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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

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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

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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
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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

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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
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Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

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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
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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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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
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Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

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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
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Skógafoss

Skógafoss

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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
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

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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
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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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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
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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park

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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
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Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin)

Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin)

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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Great Reykjavik Introduction
Lance_L, Nov 2021
Reykjavík VIP CityWalk Tour
We walkes all over the town, our guide went over the history of the area, gave us a glimpse at local politics, and lots of advice on things to do.
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Enjoyable but frustrating
rose_h, Oct 2021
Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Nice to see Reykjavik from the ocean.
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Northern Light extravaganza!
Daniel_S, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Very surreal but cool to see the lights and stars!
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Fun time
Rachel_W, Oct 2021
Reykjavik Food Walk
Wonderful tour, great way to see a few spots in downtown Reykjavik.
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Outstanding South Coast tour!
Leon_S, Aug 2021
Full-Day Tour to the South Coast of Iceland
Waterfalls, black sand beach, glaciers, & puffins!
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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.
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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.
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An Easy and Fun way to Hit highlights of the Golden Circle and fly across a Glacier
Joshua_D, Dec 2021
Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
We then traveled to Gullfloss Waterfall which, to someone who loves water, was perhaps the highlight of the Golden Circle trip for me.
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Incredible Southern Iceland Tour
Ria_H, Nov 2021
Guided Full-Day Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik
We saw the Skógafoss waterfall, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, an icy glacier, a glimpse of Vik and the black sand beach and we had the best time at each location with plenty of photos to show for it.
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Superb experience
Maria_P, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik
We got to see the northern lights twice in one night.
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Great day visiting the main sights of the south coast
Caroline_A, Nov 2021
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
Each stop was just long enough to see the sights and we didn't feel too rushed.
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Julie_C, Nov 2021
Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
A great time to relax after all the activities Iceland has to offer.
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Absolutely magical!
Helen_W, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik
It had been raining all day in Reykjavik so I wasn't too hopeful, but we drove down to the toe of the Keflavik peninsula by the lighthouse, and after half an hour, the sky began to clear - after 40 minutes in the cold, we started to see lights in the sky.
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It was okay
Reda_Z, Nov 2021
City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
So start early and you'll be able to see Reykjavik city properly as it is very beautiful and worth exploring.
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Highlight of our trip
Lindsay_E, Oct 2021
Northen Light tour on ATV/Quad
What a way to see the northern lights fun riding up the hill outside Reykjavik on the ATV and we got to see a spectacular northern lights display.
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Magical Experience
Denise_H, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik
Not only were our cameras able to pick up the Aurora, but at one point it got strong enough for us to see it with our own eyes!!
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Jessika_P, Sep 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
This was a really fun experience and as I was staying in Reykjavik ot was a great way to see distance and places I wouldn’t have been able to reach on my own energy if I was hiring a car myself.
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My First Hiking Trip in Iceland
Sally_C, Sep 2021
Fagradalsfjall Active Volcano Hike & Geothermal Tour from Reykjavik
Then, we stopped at the Gunnuhver Hot Springs to see the boiling mud pots.
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Jökulsárlón is worth it
Jen, Sep 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
I highly recommend on getting the boat tour as it was very informative and you will also get to see the glaciers up close.
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Beautiful scenery, interesting history, could use more scheduling clarity.
Michelle_D, Sep 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Actually, I am realizing I need to say I asked nicely to go to Kerid crater and he said okay to it - I guess it's not on the schedule because it costs a little extra if you want to go see it - but I thought it was actually the best site to see besides the geysir so I'm super glad I requested it and he obliged!

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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