúfur, the 230-foot-deep canyon below the waterfall, extends for about 1.5 miles. The mist around Gullfoss makes rainbows on sunny days, and in the summer, the water flows at a mighty rate of 5,000 cubic feet per second and creates a huge spray. Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Springs make up the hugely popular Golden Circle excursion.

  • Small-Group Golden Circle Full-Day Trip

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